This has never happened to me, just to be clear. I quit my job in February, but I have never been fired for cause.
I am fascinated (perhaps morbidly so) with people who lose their jobs disgracefully. This week, it’s Lance Armstrong, who left the LiveStrong Foundation and is losing a huge number of sponsors because if his involvement with performance enhancing drugs and doping in cycling.
During the Penn State sex abuse scandal, several senior administrators were found to have been complicit in a coverup, and were dismissed.
Earlier this year, the journalist Jonah Lehrer was found to have fabricated quotes and facts in a number of pieces and past books. His publisher pulled his book off the shelves.
But my real question is: what happens next? What do you do after you are fired, particularly when you have been found to be ethically (or morally) wanting on some level?
What did Richard Nixon do after he resigned? Apparently, he got really sick. Once he recovered, he sold rights to interview him for $600,000 to British talk show host David Frost.
Clearly, a big part of the process of rehabilitating yourself is shutting up and staying out of the spotlight for some time. Another argument for being well-saved and having some cash socked away for a rainy day. This is the time, too, for some soul searching. Bill Clinton sought spiritual counsel during and after the Lewinski scandal.
But really, the answer seems to be: get a book contract for your memoirs. Even if you have already written your memoirs (ahem, Lance), you are going to write them again.
Because to fall from grace, you need to have gotten pretty high up there. And in all honesty, aren’t Americans completely fascinated with disgrace and subsequent redemption?
But also, maybe all these men just become stay at home dads and grandpas, like Anthony Weiner?