Whatever happens, it’s the consequences of the dismissal from work that causes me the most concern. In my experience, rarely is any thought given (by either side of the equation) to the personal circumstances of the dismissed person. Only after it happens, and the reality of a situation sinks in, does the individual start to come to grips with the mountain of problems they will face.
It’s how you deal with the situation that matters. Here’s a little bit of insight into how Steve Job’s handled his dismissal:
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
It’s not a bad message to remember.