More time, more freedom and more money – Sharon Jurd – Australia
At 29, I believed I was doing just fine like everyone else. I was happily married and I was blessed with 2 amazing kids. But life, as we know it, is full of surprises and mine came quite unexpectedly.
On June 30, 2000 I woke up with a massive headache. I shrugged it off and downed a painkiller to kill the pain. I didn’t think about it much since I had been experiencing headaches on and off for a while and taking painkillers always made me feel better. It was a typical day just like all the other days before it but I was wrong.
My husband who worked as an interstate truck driver at that time was at home so I asked him to look after the kids while I did some grocery shopping. While at the grocery store my head started to throb again and my vision blurred. It got so bad that I had to stop what I was doing and I drove back home.
While driving I had to stop the car twice and waited patiently for my vision to clear before I resumed driving. Even though it kind of bothered me I thought nothing of it like I always do since migraines randomly happen to busy people like me. I arrived home safely and went to bed with a wet washer on my forehead.
Later on, I visited my parent’s house but as soon as I got inside I felt I needed to lie down. After a couple of minutes I got up to tell my father I was feeling ill, when all of a sudden I collapsed on the floor. On that day, I suffered my very first stroke.
You see, I am the type of person who liked being in control and I think my security stems from me being able to control the things around me from my home to my business. When I suffered a stroke my life crumbled before my eyes. Communication was difficult and so was mobility. This meant I had to rely on others around me.
It was during these times when I realized that no one in my family actually knew my normal routine, not even my husband. Although they had vague ideas about what I did they didn’t really know the full details. I had structured my life around me and I was responsible for its success both in my life and in my business.
Little did I realise if I’m not there everything else would fail because not a single soul knew how I ran things. And what made it all the more difficult was the fact that I had to run a business while at the same time look after our kids. My stroke was definitely something I failed to prepare for.
As my strength and speech improved during recovery I started incorporating strategies in both my personal life and my business. Through the use of simple systems I was able to successfully gain control despite my physical absence. My goal was for my family and my business to grow and thrive during trying times.
The reason I am sharing my story is to show people that despite what you may go through, if you persevere and not give up on your dreams, everything will fall into place. I designed my business so that it can stand the test of time even without me being there and now I teach people all over the world how to do just that. Every business is vulnerable at some stage and I am living testimony proving that if you do it right (incorporating effective strategies) your business will surely grow fast so you can have more time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. My vision for every entrepreneur is to have more time, more money and more life.
About the Author
Sharon Jurd is a fast business growth specialist, and an international author and speaker. Looking after business owners through a number of formats including one on one coaching, seminars, consulting, staff training and group brain storming.
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