Do you remember the crash of 2008? I certainly do. It was the year that I began a journey, and that journey was not of my own choosing. Like many thousands of other Americans, the great recession led me from a position of responsibility and secure employment to a place of standing in line at job fairs, and having to re-learn job interviewing skills. No longer was I part of a vital software team making an impact on our world, but now found that sometimes I was just looking for a reason to get out of bed in the morning. It was a very discouraging time, and many folks my age gave up entirely.
Looking back on those years now brings a bitter-sweetness to my mind because it was that hardship that caused me to shift my focus toward pursuing what had been a passion of mine, investing and finance. Before, these things had just been a hobby. Now they would become my bread and butter. After spending a year with a financial services firm, I made the decision to hang my own shingle and NavStar Financial Services was born (originally it was Navigator Financial). I've not looked back since. Many college classes, trainings, and certifications, as well as rejections have brought me to today. It hasn't always been easy, but it has been the ride of my life, and I've seldom been so challenged, and rewarded by a job.
Going to work for myself was a major turning point in my life. It requires wearing many hats, being able to think on the fly, and sometimes sacrificing the absolute best for the "absolute best you can do in the time available."
Looking back to 2008, I'm grateful to God that I lost my engineering job. It was perhaps, professionally, the best thing that ever happened to me.