So what if you get fired…

July 7, 2009

trump-youre-firedFlipping 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?

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6 Responses to “So what if you get fired…”


  1. With each door that closes another one opens up.
    I feel the same way, Abbie.
    Nice blog.

  2. Susan Hart Says:

    As we Southerners say, “if you ain’t been working, you ain’t been fired”. So, yes, I’ve been fired, and have upgraded to a new job every time. I consider it to be the employer’s loss when terminated, and a new employer’s gain.

  3. Tony Blei Says:

    I’ve never been fired, but I do recognize and appreciate that it’s often because of crisis that we change and grow.

  4. Gabriella Says:

    I have been on both sides of the stick. I have to tell you it’s a lot harder firing someone than being fired. But truth be told, it is a time of reflection and ultimately great change. Nice post, great thinking material. 🙂

  5. Elaine Fogel Says:

    I benefited from each job in my career, even the ones I thought weren’t a good fit. I always learned something – for better or worse. And yes, there were some doozies! In one particular job, I was actually thrilled to be “terminated.” A nice severance and away I walked, grateful because I didn’t have to quit. You quit, you get nothing for all your efforts.

  6. Matt Says:

    I had a great job working for a large retail property management company. Then I got laid off with a hundred other people. Two weeks later I got a better job that paid more, gave me more responsibility, and allows me to use and expand my marketing skills. Thanks for laying me off!!!

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