We have all had things happen in our lives that have taken us down, knocked the wind out of us, and left us feeling stunned and overwhelmed. Hopefully it didn’t take you out of the game, and you managed to regroup and get on with your life/business. Some people, however, take a severe hit in business, and it knocks them out for a long time or even completely
These thoughts have been on my mind because of something that happened to me about three weeks ago while I was in Washington, DC. After leaving a series of meetings on Capitol Hill and at the White House, I was in a hurry to make a flight out of Reagan International Airport. I had to stop and get my belongings. After exiting the cab to go get my stuff, I tripped and fell from the top of the garden walk stairway. I landed on the outside edge of my right foot, causing me to sustain a severe blowout injury to my right knee. I’ll spare you the details of the medical terminology, but suffice it to say, it will take a couple of surgeries and a length of time to get things put back together the way they should be.
Within seconds after I fell, I managed to right myself and pushed my knee back into place. I got up, hobbled into the office, and, with help, got myself and my belongings into the cab. With wheelchair assistance at the airport, I managed to make my flight to Birmingham, Alabama.
From that series of events, I’ve taken away a couple of very powerful lessons. Just because you go down, it does not mean you are out. That day, I got back into the cab, got to the airport, got on the plane, and addressed a REIA group that night while sitting in a wheelchair.
Another thing I learned about “getting back into it” is that you can receive assistance from others who want to help you. At least six people helped me be able to accomplish what I needed to do and meet all my obligations for that day. Chris carried my luggage up the stairway to the cab, the cab driver got me to the airport on time, two gentlemen pushed the wheelchair to get me through security and onto the plane, and Brian and his assistant Yvonne in Birmingham met me at the airport and helped me get to the REIA and get back on a plane the next day. None of those people would have been able to help me if I hadn’t begun to help myself and move forward as best I could.
In times of need, help will come from sources you would expect as well as from ones that are unexpected. Just because you get knocked down, don’t be afraid to get back up and get after it again.
Attorney Jeffrey S. Watson, Esquire is council to the National Association of Real Estate Investors and an advisor to the Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association, www.metrolinareia.org, which provides education, networking, and mentoring to investors in the greater Charlotte area. You may contact Jeff at email@example.com.