Axed! 9 Real-Life Lessons Learned From Being Fired

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“I was let go (fashionably “dismissed”) from Wilhelmina because 1.) my agent never liked me, 2.) she seemed to want to keep me in the same boring typecast/rut, and 3.) she did not like the fact that I did not just do as I was told (she seemed somewhat prejudice as well). Instead, I had bigger dreams and knew I could do better,” recalls former model Stephanie Adams-Nicolai.

Not only did she move on to a better agency, she formalized a bigger plan.

“I switched to Elite Model Management, got bigger and better jobs, and dealt with people who were more supportive than derogatory and condescending… But I still knew there was something else out there for me to do,” she says. “So I used the proceeds from my modeling career and started privately investing in Fortune 500 companies. I built a plan to become my own boss. Then eventually I did just that.”

Today, she is owner of a publishing company (Goddessy), a million-dollar medical practice (Wall Street Chiropractic), and a luxury skin care line (Goddessy Organics).

“I am glad I did not just accept the role someone else tried to carve in my mind. I became better. And I have never looked back,” summarizes Adams-Nicolai.

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