I’ve had 8 near-death experiences throughout my life, and have had many realizations and lessons learnt from them.

I’m not going to talk about the phenomenon of the near-death episode itself, in which millions of people have reported feeling utter peace and painlessness, seeing scenes of their life flashing before them like a movie, encountering a radiant white light, etc. Instead, this article will explore the positive after-effects of near-death experiences, especially the lasting impact that such an experience has made on me.

I’ve had to confront and overcome adversity in life over and over due to a rare hereditary condition called Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, better known as VHL. Only after a deadly brain tumor diagnosis in 2005 did I finally wake up to a series of life-changing realizations.

I’ve almost died from:

  • a burst appendix at 7;
  • a near-drowning episode at 21;
  • a morphine overdose as a result of an eye operation at 25;
  • a brain tumor at 32;
  • right kidney removal due to kidney cancer at 32;
  • removal of 4 cancerous tumors in my remaining left kidney at 34;
  • second brain operation to remove two tumors at 43;
  • kidney operation to remove 6 cancerous tumors at 44.

As an entrepreneur who’s helped remotely employ more than 8,000 people in over ten years with my Remotestaff.com business, I would now like to make an attempt to answer these questions: How do you find what you love to do? How do you achieve success?

As a result of all the second chances I’ve had from my life-threatening experiences, I’ve gained some very unique perspectives that I’d now like to share with you to help you see things a bit differently. Since life is short, I hope these perspectives can help you discover your own career path more quickly.

While we’ve got the time, I believe work should help us achieve a sense of personal fulfillment through growth and allow us to truly express ourselves.

Suicide is a deeply personal subject to me. My father chose to die.

While this topic is a very sobering, heavy one, I write to address people who must literally make life and death decisions while at the lowest and most desperate point in their lives. I understand what you’re going through but I do want to use the cliché and show you through experience how “time heals all wounds.” Let that be true for you too.

I am sharing this deeply personal story because the nature of my struggle is closely linked to the conversation about suicide. My main intention is to give my perspective on making a better life during these difficult times.