I’ve Never had a Job! And I’m Proud of it!
by daveandfara | on March 22, 2012
I’ve never held a job. No, really! That’s pretty much a fact. Well, if you don’t count a few weeks in a Rax restaurant in high school. And I worked part time in my Dad’s medical office for a senior program. And I taught aerobics in college until I hurt my ankle. That’s about the extent of it and to be honest I never cared for it! Even at that early age, I just didn’t want to compromise what I preferred doing with “my time”.
I seemed the type people would have thought followed a traditional career path. I majored in communications at FSU. I went to on to USC to attend their graduate program in broadcast journalism. I started an internship at Entertainment Tonight and you know what? I hated every moment of it! Not that it wasn’t a cool place to work with easy access to an evolving door of television stars. And I probably would have been a journalist today. I was pulling charts of artists and actors and doing research and pulling news on different entertainers that would be going on the air. But you know what? It stole my day! I resented that I wasn’t spending my time exactly the way I wanted to spend it. Because I didn’t want to be stuck in an office all day! I didn’t want to miss out on my sun and my swim that I enjoyed every afternoon and basically doing whatever i wanted to do. You see, I was determining early on that I was not willing to compromise what I wanted to do with my time and my freedom.
So when I was first introduced to network marketing in my early twenties by a famous Chicago Seven activist named Jerry Rubin- who was making $50,000 a month with tons of freedom while other people sold products- I knew I found the greatest thing in life! My first thought like many others, “What? Other people sell? And I make money? And I can work my own hours? And never miss my sun or my swim in the afternoons? By Gosh, I am gonna get rich!”
Well, I didn’t get rich right away. No where close to it! I learned that it definitely was not as easy as it sounded to build a big group. But I was willing to do whatever it took to live my dream of time and financial freedom! I remember going to the big seminars where the leaders all said, “Whoever buys the most products makes the most money.” I believed every word and followed whatever they said. And I maxed out multiple credit cards buying boatloads of products that never got sold. So much for that theory!
My road to riches was far from smooth. Over the years that I pursued my dream, I downsized my accommodation from 2 bedroom apartment, to 1 bedroom, to studio, to eviction to my cousin’s apartment and finally to an office floor. At that same point I lost my car too when I got screwed by Aampco who wouldn’t honor an extended warranty from the year before and held my car hostage when I could not afford another transmission. That was the low point, but that was also the turning point because it was no longer a “Want to”. It was a Have To if I was going to have Tine-Freedom! And it was Make or Break because I wasn’t giving up on my dream!
Sometimes, we need to lose everything to give us laser focus on what we really want and what we are not willing to give up. And I wasn’t willing to give up my freedom to a job!
I went from sleeping on the floor of a huge investment telemarketing office to recruiting the owner and turning that office into Futurenet Marketing headquarters. I sold the story of Futurenet Marketing Central rocking the company to everyone who would listen! We offered a plush landing ground for every big name marketer I got flown in, wined and dined, and trucked out to the home-office. They didn’t know I was sleeping on the floors at night just a few weeks before. Of course, I don’t think the “big hitters” were expecting to get picked up at the airport in the beat up nissan pulsar one of my distributors drove or the beat up jeep another distributor provided. But I made it work. My loyal recruits that I got from billing ads to the LA Times every week- stepped up for me- and helped me in every way possible. And I pulled it off! Formerly homeless and carless I became one of the top recruiters and my income went over 10K a month and up substantially from there. In my twenties, I finally, I did it!
But you know what? More importantly, I never compromised my lifestyle in the process. I always found a way to never give up my swim, never give up my work-out time at Gold’s Gym in Venice. You might wonder how without a car. Well, like I said my loyal distributor had a beat up pulsar and there were some things I would never compromise. And where there is a will, there is a way! And it wasn’t very long at all before things exploded.
And I’ve never gone back. Though the road of business ownership-all facets of it- has had its hills and valleys, (I could tell you some stories for sure) I’d never trade it for a job. Ever!
Are you living the life you want? Are you compromising your time for money? Do you enjoy going to your job everyday? Is there anything else you would rather be doing during your work time? Would you like to spend more time at home with your family?
If you are not spending every minute of your time exactly the way you want, well it’s just not worth it to me! Life is too short and goes by too quickly. Maybe, your dreams are different than mine- but is what you are doing now getting you there? If not, you need to do some serious soul searching and determine exactly- if money was not an issue-how would you be spending your time? And if it’s not what you are doing now, then you need to look for a vehicle that can allow you to live the lifestyle of your dreams.
Maybe your dream is not to work from home, have as many family hours as you want, always be free to go on vacation whenever and wherever you want, always be able to hop a plane to visit family, always be able to take an afternoon swim or bike ride or work-out- but those are things I’d never give up.
If you’d like an opportunity that can allow you those thing, I’d be happy to share what I’m currently doing or you can get more info by clicking here.