Love

If we had a crystal ball, life would be grand. But, because we don’t, we often find ourselves at the mercy of hindsight. Hindsight being 20/20, what is one setback you faced in your career that ended up being a blessing in disguise?

Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, oh wait.  I was in LA.  That’s as close to a galaxy as I might come.

Really, many years ago, I thought I had the perfect job.  I was working hard, delivering results, and taking no prisoners.  It was fabulous. I made a lot of money. It was great work until things started to change.  I moved 40 miles to open up a new branch for my boss.  Mistake, or so I thought at the time.  In retrospect, I lost my mojo – regretted the move, didn’t like the location, didn’t like the people with whom I was working, didn’t like the clients, didn’t like the community, missed my old friends.  Frankly I lost my gas.  And eventually, I lost my job.

There is a lot more to this story. Plenty of blame and ill will to go around. But I get bored with details and I am no longer in a phase where I blame others;  while it wasn’t just me, it was me.

And from that one decision – the decision to move and open up a new location that ended so badly was the very best awful event that ever happened to me.  Eventually, I picked myself up, dusted my ego off and took a new job.   I found people who were honest and appreciative.  I worked with some of the best clients ever, met some wonderful people, the best of the best, my dear friend Lynn and eventually got hired by a client (my dear friend Lynn) who is directly responsible for where I am now.  In a job that I love.  In a city I adore.  With people who inspire and support me.

That one event -which, in the moment, felt like my own private hell instead provided a pathway to joy and adventure and success, surpassing my wildest dreams.  That one event, that in the moment, I cursed, I now bless daily.  I learned from it – I grew, I recovered and now am filled with such gratitude that it is hard for me to imagine my life without that one moment.

Love.

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About the Author

Deirdre Honner

Deirdre Honner is a human resources professional working in higher education. She has a master's degree and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Deirdre is a social media junkie and has presented locally, regionally and nationally on job-hunting strategies, social media and networking tools and the integration of both. Deirdre blogs about work at The HR Maven and you can connect with her on Twitter as @theHRmaven.

5 Comments

Basudhaa

How timely, it lends itself to entrusting yourself into the hands of something universal that defies explanation. You are inspiring and have inspired me always. I needed to read this today!

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Basudhaa

How timely, it lends itself to entrusting yourself into the hands of something universal that defies explanation. You are inspiring and have been inspired me always. I needed to read this today!

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Dawn Geoghegan

I have so been there done that. When I thought a career move would take me one direction ended up somewhere completly differnent. Good news though, the final destination was better then the one I imagined.

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