“I remember asking my co-workers for $150 to pay a water bill, a tank of gas, and a few groceries so I could feed my kids.”
I’ll never forget the look on their faces.
It was a mixture of pity and fear...that there was no way their friend and colleague could come out of this debt nightmare.
“Those poor kids,” I overheard one of them say.
It was totally humiliating. And absolutely terrifying.
I tried to play it cool...without breaking down in front of all of them, but the truth is I knew I would have to ask for their help again.
The other truth was... I didn’t actually know HOW I was going to get myself out of this insane mess.
See, I know what it feels like to be $150,000 in debt, with a tax lien from the IRS, newly divorced, raising two small children and so desperate I had to succumb to asking my co-workers to loan me money so I could pay my bills.
All while being a well-known real estate agent and investor in a booming city who had a reputation to uphold.
Divorce was expensive.
Living a million dollar lifestyle (without the earnings) was expensive.
Not paying my taxes immediately–that was REALLY expensive.
Bottom line: I’ve been in really serious financial trouble - and deeply in debt.
The humiliation and deep physical, emotional, and mental stress of being $150,000 in debt, coupled with the fact I had two very young children counting on me to provide an exceptional life (or bare bones at minimum), created the urgency and the fire I needed to propel me out of that situation.
Not just out of debt, but well beyond that. I found my way out and I’ve never looked back.