YOU CAN'T CONNECT THE DOTS LOOKING FORWARD

WHAT WE DON’T UNDERSTAND IN THE MOMENT

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Before I became an “entrepreneur,” I worked at a higher end boutique in Florida. This was during the time that I was getting my real estate license after dropping out of school.

So, here I am working at this boutique to save money while I was in real estate school, and then my step grandmother’s dog attacked my face.

It was brutal. The dog was sweet, and I don’t know how it happened, but it grabbed onto my upper lip and pulled. You can say that it was extremely painful and my face was BEYOND swollen. I was lucky that I still have a lip.

I obviously couldn’t go into work right after, you know? Then the manager didn’t believe me for whatever reason. They made me bring in a hospital note and then still put me on the calendar to work just a few days later despite the pain that I was in.

Kind of crazy, right?

Because I wanted to save as much money as possible, I showed up. You could see how swollen my mouth was, but I tried to hold myself together.

& THEN OBSTACLES COME OUR WAY

I GOT FIRED

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This was my first day back at the boutique after I was attacked by my step grandmother’s dog, and I have to say that I was proud for getting through the day.

I was in excruciating pain and it was time to close the store for the day. There were 2 younger girls playing in the fitting room and I had let them know that the store was closing.

Typically, I’d wait a few minutes and never rush anyone out, but I chose to let these girls know that the store was closing because they were about 12 years old and the clothing in this store was not for girls their age.

I still didn't rush them. I just let them know.

The next day, I got a call from the manager. She told me that those 2 girls were family friends of the owner and they told her that I told them they needed to buy something or leave.

I absolutely never said that.

It didn’t matter. They fired me.

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I had NEVER been fired before from a job, so I was really hurt. No one likes rejection especially when you put so much effort into doing the best job that you could.

THE LESSON LOOKING BACK

I REALIZED A FEW THINGS

  1. After getting fired, I was able to focus my energy on studying for my real estate license, which resulted in less stress. Not only did I have more time to study, but more time to read about the industry and how to best market myself.

  2. If I wasn’t fired, I wouldn’t have had the time to interview at Brokerages throughout South Florida! I had a job the day I got my license.

  3. At the time, I was living in Delray Beach, not Miami. Getting fired pushed me out of my comfort zone to finally make the move an hour South to Miami.

THE TAKEAWAY

When I was fired, I was angry. I felt like my plan was falling apart. I was scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen.

Looking back, I’m grateful. It was the best thing that could have happened to me. Even getting attacked my my step grandmother’s dog!

If it weren’t for that happening, I would have never been fired and who knows where I would be right now, ok?

Not only did I have more time to learn, I got to secure a job AND it pushed me to find an apartment in Miami.

While life might throw some obstacles at you and you might hit roadblocks, push through!

We don’t have the answers as to why they happen, but things do happen in life and they will. There’s a reason. We can’t tell that reason as it is happening, but it is always interesting looking back because all of the pieces come together!

I want you to think back to a time where you were facing an obstacle… where are you now? If you aren’t where you want to be… is it pushing you in the right direction?

You might enjoy a recent episode on the SHE DID IT podcast on how to push your limits!

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