How 9/11 Changed my Life

One Man’s 911 Journey

On 9/1/11 I just lost my job. On 9/11 I am setting in front of the TV watching the airplane hit the second tower.

I knew my life would never be the same. I knew it deep in my heart and soul. I knew that finding a job would be difficult at best. I knew I had to do and think differently if I were to thrive and prosper. I knew I needed to make massive changes and I did not what they were or how to make them.

Was 9/11 a terrible situation? Yes.

It never should have happened.

But it did and it changed my life in a very powerful and profound way.

I gave up the belief that I would work for a company and retire at 65 with a gold watch and a pension.

I gave up my belief in security. I created a new belief that the only security that exists is the security I create for myself. That is both a very frightening and empowering thought.

Were those transitions painful? Yes.

Were they hard? Yes.

Would I want to go through them again? No.

Would I change my response to them? No.

I am a different person. I am a happier person (most of the time.) I have better relationships. I am more independent. I created many new skills and I embraced opportunities that would not have been available to me otherwise.

I wrote four books and I am international published.

I created many new products that helped others achieve results.

I developed leadership skills that I did not know I had. I learned that leadership is a learned behavior.

I became an accomplished speaking professional. This was big for me. A major life changer in what I learned and how people respond.

I met many new people and many became dear friends.

I see change as something positive. It all depends on how I choose to react.

I now know my attitude is the determining factor in how good I feel and how I chose to respond to any situation.

I realized that I have helped many people. Many people have helped me.

I learned how much I hate the government intrusion into my life. America was created by people who were individuals who took charge. Who knew what they wanted and went after it. I want to meet more people like them.

I learned I want the American people to realize their greatness and stop being afraid.

I learned to better appreciate my wife and our children and how they need to learn their own lessons.

I learned I do not like negative people and I dislike it when I am negative.

I like the acceptance I feel from my dogs when I come home after a hard day.

I realized I am getting older and nothing will change that.

I realized I am not necessarily getting wiser as I get older.

9/11 did have a very positive impact on my life and I am thankful for the people who allowed this to happen.

To you, your life, your loves, your passion.

Ron Finklestein

Business Coach who wants others to take ownership




Ron Finklestein is an accomplished Sales Training Coach and Consultant for small businesses. Professional and public speaker. International business author.

About Ron Finklestein

Ron Finklestein is an accomplished Sales Training Coach and Consultant for small businesses. Professional and public speaker. International business author.


  1. Ron,
    Freedom is very powerful and you said it well. The best to you.

  2. 911 – Great story, thanks for sharing it. I’m so glad you responded the way you did. Your response and what you have developed from it has helped me, too.

    There is nothing more American than taking tragedy and turning it into triumph. It is greatness to turn that into other people’s triumph by teaching and encouraging them.

    I remember the story of a little boy who was asked by his father, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The boy replied, “I’m going to be a professor of happiness.”

    I think the kid will do just fine.

%d bloggers like this: