While we all dread the thought of being fired from our jobs it appears that being fired may have its upside. It can be traumatic and come as a shock but many people who have been fired have gone on to do bigger and better things. The list of famous and successful people who have been fired includes Steve Job, who was fired from the company he founded. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star for lacking imagination and creativity. Other notables who were let go from their jobs include Oprah Winfrey, Thomas Edison and J.K. Rowling. In these cases their employers may have actually done them a favor by propelling them along the path to their eventual success more quickly than they would’ve had they hung on to their jobs longer. If you are fired, you know that you are in some pretty good company.
Here are 7 ways that getting fired can help us grow and become more successful
While being fired can throw us into a temporary crisis mode, it is during these times that we develop necessary coping mechanisms that will help us in the future. Much better to be forced to leave than be trapped in a job you hate for years, wasting your life and terrified of losing it because you have not developed any ability to cope if you lose it. Coming back after a setback builds strength and the experience we gain is invaluable. Colonel Harland Sanders is one of the greatest examples of resilience. At the age of 65, after being fired countless times for his temper, and failing at businesses, he made a major breakthrough with his Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe.
While we may not realize it at the time when we look back upon being fired forces us to look at our strengths and weaknesses, and enables us to more clearly see who we are and look for work that is more suitable for us. As is often the case the dismissal is a result of disagreement with our superiors and makes us more aware of the people we want to work for and with. Robert Redford used the awareness that he wasn’t cut out to be a manual worker after he was fired from his job at Standard Oil. He went on to follow his dream by going to college and becoming an actor.
Gets us unstuck and out of our comfort zone
Many people get into a job that is below their capacity and coast along, never pushing themselves to see how far they can go in life. The longer they stay in their job the more difficult it becomes to leave and they sell themselves short by making excuses as to why they aren’t pursuing their dream. For people who move on and pursue their dreams, looking back they realize that being fired was the best thing that ever happened to them. Being fired from her job as a secretary was the push that J.K. Rowling needed Go to the full article.