When things at work look bleak (i.e. your last project bombed, your boss hates you, or you just committed a huge faux pas in front of the company head), simply tell yourself that it’s not the end of the world. You may have to keep a low profile for a while, but sooner or later, you'll get the chance to redeem yourself. Whether you've been fired or you've hit rock bottom, just pick yourself up and dust yourself off. These women certainly did. Read about their stories here:

1. Ann Curry

Ann Curry’s departure from NBC’s Today show was quite the controversy. After spending 15 years with the program, she was given the boot when the morning show’s ratings failed to pick up (just six months after replacing Meredith Vieira as co-anchor in 2011). According to NYmag.com, Ann’s ouster, reportedly called Operation Bambi, backfired as it dragged the ratings further down. Still, leaving Today didn't mean leaving the network. But despite being given the fancy new position of Anchor at Large and National and International Correspondent for NBC News, Ann was clearly devastated.

But, as they say, good things come to those who wait. On September 18, 2013, Ann became the first ever Westerner to get an interview with newly elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, even beating out CNN’s Christiane Amanpour to the table. All we can say is, Ann for the win!

2. Martha Stewart
Domestic goddess Martha Stewart used to be the last person you’d ever expect to go to jail, but in 2004, according to Fox News, she was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest for insider trading. The press, especially those of the late night variety, had a field day, as they constantly used Martha’s arrest as fodder for their jokes. But while companies like Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Kmart Holding Co. as well as her fans stood by her, nobody could predict just where she would be after five years.

Apparently, she had no other way to go but up. After serving her sentence, Martha’s brand became stronger than ever. According to Oprah.com, in the five years since she left prison, Martha "added 7,000 new products to her name, published her 71st book, runs four magazines and now has four new television shows on the Hallmark Channel." Just a few months ago, Martha launched a line with JCPenney. She has also become more open to trying new things, including, get this, looking for love on Match.com. All in all, not a bad way to spend life after prison!

3. Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck was dubbed by Fortune as The Last Honest Analyst; she was also called the most powerful woman on Wall Street. However, in 2011, Sallie had to leave her job as the head of Merrill Lynch’s global wealth management division as part of the company’s structural change.

However, the executive is far from upset. She says she was grateful that she was fired. For one, she realized just how big a deal she was when her departure made the front page news of The Wall Street Journal. Now she pays it forward by leading 85 Broads, an organization that helps women climb the corporate ladder.

4. Britney Spears

For many who grew up in the ‘90s, Britney Spears was the perfect pop princess. However, as the years went by, little cracks started forming on the surface and it was only a matter of time before what The Rolling Stones called "the most public downfall of any star in history" would commence. In 2004, Britney married her childhood sweetheart; the wedding was annulled 55 hours later. Later that year, she met and married Kevin Federline with whom she had two sons. Two years later, Britney filed for divorce. Things only went from bad to worse. The pop star went to rehab, shaved her head bald, lost custody of her kids, became estranged from her parents, and basically went off kilter.

For a long time, it felt that Britney would never be able to pull herself back together, but things changed when she released her album Femme Fatale in 2011. Then she became an X Factor judge in 2012. Now, she even has a new video out for her single "Work, B**ch." TIME also reports that Britney recently signed a two-year contract with Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Linday Lohan, please take notes!

5. Paula Deen

Celebrity chef Paula Deen didn’t seem like someone who could hurt a fly, but that soon changed when a lawsuit filed against her and her brother reached public awareness. A former employee accused them of racial and sexual discrimination. Paula also admitted to using the N-word in court, reportedly answering, “Yes, of course.” Appearing on TV to plead her case only made matters worse. And unlike Martha Stewart’s case, Paula was immediately dropped by the Food Network as well as by her other business partners, reports Vanity Fair.

Paula’s fall from grace was swift, but things are starting to look up for the queen of Southern cooking. Female Force is said to be releasing a biographical comic book series starring the celebrity chef. "I think she’s said stupid things like we all have done and do," says Darren Davis, president and editor-in-chief of publishing house Bluewater Productions. Just recently, she made her first public appearance in Texas where she was given a standing ovation. As to how long this comeback is going to last still remains to be seen.

(1. Photo by David Shankbone via Flickr Creative Commons 2. Photo by nerkbta via Flickr Creative Commons 3. Photo by Civitas Veritas via Flickr Creative Commons 4. Photo by petercruis via Flickr Creative Commons 5. Photo by Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway via Flickr Creative Commons)

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