Harvey Mackay’s Cold Truths about firing and being fired
- The real reason you are being fired is rarely the reason you are given.
- The best time to hire people is during a downturn when everyone else is firing them.
- When a smart boss fires someone, the first question they should ask is NOT: How do I feel about this person working for me? The first question they should ask IS: How would I feel about this person if he or she were working for my competitor? I call this the acid test of firing.
- The time to start worrying about what you’ll do when you’re fired is the day you get hired.
- Maybe what you did wrong got you fired. It’s what you can do right that will get you hired again.
Finding A Job Is A Job!
- Create a routine and stick to it: It’s now your job to find a job so plan on working twelve to sixteen hours a day.
- Make yourself accountable to a plan: Set goals for each day.
- Expect to do hard work in finding a new job: Getting a job is grueling work – expect drudgery.
- Find a mentor: Ask someone who is working and who has faith in you to serve as an advisor.
- Go online and do research on your industry: It’s vital that you keep abreast of current events and do as much research as possible.
- Stay in shape: It’s easy to get lazy. Work out and stay lean.
- Be sure to keep a group of outside advisors abreast of your progress: Share your short-term plans and methods with them. Without making a pest of yourself, help them feel a vested interest in their investment in you.
How to Deal with Being Fired
Firing = Rejection
- When you’re rejected, don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean that you’re bad, but rather that somebody thinks you’re not good enough.
- Accept rejection as a fact of life, especially in highly competitive endeavors. It just means you have to find other ways to succeed.
- Don’t let go of your dreams.
- Don’t burn bridges. Keep a civil relationship with those who fired you, they may be able to help you in the future. And remember they’ll have to give your potential employers a job recommendation.
- Visualize acceptance. Focus on an image of you happily working at a job that makes you feel great. Seek out a network of people in the same situation. It’s nice to have a group of people in similar situations. Make sure it’s a positive group. Pick people who are practical, action-oriented, and actively engaged to make things happen for themselves.