From the May 2011 magazine.

The Deep End

A former swimmer shares lessons learned through a life of financial ups and downs

One of the promises states that we'll lose the fear of financial insecurity. I've run the gamut on that one. One good thing from my childhood is that my father was a tool and dye maker from Denmark. He had a good work ethic, and he'd tell me over and over and over again, "There's nothing like a good job, Linda." He was the "good guy" in my alcoholic family, the provider, and I must have taken his words to heart as I've always worked, even under the most difficult circumstances.

In my younger years, I was a professional swimmer for several years. Then I entered into corporate life...

-- Linda I.

El Granada, California