I'm writing this article while lounging in my new office, gazing at my notice of layoff. It's bordered by a delicate frame after months of being tucked away in a dusty closet.
It was sandwiched between a stack of other embarrassing mementos from throughout my lifetime, a yearbook from my days of Sun-in and DIY bangs, a hardcover copy of a First Communion handbook that my mother convinced me to model for, and a stack of photos from the disposable cameras I took on nights out during college.
But months after I landed my dream job at Grade A, and began writing articles on LinkedIn, I found myself digging through my wreckage of regret for that layoff notice. It became a tangible symbol of how quickly things can change and continues to serve as a reminder that failure can teach you more about your strength than success ever can.
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Around this time last year, I was laid off from my previous job. My 30th birthday was quickly approaching, and instead of having a stable career, and a growing family, I had an over-drafted bank account and had officially hit rock bottom.
In a spontaneous moment of "what the hell do I have to lose" style courage, I sent a LinkedIn message to an idol of mine, not expecting a reply. Not only did I receive a reply, but he sent me a box of books to help me start writing again.
My writing fueled my confidence, which led me to landing my dream job at Grade A in two weeks. That article went viral, and changed my life instantaneously. I was hooked. I spent my weekends furiously writing and sharing my experiences.
I had discovered my purpose.