When You Can’t Win, You Pivot

The story of my life…right…now…

Yesterday, the inevitable happened.

My (former) employer and I went our separate ways.

After he berated me the way he did and I saw signs of my demise, I knew that my tenure at the grocery store was ending quick.

Our personalities just couldn’t coexist in his environment and we couldn’t see eye-to-eye on a variety of subjects. Whatever working relationship we built was quickly destroyed.

And just to vent, I feel that he’s had a personal vendetta after I proved that I was a somewhat intelligent dude. At the very beginning, he acted like a regular person. Then, after he saw how legit I am, he’s became nothing but a straight asshole. And only to me.

I know you’re probably thinking that I’m just whining or being a baby, but I assure you, I play fairer and own my actions more than most. And I’m self-aware enough to notice how he behaves around others and how his demeanor/conduct/energy changes when I’m around.

But in the end, I guess I had the last laugh?

I was scheduled to come in for a shift yesterday evening. Instead of coming in, working, then eventually getting fired — because I’m pro at getting sensing when the end of my tenure is near, after all, I’ve had plenty of experiencing with firings — I beat him to the punch and just didn’t show up.

I didn’t give his ego the satisfaction of firing my ass. He tried to call, but of course I didn’t answer. I didn’t give him his final say and I’m glad I got a moral victory out of it!

Hopefully I will never have to deal with his harsh and rude character again.

You may wonder about why I am so confident that he is in the wrong and why it’s not my fault. Well, I pride myself on being the best version of myself possible. I believe that the only thing more important than money are relationships. So, of course I’m always trying to improve all of mine — including with people that have it out for me.

My tenure at the grocery store only lasted a month. But in that month, I built pretty good relationships with the majority of the staff there. I was also good with customers. The only person who I could not form a relationship with was the person that “should’ve” mattered the most..

The boss.

But you know what? I’ll get over it.

I know I was true to myself, a good worker, and an overall good person. I was simply playing a game where I could not win. And there was nothing I could do about it.

So now I learn, pivot, and move forward.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Even though I really needed the job and it’s a bummer getting fired, I’ll grow from this experience.

This little chapter in my life is just a reminder that life is not easy. I thought I was starting to get back my own feet and was back on the journey to success, but I should’ve known that it wasn’t going to be easy and all positive.

I will experience hardships, setbacks and failures. Life will throw me some curve balls.

But when those curve balls start coming your way, you can’t run away or quit or any of that shit.

You just learn how to adjust to them.

You pivot.

Pivot to something else that is still aligned with your vision and to something where the opportunity to win is present.

Don’t remain stagnant and continue to lose. Don’t give up entirely and start from scratch. If you know your body, mind and spirit are all aligned and working together, the only option is to pivot.

Originally published at medium.com

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