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What were some situations that you thought were terrible that turned out to be great for you?

When I got laid off as a full-timer from my radio job in June 2011 I was pretty unsure what was going to happen next. Several people told me that I took the news a lot better than they thought I would, but the way radio was going I knew it was going to happen at some point. But I am so much better off now - working at a hospital, in research and doing really well, moving up, being trusted, walking into work everyday not feeling like "this will be the day I get the ax" like it was in radio every day. Glad I got to keep my weekend shows, for fun (not for money) but even if I didn't have those, I would just do them online.

Then today I find out that the cluster of radio stations where I worked had a really bad year revenue-wise. They started tanking in the third quarter of 2011, three months after I was fired. I know that wasn't because of me leaving, but there was a bit of a chain reaction of my departure. One other person quit because they were so angry about it. Another person just stopped caring and pretty much phones it in now. I still have friends there, and I wish them the best, but sorry if hearing that news today made me feel a little bit good in a way....it makes the management look bad, and my layoff was that manager's decision (because I had too much fun at work, I wasn't working hard enough).

Does that make me petty?

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My divorce in 2006. I thought my world was crumbling.

Then I met my current wife, who is amazing in every way, and I now have full custody of my 2 kids.

Best thing that ever happened to me, that divorce.

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My last job. I absolutely despised every minute of it. It got to the point that I began to loathe Sundays because I knew where I had to be the next day.

I'd wake up in the morning, sit on the side of my bed and utter profanity. I came home miserable. I was terrible to deal with.

Then one day I had enough. I decided that come hell or high water I would be gone from that job on a certain date. I dropped off a resume, got an interview that day and was hired soon after.

If not for the experience I'd gotten working that crummy job for that insolent prick of a boss, I'd most likely not have the benefit of certain knowledge.

Now I'm making 25% more money, commute 12 minutes to work (rather than 55 minutes) and love my job. I've not complained about this job once and I've been here for 2½ years.

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My last job. I absolutely despised every minute of it. It got to the point that I began to loathe Sundays because I knew where I had to be the next day.

I'd wake up in the morning, sit on the side of my bed and utter profanity. I came home miserable. I was terrible to deal with.

Then one day I had enough. I decided that come hell or high water I would be gone from that job on a certain date. I dropped off a resume, got an interview that day and was hired soon after.

If not for the experience I'd gotten working that crummy job for that insolent prick of a boss, I'd most likely not have the benefit of certain knowledge.

Now I'm making 25% more money, commute 12 minutes to work (rather than 55 minutes) and love my job. I've not complained about this job once and I've been here for 2½ years.

I kind of had the same experience when at worked at WDVD in Detroit. There was a GM there, miserable jerk. I asked for a raise, nicely, made no demands, just asked for a raise because ratings were up and I hadn't had one in four years. By the time I got to the other end of the Fisher Building my Program Director informed my my hours had been cut and I lost at $150 a week remote - penalized for asking for a raise. I started to clear out my locker and the PD asks why and I told him I couldn't work for someone like that. He told me there was a person in Ann Arbor I should call. I did and worked there for 7 years, but I swore if I didn't get that Ann Arbor gig that December 31, 2004 would be my last day at DVD. I was not going to start a new year working for that bastard. I was not going to give them notice, I was just gonna stop showing up.

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My last job. I absolutely despised every minute of it. It got to the point that I began to loathe Sundays because I knew where I had to be the next day.

I'd wake up in the morning, sit on the side of my bed and utter profanity. I came home miserable. I was terrible to deal with.

Then one day I had enough. I decided that come hell or high water I would be gone from that job on a certain date. I dropped off a resume, got an interview that day and was hired soon after.

If not for the experience I'd gotten working that crummy job for that insolent prick of a boss, I'd most likely not have the benefit of certain knowledge.

Now I'm making 25% more money, commute 12 minutes to work (rather than 55 minutes) and love my job. I've not complained about this job once and I've been here for 2½ years.

This almost exactly echos what happened to me - even same time period. I didn't change my commute time that drastically though. And it sounds like you were more fed up than I was at the point I bounced my old job.

Glad to hear its all good broseph

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This almost exactly echos what happened to me - even same time period. I didn't change my commute time that drastically though. And it sounds like you were more fed up than I was at the point I bounced my old job.

Glad to hear its all good broseph

I stuck my neck out too. I asked for more vacation time than I currently have as well as some other benefits. I was of the opinion that I would not get what I did not ask for. I got it all. At my age, I wasn't in a place where I was willing to start over at zero on vacation time etc.

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yeah that's some testicular fortitude I didn't have - I wanted out badly enough that I didn't want to endanger a good job opportunity. There was no way I was going to get the equivalent of the University's vacay or retirement benefits but my company offered me 20% more salary to move so it wasn't that big of a deal. I didn't negotiate with them at all, I just wanted to bounce. I talked to some hard core capitalists I knew at the time, when I was considering negotiating, and even they recommended that I probably need to chill on it b/c was a decent deal anyways, and I really just wanted out of where I was.

Then they promoted me about 1.5 years after I was hired, so it worked out very well. I've been trying to deal with the swings of being in a rather volatile market now, when I was in a stable University job, but otherwise its been the best career move I ever made.

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Then they promoted me about 1.5 years after I was hired, so it worked out very well. I've been trying to deal with the swings of being in a rather volatile market now, when I was in a stable University job, but otherwise its been the best career move I ever made.

The insolent prick awakened a sleeping giant in me!

That said, I'm glad it worked out for you too. It was a very scary proposition at the time given the economical climate, but I was extremely confident in my abilities. I did zero negotiation prior to my last job change and that didn't work out to my advantage.

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Mine's a bit different. About 10 years ago I was getting my MBA because I was keen to get into upper management where I worked. after graduating, I took an assignment overseas at my company's headquarters. I was the first American to do so, with the idea I could network and gain skills that would grease the skids for advancement.

It was, by far, the worst decision I have made in my life. The work environment was horrible, the hours were unreal, the company would periodically and capriciously withold some of my benefits / pay and made no attempt to follow through on promises made prior to the assignment probably because I didn't have an advocate there. I could go on for pages but won't for the sake of brevity.

Much like Biff, I hated going to work. Hated it. I was stressed all of the time and not getting nearly enough sleep because of the work hours. My life was hell and I became depressed. I took a hard look at my life and I realized I didn't need a title or commensurate salary, and all I wanted was to do my job in as stress free an environment as possible and have time with my family.

So I bailed on my assignment and was 'demoted' back to what I was doing before I pursued the upped management nonsense, and I have never regretted it since.

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So I bailed on my assignment and was 'demoted' back to what I was doing before I pursued the upped management nonsense, and I have never regretted it since.

You really can't put a price on happiness and no compensation package is worth it if you're miserable.

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