When Conan O’Brien left The Tonight Show last January, things looked pretty bleak. After just seven months on the job, he’d effectively been forced out — and there weren’t exactly a lot of other network talk-show host openings out there.
And yet look at what Conan did with his career this year: He became a Twitter phenomenon, launched a sold-out U.S. stage tour, and signed a deal with TBS to do a new late-night talk show called, oddly enough, Conan. How did he go from a jobless folk hero to … well, a folk hero with what could end up being an even better job than he had before?
Being Conan O’Brien certainly helped. But there are still several career lessons you can take from Conan’s experience and apply to yourself. Sadly, however, we can’t help you get 2 million Twitter followers.