If you have ever seen the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness", I can honestly say that is me. I am a single dad who worked my butt off in the home building industry for 10 years and did fairly well until my last employer went out of business when the market crashed. As they shut their doors, all employees were cheated financially in the end. At the same time, I came down with a sickness without insurance and lost 75 pounds. My wife left home and my daughter and I now live here with little income. I have no choice but to claim bankruptcy. On the bright side, my health has improved. I now bike regularly and eat an extremely healthy diet. I am a Lance Armstrong of a sort... rebounding from bad health. I dont want to take a dead end job and find myself back in the same predicament I am in now. I have always wanted to get into the Financial business. I am afraid that potential employers in general would view me as a loser or high risk without knowing my underlying past. I'm also afraid that there may be a regulation somewhere prohibiting me from acting as a Broker. Unfortunately for me, I will walk with a label on me as a Bankrupt putting me in a category of people associated with irresponsibility when actually I am not irresponsible. It's so frustrating.
I am VERY driven and am really wanting to get into the business. I am very intelligent, presentable, awesome with people because I like helping them, and excellent with numbers... darn near genius.
Will the stigma of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy (Starting soon) create for a hopeless career as a Stock Broker?
Please comment honestly. Thanks much.