I survived bankruptcy.
I filed for bankruptcy on my first business. I made the mistake of trying to buy an existing business, and it ended up failing miserably in the first year. Having destroyed my credit, I had to bootstrap my current business and learn how to manage profits. I also sacrificed sleep, because I was working a full-time, high-level sales job while building my business at night. The first year was exhausting and challenging, but it got me to where I am today.