Questions like this generally bring out the "exceptions".
I guess I'm part of the myth! LOL!
I was fired before and make more money today than I did then. I also own multiple rental properties, take tropical vacations, and live in a great neighborhood. I know I'm not the only one who "moved up".
There are also world famous celebrities and entrepreneurs who documented being fired in the past, living in their cars, or whatever.
Sure sometimes you have to take a step back to make a big leap.
However I know in my case if I hadn't gotten fired I would probably still be at that company working a job I didn't care about but was "comfortable" doing. Looking back it's one of the best things to happen in my life. It wasn't the route I would have chosen.
However I do think there are some people who accept defeat in their minds when life throws them a curve. They're not willing to take a job in a different industry, relocate, get additional training, launch a business, accept a temporary pay cut while they strategize to make a come back. If people can overcome filing bankruptcy, divorce, and foreclosures they surly can handle getting over being fired.
Most people don't go around announcing to prospective employers that they were fired. The person who was fired is the first person who needs to be sold on their worth and value. They need to figure out why it happened and then come up with a reason they (left).
I'm not talking about someone who routinely gets fired and is a slacker. I'm talking about someone who may have had a conflict with someone or was unable to meet their quota during hard economic times, office politics...etc
A slacker is someone who was LUCKY to have a job in the first place!
Truth be told the longer someone is out of work the more difficult it is to get a job whether they were fired or laid off. This is especially if they're older and insist upon initially earning what they were paid.
Lets face it the U.S. has 50 states and 19,354 "incorporated places/cities and towns, and in 2010 there were 27.9 million small businesses, and 18,500 firms with 500 employees or more.
Lets face it if someone REALLY wants to find a job and is persistent they can get back in the workforce. Even convicts get jobs!
One's attitude has to be that whatever job you get after being fired is a "Stepping stone". In order to succeed you can't accept defeat.
Negative "self-talk" will keep a person from even trying!
Not everyone is going to say "no". Now that's the truth!