I feed off business and leadership books, as well as the occasional biography.
I also feed off of motivational videos on youtube and other sites.
I know some people are turned off by some of this stuff, so if you are, go ahead and move along.
Below is one of my favorite videos, and here’s the pretty crazy story that goes along with it.
I’ve probably watched this video a couple hundred times since I launched my company, and it’s helped me more than you can possibly imagine.
Once, many years ago, some money that I was owed and that was due to come in didn’t come in. I had a couple thousand dollars in checks floating, because that money was supposed to be there, damn it.
I was already exhausted with the company, and already through a divorce and bout of near homelessness. Now, I had more than $100,000 in debt and a lot of “promises” from friends and clients had fallen through.
My business was bust, I was about to bounce a bunch of checks to employees, vendors, and friends, and I was utterly defeated. I came back to the office from the mail box nearly in tears and ignored an employee as I walked back to my desk, completely shell-shocked.
I sat down, numb. Didn’t want to check my email. Didn’t want to check the voicemail or phone messages on my desk.
I was done, and I just needed to figure out how to close my business. How do you cancel a lease, let your employees go, tell dozens of friends, family members, and financial institutions that you failed, can’t pay the money back, and will probably be filing for bankruptcy? I wasn’t sure, and didn’t really want to think about it.
And as I sat there — tired, scared and defeated — I thought I’d watch this stupid video. This video that had inspired me so many times, but which I now wanted to curse and mock. So, I hit my bookmark for it and wondered if I’d put my fist through the monitor or cry like a baby.
But, oddly enough, I did neither. I felt a return of some strength. And so as soon as it finished, I hit replay.
And as soon as that finished, I got the nerve to make one last phone call to a friend. A friend I had already borrowed $5,000 from, and who I had already been late on repaying. But I figured I’d call him and that would be my final effort.
I did, and he hesitantly agreed to let me borrow $2,000 more. And then I told him I needed it within fifteen minutes, and he sensed the sheer panic. He nearly said “no,” I think, but for some reason he dropped what he was doing and met me at the bank.
This story is true, and this video saved my business. (I also have a friend who was a witness to this whole thing, so I’m really not making any of this up.)
Anyway, maybe it will help you, as it’s helped me.
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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