“Of course,” the boss responded. “How long has it been? Three years? What are you doing now?”
“That’s why I called,” Mary said. “When you told me that I was not a good fit for the job, I was devastated. But I wanted to let you know that I eventually got a marketing position with another software company. Last Quarter, I was recognized as the top performer in my region.”
After graduating from college, Mary eagerly joined a company as a software designer. Mary’s manager remembered her as a very nice person; but after a year, it was apparent she was not going to be very successful as a designer.
“I was twenty-six years old,” Mary remembered, “and I had just been fired from my first real job. After several days of mind-numbing depression, I got a temporary position in another software firm as an assistant to an account executive.
“Because of her ability to work with customers,” her new boss said, “We quickly promoted Mary to a marketing position. She has succeeded beyond our expectations.”
When the job does not fit an employee’s talents, termination may be a disguised blessing.