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An Accidental Entrepreneur: How I Got Clarity in My Life After Facing the ‘Big C’
by Mindy Thomas, AllBusiness.com
October 20, 2017

It was during a quiet moment, in the deep recesses of a life-threatening illness, that I embraced the possibility of being self-employed as an executive resume writer and career counselor. In a nutshell, I woke up one morning in the fall of 2008, battling cancer during the darkest recession we’ve seen in years, and, crazy as it sounds, I knew EXACTLY what to do with the next chapter of my life. The economy was crashing, and the company I was working for was on its way down. But I found my gift, my path, within the core of my being. For me, I believe I experienced a divine intervention that morning. I had just finished six rounds of chemo and 31 rounds of radiation. And BAM, I woke up to my “aha” moment. Frankly, I had never been surer of anything in my life.

My new-found clarity and confidence propelled me forward. I had a vision. I knew my craft. The question then was, is there a market? Of course! An unprecedented 2.6 million people lost their jobs that year; someone would want to hire me to write a resume.

I took a leap of faith and decided to run with what I loved: doing resume makeovers and helping people become clear about career direction. In fact, I proposed heading up a new resume writing division to the founder of the firm I worked for and she promptly opted out. I walked out that day and dug my high heels in. I knew exactly what I needed to do and how I was going to do it.

Slowly but surely, I built up my business over nine years and have enjoyed tremendous success in both resume writing and career counseling. Based on my personal experience, I truly believe that remarkable things can happen even late in the game.... for once in my life, I trusted my intuition and made this decision to go all in.
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Believe that You can prevail. Believe that You can live in peace, joy, and victory by taking actions. Aim higher, even against all odds. Stumbling blocks have a way of advancing us forward.

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I grew up as a child of a Marine Corps officer, inspired by the traditions of the U.S. Marines and supported by its extended community. In my entrepreneurial experience, planning for the worst-case scenario simply didn’t exist. The focus was on calculating the next chess move in hopes of winning the game
 
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