Source | LinkedIn : By Betty Liu
In order to succeed in life, you have to be an eternal optimist. Every lemon you’re given can be juiced into lemonade. Even when doors keep closing, you have to keep searching for new ones to unlock.
One of the most devastating things that can happen to anyone, even an optimist, is to lose one’s job. The hit to the paycheck hurts enough but for some people, especially folks in high positions, it’s the hit to the ego that hurts the most. People stop talking to you. You become less “relevant.” Your identity suffers.
What’s remarkable is how many people who’ve actually gone through the process tell me it was one of the best things to happen to them. They were set on a course they might not have otherwise taken. New doors opened up. Sometimes, the hit to the ego wasn’t as bad as once thought.
Here’s what these former CEOs said about their dismissals and what it taught them:
1. Sallie Krawcheck, former CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, now the founder and CEO of Ellevest. Her firing “felt like a random act of violence, because the business that I had responsibility for was doing well, it was growing…but here’s the thing, it really is about how you define yourself. Do you define yourself by your title? Do you define yourself by the company you work at? Do you define yourself by the amount of money you make? Do you define yourself by whether you have a corporate jet? I define myself by impact…and so, even when I went on the big jobs, I thought ‘How can I have an impact?'” She continued, “When I came out of Merrill, and was thinking about the next job I had opportunities to go back to big companies and I feel like I’ve had lightening strike me and say ‘go do something else!'”