As we take the first few steps into 2008, have you wondered what the year has in store for you?
More of the same as 2007 do you think?
And is that good or bad?
Good if you’re already successful and you’re growing your online business, or bad if you’re stuck in a job you hate?
A true story…
Once upon a time I used to drag myself out of bed every morning, go through my wake up routine and drive into work to do a job I didn’t like any more. I was totally miserable.
(My wife knew something was wrong and was worried it was us and that I was going to walk out on her. Never! I love her far too much.)
My doctor would tell you I was very ill if she were allowed to by law.
My job had turned bad, I felt like I was wasting my life, and because the pay was good I felt trapped. How could I give it all up?
Looking back now, I just laugh at the situation. Give what up exactly?
Give up my dignity as I was told what to do by another in a stream of d*** heads that knew less than I did?
Give up my freedom by being forced to do things I didn’t want to do, talk to people I wouldn’t give two minutes to outside of work, and just generally selling my soul in dribs and drabs?
And all in the name of job security and a promised pension years down the road…
For one, Job security doesn’t exist any more. Secondly, why would I wait another 20-odd years until I’m too old to physically enjoy myself? And then only to find I suddenly don’t know what to do with myself when I do eventually retire? And then peg it 2-3 years later as statistically I was doomed to do like so many other people?
(Including my father in law – he was such a good man and we all miss him.)
No way, no chance, I just could not take it any longer and eventually I broke and left the company.
My life changed instantly. My wife saw the change in me immediately.
I’m not saying it was all good, and if I could have my time again, I’d do things differently now that I know what I’ve learned the hard way.
For starters I’d have done it ten years earlier.
There is no way ANYONE who doesn’t want to, has to “hold down” a job any more. The world has changed, and is changing even more every day. Cottage industries have sprung up yet again as we go through another communication revolution.
Whole business models and new organisations have come into being to service the needs of people like me. And you too if you want.
From my perspective, I’m becoming one of the New Rich, and I’m not talking about money for money’s sake here either. I’m talking about the freedom I now have that I didn’t have before.
For instance, I need never miss another of my childrens assemblies, or nativities or other events at school. If my wife needs to go do something like shopping with her mom, I can do the pick ups from school. Or if she wants to disappear for a few days with her friends, that’s no problem either.
I can take my 3 year old daughter out to lunch when she finishes nursery at 11.30. I can go to the library whenever I want. I can get my haircut or go shopping or anything I like on a quiet Tuesday morning instead of the mayhem in the evenings or at weekends.
I can take a weeks holiday with the family in February (cold but usually beautiful wherever we go) without losing any of my holiday days as I have none to lose. I’m my own boss! No, boss is the wrong word, it’s better than that.
And… best of all… we’re now talking about upping sticks, selling everything we own and going on extended travel. Where? We don’t know yet. When? ASAP if I have my way, but realistically not until July.
I already know I can do everything I already do from pretty much anywhere in the world. All I need is an internet connection.
Apart from family, there’s nothing keeping us here in the UK any more. And when we look at our siblings, they’ve already gone and done it.
My brother married a Texan girl 3 years ago and moved to the States, and my sister has just moved to Goa in India with her husband.
We’re the slow starters really.
Neither of us have what you’d call a job, and that’s something that people I meet casually find it difficult to understand.
Them: “What do you do?”
Me: “Um, I’m sort of self-employed.”
Them: “Doing what?”
Me: “I sell online business tools and info products for small businesses.”
Them: “Er… internet you mean? Is that profitable? Is it hard?”
Me: “Yes, yes, no.”
Them: “Hmm, I wish I had the guts to do something like that.”
I’ve given up talking to people when they say that to me. What they’re really saying is that they’re no-hopers.
I know that sounds harsh, but I think that’s the only interpretation you can put on it. I’ve tried to explain to people in the past that they just need to change the way they think, but the fact is, most people prefer not to think and would rather carry on the old fashioned way no matter how detrimental it is to their humanity.
They’re the 98 percenters. Life will always be a treadmill for them. They’ll always be in a rut. It’s their choice, they have no-one to blame but themselves.
They believe what they’ve been brainwashed to believe all their lives. That the path to success is get good school results, work hard all your life doing s*** you hate, and after 40 years of that you’ll be rewarded when you retire.
Do YOU really believe that? Do you believe that’s what life is all about?
Or do you want change? Do you want your freedom instead?
Well, I can’t give you that, but what I can do is help you take the first few steps on that path.
I’m accepting just a few people on a PERSONAL coaching course. Not an online digital mentoring programme – this is personal, you get me, you get my time.
I may never do it again. I certainly won’t ever do it at this price. I know it’s nowhere near the price it should be – I should be charging $5,000-$6,000 – but I have my reasons for keeping the price down.
I have three people signed up for my exclusive personal attention during January and February and my help as and when throughout the rest of the year. I have two others who have said they definitely wish to take two of the places but they’re umming and ahhing over it.
I’ve decided to reduce the number of spots to ten at the current price. If anyone wishes to join past that number, I will be raising the price by up to 50% more than it is now, and only for an additional five people.
Do you want more of the same in 2008? Or do you want to take those first steps towards freedom?
Take a look:-
- Frank Haywood.