164: Why Losing a Job Ain’t So Bad
Call it what you want—getting fired, discharged, laid off, retrenched, or receiving your pink slip—losing your job hurts. Strangely enough, job loss ranks among the highest in stress when compared to other life-altering events such as death, divorce, and severe illness. There are times when losing one’s job doesn’t come as a big surprise. And while it may rattle your nerves, the benefit of preparing for it is invaluable. Yet, most job losses are unexpected. They seem to come out of nowhere and can knock you off your feet. Whether it has everything to do with your performance or nothing at all, it’s still hard. However, if you look at job loss from an enlarged perspective, you realize that success in life is measured far less by our opportunities than by how we respond to life’s setbacks and challenges.
The Go Girl Movement – 02:58
The common analogy about living a happy, fulfilling life is to follow your passion. But what happens when you feel like you’ve accomplished everything you set out to accomplish? Ashley Caprice is an acclaimed radio queen with over thirteen years of experience rocking the West Coast airwaves. However, her journey, like all other media personalities, is full of ups and downs. She’s been laid off, promoted, worked in four stations at a go until it came to a point where there was nothing else to accomplish in the radio industry.
With that, she decided to start her own thing and focus on a topic that has been at the core of her mind, body, and soul: Woman Empowerment. Armed with her broadcasting experience, Ashley launched the Go Girl Podcast that focuses on women empowerment, affirmations, music motivation, and girl talk.
How Ashley Kept Moving After Getting Laid Off Three Times – 05:05
Every college student’s dream is to land their dream job once they graduate. Although some students tarmac a little before landing the ideal position, some fortunate souls start earning even before they graduate. For Ashley, she was a college student living the dream. She was already on radio, but then something tragic happened, she was laid off a few weeks before her graduation. For six months, Ashley battled depression, lamenting her fall from grace after an incredible start to life.
Nobody dreams of ever getting laid off from their jobs, but that’s something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. Still, there is something about being a good employee or an exceptional team member that opens doors in ways you could never imagine. The people who bounce back almost immediately after losing their jobs are the ones that formed great relationships with their co-workers.
How to Embrace Self-Love as a First-Gen – 13:20
Sadly, First-Gens are often burdened with family expectations, the pressure to succeed, and the need to follow a passion. All these, combined with the fact that they still have to figure out stuff on their own, means that the pressure can be a little crushing. Ashley got into radio when women rarely got played, let alone host shows. Nonetheless, she still pushed on, but there was always something at the back of her mind pushing her to a different path. After she got laid off the third time, it all suddenly became clear. She needed to carve out a new journey for herself while empowering women.
If you ever feel like society is making it harder for you to succeed, always remember that it’s your life, and it’s up to you to decide how you want to live it.
Things Ashley Would Have Done Differently – 19:35
Although Ashley would change nothing from her earlier life encounters, her only regret is not starting Go Girl earlier. My message for you today is the need to embrace your journey. The first steps towards something rarely make sense, but the more steps you take, the clearer your goals become. Most people worry too much about their destination such that they overlook the progress made. And when you finally achieve your goals, it’s your turn to uplift others making the same journey.
Ashley Caprice worked in the radio industry for over a decade and now connects with her listening audience through her “Go Girl with Ashley Caprice” podcast. She covers various topics about self-love, self-care, and self-discovery. These topics are related to the everyday woman and how she finds her voice. Each episode focuses on affirmations, music motivation, girl talk, and girl power.
She’s also the author of the “Go Girl Guidebook: A Woman’s Interactive Guide to Self-Love.” She wants women to have healthier relationships with themselves and others. Connect with Ashley Caprice on LinkedIn.