They fired me for speaking my truth.
I had an employee that was struggling. She was debating on what she wanted to do with her own career.
The industry had started to become volatile and she wasn’t sure if this was what she wanted to do.
She had confided in me.
I remember the moment so clearly to this day.
I told her she had to figure out what she truly wanted. If she decided to stay or go, then I’d fully support her. I offered to write recommendations for her if she were to seek other opportunities.
I was doing the right thing from a human perspective.
Well, in some twisted turn of fate my boss found out what she and I had discussed.
Wonder how that happened?
He felt that my advice to this employee was unethical, so they fired me.
I knew from the company perspective that would have been frowned upon, but I slso knew that unhappy and miserable employees killed office morale and personal morale.
It was the best thing that could have happened to me, but I didn’t realize it at the time.
I was stunned.
I’d had a successful career.
I was the main income earner in my household.
We needed my income.
This was a HUGE black mark on my resume.
But I knew, if faced with the same scenario I’d do it again.
We aren’t cogs in a wheel. We are humans with emotions, feelings, wants, desires and more.
How could I push or force someone to do something they were thoroughly unhappy doing?
I couldn’t. I can’t. I won’t.
I’ll never cower to the man or the machine.
Being fired from that job was the beginning of my Entrepreneurial journey.
I’m forever grateful that they fired me.
I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if I had not gone through that experience.