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I heard a story yesterday about a senior executive whose boss just fired him. As you can imagine, this manager was quite upset. The way in which he was terminated was distressing – even to me — and I wasn’t the one losing my job.
This gentleman revealed how hurtful the whole experience was for him. In the same breath, he also shared how his 27 year-old-daughter broke down crying when he told her the news about his termination. But she wasn’t crying because she was sad. She was crying because she felt joy and relief. She had been observing for many years how this job was affecting her father and was so grateful for his dismissal that she was brought to tears. Losing the job meant winning his life back.