If you have ever been fired from a job, join the club. Change is a good thing, most of the time. There are very few who haven’t been let go, down sized, replaced or fired at least once in their lifetime. Back in my college days I used to work in a small restaurant, and if you know me at all, you know that I love food. Even though I love food, I think I loved it too much and couldn’t help not eating the food instead of serving it. To say the least, I was let go from that job, or fired. Whatever you want to call it. Their reason was, “I didn’t have what it takes to work with food.” That was okay with me and they were probably right. I hated cleaning up after people I didn’t know anyway, especially after a meal.
I was grateful for the opportunity they gave me to work there, even though it didn’t work out. But there were others who worked there during the same time that were let go as well, and they were vengeful, and bitter. They would bad mouth that employer all around town, every where they went.
I received a spam email the other day from a disgruntled ex-employee who was trying to get back at their previous employer by showing people where they could go to get that product for a much lower price. He was trying to put them out of business, but wasn’t making any profit from it.
Apparently, he had worked there for a good period of time and was let go due to down sizing. So he became angry and blamed the company for all of his misfortune, and I have a big problem with that. He should be grateful for the opportunity he had to trade his time for money. That company paid his bills, put food on his table, probably provided health benefits and much more. He should show gratitude instead of being angry. After all, he put himself in that situation.
So if you happen to find yourself fired, let go or down sized, here are a few things you can do about it.
- Stay positive. Striking revenge at your old employer will never get you anywhere!
- Of course, you can look for another job. But, being pro-entrepreneur, you may be putting yourself right back into the same situation again.
- You can start a business. You only have so much control over your financial future as an employee. Your wages, your work schedule, your job, all depends on your employer. With a business, you have absolute control over everything.
- As an employer, I know that every employee that I hire is a potential competitor. How many disgruntled employees have you known that have started a business in the same niche they were fired from? I know plenty who have….and they’ve taken a good portion of their old clients with them. Rather than being upset and trying to destroy your old employer, become their competitor. Do what they didn’t do very well, better!
Loosing a job is a hardship, but never the end of the world. Even in a somewhat downed economy, there is plenty of opportunity. Stay positive, stay focused, and get what you want.