One day, Gregory Patrick saw a knit sweater in an upscale shop, and wanted to learn how to make one by himself. So, he picked up knitting on his own, which would incidentally save his life later on in the future.
Unemployed in 2010, Patrick was looking for a job. Rejection after rejection came his way, and soon he was left with no money, and no home. "I was living in the woods. I had no money, no nothing," Patrick recalls.
A friend of Patrick's knew about his excellent knitting skills, and suggested that he knit something and sell it online. With nothing to lose, Patrick gave it a shot. His family helped him to gain access to a computer and a phone line, and Patrick put up a knitted bear on Etsy. To his surprise, in less than 30 minutes, the lifesaving teddy bear was sold and Patrick had enough money to buy his groceries for the week.
Over the course of the next few months, this man continued to knit and sell his work online. He used his profits not only to buy necessities, but also to purchase materials for more products. Each bear takes about four to five hours to knit, and are typically sold within two hours. "People love teddy bears. It's something to hold onto and clutch in a time of fear and loneliness," says Patrick.
In less than two years, the teddy bears had earned enough profit for Patrick to get up back on his feet and afford a room in Orlando. He still continues to knit his teddy bears, and updates his blog, Mad Man Knitting, about his journey from homelessness to a successful life. If we can learn anything from Patrick, it's that in the end, we will all make it though our struggles and problems. This inspiring story can motivate us to keep going on with life, even when it throws us obstacles.