I’m hearing it more and more.  People are fearful of this economy.  Understandably.  The war rages on in Iraq.  We’re still in Afghanistan.  The sub-prime mortgage debacle.  Gas is close to $4/gallon.  All of these macro-level issues rage on….beyond our control.  And yet, some of us think we can personally control some of these things at a macro level.  We can’t.  But what we CAN control is what’s right in front of us.  And one thing we CAN control is the type of work we do.  The recession can be seen as a fearful thing….or, on a positive note, a catalyst for change.  A change that can drive us toward pursuing our dreams…our career passions.  With some research and hands-on experience, one can really gain some knowledge that helps in a potential career transition – and, yes, even a career transition in this recession.  Why not?  Lean into it!  Yes, lean into those fears and the recession.  Rather than thinking of it as a jail sentence (“I can’t act now, there’s a recession going on…I have to wait a couple of years”), reverse order and think of it as a window opening up…a window of opportunity.  So, don’t wait for the possible pink slip.  Explore.  Discover.  Follow your dreams.  Follow that dream job.  Explore owning your own dream business.  If you can make it through a recession, you can make it ANY time.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  With proper planning, research and initiative, going after one’s dream job in the heart of a recession can actually turn out to be the best time to do so.  So, don’t wait for the pink slip.  Start planning the transition now.  Yes, now.  Right in the heart of a recession!