In this episode of Masters of Community, our host, David Spinks, VP of Community at Bevy and Co-Founder of CMX, hosts a solo episode where he talks about how he got fired from his first community job.
David admits that it was one of the lowest points of his career and life. He was discouraged, and it took him some time to get back on his feet. Having dealt with these moments, he now shares what he learned from them and how it might help others deal with the hardships of getting fired.
Who is this episode for? Community builders, community managers, community leaders, community members, employees, and employers.
(00:49) - Overview about today's episode
(02:59) - The context of how David got fired
(06:52) - Shifting towards community and Zaarly
(12:45) - Facing challenges and problems
(21:00) - Getting fired
(23:34) - The lowest point of the career
(28:00) - Help and hope: meeting Thomas Knoll
(29:56) - Starting a new job
(31:45) - Getting over being fired
(38:56) - David's lessons and bits of advice
1. “I think there's a lot of stigma around getting fired”
2. “If you are drowning, if you are overwhelmed, if you're not in a healthy place, it becomes hard, if not impossible, to support other people, to take care of them, and to see what they need”
3. “I started burning out, feeling depressed, I had no idea what to do, I couldn't perform, and I couldn't get results”
4. “If you are in a position of leadership, when you think someone did a great job, tell them cause you never know how it could impact their life”
5. “If you're depressed at work, take a step back, gain perspective, pause, take a breath, take space, take time off, take care of yourself so that you can take care of others, turn to communities”