My Long Story (made short!)
I’m a happy husband and father of three. I am also a professional photographer, Dive-Master, and Online Entrepreneur.
I have been a professional photographer for over 24 years, 16 of those here in the US.
I used to live in Cancun, Mexico. (I know, I know… everyone asks me “what are you doing here”?)
I had a great job as a dive master and underwater photographer and I even had time to shoot short weddings in the afternoons on the beach. Not a bad gig!
When I moved to Washington DC in 1999, I started working for a high-end photography studio 6 or 7 days a week. I got busy learning everything about event & wedding photography and doing business in the US.
In 2001, I decided to go out on my own and opened my own photography business.
And for the next 15 years, I photographed big galas, small events, fancy weddings, conventions. . . you name it and I would photograph it. Lots of nights and weekends.
I got to travel all over the country to photograph and work with celebrities and major politicians, attending galas and concerts all while getting a nice paycheck!
Doesn’t it sound great?
It was great! The problem was the schedule. I was away from home most nights and weekends and had no time for my family. And if I wasn’t out shooting, I wasn’t making money. It was that simple.
Conventional wisdom tells us to work hard, keep your nose to the grindstone and you will be successful. And if you saw me from the outside, I was there!
I worked hard on my business for 16 years. Established great relations with very good clients. I worked with some of them for over 10 years. Money was good.
But I was missing the most important things in life like my wife, my kids and my personal time. I love spending time with my family and traveling with them. I love to windsurf and stand up paddle. I love to travel and sailing in exotic destinations.
And although we were able to go on vacation once or twice a year, I knew and felt something was missing. Something was not quite right.
But I kept working hard. I kept thinking things would change and improve. Maybe if I worked a little harder. What I didn’t know then, it was that I was not running my business, my business was running me! I had put myself on a treadmill and it was running me ragged.
Then, a miracle happened. (Well I call it a miracle now, not such much back when it happened). One of my biggest clients pulled out of almost every contract we had over the summer and I lost almost all my planned income. And with NO new contracts for the next 4 months, I started to panic.
After a month of suffering a depression and anxiety attacks, I decided that I would not let this happen to me ever again.
I knew I needed to find a new job or business opportunity or new source of income that would allow me to have full control. Control of my work schedule, control of my personal time, control over my family time and most importantly, control of how much money I was bringing in.
So after a few weeks of doing research online, I found an opportunity on Facebook that sounded very good. Maybe a little too good to be true. But at that time I thought to myself “What have I got to lose? $49? I can take the risk. I HAVE TO take the risk.
What if this is what I’m looking for?
What if this IS IT?”
I knew for sure that If I didn’t take a chance and did something different, nothing would change!
(You know the definition of insanity correct? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result).
So I took a leap of faith and dove in head-first, and… I failed miserably!
The system had potential but I could just not get behind it. So I joined a few different opportunities and realized that they were more “get rich quick” schemes than real systems.
And again, I did not let that stop me, I knew making money online was possible. So I did more research, reached out to a few people that were actually living the lifestyle and had the business model I wanted to follow. And guess what happened when I reached out to one of them…?
Coolest guy ever! He took me under his wing, explained how REAL online businesses work and helped me get into the right system, even if I had NO previous experience!
As soon as I started working with him I knew I had I found the perfect model for me!
I could not be happier and more ecstatic that I did!
I found an AMAZING plug-and-play system that allows me to work from my laptop, set my own schedule, and spend more time with my family while replacing my old income by working only 3-4 hours a day! What a change!
Now, don’t get me wrong. This online business does take work and hustle. But it is work I can do on my own time and the money continues to build on itself. After putting in the initial effort, I now make residual income while I sleep!
Today I’m finally able to spend my time doing what I love to do: being present with my family, traveling, and taking photos assignments that I want to take.
And I have a GLOBAL network of friends and mentors that are available to me 24-7. Really incredibly talented people just like me and you that are passionate about their lifestyle and helpings others. And that are living proof oh how well this system works.
Another MAJOR bonus is that it has allowed me to connect with and help other people who are looking to achieve similar goals.
People who are frustrated by the 9-5 grind or who are running a small business that is actually running them. And people just like you and me that want to make more money and have more time to follow their passion.
If I can turn my life around to achieve my dreams, so can you!
All it takes is that first step.