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10 Reasons Why You Should Get Yourself Fired


Wake up and smell the pink slip.

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Imagine, in these days of “fail often and fail quickly,” a resume or CV that does not include at least one or two places where you have been fired. It is the new rite of passage. I mean, after all, how boring is it to have the same job at the same place for 40 years? Do you really think you can teach that old dog new tricks in this age of innovation?

Wake up and smell the pink slip. Here are 10 reasons why it's a good idea to get yourself fired:

1. You are not innovating unless you are pissing people off. If no one wants to fire you and you have not made enough enemies, you probably have not been an effective change agent.

2. You don't like your job or career that much anyway, but don't have the courage or risk tolerance to quit and do something else.

3. You can get unemployment compensation to pay for your lattes while you decide what to do next.

4. You have followed one of the 10 Commandments of intrapreneurship: Don't ever be afraid of getting fired.

5. You can threaten lots of administrative remedies to get your employer to buy you out and "retire" instead of calling it getting fired.

6. The Brits like to call it being made redundant. “Fired” seems to have much more American feel to it.

7. As more and more people get fired, the stigma will be removed and we can all be a lot more adult about it

8. Trying to get yourself fired might even result in your getting promoted for your level of incompetence and getting an office with a door and a window instead of a co-working space next to the air hockey machine

9. Getting fired will force you think about what's next. Necessity might be the mother of invention, but Plan B often is an orphan.

10. Once you get fired, then you can join the growing ranks of the sick care gig economy.

Spending a few hours in line to sign up for unemployment really isn't that bad these days, now that eGovernment has made the process so much easier. You might even meet the next investor in your startup in line.

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