A Story About Never Giving Up

***For privacy reasons the name and occupations have been changed***

By Coach Roger

I was having dinner with a friend last night, he’d just accepted a head nursing position at a mental health institute, located about 2 hours north of Toronto.

Although Dave’s larger story is very sad on the surface, it is special. It’s special because it’s about the human spirit and how we can overcome. Statistically, most people would have just thrown in the towel and who knows what else.

Not Dave.

You see, Dave has only been a nurse for less than two years. Previous to that he was a successful optometrist in San Francisco, where his wife and child are. Six years ago he took a fateful family trip to Canada to visit his ailing mom.

His American wife and son ended up going home to San Francisco a few days earlier so Dave could spend some alone time with his elderly mother.

On his drive towards the border, his life changed forever.

“Sir, you’ve been working as an Optometrist in San Francisco?” The border guard asked. “Um, yes” Dave said, nervously. Let’s just say he knew something bad was going to happen.

“Where’s your work visa or paperwork saying you can do this?”

In the moment it takes to swig a shot of tequila in a dinner toast, he knew it was over. He wasn’t a US citizen and wasn’t legally married. They were not going to let him back into the country. His wife and child were already home but he wasn’t joining them anytime soon.

“My heart sank to my stomach,” he said to me last night. “I’ll never forget that empty, sick feeling for the rest of my life.”

Fast forward six years. He has only physically seen his family twice since that day at the border crossing. He’s gone through every emotion you can imagine: depression, heartache, loneliness, anger, angst, you name it.

“It was like they removed my heart from my body,” he said. “I cried so much and fell into a depression for two years”. Then, after all the sorrow and self-described self pity he laid on himself, he decided enough was enough and it was time to make a change. He saw the care the nurses took with his dying mom and wanted to give that back to others who needed help. So he did.

Dave finished with honors at the top of his class. And now he’s starting a new venture in a highly paid gig where he can really help make a difference. I’m really proud of my friend but I’m not surprised. He’s a fighter and he never gives up.

We all face challenges but what separates successful people from unsuccessful people is the ability to eventually overcome our challenges and move forward. It’s not easy but if it were, everyone would do it. Be different.

As you build your online business, you will hit lots of obstacles as you push ahead. But that’s the key, keep pushing ahead and never give up, it’s so worth it. Watch this video. Hope it helps.

 

 

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