North Texas man changes careers after COVID-19 battle – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas man’s battle with COVID-19 has led him to step away from his successful career to find more purpose in his job.
It is among a record number of Americans leaving their jobs this year, including 4.4 million in September alone, as the pandemic continues to push people to rethink their work expectations.
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It has been dubbed the “Great Resignation”.
“I think it’s deeper than just changing jobs,” said Todd Bart. “I think those are the people who realize that life is short, and if you don’t get up every day excited or impatient with what you’re doing, it’s not worth it.”
Bart spent decades as a CPA in the oil and gas industry, until he fell with a severe case of COVID-19 in February.
“I was so sick that I couldn’t communicate,” he said. “I had a headache, pain, I couldn’t get up and do anything.”
It took him two weeks and a day in the hospital to recover.
“The first day I recovered I said it wasn’t – it was like my eyes had opened,” Bart said. “I realized, why don’t I do what I’m called to do? “
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He quit his job the same month.
Bart thought back to the year before and the last months of his mother’s life. The 78-year-old refused to go to a nursing home or move in with the Bart’s, so they found a caregiver to come see her.
“It made a huge difference in my mom’s life,” he said. “In his dignity.
He and his wife decided to open a CareBuilders at Home franchise in the Fort Worth area to give other families the chance to keep their elderly or disabled loved one safely at home.
“It’s already so rewarding and we’re so excited about what we’re going to be able to do to help people,” Bart said.
They have already hired several caretakers and are eagerly awaiting to book their first clients.
Bart knows that not everyone can afford to take this leap of faith, but he is hopeful that they find a way to follow through on their desire for more purpose.
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“Even if you don’t start your own business or go it alone, you can at least do more,” he said. “Be more involved in your community. “