I heard Claude Julien, the Boston Bruins hockey coach who won a Stanley Cup a few years ago and has led his team to the finals again this year, say he has had his present job for six years and has been fired 5 times.
It goes with the territory.
Julien is right.
We no longer live in an era where we can expect to work for one to three companies in our entire career. Millennials are lucky to find a good job and Baby Boomers have worked for as many as three times the number of employers than their parents worked for.
What’s noteworthy about Julien’s comments is that getting fired is now an accretive part of pursuing your career ambitions.
But we have to change the stigma that surrounds it.
I was once fired for increasing a major market radio station’s ratings from 400,000 listeners to 1.1 million. That’s right, fired for succeeding. And that happens a lot today because decisions on firings are made by venture capital owners and market leaders and by the companies who follow their lead.
By the way, the guy who fired me murdered his wife and killed himself for allegedly stealing from the boss. No consolation but it shows you that the decision maker doesn’t always think straight.
So, time for a change of attitude.
Getting fired today is not all that personal an affront. It’s often an opportunity.
Do not waste time wallowing in the hurt and self-pity that can be generated by losing your job and refocus on the wonderful opportunity to move on and succeed another day.
“You’re fired! No other words can so easily and succinctly reduce a confidence, self-assured executive to an insecure, groveling shred of his former self” – Frank Louchheim