Why Hitting Rock Bottom Isn’t Always Bad

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Article by Wendy McCance

I’m sure you are reading the title of this article and shaking your head.  You probably think that this is the most ridiculous statement you have ever heard.  I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but having been there myself a few times, I believe it to be true.

I have read that a good majority of the most successful people have come from absolutely dismal beginnings.  There was no money, an abusive home life,  lack of an education or health problems.  It didn’t matter because the only place to look was up.  These people knew what the worst situations felt like because they were living them.  They had nothing to lose by dreaming big.

That was my experience as well.  I had one bad situation on top of another until I hit rock bottom.

Before I hit rock bottom, I had everything I needed.  I was living the dream in a big home in a nice community with a happy family and all the trappings of comfort.

I lost my job due to a plant closure.  I lost my home and ran out of my savings due to a lack of a job.  I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia which limited the type of jobs I could take without being in massive amounts of pain.  This all came crashing down when the economy was at an all time low.

Finding a job, any job was difficult.  Getting a job that worked with my fibromyalgia and had a decent wage was close to impossible to find.

I waged a war with myself.  I knew things had to change in a drastic way.  I needed a decent paying job.  I hoped for a job I could enjoy.  I needed to feel that the fibromyalgia wouldn’t stand in my way of achieving my dreams. I had battled so long and hard that I lost sight of what my hopes and wishes were.

I hit an absolute low and then at the edge of despair, I saw a new way to go about the role of living my life the way I wanted to. I began writing which sparked some incredible ideas.  I found support in the blogging community which gave me the lift I needed.  I began to define what would make me happy if I didn’t have worries of making a living and health issues I felt held me back.

I found that writing thrilled me.  Then I went about tweaking what I wanted to do.   I found that it was possible to achieve my goals even though I had little money and health issues.

The internet is so full of information that anyone can get the answers they are after without worrying about where to look or spending any money to find it.  The internet was a godsend.

I knew that for me, writing was my path in life.  I was obsessed with it.  All I wanted to do each day was type on a computer keyboard until exhaustion took over and my fingers no longer moved.

I read everything I could  on the subject of working as a writer.  I joined writing groups, networked and continued to practice my craft. Each day was spent writing, reading, researching, networking and prospecting.  I’m not kidding you.  From 6am until I fell asleep at night I would work on each area whenever I got a spare moment.  All of those hours didn’t feel like work because I was doing what I loved.

That’s the key to opening up the possibilities DO WHAT YOU LOVE!!

I have heard that advice so many times, but it didn’t sink in until I found out what it was that I truly wanted to do.

I have often heard that if you do what you love, THE MONEY WILL FOLLOW.

I was a huge skeptic.  How would that occur without what felt like a proper background? Let me reassure you that when you hit bottom and have nothing to lose, you will go after the things that you weren’t brave enough to conquer before.   Back then you were too busy juggling too many things to keep your good position in life.

Let me also tell you that when you find what you love, you will become obsessed.  If you become obsessed, success will be imminent because of all of the hours you end up putting into realizing your dream.

Sure there will be failures and adjustments, but that is a natural part of the process.  When you are up against the wall and have had enough misery, then it’s time to find out who you are, what you love and pursue that dream.

Amazing things WILL happen when you get on the path you were meant to travel.

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Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

To contact Wendy McCance about a writing or social media assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: mccance.wendy@gmail.com

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31 thoughts on “Why Hitting Rock Bottom Isn’t Always Bad

  1. This is an inspiring and uplifting piece. I’m so glad you’ve found a comfortable place and are able to share your experience on this blog. Continue to thrive.

  2. You know Wendy, I don’t understand why we as parents teach our children that the sky is always blue! We rarely prepare them for setbacks…which are a reality. I applaud your courage to share your trials with us. I too have experienced several business failures. Painful? Yes. Did I grow? Definitely! I am a much better person and quite thankful for the journey. Trials build character like nothing else will. We need both the bitter and the sweet to become real ‘winners!’. Thanks.

  3. Your title does not sound strange at all to many of us who have experienced liberation in hitting bottom. That’s where I met the Lord Jesus and He raised me up to a brand new life that is much, much better!
    Great Post Wendy. Blessings to you!

  4. I enjoyed this memoir. It sounds like it is inspired by some of my favorite existentialist philosophers.

    Hitting rock bottom can leave you only with dreams and a starting place to re-ignite your life.

    I have written many fiction pieces on my blog covering the same ground.

    Thank you.

  5. I absolutely agree. It took me awhile but I finally got there. I couldn’t be happier. I’m not making any money yet but I do believe it will come in time. For me it’s about giving first and the rest will follow. I now know what I want to do and I’m loving it.

  6. Hi Wendy,
    Always inspiring. Thank you. Rock bottom is sometimes a good place to be because once you get out of there, the world is so much more beautiful. The best part of rock bottom is learning HOW to not go there again. It takes a lot of soul searching and truth finding. If we learn to face our truths, we can also learn a lot about ourselves and improve. Sometimes that’s all the sales pitch we need to convince ourselves to love what we do and do what we love. We have the plan. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Sincerely,
    Karina

  7. Hi Wendy, I’m a newbie to your Blog. If your name was NO where on your blog post, I would of thought I wrote your post!! Sounds just as what my husband and I went through starting in Jan 2008. And, to add to the Mix, I’d only been in Recovery from addicted compulsive gambling, after a REALLY BAD Relapse In 2007, and released from a Addictions/Mental crisis center for treatment for 25 days. I to have some health issues & the types of meds I’m on prevent me from working as well. That is when thought about writing. Finally in Jan 2011 I started my first book, and not only was it a Labor of Love, I too found my True calling & purpose in Life! To help give others who suffer from addiction, “HOPE” and be of recovery service to others! Thanks for this Great post, and also for the Fantastic Blog contest you have going! I’m shocked that I’ve received Votes! Blessings your way! Catherine Lyon

    • Hi Catherine, it’s great to hear from you. You have so many fans. Thanks for the wonderful comment. Whenever I read a really personal comment, it makes my day. I know there will be someone who reads your words and feels hope for their own situation. Good luck in the contest by the way. 🙂

  8. I too belive that amazing things can happen and you can achive successs too when you do what you want to do in life.May be that does not be worth ful in this materialistic world for others.For me money and other things does not matter but inner satisfaction does matters.

  9. Wendy, your article is so timely. I was an office manager until last year. I have been unemployed for 1 year, since then I got my notary commission and went back to college and received my certification in Recycling & Zero Waste. It all sounds good but the problem is I am losing my hearing and I have difficulty with hearing on phones. I wear hearing aids and tried taking another office position and had the same problem with the phones. I am trying to find work or self-employment, I write 2 blogs, but nothing is making money. I love writing have written all my life and love following your posts. I’m feeling at a lost of how to move forward.

    • I can relate so much. When I lost my job, I went back to school and got an associate degree as a paralegal. It didn’t work out well because sitting for long periods of time is too painful. Even my doctor was stunned when I mentioned what my job was. He couldn’t fathom me sitting for long periods either. Not being able to continue in that profession after all of that work made me feel even worse.The tricky part of making money writing is that you have to prospect. That means reaching out to your network and ask if they are in need of a freelance writer. You can also track down every editor for the small newspapers in your town and ask them as well. The book that really helped guide me was The Writers Digest 2013. I highly recommend it. Good luck in your endeavor.

  10. Been there; done that. Don’t want to do it again. At my age, I happy just to e-publish my books and keep writing. The fibromyalgia isn’t too bad. But now I am suffering from pain far beyond the fibromyalgia. I hope the doctors soon find out what’s wrong with me.

  11. I am soon beginning a new adventure myself. Writing is my dream and has been since the day I was born. Now I am going to make it happen. Do what you love and it will not be work. Do what you love and the money will follow. I am going to put these to the test. 🙂

    • I know you will do great. If you hit a rough spot and need some advice or just want to know whatever you are experiencing is a normal part of a career in writing, please reach out and contact me. I’d be happy to cheer you on. 🙂

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