Recently life threw me a banana peel, and like an idiot, I slipped on it.
One day I was a happy-go-lucky guy who was all too excited to go to work.
Then, squeak, I stepped on that damn peel and slipped myself right out of a job.
And to be honest, it felt like everything because when you’re unexpectedly laid off, you feel everything.
Happy. Sad. Excited. Scared. Glad. Mad. Everything.
And it’s ok.
Honestly, it’s more weird not to feel emotions when a life-changing event happens because we’re human and not a rock. And I guess, now that I’m back at square one, I have a few thoughts.
#1 – It’s always darkest before dawn.
So have faith that the sun will come up.
#2 If you don’t work for yourself, you’re just a number.
Not to sound like a conspiracy whack job, wearing a tin foil hat with extra long, extra misspelled YouTube comments but… if you work for a corporation or any company you don’t own, you’re just a number. And it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been there.
You can literally do everything right and still get let go – and it’s not personal; it’s just business. So, take the blessing for what it is, a wake-up call.
#3 You get a wake-up call
And the call says the only person who’s truly going to have your best interest in mind is you. And that’s a sobering and exciting reality. As daunting as it is to start fresh, it’s also exciting. It’s a new chapter, a new beginning, and a moment to see what you’re made of. And how many chances does one really get to have that moment? Embrace it with two hands, and if you’re feeling crazy, two feet.
#4 You have to think about winning
And that’s what it boils down to. How can you win? How can you get what you want? If you only think that, you can’t lose.
So what’s the message?
Embrace the suck, make a plan, and just keep moving. With enough time, you’ll look back and be proud to see how far you’ve come. And believe me, it’ll be further than you think.
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