The Upside of Getting Laid Off – Lemonade

Losing or leaving a job or career is not always bad.  In many ways it can be the best thing that ever happened to you.  I know that from first-hand experience.  While it took me some time to get my footing, it has taken me places, and provided opportunities beyond what Ithought i was capable of.   Most of all it asked me to become more of who I truly am, to be authentic.  I wouldn’t change it for the world.  In this short film Lemonade, it focuses on laid off executives from the Advertising Industry, although these stories and their message is for everyone.

Many of those profile started their own businesses.  However, the most powerful piece of wisdom really speaks to those that are seeking work.   “Be the person doing something interesting not a blinking light on someone’s voice mail.”

Some other words of wisdom from Lemonade include:

  • Enormous opportunity in front of you.
  • It’s not a pink slip, it’s a blank page.
  • Don’t have to quit your job to change your life. Incorporate more of what you love into your everyday and it makes all the difference.
  • I would never go back and lose this independence
  • I am falling i haven’t hit the ground yet.  Getting laid off was not a bad thing,  it’s the world of possibilities.
  • If it werent’ for losing my job my life would be awful, because my life is great now.
  • I got laid off from a big ad agency and it’s awesome.

About allan

Allan Fried is a New York City based Life & Career Coach specializing in working with people who want meaning in their careers. Having been an executive at a major entertainment company, COO at an early state digital media company, and owned his own business, he has powerful insights on what it takes to find and excel at work you love. He has been described by his clients as talented, Zen-like, insightful, and passionate. His client’s success can be attributed to his intuitive talent in guiding clients to uncover and reveal what is truly important to them. Allan has over 20 years experience as an executive and entrepreneur in the entertainment industry. He spent the bulk of his career at BMG as Vice-President International, where he worked on developing the careers of recording artists. In these positions he learned a lot about using one’s unique talents and gifts to pursue success. He has also been heavily involved in his community through involvement with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Empire State Pride Agenda, Habitat for Humanity, and several other community initiatives

One Response to The Upside of Getting Laid Off – Lemonade

  1. Jeffrey Tang

    “Be the person doing something interesting, not a blinking light on someone’s voice mail.”

    Boy, that one sticks with me. I’ll have to write that down somewhere. Thanks for the post, Allan!

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