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Years ago I was fired as CEO of a startup. I cried as I drove out of the parking lot, alone. I called my husband, who was out of town, and he told me they couldn't take away who I was. I drove to Costco, bought a new computer, came home and started putting together a plan for my own business. It was a humbling experience that turned into a grand adventure, a successful consulting/training company and the opportunity to make a difference. I wouldn't change what happened, even if I could.

Thanks for sharing your story, Tim. I bet your wife is a saint and your little girl a true blessing.

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Jul 27Liked by Tim Denning

Thanks for being so real, allowing yourself to be vulnerable. Everyone fucks up and sometimes the fuck up is huge and spectacular. 😉The way you decided have gratitude for the small wins and move past feeling sorry for yourself, get up the next day and start working to turn things around. Just WOW!! Working through a real low point in my life right now and this helps so I can keep getting up each day and turn the tides on things so as not to go under. It helps to remind me that things can get better. You just have to keep working at it. It lets us know it’s okay show up as messy and flawed sometimes. You are an inspiration. And it’s real inspiration with all the imperfection and struggles that come with being a human and not some phony glossy instagram life that is illusion. Thank you.

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As someone trying to learn storytelling, this was a truly amazing ride.

The rawness of it all… it’s like I was there, next to you.

Thanks for sharing this. I imagine it wasn’t easy.

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A million? I'd be satisfied with about a hundred thousand. But I'm easy to please.

I'm glad that what happened didn't make you stop.

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Been following you for a few years, Tim. Your Medium articles inspired me to start writing as a side hustle and now a few years later running a six figure writing biz on LinkedIn

You’re inspiring a lot of creators man! I appreciate the work you do

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Thanks for sharing this story. I think it’s valuable when people share their struggles.

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Your #3 was really eye-opening and I thank you for letting us get a closer look inside the past life of Tim. I feel inspired to write something in a similar style to your #3 now. You can tell you're inspiring when you get others inspired to write like you.

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Jul 27Liked by Tim Denning

It was excellent.

You have shown value throughout both your achievements and personal experience. The first one builds the boundaries which seems to be necessary for the authority part of writing.

The second prooved that you are not very much different from the average Joe. - It is a good thing! We all break into pieces when in times of 'disaster', we all need a shoulder to cry on when the world crumbles.

My favorite sentence 'Realize the skills you’ve learned can’t be taken away, and only the money is missing'.

With the money or without - the friend shown at your doorstep, the loving wife did not leave you and you are able to rebuild the loss 10x faster and stronger because of the skills and experience. The contacts abroad was a plus :)

Wish you the best

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#3 is gold. Thanks for sharing that Tim. Are wealth is what we are left with when our money is gone!

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Wow. That's quite an origin story. A very dark moment that few would have weathered so well. I don't know you, of course, but I have tremendous respect for your fight and courage.

But beyond the resilience and resolve it took to start again, it sounds like you were fortunate enough to have a loving and caring and supportive wife. Someone who helped backstop the slide into darkness. Of course, I infer that from the last part about having a child. Perhaps I have presumed too much. If I have, I'm sorry about that.

But if not, well, seems to me that's the best part of the tale...the part where you find somone who sticks around through the tough stuff and the not so fun stuff...someone who's faith endured. I love that part. Perhaps it is rare, and perhaps I'm just a romantic, but man, having someone have your back, someone who sees you at your worst and darkest, someone who doesn't turn tail, or panic, or give up on you when you are ready to give up on yourself....that's the thing dreams are made of...

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Jul 31Liked by Tim Denning

The root or one of the main roots of mans fall is three letters E G O inflated.

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The losing money in crypto hits home. I'm in the industry and lament the losses more frequently than I would like. Nevertheless, a good learning experience.

When money meets experience, experience gets the money and the money gets experience (not my quote, but apt).

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Finding the eyeballs! Yes. Need to find all the eyeballs.

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Jul 27Liked by Tim Denning

Mate you ARE fucking awesome.

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I was moved and reading this article was really a emotional rollercoaster ride.

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I've recently started my writing journey, contributing to Medium and joining Substack. I also got myself a Rhodesian Ridgeback female into my life, and she has brought an immense amount of joy. This article resonated deeply with me due to its authenticity, I love realness and truly appreciate how you've exposed your heart to the world through your writing.

This is a reminder we all share common emotions and experiences, and embracing authenticity is a a powerful force in our lives. As humans, we should strive to express our genuine selves more often.

Keep the good work my man.

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