The Day My World Fell Apart
On September 15, 2008, my world fell apart. Some of you will remember this day. It was the day Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, triggering the greatest financial meltdown anyone with a Facebook account can remember.
At the time, I was eight years into a law career in real estate development. When the economy collapsed, my law business followed soon thereafter.
The first few months were really scary. I realized I really didn’t have any plan for my life that I created and controlled. I had a job, a 401k, a Mercedes, and a lot of nice suits. But, I was a cog in a machine. A machine that routinely retools and replaces cogs with ease.
On that Wednesday in March of 2010 when I was fired, I didn’t realize why. It took me about two years to figure out I was fired because I was about to vest for 20% of the match on my 401k. Had I vested for it, the amount would have been around $2,000. That’s what the people that were an integral part of life plan had planned for me. Not much.
That time period in my life was really difficult. I was very scared. Facing the reality that success or failure was entirely dependent on my actions was incredibly sobering. I’d either get the glory or receive the blame. And, whether you want to accept that or not, that’s how life works.
The truth is that no one cares more about your life than you do. No one is going to plan it in a way that serves you, better than you. The moment I accepted that reality was the moment my life started to change.
So, are you ready? NOW is the time. I don’t know what you want to do with your life, but I do know this—my business explodes in January. Absolutely explodes. A lot of people wait until January to join and that’s fine. But, you know who wins? The people that jump in and learn NOW. Those people are ready when the dynamite goes boom. If you are one of them, let’s talk.