Discover how a health crisis inspired these 5 people to start their own business once they got better.
I’ve interviewed hundreds of solopreneurs over the past several years. People start businesses for all different kinds of reasons, but I never thought suffering a major health crisis was one of them.
The people below told me their health scare was a wake-up call to live life on their terms. Others told me they needed to seek alternative work options not provided by conventional work as a result of their health.
If you’re currently recovering from an accident, a disease, an operation or some other health crisis, I hope the stories below inspire you to discover what’s possible for your life moving forward.
Charlene Norman is the chief cheerleader for frustrated entrepreneurs.
She lost her job as an executive at an industrial packaging firm in the Great Recession.
In 2015, just before getting her first book published, Bullet Proof Your Start Up, she suffered a stroke. She was given only a 50/50 shot of surviving. In just over a year she fully recovered. Listen to Full Interview
Cherie Aimée was clinically dead for 90 minutes, was on a bionic heart for 5 years and only recently is recovering from her heart transplant. Her story is unbelievable!
She wants you to know that you don’t have to go through a near-death experience like she did to transform your life into the person you’ve always known you’ve been. Listen to Full Interview
Matthew Zachary wants to inspire you to choose to live life on your terms.
He’s the founder of OffScrip Media, a media production company that produces edgy podcasts around uncomfortable healthcare conversations like Am I Dying and Brave New Weed. He’s the host of the Out of Patients Podcast, focused on patient advocacy.
He shares how a brain tumor diagnosis at the age of 21 dashed his dreams of becoming a world-class pianist and set his life onto a course he couldn’t have imagined. Listen to Full Interview
Courtney Cormier is a survivor of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She has years of writing, social media management, and digital marketing experience. She shares her experience with cancer on her blog, Life After Chemo.
She’s worked as a marketing manager for two hotels in Minneapolis, has held digital marketing positions at Wayfair and Honest Tea, as well as managing several freelance gigs on the side! Listen to Full Interview
For about 7 and a half months, Bryan Tublin was on glorified bed rest due to a chronic inflammatory condition affecting his knees and legs.
When traditional medicine wasn’t working, Bryan decided to change his diet that ultimately did the trick.
At the time of my first interview with him, he was making and selling 25 to 30 gallons of soup a week through farmers’ markets and a delivery service! Listen to Full Interview
As you read and listen to the stories of why these 5 people and how a health scare encouraged them, take some notes about recurring actions they took as inspiration for actions you can take to create work that works for you!
This article was written with the help of writer and inner peace coach Jordin James.