When Getting Fired is a Blessing
8/20/2013 12:00:00 PM
I remember when we had some layoffs – the very few ever in this company! I was so hurt for the two people but remember one telling me, “I’m going to be all right.” Fast forward – both of them were beyond all right!
One moved out of stated and started working in publicity and marketing for a big hospital that usually serves many celebs. The other not only has dual degrees, but is a professor and has a side gig that keeps them connected to the music industry. In their case, their firings led to an even bigger blessing. While we can’t usually see step-by-step God’s five year plan, we have to remember that bad times don’t last. Ultimately, our down times are lessons that propel us to go forward in ways we might not if life was a bed of roses on a regular basis. I know a firend who wanted to leave their job to pursue other dreams and it wasn't until they were fired they began to take steps toward thier aspirations. In his case, this proved firings can be a way to kick you from the nest.
I mean, don’t get it twisted. There is cause for alarm when you lose your gig – especially if you have little other job experience or education. But it doesn’t have to be the end. Although when it comes to losing your job, it can be hard to see the up side. However, getting the axe can push you into what you’re really meant to do or even free up your time to find a better professional fit elsewhere. Maybe you decide to pursue higher education. Or you finally start your own business! Firings can be scary but they can open doors. In “Getting Fired Is Awesome: 5 Ways Job Loss Can Boost Your Career” by Jenny Treanor for Brazen Careerist reveals how your firing could lead to a higher calling. She cites:
Firings help you understand people.
Losing your job—or any gloomy experience, really—can teach you what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a sucky experience. This knowledge can take your mind, your relationships, your life and your career to new heights. Empathy is a valuable trait and skill, and it’s easier to understand what others are going through when your own range of experience is wide and deep.
Firings are by no means a deal-breaker in most careers.
Some of the best and boldest minds in every field have been fired at least once or twice. Why? Because of items 1 through 4. And because those who tend to get fired typically have some passion and recklessness in their bellies to begin with. Now that you’re back on the market, it’s time for the next step: Channel this messy energy—the brilliant, white-hot star that is yourself—into a job that actually lines up with your skills, personality and true ambitions.
Firings are for tough folk only
Are you a mouse? Are you a nervous, obedient little handwringer who lives to please and trembles in the face of disapproval? Maybe you were once…but not anymore. Welcome to a new kind of club. You’re now among those who speak their minds, who get things wrong, who make mistakes, who fight back, who try, fail and try again, and who wear dark sunglasses and rev their motorcycles really loud. Even if you step back into the corporate world at some point, you still get to keep your membership card. Hold onto that card—it may help you. And you’ve earned it.
Firings break the walls that hold us in
After you’ve been fired, you’ll no longer fear being fired in the future. And this fear is one of the major obstacles that prevents people from accomplishing the things they really want to accomplish. Once you’re over the first few rough days, prepare to view the world in a broader and more flexible way.
Firings demonstrate that you’re growing, learning and alive
Interviewers like to see signs of growth and energy, so they often ask candidates to describe their mistakes and what they’ve learned from them. Then they yawn and roll their eyes while Mousy Miltons (see item 1) launch into rambling stories about the time they almost got a B-minus (oh, the terror!) in English 201. You, on the other hand, have a real story. Tell it, and bring the house down.
No, being fired may not feel good but that’s not to say things won’t become even 'gooder '. (I know that’s not a word!) Sometimes you are set up for a step up. More often than not, we are forced to take a step down before the upswing happens. If you are down today, there’s only one way to go from here: up! Be encouraged, bold and go forth.