I am sitting writing this in my outside office in the Spanish sunshine, overlooking the swimming pool, and the beautiful mountains beyond. To count myself fortunate would be an understatement. It could have been all so different, if I had stuck to the safe path, and the conventional way of making a secure future, working in a job, selling my life by the hour to someone else and making them rich.
I guess I have always been a bit of a rebel in that respect. True, I tried the job route, ending up as a police officer, starting in the tenement slums of Glasgow in the 70’s (it has all changed now) and ending up as a sergeant on Canvey Island in Essex. In fact, I couldn’t have chosen another place that was the exact opposite to the streets of Govan! In the wee small hours, Canvey was like a cemetery with lights on, whereas Govan, being right next to the infamous Gorbals gangland area, was just starting to liven up at that time of the night!
I soon began to realise that I was actually wasting my days and nights, and was going to end up like all the old lags who were counting the days until they could retire with a pension, and put their feet up. The truth was that most of them could not survive on their pension, and they took menial jobs to supplement their income. Unfortunately the average life span (at that time) of a retired officer was estimated to be 7 years, so I decided to get out and do something with my existence on this planet.
Giving up a supposedly safe income was looked upon as madness by my friends and colleagues. However, having been brought up in a Dr Barnardo’s home from the age of 18 months, I knew how to survive without relying on others. It didn’t phase me one little bit.
So I started a business in the clothing industry, doing embroidered logos for football clubs etc. It went well for 10 years until the recession in the 90’s, which left us (my other half, Karen, 5 kids 2 dogs and a budgie) without a home, and penniless. So we turned to gardening and house cleaning just to live.
At that time, I made a promise to Karen – to be the best there is, bar none. The only way from there was up! We couldn’t go down any further. It made me realise though why some people fail, and some become successful. People can rely on benefits, pensions, handouts from family, etc. So whilst they are in that state of being able to survive, they can continue to exist – but they are also afraid to try anything, in case it doesn’t work, or they spend money that they haven’t got. We had nothing to fall back on and no family of mine to bail us out - so we had to fight. We began our adventure in the home business arena.
To say we became successful is an understatement. Our journey is well documented, and we became masters at mentoring and training huge teams of people, many of whom are very wealthy to this day.
…and that is why I am so pleased to be a part of Profit Magnets. It is a fantastic platform to continue our journey, and above all, ‘give back’ as a thank you for our abundance and the enviable lifestyle that we now enjoy, both in Spain, and at our home in the UK.