For the first 47 years of my life I thought I knew it all or at least knew what I needed to do to succeed. I’m here to tell you I didn’t, I was wrong! In Feb of 1996 at the age of 48 I declared personal bankruptcy, married and a father to three wonderful children. Until I was well into my fifties I was a very bitter and disillusioned man. My hopes, dreams and future lay shattered like broken pieces of a mirror at my feet reflecting all the errors and mistakes I’d made over the years. All the things I thought I knew in my arrogant ignorance had led me to this point and I didn’t have a clue as to what or where to go next, I just knew that somehow I had to keep moving forward.
Flash ahead twenty one years to June 2017. I have now been in business for fifteen years, the owner of two martial arts academies in White Rock BC Canada and about to be inducted as a 6th degree black belt Master Instructor in Songahm Taekwondo in Little Rock AR. The following Feb of 2018 would find me fulfilling a fifty year dream/goal, that of writing a book. My book told the story of my twenty year journey from declaring bankruptcy (1996) to the then present day (2017), its title, Mastership-the Journey from Bankruptcy to a New Life and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc. you can preview it here by clicking on the button below
So how did I go from being a bankrupt musician at 48 to a successful business owner, 6th degree black belt Master Instructor at 70 and a published author at 71? In 1996 I had a choice, I could roll over, give up and be a victim or I could do everything within my power to pick up the pieces of my life and fight to improve and learn the things I thought I knew as well as those I didn’t, I choose the latter. This meant starting over being accountable, accepting that I was the only one responsible for my situation. It also meant trying new things completely outside my comfort zone like martial arts which I was to start in Aug/Sept of the same year. I began reading and delivering newspapers at night to earn money for my family. In 2002 not having any business background I took a risk buying a martial arts club from my instructor at age 55. In 2004 at age 57 I took an even greater risk opening a commercial school location with 9K capitalization, crazy but true and the rest as they say is history. In my early to mid sixties I was able to accomplish the success I had been searching for.
This would be a fairytale ending but as they say life moves forward. Over the past five years following those accomplishments I have been fortunate and able to maintain that success through the pandemic, while going through a divorce, experiencing a heart attack at age 72 as well as a mini stroke (Transient Ischemic Attack) in the fall of 2022, age 75. Just like bankruptcy I would not let these events stop or slow me down. Within two months of the heart attack experience I was back to my regular daily teaching, training/exercise routine and with my TIA last fall I was literally back in my academy the same day not so much as missing a day of teaching and to the present day (late Jan 2023) there are no lingering effects and yes I continue to train and exercise regularly if not daily.
To answer the first question: Straight up, I know that I’m not the only one who has experienced these kinds of traumas or events in their lives!
Second: I’m here to let you know you’re not alone. There is someone who’s been through it! Someone who’s prepared to encourage, support and serve YOU, someone who has come out the other side more than once and continued to thrive.
Third: I’ve found that no matter what stage of life we find ourselves there is always hope and the possibility of a better future, if we truly want one, there are always steps and actions we can take to improve our situation.
“Life hands us challenges for sure, but inherent in every challenge is a gift or opportunity that we would never have received or experienced if it weren’t for those challenges. Like the quote above from John Wooden, “It’s What We Learn After We Know It All That Counts”, for me it’s what I learned in the ensuing twenty seven years after my bankruptcy that’s given me the strength, resiliency, courage and determination to stay the course I started on back in 1996. These are some of the things I can share and help with as you seek to move forward with your life.
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Can you imagine declaring bankruptcy at 48, married, and a father? That’s exactly what happened to Lorne Davidson. He thought his life was over, done, finished. Twenty years later Lorne is a successful businessman holding the title of Master Instructor in taekwondo. What happened during those twenty years is the story.
You will read that Lorne was not a person who’d achieved success early in his life. He achieved his success long after anyone thought success was possible. His success didn’t come until he was in his sixties after starting his first business at age fifty five. It’s an inspiring journey, taking it with him you will learn that:
After successfully testing for his sixth-degree black belt, achieving a goal he set for himself in 1997, Lorne Davidson reflects on the changes taekwondo has brought to his life. Mastership is a story of dedication, hard work, and hope. It’s a reminder that there truly are second chances in life, no matter what our age or situation.
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