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If you ever hear the words “you’re fired” from your boss, a million emotions will probably start running through your head. You may even start questioning yourself. But resilience can be one of the most important character traits to have. There are countless examples of people who have made a comeback after serious failures. So now think – how would you handle a serious setback?

You may be surprised to find out that even highly successful people like Steve Jobs have faced adversity in their career. Instead of putting his life on hold, Steve Jobs founded another company that was later acquired by Apple, prompting his return to Apple as CEO.

Today, we’re sharing an infographic with some lessons on getting fired to help you with the transition. Read on for more tips!

1. Try Not to Dwell on It

This golden nugget of wisdom from the venerable Steve Jobs is something that applies to a ton of areas of life. Especially if you have just lost a job.

When bad things happen in life, dwelling on them accomplishes two things. First, it makes us relive negative emotions over and over. Second, it prevents us from looking toward the future. There is a proper place for mourning a loss. However, once that time is done, you need to move on.

As you move on, ask yourself, “What’s next?” Life is full of limitless options. Set yourself free to explore those options and participate in something bigger and better.

2. Understand Your Life Is More Than a Moment

Whether that moment was a decision you made that led to you being fired or a moment where someone else made a decision that ended in you being fired, this principle still applies. You cannot let that one moment, that one decision defines you.

Life is in continuous movement. Moments from our past will try to haunt and infringe on our present and our future. We have a choice whether we will let them ruin things or not.

3. Remember That It’s All Part of Success

No one would ever call Mark Cuban a failure. Yet as successful as he seems, he was fired too. But he realized something vital to anyone who wants to succeed in life – the success equation is made up of all different kinds of experiences!

As someone once said, success does not come in a straight line. The road is long and it winds around all kinds of events, emotions, and experiences. Among all those things, sometimes you are going to find failure. The key here is realizing that it is a learning experience, something that can make you better next time.

4. Failing Means You Are Trying Hard

You know those people who just kind of drift through life? They show up to their nine to five jobs and plan on being there for the rest of their lives. You are not one of those people.

Whether getting fired was your idea or not, chances are it is a sign that you are trying. Maybe you are rocking the boat, trying new things, and that rubbed someone wrong. Whatever, the reason, failing and failing hard is a sign that you are reaching higher and going further than anyone else.

Never failing means never trying.

5. Keep Your Head Up

When things are going great, it can be easy to let it go to your head. However, as the great Jerry Seinfeld says, that is the time where you need to put your head down and focus. On the other hand, when things are not going so well, it can be easy to let that get you down.

We need to fight this natural response and remember that things will change for the better. There are tons of reasons to be excited about the future!

6. Make the Most of Recovery

Falling down hurts. However, when failure comes around, what matters is not that you failed or got fired, but how you respond to that circumstance.

When you choose to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move on, you are making a conscious decision to rise above your circumstances. If you choose the opposite, wallowing in your despair and the pain of being fired, you are also making a conscious choice, a choice to waste an amazing opportunity.

7. Re-Channel Your Energy

There is no denying that getting fired can create a firestorm of emotions inside you. Everything from anger to disappointment to just plain sadness. Again, you cannot deny that you have these emotions. The real question is what are you going to do with your emotions?

The best option, as Lee Iacocca says, is to take those emotions and use them as fuel to move you forward. You will be amazed at how much power can put behind your actions by channeling your emotions.

8. Acknowledge the Truth

When you are fired from a job, it just plain sucks. That’s just the cold hard truth! So, recognize this truth. Don’t try to tamp it down.

Keep your head up through the pain, but don’t be afraid to own the suck. Realizing and living in the truth is always the best way to go.


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Elisa Ortiz started her career as a paralegal but has since developed a passion for understanding credit and personal finance which she now shares through the content she creates.

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