How can you recover from a layoff? (Corey Shelton)

Getting laid off is like a punch in the gut. Even if you see it coming, it's still a shock, and until it happened to me, I didn’t realize how little we talk about it. So what DOES happen when you're laid off? And what should you be doing today in case it someday happens to you?

By the end of this episode, Corey Shelton will help us learn more his journey from a layoff of his own to founding a company, but more than that, we're really here to answer bigger questions, like “How do you overcome adversity?” and, “How can you prepare for tough setbacks, or things that are out of your control?”

What you'll learn
  • How you might be able to spot warning signs that your company is in trouble.
  • What you should be doing now to be ready in case your company goes through layoffs (although hopefully you never have to experience this like I did!)
  • Why it is important to establish relationships within the business community you are part of while on stable ground.
  • How to know if you’re ready to get back into the job market after a setback.
  • How to find the intersection between what you love doing and what you do well.
  • How to attach your work to a sense of purpose


This week's guest

Corey Shelton

Corey Shelton is the founder and owner of Lime Life Media Company, a brand strategy and digital marketing agency. Lime Life Media helps purpose-driven companies build more profitable, market-leading brands that stand out in crowded marketplaces, and their goal is to amplify and drive customer engagement, trust and loyalty.  Corey has worked with nonprofits, startups, authors, and more, but what’s really remarkable about him isn’t just the company he founded. It’s how he got here.

Before starting Lime Life Media, Corey had a corporate job at a mortgage company.  He was part of a massive company-wide layoff that took him from a stable $90k a year salary with benefits to zero job and zero income overnight. The road to founding Lime Life Media hasn’t been easy, but today, he describes himself as a professional encourager who helps others overcome limiting fears, self-doubts, and challenges to live a life driven by purpose.

Try It Out Challenge

Connect with a coworker

I sincerely hope that you feel a sense of stability in your current job. But even so, you should always be prepared for the unexpected, and even as companies rise and fall, there are a few things within your control, like your relationships.

So this week, take some time to connect with someone in one of two categories.

  1. First, connect with a coworker. Go out to lunch or coffee, or find a way to spend time with someone outside of a meeting or the office. Those work relationships are so important even if you aren't concerned about the business, and there's never a bad time to build relationships with your current coworkers.
  2. The other option is to connect with someone you used to work with. You never know when you'll cross paths with old coworkers again, or when your interests might realign, so find a genuine reason to reach out and get in touch over the phone or coffee.

The worst time to build a relationship is when you're desperate, but if you have solid work relationships in place, you'll at least have an authentic group of people willing to help if you find yourself in need of new work.

And hey, Corey would love to hear from you too! You can go to if you'd like to get in touch with him. (I promise he gave me permission to make this offer.)


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