October 13th sounds unlucky to begin with, but for me, so many personal and professional crises had begun on that date, it couldn’t be a coincidence. I started to dread this day so much, I wouldn’t even fly on it, and I travel a lot.
October 13th, 2000
After our industry collapsed in October 1998 during a Wall Street liquidity crisis, we laid off 240 of our 275 employees and then went through a period of significant financial losses. We raised $1.5 million from friends and family, but eventually ran out of cash two years later trying to reinvent ourselves. We could not meet payroll. We hired a bankruptcy lawyer and were going to file bankruptcy on October 13th.
October 13th, 2004
This is the day my 3-year-old son, Mason, was diagnosed with a with a large cerebellar brain tumor which led to two emergency brain surgeries and 18 months of rehabilitation. When we first met the surgeon, he gave Mason a 50/50 percent chance of survival.
October 13, 2006
After 13 years, I sold my business, Platinum Capital, giving me liquidity and an opportunity to pursue a new passion.
This was a turning point for me. I wanted to start a new chapter in my life. These challenges had taught me the following, which I often share with my clients to help improve their lives and businesses:
- Get clear on where you want to go.
- Pursue what you are truly passionate about.
- Focus on the things that increase your energy, and eliminate the things that deplete it.
Oct 13, 2007
I completed my first Hawaii Ironman, a 140.6-mile swim, bike, run journey. I also raised money for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the same hospital that had treated my son three years earlier.
October 13, 2012
I completed my 4th Hawaii Ironman. All together I have completed 12 full distance Ironman triathlons, and even though I just celebrated my 50th birthday, I have no intention of stopping.
October 13, 2015
I am grateful for my health, family and friends.
Looking in hindsight, I can now see that each of these trials had a successful outcome and feel grateful for what overcoming each adversity taught me:
- Oct 13, 2000 – I was saved at the 11th hour from bankruptcy by an angel investor
- Oct 13, 2004 – My son not only survived, but is thriving. He is now 14 and just completed a marathon on Antarctica
- Oct 13, 2006 – The timing was lucky but perfect. The global financial crisis struck soon after and I would have lost the business
It’s now October 18th, and last Tuesday came and went without any issues. I don’t dread October 13th anymore; it one way or another led me to find my newest passion, making a difference in the businesses and lives of CEOs and Entrepreneurs around the world.