Fans of the reality show The Apprentice loyally tune in each week to watch Donald Trump eliminate candidates with 2 simple yet dreadful words: ‘You’re fired!’ Of course, we’re not all candidates competing for the next golden Trump position, but every day, people are getting laid off and facing the harsh reality that nothing is quite as it appears. Some are given reasons, but even more are dismissed with barely an explanation.
Bob Higgins clearly remembers the day he was laid off from Chili’s after 25 years. He says, ‘About all they would really tell me was, Bob, it doesn’t have anything to do with you personally. It doesn’t have anything to do with your job performance.’
When the ax falls, it falls, regardless of qualifications, loyalty or age. The impact is painful, but the decisions the laid-off employee makes afterward will ultimately determine the severity of the wound.
Check the stories of 3 survivors who were all in different stages of life when they got fired. They all used their layoff as a catalyst to take back control of their lives and become their own bosses by opening a franchise.