Stories crafted by people who were dealt a sh#t sandwich (also known as a pink slip) and chose to use that moment as a catalyst to reinvent their careers and lives.
You'll see some brilliant examples in Eric Proulx's documentary film Lemonade. Check out the trailer:
Do you have a lemonade story?
If you do (and you're willing to share it), I'd like to include you in a special project I'm working on. Please send me a note or a video clip, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still dealing with the lemons?
I appeal to you to stop today. Stop today and consider how you can craft a brilliant next chapter for yourself, for your family, for the world.
Once you process how crappy getting laid off or fired feels, I challenge you to fully digest this delicious reality:
You now have a perfect opportunity.
A perfect opportunity to craft the life that you want, and do the things you want to do.
Sean Marshall of The Family Rocketship, a husband and father who lost his job at a small non-profit and then launched a website to document his reinvention, says it better than I ever could:
"Life should be awesome. You're not doing the world any good by living an average life ... Life is more than just some kind of cell phone plan. You don't have to wait for nights and weekends to do the things you want to do. The things that you can do. The things that you love to do. The things you know deep down that you should do."
Go do awesome.
(And if you already are? I want to hear from you.)