Devore’s fabulous essay about how the big city doesn’t love you could easily be modified to address the business world.
Because companies aren’t that different from cities. Ask any employee who has been the victim of corporate layoffs. Or, as the executive management team likes to call them, cutting costs through staff realignment.
And the bitch of it is, that big company is too busy being a big company to care about your journey. The moment you get shit canned, it won’t miss you, it won’t know when you’re gone, and it won’t even recognize you on the streets when you run into it a year later.
It’s like that ex who didn’t have the heart to tell you she was already seeing other people.
It hurts so bad. You feel betrayed and abandoned.
But this truth can also set you free. Because once you realize that the company didn’t owe you a living, once you discover that you didn’t owe them your loyalty, and once you learn that reciprocation isn’t always necessary and takes up a lot of your time, it becomes far easier to bounce back and pivot to your next chapter.
Weiss said it best in his book about forging your own path.
Resilience has speed as its main fuel. The faster you return to form, the better off you are.
And so, if you find yourself kicked to the curb, or if the whiff of collapse is hanging in the air, here’s my recommendation. Take everything you can, while you can, until somebody draws a line and says no more.
Let good things linger while they can, even if they’re illusory.
And use that smoldering heap of ashes to propel you forward and into the light.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Are you too disillusioned to recognize any good that resulted from your altered plan?
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