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What It's Like To Get Cancer While Starting A New Business

From Audio: E57: Lindsey Brooks on Finding Success on the Other Side of Failure

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Listen to Lindsey Brooks discuss how she discovered her product idea. She then tells the story of building her business while being diagnosed with cancer and going through a divorce. Also discover the most valuable thing she purchased.
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Listen to Lindsey Brooks discuss how she discovered her product idea. She then tells the story of building her business while being diagnosed with cancer and going through a divorce. Also discover the most valuable thing she purchased.
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when I came up with my product, I had no idea that what what was going to kind of come of that, Right? It was a product that was literally an accident. I was on a job site, thinking about, you know, basically what I was doing, my my partner at the time, he was a construction person and we're doing a bit and we had pulled some electric wire out of the wall and I was itching my head piece a couple wire and man, that feels good. I thought I could make something like that that would do that. You know the guy I'm with, one of the guys that work for us, he's like, you're a freak, you're crazy. I see my mr mr steve likes you, you know, she made a joke, we went home and I can put this product and I went to the fremont market, which is this cute little farmer's market And I had these rakes, they were like little tiny. That's so funny. I still have friends when I go down there. They remember me from it, you know, like 20 something years later And I made these little body rigs and I sold them in two hours, like 20 of them. And they were made with like the handle was like sea shells or rocks or you know, whatever. But it was that feeling like that feeling of having that go, you know, across your body, it was just so stimulating and felt so good, had a good pitch for it. And you know, it's all so I was like, man, now I'm onto something. So I built my little business up and had some good shows and made a little bit of money and obviously like your relationship sometimes gets a little tippy and my, my relationship at the time of someone who's much older than me and that person was I think jealous a little bit of my success, maybe it was worried that I would leave whatever it caused a rift. Long story short at the same time, consequently ended up getting cancer. I had the lymphatic cancer and it always like this just kind of everything was going up up up and then just smash, you know, and he had no concern or care for me at that time. And I think that it was really based on wanting me to be like, broken at the lowest possible level maybe, and thinking I would like crawl back. I don't know, I think a lot of us go through that with people like that. They are just cruel, you know, and you might go out what a terrible, cruel person like leave you in that kind of a situation. But you know what? I thank him for it because I would have never been the person I am today. And so I was on like my last round of chemotherapy for that particular treatment and I was throwing up Weight like £90 and I had to do something because you know, my my relationship had ended, you know, we were going through like that whole life, you're getting divorced, like what are you gonna do, You're separating your business, you know, how are you going to like, you know, survive and you're also a child, you know, you're like, how am I going to get through this right? And I didn't even know who to talk to or how to get a lawyer, you know, you're just like what do I do? And I was like, well I don't have money and this person is like taking my bank accounts and basically made it so that like I have to do this on my own. So I had a little bit of product left and I went to Seattle and I found this awesome little craft in it and I have like 200 bucks my last money and I told them they didn't said I can I want to, you know, can I do the show, I'll give you the extra money like on saturday, you know, can you just trust me? Just let me in, you know, I know I'm good for it was super sick and I needed the money and I had to get myself on my own and get away from this person right. So I went in and work the show, put on my leather pants and my my my angel wings, you know dressed up and I sold my product, it was this really cool, like I said the head massager, she probably goes on your head gives you this like team believed just bumping feeling. And I sold $6,000 worth that weekend every few minutes, you know throwing up and you know started to kind of feel better by Sunday, but it was awesome. But it was the first time that I saved my own life and ever since that day I have had no problem saving my own life. So I think, I think that's that was a blessing. Yeah, I mean it should be, you know when you tell that story before I know of it, it was $250 to actually enter that You know event right? And you were $200. So you were technically $50 short and you not only came back with the 250, you also left now. So that evening what was made a profit and and more than anything, it wasn't just that I guess the point of what I was saying was we like, some people would say, well I just don't have the money, right? And they like wouldn't try to even do the show because they would feel embarrassed right and likes coronary, they feel bad, they're feeling sick. Like why should I even try? But I just pushed through that. But I not only made the money, but I also like prove something to myself and that was that I didn't need anybody but me. And I think that that that was probably the most valuable thing I purchased that weekend was my own self confidence.
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