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Mackay presents many of these stories of successful fired people in the words of those who personally experienced the news of their sad demise, and allows them to explain how they were able to pull themselves up to even greater heights in their careers after the shocking blow of dismissal. Included among his subjects are business professionals who were fired from low-level positions and re-emerged as corporate executives, those who left the ranks of the obscure to become celebrities, and minor-league athletes and artists who overcame rough setbacks and became the best in their fields.
While presenting the worst moments in people's lives and describing the steps they took to emerge triumphant, Mackay ends each chapter with a moral that others in similar predicaments can use to improve their situations and make the most from the hands they've been dealt. These "Mackay's Morals" include:
Down and Up
Along with personal stories from successful people who suffered early setbacks and went on to wealth and fame, We Got Fired! also contains several chapters that focus on specific strategies those who could not be held back used to overcome adversity, as well as four chapters called "Down and Up" that list a number of people in a particular field who were crushed but prevailed again. For example, Down and Up #3 includes these tidbits of encouragement:
Filled with tips and strategies from those who faced adversity and benefited from the jolt, We Got Fired! describes how people such as Staples founder Tom Stemberg, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, and Academy Award-winner Robert Redford refused to let an obstacle like being fired keep them from success.
Why We Like This Book
We Got Fired! overflows with an exciting array of personalities and experiences while presenting valuable insights into the process of career setback and recovery. Filled with Harvey Mackay's exuberance and enthusiasm for life, as well as his impressive interviewing skills, We Got Fired! is an encouraging page turner that offers entertaining stories and crucial lessons about work and life. Copyright © 2005 Soundview Executive Book Summaries