The Gift of Getting Fired

At 50 years old, I got maybe the best gift anyone could every get. I got fired.

Of course, at the moment it didn’t seem like a gift. After a wonderful, 30 year career, I found myself at a new chapter in my life with a burning question: What next?

Should I get a new job and feel like I was a spectator of my life and not living it? Or should I stop and try to finish a book that I had started a few years before, on positive thinking and well-being? How wonderful to think about this project of slowing down and doing something that brought true meaning into my life and the lives of others.

I discovered that I heard two voices speak to me. The voice I call “The Outside Me” kept on pushing me to get another job, keep the money coming in. That voice was the voice of fear, the voice that lives in the external world that measures success by the external things in our life like money, accomplishments and stuff.

That’s the voice in all of us that says things like, “We’re not the kind of people that can feel free and live our dreams.” When that voice spoke, it didn’t feel good.

The other voice that spoke to me made me feel amazing. I call that voice “The Inside Me.” That voice encouraged me to let go of the fear. That voice comes from a higher place and is not concerned with an uncertain future or a regrettable past. That voice is the voice that believes in US. That voice seemed to provide clarity and meaning.

The voice of the “Inside Me” is our soul. It is the higher part of us. It is God speaking through us. We as humans do something strange. We feel 100% comfortable with praying to God and speaking to God and asking God for help….Continue reading at

John Dowd Jr. is a speaker and the author of Heroes Mentors and Friends.

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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Aud Nordby
Aud nordby5 years ago


Bill and Katie D.
Katie & Bill D5 years ago

Sometimes this is just a Big Blessing!
Things end up better! The next step is the best!

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se5 years ago

I agree with the article but it also depends on what you have (in your bankaccount) to live on after you are fired. If John had nothing to live on, would the book be written? But again I understand and agree :-)

Olga Lustosa
Olga Lustosa5 years ago

One doesn´t need to be fired to find his own way.

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

Thanks very much.

Susanne P.
Susanne P5 years ago

If one door is closed before your face, there will be others to open!

Sandi C.
Sandi C5 years ago

Didn't feel like a gift when I got fired from a really good job, now I'm sick with no health benifits!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Hmmm... weird... I wonder whether they'll start talking about the gift of death, which also relieves people of certain obligations.

D D.
De D5 years ago

I don't know if its necessarily a gift.....but thanks for the post.