Filing bankruptcy can be a significant turning point for most people. It can feel like you’ve lost a very large portion of your life. When I went through that life-altering situation, I realized that what I didn’t lose was the experiences and all of the skills that I had learned and developed over the previous time in my life. It was one of the most difficult experiences in my life, and it taught me a number of very important things. The most important thing it taught me was the borrower is truly the servant to the lender.
So what did I do? I had no employment, and no real prospects. The most rational thing, and perhaps the most risky, was to start a business of my own. That’s right, Telemasters was started with only $50.00, a ten and two twenties. Most of my friends and family thought I was nuts, but there were a few that believed. Looking back after almost 20 years it was one of the best decisions I had ever made. Was it an easy path to take? Of course it wasn’t.
Truth is, when you are in the middle of a crisis, playing it safe simply won’t work. It may seem logical and rational to keep things close to the vest, and play it safe. I could have played it safe and found a new secure, 9 to 5 job, maybe one with a well established company. But where would I be today? Today, I am doing exactly what I love to do. Every day I have the privilege and opportunity to impact the lives of others. It is a true honor to do what I do each day.
If there is anything that I have learned over this time is that no matter what the crisis you are in, if you are willing to take a chance, you might just come through with flying colors. Take the risk and never look back; the future might just be what you’ve been waiting for.