I think we often discover how strong we are when we are feeling our weakest.
I have always been a perfectionist and take a lot of pride in my work. The day I was fired from my job, I was crushed. I had never felt so low and useless. I felt like a total failure and completely incompetent.
I got on the phone with my sister and after hearing me out she said, "Well you have 2 options you can sit around and feel sorry for yourself or you can start looking for something else. At the end of the day you need a job, so do what you need to do and then start looking. Although I felt that there was not a job in the world I could do, as I had just been let go from a beginner position, I started looking. The first ad I answered said they would meet with me that day. I showered, replaced the make-up I had smudged crying, and went in. The ad only said "Customer Service".
had no clue what I was interviewing for actually entailed. At the time I was still shaky and felt completely incompetent, because of what had just happened that morning. I was sure I had botched the interview.
I kept applying. (Over 20 in one week) Plus, going and signing up at a staffing agency. One week after my first interview, I got a call from the first company, asking me to come in for a second interview. At this point I had recovered from the initial shock of losing my job. At the end of the interview I asked them why they had called me back. The answer was, "We found it admirable that you came in for an interview the same day you were let go. "I got the job which starting pay was a $4000.00 annual increase from the company that had let me go from and after just 2 months I was given a promotion which would increase that to a $8,000.00 annual increase.
This experience showed me that you do not have to feel strong to be strong.
You just have to have enough to take action.