If Abbott gets bought out I'll do fine. And over the 10 years I've bought Abbott (dollar cost-averaging), my annualized ROI has well exceeded 15%. It's probably more like 20 to 25% if you include dividend reinvestments and Abbott's matching stock portions.
I'm not sure what you mean when you say "some people will get really tight haircuts". Are you suggesting I could lose my job?
If so, why would that necessarily mean I "wasted 10 years of my life"?
Your comment suggests that either: a) you resent Abbott because your market "timing" strategy with its stock was piss poor or... b) you sold high, made a profit, and get a kick out of the misfortunes of others.
If "a", blame yourself, not Abbott. If "b", you've got personal problems. See a shrink.