“Eventually all things fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment, and know everything happens for a reason.” Albert Schweitzer
10 years ago I was working for a technology company and we were acquired by Microsoft. As part of the leadership team, I had an enormous amount of work to complete in order to get the acquisition done. At the end of many grueling months, the deal closed and I was informed that I would be laid off.
I was disappointed, a little angry, and anxious about the future. I worked incredibly hard on the deal, and the bright future I was helping create for all our employees was now something I would not benefit from at all. In that moment, it didn’t feel like things were falling into place, but rather, falling apart.
I left Microsoft, ended up at VMware in the midst of the cloud computing explosion. I had 5 different jobs over the next 5 years, grew my career and experience significantly, and met an incredible woman that would later become my wife.
Looking back, I’m incredibly grateful I got laid off from Microsoft 10 years ago. My life would be in a far different place had I never joined VMware. Interestingly enough, after leaving VMware I joined LinkedIn. A year ago we were acquired by… Microsoft. However, this time the outcome has been wonderfully different. I’m still at LinkedIn/Microsoft, the acquisition has been a huge success, and I realize the job I get to do, with the people I get to do it would never have been possible had I stayed with Microsoft 10 years ago.
When life feels like it’s falling apart, remember, everything happens for a reason. I’ve come full circle back to Microsoft, with incredible experiences in between, not to mention I got to meet my beautiful wife along the way. Are you struggling in the midst of hard times at the moment? Hang in there. It’s just a moment in time. Eventually all things fall into place.