Losing Your Job is a Blessing
A majority of Americans hates their jobs. According to a report by CBS News, two-thirds of employees are disengaged at work and feel no real connection to their jobs.
Given that most employees do the same thing every single day for 40, 50 or even 60 hours a week, it’s no wonder they grow tired of their work. If their personal values do not align with the values of the company, there is an even bigger chance they’ll get miserable.
And that’s where the tragedy starts.
Often, people who are unhappy with their career will take every chance they get to tell you how much they hate their jobs. I’m sure you know at least one person who constantly complains about their work. Whether it’s their workload, the tasks they are given, their bosses or co-workers.
They complain so much you wonder why they haven’t quit already. And yet, it’s the same people who “can’t believe” they lost their job when they get fired. As though being liberated from a job that feels meaningless was “the most awful thing that could have ever happened” to them.
It seems like most of them actually prefer to be chained to their desk for the next 20 years.
People experience financial distress when they get fired. I get that.
They have bills to pay and need to find a new job, which isn’t easy at all. It can take several months and while you are on the job hunt, you still have living expenses that you need to cover. Ideally, you would do that with your savings but unfortunately, not everyone has savings.
And even if you do, they might only last for 2 or 3 months so you better fall on your knees and beg your boss to give you another chance, right?
Well, no. Unless you are being laid off because the company’s budget was cut in two, it’s probably better if you two part ways.
Losing your job is a blessing. It’s a sign it was never meant for you anyway.
Even though we like and prefer to blame our bosses for the situation we now find ourselves in, the harsh truth is that we are in part responsible for their decision to lay us off instead of another employee.
In some way or another we were not able to meet our bosses’ expectations.
Perhaps we were always grumpy when we went to the office. Maybe we didn’t react well when getting criticism. Perhaps we just simply didn’t sell as much as they would have liked us to.
There are always reasons why someone decides not to work with us anymore. If we were the perfect employee, they wouldn’t fire us.
I’m sorry if that sounds harsh. There is a silver lining though!
Sometimes we just aren’t made for the industry that we are working in. You can always gain some new skills for your job and acquire new knowledge but you can’t fake passion for something you hate doing.
Instead of trying to fit into that company, allow yourself to try something new.
It’s okay to be miserable when you get fired. The important thing is that you don’t see yourself as a failure because of it. Instead, see it as an opportunity to reinvent yourself and rediscover or even follow your passions.
Other times it’s not that we lack the skills that we need for the job but that we are so competent and driven our bosses and co-workers are intimidated by us because we make them feel insecure about their own skills.
Egos are very fragile. Most bosses prefer if you keep your head down and do as your told. Challenging hierarchies is not embraced— even if you only do so to implement more efficient ways of working.
They need you to be AND stay small so that they can feel good about themselves. That’s why they can’t stand seeing you succeed.
Don’t try to fight them.
If someone can’t stand your intelligence, it’s better they let you go. Otherwise they would always impede your growth.
Hating your job and being fired has one big advantage. You know exactly what you want to do and what you don’t want to do. You know what works and what doesn’t. You know how you want to be treated and how you want to treat others.
Take all these lessons with you when you embark on your journey to become an entrepreneur.
Working for yourself also means that you don’t have to work yourself to the bone. You can make time to go to the gym or spend time with your family. You can make work-life balance an actual thing!
In addition, you don’t have to follow anyone’s rules.
You don’t have to market a product or services that don’t feel valuable to you. You can try unconventional ways of advertising that may even give you better results than traditional ways. You can decide what message it is you want to put out into the world.
There is so much freedom in entrepreneurship and it’s waiting for you to be discovered.
Working for yourself, starting a company and launching a product most certainly won’t be easy and there is no success guaranteed but being in control of your work and feeling like you are doing something meaningful will most definitely make you feel like you have found your purpose.
It will also keep you from complaining about your job in the future!