E120: Getting Fired From My Own Company

Monday, February 12th, 2018 in Podcast

“The reality is that one day you wake up and you realize that you’re the bottleneck in your own business, and it’s time to be fired.” – Mike Jackness on handing over the reins of the company to someone else

Have you ever had that feeling when you just know you’re about to get fired from your job? In 41 years I have never been fired–I worked hard enough to not be in that situation–and it’s certainly uncomfortable dealing with this issue with a company I started.

You might remember me doing an episode about my goals for 2018, and surprisingly, those were the very goals that led me to feeling I might get fired from my own company. One of my goals is to double in revenue again this year, and at this point in our business, doubling will require a lot more effort than it did last year. That means I, as the CEO, will have to hand off tasks I enjoy and focus more on high-level (and sometimes less exciting) business development efforts.

The thing is, I enjoy doing the lower-level stuff. I like the dopamine hit of a successful Facebook ad or PPC campaign. But when I hired Jacqueline, our Director of Ecommerce, she knew that I needed to give them up in favor of the high-level stuff, so in order to get me to do them, she is essentially firing me from the informal marketing position I always loved.

Here are some points I talked about in this episode:

  • A look back at my 2018 goals
  • The moment Jacqueline began taking over my job
  • How hard it is to hand off some responsibility to focus on higher-level stuff
  • Plans of a “Day in the Life of Mike Jackness” podcast episode

It feels weird, to say the least, to no longer be doing what I love in order to do the less sexy but necessary functions of a CEO. But in business there will always be trade-offs, and if giving up dopamine hits is what I need to do to achieve my goals, then I’d gladly do it.

Resources mentioned:

My 2018 Goals
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

As always, thanks for listening to this episode. Until the next one, happy selling!

Michael started his first business when he was 18 and is a serial entrepreneur. He got his start in the online world way back in 2004 as an affiliate marketer. From there he grew as an SEO expert and has transitioned into ecommerce, running several sites that bring in a total of 7-figures of revenue each year.


  • Lisa Harrington

    Purchased Traction. Thanks, Mike!

    Dave Bryant

    I am going to check it out soon as well!

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