Joshua Hudson is a 22-year-old entrepreneur living in Miami Florida. He is currently the Brand Manager of I Build Your Brand, which is an industry leading internet marketing firm built to over-deliver for every service it provides, every client it accepts, and business it partners with.
Joshua has a very interesting story, which we can all learn from. Four years ago, his father was killed in a car accident. Understandably, this experience shattered Joshua and traumatized him. He was 18 years old at the time. He was forced to "grow up immediately." The responsibility fell upon him to arrange the funeral for his father and to take care of his younger sisters.
After a few months of processing the experience, Joshua began thinking bigger about his life. He began studying entrepreneurship and ways to make something of himself. The whole experience of having his fie die shook him up and made him think about life differently. He no longer wanted to waste a moment and play small.
One night while listening to a Tai Lopez podcast episode, he learned of the work of Liz Herrera, who is one of the top online marketing experts in the world. The interview inspired Joshua and led him to study Liz's work more deeply. He began watching her videos on YouTube and eventually came across a video of her pitching her $12,000/year mastermind.
Since High School, Joshua had believed in the concept that you are the product of the five people you spend the most time with. At this moment, watching the pitch video of Liz Hererra, something spoke to him. He decided he needed to get to that mastermind group, even though he had no clue what it would mean or what he would do once he got there.
He had no money. However, he was getting nearly a full-ride scholarship to Clemson University and had never taken out any student loans. This seemed like just the time to take out some loans.
He took out $16,000 and leaped. He signed up for the mastermind and booked the flight. This was the first flight he took by himself. He was 18 years old and didn't know what to do. He ended up wearing a business suit and found when he got to the mastermind that everyone was wearing shorts and flipflops. They were on an island in the Caribbean.
Admittedly, Joshua didn't know what the heck he was doing. This was a mastermind for selling stuff on Amazon, and Joshua had no Amazon products. He didn't have much to give the group by way of information or connections, but he could give energy and enthusiasm. Over the next few days, he was as supportive as he could be. He gave as much positive power to every person he met.
To his surprise, during the event, Liz made an announcement. She asked everyone in the group for donations to help fund Joshua's first Amazon project. He was shocked by the generosity and love of the group. In the emotion and awe of the moment, he decided to open up to the group about the death of his father. He had never told anyone, not even his college roommates about what had happened.
The emotions and energy in the room were powerful. This turned out to be a highly transformational experience for Joshua. Not only did he invest big money to be there--which alone separated him from the masses (most people won't make bold investments in themselves)--but he tried to be a sincere, humble, and genuine giver. His kindness, humility, and sincerity came-off and everyone in the group loved him.
Then, he opened up about his deepest emotions and challenges, which very act of opening up is so transformative. He was healed.
After that event, Liz ended up reaching out to Joshua and offering him a job. She saw a lot of potential in him. This is how you get great opportunities. You invest in yourself, you put yourself in the right room, you be a giver, and you be open and vulnerable. Joshua did all of these things.
He ended up taking the job. Over the past four years, Joshua and Liz have become incredible friends. They've even become business partners.
This is how you turn a horrible tragedy into a positive experience.
How can you apply this?