I got fired. And that’s a good thing.

Hadn’t I got fired, I wouldn’t be here and you wouldn’t be reading this.

November 1, 2019.

I’ve spent the last 5 years working as a systems engineer in a smartphone company. I won’t say I hated it because truth be told, I loved working there.

I spent 2,5 years out of the 5 working in China, organizing technical teams, fighting for advancing shipping dates, and learning Chinese.

I was earning a very good salary. The company was paying for my flat plus 2 yearly flights to Spain to visit my family.

I was living the expat-with-money life.

All this just being 25 years old.

On November 1, 2019, my boss called me to his office.

He put me on the phone with someone from Spain I never heard of.

He told me he was from HR and recite me the spiel he’d recited countless times to everyone he’s fired before me.

That was it.

I had 15 days to pack my stuff, make up my mind that I was no longer an expat-with-money, tell my girlfriend and family and start a new life.

This felt VERY personal. I felt rejected by a company I worked with for 5 years.

Heck, I even worked Saturdays and Sundays when it was necessary.

I remember one time I worked from 10 AM to 8 AM (yes, you read right and I didn’t mean 8 PM).

I gave my everything and now they’re firing me.

I was devastated and my whole world tumbled.

I went from having it all together to being lost.

June 27, 2021

My heart still beats harder when I remember my getting-fired story. I’m feeling it right now while writing about it.

A bit more than a year and a half has passed and it’s funny how time always puts everything in perspective.

That company kept firing people until they couldn’t afford to do so anymore and they went bankrupt.

Many of my colleagues stayed in the company without pay for 1 extra year until they could get their compensation and get out.

In the end, I was extremely lucky, I just couldn’t see it back then.

I was able to get my compensation, move on with my life and start my own business while others lost a year of their professional lives.

The takeaway

Life is long and when we’re too close to a situation, we can’t tell whether this situation is positive or negative.

We’re just too close to it.

What I have found is that everything, always, has a good side.

So if you’re struggling right now, one-and-a-half-year-later-you will be able to see the positive in your situation.

Everything will end up making sense.

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