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The Surprising Truth About Sharing A Deep, Dark Secret

Posted by Josh Patrick

Secrets

I hear this all the time. “I don’t want to talk about it, it’s just too personal.”

Have you ever said this or thought it? If so, join the club. There are millions who feel the same way. The problem is, if this is you, you’re missing out on support for whatever it is you’re going through.

A personal story

A little over eleven years ago my doctor diagnosed me with cancer. Not any old garden variety of cancer, but a type that had a survival rate of about 20%. I had a decision to make. I could keep it secret and hope that no one found out, or I could go public and let the world know what was going on.

It was a hard decision I thought. I spent a few days thinking about the pro’s and con’s of going public. I thought people would desert me and all of my clients would stop doing business with me.

Then a surprise happened

I went public. When I had done it in the past, I never had a negative outcome. I thought the worst that could happen would be I would lose some clients, maybe even a lot of clients.

That’s not what happened. I not only lost no clients, the clients I had stepped up and asked what they could do to help. I got tons of support from people I would have never thought would care. People didn’t run away, they did the opposite. They move towards me and helped me get through the most difficult two years I ever had in my life.

I credit the support with being alive today.

Because I went public with my news about getting cancer, people came out of the woodwork to help. I appreciated the help and I know it helped get me through the worst days I could imagine.

Without that support, I’m not sure I would be here today.

Be brave go public

When things go poorly in your life and there are times this will happen, keeping the bad news to yourself is a bad idea. When you share what’s going on in your world, you’ll surprised by how much support you get. It happened with me, and I can be sure it’ll happen with you.

If there’s something going on in your life you don’t think the world wants to know, think again. Most of the time, the world not only wants to know, but is there to help.

What do you think about going public with something that’s you might view as negative in your life? If you share, I bet you’ll be surprised at the support you get. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think and while you're at it, click on the button below to find out how much risk you can take in your portfolio.

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