At the beginning of 2009, I had the crazy idea to organize a business expo at the San Diego Convention Center when I only had $140 in the bank account of the Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce. I took that decision for two reasons:
Some people in the Latino business community were saying that the Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce wasn’t a legit organization.
I needed to show the marketplace that we were in business for good and the long term.
I never thought that by March, my life was going to take a significant change in direction. My son was born with a life-risking hard condition. The miracle baby, as many called him at that time, surprisingly survive his first heart surgery a couple of hours after he was born. After his first surgery, he spent almost three weeks at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit debating between life and death. Those days were extremely stressful for my wife and I. The subsequent months were not different.
Under that scenario, I was working full-time and trying to organize the most significant business event of my life without much support. I got to the point where I wanted to cancel everything. I didn’t have enough exhibitors for the two exhibit rooms I booked, no speakers for the three conference rooms I reserved for the workshops, and not a clear idea of how I was going to make everything happen.
My original plan changed after my son was born. We had to spend thousands of dollars in medical bills despite having health insurance, my head and heart were more focus on my son than the HISCEC, I ended up dealing with unethical vendors, and I was losing motivation to host the event.
When I was about to throw the towel, I place one more call to another potential keynote speaker for the event, Mr. Ramon De Leon. Oh, men, what a blessing that was. Before my call to Ramon, many of the potential speakers that I was contacting were not interested in attending my new event....Full story available in my site www.taydeaburto.com #ramonwow #business #entrepreneur #billiondollarnetwork #life #fail #mexican #american #entrepreneurship #unstoppable #grateful #gratitude #story #hispanic #latino