Can you imagine if you were a disabled vet, and your doctors gave you 5 years to live? Then, after you were denied disability from a foot amputation your kids were forced to move in with relatives and live. Talk about a down and out disabled vet. But then luck turned around for you after watching an episode the ‘Antiques Roadshow’.
Loren Krytzer’s was a successful freelance carpenter until an automobile crashed halted his carer. Then, everything came crashing down. His doctors gave him 5 months to live after a foot operation. His money began to run out. He couldn’t get disability and his kids were forced to live with his grandparents. Talk about down and out.
This guy was just getting by. Krytzer was living check to check with the support of his girlfriend. Then, things changed after an episode of Antiques Roadshow.
You see, evidently there was a man on the show that had an Indian blanket that sold for quite a bit of money – $500,000 to be exact. Then, Krytzer remembered a blanket his grandmother had given him. A blanket nobody else wanted. A blanket that looked very similar to the one on the Antiques Roadshow. This was an opportunity.
Krytzer knew he needed to find out if the blanket was worth anything at all. He brought it to numerous antique dealers, but most told him it was just an average Mexican blanket. Krytzer wasn’t satisfied. So, he took it to John Moran Auctioneers, a family auction company he found online that sold Native American artifacts.
Luck would have it, Jeff Moran knew it was no ordinary blanket. He was right. After testing, the blanket was revealed to be a rare Navajo chief blanket.
Six months later, after an auction Moran was convinced Krytzer to sell with him. In a parking lot two weeks before the auction, Moran even gave Kryzter $9,000 in advance of the sale.
Krytzer decided to sell with Moran. In a 77-second auction, the blanket went from an opening price of $150,000 to $1.5 million. Krytzer went home with $1.3 million.
Talk about a total change in life. Krytzer went from a down on his luck disabled veteran skimping paycheck to paycheck to a man with suddenly a million bucks! What did Krytzer do next? He did what most would do, he spent it!
From his earnings, Krytzer invested in stocks and municipal bonds, bought a new car, a new motorcycle, and two homes — one for himself, and one to rent out.
Then, he married his girlfriend and went on a pre-honeymoon cruise with her and her three daughters.
“I firmly believe I’m here because years ago I turned my life around,” he said. “The things I’ve been through, I tell people it’s a strong faith and a strong mind. Without those things you’re not going to make it.”
As George Michael used to sing, ‘… I gotta have faith…I gotta faith, faith, faith’.
Krytzer knows that without faith, he would not be where he is today. He plans to move to Idaho and get a part-time job. All this from a blanket nobody wanted, …suddenly a down and out disabled vet with a little faith turned around his life.
Moral of the story: When you’re down on your luck, but still have faith, stop and watch and listen to the signals that may be sent to you. Maybe you too, have something from the past that could help you turn things around for your future.