A near-death experience can make you feel as if you have a new lease on life, and inspire you to travel to new places or start new hobbies. But you won't find very many people who have nearly died and decided to delve into entrepreneurship right after. One who did is Daniel DelGiorno.

In 2007, DelGiorno worked construction in New York City when he accidentally fell two and a half stories from the 68th floor of a skyscraper. He survived the fall, but suffered a crushed left hip, shattered right knee, broken neck, and more.

With this painful, world-changing experience, DelGiorno decided to make the most of his life, especially in the professional sense. He chose to chase his dreams and switch careers.

During his recovery period--which lasted six years--DelGiorno searched for business opportunities that better aligned with his new outlook on life. He ultimately landed on opening a Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More franchise.

The business opportunity turned out to be perfect for DelGiorno. It allows him to operate successfully without a large staff, get his wife involved in the business, connect with his community, and be involved in a fun, stress-free industry.

As for the future? Over the next five years, DelGiornio plans to build his business by expanding brand recognition and business relationships throughout his entire territory.

Ready to begin your own entrepreneurial journey? Here are the first steps DelGiorno recommends you take:

Ask yourself "why?"

If you hate your career or feel as if you have outgrown it, consider the reasons why. Think about why you desire a new job or vocation, and why something new will make you happier. Doing so will help forge a clear path to your aspirations.

Identify your transferable skills.

Many skills you may have already (communication, leadership, operations, etc.) are transferable, and could be applicable in a new career. Keep this in mind when making any career-change decision.

Be flexible, but have an action plan.

From employment status to salary to relocation, be open to opportunity, but be realistic about compromise. Consider your goal: What is your timeline? What milestones do you have to achieve to get there? What are you willing to negotiate?

Overcome your doubts and fears.

Start visualizing yourself performing with confidence and competence. When you take ownership of what you want and feel as if your desired reality already existed, you can rapidly move toward  any result you want. Begin any new journey by visualizing your success, and then taking conscious and focused action to create your new reality.

Published on: May 14, 2019
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