Monday Morning Motivation:
3 Reasons I Told The Truth About Being Fired..
And Why You Should Too
Hey all.. happy Monday! How was the weekend? Hopefully it was a restful one and you’re ready for the week ahead.
I spent the end of last week in Atlanta, emceeing the Women in Cable Telecommunications Red Letter Awards, which recognizes outstanding women in the industry. It was a wonderful event but it came at a difficult time.
I’m not sure if you’ve been following what’s been happening in television but last week, Turner Broadcasting, parent company of CNN and many others, took a huge ax to its workforce, slashing it by 10% or almost 1500 jobs.
So when I took the stage, it seemed odd not to say anything about the elephant in the room, given that Turner is based in Atlanta.
“In 2006, I was fired from my job” I began. “Two weeks later I had a preventive, double mastectomy. A year later, while out on a book tour, I got sick, was hospitalized and my hair fell out. In two years, I lost my job, I lost my breasts, I lost my hair and in losing all those things, I found myself. “
I went on. “I know there are some in this room who are in transition. I just want to say you will be okay. Remember, sometimes an end is a cleverly disguised beginning.”
People clapped and the relief was almost palpable. There I was, someone who’d gone through some of the worst things in life and I was still standing.
That is one of the reasons I have never lied or tried to speak in euphemisms about being fired; here are three more.