Tragedy Is No Excuse: Entrepreneurs Make The Most Out Of Everything, Even Cancer

Sometimes life gets hard, sh*t happens and you never see it coming. There are two kinds people, some who let their life fall apart and ask for a shoulder to cry on. The other kind of people accept the fact that falling is just a natural part of one’s journey, and you will find them fighting till the end like madmen. Entrepreneurs are usually busy most of the time, always jostling a busy schedule and de facto they don’t have time to pity themselves or cry at every false step: they are fighters by nature. But when it comes to getting something like Cancer, even the toughest may falter. It is not easy to be struck by a calamity such as cancer, but hey, if you decide to face it like a pro then you are a real hero. Entrepreneurs can’t afford to give up, even when it’s cancer, so check these Spartans who fought tooth and nail to break cancer apart and make it through!

David Luks, founder and CEO of Honeydrop Beverages.

“It was completely out of the blue. I was recently married, active and perfectly healthy,” Luks said.

Luks started researching organic and natural foods after getting Cancer opened up his mind to a new business idea. Fighting Cancer was not a calamity, it was an opportunity, and Luks knew he could capitalize on his tragic experience.

“I read that honey is a natural antioxidant, an unrefined sweetener, and that it’s clinically better for your throat than over-the-counter medication,” said Luks.

In 2009, Luks launched Honeydrop Beverages, a line of low-calorie teas and juices sweetened with unrefined honey.

“I told myself that you only live once,” he said. “I wanted to experience what it was like being an entrepreneur.” Today, his company has seven employees. His drinks are sold in Whole Foods and other natural foods stores nationwide.

Amy Ohm

The fact that I survived cancer made me want to help others,” said Ohm, co-founder of TreatmentDiaries.com, a new online community for people living with chronic illnesses and those who care and advocate for them.

In 2004, Ohm was diagnosed with melanoma. In an attempt to calm her fears, she said she hopped on the Internet to learn more about the stage-three skin cancer she was up against.

“What I found was a lot of negative news,” recalled Ohm. “There was not a lot of good information about the promise of survival. I think I went into denial after that. It took me a few days before I could even accept the diagnosis.”

Ohm said she has created a Web site that can “build a support network for those who couldn’t find a physical support circle, or want a little more anonymity, or just need support on a more regular basis.” Members share their thoughts about the medical challenges. Five months after its launch, Ohm said thousands of people from all around the world are sharing stories and support on TreatmentDiaries.com. There are now more than 10,000 users, according to Ohm.

So the moral of the story, never let a drawback pull you down, even if it’s cancer. There is always an opportunity to make the best out of any situation and move on with your life for the better. “Dallas Boys Club” story may be an example, David Luks and Amy Ohm are others who capitalized on their tragic experience and get something positive out of it. Circumstances change, one day you’re on top of the world, the other you’re fighting for your life in a hospital, but one thing should always remain the same: your positive attitude and your hustler mindset!

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