How can a person be thankful for being fired? In my case, it was November 15, 2010, during the height of the recession shortly after the brokerage I was working for had a change in ownership. Our 2nd child had graduated from college earlier that year and our youngest had just started. My husband, general contractor, had been without work for 2 years and we were relying almost exclusively upon my salary as the desingated Principal Broker of a large Central Oregon brokerage to cover our bills. All credit lines for my husband's contruction company had been canceled, but we had scraped together enough money to personally finance a small spec home. The day I planned to list the house (about 30 days before completion), I was terminated from my job. I left the office devasted.
But that afternoon, two agents from the brokerge came to visit me at my home. They encouraged me to start my own brokerage. As I don't compete, I let them know we would have to have several more join us; they thought we could make this happen. I started making calls and received encouragement. I put together a temporary brokerage so I could list my husband's spec home. The day after I listed the home, I received a full price cash offer. The proceeds from this sale financed the new brokerage and the end of January, 2011, we opened the doors to Bend Premier Real Estate with 12 agents. We have grown each year since then to today have 54 amazing real estate agents and are ranked among the 4th most successful brokerages in Central Oregon.
I am a loyal person. I would never have stepped out on my own had I not been fired. I am so thankful and humbled that those initial agents put their faith and trust in me and so blessed that we found success. Many prayers, much work, and much encouragement has provided a future for me that I never envisioned. I am thankful I was fired.