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Monday Morning Motivation: 3 Reasons I Told The Truth About Being Fired.. And Why You Should Too


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. “

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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.

1. It Happens To Everyone

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Right after I got into TV news, I remember someone telling me that, if you hadn't been fired at least once, you hadn't been in the business long enough. How true that was! But that's not just TV news; it's also life. The fact is, people get hired and fired from jobs for myriad reasons; sometimes it's budgetary.. sometimes they did something wrong or it's just not a good fit. If it happens to you, take comfort in the fact that you're not the first and won't be the last to lose a gig.


  1. Clarissa

    October 20, 2014 at 10:39 am

    The more you reveal, the more we love you. (I gotta get crackalackin-my friends know the transparent me, but that’s it. It’s scary, yet, I love you MORE for it all. Thank you Rene for always being an amazing source of inspiration. You’ve given me courage like you don’t even know. Thank you!!! Every ending for me (devastating and hopeless as I felt at the time) ALWAYS brought a new beginning. It’s so incredible and timely you were there for those people, speaking those words. What a gift you are-thank God you keep going and going! XOXO

  2. Rene Syler

    October 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm


  3. Keisha Clarke-Gayle

    June 3, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    This was extremely encouraging. I’m going through a transition that relates to one door closing as I explore the possibilities behind other doors. Thanks so much for this. You’re such a soldier. I salute you! Really.♥

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