At some point in time, a life event will affect you personally and by default professionally count on it.  However, I see nothing heroic or virtuous about being diagnosed with cancer, recovering from surgery, and working to regain ones physical health. For me the effort was self-centered and I personally had no choice as no-decision would have been a painfully slow terminal decision. Reality check: the extraordinary person was my wife. She was the one who had to work a demanding and stressful full-time job while also attending to my physical care. Is it relates to another event: there’s nothing heroic about pushing thru the unexpected death of a loved one that’s what we’re supposed to do. But watching the people you love grieve thru loss and supporting them thru their grief in some ways is worse than cancer. Surgery can cure a disease but how do you cure a broken heart? It’s a callous cliche but it’s true: Life goes on and people cope in their own way. Last but not least… yes, it kinda sucked to be unexpectedly terminated asan employee less than 90 days after returning to work after recovering from cancer surgery but so what? Millions of Americans can tell a similar story and mine is just one of them.

The unexpected benefit of dealing with major life events which converged in a 6-month period is that it forced the exercise of faith, patience, and planning which also brought clarity to logical next-steps. There’s power in the wake of pain. ChrisBell3rd & Company actually launched as a low risk, high benefit endeavor(what’s to lose?) I played it safe and had one (admittedly awesome client) paying me consistently for a period of months BEFORE substantively investing my time, seeking the advice of a mentor, and leveraging my talents to begin planning for business growth. When small, incremental success becomes evident, and one has the support of a community that’s willing to pay for your services, it provides a glimpse into the future of potential possibilities. Who then, wouldn’t strive to better leverage the situation? The net: there’s nothing heroic about my professional transition though I certainly wish the path had been peronally less painful.