On September 29, 2017, I had the experience that every working man fears.
My manager sent me a Slack message asking if we could meet at 4pm.
I immediately guessed what was going to happen.
My work load had been steadily declining. And though I’d try to propose new projects I could work on, upper management was far too busy to give me the green light on anything.
Sure enough, my manager called me into his office and asked me to sit down.
“Do you feel like you’re busy enough here?”
How the hell am I supposed to answer that?!
“Umm… well, I feel like I could definitely take on some new projects. I had some ideas…”
He then explained how my boss didn’t have any more projects to put me on and neither did any of the other departments.
“So we’re going to have to terminate your employment.”
Lacking income has a way of inducing panic in a man.
I lost the ability to think clearly. I had no definite plan what to do.
I started eating poorly. I wasn’t getting good sleep. My libido plummeted.
In short, I wasn’t happy. And I was living in a state of fear.
My anxiety was exponentially increased because I had the following to worry about:
- A wife suffering from a variety of health problems
- A three-year old daughter
- $30K+ in student debt
- No local job openings for my skill set
“Oh, to be single again!” I thought. I just wanted a blank slate to start over.
In this state of distress, I wasted months of my life without any progress.
All because of panic over a few little digits on a computer screen!
Because I didn’t have a definite plan to increase those digits when I needed them to… I lived in bondage to the fear of poverty.
The good news is I figured out how to survive. And on the next page, I’m going to show you how I worked through this dilemma.