Flipping through the June issue of Inc. magazine, I came across this great quote from Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari. He says: “I have come to believe that job security is one of the worst things a person can have, especially early in their career. Getting fired gives you a chance to reinvent yourself.
All of a sudden you have the whole world in front of you and you can now leap to a career that you may love more.”
That got me thinking – I have been fired a few times. And each time, it was the best thing that happened to me. From my first job at a local magazine where I was asked to write restaurant reviews without ever trying the food. They were actually paid ads so my journalistic ethics wouldn’t let me do that. From my first agency job where now looking back I learned so much about what it means to work with integrity and honesty – characteristics I hope I continue to demonstrate everyday. From the job after that where it really did come down to finances. But it was that job that gave me the contacts and courage to strike out on my own and start an independent consulting firm. Which led me to Scott and the team at HMA Public Relations.
I will be forever grateful to those first bosses who knew me better than I knew myself and gave me the swift kick to the curb that I needed. Without them, I wouldn’t be what I am today.
What about you? Any great getting fired stories you’d like to share?