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When getting fired is a good thing

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Don’t give too much thought to the possibility that you might be fired. Plenty of successful people have gotten the sack.

Walt Disney’s boss told him he wasn’t creative enough before firing Disney from the Kansas City Star.

Pop queen Madonna, though, apparently was too creative. She said she lost her job at Dunkin’ Donuts for squirting jelly filling at customers.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg used his severance check to start his own company, which catapulted him to wealth and success. On a similar scale, a TV producer told Oprah she was too emotional for television news.

Mark Cuban was destined to become more than a computer store salesman, and J.K. Rowling wasn’t passionate about her job as a secretary. Steve Jobs went through a crisis and transformation after Apple, the company he created, fired him.

“I recommend that you all get fired,” says fashionista Anna Wintour.

Lesson: Be who you are and do what it takes to lead.

— Adapted from “19 Successful People Who Have Been Fired,” Vivian Giang and Alana Horowitz, Business Insider.

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