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Fired Four Times in Seven Years

Episode #81 | John Follis

Whats going on Nation!

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with John Follis, a seasoned ad man with a story unlike any other.

Four times fired in seven years.

Sounds rough, right? But here's the twist – each firing was a step toward his eventual success.

Let me summarize it for you:

  • Unexpected Beginnings: John shared how getting fired wasn't the end but a start. He saw it as an opportunity to pivot, to find his true calling away from the big NYC ad agencies.

  • Finding His Groove: It wasn't in the bustling agencies of Manhattan where John found his footing, but in the freedom of freelancing and eventually, his own agency.

  • Building from Scratch: With a partner who saw his potential, John built an agency that became one of NY's most awarded. A testament to turning setbacks into setups.

  • Legacy Over Setbacks: His journey reminds us that our lowest points can lead to our greatest achievements. It's not about how many times you're knocked down, but how you rise.

Every "no" led John to his ultimate "yes."

His story is a powerful reminder that success isn't linear. I

t's built on resilience, adaptability, and the courage to pursue your path, no matter how unconventional.

P.S. Have you ever turned a "no" into your biggest "yes"? Share your story in the comments below

Until tomorrow!

Chief is outta here.



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