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The Bomb Life 101: Turn Your Wounds into Wisdom (Lessons from Diddy, Steve Jobs, Oprah, and More)

Raise your hand if you love YouTube! I could get lost for hours learning about people I admire. Today, Puff Daddy’s True Hollywood Story populated my “Suggested Videos” so I clicked on:

Sean Combs dealt with major setbacks, including being fired from Uptown Records, losing a best friend, and evading jail time. There were times I’m sure he thought he had lost it all, but he kept grinding, sometimes starting from zero, and reinventing himself.

Ditto for Steve Jobs, who was fired from his own company, Apple, started Pixar, and then ended up being hired to his company again.

Oprah herself said, “Turn your wounds into wisdom. You will be wounded many times in your life. You’ll make mistakes. Some people will call them failures. But I have learned that sometimes failure is really God’s way of saying, ‘Excuse me, you’re moving in the wrong direction.”

Fast forward to 1:00 where Oprah tells of how she was demoted from news anchoring, thrust into the talk show circuit, and found her calling.


Imagine if Oprah had decided to pack everything up when she got that demotion? Imagine if Puff would have been deflated after getting fired from Uptown? Imagine if Steve Jobs had decided to quit completely after getting fired from his Apple? The world wouldn’t be even half as enriching or entertaining as it is today.

As for me, I have not claimed defeat with this Instagram situation–I claim victory. But in the meantime, I am relishing this time to take a look at next steps and new horizons.
It’s hard! Noone said it was easy. But if you are blessed to have careers as illustrious as Sean Combs, Steve Jobs, and Oprah, you’d realize that perceived failure–losing a job, getting demoted, losing anything important to you–might just set the stage for your next breakthrough.

I leave you, as always, with love and light.

*Illustrations by @NicolaStyles_

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