“Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.” William James
I have been featuring stories of people overcoming challenges. Each story over the past few weeks could have been a story of stopping and giving up because the challenge was just so big. Instead each story has inspired us through the message of strength and triumph when facing adversity. Wendy’s story truly could have stopped anyone short of success. Read how she “got her mojo back”.
Think Without Boundaries:
Sometimes you think your life is going in one direction and suddenly you hit a detour. In late 1999 I was a single mom to three great kids under 10, recovering after a divorce and building a strong business online as an Internet Marketing Specialist. After my divorce in 1994 I took stock of what I knew how to do – typing and talking! So, with a ‘no money down – pay in six months’ plan I got my first computer from a big box store. I started a little typing business – and typed everything from student’s papers to menus for restaurants. I had a natural knack for marketing and began helping clients with ideas to grow their businesses. Word began to spread and I was asked to speak at my local Chamber of Commerce and then my local university. I realized many people wanted the information I had so I approached my local radio station and got my own daily radio spot for small business. I built my first website in 1994 and within three weeks of launch the New York Times chose it as “one of the best sites on the ‘net” (the same day they chose Microsoft!) I realized I had information that could help so many people use this new thing called the internet and began speaking throughout western Canada and the USA. I was a nominee for “Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year” and my business was growing rapidly. Life was good.
Then the detour happened.
I contracted an e-coli bacterial infection that ate away portions of my lower three vertebrae and two discs in my spine, destroyed a kidney, scarred my corneas and damaged my brain. I spent a number of months in hospital, then more months in a body cast from my neck to my knees (to fuse the bone fragments back around the spinal cord). It took over a year to learn to walk again without a cane, and even more time to get my vocabulary and brain function back. Since I was unable to work during this time I ended losing the home I had purchased after my divorce – so I started over again!
It’s been over a dozen years since that time and my children are grown and I have grandkids. I finally feel like I “have my mojo back” and am excited about what the future holds. My new business is going very well – I work with amazing clients and am busy developing a new online training course for people who aren’t able to access one to one coaching. My life philosophy is to live each day with gratitude and “think without boundaries!”
Wendy McClelland is a lifelong entrepreneur who started her first business at nineteen. Since then she has operated numerous successful businesses. Today, she is the first Certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach in British Columbia, Canada and works with small to medium size businesses to help them develop innovative strategies to reach their target markets. Her clients include manufacturers, small business owners, creatives and a wide variety of other entrepreneurs.
Wendy is preparing to launch a new online video training program that will provide entrepreneurs with all the foundational building blocks to grow a business. Participants will learn how to identify and make connections with their ideal clients, create a sales funnel and develop a complete marketing strategy with over twenty five Guerrilla Marketing tactics. Each video comes with downloadable worksheets and resources. The program also includes a private Facebook group.
Wendy is offering a free “Business Expertise Bundle” which contains 5 ‘how to guides’ including:
– How to Write a Press Release the Media will Love
– How to Succeed at Trade Shows
– How to Use Joint Ventures to Grow Your Business
– How to Spend Less Time on Facebook But Get More Results
– How to Create Unique Ways to Market your Product
You can get your copy here – http://wendymcclelland.com/products/how-to-guides/
Website – http://www.WendyMcClelland.com
I love how Wendy got her mojo back through her willingness to think without boundaries. If she can overcome her challenges, we can too.