I Got Fired Now What Do I Do?

I Got Fired Now What Do I Do? How to Earn Income after being Fired 9 comments

7 Tips on What to Do after being Fired – Getting Your Life Back on Track!


I Got Fired Now What Do I Do



This is the most common thought and expression that 99% of people have immediately after getting fired, laid-off, professional licenses stripped away from them costing them the loss of their entire career or relieved of duty….so what does it stand for?


It’s an acronym that, when spelled out, goes like this:  Oh My God, What Do I Do Now?”  …and if you’re reading this article right now, you have more than likely either had this very thought or you’ve verbalized it to your friends or family, or the moment you walked out of that office and got in your car you screamed it out loud!  Does this sound familiar?  Did this actually happen to you?


Well I can tell you that it has happened to me and if you can paint a picture in your mind about the sentences above, that’s literally how I reacted, so don’t feel like you’re all alone in your situation, because I’ve been there and in this article I am going to share with you the steps I took to overcome this horrific life altering circumstance and then I’m even going to share with you what I did to turn this horribly negative situation into a very positive and highly rewarding totally new career….one in which I had never imagined possible until now!


Take This Job and Shove It!

Take This Job And Shove ItIf you haven’t already blown off some steam since the loss of your job, then right NOW is the time!  So let’s do a quick exercise…just pause reading this article for a minute and simply yell out one of these two sayings:  “OH MY GOD, WHAT DO I DO NOW!”  -or-  “TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT!”


So which one did you choose to blurt out?  Now do you feel a little silly?


You probably do, especially if you just yelled that out in a public place with lots of people around you….that’s ok…and you may not have realized it, but you just released tension and decreased panic which is part of the first step that we are going to talk about below when discussing the 7 Tips on What to Do after being Fired, Getting Your Life Back on Track and answering the question that millions of people have asked before you being, I Got Fired Now What Do I Do?



Ever heard the term “Panic is Paralyzing” before?


I Got Fired Now What Do I Do?There’s also another phrase that is very closely related which is, “Decisions made under panic (in the heat of the moment) often lead to regret.”  Have you ever heard something like that before?


Most likely, You have heard these sayings at some point in life and there is some major truth to both of them so pull yourself together and focus on the reasons why you should not panic and why you definitely should not make decisions while panicked or under duress (click HERE for a definition of the word “duress”) ….and if it helps, just think about all the people around you in your life that could also be harmed if you end up making hasty decisions while acting under fear or panic.


Matter of fact, that’s a great rule-of-thumb here, and that is, if you’re not sure whether a decision you’re determining to make or not is a good one or not, just ask yourself this question:  “How will this action, this choice, this decision affect those that I love around me?”  “Will it harm them or help them?”  If your answer to those questions leads to harming others in any way, then it’s most likely a very bad decision!


Even though you may have stormed out of your manager’s office like a tornado, cursing or yelling at them and fellow workmates, or throwing stuff off your desk while cleaning it out then burning rubber while pulling out of the parking lot, it’s now time to take a chill-pill (so to speak…don’t actually take pills…LOL!), or maybe it’s better said to “take a breather” and settle down in a quiet relaxing place (I find the open air and great outdoors to work best for me) and begin to realize that you’re in a state of fear and panic and that before you move forward with any further thoughts or actions, you must first recognize the state of mind you’re in and then begin to take positive steps to overcome it, otherwise, you will be leaving yourself in a state of paralysis and when something or someone is paralyzed, what happens?


Nothing, right?  Because they’re paralyzed!  They cannot move!  And with no movement there is no progress, right?  Right!  So basically, “Get a Grip” on yourself and don’t let hatred, anger, fear or panic slow you down or cost you any more losses than you have already suffered from the loss of your job.


To Learn More about How to Overcome Fears, Panic, and Phobias…You may want to consider reading “Anxiety: Fears and Phobias Cure” by Bob Smith.



(2).  MOURNING CAN BE MEANINGFUL (take time to feel sorry for yourself)

I Got Fired Now What Do I DoMourning is very natural and you don’t need me to necessarily tell you to mourn or feel sorry for yourself because more than likely, you’re already there on your own.  However, some people will “suppress” such feelings and carry on like nothing has happened but there is a healing side to things when it comes to mourning and feeling sorry for yourself, just as long as you don’t get stuck in that rut for too long.


Know that it’s “OK” to feel this way for a brief time and that you should probably take a few days or even a week off to allow yourself some time to exhaust such feelings of remorse but be sure and know that you MUST “Snap-Out-of-It” soon because you’ve got to begin planning your next move and it’s really tough to focus on planning for a brighter future if you’re leaving yourself stuck under a stormy cloud all the time.


(3).  DON’T BECOME A MOURNING MUMMY! (Stop feeling sorry for yourself)

Are you still mourning and feeling sorry for yourself?  Well, you can hate me all you want for saying this, but STOP!  It’s time to stop feeling sorry for yourself and begin improving yourself so that you can rev up for your next big move to take on the world and prove your worth and talent so you can win that next big job.  Wow, that sounds almost impossible to do right now, doesn’t it?  Why?  Because you’re still stuck in the trenches feeling sorry for yourself and mourning the loss of your previous job, right?


My Happy House Hangout - Where I go for Inspiration and MotivationSo how in the world do you get un-stuck?  How do you stop feeling sorry for yourself?


At this point, some of you are thinking, “Well easier said than done man!” …Right?  Are you thinking that at this very moment?


There are some great books out there that can really help you overcome self-pity, remorse and mourning the loss of jobs or even loved ones and I’ll be happy to share one with you in a moment that has helped me tremendously in the past with this very issue, however, if you don’t want to spend the money on a book, there’s one simple and very liberating “Fact of Life” that I have learned that works very well and that is:


“The fastest and most effective way to stop mourning, stop feeling sorry for yourself, and to stop the grieving process altogether is to do this one thing which is to Begin Helping Others Overcome their Griefs, Hurts, Struggles, Needs, Obstacles and Frustrations…this will begin to fill your heart with Joy all while building up your internal self-worth and transforming your negative mindset into a positive mindset and before you know it, you will catch yourself smiling again!” (a quote by Jeremy David Wilson).



Now if that tip wasn’t enough for you and you feel like you need a little extra push, then here’s that book I promised I would recommend to you:
I Almost Gave Up



Now that you’ve conquered your depression, self-pity, mourning, or whatever you want to call it, it is time to begin taking some steps in the right direction and one of these steps includes reviving or revamping your resume.  This is also a confidence-boosting step because you will begin to focus on your strengths, your accomplishments, your successes, your talents and the great qualities you possess that you can offer to your next employer or build into a business plan and business idea if you’re thinking about starting your own business at this point.


You can find Tips and Tricks on Reviving your Resume and structuring it to help you “stand out in the crowd” by visiting some of the Top Career Path and Resume Posting sites.  Uploading your resume to these sites will put you in front of Recruiters from all around the world that may contact you regarding related job openings that are currently available in your area.  Some of the Top sites that I’ve found useful for tips on improving your Resume are:









…and of course, you could do a search for more (and there are many more out there) on either Google.com, Bing.com or Yahoo.com to find other options of your choosing.


(5).  THE TEST OF TIME (making good use of your time)

Single Tasking


Searching for a new source of income, whether it’s applying for available job openings or researching the idea of starting your own business, can be a very time-consuming and overwhelming task.  That being said, you must train yourself to get into the habit of making good use of your time and actually accomplishing productive tasks that will bring you one step closer to your goals of finding and acquiring that new income stream.


Now there are many ways to “schedule your tasks” but unless you structure those tasks just right, many of them will still remain unchecked on your To-Do-List and you will begin feeling like you’re never getting anything done and then you’ll end up slipping back into the depression or feeling-sorry-for-yourself stage…and that is NOT productive and it is NOT going to help you to find your next source of income!


So how do you ensure that you will be able to complete your tasks on your to-do list?


I can only speak from experience on this one and that is that I, personally, have to focus on just one task at a time, or what others would refer to as single-tasking.


Single Tasking simply means to “Focus on one thing, and one thing only, until it, is fully completed.”  Trust me, this makes life so much easier and enjoyable!



How To Quit Your Job to Start a Business - A Safe Way to Transition


Learning how to create a positive mindset to turn the negative situations you have recently encountered into a positive mindset may be tough at first, but if you master the power of your mind and learn to control your thoughts, you will be absolutely amazed at what you can actually accomplish simply by changing your thought habits.  Changing your thought habits (a.k.a. “mindset”) has an immediate and direct impact on the choices and the actions you make based on those choices which ends up resulting in how you accomplish things and what you’re able to accomplish…it’s absolutely mind-blowing once you grasp this concept and put it into action!


One way to begin changing your mindset is by beginning to look at this situation of losing your job as an “opportunity” and not a failure.


To begin the “opportunity” side of things, begin writing down what you’re most passionate about and begin thinking about pursuing your passions and not just “making a living.”  You’ll be thrilled by the various ideas and inspirations that begin coming to mind when you begin going through this exercise.  There are many more incredible exercises that you can do to learn how to fulfill your potential and I highly recommend that you study various ways to accomplish this because there is nothing more powerful on the face of this planet than the power of our minds!


Maybe you’re laughing at me right now, but just think about it, how did man come to travel in space or land on the moon?  How did airplanes come into existence to where people (not just birds) are able to fly around the world?  How did we come about having electricity available to us at our fingertips and have light by simply flicking a switch?  The answer….MINDSET…THE POWER OF THE MIND AT WORK!



(7).  FROM EMPLOYEE TO ENTREPRENEUR (consider starting your own business)

Last but not least, if you’re just absolutely “dreading” going back to another “J.O.B.” then maybe it’s time you start considering starting your own business so you can be your own boss and not have to worry about getting fired or losing your job every again!


There are so many types of businesses you can start but keep in mind that some require more of an upfront investment than others (like franchises, for instance, they usually costs tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars before you even get to turn on your “Open” sign for the first time…so do your homework!).


If this option is something you’re considering, then one of the best places to start your planning and your research is by visiting www.SBA.gov which is short for the “Small Business Administration” which is a free service offered to the public and a highly valuable resource that I personally use myself.  There’s really no point in me rambling on anymore at this point because the SBA has so much in-depth information on the topic of starting a business that it would be useless to restate the same information here, plus that’s a much broader topic than one can put in just one article anyways….LOL!


I hope this article was beneficial to you and if you believe it was, I would love to know that I have helped someone else that is in the very same shoes that I once wore, so if you would kindly leave me a comment below to let me know, I would be forever grateful and you would be adding a smile to my heart today by doing so!  🙂
Make it a Great Day!


All The Best,

Jeremy David Wilson

PS….I invite you to Learn how I started my own Online Business HERE.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

9 thoughts on “I Got Fired Now What Do I Do? How to Earn Income after being Fired

  • Jacque Quob

    I have used the information provided within FiredOrDenied.com many times, and I must say that every income option I’ve tried through FiredOrDenied has been completely legitimate… no joke.

    The only downside to this website is that one can become quite overwhelmed with all the information and the various oportunities that they make available here…. so my recommendation, would be to just keep it simple and only try one income option at a time and one that you know you would love or be passionate about.

    My two favorites are the one about United Games and then also the one about Wealthy Affiliate which you can find on the “Get Started Page“…well, I hope my review of this site was helpful to you all… please let me know by leaving a comment below my comment. Thanks and I wish you much luck!

    Jacque Quob

    • Jeremy Wilson Post author

      Hey Jacque,

      Thank you for your feedback and for the compliments on our website as well as our content and income options we’ve tested here, that’s very kind of you! Please let me know if I can be of any help or if there is a specific topic you’d like to see me write about.

      All The Best,
      Jeremy Wilson

  • Sarkari

    I appreciate your site and blog posts for the quality and amount of high-quality information you have provided here with your content. I will definitely be recommending your sites to others! And as I can clearly see that you have a heart of passion for helping people, I am also going to help you by sharing your posts on all of my social media sites in effort to spread the word.

    The world needs more people like you Sir!


  • Cherie Anderson

    Hi Jeremy,
    I was laid off in September 2015 and yeah…I was angry and sad and scared. Just like you said above. This was the 5th time I was laid off (the oil industry is so fantastic!) and I decided to handle it much differently this time than the last 4. I made the conscious decision to do only positive things and figure out a way to not get back into the oil industry merry-go-round.

    Your advice is sound and timely for many people today, and I thank you for it.


    • Jeremy Wilson Post author

      Hey Cherie,

      Thanks for stopping by FiredOrDenied.com where we truly appreciate both your visit and your feedback! 🙂

      I totally understand how you felt in September 2015 and I feel for you…because I’ve been in very similar situations. I also know a little about the oil industry layoffs because I have three direct neighbors of mine in three different houses surrounding mine that have all experienced the very same thing and all three are currently “Jobless!”

      I’m so happy to hear that you have changed your mindset (see my article on “Changing your Mindset – How To Quit Your Job to Start a Business – A Safe Way to Transition HERE”) for the better and that you’ve made a conscious decision (see my W.A. post on “Decisions, Decisions HERE“) to to things positively and to do whatever it takes to figure out a new and better way to earn a living…You’re awesome!

      Thank you so much for the compliment and I’m so happy that this information was useful to you. That being said, is there anything I can do to help you get started in your online business journey?

      I look forward to hearing back from you soon and thanks again for stopping by.

      All The Best,
      Jeremy David Wilson

  • Josh

    These are great tips. The big thing is remaining positive and being open to trying new things. As far as earning short-term income, I recommend trying to build and use connections. It’s a tough job market & knowing people helps (speaking from experience) because you don’t know when you will be let go.

  • JHH

    Thanks for writing these steps online.

    I haven’t exactly been fired, but my paid work has been slowing right down over the past couple of months, to the point where I am stressing out a bit. I guess you could say I’m at the “panic” stage but not quite ready to tell the company to shove it yet.

    I kind of want to skip right to the last step and get more entrepreneurial! I am actually a media contractor, so technically I am already running my own business, but as I’m contracted to one company it’s still a bit like being fired when I stop getting paid work.

    Since you know your stuff, is there any way you can recommend that I take my business from “similar to being an employee” to “Being the boss?”

    • Jeremy Wilson Post author

      Hello Jesse,

      Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad this article was valuable to you! I can’t say that I’ve ever met a media contractor before, what exactly does one do as a media contractor?

      Your compliment is warmly received and greatly appreciated, thank you so much, that’s very kind of you to say.

      YOUR QUESTION: “Since you know your stuff, is there any way you can recommend that I take my business from “similar to being an employee” to “Being the boss?”

      MY ANSWER: Yes, I can definitely help you with a recommendation, but to be super specific, I would need to ask you a series of questions. So I’ll just answer this in general for now, and if you comment back and provide me with a little more detail about what exactly it is that you desire to accomplish, then I’ll know how to better structure my counter-questions and answers back to you in such a way that provides you with the best information possible. So here’s the “general answer,” and that is, You could become “the online authority” in your industry by creating an online presence that helps other contractors that are just like yourself and in the same situation as you are, to find productive and creative ways to keep the cash flow coming in even when these businesses stop paying you all. You could do this by creating a website based on that Niche and structuring the content articles around highly helpful information that would attract readers to your site and you offer this information to them for free, providing massive amounts of value to your readers which attract even more readers. Then you can monetize your site in many ways but still offer your insights to your readers for free. There are so many different ways to cover this topic that I cannot even begin to scratch the surface in just one simple reply to your comment, but if you’d like to learn how I accomplish this myself, then you are more than welcome to check out the exact training course that I still use to this day, which can be found at http://www.WealthyAffiliate.com

      As I mentioned before, I need to know more information about your type of trade and more information about exactly what it is that you’re wanting to accomplish for me to give you more precise answers, of which I’ll be more than happy to do for you, but if you could either reply back to me here, or if you’d rather keep it to a more private conversation, then please email me directly through the front page contact form on my website here at FiredOrDenied.com

      I hope this sheds some light on the situation for you and I look forward to hearing back from you soon and helping you find the answers that you seek.

      All The Best,
      Jeremy David Wilson