One of the most inspiring radio shows I`ve ever heard was a Limbaugh
show about 5 years ago. He`d said something, and a caller from Texas
complained that with the money Limbaugh makes, he was "out of touch"
with the common person.
Limbaugh stopped the show and said he wanted only calls from people
who`d lost everything---their job, money, financial safety, etc.---at
an older age and who`d started their own business. That`s the Limbaugh story, and he wanted to point out it isn`t unique.
The next 3 hours was filled with people in their late 40s upward, all
of whom had lost their jobs, been fired, been laid off, or were caught
in outsourcing. They tried to keep going, looking for a new job, and
kept spiralling down until they lost just about everything. No more
savings, no more nothing.
At that point, most of them, back to the wall, had nothing left to
lose. Most of them had always wondered about an idea they had,
oftentimes having very little to do with what they`d done as a
life-time career. So they talked with their family, said they were
going to give it a shot.
In all cases, they`d struggled very heavily for the first year, partway
into the second year. Then things started to get moving. They`d sold
what they could, borrowed money, scraped the bottom of the savings
barrel, and sometimes worked as a "hamburger flipper," meaning a
dumbass job just to get a few bucks.
Now they were calling in, and in every single instance, talking about
how the event had changed their lives. They were successful, earning
enough to pay the new bills, and had every expectation of increasing
their income in the coming years. Best of all, not one of them had a
Note how seldom people who start a business do so with what they`re
already doing in their corporate employment. In most cases it`s to do
something they`d always loved but couldn`t (or chose not to) do for an