Why Getting Fired Was Good for Machiavelli and Can Be Good For You

6a00e0097e4e6888330192ac471577970d-320wiChances are that you have been, or will be, fired from a job at some point in your life, or maybe just leave one in a less than ideal circumstance. It can be very stressful, but take heart: Some of the best (and most infamous!) people in history have been there. Machiavelli was one of them, and according to the BBC, it was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

His first job came in ’98 after a major change of government. He was still in his twenties and obviously knew some of the right people, but it was also a meritocratic appointment – right from the start he showed an acuity and passion for politics.

Part-diplomat, part-adviser, over the next 10 years he travelled ceaselessly to political hot spots, meeting the players, assessing risk and threat and sending back detailed observations and advice.
The early years of the century were dangerous ones in international politics and his views, though rooted in first-hand experience, were not always listened to by those making the decisions. Looking back, history would prove him right.

But his greatest test by far, was yet to come. In November ’12 (1512 that is), Niccolo Machiavelli, having served the Florentine state faithfully for 14 years, fell victim to regime change when the republican government disintegrated in the face of an external coup to reinstate the Medici family.

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I know I’ve had a few “lemons into lemonades” moments myself in similar circumstances. What about you?


5 Comments on "Why Getting Fired Was Good for Machiavelli and Can Be Good For You"

  1. It’s fairly apparent to me that my instances of greatest insight and personal growth (such as it is) have followed closely on periods of hardship.

    Curiously, both physical and emotional hardships.

    I have found it to be unlike “The Movies” where the big insights come in the thick of the fray.

    It’s later, when you’re licking your wounds that you realize. “I should have used G-13 to start with.”

  2. BuzzCoastin | Aug 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm |

    about 16 years ago I got fired from a high-level corporate position
    for most of my career, jobs usually found me
    but at that time the offers simply stopped coming
    so I assumed it was an indication for a big change
    since then
    I have never had a “day job,” 9 to 5 or otherwise
    until about 6 years ago
    I used to help the corporate types hoodwink people, but have since stopped

    I’ve lived in Hawaii & Asia for most of that time
    traveled around the whirled a few times too
    all without a job, saving or any visible means of support
    but never without my three good friends
    money, means & contentment

    • Rhoid Rager | Aug 5, 2013 at 7:20 am |

      What hoodwinking industry, if you dare tell?

      • BuzzCoastin | Aug 5, 2013 at 11:46 am |

        I spent most of my time
        working for medical equipment manufactures
        mostly in sales & marketing
        with a brief stint as a bankster for Citi

        i know the healthcare scam iside-out

  3. emperorreagan | Aug 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm |

    I’m an urban legend at one place I worked – I lit a dumpster on fire (in a practical joke gone bad). The story became more fantastic every time I heard it retold after the fact. That’s sort of lemonade.

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