I got laid off.

→ But it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

In 2014, after about 8 months into my first full-time sales role, the company was sold and they decided to close the Raleigh office.

It was the first time I experienced the “gut punch” that comes with being told you are no longer needed.

I was out of a job and I felt like a failure. But I was determined to use it as a stepping stone to something better.

I never could have imagined what would happen next.

After some interviews with various companies through my network, it was a random LinkedIn response from a college friend, JT, whom I was reaching out to about interviewing for a company he worked at prior.

Instead, it turned into a coffee.

That coffee was an informal interview at the company where he was the VP of Sales.

That informal interview turned into several interviews the next day with the Founders and CEO.

4 days later I had a job offer. I had found a new home.

It was a pivotal moment in my career.

I spent 4 years at inMotionNow (now Lytho)

<> The Founders, Rob & Mary Beth, become mentors

<> JT taught me more about sales than I could ever repay him for

<> I built lifelong friendships with co-workers and clients

<> I learned the importance of Teamwork and Culture

<> I gained confidence in myself and my abilities

Things always appear bad at the moment.

  • We lost a job.
  • We blew the game.
  • We broke up with someone.

Sometimes things are out of our control. Life is happening.

→ But, what is in our control?

  • Our attitude
  • Our resilience
  • Our perspective
  • Our perseverance

We have no idea what is going to happen. Most of it is random luck and serendipitous moments.

We can be prepared when the luck arrives.

We can be ready for the opportunities.

But, we must start taking control now.

Otherwise, we might be cornered into a decision that doesn’t lead us down the path we ultimately want.

(P.S. – I forgot how far advanced our phone cameras are today. This picture of Rob and me is from 2015!)