I WAS HEADING DOWN A PATH OF SELF- DESTRUCTION
I am a father, a husband and I once was… a broken man.
Slaving away week after week just keeping my head above water, I knew deep down that it wasn’t going to be long and I would eventually sink.deserved more?
I am a man!
I should just suck it up right?
This is my story. The real, raw and uncut version. And the reason I am here today, the reason I chose to live life a little differently.
Back track two years ago. I was a Tradie, got in to it at a young age, hated school and sucked at it!
The education system was never for me. All I ever did was play up so I would get kicked out of the class. I purely went just to catch up with my mates.
When my apprenticeship was up, I began dabbling in sub- contracting work, I always wanted to run my own show.
I tried a few different things, and ended up starting my own renovation business. At the same time, after a few years of partying, I finally met the woman who would settle me down and change my life, my beautiful wife Elise.
Of course, as the story goes, we met, fell in love and had a few kids. At the time we only had our son Riley, a few years later we had our daughter Khloe.
Elise was a Nurse, and went back to doing a few night- shifts a week once maternity leave ended. This was something I didn’t agree with, but we had no choice. There was never enough money at the end of the month, she needed to work to cover the mortgage, and to be able to do the fun family stuff on the weekends.
I worked long hours and felt like I never knocked off. I would sit and eat dinner while I finished off my invoicing, and let’s not forget the late-night calls from other trades, preparing me for more headaches the next day.
My relationship with Elise was via text messages, and a few hours together at night if we were lucky. Most nights I was asleep not long after Riley was in bed, because my body was too physically knackered to stay up much longer.
I didn’t get much one on one time with Riley, he would be awake for a few hours then had to go to bed. In the mornings I gave him a kiss goodbye as he slept, preying he would stay up a little longer for me when I got home that night.
I was suffocating.
I felt lost.
But it was when I saw how work was affecting Elise, and the lack of sleep she was getting, I started to question everything we were doing.
I mean I hated what I did, but I sucked it up because I knew no better. But when I watched Elise break down, the one who always held it together, the rock in our family, I knew things had hit an all-time low.
How did I let things get this bad?
I questioned everything I ever did.
The long hours, the sleepless nights, the missing out on watching my son grow up. What was it all for?
Yes, I had some fancy things, but they never truly made me happy. I just brought those things to fill a hole.
I was missing out on the number one asset I could never get back, my time.
I was that broken mentally, I felt if I didn’t find a way to put myself back together, I would lose everything I had.
That’s when I decided enough was enough!
I told Elise things were going to change. We spoke for hours about how we could fix the situation we were in, and that’s when we began searching online for a gateway out.
We always saw those sponsored ads pop up on social media, but never really thought those things worked. We were sceptical, doubtful and scared. How could anyone make an income online?
After months of discussions with our now coach Brodie Nitro, and questioning everything he had to offer, we began our journey in Online Affiliate Marketing.
We said yes to an opportunity that would put all the pieces back together again. And it did.
Two years on and our lives have done a complete one- eighty!
We are now a part of the top distributors in the company we affiliate for, and we coach and mentor hundreds of others on how to leverage the internet, and build a successful brand online.
We both quit the jobs that were tearing us a part, and are now travelling Australia full- time in our caravan with our two kids!
I tossed the nail bag for the laptop, and I couldn’t be happier!
The best part about this business, by far, is the personal development. The broken man I once was, has slowly been put back together again. Yes, there are still times were those demons peer their ugly heads, but I now have the tools needed to
shut them down!
I get to live my life how I want, all because I choose to live life a little different to the rest. That’s the difference between the successful and the unsuccessful, the successful do what the unsuccessful won’t.
Nothing changes, if nothing changes.
Don’t be the man who always had a dream, but never did anything to make it happen. Be the man who was scared but went for it anyway!
Leave a legacy for your kids, and show them what life can be like when you chase your goals.
If a Tradie, who sucked at school, and can’t read or write can become a successful Online Entrepreneur, so can you.
P.S- If my story has spoken to you in any way, and you ever want to have a chat please reach out. I don’t want any man thinking they aren’t good enough to try something new.