Summary of Fired Up!

How the Best of the Best Survived and Thrived After Getting the Boot

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Fired Up! book summary
Fire can burn you or it can provide light. If you get fired, use the experience to see the light.


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9 Applicability

6 Innovation

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What do Jesse Ventura, Mike Bloomberg, Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King and Larry King all have in common? They lost their jobs and lived to tell about it. Being fired is demoralizing, but Harvey Mackay's compilation of stories will comfort anyone who has been escorted out of the building, laid-off or outsourced. He bases his enjoyable book on interviews with 28 people who lost their jobs in a variety of industries. The interviews are interesting and maintain their focus on the topic. Mackay's style is breezy and his aphorisms corny, but he's passionate about his main point, which is that losing your job is a shock, but it can become a learning experience if you don't take it too personally. Some of the people he interviews say they dreamed of revenge, but eventually they overcame that emotion and got back on their feet. If you've been fired and want to substitute inspiration for retribution, this book is for you. getAbstract also recommends it to managers, human resource professionals and coaches looking for case studies of people who turned adversity into opportunity.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to reduce your chances of being fired;
  • How to cope if you are fired; and
  • Why some people become stronger and wealthier after being fired.


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Being fired is a shock, no matter how much work experience you have or how old you are. The world is an uncertain place. A study of about 3,000 managers by the executive recruiters Korn-Ferry found that 95% said they did not expect to remain with their current employers for...
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About the Author

Harvey Mackay is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. He is chairman of the Mackay Envelope Company.

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