How Being Laid Off Became One of the Best Things to Happen to Me.

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7 Responses

  1. I am so thankful that God provided for our family with the bonus of you loving your job!

  2. Rebekah says:

    I’ve never been laid off but I love this message of making something good out of a bad situation!

  3. Phillip says:

    Been laid off more than once. I always keep a lookout for other opportunities and so do my peers and superiors. This is the way tech companies do business now.

    • Chris says:

      I’ve seen that too, and not just with myself. I’m not sure I like it, but that’s the world we live in. 😎

  4. kdrevik says:

    Nice timeline and congratulations. I’ve only been laid off once (1991) and it took me about 6 months to get back on my feet. Since then, I’ve kept the lessons you outline in my heart and worked that way. It has meant some job hopping over the last 25 years, but I have always staid ahead of any negative job losses. Now that I”m close to FI, I’m much more content. I’m sure you will be too.

  5. divvydad says:

    I was laid off last year after spending ~17 years with my former company as they were moving my role to one of our other locations–and 6 months after I left they announced the entire location where I was located was closing. I was offered a severance that was nearly equivalent to one year of pay. Immediately upon learning of my pending layoff, one of the companies that I had a relationship with offered me a position and said they would wait until my end date to allow me to collect my full severance. Not only that but they offered me an additional signing bonus, and I now am working remotely 100% with no more commute.

    With that said, it was harder than i expected as like you said, I envisioned myself staying with that company until I retired. I had a good team working for me and it felt like we were really clicking. It was hard to stay motivated given half of my team was also being laid off, but I did my best to keep everyone focused and working towards the goals we had as a team. Talking to people that are still there, things have gone downhill rapidly and I am glad I am not there anymore but still miss what we once had.

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