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

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.



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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