“Charlie, you have 30 minutes to gather your belongings and leave this building. In your three months working here you have not sold one lease! Your leasing days with this company are over.” What? What did my boss say to me? I was fired? I took a risk and left a secure building management position, a decision my wife was strongly opposed to, in order to accept this position. I had big dreams of becoming a real estate professional with a new car and large commissions.
After dinner I approached my wife, who was playing with our two small children. I said, “Molly, today I was fired, what are we going to do”?” My shocked wife looked up at me and said, “Charlie, not what are we going to do but what are you going to do? I can’t support our growing family with its expenses on my salary alone.” What? Did she expect me to live with the misery of being unemployed all on my own?
After that I was speaking with my mother and I told her that I was fired. Her advice was, Charles, “build your life on hope and that will always make your tomorrows’ brighter.”
What I heard from her felt good so I decided to approach the situation with hope. Only then did I begin to see possibilities of changing my life.
Shortly after I was fired, my wife’s friend Mary Ann asked me to repair shower tiles and other needed repair work in her home. When I finished she said to me “Charlie, I love your work and I want to refer you to my friends. Would that be okay?” I was elated. I would begin earning my way again. She followed through on her promise and her friends hired me to do small repair projects on their homes.
I began to realize that my being firing was a gift. I stopped feeling resentful of my boss and the real estate company. I began to feel grateful toward them for the opportunity to be my own boss. I began to remodel my life realizing that I had the power to build a life with greater possibilities. Now, I was able to create with my hands, attend all of my three children’s school and athletic events and partner with my wife to share the duties of raising our three children. Being fired forced me to change my story from one of leasing real estate to one of remodeling homes.
For the past twenty-eight years home remodeling has been a better suit for my personality. I have experienced much less stress and more control of my life. After I decided to accept my mother’s advice and “build my life on hope”, my life improved.
If you are thinking of changing or remodeling your life, apply hope and it too may brighten your tomorrows as it did mine.
Charlie Kundinger has remodeled homes for the past 28 years. More recently he is speaking to audiences on the topic of hope realizing that with this powerful emotion in their lives significant changes can occur. Charlie lives with his wife in Forest Lake, MN. You can reach him at Kundinger Remodeling651-283-0017.