October 20, 2013

Why Getting Fired Can Be A Good Thing

Terminated. Canned. Booted. Laid off. Fired. How ever your employer phrases it, the chances are good that at some point in your professional career, you’re going to lose your job. Getting fired happens, but it’s not always a bad thing.

Getting fired can actually be a good thing. When it happens to you, don’t take it personally. It may be a bump in the road, but it’s also a great learning opportunity. Learn what you can from your boss. Find out what you could do better. Ask the million dollar question, “Why?” The more you learn about why, the easier it is to change your habits in the future and to keep on trucking down your career path.

Losing your job is nothing to be ashamed about. Almost everyone gets fired at some point and if you treat it as a good thing, it will be a great thing for you as a professional. Check out these famous folks who got fired from their jobs:

  • Walt Disney – Wasn’t creative enough
  • J.K. Rowling – Daydreamed about Harry Potter
  • Madonna – Squirted donut jelly on customers
  • Oprah Winfrey – Unfit for television news
  • Robert Redford – Slept on the job
  • Thomas Edison – Performed experiments at work

Find out why other famous people got fired before they made it big on Business Insider.

Losing your job is often unexpected, but it’s a wonderful chance to reassess your life choices. Take a break and get yourself sorted out. New opportunities will always present themselves, things you also may not expect. When you get fired, you can:

  • Consider new career paths
  • Pursue new things
  • Move on to a new, better employer
  • Relocate
  • Find a job you actually enjoy
  • Take a season to explore, travel or work (Have you considered a job skiing in the mountains or cruising the Caribbean?)

Life is a journey. Enjoy it. If you get fired, use it as opportunity to move on to bigger and better things. Embrace the change and grow from the experience. When you’re ready, hit up the Job Board and see what new exciting opportunity awaits you.


About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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