When Life Goes Up in Flames

When Life Goes Up in Flames

What to Do When Life Goes Up in Flames

FROM THE DESK OF GRANT CARDONE:  Big news was made recently when the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris tragically caught fire.  There was over 8 centuries of history nearly destroyed in just a few hours.  As the flames roared on, people from around the world were captivated watching it happen on live TV.

One question that came to mind immediately for most:

Is it possible to rebuild?

What do you do when life goes up in flames?  When something gets damaged or ruined—how do you start over?  I have a lot of experience with this.  For example, I used to do a show on the National Geographic channel called Turnaround King.  It was a reality show where I went to real businesses and literally was tasked with turning them around.

They were going up in flames, so to speak, and I was the firefighter.

Having personally talked with thousands of business owners, executives, and managers over the past 35 years, I have seen a pattern develop time and time again during periods of loss or change.

I can assure you that the rate at which you go through these following stages will determine how soon you can get your life or business back on track.

This goes beyond just business by the way…

If any area, when life goes up in flames, whether it’s your business, a relationship, or something else in life, here are 7 common steps to rebuild the charred remains and bring back the former glory, and even have bigger success.

(Note that you don’t have to go through each step, these are just what I’ve often observed happening)


Denial is a refusal to believe and accept that things have changed. At this point, basically you have your head in the sand.

  • Remember when Blockbuster was thinking Netflix was a fad in 2003?
  • When you first heard that Notre Dame was burning in France, you said, “No way!”
  • This is when a man first discovers his wife wants a divorce but he thinks it may have just been an emotional argument.

This is the step where all your efforts and energy are put into resisting the change that has just happened.


When Life Goes Up in Flames