Have you ever wondered if there’s MORE to life?
That there’s something BIG out there waiting for you or you have something burning inside of you to inspire and make an impact? That was me back in 2010 while a sat at my desk as a Finance Specialist in North Vancouver Canada. As an Outsider looking in, my life looked pretty good. Good job, Nice House, Nice Car but I was completely empty inside. It drove me nuts waking up each morning to someone else’s schedule and going to work for someone else’s dream; being stuck in an office 12 hours a day was not the way I wanted to spend the rest of my life until I was 65.
At the Beginning of 2009 I read a book that changed my life called The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris (read it if you haven’t already). After reading that book my mind and vision to what was possible completely opened up and I started to think very differently about being an Employee vs an Entrepreneur! I wish I would have read that book back in College or High School but of course that wouldn’t happen because the school system is flawed…unfortunately we’re taught to be employees and drones in school rather than Business Owners! In Nov 2009 Network Marketing Found me. I had a girlfriend of mine call me up and invite me over to her house for a business presentation….
When I got to her house I was exposed to the Network Marketing Environment for the very first time. There was a weird Flip Chart set up in the living room and people wearing team shirts. To be honest I was just trying to be nice to my friend and not ditch out on her excitement but I was Uber uncomfortable being there. After seeing a short video and a really boring presentation, the last page of the flip chart talked about the different levels in the company and what the average income was and when the presenter said that they were earning $350,000/yr and it took them 3 years to get there, I grabbed an application form and started filling it out fast. I’m not kidding. I thought if these crazy people are making that kind of money and I’m slaving away at my JOB 12 hours a day and I’ve been working for 5 years doing the same thing making 1/3 of that….I’m in!
My Millionaire Road
So as most people who catch the Network Marketing bug, I thought e-z-p-z I got this and I’m gonna be a millionaire fast! I was out doing home business presentations 6 nights a week while working a crazy work schedule on top of that and trying to balance everything else. I realized fast that Network Marketing had to be treated like a business if I wanted it to pay me like one but the difference between my Business and my JOB was the fact that it could be my 5 year plan verses my 40 year plan. I liked the 5 plan better and I knew I was going to build something BIG. In 2010 I got a call that I can still remember clearly today. My dad had a stroke and was in the hospital. I rushed home to Penticton BC where my family was, about 4 hours away, and spent Easter Weekend in the hospital with my Mom and Sister. After a few days the Dr. told us that he wasn’t going to make it. He Passed Easter Weekend 2010.
My Dad was a true inspiration. He always encouraged us to live life to the fullest and our family would never have had the experiences we had without him. While I was taking the time off work to be with my family I realized that I still had money coming in from my Network Marketing Business and it was at that exact moment I understood what Residual Income really was! In June of 2010 I retired my Finance JOB and went Full Time into my Business! It was a scary move but my Dad had taught me that life is too short to play small!
Taking My Business Online
In December 2010 I had the opportunity to go down and live in Costa Rica. Truly one of the most amazing places in the world, and I needed a way that I could run my business from over there. I started Googling ways to build my Home Business online and I found some Entrepreneurs that actually had found ways to attract buyers and reps through the Internet…..Exactly what I wanted to do!
I’ll be honest, learning the Internet side of marketing your Business is not easy but it was worth it. I took me about 6 months to really get the hang of HOW to make it all work but once I found my strategy and got committed to making it work, some really awesome things started to happen.
- I started Recruiting 1-3 New Reps Each Week (that was 25% more than what I was doing before)
- I built an online team training site for our team (I didn’t have to sit down an train one-on-one anymore) This provided great leverage for our team.
- I started to build an International Business
- I started to get more qualified prospects reaching out to me wanting to join my business
Having a good mix of Offline and Online Marketing for the team has really BOOSTED our results and as a leader in this Industry I believe it’s our job to embrace the changes in technology with Social Media being one of our biggest Networking Assets!
From 2010 to Now I’ve been exposed to many tools and courses and the ones that I recommend if you’re thinking about taking your Business Online are listed on My Tools Page if you want to check them out. It’s easier to learn from someone who’s already been down the road that you’re looking to go down!
I am so Blessed and Grateful for my Life. I’m 36 years Young and I’m Free! It took me a few years of working my Business Hard but I have something that most people don’t have…..Complete Time Freedom. I still work hard (about 2 hours a day) but I love what I do more than anything and I wouldn’t trade the ups and downs of owning my own Business and being an Entrepreneur for anything. I’ve replaced my JOB income where I had to trade my time for dollars for a residual paycheck that grows bigger each month and I rarely have to look at price tags…..
I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to speak on stages to tell my story and train my marketing strategies across North America and I won the Online Entrepreneurs ‘Expert of Experts’ Award in 2013 which was pretty darn cool and I’m a Top Producer in my Network Marketing Company!
It’s Great to meet you my New Friend.