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How One Woman Turned Her Life-Shattering Injury Into a $500 Million Business

Sometimes you have to reach your lowest point before you can reach the sky.

That’s what happened to Lisa Falzone six years ago.

Falzone was 25 at the time and a recent graduate of Stanford University. She had big dreams, but an accident that resulted in a severely herniated disk left her bedridden for the better part of a year.

Unable to work or move, Falzone began dreaming of how her career could one day unfold, which led to a business venture.

After months of recovery and physical therapy sessions, Falzone wondered if her ideas could become a reality. Shortly after, Revel Systems was born.

“When [I] found the idea of Revel, I really was just so excited and had so much passion,” Falzone says. “I knew it was a huge idea.”

Falzone had always dreamed of starting her own businesses, and despite her unfortunate setback, she considered the injury a blessing in disguise rather than letting it consume her negatively. She used it as her window of opportunity and made a plan of attack.

After months of focus and planning, she reached out to Chris Ciabarra, who would eventually become her business partner.

Together the two hatched a plan that would implement a point-of-sale system that works with the iPad, which had just come out. It would replace the bulky credit card machines at your grocery store that were, and often still are, the norm.

Today, Revel Systems is one of the most successful new players in the point-of-sale market, competing with the likes of Square and ShopKeep. Its market value? Roughly $42 billion.

Not to mention, the company has 20,000 active POS terminals, employs more than 400 people, and works with internationally known companies like Goodwill and Ben & Jerry’s. You could say Falzone has recovered well.

While memories of her injury still linger, Falzone is unable to stand or sit for more than a few hours at a time; the painful reminders being the motivation she needs to reach new heights.

During moments of weakness, it’s easy to fall victim to the circumstance and let it consume your life. But we need to remember that as cliche as it sounds, everything happens for a reason.

In order to move forward, you must find the light at the end of the tunnel and use it as motivation to get through the hard days.

And while finding motivation to do anything when your mind is overwhelmed by negative thoughts, it’s often what you need to get back on your feet.


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