Three hours ago today, February 21st, 2014, I lost my job. The CEO that hired me was fired, a new CEO brought in and, like the Cleveland Browns every year, the new regime cleaned house.

And it’s the best damn thing that’s happened in months!

Yes, I was pissed, took a hit to my confidence, and was starting to fear what the future would hold, but in the end I realized it was the best possible thing at this time.

You might be wondering why losing my job is such a good thing.

If you’re like most people, myself included, there’s probably something else you’d rather being doing with your life than what you’re doing now.

The problem is, it takes guts to actually go after what you want and the road is long and hard. But that’s also why I’m stoked to have the weight of this job off my shoulders.

I’m being forced to “have guts” and actually go hard after what I want, which is becoming an adventure travel TV host on a major network.

Think about what it would be like for you if you didn’t have to work where you’re at now, and you could just focus on doing what you love for a living.

Maybe that’s being a chef, tea shop owner, a fashion designer, or whatever it is that you’d rather being doing with your time.

Sometimes, though, our biggest obstacle to creating the life we want is the comfortable job that we have.

While it’s important to maintain some type of income as you work towards your life by design, there comes a point when you have to go all in.

I’m at that point now and I’m being forced to play my hand. Maybe you’re there, too.


Here are the 3 reasons why getting fired today was the best damn thing to happen in recent months:


Reason One: No More Excuses

We all make more excuses than we should for not doing what we say we’re going to do, and that prohibits us from realizing the life we desire.

I can no longer make the excuse, “well, I can’t work on becoming and adventure travel TV host because I have to work more at my day job.”

When you’ve been working on creating the life you’ve always wanted, like I have for the last few years, you’ll eventually have no more excuses as to why you’re not putting every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears into your life by design.

I just lost my job, and it just eliminated all of my excuses. It’s time to make shit happen.


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Reason Two: Sense Of Urgency

It’s amazing how we humans lack a sense of urgency to get things done until there’s a deadline on us. Think about how much you get done the week before you leave for your 2-week vacation.

Same thing happens when you lose your job.

I’m not independently wealthy, so I can’t just sit back and take my good ol’ time. I only have a few months before I need to find another stream of income.

That means I need to kick it into high gear to get things done.

I just lost my job, and it finally created a deadline for me to do what I said I was going to do.


Calendar with Deadline Circled


Reason Three: Forced To Create My Own Destiny

Most people want to be in control of where their lives are going. Sometimes you can do that with the company you’re at, but more often than not you’re at the mercy of someone else and no longer in control of your destiny.

I’ve been talking about creating a life by my own design for some time now, so it’s only appropriate that I walk that talk.

Today, I realized that someone else was determining my future, and that I don’t want someone else to having control of my future.

I just lost my job, and it’s forcing me to create my own destiny so that the only person I have to praise or to blame for my progress is myself.


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Make no mistake about it; losing my job was not exactly a fun experience today.

After sitting back for a few hours and thinking through what it meant for me and the life I was trying to create for myself, it became apparent that I’m ready to go all in, I’m ready to do it now, and I’m ready to finish creating my own destiny.

Life has a funny way of throwing you curveballs, but if you’ve prepared yourself then you’ll have no problem smacking it out of the park.

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Chad is “Ready-Fire-Aim.” That means he prefers to try first, ask questions later. He lives by the idea of “failing forward” and believes it takes 10,000 hours (or 10 years) to master whatever it is one is currently doing. Chad doesn’t want to waste the rest of his life mastering somebody else’s dream, so he’s willing to keep trying any number of his thousands of ideas until one finally works. Chad is Stampabout’s ideaman, go-getter, and the “risk” in “calculated risk.” Chad is a sales and marketing professional that has sold and marketed everything from real estate, a healthy vending franchise system, payment processing systems, and beers to local bar patrons. He owns an ecommerce consulting company,, that helps his clients convert more visitors to paying customers.


  1. Hey Chadwick – Sorry to hear about the job loss. I do believe all things happen for a reason. I have no doubt that you will make the highest and best use of your time, to get you closer to your personal goals. Best to you!

  2. I had a similar thing happen to me when I was in LA – worked at the CA Science Center for 2 1/2 years and they had a budget cut that included cutting me… Best thing that ever happened to my professional life! Reeled from it for a time, lucky to have a husband with a job and unemployment (you should check into that, it could give you a little more time to pursue your dream before starvation forces you into a compromise…).

    I’ve been wishing I could give you guys some contacts there in LA but since I wasn’t in the biz (zoo world’s entertainment but not the area you want to get into) but I do know some folks… I know a guy who’s at ABC (Andy Munsey), a guy who has written for Animal Planet (Bradley Zweig), the guy who’s the head of 5Gyres (one of the groups fighting to reduce plastic pollutions) – Marcus Eriksen – he’s cool, has been all over the world following his dreams, including sailing across the Pacific in a boat made of plastic garbage… Raffaella Commitante, she’s an instructor at Cal State Fullerton, travels regularly to Borneo and Sumatra to help with orangutan conservation, there may be others but these come to mind. Let me know if you want to contact any of them, I’ll see what I can do to help.

    (I know you can tell from my name that I’m a cousin, but just in case you don’t know how… I’m Harold’s oldest daughter, he was the second son of Ralph, your Grandpa Clarence’s older brother. Uncle Clarence, Aunt Winnie, Jerry, your mom, Cindy and Norma were all a regular part of my growing up years but since I was in LA for 18 years, I missed getting to meet either of you when you were young enough to get drug along to the annual Vorse Reunions! I left LA in 2010, after my husband died in a motorcycle accident up on the Angeles Crest Highway.)

    Hope you’re loving LA as much as we did and still do, in fact! Best of luck and let me know if I can help!

    • Hi Kathy! Thanks for the comment. We definitely know of you, and I’m sure we’d have lots to talk about at the good ol’ reunion. It’s definitely not fun losing the job, but sometimes it’s for the best. In my case, it definitely is. Thanks for thinking of us when it comes to contacts here in LA. Anything helps! We have a lot of ideas and we think we’re getting closer to the end goal. And, YES!, we definitely love LA. Always warm and sunny…which makes me super productive compared to the gray misery of the midwest. Chat soon, cheers!

  3. I personally think the world is aligning so that you can finally go after what you want. Good luck with everything :)!

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