How 3 Famous People Overcame Unemployment & What You Can Learn From Them

Published on 14 January 2010 by 360JobInterview in Offbeat


Being unemployed can seem downright hopeless at times, but it isn’t the end of the world. Donald Trump, Larry King, and even Jerry Seinfeld have all been unemployed, but they all managed to go on to new things, land new jobs, and achieve success. They’ve also learned a few secrets to success the hard way, so you don’t have to.

Larry King

Larry King How 3 Famous People Overcame Unemployment & What You Can Learn From ThemMost of us know Larry King for his interviews with the rich and famous, but he was also a columnist for the Miami Herald. As part of his job, he would go to lunch with friends and collect information for his column. The paper was not happy about this. They complained he wrote about his friends too frequently and fired him.

It was a devastating blow, but Larry didn’t let it beat him. His friends and contacts played a huge role in his ability to overcome his job loss and the personal bankruptcy that followed. Today, he’s one of the most famous people in television. The lesson? Don’t be afraid to rely on your network of friends, colleagues, and professional connections.

King says that being fired was a tragedy, but it was also an opportunity to make positive changes in his life. He truly believes how you look at a situation and the choices you make after a bad experience make all the difference.

Sounds like a lot of new-age hogwash, but it makes sense when you think about it. Sitting on the couch, eating Cheetos, and watching Jerry Springer isn’t going to help you land your dream job. You have plenty of time, so use it to create a plan and execute it. Put yourself in a situation that will help you reach your goals and get the job you’ve always wanted. After all, if you don’t do it, someone else will.


50 Cent How 3 Famous People Overcame Unemployment & What You Can Learn From ThemRapper 50-Cent makes approximately $41 million dollars a year with his music, clothing, special appearances, and promotions, but it wasn’t always that way. Before he became a huge rap star, he worked as a drug dealer in Queens, NY, resulting in three arrests and a near fatal shooting.

This couldn’t have been an easy way to make a living, but 50 Cent says it was worth it because it taught him the skills necessary to run a successful business, including money management, launching new campaigns, marketing, and how to deal with customers, distributors, and others. The lesson here? Use your past experiences to your advantage. Analyze each of your previous jobs, make a list of skills, and use it to sweeten your resume. Prove to the company that they’ll be missing out on something great if they don’t hire you!

It also helps to consider the moments you were particularly proud of yourself as well as the mistakes you made while working at previous jobs. Then, you can use them during the interview process to demonstrate the skills and abilities you’ve gained.

Chef Robert Irvine

Chef Robert Irvine How 3 Famous People Overcame Unemployment & What You Can Learn From ThemYou may not have heard of Chef Robert Irvine, but that doesn’t make his success or the lessons he learned any less fascinating. Irvine was the star of Dinner: Impossible on The Food Network. Not long after it started airing, however, he was fired for embellishing on the experience section of his resume.

But, instead of denying it, Irvine admitted to lying, apologized, and accepted the cancellation of his position with the show. A year later, the Food Network hired him back to do an additional six episodes. The lesson? Never slam doors shut because opportunities can come from anywhere, and one of them just may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

The stories of these three stars proves that success is possible regardless of where you came from, or what path you’re on. All it takes is some help, support, and a little bit of persistence!

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