Hey everyone! Welcome to another Monday!
I’m not sure how many of you follow me on my other social media channels (if not, here’s where you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram) but lately I have been using a hashtag when posting to Instagram that I thought I would take a moment to explain.
Several years ago I was fired from my high-profile network co-hosting gig. It was the beginning of what would be a pretty dark phase of my life.
Anyone who loses a job knows that it can really do a number on you and it did me. It wasn’t just the loss of income (though that was big); it was also the loss of structure, friends and all that went with that.
Shortly after I was fired I had a call with my longtime TV agent and told him I didn’t want to do TV news anymore.
His response, “Now what am I going to do with you?” told me everything I needed to know.
So I went back home and I waited. I waited for the phone to ring, waited for someone to wonder what happened to me, waited for a change in my circumstance.
That never happened.
Ultimately I fell into a deep depression that took professional help to shake.
But the biggest change happened within me. I figured something out in that time I spent in bed wondering if I’d been forgotten: I was going to have to save myself.
Yep. No mystery. The simple fact is no one was going to believe in me, care for me as much as I did for myself.
Was it hard? Of course. But if I can do it, so can you.
There were three big things I did in saving myself.
1. Learn New Ways To Use Your Skills
Well this is as good a place to start as any. Knowing I did not want to do TV News anymore, I had to figure out what I DID want to do. I knew then and now that I have always been a communicator; I just needed to find a different way to do the same thing. So I started learning about blogging and social media. I started creating regular content and interacting with my audience, nearly the same thing I was doing as a broadcaster. The skill set was the same; only the delivery system was different. Before I knew it I had built a sizable social media footprint, one that attracted a new audience and advertisers too!So step 1: Learn new ways to use your skills.