The year was 1993 and it was a cold and snowy December day when I had to make a decision I dreaded making.
It was a decision that I tried to put off, because the last time that I made this decision, I nearly crashed my car into another one that was parked along the road I used to take everyday to get to and from work.
To be totally honest with you, although I didn’t hear the thundering sound of my car slamming into the other vehicle… I was not entirely sure whether I missed it or not.
I fell asleep at the wheel.
You see, roughly ten years before I had to make the tough decision – to get another job – in addition to my full time job I already had during the day.
Things had gotten so bad financially that there were many times I thought of doing bad things to myself or just simply running away and these thoughts would replay over and over in my head because I just couldn’t see a way out of the financial hole I was in.
To make matters worse I was not alone, because my wife of 7 years at the time and my 4 year old daughter were counting on me to put food on the table, clothes on their backs and keep the roof over our heads.
It seemed like I had reached the full limit of living beyond my means and to top it all off the endless barrage of phone calls from my creditors along with the many verbal altercations that I had with my landlord at the time, were responsible for the searing headaches that I endured on an almost constant and daily basis.
I tried to work more hours and put in as much overtime as I could before I made the decision to pick up another job, but it was like pouring water into a bag full of holes.
I use to ride the subway into work everyday and there were many times when the train would break down unexpectedly.
The guys I reported to everyday were real dirtbags and on this particular day I was running late.
As is typical of Murphy’s Law which states: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, the train broke down.
To make matters worse, I had already received two warnings for tardiness and now this.
I couldn’t just quit the job because I desperately needed the money and I couldn’t keep the job because sooner or later it would end up costing me more than the chump change they were paying me.
To think, they actually had the audacity to call that a paycheck.
With the tension in my brain mounting to an almost unbearable level, I tried not to make the mistake of thinking… ‘what else could go wrong?’
But I did, and the answer came before I could even finish the thought.
As the next train pulled into the station and everyone packed themselves in like a bunch of sardines at the entrance, some guy managed to cut in front of me at the last possible second just as I was about to get on, and he literally stiff-armed me in the chest and knocked me out of the way.
It was like something out of a movie. It was totally surreal.
But something happened that nobody expected… especially the guy that just stiff-armed me.
The doors re-opened… and something inside me just snapped. As I charged at the idiot who so rudely pushed me out of the way to get on… everyone including him went down like a bunch of human dominoes.
As he and everyone else fell, I proceeded to step over them like an NFL running back scoring a touchdown on a 1 yard run all the while cussing and carrying on due to the overflowing amount of rage that had been building up inside me long before this particular day.
I felt terrible.
All of this was because of the distressing financial situation that I was in.
That was 20 years ago.
By the way, I never did hit the parked car I told you about earlier.
But it was so hard to tell because I had literally opened my eyes just in time to yank the car away from what looked like certain disaster.
Talk about a heart pounding experience.
My blood felt like ice in my veins and it took more than a few minutes for my brain to fully accept the fact that I didn’t crash.
I spent another 10 minutes or so waiting for my pulse to slow down so that I could make it home the rest of the way safely.
I only lived about 5 blocks from where it all happened.
Safe to say… I eventually quit that job at the same time my boss was trying to fire me.
But as it turned out it wasn’t long before I started working for another employer in the same industry and had an almost similar experience all over again minus the ‘train incident’.
This scenario played itself out again over the next 16 years.
On again, off again employment with my longest stint lasting me 10 years.
The reason this scenario kept playing itself out was because…
I didn’t have a problem working hard, but I wasn’t disciplined enough to work for myself, so the situation that would develop with each of my employers was similar to what happens in the dating game.
In the beginning each of us would be excited and ready to do whatever we needed to do to please each other but once they got what they needed to get from me (work), they would simply renig on their end of the deal (pay equal to the work) and treat me like crap for calling them on it.
However somewhere along the way I ended up getting good at what I was doing and figured out how to hone my skills to the tune of an extra $5 million dollars in profit within a 3 year span for the last company I worked for.
I began to document what it was I was doing so that I could repeat the process and increase the results.
Being able to do this was nice and I was finally starting to get a little respect for my efforts after all those years but the fact of the matter is that…
I was still getting chump change for the amount of work I was putting in.
I mean it’s cool when you get recognition for achieving a certain level of excellence by the company that you’re working for, but the bottom line is that the lion’s share of the profit is still going to the company and getting respect along with a pat on the back doesn’t pay the bills.
When I decided to take a good hard look at the numbers I was generating for the company versus the amount of money I was getting paid…
It still didn’t amount to a hill of beans and forget about asking for a raise, that was like pulling teeth… with a rusty pair of pliers… one at a time.
You may have had the same experience yourself and that’s why…
I wanted to find a way to create that kind of profit but… for myself.
That’s when I started to seriously look at starting my own business, but I had no clue of what I wanted to do.
At one point I thought about opening up a business that complimented what it was that I was already doing in the automotive industry but the amount of expense that it would have taken to get it off the ground was way more than I could handle or was even willing to invest.
Then there was the thought of being married to a neighborhood that I may not like in 5 or 10 years and the fear of being tied down and locked into something that I might not enjoy doing later on down the road.
Besides I wanted to get into a business that would give me the flexibility to work from any location as long as I could get access to a computer and an internet connection.
I kept hearing about how other people were doing it.
This led me to my intense investigation of internet marketing.
“At first it all seemed like a load of crap.”
Every opportunity seemed, to good to be true and if there is one thing I’ve learned over the years from my own experience it’s this…
If it sounds to good to be true… it is.
Now I didn’t tell you, that despite the fact that I was beginning to enjoy a rather moderate level of success on my job, I was still neck deep in debt and my home was about to be foreclosed on.
As a matter of fact I’m still neck deep in debt but the threat of foreclosure has been removed thanks to the internet income that I’ve been able to generate over the last 4 years alongside the checks I get from my day job.
With each paycheck my situation is continuing to improve, but I’m not out of the woods yet.
But for once, I’m the one calling the shots and my income goals are only limited by my desire to put in the amount of work it takes to achieve them.
Basically what I’m trying to say is:
“If a formerly stressed out, disgruntled and overwhelmed individual like myself can do this… “you could probably do it faster.”
That’s a whole heckuva lot better than getting a mere pittance for the mountain of work you put in on a J-O-B.
In my travels I’ve noticed that there are specific areas of internet marketing that are truly not discussed and analyzed deeply enough to help the average person make the transformation from a J-O-B mentality to thinking like an entrepreneur.
It’s with these specific things in mind that I encourage you to browse the information on this site as I truly believe there are many nuggets here that can help you to bridge the gap from starting a business online to actually making it work and earning real money that you can put in the bank or spend on whatever you want.
It all starts with something I call becoming a Non-Stop Marketer and in very short uncomplicated snippets as well as periodic rants, I’m going to share with you what I’ve done to make my computer and internet connection a money getting resource so that you can do the same if the whole working from home and calling your own shots scenario appeals to you.
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