My story is not very different than the next one. The difference is that I have chosen to share it. Through this column, I hope to influence at least one person who feels or has felt the same way I did to not only do something about it, but to do something about it today. Now is the right time!

It was early 2009, and I was a young lawyer with a Philadelphia law firm. I had two clients I could call my own, a few thousand dollars saved in the bank, and a lot of experienced people I trusted offering discouraging words about the economy and business. About a month earlier, I had undergone major reconstructive knee surgery on my left knee, which meant that several months of an intense and time-consuming rehabilitative program lay ahead of me. I had been married for eight months, and my wife had just been accepted to a doctorate program that meant she would be in school for the next five to seven years.