I got fired on Friday.
Canned, sacked, terminated. Yeah. Me.
I'm a multiple streams of income guy, and this was on one of my side hustles. The company is struggling to keep a program I was working on afloat. They once had 12 people working on it, then 7. They needed to trim down again because there weren't enough prospects coming in. They cut it down to 2 and I was a casualty.
One of my questions was “how does cutting the team grow sales”? No answer. I also asked “which successful members of the sales team have you included in developing these products so the program could grow”?
None, they reluctantly replied. Hmmm.
Even after these questions they still stood in their own righteousness and trudged forward with their brilliant plans. So I was let go.
Getting fired can grind your life to a screeching halt. It creeps into every area of your life. Your finances, relationships, your marriage, and even parenting can be damaged.
Here are a few observations and insights you might consider about getting fired.
You are not your job.
As an NLP Practitioner and Coach, one of the foundational tenets is “people are not their behaviors”. People are complex, and have so much more going on than the individual behavior that you might see at a given moment. The guys that fired me were not trying to hurt me personally. They didn't have it out for me, or want me harmed in any way.
Having these difficult conversations are no fun, and I'm sure they would rather be doing something else. They've likely gone over this conversation in their minds, and had the arguments back an forth. What they weren't expecting I guess is the complete pleasant nature in which the conversation followed.
I have no real control over whether or not I stay, and that's just fine. It doesn't affect who I am, or how my life is going to turn out. It closes one door so that I can turn around and open another. I'm still me in all my flawed glory, and who I work for is incidental.
My labor was a gift to them.
I've spent many years developing talents and abilities. They have value. They are marketable. They are desirable to many who want to leverage it to grow their businesses.
I get to decide who does and does not benefit from them. Me.
It's completely up to me whether or not I work at all, and who I work for. If I give that gift to an employer, it has to benefit me not only in income but the personal value I bring because of where I am working.
They won't have that benefit any longer. They are in the process of slowly collapsing, failing. Unfortunately for those young entrepreneurs, they don't yet see it. They will in time, and they will be different in their next endeavors and grow because of it.
Count it as a blessing.
Even though this took less than 15 hours a week, they were precious hours at critical times. Now that I have these hours back, I realize that I missed them.
This is the first blessing.
Since I'm talented and those talents are in need by others, this will open up new opportunities to loan those talents to others that can pay better. I have 2 offers for more money and less time now waiting, and I'm now free to choose between them.
Until the other side hustle was out of the way I couldn't consider these at all.
Blessing number 2.
These offers validate that I am valuable and marketable. They also make me wonder what else is out there that could be even more lucrative.
A third blessing!
These three things are definitely important when considering tying yourself the one stream of income. If what I was just terminated from was my only income stream, it would have been way more devastating than the current situation.
Having multiple income streams gives you leverage, prevents desperation, and allows you to have choices.
Something to consider. If you are stuck in only have one income stream, I'd be glad to work with you on fixing that. Just reach out to me.
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