Why being laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me

By Chip Dizárd | Commentary

Mar 11
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It was almost one year ago when I received the news.  I would be laid off from Baltimore City Public Schools as the school system television general manager .  Layoffs are always an interesting thing, and if you have been through them at an office it can be a morale-killer. I saw colleagues leaving their cubicle crying, shouting, and doing all sorts of things.  It is an emotional time and I remember it like it was yesterday.  

My boss at the time broke the news that changes were coming throughout the district, you know “cost-cutting” measures because resources had to be reallocated back to schools.

I was upset, mad at God, mad at the school system and just plain irked.
I received the official termination letter on April 15, 2011 that stated my job was to end on June 30, 2011. I made some phone calls to contacts and had a scheduled interview at Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts and on May 15, 2011 I was hired to become a teacher. I will never forget the day when I handed my boss the transfer papers and the look of shock on her face. 

I would have never had become a teacher if I hadn’t had that seismic shift in my career.  I was one of the first persons from my department to find another job and did it within a month! Sometimes in life things have to shift in order for you to find your purpose. I have many challenges in my new career, but the rewards have been so great. 

What’s holding you back from finding your purpose?  


About the Author

Chip is a video professional, author, speaker and apple certified trainer. You can find him directing the live stream at his church or conducting online video training at Web Video Chefs

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