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#938: Getting fired began with Adam and Eve, but still hurts

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FiredI have joined a select club. Those fired by email. Even though it was only from a local radio station who, after 10 years, no longer wanted my twice-weekly radio pieces, it hurt.

People have been let go ever since Adam and Eve were kicked out of that garden, so why the hurt? Because they said goodbye before I did. It’s like that girl who broke my heart because she broke up with me before I could break up with her. Goodbye only hurts when we are not ready to go.

Breaking up happens for three reasons. She no longer needed me, I upset her, or a better hunk rode into town.

Unlike that girl, managers won’t tell you that they have found someone better. It’s too uncomfortable. And why should they? Job restructuring and performance reviews get you gone with less embarrassment, and look better in an email.


Every week, and often every day, the Chief Nonsense Officer expresses his opinion on a regional public radio (NPR) station somewhere. The above podcast is the radio version.
© 2016 James Henry McIntosh – nonsenseatwork.com

#604: Keep moving to stay upright to get ahead

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unicycleI learned very quickly how to ride a bicycle. I had no training wheels and so fell often. Yet, every time it scared me less and I got better at getting up.

Falling and getting up repeatedly should have helped me later when my first business venture went bad. Instead I froze. Not know what to do I did nothing. Years later I realized that failing is simply falling off and getting back on again.

Today when business falls off I don’t freeze. I simply do the next thing to be done. Any next thing, as long as it gets me moving. As with riding my bicycle, I must keep moving to stay upright and not fall down.

I suspect one can apply this even to losing a job. When you lose your job, you come to a sudden stop. How do you not fall down? By immediately do something, anything, to keep moving.


Every week, and often every day, the Chief Nonsense Officer expresses his opinion on a regional public radio (NPR) station somewhere. The above podcast is the radio version.
© 2016 James Henry McIntosh – nonsenseatwork.com

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