How Life Lessons Can Help You Start Your Own Business – Forbes Magazine

As we grow older,we  start understanding the need to have a purposeful and goal directed life,at age 18 , many youths decide on the course they wish to study in the university, but for rare cases like mine, age 15 was my best bet for a career decision.

The popular saying ‘man proposes God disposes’, opens our mind and thoughts to reality; you must agreed with me at one point in your life,you had something planned and ended up doing another.

As human we  decide on something and fate brings something different; when this happens the best way to handle it is to embrace the real and look for the greatest opportunities we can derive from the situation, to bring out a niche which will make us stand out from others  rather than  resist it which most likely makes us devastated because our plan didn’t follow the sketch we had in mind earlier .

Always remember in every situation you find yourself there’s a lesson God wants you to learn from it, you might be at the verge of discovering some of your hidden talents, attach a positive value to unexpected situations rather than being negative and draw your strengthen from  spirituality.

To support the above, is an article published by Forbes magazine on Wednesday,November 25,2015 about a successful business man who made effective use of the the curve balls life threw at him.

Read his success story below and learn from it:

For  Bill Corbett’s, the unexpected situation life gave him led to a seminar and training business called“Cooperative Kids.”

In Bill Corbett’s case, that road lead to a seminar and training business called“Cooperative Kids.”

His Story

Corbett, 57, grew up in Hatfield, Mass. But throughout his childhood, he and his siblings experienced what Corbett describes as “strong physical discipline” from their father. “Harsh disciplinary treatment was common in our home,” recalls Corbett, “and as was customary in many families the 1960s, it was kept private.”

Bill Corbett at a parenting seminar

When Corbett had his own kids “I could feel my father’s anger rising up in me when they misbehaved,” he said. “I knew I didn’t want to become my father. So I taught myself coping skills…I also took parenting classes to give me new tools for dealing with my kids’ behavior.” He added: I (eventually) obtained my certification to teach neighborhood parenting classes to help other dads and moms learn what I had learned.”

Bill, whose last job was as an info-tech manager, raised his family in Tennessee and Massachusetts. Through it all, he continued to teach parenting classes.

But he never thought of it as a business until, in 2008, he was laid off. Six months later, he turned to what he knew well: being a father and helping other parents. “I know that it was the harsh treatment I experienced and witnessed that would eventually lead me toward the work that I do today. I like to think that I made lemonade from the lemons I received.”

How He Got Started

Corbett worked for a number of companies in IT departments – including American General Life and Accident (Nashville) and MassMutual Financial Group in Springfield Mass. Ten years ago, “with over 20 years in IT, I came to the realization that I disliked the career I was in,” recalls Corbett who was in management at the time. In 2006, the company started layoffs and “I saw the handwriting on the wall.”

The Ah-Ha Moment

Corbett was laid-off too, and eventually got a degree in clinical psychology. He also offered parenting classes for families of troubled children and adolescents. In 2008, the head psychologist at an agency that specializes in such kids hired Corbett as a contractor; he worked with parents of teens who were being treated at the center. “That encounter was my ah-ha moment,” he says. “I…wrote my first book, and developed a marketing plan that would begin filling up my parenting classes and getting me hired as a seminar leader.”

The Business?

“My goal was to grow the Bill Corbett brand, along with the organization named Cooperative Kids,” says Corbett. The business: offer tools to anyone who works with difficult kids from parents to social workers. Corbett now offers, among other things, parenting classes called “Love, Limits & Lessons,” lectures and even instructor-certification program. Typical clients: schools systems and hospitals.

Measures of success?

Corbett, in his corporate days, was earning just north of $100,000 a year. “In our first year of totally relying on the income from the business, we cleared a whopping $20,000 – and it’s been increasing by about $5000 each year since,” he says. “But 2015 has finally been the break out year we’ve been waiting for. Due to some new training programs, partnerships, and other new products, we are expecting to finish out 2015 very close to, if not at, that 6-figure income we enjoyed when I was employed full time. And we are anticipating nearly doubling that in 2016!


Corbett’s Advice For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

1.“Be very careful of who you surround yourself with. I had numerous family members and others I considered my friends who were suddenly discouraging,” says Corbett. “Several tried to convince me that I was wrong to be thinking like an entrepreneur. My wife and I decided to do a ‘house cleaning’ of our circle by eliminating toxic people from the list of those we hung out with.” 2. “Start a business while you’re still employed. Doing so allows you to slowly put critical components in place while having an income to rely on.” 3. Seek out mentors. “Look for people who are doing what you aspire to do. When I wanted to build a radio show… I sought out talk radio personalities and asked them to let me buy them a coffee.”




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