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?
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.
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