Before I decided to escape the insurance company I was shackled to, my first ploy was to get a promotion. I applied for a manger position and didn’t get it. The candidate who won was great so I said, it’ll be next time.
I didn’t get the next one either. And the guy who got that position didn’t exactly curl my toes.
My manager knew I was peeved so she did some digging. She found out ‘they’ weren’t sure I would be a good team player. I was told by the hiring director that when the company was rolling out their new computer system I didn’t get behind it.
Actually, they asked for feedback in a meeting and I politely called their app stupid and clunky. I also told them how they could make it better. Apparently that kind of honesty was the kiss of death to a cushy career there.
Emotionally I was done with that company. Freelancing started calling my name like an episode of Ghost Whisperer.
This weekend I read an article about Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, a sitting Marine battalion commander. He got canned Friday after he questioned the “ineptitude” of U.S. military leadership over the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Standing up for what I believe got me blackballed at my old company but this guy was risking a 17-year career and a juicy retirement plan by speaking up.
What cojones! That guy is my role model!!!
I didn’t get the job I wanted but it put me on my path to be here. Al Gore didn’t get job he wanted to either but he did more for humanity by talking about the planet.
“…you want to be popular, you want people to hire you, and I have to make sure I don’t do it [being politically active] less because I’m an actor.” — Kerry Washington
Stand up for what you believe in! Even if it’s not popular. It tends to work out… And loving the person you see in the mirror is a good thing too.
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