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Getting Fired: A Blessing in Disguise

Early in our marriage, my wife left me. At the time, it was the worst form of rejection I’d ever felt. Depressed and angry, I let it affect my work and, about six months later, I discovered a new form of rejection: I was fired.Now, I’m not going to sit here and say that my experience was any worse than anyone else’s. On the contrary, the CEO made it part of a broader layoff that included another executive, and the terms were quite generous.That said, when you start from nothing and spend your entire career furiously climbing the corporate ladder to make something of yourself, getting canned can hurt almost as much as your wife saying she can’t stand to live with you anymore. Even more so when you realize you have only yourself to blame.That happened decades ago, but I’ll never forget it. And while my wife did eventually come back, it wouldn’t be the last time I would suffer the pain and humiliation of being fired. In fact, I’ve been on both sides of that equation, more times than I car...

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