I Think It’s Time You Got Fired!

by John Spence on · 17 comments

There is a famous story about when Andy Grove and Gor­don Moore, then the two direc­tors of Intel, real­ized that they were not effec­tively lead­ing the orga­ni­za­tion where it needed to go and so they “fired” them­selves one after­noon with the com­mit­ment to come back the next morn­ing as if they were com­pletely new peo­ple in their jobs and to cre­ate a vision to lead Intel into the future. Per­haps it might be a good idea for you to do the same?

Many of us fall into a rut in our career, we get tired, we get bored, we stop grow­ing. When this hap­pens it is a neg­a­tive and painful sit­u­a­tion both for you and the orga­ni­za­tion you serve – a true lose/lose. So why not “fire” your­self and come back tomor­row as if you were a brand-new employee that was moti­vated, excited and eager to take on your job with the new zeal. Instead of focus­ing on what is wrong with your job and the orga­ni­za­tion you work for, look for every­thing that is right, good, excit­ing. Look for oppor­tu­ni­ties where you can chal­lenge your­self to grow and add real and sig­nif­i­cant value. Reach out to the peo­ple in the orga­ni­za­tion that you admire and find a way to spend more time with them. Com­mit your­self to learn­ing some new skills that will make you more valu­able to your employer. We all know that we spend the major­ity of our life at work, why in the world would you not want all of that time to be fun, engag­ing and enjoy­able? And believe me when I tell you, that you do have the abil­ity to make your work excit­ing and fun – it is up to you – if you sim­ply decide that you’re going to find a way to cre­ate a new begin­ning and look for every oppor­tu­nity to get involved, add value and find more mean­ing and enjoy­ment in your career.

If at this point in my arti­cle you were shak­ing your head and say­ing, “But John, you do not know where I work, you don’t under­stand how bad it really is, there is no way to make my work fun or enjoy­able,” then I encour­age you to take a long hard look at your sit­u­a­tion and decide if it is time for truly new begin­ning in a dif­fer­ent com­pany or com­pletely dif­fer­ent career. Life is far too short not to go to work with a smile on your face every morn­ing look­ing for­ward to your day, and return­ing in the evening ener­gized and proud with a feel­ing of accom­plish­ment. It is an old cliché, and a very true one: “If you love what you do it never feels like work.”  Every­one has the abil­ity to make their career excit­ing, reward­ing and fun, and if it is not right now, fire your­self and start a new begin­ning tomorrow!


by John Spence

John Spence is the author of “Awe­somely Sim­ple — Essen­tial Busi­ness Strate­gies for Turn­ing Ideas into Action.” He is an award-winning pro­fes­sional speaker and cor­po­rate trainer, and has been rec­og­nized as one of the Top 100 Busi­ness Thought Lead­ers in America.
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