We all know that one of the worst things that can happen is being laid off from your job. All of the financial planning, goal-setting, the need to cover routine expenses; suddenly gone. What do you do? And when it’s not your fault? And when you’re reminded it’s just the nature of the business?
My first instinct was to wallow in pity and to reach for my favorite vice, which of course I did. But after giving it time to digest, it really allowed me to put things into perspective. Whether you’ve been laid off before or it’s your “first time,” there’s a feeling of liberty that usually follows. Often times we block it out because we’re still disheveled and still thinking to ourselves that it was all good just a day ago.
Maybe you hated the job, or it simply wasn’t the best fit. And though the added stress of being jobless doesn’t change the reality, it does allow the ability to shift gears, refocus, and remember what makes you best.
I had been working as an assistant in the dental field when I received the breaking news. I began my journey at a large practice where I had no prior schooling or formal training of any kind—and learned faster than anyone they had ever seen. The practice had been suffering under their current management and a few colleagues and doctors were giving their resignations. Opening a struggling second office resulted in an overhead influx. Benefits were cut. Peapod stopped delivering. There was a major recession.
Of course at the time I didn’t know it, but being laid off allowed me a breather to take a step back and realign my focus with my personal goals. A liberating feeling only comes hand in hand with a handful of mistakes and constructive tweaks along the way. Putting it all into perspective only allowed me to see something better around the corner.