“Setbacks motivate me.” – Lindsey Vonn
Before I was made redundant and singled out for no fault of my own, I worked at Mc Vities.
If you don’t know who Mc Vities is, they’re a massive biscuit company in the UK.
Before it happened
I started working at Mc Vities in the new year of 2013, January.
The main role of the job was to clean up the remainders of chocolate on the convey belts they’d pass through.
And this had to be done from 8 in the morning all the way until 6PM. 2 Days a week.
I had to wear blue overalls that resembled prison uniform and a hair net, as well as blue gloves and steel black boots.
Whilst being watched by cameras in the warehouse 24/7, as If I were in a jail.
A month or so in and I was already experiencing racism, and 4 months into the job (April) I was starting to be singled out by my own work colleagues.
Probably because I didn’t participate in the gossip, bitching, moaning, and negativity they seemed so fond of. And then it happened….
Someone obviously spread false rumors and fairy tales about me doing this and doing that, and my supervisor started going ballistic.
Shouting, stressing, screw facing… I’m like, are you fucking serious? Then he insisted I leave, I’m fired, don’t come back.
So that’s exactly what I did, and little did I know later that day, that experience was about to change me forever. And in a GREAT way, not a negative way.
I had my first “a-ha” moment. A strong epiphany.
Here’s why being made redundant changed me for the better.
1. It forced me to shift my mindset
At the time I couldn’t believe how unfair It was and how easily it happened to me. That alone made me realize how dangerous it is to rely on a job.
And it made me realize how easily anybody can be sacked, even if it’s no fault of your own.
And how foolish it is to put all your trust and security into someone else’s hands.
I didn’t like that feeling, or knowing that fact. And it completely changed the way I thought from that point on.
I don’t want to give away my power to someone who could tarnish that power and throw it back in my face.
And then basically give me the middle finger without hesitation.
I love the new me, and it’s all thanks to my redundancy.
Life Lesson: Don’t depend upon one thing.
2. It forced me to break out of my comfort zone
“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.” – Robin S. Sharma
Up until I was made redundant I was too comfortable for my own good.
I knew no better, was a little naive, and afraid to take any risks. Even If it was a risk I knew would benefit me.
Losing my job forced me to take actions I’ve never taken before. And forced me to do the things I’ve always wanted to do, but felt uncomfortable doing.
AND it forced me to look at money and success in a new light.
Life Lesson: Challenge your thinking.
3. It forced me to work on myself
If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development. – Brian Tracy
Before I was made redundant I hardly ever worked on myself. I never read up on the meaning of success. I never read anything about business
I never read anything about improving yourself, your mindset, your skills, or reaching your potential.
I never committed to self development, consistent learning, or developing good habits.
And I’m serious when I say I had never bought even 1 book in my life until I was fired.
That’s how massive the transition was for me. It was as if I died and came back to life in another man’s shoes.
Life Lesson: Commit to self improvement.
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” – Jim Rohn
4. It forced me to take responsibility
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” – George Bernard Shaw
A responsible person learns their lesson after making a mistake. An irresponsible person repeats the same mistake causing the same problems to occur.
That was the first time I was made redundant, and I committed to making sure it was the last time. And I committed to taking different sets of actions to bring about different results.
I took responsibility for my actions and didn’t blame anybody else for my redundancy. My irresponsibility caused the problem, so I took responsibility and dealt with it.
I could of cried, bitched, moaned, whined and complained about it but I didn’t. Instead of playing victim, I played savior.
Life Lesson: Get over it and stop being a little bitch.
5. It gave me a reality check
“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.” – Jack Welch
I don’t know what it feels like to be hit by a speeding car, but I can bet it’s similar to being hit by reality.
And the reality is things don’t always go as planned just because you wish them to.
The reality is life can be a bitch whether you treat her well or not.
The reality is If you’re expendable you WILL be fired and you WILL be made redundant.
And the reality is just because you deserve to be treated nicely doesn’t mean you WILL be.
“In life you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you put in.” – Robert Herjavec
There are bastards out there.
Some are evil, some are deceptive, some have an ulterior motive and some are out to fuck you in so many words.
And some could care less about what happens to you.
And that includes your boss, your manager, your colleague and your supervisor.
Face reality for what it is and you won’t have to be surprised when shit hits the fan and turns your world upside down.
Life Lesson: Stop kidding yourself.
So what has being made redundant taught you? I’d love to know. Speak your mind in the comments!