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Bad News Surrounding Your Career Isn’t Always Bad | Disrupt Now podcast with Natalie Viglione

Bad News Surrounding Your Career Isn’t Always Bad

Ever been smacked over the head with a cosmic frying pan? It happened to me when I left a prestigious career in search of work I was meant to do. In my Disrupt Now podcast interview with Natalie Viglione, she and I had a heart-to-heart discussion about navigating the aftermath of career “bad news.” Listen and learn how you can bounce back and step onto the path of a more fulfilling future when the cosmic frying pan strikes.

Sometimes the universe does for us what we can’t do for ourselves, whether it’s something that needs to take place in our personal life, career or business.

You’re not alone if you’ve received your fair share of bad news this year. Many of us have been struck with what I call the “cosmic frying pan.” It’s a tool the universe uses when our higher self knows it’s time for us to move on. You could call it a means of higher self-management.

As a guest on the Disrupt Now podcast with Natalie Viglione, I discussed the message I got from the universe when I walked away from a prestigious and lucrative career that was wrecking my health and stealing my soul… with no idea what I was going to do next.

As it turns out, Natalie had a similar experience when she stepped out of her corporate job and into the unknown land of business ownership.

We both had a few “what the hell did I just do” moments in the aftermath.

That is to be expected.

Fifteen years later, I am happy to say, I have a job I love! I’m the one waving on the other side of the bridge, helping burned out professionals cross over to the land of career satisfaction! I’ve gained a lot of career wisdom on my journey, and I love sharing it with others. Today, I’ve become the coach I desperately needed fifteen years ago.

If you feel you’ve been knocked for a loop with the cosmic frying pan, there are some things you can do to get back on your feet more quickly, so you can recover and begin a new and exciting chapter in your life’s journey.

The most important thing to remember when career “bad news” strikes is to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

That means, give yourself time and space to rest and recover from the blow. So, rather than rushing out immediately to start a new job search, take a nap… or a bath… or a walk in nature…Anything that will help you regain your equilibrium. Self care is critical. That means giving yourself time and space to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Don’t let the impact of the news affect your self-esteem.

Above all, remember, you deserve a life and a career that brings you joy and satisfaction! And that can happen more quickly when you are gentle and kind with yourself. This is not the time to engage in negative self-talk.

Once you’ve overcome the shock, you can turn your attention toward discovering the work you love. And if you have no idea what that is, that’s okay.

You don’t have to go out looking for your purpose or your truth. It is within you. It is who you are. It’s in the things you do for fun, when you’re not getting paid. There are often clues in the things you did as a kid.

Sometimes it requires getting into a quiet, calm mental space to access your deepest desires. It requires listening to your heart.

Open a dialogue with your higher self by committing to do something every day that helps answer one of the following questions:

  • What do I love doing?
  • What do I talk about with my friends and family? At cocktail parties?
  • What do I do when I have free time, when I’m not getting paid?
  • What did I love doing as a child?

And, whatever it is that answers those questions, don’t let your doubting mind tell you you can’t make money doing what you love. I’m here to tell you that is not true!

It is possible to discover your purpose and start getting paid to live your truth, even in the face of hardship, doubt and fear.



Is your work situation uncertain or frustrating you? Are you without a job or wisely thinking a current furlough may be just the hidden gift to start exploring work you’re truly meant to do? Do you hate your job, but have no idea what to do instead? Attempting to navigate those waters without support is not fun (yes, I do know, but that’s another story). I’m excited to announce that I’ve created The Job I Love Toolkit, with everything you need in a 5 week program that will be very affordable to anyone who needs it. To be the first to hear more details, join the VIP Wait List.

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