The Real Lesson of Charlie Sheen Charlie is a textbook example of burning bridges. From a purely business perspective it does not get any worse or more stupid than Sheen's actions. Takeaways for the upwardly mobile SF professional? 1. At some point in your career, no matter how stellar, you will get screwed by a manager or a company in general. It might be an unjustified firing or layoff, a reorganization that lacks any basis in reality (some say my CE posts qualify here), or other corporate world BS. Always have a Plan B and keep a financial reserve with 6 months of living expenses (can be hard to do when starting out). 2. Every network is small. By this I mean, you never, ever know who you will run into again. Most of the time the true assholes will flounder over time. But you still may face them on other opportunity. I am repeatedly surprised by how many new people know someone in my vast LinkedIn network. Six degrees of separation? At most, some days it feels like two. (I'm not bragging here, just old enough to have worked with lots of people). 3. Don't burn any bridges, regardless of how therapeutic it may be. You may see these folks again in your travels and they may be in a position to hurt your efforts. 4. It is also just not professional. Take the high road and you will feel better and be perceived better as well. 5. If you get laid off and need help, others will notice you took the high road and that will help. Now think about Charlie. He has likely poisoned the well across all of Hollywood. He made $1.85 million per episode. Dude, you are likely to lose nearly $16 million on those remaining 8 episodes. Moreover, you may find no one wants to work with you. How many people are in Chuck Lorre's rolodex or LinkedIn? How many people do Warner executives touch? Idiot.