Golden Tax Relief - March 2018

32850 US-43 STE B, THOMASVILLE, AL 36784 844-229-8936 GOLDENTAXRELIEF.COM G o l d e n G a z e t t e MAR 2018 Wrestling With Limitations WHY I BEL IEVE IN BOOTSTRAPS

There are a lot of technical aspects to my job. Finding the best way for my clients to get square with the IRS takes a deep knowledge of tax law and accounting, but it’s not all about math. What tax relief really boils down to is being a motivational coach. People in trouble with the IRS often feel trapped, like they’ve been knocked down and can’t get up. The most important part of what I do is remind these folks just how much they are capable of. Call me old- fashioned, but I was brought up to believe in bootstraps. I know firsthand what can be accomplished by pulling yourself up. “I don’t know how long I laid there in the mud and cow patties, but when I woke, the whole right side of my body was numb.” In the seventh grade, I started wrestling, which is an interesting sport in a number of ways. First and foremost, it demands that your mind and body work in perfect tandem. People don’t tend to think of wrestling as a mental exercise, but it’s really a full-body chess match. You have to learn a variety of moves and countermoves and train your mind to react almost instinctively. In a real match, if you have to pause and think about what your opponent is doing, you’ve already lost.

Wrestling teaches you to be accountable, both to others and to yourself. Although you are on your own against your opponent, the points you earn go toward your team’s score. Win or lose, your actions on that mat affect more than just you. Every move and every decision carries weight well after the match is over. That sense of responsibility to both myself and to my team was what drove me to succeed. In the 10th grade, after rigorous training, I placed third in the state. It seemed like everybody was proud of me except me . It was a surreal experience. They only saw my victories, but I knew my body and mind, and I felt I could have done more. I took a weeklong break after the state tournament, then trained all summer. The next year, despite having cracked two vertebrae in a training accident, I went undefeated in my weight class. The pain was excruciating, but dropping out of the tournament would mean my entire team would forfeit that weight class. I gritted my teeth and pushed through, becoming No. 1 in the state. The summer before my senior year was hot and wet. I was out working on my father’s barn when a storm rolled in out of nowhere, with raindrops as big as quarters. I ran into the barn, ducking my head to get under a wooden beam. I didn’t duck low enough.

My dad later told me he thought lighting had hit the barn. My head hitting that beam shook the whole building. I don’t know how long I laid there in the mud and cow patties, but when I woke, the whole right side of my body was numb. My arm and leg were curled up and wouldn’t move for several minutes. Two years later, an X-ray would reveal that I’d cracked another vertebra, this time in my neck. All I knew at the time was that it hurt like nothing else in the world. So, did I give up wrestling? Not on your life. My last year of high school, I only lost one match, by a single point. When I brought home the state championship for the second time, I was able to celebrate my victory with everyone else — not because I had bested my opponents, but because I had overcome my own limitations. I apply that mentality to everything I do in life. I’m not special. I wasn’t born smarter or more driven than anyone else. I’m just a hard worker, plain and simple. My goal for working in tax relief is to inspire that same spirit in my clients. If I can pull myself out of the mud and win gold, you can settle your debt with the IRS and liberate your life. No one can lift you up; you have to do that part yourself. But as long as you’re willing to try, I’ll be here to lend a hand.

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