Last time we left off, I just got a new job. I basically had to hound the supervisors for it. The old adage goes, “Go to the person in charge” Sometimes that’s what you have to do. Okay lets continue. If you need to catch up to the first part you can find it here.
Things looked sweet I thought. I ended moving to a new place. A nice home. And I begin dating. All the while I was reading blog post and articles how to create a better financial lifestyle. This is when I came across the term, “slave wage” “soul sucking 9-5” these had a major impact on me. All though the job paid well, by 3pm I wanted to leave. That’s when I noticed I work better in a 4 hour work shift not an 8. But I kept working and educating myself how to get out the nine to five.
My girlfriend and I were hitting it off pretty well planning our lives together, my clergy life was going good to and I took a break from personal training and bodybuilding. It felt great to have some good direction in my life and peace.
Then the wheel fell off, I mean completely off. The company decided to close the east coast facility. I still remember that day when the CEO gathered everyone in the break room. After he said he was thankful for our services then he went upstairs. One of the girls on the job went in the bathroom crying. She was the cheer leader on the job. I never seen her so sad. We could hear her sobbing and sniffling as she cried in the rest room. For some reason. This hit me hard. Not hard in the sense I got mad, not hard in the sense I got bitter and angry. It was like someone shot me with gun, but there was no bullet holes entry. The only time I could feel the bullet is when I moved. I mean it cut deep.
Here I was planning to start a new life. The money was good. I was building my life up in a new home and then this happened. It was a slap in the face. I know its business. But that crap hurt. Just a year before my last employer laid me off twice and one year later the new job I had laid me off. So I was piss. Angry not at the employers or the system.
But I became angry enough to do something about it. That’s when I decided no more, I won’t work for another company again. I won’t commit again.
And so I set out to create wealth, create opportunities, create my way out. This was a rebirth of a new mindset. Getting laid off from that job really was the last straw. It wasn’t the lost of the job. But more the insult, I can’t explain it. But it irritated me.
A little time past then me and my girlfriend had a fall out. Being in a relationship and being on unemployment was stressing me out. This sound so similar in which I wrote on The Common Law of Money. It seems to be a running theme in my life. Getting laid off seem to lead me to a better outcome. You should check that book out.
Any ways while on unemployment I scour the internet on how to make money, I tried this website bubblews.com. Where you would write a post and you get paid by how many people like or view your article. It paid in pennies. But it was a good start. I tried affiliate marketing. I sucked at that. I fell flat on my face on that one. I followed some dude on YouTube and he only lead you in a rabbit hole to a high price item. Wasted time on that venture. Then I tried an Amazon theme store. I bought a plug-in that uses Amazon API to generate an Amazon look-alike template. I had no clue what I was doing. But I kept at it. I later let that website go. Then I did some surveys, I didn’t like it so I gave that up too. Then I went and start-up my fitness blog. I begin it sometime earlier. But neglected it. As I porous to find a better way to make money. I dug into my old writings and rewrote some things I wrote back in college, all the while I was working on my daily devotional book, and another fiction book. I was desperate to make it online.
Before me and my girl broke up. I would use her laptop to do all of these things. I would go to the library study my butt off. Reading every article and blog post I can get my hands on. I watch countless YouTube vids on the subject. Aside from that I was going out and filling out applications just to get a job to pay the bills, because the unemployment could not cover the rent. I remember filling applications online and praying to God I don’t get the job. I knew in my gut I didn’t want to work for another job again. I specifically remember filling out an application on Home Depot and the application form kept crashing on their end. I was so overjoyed. And when the phone would ring I would wish it wasn’t a company saying, “You got the job.” I mean don’t get me wrong I wanted money, but not a job.
In fall of that year I release my first book Unbound Faith through smashwords.com. It was one of my biggest achievement online. I remember getting my first sale of $4.86 through Amazon. Though it was a small amount that made me believe that it was possible to make money online.
But all good things do come to an end. Towards August 2014. My unemployment ran out. I had owed so much in back rent. That my roommate was left with no choice but to let me go. And here is the funny thing. Throughout the whole ordeal that didn’t bother me. I had read so much and listened to success stories I didn’t care if I lived on the street. The book Rich Dad Poor Dad, The 4-Hour Work Week, and Reallionaire changed my entire view about money. I had a new mindset now. And this program Kindle Money Mastery added fuel to the fire (which I’ll detailed how it helped me made passive income regularly)
In my zeal with this new mindset, I took my stuff out of my old place and put them in storage. I just happened to land a new job working overnight (the third shift). It was heaven-sent. But sadly I became homeless. I told no one of my situation. Not even my family or close friends. So I lived in my truck during that time. Since I was working overnight. That job acted as a two-fold blessing. One it was a job, and two it was a second place to keep warm. All this took place during the fall and winter season. There were cold snowy nights where I had to bundle up in my truck to keep warm. But it wasn’t all bad. During the Christmas holiday I bought myself a laptop which came with a T-Mobile. This really helped me stay focus on establishing an online business. My fire for making it online only grew fiercer.
Because of the situation I got myself in, I decided to make the best of it. I had a gym membership, so I would shower there and clean up. During the day I would go to the library and work on my business. So on February of 2015 things took a turn for the better. Upon research on how to market an e-book. I stumble upon Kindle Money Mastery. I was familiar watching Stefan Pylarinos the year before on YouTube; He posted great motivational vids and blog post. This particular day he was promoting his course on how to make money on Kindle publishing platform.
I decided to dive in and buy his course. And that is when I first discovered how easy and simple it is to make money online. Within a month of trying his system I started making money online. It was so easy and simple. His guide is easy to understand and his story is very relatable. Of course now he is a multi-millionaire (which I’m striving for). His Kindle Money course was a true gate way to make money online.
I followed everything Stefan mentioned to do and I was getting results right away. Here are some snap shot of my earlier earnings
…..Tune in next week and see how I overcame homelessness and discovered a new business model called FBA. Plus how I hosted a book signing and more…