Tim Ferriss, Law of Attraction, & Living Your Dreams
The “4 Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferriss was the book I was reading during our Bankruptcy back 5 years ago. Let me tell you….my wife was not the happiest of campers during this time of our lives. One day after reading a Chapter in the 4HWW called the ‘mini-retirement’…I said to my wife, “Honey, lets get rid of everything and take a trip around the World”…..no kidding. She then gave me this crazy look for 5 seconds (seemed like 5 hours) and said, “have you lost your F*#k!ng mind?”
Today, people see us like we are some type of “miracle” since we have been traveling around the world for 4.5 years and replaced both of our 6 figure incomes in the corporate world. Before I get to how life is today, let me go back to when it wasn’t so good.
My wife had read the 4HWW a couple times though she dismissed Tim’s idea of the ‘mini-retirement’ which is traveling the world while running a business. Sure Tim can do it (he was single), though we have a daughter that just turned 1 year old. Over the next couple months, we had this same conversation multiple times… along with the same outcome from my wife….”You have lost it, Brian”. Finally one night, I found my wife researching Bali on the internet at 2am ….she was in!
So what did we do….we sold all of our possessions except for some of our sentimental items i.e., wedding rings, photos, artwork, etc. We started out on our trip with $24,000 to our name…for a 2 year journey around the world. We started out with our 1st stop in Hawaii for 3 months….not the greatest place to conserve money.
We love Timothy Ferriss because he implanted the idea that traveling while operating a business is possible. We already had a home business with a great system….so we just plugged in and played.
Let me give you a little background on myself first. I grew up in a small, wonderful Midwest town with a middle class upbringing. I wish I could tell you that my family was starving and only 1 piece of cheese to share with my brother & sister, though that is not the case. The reality was that I had a great childhood with loving parents & childhood friends. After high school, I attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a degree in engineering. This was not my passion, but I was good at math…and my high school counselor said that I could make decent money right out of college. A few years after graduating, I was earning a 6 figure income with a company car & benefits….life is good!
My corporate Job moved me to California where I met my future wife. I had no real problems except for the fact I could not see myself doing this for the next 40 years. In my mind, one of the worst things in life is to live with regret that I didn’t take a chance to do something I love. I actually worked my engineering job for 9.5 years, even though I had no passion about what I was doing.
Back in 2004, my wife was also making a 6 figure income as a corporate executive. Just 1 month after we purchased our 2nd home in California, she looked at me and said, “I want to have a family…and I do not want to put our children in daycare” This is the moment where I gave her the crazy look and said, “I wish you would have told me this before we purchased this 2nd home”. She told me to find a better job & I told her to find a business she could work from home….and that was it.
I have to give all the credit to my wife….she was the one who started our online business. I was the huge, skeptic corporate engineer…and this was before we read the 4 Hour Work Week. She started a home based business and plugged into a system. After 3 months with her online business, she decided to quit her Corporate Job….even though she not even made a Dime yet. In fact, she had already plucked down $25K + from investing in her business…marketing, websites, lead management & conferences learning from people who were successful.
Let me tell you….I was not the most supportive husband! I kept asking her everyday…when is the money coming? I bugged the crap out of her. By her 7th month with her business, she generated $37K in a single month…. I was blown away! That was more than both of us were making at both of our corporate jobs combined in a month.
Shortly after that, I quit my corporate job and the money just kept flowing…everything was golden. We started to invest heavily in real estate with unfortunately the wrong people…..and lost everything financially. Things go so bad, that we can’t even afford skype credit for making phone calls. I remember buying a $5 burrito and my wife went nuts on me….since we did not have the funds. We ended up filing for bankruptcy in 2008 and almost lost our marriage over this.
For the first time in my life…. I was truly scared! I had no idea what we were going to do. As a man, you have certain pride knowing you can take care of your family. Now, I found myself arguing with my wife over a $5 burrito. We now had a 1 year old daughter…and we promised her that we would never put her into daycare.
We had always wanted to take a trip around the world though we just never knew how to. We required a completely mobile business. We went out searching and found exactly what we were looking for. The 4HWW was the book that kicked us into gear. Tim was not exactly accessible and we needed a mentor to guide us along the way. That’s why we joined a proven online system, with a track record.
I know this post is long enough already, so I’ll wrap it up. We went from an all time high….to an all time low (Bankruptcy), and then came back even stronger. It’s amazing how life can change so quickly when you follow someone who knows what they are talking about. We set off on a 2 year trip around the world and now it has been 4.5 years later….and we are still going strong. We were regular corporate American folks with no special skills. We just plugged & played into a system where our mentor who showed us the way. Before we knew it, we had months in the upwards of $50K.
When we left our jobs, so many of our family & friends called us crazy…”those things never work online”.
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