Have you been laid off only to find something better waiting for you on the other side? Or made a career change that transformed your life? Or changed an aspect of your work environment that made you love your job again?
We've all experienced crises in our lives. But crisis doesn't have to mean failure, loss and powerlessness. According to inspirational speaker and bestselling author Tony Robbins, it is precisely these moments of crisis that propel us to lead richer, fuller lives.
Now we're asking YOU to share your story, through video or text, of a career crisis you were able to break through.
Tony Robbins designed five questions that are very simple, but very useful and for some of you extremely powerful. He hopes answering them will trigger you to remember the path you took to solve your own crisis, and will also allow you to share it with this community.
Post your answers in either written form with a photo, or in a short (1-3 minute) video.
Answer these five questions (write your answer in the caption field):
1) What was your life right before the challenge or crisis hit?
2. What was the crisis you faced? What happened, and when it did, what did you feel and experience?
3. What pulled you through this difficult, unjust or impossible time? What was the trigger or catalyst for change? What is a belief, a strategy, a faith, a person, a tool? What made the change possible?
4. Once you turned the corner mentally or emotionally, what did you do to turn your life around?
5. How is your life better today because you lived through the crisis? How have you transformed? How are you stronger emotionally, physically, spiritually? What gifts do you have to give because of this?
How to participate:
1. Click the blue "Add a slide" button below.
2. A HuffPost Social News box will open where you can upload a photo, write a title and a caption.
3. If you want to upload a video instead, simply click the "Video" button and drop in the embed code from YouTube, Vimeo, or whichever site you used to upload the video. You can also add a title and caption.
4. Click "Upload" and your contribution will be sent to a HuffPost editor.
Paul Crik:I made this video after losing my job. I like to think about my life in terms of "killin' it," like how do you "kill it" with the way you lead your life In other words, when things happen--good or bad - how do you handle them, with strength and grace or do you become a basket case?. I thought it would help me bounce back to communicate how I felt by making a video (almost like giving myself a new job, even if I wasn't getting paid). I found it really helped to hear myself say certain things out loud. And it is reassuring to connect with (or try to connect with) so many others who've also gone through this.
LivewithFlair:After years of rejections from publishers and agents, I turned to the blog world to write everyday for an audience. I decided that I loved to write, and it seemed foolish to base a career upon the approval of one or two people in an agency or a publishing house. I launched a blog project called, "Live with Flair," http://www.livewithflair.blogspot.com/ that in a few months, had over 1,000 readers a week. Choosing to live with flair, even when my book got rejected, means that I write everyday, determined to use my writing to find beauty in everyday things. So far, I've been on local NPR news and in the paper. I've made so many friends, and every day, more readers sign up for daily email alerts when I post. Who knew I could "publish" without a publisher? I feel like I'm creating happiness for myself and others through my blog. Thank God for rejection! Here's a picture of me on the day I read my blog on NPR.
RyanCritchett:As a result of a debilitating financial and emotional crisis, I turned my life around and created a compelling future in human potential.
Greg Popiel: On the path of our journey, choices confront us. I have learned to follow my intuition, following what is in my heart, my soul..... My career path has changed due to job losses and dissatisfaction. I have reinvented myself 5 times by changing fields. Each time, I chose a field, self-taught myself, learned how to gain entry and succeeded. I have let others talk me out of my dreams, but no more. My latest dream is to be a photojournalist. I took a step on this path last night by covering an event for a local newspaper as a free-lance photographer. The journey continues and my dream gets closer to reality. gp 9/16/10