We’ve all experienced the feeling of hitting a brick wall.  Those periods in our careers (or lives) when we no longer have the energy to take “it” down brick by brick, we can’t seem to get over “it”, and “it” is just too big to get around. Whatever “it” is seems insurmountable.

I remember a period in my life when I’d been ill and had to close a business which, quite frankly, wasn’t in a field I enjoyed and wasn’t even paying the bills.  Not surprisingly, my personal life wasn’t going well either.

Out of the blue a friend and professional colleague called and threw me the lifeline I desperately needed by giving me a lead on a contract opportunity that was tailor made for me.  That opportunity relaunched my career.

Reflecting on that reminds me I have several friends and colleagues who I could quietly and without fanfare throw a lifeline.  I need to get busy.

Leah Ward-Lee is a management consultant and business writer based in Fernandina Beach, Florida and Dallas, Texas and the author of $1,000 Start-Ups

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Leah Ward-Lee, the author of "$1,000 Start-Ups", is a serial micro-entrepreneur. She opened her first business at ten after lobbying for and receiving a shoe shine kit for Christmas. She pulled her wagon through the neighborhood, going door-to-door, offering to shine her neighbor’s shoes for twenty-five cents a pair. Once her wagon was full, she took the shoes home and polished them. Unfortunately that business was short-lived. She hadn’t tagged the shoes and couldn’t remember whose shoes were whose, so her dad went with her to retrace the route until every pair was returned. Since then she’s had businesses developing and teaching college courses, instructing aerobic classes, owning half a plane that was rented to a flight and maintenance school, and renting homes. She’s also owned a consignment store, a gift shop, a gift basket business, a consulting firm, hosted The Executive Toolbox (a weekly radio show), and a publishing company. She also spent twenty years in the US Army, served as the Chief Information and Technical Officer for two major insurance companies, and has a second career as a management consultant. Leah resides in Dallas, TX and on Amelia Island with Sammy and Goliath, her two rescue dogs.

One thought on “Lifelines

  1. You have my sincere appreciation and eternal gratitude for helping me out in the past Leah! Have I told you lately how awesome you are?


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