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Any time in history you find yourself at a place and begin to wonder how did you get here. Discover my journey how I got here. I will break this post into a weekly story for you to follow along. Find a quite spot and join me as I tell you a tale of my ups and down and how you can benefit from the victories I’ve won.

I began this journey back in 2011.  My pastor mentioned multiple streams of income during a Wednesday night Bible class, for some reason that piqued my interest. I was working as a dishwasher at the time and also for a temp agency. You can see I had my hands full. After hearing the term “multiple streams of income” I wanted to find out more what this whole thing meant. At the time another word was being tossed around in my head, “Intellectual Properties” I knew it related to CD, Music and books.

Due to my keen interest in establishing a multiple stream of income life style, I took a side gig to make extra cash. It was held at a hotel. And the presenter said that to write down everyone you know name on a piece of paper. He said these people can be on your team. Tell them about the opportunity we just told you about and have them start selling …. Of course I knew what this was. A Ponzi scheme or pyramid scheme. Where you are asked to sell or ask people to join your team (recruit). I didn’t like that business model and I opt out.

Another opportunity came with selling energy packets. Where I would go door to door and have people sign up to lower their electricity. That company gave me my own back office (my own personal website) to see how many people I signed up. This one seemed legit because I did get paid for the people who signed on. Upon one of my travels I witness two different companies doing the same thing. Young man and women were going door to door to get these people to opt-in to their services. I did loss a few to them. So I came to a conclusion this was not the business model I wanted to do. Plus I didn’t have a car. And it was not pleasant walking in the heat of summer.

With these attempts I still wanted to have a multiple stream of income. Money that comes in regularly like clockwork. My train of thought was this. If a company can charge you for a recurring service I should have a system to pay for that service automatically.

For example my phone bill was at the time $30.00 a month I wanted to have a digital product that people would automatically purchase. And that payment would pay for my phone bill. The goal was to have a credit card that I fund a set amount of money that is used mostly for bills and nothing else.

As I continued to seek out new ways to make money, I had become a certified personal trainer since 2007. So I decided to use my expertise. I took my personal training business on the road, training friends and new clients at various locations. By now I had my truck and loaded it with training equipment fiton_the_go_image. It did pay off.

But I still had to be present in order to make a sale. I do love personal training. But I wanted a better way to make money. That didn’t require me to be there physically.

In spring 2011 I landed a personal training job at a private gym. This was my dream job. I couldn’t believe I was getting paid for doing what I love. This was a dream come true, helping people lose weight and building their life from a healthy state. With this great new venture a dark cloud came in the form of me leaving my other job. In July 2011 I walked out of my dishwasher job, there was a misunderstanding between me and a new manager so I quit (okay it was more like I was fired).

Fast forward to 2013 the gym I was working for closed down. I was distraught. I made a lot of good friends and great clients within those two years. So I set out to train on my own again. As I was going passing out flyers to gain new clients. My old employer from the gym called and said the gym will be opened back up again. A week later I went back to working as a personal trainer at the same gym. Things looked good, I started a project where I would record myself working out and later would publish that on YouTube as a training guide due to my success in winning at bodybuilding shows.winning pose- bodybuilding

I continued with my new goal in mind. After I trained my clients I would stay late close to closing time to record my workouts and document my diet and daily routines. But two months in after the gym reopened it closed again. I was devastated. I became very discouraged and lost my momentum. I put my fitness journey project on the shelf. Not knowing how or if I’ll continue it.

I became very depressed, during that time I was looking for work even with my spirit being in the dumps.

By the grace of God I still had work from time to time with the temp agency. God would have it that a job from the temp agency was looking for full-time workers. And my name came up. I was highly recommended for the job. The company would hire a worker for full-time based on attendance and performance and after a 90 days trial. I worked hard to make a good impression so I could get the job full-time. When my 90 days came up. I ask if they would consider me full-time. Now this is the funny sad part.

There were three supervisors. Each gave me the run around. One told me I need to talk to this one, and another told me they need to talk to this person. This went on for about two weeks. I got tired of the playing around and I made a meeting to talk to the main boss. I told him that I’m very interesting in staying with the company and that I was told after 90 days I would get the job permanently. He shook my hand and gave me the job based on my attendance and work performance.

…stay tuned, next week to find out what happened with this new job. And how I made my first dollars online and how you can too.

Always at your service,

Samuel A.

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Midas Shaw: I chose the name Midas Shaw for various reasons; Midas the name Midas came from Greek Mythology of king Midas, who turned everything he touched into gold. I like that story of how someone can take any ordinary thing and make it prosper and make it valuable to others. I know the story ends badly for Midas, but I’ll just learn to keep God first in my life so I can ward of any signs of greed.

The name Shaw in particular was due to the movie the Shawshank Redemption. In this movie the actor Tim Robbins portrayed Andy Dufrense who is sentenced to two life terms in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover. The thing is Andy is innocent. In the movie he befriends Red, played by Morgan Freeman. Andy faced some major pain in prison, somehow he befriends the warden of the prison, but the warden just used up Andy’s knowledge and skills to do his dirty work.

One faithful day Andy happened to knock a hole in his cell by mistake. The wall was very brittle, he then covered it with a pin-up poster. Every day when the lights go out and the rest of the prison is asleep Andy is digging his way out.

Some times past and a new inmate came into the prison system. Once again Andy befriends him. Andy is shock to find that this same prisoner knows who killed his wife and her lover. Andy tells the warden he found someone to testify on his behalf to proof his innocent. The warden seem reluctant, but later says he’ll hear the guy out. So the warden takes this new inmate to the court yard late at night and questions him. The inmate says yes he knew who the real killer is, and he can help proof Andy’s innocent. The warden ask, does anyone else know you know. The inmate said he’s the only one and he is certain of who it is, because the guy who killed Andy’s wife and lover bragged about doing it.

In the court yard the warden takes a step back away from the inmate, and bang. One of the prison guards shoots him.

The thing is the warden was becoming rich of Andy, because of the schemes he was running. He didn’t want to have Andy proved innocent and lose all the money Andy was making him.

When Andy found out about his new friend and would be witness was shot. Andy was enraged. He knew that was his only hope to proving his innocent.

So Andy did the best thing he could, he dug himself out through that brittle wall, plus all the money he was laundering for the warden, Andy had created an fictitious name so the warden would never get caught and there would be no trace of what was going on.

After Andy escaped used the fake name he created and the money he stored up, he took with him.

The point of the name Shaw represents the fact that in this life we are innocent of many of the things we’ve come into. Like Andy he was innocent and not a murderer. So I took that name as a symbol to represent that I, you as well have been duped to believe we are poor, we have been falsely accused to think we are less than, and deserve less than life has to offer.

I wanted to break out of the lie of being poor and broke. So the name Shaw reminds me of redemption. Redeemed from lack, redeemed from anything lesser than God created me to be.

One key note from the movie was what Andy said to Red, “Get busy dying or get busy living.” So I chose to get busy living. Hence Midas Shaw and this blog Third Shift Millionaire.

At your service

Samuel A.