My dream client slammed the door in my face
I got fired from my dream job.
“It’s not working out.”
5 syllables everyone dreads hearing.
They were coming from my DREAM CLIENT.
I’d been living in Barcelona as an illegal immigrant for almost a year. I had a few freelance gigs here and there to get me started on the right path.
Eventually, I got an opportunity that was right up my alley.
I got the role of social media manager for a Barcelona-based festival I was totally passionate about.
I’d be building up a community of creatives, dreamers and designers. (Can you see how this was the perfect fit for me?)
I spent 4 years putting my all into this project.
4 years of growing a community.
4 years of empowering and serving.
4 years of blood, sweat and tears.
It became my baby. And then it was taken away from me. Just like that.
The worst part was that after all my hard work, my role was handed over to someone else because of nepotism – I was being replaced by the owner’s girlfriend.
I was shaken, hurt, devastated. Like someone had just pulled the rug out from under me.
It didn’t help that this client was the only money I had coming in at the time.
I had to start all over again. (You might notice this as a reoccurring theme in my life.)
I didn’t have time to dwell. I needed to build from scratch. Re-start my hustle.
And I did. I’m a DRAGON, after all.
I look at it as another chance for even stronger regrowth.
Today marks an important moment in my life.
The client that fired me… I grew their community organically and today their community is 60,000 followers strong.
And as I write this now, I’ve just surpassed them in fans.
It’s like when Daenerys walked into the fire and came out with her 3 baby dragons…
I went through hell and came out with my own (social) dragons!
It’s not really about the numbers for me. It’s being able to look back and see how far I’ve come personally.
I value the efff outta the opportunity that I had. Working, building and engaging a community you love for 4 years, you learn a lot.
And after being sacked, I took what I learned and figured out how to make it work for me.
So yes, my dream client slammed the door in my face.
But I turned around and found an open window. It led me to exactly where I am today.
Grateful for getting fired by my first client.
“Fire cannot kill a dragon.” — Daenerys Targaryen