Worrying about money will suck the life out of you.

Growing up in a family that did not have a lot of money was tough. My father was the breadwinner and my mother was a full time mom, who looked after the three of us.

L to R: Me (the tot), my sister, Karen (aged 4) and my brother, Gary (aged 6)

My parents always did their best to provide for us but there was never extra cash available for us to go to resturants or to buy extras. We got used to hearing the phrase, “We can’t afford that,” and for us this was just part of life. We did not, however, lack love and support from our parents and I had a happy, content childhood.

As a child I had many dreams and goals of what my future was going to be like and how much money I would have. I wanted to be able to go a restaurant whenever I felt like it. I wanted to travel by air and sea. I wanted to be able to buy gadgets and sports equipment as and when I wanted to.

As I was nearing the end of high school and getting closer to the working age and setting up myself for adult life, my mother always said that I should get a job in the Government as it was a stable job because I would always get my money (salary). What I found that as I got into the working world the reality of adult life started setting in and I discovered how challenging it was to live off a salary, pay bills and having more month than money.

My first job was in a government telecommunications position. One thing that is for sure when working in a state-run department is that the salaries will never be big and your room for growth and promotion is limited. So I started living my life with blinkers on not allowing myself to dream as there was not enough money to achieve those dreams. So instead I would rather not allow myself to dream. I would only look at things that I could afford and do.

It is so easy to lose your way and stop dreaming but then life becomes so bland and standard. Life consisted of going to work, working a full day and then coming home, having supper, going to sleep and waking up the next day and doing it all over again. Some people are okay with this lifestyle, but I found it soul destroying.

The hard slog

So besides not having enough money to buy what I wanted and live out my dreams, having to work for a boss eight hours a day five days a week , including some weekends, having someone else control what I do and where I go during working hours, I found myself living for weekends so that I could do things I wanted to do and not the things I had to is what I used to tell myself.

Then I read the book by Robert Kiyosaki, “Rich Dad Poor Dad” and I heard the term “get out of the rat race”. That is where I found myself but I did not know how to get out the rat race. A friend of ours joined the Rich Dad Poor Dad mentoring program and also bought the board game which shows you how to get out of the rat race and think differently.

My mindset at the time was trying to fight and find a way out of the rat race but my mind kept going back to “I don’t have enough money so I can’t do it” and old thinking habits and losing sight of the dream.

We have made some dumb financial decisions over the years which made it even harder to get the breakthrough that I needed.

In the 90’s I tried to do affiliate marketing on my own and registered with Google Adwords and Pay Per Click. I tried that for a few months while working my full time job and managed to get some sales but I was spending more on the advertising than I made on the products – this was way before social media.

It is amazing how not having enough money to provide for your family can drain the life out of you. It is every parent’s dream to be able to say, “Yes you can have that” to your child and not to have to say “no” all the time.

The internet and social media has opened up the world to so many new oppotunities. I found myself trying to get back into internet marketing after Sue showed me an ad on facebook of a middle aged woman that had also been searching for an online business solution. What intrigued me was that she said she had signed up and that they give her a step-by-step guidance as to how to start an online business from scratch, with a full support system to help and guide her.

This intrigued me but I was very sceptical so instead of leaving it there, Sue emailed them and gave a brief outline of who we are and where we are, and asked if we could have a Zoom meeting to discuss it. They agreed and I asked a few questions. They are real and honest people and said that they had been doing it for two years and they were loving it. For me that settled it so we signed up and started the 30 day money-back guarantee period since I thought that if we were not happy then I would cancel and get a refund.

What I found was as I went through the modules and started to believe in what I was learning, I started to dream again – something I had not done for many years.

We are on a journey of discovery. This does not mean we are getting everything right but we believe that if we do what they show us and follow each module step-by-step we cannot fail. If we get stuck, we can ask for help and direction. The best thing about this is that we are making friends all over the world.

Have we arrived and making loads of money? Not yet but we are on the journey.

Are we happier? Without a doubt.

Do I recommend signing up to learn how you to can resign your day job and life the life you’ve always wanted and dreamed about? YES WITHOUT A DOUBT.

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