Whenever you are called into your boss’s office and you have been at that firm for over ten years, this normally means that you are going to receive good news. You are getting promoted, receiving a bonus, or getting a wonderful annual appraisal.

Unfortunately, sooner or later, many people will go into that office and instead of receiving good news, they will be told that they’re finished.  If this happens to you, don’t believe them.  Hearing this news will hurt like hell and it may even throw you into depression.  However, don’t accept this negative characterization from them or from anyone else, as they don’t know the real you.

Although being let go is a painful experience, I have discovered that it may be just what many of us need to stop doing the same old thing. As a result, this can push us towards pursuing something outside of our comfort zone, which is a move that is long overdue.

Despite your current position, you must believe that you have much more left in the tank. More importantly, you have to believe that you are going to use your talents at another establishment where they will see your value. You are going to prove to them and to others what you are made of and it won’t be a failure.

This is the mindset that I had when I was called into the office and they told me the same. You have to have that internal grit about yourself that you are going to be successful no matter what it takes.  It’s a tough stance to take when they have just hit you in the face with this bad news. If you are strong mentally, you must be willing to shake this off and use it as motivation to go after what’s next.

I know for me, after being retired for over 10 years and still doing well, I have proved my point. Funny enough, the same person that called me in their office had the same thing done to them the following year. This shows you that payback is a wonderful equalizer, and to be honest, I can use some others words to describe my feelings, but I believe you get my point.

We are also living in a time where everyone is looking to save money.  Companies may need to cut costs by downsizing a part of their expenses and you may be part of that process. Since this is often a business decision, don’t let it get you down.  Instead, get ready to take the high road to your next goal.

Regardless of what is their reasoning, you must now turn your efforts towards doing something specifically for you.  Preferably to something that will make you laugh and enjoy doing.  If you find that venture, no matter what it is, I believe that you will continue to do it and that is what counts.  When you look back years from now, you will realize that the pain in the butt person, who told you that you were finished, was wrong and you will have the last laugh.

You may say to me, this sounds nice and optimistic, but how do I get to that point in my life? In response to this question, I can only tell you what worked for me. I made a list of seven things that I wanted to do and I broke them down into three categories.

  • There were are two things that I would do within three months
  • There were another two things that I would do within six months
  • The remaining three things, I would accomplish in 12-18 months

As you complete each of these goals, go out and celebrate.  In doing so, you will get energized to start working towards the next goal.  If you keep doing these steps, I strongly believe that you will get where you want to go and you will also be happy that you have done so.

I’ll share a small story about a related matter that happened to me. I remember when I first took the series seven examine, which is a test that investment professionals are required to pass in order to give investment advice to customers.  After falling short by five points on the test, my co-workers advised me to give up, as I was too old. Instead of listening to them, I enrolled in a tutoring class that required me to go at night after work and it was intensive, but I got through that class. Fortunately, I passed the test the second time and was rewarded with a surprise promotion.  The people who were laughing at me at my first defeat were now reporting to me and that was a great sense of justice.

I’m sharing this story of mine because I don’t want you to give up when others tell you that you don’t have any more in the tank. You have to believe that you can, and when you do, the things that you will accomplish will be beyond your expectations.

However, in the event that a bump in the road comes up, don’t discard your list.  Just use a different timetable to get it accomplished. The people that have had the most success are the ones that have kept moving in spite of bumps and you must do the same also.

In closing, now that you have this information under your belt, what are you planning to do to prove that you are not finished?  I hope that this article gets you mad enough that you will go out and do something special so when someone asks you, “are you finished?” your accomplishments will speak for you.