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Layoff as an Opportunity
123: Layoff as an Opportunity

123: Layoff as an Opportunity



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Michael Knouse explains how a layoff can be an opportunity

When Michael Knouse beat his sales quota by over 300%, the last thing he expected was to be laid off. But it happened. “Thanks for knocking it out of the park, you’re fired,” he was told. But Michael didn’t let that stop him. He used his “golden boot” as an opportunity to start his own business. On this episode of the How to Quit Working Show, Michael tell us how he did it and how you can too.

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About Michael:

Michael Knouse is a Small Business Strategist, Unconventional Startup Coach and creator of The Startup Sessions web show and podcast. He spent 14-years in the technology and software industry before founding The Startup Sessions and making the leap to full time business builder. Michael works with burnt out corporate employees and aspiring entrepreneurs to help them craft a meaningful business, bring structure to creative ideas and align purpose-driven work with financial stability.

Michael is a former nine-to-fiver and completely understands what it’s like to be working for someone else while desperately wanting to make a bigger difference in the world. In 2012 Michael started a simple blog to express his ideas about the pursuit of meaningful work and the myth that it’s hard to have meaning and money in our lives. Since that time, Michael has made the transition from the corporate world to becoming a full-time coach, consultant and podcaster.

Michael lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Jill, where he enjoys trail running, skiing, yoga, enjoying great coffee, sipping IPA’s, and teaching others how to embrace their brilliance and do work that matters. Michael’s latest work can be found at TheStartupSessions.com.



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About Jeff Steinmann

Jeff wants to help you Live More. He is the author of How to Quit Working, A Simple Plan to Quit Your Job for a Life of Freedom. He hosts a weekly show called The How to Quit Working Show that features lessons from Freedom Fanatics who quit their soul-sucking 9-5 job and created a business that lets them live a passionate life of freedom. Jeff also writes for several media outlets, including The Huffington Post, Lifehack and Elite Daily. Most of all, Jeff is a Freedom Fanatic, fiercely devoted to finding a better way to “do life”.

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  • http://www.thestartupsessions.com/ Michael Knouse

    Thanks for having me on the show, Jeff! Our discussion felt more like having a chat with an old friend. And like I said, I wish your work was around years ago when I felt stuck in my 9-5. Great stuff. Keep at it.

    • http://howtoquitworking.com/ Jeff Steinmann

      Michael, thanks so much for being on the show! I had a great time talking and i know the listeners appreciate all the great advice you gave!