We decided to add this tab to our website for a couple of reasons. One is that I think as human beings we are wired to watch the train wreck. Anything messy, salacious or potentially scandalous we all seem to take an almost instinctive interest in. In reality at The Cor Company we have never been secretive or concerned about the challenges and mistakes our lives and choices have brought. They are all a part of our journey and each and every difficulty has its highs, its lows, and always its lessons learned. So in an effort to be as transparent as possible and hopefully answer some questions along the way, we have created this tab. We have worked to create an accurate accounting of some of the major challenges we have faced to include the most relevant links we could find. We have tried to be as concise and factual as possible and to keep our personal thoughts and opinions confined to the “Lessons Learned” segment.
Any person who has lived an entrepreneurial life has faced both complications and criticisms. If safety is your game, and you prefer the calm still waters of life at all times, then we have nothing in common and that’s okay. In over three and a half decades of being a full time entrepreneur….dealing with thousands of people…..sellers, subs, lenders, students, properties, and alike, it would be unimaginable to think that everything has gone right. In fact, the greatest lessons more often than not, have the most pain and discomfort associated with them. In other words, some of our most deep and desperate lessons we have had to learn the hard way to say the least. We have learned not to wish away adversity, but rather to embrace the lessons it brings. Fire is what hardens steel, and a portion of our life and career has been spent close to the flame.
We know without a whisper of a doubt that our faults, flaws and the mistakes we have grown and learned from, have certainly made us better teachers and more compassionate human beings. The irony is that there are some who feel that because of these chapters we should not be granted an audience…..that our influence would be detrimental to those who might listen. We realize every day that there is this dichotomy, and we choose to press on in spite of the judgment and criticism of some. The Cor Company is committed to talking about life and success in real terms, not in sterile laboratory terms with perfect control over inputs and outcomes. Life can be difficult and messy and complicated and the best of intentions can be twisted to look like a plot……and so what do you do? We choose to invite you into our life knowing that there will be those who will talk shit if only to make themselves feel more capable and strong……”success” by avoiding challenge and difficulty is only a concept. True life…true success is rarely found when life is lived on the sidelines.
We hope the following will diffuse some of the gossip and hearsay. Each and every major challenge has been listed, followed by the facts of the situation, relevant links that support the facts, and a summary of the lessons that were learned through this experience. The format we have designed makes it easy to simply add a page when the next situation which might inspire scrutiny arises. If we are in the middle of a situation, and the lessons are still not clear, we will update the website when things come to a close and we are able to glean the wisdom that is always, inevitably delivered. This page will also increase our seminar efficiency in that it now will become unnecessary to tell these stories during valuable seminar time, thus leaving more time for content and productivity.
It requires a certain mindset to be an entrepreneur, and an even more committed mindset to be an entrepreneur willing to put your life out to the public knowing that at times you will be met with criticism and condemnation. But what we do know is that we fiercely believe in what we are doing and that commitment will not be surrendered. And to be sure, the wealth of wonderful experiences drown out the ones that can feel so defeating. At the end of the day I often find myself thinking on the words of a man I admire greatly: ”The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”
Sir Richard Branson
We choose to live boldly without fear of failure and without fear of what those in the stands may say or do.
“It is not the critic who counts….it is not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood. Who strives valiantly. Who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming. But who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions. Who spends himself in a worthy cause. Who at best, knows the triumph of high achievement, and at worst if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly so that his place will never be among cold timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
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