No matter how you frame it, getting fired is never easy. It’s an experience that can often lead people down a spiral of self-doubt, but it’s more common than you might think. You may be surprised to find out that even highly successful people like Steve Jobs have faced adversity in their career. Instead of putting his life on hold, Steve Jobs founded another company that was later acquired by Apple, prompting his return to Apple as CEO.
Some people go as far as to say that everyone should experience getting fired at least once. That may seem harsh, but take a moment to consider that getting fired can be an opportunity for growth and self-awareness. Some of the most successful people have experienced the career hurdle of being fired at some point in their lives. Take Jerry Seinfeld for example.
His show Seinfeld became one of the most beloved sitcoms of the 90s, but before that, he was fired from a writing job on Benson after just three episodes. Instead of wallowing in pity, he used his newfound free time to focus on his passion of stand up comedy by performing at open mics. Eventually, that drive translated into his next opportunity. So if you’re struggling to see the positive side, find inspiration from these lessons from successful people who have been fired.
- Try not to dwell on it
- Understand your life is more than a moment
- Remember that it’s all part of success
- Failing means you are trying hard
- Keep your head up
- Make the most of recovery
- Re-channel your anger
- Acknowledge the truth
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