New Careers: Where Tragedy Became Triumph

Thank you to @CNBC (and @YahooFinance) for including me in this list. What an inspiration reading the other stories! Every storm brings with a gift. Your job is to discover it!  I’ll bring the other stories throughout the next few weeks as each one is worthy of a look.



New Careers: Where Tragedy Became Triumph

CNBCBy Daniel Bukszpan | CNBC – Fri, Jul 6, 2012 2:42 PM EDT

After living through an accident, illness or loss of a loved one, many people find comfort in going back to the predictable rhythms of their old, familiar routines. Losing themselves at work can offer escape from these events and help set them on the road to recovery.

For others, the response is exactly the opposite, and going back to their old lives after a traumatic, life-changing event is out of the question. The only thing that seems right to them is to create a new plan for living, one that acknowledges the hardships they’ve endured and the wisdom they’ve acquired since their lives changed. presents this list of people who survived tragedies and responded by creating new careers and businesses. These new ventures not only helped them cope, but may have served to inspire other people going through similarly challenging times.

The Human WakeUp Call®

A little over a decade ago, Mike Jaffe was the unhappy employee of a Fortune 500 company in New York. One morning, he decided that he would get to work 20 minutes later than usual so that he could spend some precious extra time with his family. This decision saved his life — his office was on the 96th floor of the World Trade Center, and the morning was Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.

Jaffe responded by leaving the corporate world behind. He founded The Human WakeUp Call®, a business and personal leadership coaching company, and he says that for the first time he loves his work. In 2011 he released the book, “Wake Up! Your Life is Calling: Why Settle for Fine When So Much More is Possible?”

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