When one door closes, it’s good to have the master key to the rest of the house.

January 24, 2011

I had something happen to me for the first time in my life. I was given my walking papers due to re-structuring and re-focusing at work on November 30th. For more than twelve years in the ad agency business, I was always on the other side and learned early about survivor’s guilt, making myself marketable, and staying grounded, driven, and positive.

And yet this time it got me. And it was the best thing that ever happened to me professionally. I am not embarrassed or ashamed I was let go. I’d like to think my ego hasn’t grown so much that I can’t admit the truth. I simply didn’t have a specific PR foundation and background to warrant keeping a tenured advertising guy on staff. Kudos to my former boss for recognizing he and his agency needed to change and get back to their roots. I also appreciate the way in which I was let go. They did some things for me they didn’t have to and that took the stress out of these past seven weeks, especially over the holidays.

And in there lies the one thing they didn’t intend to give me, that was the greatest gift.

I spent more than six weeks at home with my two kids, my wife when she wasn’t at work, and friends and family, all over the holiday season.

I danced with my daughter in her room to songs we didn’t know, I was there to ride through the sleepless nights as my son got his first two teeth, I was able to help be Santa with my wife, and I grew an even deeper appreciation for the countless friends and family who reached out to me with support.

And now I am happily part of the team at The Momentum Group, a small, very cool shop in Broad Ripple doing some amazing things in the branding, digital, social, and traditional advertising space. I have certainly found a home.

So as I look back on my career already, one thing always rides true. No matter what, under any circumstances, sell yourself short by changing who you are, how you conduct yourself, and not treating others with respect. Because as I have just found out, sometimes the unexpected can turn into the greatest gift.

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Maria Robinson



  1. Loved this blog Eric! I lost my job due to downsizing when I was 9 months pregnant. I had Elijah 3 days after my last day of work. And what was unexpected change to my life turned to an opportunity to have 10 months with my kids that I don’t have to give back. A true blessing in disguise. The hardest thing was to not second guess myself and my abilities.

    • Thank you! Time with family is priceless, I agree.

  2. You know it’s good when it causes goosebumps…Great post, Ike, and congrats on new adventures!

  3. Another great post. Congrats again!

    • Thanks Tracie!

  4. Sometimes change needs to happen to us before we can realize it’s happening for us. Congratulations and good luck on your next chapter.

    • Nicely put! You know you should really be in creative.

  5. rudy, you’ll be great no matter what happens to you professionally….goodluck in the new postion and it sounds like you need no luck when it comes to your love for family and friends…..i am sooooooo proud of the person you have become…love you..J

    • Thank you Jackie! Love you too.

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