So all it takes is one mistake.
And your whole life can be completely altered.
The consequences for a slip up in a split second in time.
I'm talking to someone today and he tells me his story and it goes like this:
He came here from overseas in early 2000 after winning the lottery for a green card.
A split second and his life is changed miraculously for the better.
He moves here and finds work as an electrician.
He saves money, gets married, and is living a decent life.
All is well and then...
One day, another split second and he is on the scaffolding doing his work as an electrician and suddenly it collapses, and he falls severely breaking his leg and knee.
He is taken to the hospital where the doctor tells him his injuries are too severe and he is transported to another major metropolitan hospital.
After three surgeries, his leg is put back together with metal plates, rods, and bolts.
He is unable to work, loses his job, and eats through his savings living off it while his leg slowly heals.
Next, the hospital comes after him for $60,000 in medical bills.
He says he has no choice but to leave the country to escape the debt, which he cannot pay.
After 7 years and with the debt forgotten, he is able to return to this country.
His wife who he married here claims he abandoned her and divorces him.
He has lost everything he had in this country.
He shows me that his leg has huge scars up and down the sides and he bangs on his leg multiple times to show me the metal plates holding it together.
He also demonstrates to me also that even after all these years, he still can't run and as he tries in slow motion, his knee collapses and he visibly starts to lose his balance.
I asked if he still has pain these 10 years later, and he says, "Yes!"
Then he comes closer, turns to me, and with a very serious look, he shakes his head.
He says, "It only takes one mistake...just one mistake." ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)