Life coach Siobhan Sudberry tells us how losing her job ended up being the career kick start she’d waited years for.
It was August 2013, I took the day off from work to register my son who was five at the time for kindergarten. My unit manager called to tell me effective October 2013, the site would close and every employee would be permanently laid off.
When I hung up the phone tears started welling up in my eyes, because I knew losing my income of seven years would impact my household. However, before the tears could fall, the voice inside my head said to me…
Don’t cry, be strong. You’re going to be ok. This is your opportunity to discover what you really want to do with your life. You will never have this time again, this is your moment to figure out what you’re passionate about and do it.
I listened to the voice and the tears never fell.
From that moment I decided that I was going to choose myself and discover what I wanted my life to look like. I knew that if I just took another job it would be very unlikely that I would get another chance to pause and think about what I “really” wanted for my life.
You see, I wasn’t happy at my job because it was just that, a J.O.B. It wasn’t fulfilling and I often dreaded going in to sit in a cubicle doing work that wasn’t meaningful to me.
Getting laid off was one of the best things that could have ever happened because I was able to discover my passion and launch a business that aligns with my purpose in life.
Prior to getting laid off, I paid off any debt that I had accumulated outside of my car note, mortgage and student loans. While working I doubled up on my car payments and I put a significant amount away in my savings account. I received a severance package and then collected unemployment while I took time to figure out my next steps.
While working, many of my old coworkers could tell you that I was one of the most positive people to be around and I always chose to see the brighter side of things. Even though I didn’t care for the work I did as a mortgage underwriter, I was driven and excelled at my job while consistently being promoted.
Being laid off was a blessing in disguise, it allowed me to walk in my purpose and be free. In the words of Oprah, everybody has a calling. Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself.
When you’re trying to discover what you want to do with the rest of your life, I think it’s a good idea to ask the people you spend the most time with what you’re good at. Also pay attention to what people ask you to do most, there’s a reason that they come to you for specific things.
Once you get your feedback, compare it to what you believe your gifts are and then take action to move forward. Don’t limit your gifts to a talent. You were born with gifts that only you possess that have nothing to do with talent but everything to do with your purpose.
I’m thankful for being laid off because I was able to create a business using my gifts to empower women all over the world.
I don’t think working for someone else is a bad thing as long as you’re doing what you love. Being free is about creating the life you want on your own terms and doing what feels good to you. If you love teaching then teach, if you love working with numbers then be an accountant or financial advisor. Whatever it is that you love and enjoy doing, do it, because you only get one chance to live.
Post by Siobhan Sudberry
Life coach Siobhan Sudberry is the creator of BeFree Project. BeFree Project recently launched the Free Your Mind E-Course for anyone who’s consumed by negative thoughts and is ready to change their life. You can follow BeFree Project on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and Facebook.