The Million Dollar Question

Wakening Up To a Better Way

When I was a teenager, I knew that the only thing I wanted to do was to own a riding school. I had managed, with much persistence combined with a lot of saving, weeping and wailing to persuade my parents to buy me a pony.

This led me to a “job” working in the riding school to pay for my pony’s keep. This turned out to be much more than a job because the woman who owned the riding school had become more interested in her fiance’s groom than in the business. Instead of training me as we had arranged, she left me to manage the very busy riding school with the help of a few local teenagers.

My duties included taking care of 35 horses, taking people for hacks and teaching both learners and more advanced pupils to ride. I really enjoyed doing this and I was looking forward to doing all the exams and eventually getting my own riding school. The amazing thing was that I was only 15 years old at the time.

Looking back I realize just how crazy it was to be running a business at that age but at the time I just took it in my stride. The owner eloped with the groom a couple of months before she was due to get married. The riding school had been built on her fiance’s father’s land so that was the end of my dream job.  That was when I should have learnt my first lesson in life.

**You can’t depend on other people to care about your dreams.  They may help you en route but basically your success in life is down to you and you alone.

After that my parents insisted that I join the civil service and I spent the next 3 years of my life in the most boring job in Pensions Branch.  I know that “secure” jobs like that often become comfort zones but not for me.

I saved my wages and used the money to go back to college.  My grades were good enough to be offered a place at teacher’s training college and I looked forward to that.  In the meantime my cousin arrived from his home in Kenya and told me I could get a well paid job there without a teacher’s training qualification.

Pity I hadn’t taken that first lesson on board, otherwise perhaps I would have thought twice about going to Nairobi to teach English.  I spent 6 months there but was unable to get a work visa.

After that I worked in various “comfort zone” jobs for years until I married. My husband and I opened a Greek restaurant.  It exceeded our expectations to such an extent that my husband acquired a second one and I was left with the original one.

That was the beginning of the end of our marriage and I ended up once again running a business due to circumstances.  I managed to keep it going on a shoestring budget for another 5 years.  Being a one parent family and running a restaurant was something of a juggling act and not something I would recommend but sometimes we do what we feel we have to do at the time and figure out why it may not have been such a good idea later.  I was living someone else’s dream – not mine.

**You can’t depend on other people to care about your dreams

Although I could never be happy working at a J.O.B. it was back to the cubicle again when I started working in financial services.  It was a 5 minute walk from my home and the work was very undemanding and I was encouraged to play around with the company website and various databases.  It would have been another dead end job if I hadn’t decided yet again to return to studying.  I bought the mortgage adviser’s course which enabled me to complete the necessary exams and start my own mortgage business.

Perhaps you too are tired of working as an employee living from pay cheque to pay cheque with little hope of achieving financial freedom and even less of achieving the freedom lifestyle that so many successful internet marketers enjoy.

You could do as I did and then use the internet to promote it.  Like most businesses it requires a lot of time and effort to get it set up – or –  you could choose to join a company that provides you with all the training that you need to be successful.

I managed to escape the treadmill by opening my own mortgage brokerage which was going very well until something happened to turn my life upside down!

I found my real mother 3 days before her hundredth birthday. She lived until she was almost 104 years old. A year before she died she had a fall which resulted in her becoming bedridden. So I left my partner, my home and my mortgage business to go and live with her in Dublin for the last year of her life.

A few years before I found her, my son had  invited me to an internet marketing event it London.  That’s when I realised that there is a better way to create a lifestyle which includes  the good stuff – passive income, financial freedom and best of all time freedom.  So while my mother was napping, instead of thinking of all the things I was missing, I was busy learning more and more about the fascinating topic of Internet Marketing,

Now don’t get me wrong – Its not every one’s “cup of tea”.  Online marketing is not a get rich fast scheme and it certainly isn’t the easy option.   Sometimes that is the way it’s presented by those who are trying to make a quick buck.

The truth is you have to be 100% committed,  You are either “all in” or “all out”.  You have to be prepared to become immersed in it -putting a lot of time and effort into it    You have to treat it like a real business if you want to reap the rewards. especially in the beginning.

 That is the very shortened version of where I was before I had my mind opened to the limitless possibilities online marketing presents, not only to me but to anyone who really has the belief, the desire and the determination to make more money and wants to change their life sooner rather than later no matter what it takes.

Have you got that level of commitment or are you just looking for the easy option?  That is the million dollar question!

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