Creating abundance is EZ, but perfect lives don’t just happen by accident!
Which is why I want to tell you the story of my perfect life … that went horribly wrong!
At a very young age (I was probably somewhere between 8 and 10 years old) I started studying the top teachers in personal improvement & achievement. My parents were not anywhere close to what would be considered “Abundant” but I had a friend whose parents were extremely wealthy (I was probably a little jealous) and I knew THAT was how I wanted to live when I grew up.
I mowed lawns, shoveled driveways, delivered newspapers – anything I could do to make enough money to buy self help programs, books, audio tapes, and anything else I thought would help me get the kind of life my friends parents were living. I went though hundreds of these programs and books, spending a lot of money (especially for a kid) and a lot of hours learning everything I could, and more importantly, what actually worked and what didn’t.
As a teenager in High school, I would ask top CEO’s and successful business owners if I could hang out with them for a day just to see what they did – kind of a Take Your Kid to Work Day. It took a lot of time, a lot of work, and a lot of trial and error, but it really paid off.
I took the best of the best from what I learned from all these different people (the world’s best teachers, time mangers, biggest achievers, the most successful millionaires and billionaires, and more) and created my own personal program that allowed me to easily create an abundant life for myself. Starting with a $600 loan, I became a multi-millionaire in my 20’s.
Even after this, I never stopped my quest for learning better and more effective strategies for success, but now I could afford individual training sessions that cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars each.
Life felt perfect; I had a great house, a great car, I was engaged to be married, I was in excellent health, and had absolutely no worries about money – I was really happy! I remember when I was 32, I was visiting my Mom having coffee, and said to her, “I’m sorry Mom, but I have to leave to get to work” and thinking to myself – I don’t want to leave. I had plenty of money and didn’t exactly “love” my work so I decided to retire and spend more time on “life”!
One of my passions is Scuba Diving so I sold my business, house, cars, everything, and put the money into a highly accredited and endorsed investment bank with a team of financial advisors to manage it for me. Now that I had plenty of free time, I started taking my entire family on Scuba Diving vacations all over the world. I purchased a house for my Mom and also one for my Brother with no mortgage loans.
I never carried much actual cash with me, just my bank card, but it was like having a magical card – I could do anything I wanted with it. If I wanted to visit Hawaii or Hong Kong with my family, just put it on the card. Even if I wanted to buy a new car – I could just use my card. Due to my investment balance, my card was set initially with a $100k monthly spending limit (and I was told just to call if I needed it raised) and I never carried a balance so whatever I spent that month was automatically paid off in full from my bank account. It was complete financial freedom!
Then one day back in early 2009 that I’ll never forget, all of sudden my card stopped working. This was the year the US Government had to bail out all these banks and investment companies, but not mine. It turns out it was a fake, and to make matters worse, the US Securities and Exchange knew the bank was a scam 12 years earlier, and didn’t do anything about it because it wasn’t good for their budget.
Anyway, I lost everything in the blink of an eye, and went into a deep depression, even becoming suicidal. Of course I lost all financial freedom, but there are other more important things in life such as health. It wasn’t so much the money as it was TRUST. If I make a bad business decision and lose money – it’s a learning mistake for me, but when you have your entire life savings stolen by the very people you trusted to be keeping it safe – it’s devastating!
It reminds me of this quote here by Billy Graham. I know you can always make more money, but honesty & trustworthy are some traits that are very high up on my character list. This situation made me lose faith in those traits existing in others. I felt like I couldn’t believe or trust anyone. It was like being in total darkness.
In addition, my mindset was all messed up because my thoughts were; why go to all of the trouble and effort of working hard to make more money when someone was probably just going to steal it again. What was the point. I didn’t have the strength to pick myself up and fight that battle. I was in bad, bad shape to say the least.
I broke up with my fiancé over a little stupid white lie she told me that didn’t really matter – but I had lost my TRUST in her. I had to drink myself to sleep every night. Then eventually, I was trying to drink enough so I wouldn’t wake up the next morning – I just didn’t want to be here anymore. Out of desperation, I started working as a Divemaster where people hired me to take them Scuba Diving – it didn’t pay much but at least I got to Scuba dive. I lived in a hotel room for almost 4 years that was just $175 per month so that gives you a little idea of my living conditions.
I was miserable. I realized that I couldn’t drink myself to death so I’m still waking up in the morning, and this is not the kind of life I want to live! I decided to make it perfect again, and I went back to the program that I had made for myself that created the life I was missing so much; my Abundance Blueprint, and I used it to re-design my life again.
I used it to change my mindset, my foundation, and my vision of life, and in a very short time my life was even better than before. I started several online businesses which gave me the money to start my own Dive Shop, and then a fishing business that focuses on evasive species in the Caribbean that are very destructive to the environment (but they’re absolutely delicious!), and I built 5 rental apartments – all this with no loans!
Thanks to my Abundance Blueprint, my wealth has returned, and I was able to move out of the hotel, and build a custom tropical dream home. I get to Scuba dive anytime I want from my private boat or just about 50 yards off my back deck. I have an awesome, beautiful wife, and more – all starting from dead broke, drunk, and suicidal – so I’m living proof that anyone can create the life of their dreams with the right help. Creating abundance in any area of life is just a matter of creating a blueprint to follow for it – it’s a simple recipe that anyone can follow.
Now the pictures above are just a small portion of what represents MY ideal life – the perfect life for YOU could be completely different (maybe you like the city life) but the beauty of the Abundance Blueprint is that it will work for everyone regardless of your dreams!
Seeing how the Abundance Blueprint gave me such positive changes when I was at my lowest, it’s now become my passion to share it with others – it’s become my purpose in life.