Have you ever been fallen so low… has life ever dealt you such a blow, that you felt you’d never get up? And maybe you don’t even want to?
I know I’ve been there. Several times. Quite recently in fact.
One such occasion was just out of university. I did Physics to PhD level. However, for some strange reason, I applied to get into the City. I wanted to be an Investment Banker! After all, that’s where the money is, or so I thought.
Well, the trouble is, the establishment was not so keen to have me!
I must have applied hundreds of times over a period of a year and a half or more – all rejections. Very dispiriting, of course. I guess the trouble was, I didn’t know much about Banking!
Anyway, after a huge amount of trying, persisting and never giving up, I finally got that cherished, seemingly impossible, job offer. It was a nice Canadian Stockbroker firm in Central London. I was so ecstatic.
The future seemed bright indeed. Yes, it seemed like nothing could go wrong.
But it did!…
You see, I just so happened to join on Monday October 19th 1987. That was my first day in the City.
That date may not mean a lot to you, but it just so happens to be the day of the infamous Black Monday – the Stock Market Crash!
That’s right. I brought the markets crashing down the day I first showed up!
In fact, the funny thing is, I even predicted it. Things were going so poorly with my job applications that my friends one or twice mocked me about it. I told them that if I ever did succeed, they would know… “because the whole damn thing would come crashing down!”
Anyway, the upshot was that after just 2.5 weeks into my new job, I was fired!
The company had come under a LOT of pressure because of the Crash. The head guy said, this was the very first time he had fired someone who had done nothing wrong. But they just couldn’t have trainees around at a time like this.
Can you imagine how I felt?…
Nearly two years of applications, many hundreds of them, endless interviews (so many reached final interview, only to abort). So much preparation and effort. To finally get the job. And then to lose it right away, before I had even really begun, for no apparent reason at all.
It was a low point in my life, I can tell you. So, yes. I was very depressed and licking my wounds for over a week. I felt I would never get another offer again, ever. It was over.
But in fact… it wasn’t!
I put my details out to a few recruitment firms, not expecting much to happen. However, within just a few months, I had received and accepted an offer from a Japanese investment bank. And so my career finally began.
Anyway, the point of all this is that all too often, life throws us a brick in the face to catch with our teeth. And yes, it really hurts, and maybe for quite a long time too.
You need resilience to deal with that. You need to take the hit, maintain flexibility, and then start Rising From The Ashes.
In fact, appropriately enough, that is the name of a new product I just put out for you. ALL of us bar none need this critical skill-set; to come back resurgent after difficult times when it really seemed to be the end of the road.
If you are in that situation now, Rising From The Ashes will definitely help you.
And if you’re not, get it anyway, because it’s only a matter of time before you’ll need this information. Life is like that.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s email, the only constant in life is Change. So, sometimes, it is simply not going to be what you hoped for. In those times, you need the skills to come back and thrive!