Tough Choices, Great People and the Light That Continues to Shine
Ronell Smith

Mourning death, whether the literal cessation of life of a loved one or the more metaphorical death of a job or venture, is such an inextricable part of our human experience. No matter how rational we think we are, no matter how much we understand that death is an inevitable and inescapable part of life, we still hurt, and we still need to heal.

My most impacting layoff experience was similar to yours, in that I was let go from a business whose success had been built largely on my efforts. The difference in my case was that the reason was political; I was seen as aligned with the “losing” faction in a huge internal fight within the parent organization.

When I lost the job, it sent me temporarily into a time of mourning, and I’ll confess even some bitterness. But it also forced me to break out of my comfort and pursue the career I’ve built today.

Anyway, thanks so much for this insider perspective on some news that has impacted so many of us across a very fraternal industry.

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