I got fired on January 4.

Well, you might not call it fired, but I would. I lost a major client relationship that had lasted for six years. I had become complacent. Then, with one phone call, I lost 60% of my income for 2012.

My business is helping people overcome the pain of job loss. But now that I’ve felt it personally, it was much harder than I expected. It hurt more. It immobilized me.

I was so hurt and distraught that it took me more than a week just to get the courage to go out to lunch with an old friend.

But get out I did. And, I’m happy to say that I am starting a new relationship, with a new client, today. It took about 5 networking events, 2 coffees, 3 lunches, 1 resume update, 2 interviews, and several sleepless nights.

I believe this happened for a reason and I would like to tell you about it.

In the coming weeks, I will detail how people I know helped me get some visibility and gave me the lead that turned into a new contract. All in 40 days. I am hoping that this experience will help those of you who are now suffering from a job loss. And those of you who feel stuck—stuck in a job you no longer like, but are afraid to leave. Both places are painful.

The way out is strategic, bold action. Thanks for reading. I’ll be back next week with specifics.

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