You might have noticed a few enigmatic tweets from me on Friday. I got a few responses of concern but I was okay. Still am.
No, really, Iâ€™m good. January 6, 2012 was a date for the books so Iâ€™ll just go ahead and kick off this blogpost with what happened.
Somewhere around 10:15 a.m. last Friday, I was told my services at Intersections, Inc. was no longer needed.
If youâ€™re expecting a complete and utter meltdown against my former day job, youâ€™re not going to get it. Never will. I will only say this:
- I wasnâ€™t the only one let go.
- It wasnâ€™t anything I did.
- You learn a lot about people when things like this happen.
Intersections was a terrific place to work. There are some incredible people there; and many of them reached out to me over the weekend, just to ask, â€œHow are you doing?â€ It was a sincere question, and I answered it honestly: Iâ€™m good. What happened on Friday had nothing to do with me or my performance, and I was able to leave Intersections with my head held high. I was able to look the EVP in the eye, shake his hand, and say â€œItâ€™s been a good two-and-a-half years. Thank you.â€ I loved my job. I loved what I did. As friends told me, â€œI was saving the world, one tweet at a time, one blogpost at a time.â€ The friendships and associations I made at Intersections, I discovered in that moment, were more than just professional. They ran a little deeper.
Granted, one relationship did show its true colors, and I got to admitâ€”it didnâ€™t just hurt. I was outraged.
But how do I feel now, on my first day of unemployment?
When I came home, Pip already had already found seven job openings in Social Media. I have a possibility from Que Publishing that I can pursue. Then there are the fiction possibilities â€” a steampunk novella, a reboot of Morevi, setting up the groundwork for Volume 2 of Tales from the Archives, and the third installment of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Before the end of the weekend, I had applied for fifteen positions in Social Media. A far cry from 2009 when I was lucky to get fifteen applications out in a week. And just now, I got an email from the CEO confirming that a letter of reference was en route.
How do I feel? Wildly optimistic.
I knew, heading into the new year, that something was something. Something big. Iâ€™m going to take a wild guess and say, â€œThisâ€¦isnâ€™t it.â€
This is the first step in a new journey.
Sure, Iâ€™m scared; but that fear isnâ€™t paralyzing me. Itâ€™s inspiring me. Itâ€™s driving me. In the wake of this, Iâ€™m moving forward, undaunted. Iâ€™ve got a great kid, and fantastic wife, and amazing friends from Intersections and elsewhere, all rallying around me. Iâ€™m truly blessed.
Thank you, Intersections. Thank you for one amazing run.