How many times have you been fired?

by copyassassin 53 replies
Hey Warriors!

How many times have you been fired?

I was listening to one of Perry Marshall MP3s and he asked how many in the audience had been fired.

Hands here, hands there, hands everywhere.

Lets just say it was A LOT!

Got me thinking if IM attracts ADD, authority questioning rebels?

I'm proud to say I'm been fired or "laid off" from just about every job I've ever had. I've 6 in my bag.

So, how many times have you been fired?
#mind warriors #fired #times
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  • Profile picture of the author AwesomePossum
    haha...well I just picked up and left the only job I ever had after only 3 months of work.

    I can't stand to sit around and do a bunch of pointless things that have no bearing on my life sooooo...I imagine if I got a job I'd be fired in weeks : 0

    If people don't get fired it's either because they enjoy their job(don't have a problem with that) or they've just been raised to work hard on what their task is no matter the outcome(not horrid either)..I'm pretty sure that most of us here have been fired or laid off...because if they cared they wouldn't be pokin around this forum!!

    So great thread dude
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  • Profile picture of the author csrpj
    i was once fired... for being drunk/tipsy
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    • Profile picture of the author Avalyn Conner
      I've been fired once and that was enough for me, lol!

      I was fired from a healthcare job that I (mostly) enjoyed and had been an employee at for approximately 15 years, almost my whole adult working life. I'd held three different positions there over the years. This job had been my "home away from home" and I had some really great friendships, connections and memories. If I *had* to work (and I did) it was a decent place to be. I felt pretty lucky. Not to mention, I needed that paycheck, of course!

      The firing was due to scheduling conflicts and lack of communication (on their part) as I had followed policy and procedure, as I had always done throughout the years there. The fact that I was being fired meant that any job doing a reference check on me that I applied to in the future would be told by my former company that I was not rehireable, despite all of my years there as an employee with a good reputation. Being that I spent most of my working life at this company, they were the only reference I could put down. I had no other options to choose from.

      I felt devastated and betrayed when it happened, but soon became very angry. They tried to fight me on unemployment, but I fought back, and "won" during phone court, so it turns out the state saw the company had been in the wrong, as well. I won't lie...I felt some satisfaction in that! However, even though it's now been a few years since this happened, I still feel some disappointment in that whole situation.

      This made me realize three important things for certain:

      (1) It CAN happen to you!

      (2) You can have a long history as a dependable, dedicated and valuable employee and give years of your life, but when it comes down to it, there is just no such thing as "job security"!

      3) You must figure out how to be your own boss!
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  • Profile picture of the author jenifer00
    This is a great thread, I bet a VERY high percentage of entrepreneurs have been fired.

    Most people are embarrassed to admit it. Not me. I was fired once. I've been self-employed ever since. At the time, I thought my world was ending. It only took a few months to understand that my LIFE was finally beginning.
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    • Profile picture of the author jamhot
      Same here. My last boss/job was pushing unrealistic targets not to mention another member of staff in my same rank who felt the need to **** stir behind my back. Poisonous company and I left because I had the guy call me thinking I was my boss and begin to Bad mouth me only to realise seconds later it was me. Lol I laugh now but that was about all I was going to take. I quite the next day with no job to go to. I ended up working for myself and never looked back. I've had a fantastic time learning how and it made me realise you don't have to rely on someone else to line your pockets. I've had awesome up and bad lows but I feel I gained lots of knowledge in the process.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    You wouldn't believe it but...

    13 times.

    Dead serious. One of the strangest advetures in my life
    was constantly forcing myself to realize that I am born
    to lead my own destiny, and not follow someone elses
    plan for me.

    I was actually a great worker, but my personality and
    confidence seemed to irritate those who wanted some
    one a little less...outgoing?

    Ah...but now I call the shots
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    • Profile picture of the author mystory1121
      I relate so much to what you're saying! I think you're the only person I've talked to that's been fired more than myself. Don't know if that will last at the rate I'm going. I wish I could find a way to be my own boss!
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  • Profile picture of the author FortressDewey
    Fired 2x for correct reasons, RIF'd once.
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  • Profile picture of the author GMatthers
    Oh wow i run my own business ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Delton Doucet
    I've never been fired...
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  • Profile picture of the author mpbiz
    Only once, froma restaraunt, for not shaving. Oh and I was a host.
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  • Profile picture of the author Massagee
    Once. One week they were telling me to "get management" and when they figured out I wasn't interested they canned me (6 days before Christmas).

    It turned out great though. I bought the equipment and went into business against them and was netting $150/hour (a little more than they were paying me).
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    • Profile picture of the author naruq
      I have been fired 3 times. I probably quit 6 different jobs. I just could not deal with working for someone except myself.
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      • Profile picture of the author samoset2003
        Great Post....I've been fired only once but have been "let go" due to cash flow issues, downsizing, divisions closing or companies closing up shop 13 times.
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  • On my story on my work I'm not experience to fired as of now because i do all my best to maintain my good works.
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke Frisby
    3 times I guess, but everytime I quit myself for a better opportunity
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  • Profile picture of the author brandonthomas
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    When you are fired is better to stay on good terms with your old boss, especially considering that upcoming employers might be phoning your ex boss for references.
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  • Profile picture of the author carolrt
    I've been fired twice. Once was technically a forced resignation.
    Some firms don't like firing, but it becomes a bear to get
    unemployment if you quit. The good thing is that usually
    they will give you a good word on your next job. It's
    a trade off.

    Received a layoff notice a year ago, but was rehired on
    a month to month basis.

    Hence, concentrating on online income like the rest of us!

    Carol Arty, AKA RT
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I've never been fired from a job, however, I have fired a few employers from my life.

      Terra
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      • Profile picture of the author GT
        Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

        I've never been fired from a job, however, I have fired a few employers from my life.

        Terra
        I love that perspective, Terra! I have "fired" a few employers over the years, too!

        I've only been fired once, years ago, and was released from a business that was closing its doors not so many years ago ... and in both cases, it was a tremendous weight off my shoulders!

        I tend to be focused and dedicated to the causes I support (including employers, back in the day), so, in the past, I often stuck with jobs I didn't like because of the belief that I was "contributing" to the business or the community.

        Since I have been self-employed and working at home, I have been happier ... although there HAVE been times I would like to have been able to fire my boss! lol

        Like when he makes me stay up until 1 p.m. or later finishing something when I would rather go to bed. He is such an awful slave driver.

        GT
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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          Originally Posted by GT View Post


          Since I have been self-employed and working at home, I have been happier ... although there HAVE been times I would like to have been able to fire my boss! lol

          Like when he makes me stay up until 1 p.m. or later finishing something when I would rather go to bed. He is such an awful slave driver.

          GT
          Haha GT!

          I know what you're talking about. Since I've started working from home, my boss refuses to give me paid days off! She insists that if I don't work, I don't get paid! The audacity!!

          Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author miserman
    lol....an interesting question.....Though I never been fired but this time I am perceiving that I would be fire form my current position, but no worries at all :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    None. Well, unless you consider it as firing myself when I decided to sell my businesses.
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    • Profile picture of the author copyassassin
      wow, I'm so happy this thread was revived.

      I still hold the same belief I did in 2010: Entrepreneurs get fired a lot more than the average worker.

      I take it as a badge of honor!

      In fact, I share getting fired in my six figures a year professional business practice: Our Story | Adam C. Libman
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I was fired once. I worked in a salad factory where we made potato, macaroni, and all kinds of salads that got shipped to local supermarkets. I was on the macaroni salad packing line and it was a beautiful day out. I was 16 at the time, my summer job.

    I decided I wanted to be outdoors so I picked up a pint container of fresh-from-the-vat macaroni salad, walked over to the forman and dumped the container on to his shoes. Fired instantly, thought he was going to take a shot at me. Got a nice tan that afternoon.

    The gal who got me the job, the daughter of the owner, called me up that night laughing herself silly after hearing what I'd done and offered my my job back. I think she kinda liked me.... :p
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  • Profile picture of the author fitnessmaster
    Never have been fired but I probably should have been a few times due to my overall lack of interest in pretty much any job I ever had.
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    i've never been appointed yet
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  • Profile picture of the author JD Ways
    4th time was the charm! LOL!
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    I've never really been "fired", but I've been laid off from every job (including this one, but I was re-hired on) and have mostly done freelance jobs all my life.

    So technically, I've lost jobs about 4 times in my life.
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  • Profile picture of the author hazyl lee
    I started working with my current company when I just graduated and now still working with them for almost 2 years. Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author gentryliving
    Just once... it's because he can't pay me anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeresteem99
    Originally Posted by copyassassin View Post

    Hey Warriors!

    How many times have you been fired?

    I was listening to one of Perry Marshall MP3s and he asked how many in the audience had been fired.

    Hands here, hands there, hands everywhere.

    Lets just say it was A LOT!

    Got me thinking if IM attracts ADD, authority questioning rebels?

    I'm proud to say I'm been fired or "laid off" from just about every job I've ever had. I've 6 in my bag.

    So, how many times have you been fired?

    Im the one who fired them..
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Jeez. Many times. You cannot expect a j-o-b to go on forever--at some point you're going to get tired of the job, or the employer is going to get tired of you.

    Me, I guess I've been released (without "cause" and with severance packages) 5 times. Two of those were layoffs. And I've quit at least 3 jobs. Things eventually are no longer the right fit. Most of these were before I got into sales training, and learned how to qualify. Nowadays that's much less likely to happen because I won't get into a role that isn't the right fit--back then I'd "take anything". Which is the way just about everyone approaches their job search. They take the first thing that's offered to them.

    On Day One of a shiny new job, I know that it isn't going to last forever. And that's the smartest way to think about it. Not in a defeatist way, but a comfortable acknowledgement that I shouldn't bet 100% of my income on this one source. I have a pile of posts about this on one of my sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author TMercT
    I haven't been fired but I have quit my jobs many times, no matter how hard I try I just can't work a 9-5 under someone's command. I like taking in charge of my life and steer it in whatever direction I feel.
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  • Profile picture of the author florhome
    I haven't fired yet because i didn't work anywhere
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  • Profile picture of the author landen
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    Hello,

    How do you recover after loosing your job! I have never been fired but I think it is difficult to handle it.
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    • Profile picture of the author copyassassin
      Originally Posted by landen View Post

      Hello,

      How do you recover after loosing your job! I have never been fired but I think it is difficult to handle it.
      Landen,

      It all depends on why you got fired .

      For example, did you get fired because 1.) you were caught moonlighting, 2.) sexually harrassing a co-worker, 3.) you sucked at the job, etc....

      Honestly, it depends on the reason.

      And ultimately, getting fired can be a great thing because it closes doors you should of never opened in the first place.

      However, to get specific to your question, it always hurts, no matter the reason.

      The best way to recover from getting fired is to understand why you got fired, and understand that in most cases YOU didn't get fired as a person, as a complete human being.

      You got fired because you sucked at doing your job. And once you can separate yourself as a totality from that as your role as worker, you can recover faster.

      The problem arises when your identity is rooted in your job. Like a Doctor. A doctor usually says, "I'm a doctor". Or accountants say, "I am an accountant".

      When what the doctor should say, "I do Doctoring" or the accountant who should say, "I do accounting".


      Who you are and what you do aren't the same. Perhaps in specific moments.

      Kobe is more than just a BB player. Allen Says is more than a forum admin. Frank Kern is more than an Internet Marketer.

      The key is getting over being fired is to understand why you got fired, understand YOU didn't get fired (the little you did), and increase your skill set in a specific area so you are in demand.

      And this is where I want to finish: make yourself desirable.

      Most people fear getting fired because they are afraid of the "what happens next". As in having to do interviews.

      It's about relationships, just like in email list building. You should always be touch with your professional list of people, giving them updates on what you are doing. And let them know how awesome you are. Because there are plenty of jobs for those with specialized skill. Even in this economy.

      Did this answer your question?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dimachaerus
    Many times, but now I am my own boss!
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  • Profile picture of the author mindreaderwriter
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    I've never been fired. I left the "rat race" field because I don't want to deal with superiors/bosses who are not smarter/more genius than me. I hate dealing with people who are always acting to be smarter than me when they do nothing but depend on me. Some say that I need to work on my "people skills" so I can blend with these type of guys. Well, I have the option to be my own boss so why would I find ways to blend myself with them? Let them be the ones to blend with my attitude, moods, and principles.
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    for me never
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  • Profile picture of the author w3bTools
    Once, when I was 16 my manager said I was too cocky, I threw a chicken nugget at her, she fired me... 20 years later... She still takes my order as I roll thru in my Lexus ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author johnholt
    nice share,,,,
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  • Profile picture of the author Chronic IM
    Hello! Great post. Yeah, lots of us have been fired maybe once or twice or maybe even more. I have been fired but don't know exactly how many times.But it was numerous. More power.
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  • Profile picture of the author mystory1121
    Well I was fired yesterday (my "boss" was reading my personal chats to a friend) for the 6th time since 2008. Two of those times were while truck driving I was in minor fender bender accidents. One time was while student teaching and the other from my first and only teaching job. Both of which boiled down to "bosses" being intimidated by me and trying to break me down. Jealous, that the students adored me and soared in their learning. The first time I was fired was when I was 16. I worked at the theaters that my own brother was and is actually CEO/ President of. What it boiled down to then and always has is; I don't fit in with the Mormon clique here in UT. And my free spirit, strong willed personality intimidates and scares the crap out of these puppet drones! It's very depressing to be yet again looking for a way to survive in this corporate world. If only I didn't need food, I'd just go enjoy living on a warm climate beach!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris30K
    I've never been fired; however, I was probably going to get there before quit because my mind wasn't in the job - I could never hit sales quota because the managers wanted us to approach the sales like our own business.

    I always thought - if I have to approach this like a business, then.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Noctilus
    I have never been fired
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  • Profile picture of the author ceenote100
    Got laid off once. I got fired a couple of times. But I've quit lots of jobs. I always had an entrepreneur frame of mind and prefer to give orders instead of taking them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danielkibby
    I've quit lots of jobs because I hated them but never been fired from one.
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  • Profile picture of the author allanrsm
    Not fired so many times but have left a few...Got tired of being suppressed in order to make someone else's dreams a reality at the expense of my own!

    Freedom from within is BRILLIANT!
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    I only got fired from one job in my entire life. I was fired from a Vans store (remember Vans shoes?) because me and my buddies checked out comic books at the other end of the Los Angeles San Fernando Valley. I got to work 30 minutes late. Fired on the spot. That was the only job I got fired from.

    Lesson learned.
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  • Profile picture of the author gurupreneur
    I started working at a company when I was 13 years old (no interview required) and I stayed there until I was 26 years old, moving up in the rankings every year or two. By 26, I was making so much money online that it was pointless to work full time for 1/5th of the income, so I decided to quit and focus on Internet business.

    So, never been fired, nor never had a job interview
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  • Profile picture of the author jw22777
    I've been fired once! All my other jobs I just got up and left!
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