People ask me often, “How do I create a job I adore?”
Boy, do I know this one well. Many of you know I owned a fairly successful marketing company for nearly 12 years. We had some great years and some challenging years, but overall the company thrived. What you may not know, is just prior to that I was up against the most desperate career and financial situation I could have ever imagined.
I had married in my early twenties and for the most part of my early adulthood I was a student and a mother. As my children grew I began several entrepreneurial ventures – I tried my hand at public speaking, clerking in a law firm, multi-level marketing and even selling hand-painted pottery. Nothing I attempted was successful enough to earn pocket money, let alone a living.
Newly divorced, I existed on child-support and alimony – until it stopped. My income plummeted to zero with no way to pay my mortgage of over two thousand dollars a month, or any other bills. And as often happens with wake-up calls, the rest of my life fell apart as well. Within one year of my divorce being finalized, my father died of lung cancer just months after diagnosis. My home ended up going into foreclosure. My two teenage sons became so difficult for me to handle, they moved in with their Dad, at their request. A month later my ex transferred out of state and took our sons with him. Even my cats had to move out, because of my highly allergic boyfriend.
I seriously began thinking about what it would be like if I became homeless. I knew plenty of people would take me in so in actuality that wasn’t likely to happen. But I didn’t want to be taken in. I wanted to succeed on my own! The more scared I got the more serious my money woes became. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep. I racked my brain about what I could do that would make some money, and I got nowhere.
I was sick with fear and dread. I had no idea what I could do, let alone what I could do that would make money and couldn’t even fathom the possibility of working at a job I loved. I felt hopeless, helpless and ashamed. I was a failure, in my mind.
How did I create a multi-million dollar business in just a few years from that point?
Read on and find out …