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1825 Days Ago

January 14th, 2011

1825 days = 5 years and one day.

I missed writing yesterday because I was tied up.

I missed my 5 year anniversary of when I was laid off (I celebrated it, just not on the blog).

1825 days ago I drove away from my company office for the last time because I had been laid off.

I felt betrayed.

I was scared.

I was excited for new opportunities, and was sure I would find or make them.

A few weeks later fear, doubt and depression started to set in as I began to realize just how hard it could be to “find or make… new opportunities.”

I missed being the boss, with a paycheck and benefits.

I missed having a title, and people around me who would laugh at my jokes.

I missed feeling important because I had a title, and did monthly board meetings, and could pull my team together on a whim for an important meeting.

My professional/career identity was gone, and I felt part of my life was eroding into who-knows-what.

The next few months would be filled with all kinds of emotions, and have very low lows and very high highs.

I would learn more about me than I wanted to know. Some fears would be justified (I wasn’t as good as I thought I was) and some dreams might be realized (I could own my own business and chart my own destiny).

The last five years have been an amazing ride.  Where once I thought I wanted a corporate job back I’ve come to realize that’s not what I want.

I’ve realized I could be an author (even a best selling author for my publisher).

I’ve realized I could start a business and sell valuable stuff, get clients, and fans.

I’ve realized I could excel as a professional.

I’ve realized I could set my own hours and work towards my own priorities, instead of dancing around lame corporate policy and answering to lame corporate managers.

Why do I share this with you?

Because I want you to know that no matter how bad it hurt, no matter how bad it seems, that you can pick up the pieces and move on.

What you develop can be better.  Maybe it won’t be as much money, but it might be more fulfilling.  It might be better for your health (decreased stress anyone?).  It might be a better fit for your personality.  It might be much better for your financially.

I don’t know what it will be, but I know it can be much, much better than what you left.

Mine was.

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5 responses to “1825 Days Ago”

  1. KUDOS for your strength in being able to turn a shock into an opportunity to help yourself and MANY OTHERS, Jason!

    Keep STRONG, my friend!
    +Vincent Wright

  2. Eli says:

    So True! When people find out that I was laid off they feel sorry for me, but it was truly one of the best things that have happened to me in my career!

  3. Sara Kmiecik says:

    Great attitude! The same thing happened to me when I was laid off – I am now self-employed and loving it!

  4. Thanks for sharing. I am going into month 6 of being out on my own and am at that point where inspiration from other people really helps! Congratulations on all your success.

  5. Lew Sauder says:

    I’ve been laid of from my job 3 times in my career – all during economic downturns. Though I had the same feelings driving away from each job for the last time, each door closed resulted in an open door with a bigger and brighter future. For those still looking, I hope you’ll keep a positive outlook. My blog (http://consulting101book.wordpress.com/) offers 5 alternative strategies to differentiate yourself in the job market. Hopefully it will offer you some new strategies.
    Good luck.
    Lew Sauder, Author, Consulting 101: 101 Tips For Success in Consulting. (www.Consulting101Book.com)