It was 2010, and I was in the midst of recovering from a horrific battle with stage IV cancer. Getting back to work was a challenge, and I was grateful to the staff and clients who stayed with our (then) design firm throughout my battle with the “Big C” than they’ll ever know. Late in the year, however, we ran into a challenge with one of our most important developers.
For whatever reason, he didn’t seem to have the same sense of urgency we had, or that our clients expected. After repeated requests for him to deliver his work, followed by unmet extended deadlines and a number of uncomfortable phone calls, we were fired by two of our biggest clients.
If you haven't been in that kind of deep water, be glad. It's not a fun place to be.