“Susie, the General Manager would like to see you.” My heart seized in my chest. “This is it!” I thought to myself. I was getting promoted!
I was young, naive and ambitious (and a little cocky) when I started out in my career. I joined my first company in an entry-level support role and I was desperate to get into sales. I spent all my time with the sales team, listening to them, helping them with their clients, up-selling whenever I had the chance. “They have to be noticing this great work!” I kept thinking rather confidently to myself *whilst totally ignoring the data entry I was supposed to me doing (!)*
So when the big boss wanted to see me, I was ready. I threw on a dab of lip gloss and strutted up those stairs, prepared to gracefully accept my promotion. Oh, and I was gonna request business cards too (in my mind, business cards meant that you had hit the BIG time).
As soon as my butt hit the chair these words slapped me in the face, “Susie, we’re letting you go. It’s not working out.”
Full body sting. Breathing stopped. Heart sank. Whaaaaat?!?!
Today’s video is about why that was one of the best things that has happened to me in my career. I’m not alone either – Madonna, Oprah, Walt Disney, Michael Bloomberg and Mark Cuban all got booted from various jobs too.
Rejection can be the most awesome wake up call and course correct. It’s just be delivered – sometimes abruptly – from the universe when you’re least expecting it.
When has rejection worked out well for you? I can’t wait to hear from you over at the blog!