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Getting Fired - Is this closer than you think? : 18 Oct 2012

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Noah Kagan was employer number 30 for Facebook
. When Facebook was listed on the US stock exchange, he would have been $100 million dollars richer. Unfortunately he was fired before this happened.

In his own words, Noah took "more than a year to get over the depression." He now sees that Facebook was right to fire him and has two key insights into employment that are transferable to any industry.

Firstly, he recognises that he was putting himself before the company. He considered himself above the protocols that were introduced as the company expanded. He operated in a way that he thought best rather than confirming with others what was best for the business.

Secondly, he failed to advance his skills to keep step with the business. Noah was great at his job when hired, but companies grow, change, adapt, etc. If you're not adapting and improving your skills, you may find your job outgrows you! If you constantly ask yourself how can I make the company more valuable, you will (almost) never get fired.

If you do get fired from a job, there are three things to keep in mind...

1. It's going to sting you WAY more than the business. It's easy to feel that a company is going to miss your input/style/ideas/direction/whatever, but the reality is, the business will just keep going on with business. More often than not, most businesses get better.

2. EVERYONE is replaceable. You might be pretty flash, but there is guaranteed to be someone better than you ready to take your role to the next level. So set the bar higher. Make the next person in your role work harder!

3. If you know it's time to move on, make the call. When you feel you have outgrown a role, before you become complacent and make the next guy look good (see above), resign. Go out on a high, don't wait for the manager to call you on your failing attitude/work ethic/tardiness/whatever. Step off while your networks are singing your praise, while your successes are current and your confidence is high.

Sometimes circumstances change before we have a chance to act. As Noah discovered, getting fired might come at you from out of the blue. If this happens to you, like it or not, you are at a point where you can either rise or fall. It’s going to be the learning from the experience, rather than the outcome, that really counts.

It's not likely that you (or many other people on the planet) are likely to miss a $100 Million windfall as a result of being fired, but it is likely that the way you leave a job can have a big impact on future opportunities. Your career progression is as much about your supporters as it is about your skills.

Have a great week,

Regards, Dennis Hosking
Check out Noah's article 'Why I got Fired From Facebook' here.

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