From Steve Jobs to Walt Disney: Five celebrities who were fired from their first job

It is not easy to face the frustration of being fired from your first job. However, this situation can be transformed into a professional learning experience and even help you to leave your comfort zone to undertake or take new directions.

This is the case of Steve Jobs, who years after being fired from his own company referred to the situation as an opportunity.

“Being fired by Apple was the best thing that could have happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of starting again. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life, “said the co-founder of Apple.

Resilient professionals

Have you been fired from your first job? Forbes drew up a list of five millionaires who lived through this experience but over time proved to be resilient professionals.

Steve Jobs: 

As mentioned above, Apple’s co-founder was fired from his company for discrepancies with CEO John Scully.

Though he first fell into a depression, he would later recognize that the five years after that difficult moment were the most creative of his career, since he founded NeXT and Pixar, and then returned to Apple.

Walt Disney:

Can you imagine that the best-known cartoonist in the world has been fired for not being creative enough? In 1919, just four years before founding the second largest company in the world in communication and entertainment, he was fired from the Kansas City Star newspaper and decided to start working on his own.

Between failures and mistakes, he decided with his brother to move to Hollywood and produce cartoons. What comes next you already know.

Oprah Winfrey:

Sometimes we do not realize how we can transform our weaknesses into strengths. This was the case of Winfrey, who was fired from her job as a reporter on the Baltimore WJZ-TV network for being too emotionally involved with the stories she recounted.

She is currently one of the most influential women in the world, owns a television channel and consolidated her fame in television programs as a presenter, where her empathy and connection with the guests were an important part of her success.

Michael Bloomberg:

Many times, mergers or sales of the company, several collaborators must leave their position. The former mayor of New York and well-known businessman had to do it in 1998 when the investment bank Salomon Brothers, of which he was a partner with, was sold and became Citigroup.

But Bloomberg was not defeated and as a result of the high compensation received, he decided to form his own company Bloomberg L.P, which led him to occupy high positions in the lists of the richest and most powerful men in the world according to Forbes.

Truman Capote:

The famous writer and journalist, was fired from his first job after two years working as an assistant in the magazine “The New Yorker”.

The reason for his disengagement was the request made by the poet Robert Frost, who was upset when the writer had to leave in the middle of one of his lectures since he was sick.

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