Back in 2006 Lisa and her family were featured on The Oprah Show on a segment titled “The Debt Diet.” Here’s a clip followed by a recent article done by Kabbage on what Lisa has done since appearing on the show and how her life has changed.
In 2006 on the brink of divorce and close to losing everything, Lisa Bradley and her husband Steven appeared as guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show. They were featured as participants of “America’s Debt Diet,” as part of Oprah’s challenge to America to encourage people to get out of debt. According to Lisa, the challenge taught them how to “own their finances.” The program was a success; Lisa and Steven were able to become debt free.
The experience left Lisa with a yearning for more. She was now in a position where she could start a business venture. But she wanted to create something in which she could be of service. She wanted to take the experience and the knowledge that she gained and pay it forward. She learned through her experience with the “America’s Debt Diet” that there is a mental mindset behind financial struggles. Unfortunately, this often causes stress, anxiety, and depression for individuals and families who do not understand the tools they need to gain their financial freedom.
Armed with her knowledge and tenacity, Lisa decided to create A United Community a North Carolina based substance abuse and mental health clinic.
We talked to Lisa about A United Community and her desire to empower others towards financial freedom. Here’s what she had to say:
Talk to us about your journey to entrepreneurship.
I started the company shortly after we appeared on Oprah’s “Americas Debt Diet.”
The experience changed me in so many ways. It allowed me to understand debt and the mindset and habits that cause you to go into debt.
When we came out of it we were in a position financially where we could start a venture. But I wanted it to be something that was service-oriented in which I could share with others what I learned. At the time, I was teaching and working as a counselor part-time. I felt that it was something that I could do on my own if not better.
A United Community is a substance abuse and mental health counseling agency for individuals who either lack or have limited health insurance that may not cover substance abuse or mental health.
I wanted to make a difference in the lives of other people. Although we were coming out of debt on the other side, during the process we were vulnerable and raw.
When we put our story out there we thought that people would automatically be supportive, but that wasn’t necessarily the case. So that gave me a bigger desire to want to help people. I wanted to create a safe haven.
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