You’re fired! What would you feel/think if you heard this? Afraid or relieved? Angry or excited?
There have been many people in the last few years that have taken a ride on this roller coaster and are now back in the game, while some are still struggling.
Recently I’ve had numerous discussions with different people in different professions, all who have been greatly affected by the state of the economy. Take a look at the three examples and tell me what you think.
An acquaintance of mine was a very successful CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) in downtown Toronto and lost his job due to the state of the economy. He was “ballin” as some would call it – nice suits, sports car, downtown loft and many other little toys.
When the economy hit bottom and he lost his job, he was devastated and didn’t know what to do. He sent out a couple emails for a job but no luck – it seemed nobody was looking to fork out a 6-figure salary for him.
The Line Worker
Another person I spoke with was a line worker at one of the major car manufacturers and lost his job around the same time (maybe a week apart). He was doing well for himself, nice house, nice truck and wasn’t starving for food.
When he lost his job he didn’t think – he simply started looking for a new one right away and eventually took a job as a baker at a local bakery.
The Victor Takes the Spoils?
So what happened? The former CMO has now been unemployed for 11 months. He didn’t want to take what he considered “less of a position” so he is holding out for something else. Still.
The former line worker who was working at the bakery has now been there for 10 months and developed some key relationships with the customers. In fact, just last month he was speaking with one of the regulars. After explaining to the gentleman what he used to do, he was offered an interview as the Distribution Supervisor with a company that manufactures parts for cars.
You may be asking yourself, “Why is he telling us this story?” The reason is simple.
Moments Are Events
I have learned some things along my journey in business. There will be up’s and downs, twists and turns, but the key is to keep moving, stay focused and do what you need to do to get through the “bad weather”. Don’t sit around waiting for someone to come and tap you on the shoulder because it probably wont happen.
So get up, wipe away the tears and make things happen.
Tony Robbins has a quote that I love: “It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.”
This rings true here.
One person thinks his life is in shambles, so he sits and waits for what he feels he’s entitled to. The other person thinks this could be an opportunity, creates a plan on how he’s going to get what he feels he’s entitled to, and then starts to move forward.
In life there will be times where you’re faced with challenges, hardship and adversity. Learn to swallow your pride, hash out a new plan of attack, execute that plan and go get what you want.
I understand that it’s easier said then done. I’m not implying it can be done overnight – it’s more about putting yourself into a different state of mind, which will ultimately help you move forward into the right direction.
Oh, and just so you know – the baker got the job as the Distribution Supervisor.
“To do more for the world than the world does for you, that is success.” – Henry Ford.
image: Joe ShlabotnikTags: business, potential