What to do when you’ve lost your job:

So you just lost your job, huh?

Stings a bit, doesn’t it?

Your world just got turned upside down. All your plans are now on hold.

So what do you do?

Do you panic and fall into a deep depression and feel sorry for yourself?

Or do you realize that this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to make a change; to make a major improvement to your life?

You’re finally free!

No more bullshit rules, no more “numbers,” no more insane customers, no more crappy co-workers.

How liberating!

Yet, scary at the same time.

No more daily routine, no more horrific commute, no more 30 minute lunches, no more set schedule for 40 hours of your life each week.

What to do? What to do?

Panic and fear are probably the first 2 emotions to set in.

Some of these questions are probably going through your head right now:

  • “What am I going to do to pay the bills?”
  • “How the hell am I going to tell my wife?”
  • “What am I going to do next? This is all I know!”
  • “Am I a failure? Am I a loser?!”
  • “What will people think of me?”

It’s natural to think these things and feel these emotions…your life is about to change.

Maybe it was your choice; maybe it wasn’t.

Maybe you could have done something different. Maybe you should have done something different.

But there’s no point in thinking about those things now. It’s over and done with. It is what it is.

You can’t always control what happens to you in life but you can control how you react.

You can see this as a major set back or you can see this as the biggest opportunity of your life!

So you just lost your job? So what? This could be the best thing to happen to you. You know that you’ve stayed there way too long anyways. It was probably really easy or really convenient. You knew how to do what you were paid to do really well. So well, that you didn’t even have to think to do them; you just went through the motions.

But is that really living?

Sure, a steady, (pretty much) guaranteed pay check is a decent incentive to keep on doing what you were doing.

You’ve thought about leaving plenty of times before but something always happened. Magically, the timing just wasn’t “right” or something happened that things got better, or at least tolerable. You weren’t totally miserable anymore, just semi-miserable now.

So you just kept on going through the motions. All the interesting things you’ve always wanted to do never got to fruition because you were content with your life.

But now you’re overweight and full of regret.

“Only if I started on my dreams before, I wouldn’t be in this situation?”

“Maybe I should have started a long time ago?”

Well good news is, now you have no choice. You have no back up plan. You’re now forced to take action, to actually put in the work to go where you want to go.

You now have the chance to turn your dreams into reality. Won’t you take it? Or will you just stew on how they did you wrong or how things should have been done differently?

If you go with the latter, you’ll be even more miserable than before.

Please don’t go that route.

The world has enough people in it who have settled and just go through the motions day in and day out for a pay check.

That’s cool if you’re into that, but if you’re reading this, chances are you’re probably not.

The world needs more people who will see losing their job as an opportunity that is only allowed to a privileged few.

You always said you were better than that place anyways….that you didn’t get paid as well as you should….or that they treated you unfairly by constantly passing you up for a promotion.

Maybe that’s true but that’s not either here nor there. Corporate politics will never work out in your favor.

But this….this is your opportunity to prove them wrong and more importantly to prove yourself right.

That you are better than that title and that you should make more money than what you were getting paid.

But it’ll take time and that’s a good thing because now you don’t have a job to go to that sucks your soul and drains your mental energy 40 hours a week at a time. You no longer have to deal with pointless meetings and deal with people and things that you don’t give a shit about.

This is a blessing in disguise.

This is the best thing that could have ever happened to you. But only if you let it.

Only if you see it that way and are willing to put in the work. Man, are you going to put in the work! You’ll want to quit and go back to a job similar to the one you just left. You’ll want to go back to your comfort zone.

But that’s the coward’s way out. That’s the easy way.

Ain’t no one got time for that!

So how do I know all these things? How do I know what you’re going through and how wonderful of an opportunity you have in front of you?

Because I’m that guy. I got fired last week.

And I couldn’t be more excited!

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7 comments

  1. congrats on getting fired! I think…. It’s great you have a good perspective. I am hoping to get laid off this year, I just dream of a world with possibilities again… Having countless options instead of just one. There are so many things I want to do still! Good luck!

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    • Lol thanks! It really is like how they say, “when one door closes, multiple open.” I’m just ready to do something different. Good luck being laid off? 🙂

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  2. On a daily basis, the average person has about 60,000 thoughts run through their head, 95% of those thoughts were the same thoughts they had the day before. People get stuck in same patterns of thinking and they get set in their ways. Sometimes people need something to shake that up. getting fired is one of them. good post!

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    • Crazy! I’ve heard that a lot of times it takes a traumatic event like losing a job for people to “snap out of it.” Once that occurs, awesome things tend to happen. Hopefully I experience something similar!

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  3. As I started reading this I got a sense that the emotions were real. I’m glad someone pulled the trigger to release you from that place. I wish you the best, Marc. I’m always hoping the same happens to me because I’m terrified of doing it myself.

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    • I’m glad they did too or else I’d probably end up going back like I did last year. This way I have no way back. It’s a little scary but it’s probably the push that I needed! Good luck getting fired!

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  4. Awesome post! Awesome opportunity! I quit my last “job” in 1978 — and never really looked back. Once you work for yourself for a while, you kind of become unemployable. Not because you lack skills — just that you’ve tasted the workaholic freedom of doing your own thing. And it becomes so yummy! So freeing!!!

    You’ve set out great instructions for yourself, Marc — just do what you’ve said here, and you can’t help but succeed. Remember, you might not have a job, but all you need is work. Something you do for someone else that they happily give you money for. That’s the basis of being self-employed. Finding that sweet spot where something you know how to do fulfills their need . . . and they pay you to do it. :)) Dawn

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