When someone loses their job “Thank you!” is not exactly the first phrase that comes to mind. Losing a job invokes feelings of fear and betrayal that are not easily overcome. Instantly the confusion and disillusionment sets in and one is left to wonder what the last few years were really worth.
How will I provide for my family? What good am I if I was fired? Is there something wrong with me? These are just some of the many questions that cross our minds after being laid-off. Losing a job that provided the support for your family is a staggering blow to anyone. While it can definitely be a painful ordeal to experience, that staggering blow does not have to be a knockout punch. There is life after termination and quite possibly a better life than you have ever dreamed.
We humans try to be practical. Rather than reach for the stars we just do what we must do to get by. We take high paying positions at jobs we hate just to afford the lifestyle that we think we want. We give up on big dreams and big ideas because we don’t want to chance losing all that we have worked for. Time after time and person after person, we sacrifice our tomorrow to take care of today.
Perhaps, it does not have to be this way any longer. Before getting locked into another job that you probably don’t like, think a few things through first. Ask yourself what you would do if you had no limits and you had nothing holding you back. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? What would you do if you had the total assurance that the end result would be good?
Maybe now is the perfect time to try that big idea and maybe it will work. Maybe now is the time to go back to school or finish writing that novel or tryout that new invention that has been locked away because we had clocks to punch and bills to pay. It is quite possible that this devastating loss of a job could lead to a worthwhile and incredible career doing something that you love to do.
Whether you are just entering the workforce or you’ve just been laid-off from position that you held for thirty years, it is not too late for you to live your dream. Henry Ford did nothing substantial with cars until he was 40; Winston Churchill was over sixty before he became the Prime Minister of Great Britain; the founder of KFC was well into his sixties before his business became a success as well.
Even though you may have lost your job, don’t give-in to the thought that your dreams are too big or that you are too old or too young to be successful. Take a chance on yourself and live the life that you have always wanted to live.
By the time all is said and done, you just may be thanking God that you lost your job after all.
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