Four Easy Ways to Get Yourself Fired

Being a standout on the job can sometimes be as simple as showing up to meetings on time, responding promptly to requests, doing your homework and not being a jerk.

A businesswoman sits with a box of her belongings on the steps outside her former workplace after being fired.
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One theme in science-fiction is the ability to either “read” others’ thoughts or implant memories or even knowledge. The 1990 film Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the 2012 remake, with Colin Farrell in the lead role, featured a company that could implant false memories into a person’s brain that made them think they’d done or been somewhere they hadn’t. The characters could fulfill the dream of going to Mars and living a more exciting life than the one they actually led.

Just suppose if something like that were possible — you’d be given knowledge that would make you successful and a standout, on the job and in your personal life, a truly unique person, a unicorn, because you could avoid behaviors that could lead to the loss of a job or trouble at home.

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."