Fred Brodsky never had a plan. After failing out of Rutgers University, he lacked direction, but a year spent working for his uncle in France sent him down an unexpected entrepreneurial path. After learning from two key mentors while working at the Ford Motor Company, and later, ITT WorldCom, he looked for opportunities that allowed him the freedom to live life his way. Following several years of working in New York City, he spent most of the 1970s traveling the world, learning the ins and outs of international business and finance while working for Trammel Crow International. Thinking he could do better on his own, he put his money where his mouth was and started International Investment Advisors, a real estate investment and development company that made a splash during the Dallas real estate boom. When the market crashed in 1985, Fred went from being worth over $70 million on paper to being underwater by $42 million. He was then forced to start from scratch. It took ten years, but he was able to earn success all over again. In The Accidental Entrepreneur, Fred Brodsky relives his successes and failures and proves that if you are persistent and diligently explore opportunities through strong relationships, you can be successful and content with your life.