Why do I do this work? Because I have lived through every stage of prosperity and adversity in a business myself. I do it because I know how hard it is to start and manage a business when it’s successful and when, unfortunately, everything is going wrong. I do it because I want to help others in business avoid unnecessary suffering and unnecessary death.
I started in the business world as an optimistic, driven entrepreneur. I fought and educated myself out from a life of being poor and ignorant. Like many small business owners, my goal was simple: to be rich and free. But, like many, I soon discovered that all of the planning, faith, and optimism were no match for life. Despite my best efforts, I faced a never-ending stream of challenges, both personally and professionally. My journey in the business world became darker, uglier, and more complicated than I ever could have imagined or planned for. No business book ever prepared me for going to work with police escorts, firing thousands of people, and being witness to some of the worst behavior of the biggest banks and corporations in America. No MBA program could have prepared me for the physical and mental abuse on my body and being. It was a path filled with abuse of power, deceit, corruption, and death threats, all in the name of business. After years of fighting for life—the life of a business and the lives of employees—I changed in every way possible. I was no longer a businessman; I was an advocate.
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