Let me tell you something, nothing makes you feel like less of a person that not being able to provide for your family.
I haven’t always had the success and lifestyle that I have now. All the vacations to exotic locations, the luxury cars, the field trips, and the freedom to do what I want, when I want were about on the same scale as my chances of becoming the President of the United States.
Even simple pleasures like picking up my kids from school and taking them for ice cream were a pipe dream.
I couldn’t figure out where my families next meal was much going to come from, much less think about vacations. I couldn’t even go to the next town for a visit because that would cost too much gas money!
There was a time not too long ago where I hit rock bottom. I mean R.O.C.K. bottom.How bad was it? I was already a college dropout. My wife was a college dropout. I had no particular skill that I could market. I kept trying different things to make money and completely failed at every single one.
Nothing worked. My medical bills were being funded by the government through Medicaid. I didn’t have enough money to pay for food. Read that again. I couldn’t pay for my own FOOD! It got so bad that I made the painstaking decision to apply for food stamps.
I’ve never felt more lost, confused and hopeless than the day I went into the government office to apply for food stamps. I was fighting back tears. My hands were shaking. I think I had to fill out the application at least three times because I couldn’t concentrate enough to fill out the form correctly.
I kept asking myself , “Is this where I am with my life? I’m filling out an application to have the government pay for my food?”
I had failed as a man. I had failed as a husband. Worst yet, I had failed as a parent.
As it turns out, this was the absolute best thing that could’ve happened to me.
How My Worst Day Turned Into My First Day
As I sat there filling out my application to get the government to help me pay my most basic needs, I knew I had enough. There was no way that I was going to allow this to continue to happen to me.
That was my breaking point. I was literally broke. I had no hope. I had nothing to tell me I could make it any better.
But I knew this wasn’t the life I signed up for. I left the food stamp office and fortunately, never had to use them.
That day changed my life forever for the better. It was the first day of the rest of my life.
But changing my life wasn’t easy. Nothing worth doing is. You know the old cliche “If it was easy, everyone would do it”? Truer words have never spoken.
I decided to give my dream profession, network marketing, one more chance. I had failed for seven years straight but I didn’t care. Being in that cold, cheaply- fluorescent lit office scared the crap out of me.
I decided to surround myself with successful people, shut my mouth, listen intently to everything they said, and work my butt off. I was blessed to have some incredible mentors like Jeff Olson, Paul J. Meyer, and others who taught me things that changed how I approached my business.
Heck they changed how I approached life! And my world changed.