Have you ever felt like you were on a hamster wheel, going nowhere in life?
Frustrated or overwhelmed with all of the things to do in life and your business.
I have been there and definitely did not like it at the time.
Until one day May 18th, 2000 when my life changed forever.
My daughter was born and as I held her in my arms the first time I realized something had to change.
Then December 23, 2002, my first son…
I did not want to be the dad that was not going to be home. I
You see up until then I was never home because I was running my painting business 12 to 16 hours a day. At one point with my Victorian and Historic Restoration business in New Jersey and Pennsylvania I have over 20 employees working 7 days a week. It was a great business, but I had no time. I knew I did not want to do that again.
I started asking myself…
Self… What can I do differently?
I remember the day that I made a decision that would forever change my life. I was working in a Ten-million-dollar home on the beach, as I looked out at the ocean I was asking myself a question…
What can I do to make money from home so that I don't have to be working out of the house and not be able to be there with my wife and kids.
I remember going home that night and sitting with my wife and saying something drastic needs to happen because I want to be home with you and the kids and that was the night we decided we would cut down expenses moved to a smaller home so that I could figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up.
That didn't happen overnight but in the process of about a year and half to two years I was able to replace my income working online with Internet marketing specifically affiliate marketing.
I attempted many things… and finally one thing worked.
My first industry was the poker industry. The whole guru thing you hear about do something you love was out the window for me. This is something that I do not totally agree with in this industry, find something you love to do and do that.
I did not love poker, I knew nothing about it and at that time in my life I wanted the results of being home with my family.
I am not a gambler, I like calculated risk. I never even played poker up until then when I had to learn about it so I knew something about poker players.
Here is what I did..
1. I found a niche, Poker
2. I found out what they wanted. Poker stuff, how mind boggling is that Chips, books, training and where to play.
3. I gave them what they wanted.
It sounds simple and it is at some level but it took me endless hours
Then one night I was watching poker on TV thinking it would be great if a top pro came out with a training on Texas Hold’em and then it happened.
An infomercial appeared from a top WSOP champion Howard Lederer. One thing led to another and before you know it I was hanging out with the top poker players in the world at that time.
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Then after doing this successfully I knew I needed to automate things, I had no website, no autoresponder and no central place to mange the business.
Remember I was a painter not a techie, so I found a mentor that could help me. I hired my first coach, it was one day lets get stuff done type of deal and it was my first big investment in stretching myself.
From there I realized what I had accomplished could be applied to any business.
That led to ultimately being involved in many industries working with Fortune 500 companies and creating millions and millions of leads for all different types of businesses.
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During this time, I grew further away from why I was doing what I wanted in the first place. Remembers kids, wife and being with my family was most important.