purpose comes from tragedy

Does the hurting ever stop? I don’t know because I’m not even close to being there yet. A big part of me wants the pain to go away but not at the cost of the memories. The memories are what I cherish, what I hold onto when I want to feel close to Madeline.

This is what I felt 2 months after Maddie’s death, and this is still how I feel today, over six years after her death.

We tragically lost our daughter Madeline on April 11th, 2015. What I have experienced since that day has been unimaginable. My youngest…


Why Do I Choose to Write About the Life and Passing of My Beautiful Daughter?

I’m often asked why I choose to write about the life and passing of my beautiful daughter, Madeline. Over the last 6 years, the reasons have been diverse. Sometimes it’s about an event that’s occurred that hits so close to home that I feel a need to share its relevance in my context. Perhaps it’s because I have a terrible day, and other times it’s because I’ve had a perfect one. Sometimes, the boys are not with me, and sometimes it’s because they are so close. Sometimes I write out of a sense of obligation, but mostly, I express how…


Experience gives us knowledge. Unfortunately, this knowledge can come at a very hefty price. In the case of my Partners and me, it resulted in the bankruptcy of our office furniture business. We did many things right and enjoyed great successes for most of the time I was an owner. We were never afraid of change. In fact, our staff would grow tired of us always implementing new ideas. We were always innovating. We had some brilliant creations and some spectacular failures. Today, I coach business owners on how to financially thrive, protect, and build wealth using their businesses by…


It’s been more than six years since we lost our beloved daughter, Maddie, to depression at the tender age of fourteen. It’s hard to describe what has transpired since that dreaded day. It has left this indelible imprint upon the lives of our family and so many of our friends. Yet, it is a legacy that has touched the lives of so many. Some that knew Maddie, many that didn’t and some that want to leave a positive footprint on the lives of today's youth and tomorrow.

I often reflect upon what I wish I had done differently, the regret…


This year should be renamed the Year of My Enlightenment. There’s been some highs and lows throughout the year and, fortunately, more highs than lows. One thing is true; all these moments are part of the continuing education of Chris Coulter. Perhaps I’m more aware of my surroundings, environment or vulnerabilities, perhaps these moments are around us all the time, and we choose to ignore or not acknowledge these messages. Maybe we need to be in a different state of mind to realize they exist at all.

Last week, I was approached by a former business acquaintance about how and…


There are very few savings, assets or investments that are safe from divorce. Depending on how proactive you are in addressing some of these items will determine how much you get to keep in the future versus what you may need to share if your marriage dissolves down the road. Another potential opportunity is looking at something today with no cash value but may have a deferred value in the future. Another potential opportunity is an asset that is restricted by a third party contract.

Assets Before The Relationship

Any assets that either party brings into the relationship is not subject to marital division…


So Who Am I Going to be Tomorrow?

To say my battle with depression is behind me would be anything but truthful. I still have bad days, but now I have a much better sense of what causes them….for the most part. You don’t just walk away from depression and slam the door on its clutches. Depression isn’t like that. It’s part psychology, part chemical, part physical and part emotional. For all these elements to be firing in harmony all the time is unrealistic. It’s like waking up one morning and saying to yourself, “I’m not going to have any more bad days, ever”. That’s just not realistic…


I want to think my perspective on this subject is unique. In fact, it’s the basis for my current business. I believe that not unlike many business owners, funding my retirement was largely predicated around the success of my former business and how I would transition that business into my golden nest egg. Well, the fact that it was “former business” should give you an indication of how that plan worked out.

My former business partners and I had a very successful office furniture company. In fact, we had three separate companies that were all very profitable from the mid-1990s…


The Finish Line Group

I’ve often been told that one should limit the amount of personal information that gets shared in a business relationship and conversely, keep your business separate from your personal affairs. Those lines between personal and business get blurred on occasion and vice versa.

For the most part, I’ve tried to keep the two distinct and separate. I‘ve shared limited amounts with both. In my life, the two have been on a collision course for some time. They both have affected one another.

In the case of an Entrepreneur, the two are almost impossible to keep separate because of the natural…

Chris Coulter

Entrepreneur. Mental health advocate. Strategist. Survivor. CEO of The Finish Line Group.

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