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10 Lessons I Learned From Being Fired And What You Can Learn Too

Photo: CBS

 

 

I’ve been watching pretty closely the firing of NBC Today Show co-anchor Ann Curry, and I literally feel her pain. I know what it’s like to sit in that seat, the seat that you have worked your entire career to ascend to and then have it yanked out from under you. I know what it’s like to have the music stopped, everyone had a space except you, odd man out.

My situation was different from Curry’s, but in many ways the same. I co-hosted a network morning news program. I know what it’s like to have people who don’t know you discuss you and your future as if they had stake in the outcome. I know what it’s like to have to continue going into work with that elephant in the room. And I know that there is a wonderfully fulfilling life on the other end of all this crap.

So I  got to thinking about the past six years or so  and came up with these 10 things I learned from being fired.

 

 


  • 1. You need to own the pain 1 of 14
    1. You need to own the pain
    (Photo courtesy CBS) Here I am with Dave Price, Hannah Storm, and Harry Smith. At the time, it was impossible for me to imagine life could get any better. Or worse.
  • 1. You need to own the pain 2 of 14
    1. You need to own the pain
    (Photo courtesy CBS) My last morning on set, saying goodbye. That morning was one of the most difficult of my life. Being fired from any job is tough, much less one so public. I stayed focus because I knew I was having life-altering surgery just two weeks after this.
  • 2. The life you plan is seldom the life you lead 3 of 14
    2. The life you plan is seldom the life you lead
    Here I am in high school, bright, shiny, optimistic about the future. Little did I know I would lose my job, breasts and hair in a two-year period and then find myself.
  • 3. Fear is a powerful motivator 4 of 14
    3. Fear is a powerful motivator
    I thought I would throw up if I heard one more time, "When one door closes.." or it's cliche cousin, "This will be the best thing to ever happen to you."
  • 4. You can’t steer a still ship 5 of 14
    4. You can't steer a still ship
    This is one of my favorite sayings. It reminded me then and now, that though the path may not be clear, you gotta get moving in a direction, ANY direction. You can make changes as you go along.
  • 5. You will rediscover your passion 6 of 14
    5. You will rediscover your passion
    Every experience, every, single one, prepares you for the place you are.
  • 5. You will rediscover your passion 7 of 14
    5. You will rediscover your passion
    And when you do you will try all sort of crazy things. I put a green screen in my living room and shoot video from here. Why book a studio when I have my own at home?
  • 6. You will find out who your friends are 8 of 14
    6. You will find out who your friends are
    Being fired strengthened my relationship with my husband of 18 years but also tested it in ways unimaginable. I'm happy to report, we're still standing.
  • 6. You find out who your friends are 9 of 14
    6. You find out who your friends are
    This was my last birthday with my friend Jennie. When everything else is stripped away, you get clarity on what matters, like enjoying dessert and hair sniffing.
  • 6. You will find out who your friends are 10 of 14
    6. You will find out who your friends are
    How is it that the roughest patch of my life is accompanied by the biggest smiles?
  • 7. You won’t grow when you’re comfortable 11 of 14
    7. You won't grow when you're comfortable
    ... or be comfortable when you're growing. Yep. Real growth hurts so gird your loins and prepare for it because it will hurt like a.. well, you know.
  • 8. Never stop smiling! 12 of 14
    8. Never stop smiling!
    Yes, I know how hard that is, especially when the pain is fresh. Remind yourself it won't always be that way, then believe it.
  • 9. No one will save you 13 of 14
    9. No one will save you
    No one will believe in you as much as you believe in yourself so stop waiting for your white knight. Better yet, BE the white knight and save yourself.
  • 10. You will have the last laugh 14 of 14
    10. You will have the last laugh
    And this is true. But by then you won't give two spits about what anyone else thinks.
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Yo! Nice to meet you! You can find out more about me on my blog, Good Enough Mother.

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Other posts by Rene:

The Slippery, Sugary Slope

Plastic Surgery… Can We Talk?

See, Hair’s The Thing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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