I built a multi-million dollar business and I sold it for millions.
I was at a place in my life where I retired. I never had to work again, like never.
You can see that I was sitting on a mountaintop. I felt safe. 20 years of hard work…
And then, in 2009, the market crashed, I had 10 million in assets. What felt like overnight was wiped out.
90% of my wealth was gone overnight. I was devastated.
I was heavily leveraged in Real Estate and I had money in the stock market. What I spent my whole life building vanished.
And I remember being devastated, being on the ground,
“I don’t have 20 years. I’m tired. I don’t have the energy to do that again. I don’t want to do it again.”
Having lost everything at that moment and I didn’t know how to get back up and I’m supposed to be the Business Coach. I’m supposed to coach you. I went down.
I remember crying on my knees, asking,
“Why?” Why? I was obedient and did everything right. I did what they said and I invested as I should. I put my money away and money aside, I gave back to my community, and gave back to my tribe. Why? I can’t do it again.”
Then, I heard a voice in my head saying,
“I will never leave you nor forsake you. This will be your biggest victory and your biggest lesson. Get up. Get up. Get up. Get up!”
The wealth that took me 20 years to build the first time, didn’t take me one year or two years to get back. It took me four years to come back because I knew the system, I knew the conversation, I knew how to build it. I just had to get back up again and put it in action.
I had to get back up and follow my own coaching.
What is the self-talk that you’re having around your head about money?
I developed a new habit that built my healthy relationship with money. Every bill I write, I bless my bill. I say a prayer,
“I’m prosperous, I’m prosperous, I’m prosperous now. All that I have, all that I love blesses and multiplies.”
Every time somebody pays me, I recite, “I’m prosperous, I’m prosperous, I’m prosperous now. All that I have, all that I love blesses and multiplies.”
When I pay my taxes, I recite, “I’m prosperous, I’m prosperous, I’m prosperous now. All that I have, all that I love blesses and multiplies.”
I shifted my language from “I don’t have enough”, to blessing every bill that came in, blessing every bill that went out, blessing every money every single time.
Your downfall builds you up.
You don’t become the person you are on the mountain top. You become the person you know you’re supposed to be in your valley. In your valley, you build your character.
Having a failure is one of the greatest things that can happen to a person. There is a blessing in failure. It is an inevitable part of life. We’re hard-wired to learn through trial and error, which makes failure an integral part of growing.
I failed. I learned. I got up. I came out bolder and wiser than ever.
I had to wipe my tears all off and I had to tell my story. Because I couldn’t pretend it didn’t happen to me. I gained more respect, I gained more business by telling the truth versus hiding behind my “perfection.”
Building and scaling a business is never as easy as 1,2,3. That’s why I made it a life mission to help entrepreneurs not go through the same heart-breaking, long and winding, and confusing road.