Excerpts from We Got Fired!…And It’s The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us

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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

  1. 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.
  2. Accept rejection as a fact of life, especially in highly competitive endeavors. It just means you have to find other ways to succeed.
  3. Don’t let go of your dreams.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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