My 2022 summer was one of the worst.
While on vacation in France,
investors turned negative on the economy.
They dumped stocks, worried about a U.S. recession.
My daughter and I were fighting a lot.
I was stressed.
But I didn’t sell.
Instead, I looked at the correction as a buying opportunity.
I was greedy when others were fearful - a famous quote by Warren Buffet.
But then I got the news.
It was a Tuesday after Labor Day.
I had breast cancer.
I sat quietly for about an hour at my co-working place - Eleanor's Place.
No one was around.
After an hour, I accepted it.
I could have spent some time researching it further
but instead, I went back to work.
I focused on what I could control.
As the surgery neared,
I was scared about getting a double mastectomy.
But I was mostly bummed I wouldn’t be able to run for eight weeks.
The day before my surgery.
While on my last run for a while, I was listening to a book by the blogger Vex King.
Vex had a really hard childhood, he was homeless, living in poverty.
He was full of wisdom as a result.
I learned from Vex,
Instead of being scared, I can turn something negative into a positive.
I can make myself excited about the surgery.
I can choose to have a negative experience or a positive experience.
At the hospital, before my surgery,
I chatted with the nurse and the Chaplin and
deeply connected with strangers.
The nurse told me her ex-husband is a financial advisor.
Then she showed me her ex-husband’s FINRA BrokerCheck
He has 15 violations.
Wow, I had no idea there were bad financial advisors out there.
The next day after my surgery,
My dad and I wanted to work on some compliance projects.
So I went back to work the next day.
As I look back on the year, it was one of the best years of my life.
I healed quickly.
I was back running in 3 ½ weeks, not eight.
(Photo of me on my first run back- this time last year.)
The U.S. economy didn’t go into recession.
The market recovered.
I stopped fighting with my daughter.
My business doubled.
We all have the power to turn something challenging into something meaningful.
We can all turn a negative into a positive.
Like an absolute value, but we have absolute power.
- Getting back to work,
- Choosing to heal fast,
- Sharpening my focus on serving my clients and
- writing my blog weekly
Helped me create positive energy.
This is how Breast Cancer helped me learn to turn a negative into a positive.
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