One of the worst feelings in the world is to get fired. Not laid off, FIRED. Many times, it’s totally unexpected, or we know it’s coming because we just aren’t doing the job as well as we should.
Getting fired is a personal insult. To be told our services are no longer needed can be demoralizing and crushing. Not to mention embarrassing. What will people say?
In the aftermath, we have to pick ourselves up and say “now what?”
Getting fired may seem like the end, but it really could be the beginning. Here is an impressive list of people who were fired from jobs:
- Madonna (singer)
- Oprah (media mogul)
- Steve Jobs (Apple computer)
- J.K. Rowling (author)
- Walt Disney (theme parks/animation)
- Thomas Edison (inventor)
- Burt Reynolds (actor)
- Lee Iacocca (Chrysler)
- Bill Belichick (NFL coach)
- Michael Bloomberg (media mogul/mayor)
- Jerry Seinfeld (actor)
- Truman Capote (author)
- Bernie Marcus & Arthur Blank (Home Depot)
- Mark Cuban (computer software)
Each of these individuals were all fired from jobs. Oprah was told she was unfit for television news. Walt Disney was fired because he was told he lacked imagination. The reasons for their being fired may vary, but they all have one thing in common:
They didn’t let that job define them or stop them from achieving greatness.
No one wants to be fired, but is it the end of the world? Not if we let it. In each of these cases, if they did not get fired, they may not have achieved the success they eventually attained. By getting fired, they were forced to take chances they may not have done normally.
They were kicked out of their comfort zones and had no choice but to work hard to survive.
When JK Rowling got fired, she focused all her energy on creating Harry Potter. When Jerry Seinfeld was fired, he turned to his first love, which was stand-up comedy.
Too many of us let our jobs define us. We enjoy the title that job brings (as well as the paycheck.) But what if we lose that job? What are we then?
You aren’t defined by your job. You are defined by what’s inside you. By getting fired, these individuals (and countless others) found out who they really were. They worked extremely hard and the rest is history.
Hopefully no one reading this gets fired, but if you do, it’s not the end of the world. If they can succeed after getting fired, why can’t you?
Determine what is that YOU like. What do you enjoy doing that can turn into a viable career? Can you get fired from a home improvement store and create your own like Bernie Marcus & Arthur Blank?
With hard work, anything is possible. Don’t let your worth or identity be tied to a job that can be taken from you in an instant. There’s much more to you than that. There could be an entrepreneur deep inside you that is ready to come out.
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If you hire yourself, you don’t have to worry about getting fired!