Born and raised in New York City I worked a variety of jobs after high school such as a printer, bartender and real estate. After getting married we moved to Florida, where again I had a variety of different jobs, ranging from construction, selling vacuums door to door to auto sales, before I opened my own mortgage business.
Having my own mortgage business was great, it was the height of the housing boom, my office was in a Century 21 building so I had a lot of walk in traffic and life was good.
But all good things must come to an end, when the housing melt down hit things went downhill in a hurry. I went from doing 6-7 loans a month to 5 a year, which saw my income drop from over $100,000 to $19,000. After maxing out all my credit cards and using what savings I had to stay afloat, I eventually lost the business, along with having my car repossessed and being evicted from my apartment. However, my biggest humiliation was when I had to call my x-wife for a place to live, probably the lowest point of my life.
Faced with little options I turned to the only thing available, the computer. Not being computer savvy, I had to sit at the computer 7-9 hours a day, it turned out to be the most frustrating and aggravating thing I ever did. However, I found the courage to reinvent myself, now at age 61, I enjoy being An Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Trainer and Author, as well as having a series of videos on YouTube called Over 50 And Broke and a web-site with the same name, as well as fitness videos at Over 50 And Having A Ball. I currently have two top sellers on Amazon "Age Should Never Be An Excuse For Not Succeeding" and "Are The Golden Years Really Golden"
Like I always tell my kids, “When something bad happens in life, you can do one of two things. You can sit in the corner and cry about it, or you can get off your butt and do something about it, the choice is yours.”