I got fired from my first job outside of college.
I was working for a powerhouse of a woman that was a motivational speaker, a local best selling publisher and around the clock hustler.
And let me tell ya, I admired the WORLD of her!
From the outside she was the Queen.
The fierce stage holder, the room ignitor, the warrior
Working for her on the other hand was like that scene out of The Devil Wears Prada
She demanded her staff make her lunch, dress a certain way, read the same books she was reading, show up extra early, work inside construction (literally bits of the ceiling would drop onto the keyboard at 8pm at night as we pushed deadlines) and giving her daily recaps of our work for critique. We would be ranked on an A+ to F- basis daily.
Things started to get really heavy when she was pressed against a huge speaking tour in the Midwest. Demanding more and more of us and feeling like a sinking ship, the water started to rush in... There was an evening where the accountant left a post-it note on his chair saying, "I Quit"
And the next week, the Marketing Manager just didn't show.
People were jumping ship.
I remember being chosen to sit front row at her speaking gig because someone was "sick at home" and that's when it hit me... There she was, in front of a fortune 500 company, talking about the "power of a teamwork in the work place" and I thought to myself... "What a crock of shhhh..." Overtime, my desire to be there dwindled and the once fire I saw in her left.
Our time ended when she said, "It's been great getting to know you but I think your time is done here now"
Turn and burn.
Onto the next thing.... Here's the thing. No matter what job you've ever had, it's taught you something.
You were there for a period of time to learn a lesson, experience it's energy, collect a wisdom nugget or two and move on I TREASURE this time as it's so clear to see how building a business from a rotten foundation can too = it'll crack and collapse overtime.
The #1 thing to a successful business is the way you treat people. The way to make them feel. If you desire freedom, GIVE FREEDOM to those that believe in your mission.