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OK, so you’ve been fired. Maybe you did something wrong. Maybe you had a personality conflict with your boss. Maybe the new management’s vision didn’t include you.

You may not believe it now, but the blow could turn out to be a blessing. “We’ve gotten thank-you notes saying, ‘If you hadn’t kicked me out the door, I’d probably be miserable, and I’m happy now,’ ” says Joy Matheny, director of human resources at GSD&M in Austin, Texas.

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