I once thought I had life all figured out. I had the perfect plan. I was going to be rich. Famous too. Accomplish great things. Perform legendary feats. Do countless good deeds. Leave a lasting legacy. Become powerful. Create an empire, and rule over it.
Something went wrong.
Actually, something went COMPLETELY wrong.
For a short time, I was on the path to greatness. I was rolling. I could do no wrong.
Then, I hit a wall. I crashed. I burned. I went down in flames and took others down with me. Not only did I destroy my own life as I knew it, I also demolished many other lives.
I devastated my own family, my children, and my parents. I wrecked the lives of co-workers and their families. I damaged and sullied not only my own reputation, but the good name and fortune of an entire international company. I shattered lives of shareholders, employees, and the public.
Most hurtful of all, I laid waste to people’s opinion of me. People whose friendship I valued and treasured. I violated their cherished friendship, trust and good will.
Too dramatic? Overstating? Wanting to get your attention with hype and flair?
No. This stuff really happened. I am not making it up. Not at all exaggerating. But make up your own mind.
The purpose of this story, my story, is to share the 10 reasons why and how I went from the pinnacle of my professional career, the very top of what many professionals desire to achieve, to crashing and burning, and spending almost 3 years of my life in a Federal Correctional Institute.
I had the opportunity to avoid this. I didn’t see it coming. Rather, I chose to ignore the warning signs. They were there. Good people tried to help me. I didn’t listen. I didn’t heed the good advice.
I had a lot of time to reflect on WHY this happened to me. I spent time in jail with a lot of successful people who suffered similar fates. I have been able to “boil the ocean” and get to the 10 reasons, the essence of why it happened, and to validate those reasons. The 10 Deadly Mistakes.
My hope is that this story and the 10 mistakes, will help someone else avoid the same fate.
My fervent desire is that you won’t repeat my mistakes. That you WILL listen, and take the advice I so recklessly ignored.
Next up: The First Deadly Mistake…
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