The life of a solopreneur can be wonderfully satisfying. Time with family, working for yourself, travel and picking clients you love working with and getting them great results.
To get to this point, it can take longer than you expect. It certainly did for me. After 18 years as a corporate exec with Coca-Cola, I was faced with a sliding door moment.
One direction was to continue to work in Corporate and potentially face renal failure in 1-2 years.
The other direction was to leave and manage my health to extend it beyond this.
I chose to leave and start from scratch to build a new career, lifestyle and in many ways, a new identity.
I could do little about inheriting Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), however, how I dealt with it was 100% in my control.
So in 2011 I left, and boy did I do it the hard way for many years - much harder than I should have. I thought success in my past career would naturally migrate over to my own gig - I was very wrong.
Over five years I started and ran several businesses including coaching, advisory, outsourcing, and technology. There were pockets of success and also periods of despair.
Admittedly, my expectations were too grand at the start and calibrated down as my health took a turn for the worst.
I scaled back the outsourcing business and became hands off in the technology business. I joined a Mastermind and with the plan to learn how to run one from anywhere - a hospital bed to be truthful.
When I planned this, I didn’t realise how close to reality it would be.
In 2016 I took my family to Europe for eight weeks on my last overseas trip prior to dialysis and a transplant. I was running my Mastermind while traveling.
I was preparing for difficult times. In 2017, we built a new house and moved in January 2018 so my family was all set, just in case it didn’t work out as planned.
2018 was a tough year as the toxins built up in my body. However, I was determined to give my clients everything I had.
In mid-2018 we made the decision to have a transplant. I had a nephrectomy (kidney removal) to make room - and let’s say it didn’t go exactly to plan.
I woke up in Intensive care with the news that I had knocked on the pearly gates, but they were not ready.
It was the first time in my life I could proudly say I was who I wanted to be, doing what I wanted to do and no need to major changes.
I recovered and went on dialysis for three days, 4.5 hours at a time.
In the background, my wife Linda was having tests to become a donor. She has hypertension and was considered high risk.
Then something amazing happened.
My best mate stuck his hand up. A mate I had known for 30 years. Two days before our wedding, Brendan as a groomsman struck some difficulty whilst swimming and I saved him.
Little did I know, he would repay me the favour.
On the 28th of February 2019, I had the procedure. All went well. Brendan was home in two days, and I followed in four. The compatibility was excellent.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am.
All through this transition, I was able to support my family and the Build Live Give community. I was determined to work from anywhere and add value to my clients. The tenacity and determination I showed are what I now direct at my community to help achieve what they want. For me, it was to be there for my family, not have them worry about our financial situation and give my children the opportunity to see the world.
For you, it will be different. Your dreams and aspirations are as individual as you are.
I am here to guide you to arrive there faster than if you were doing it alone.
You can take nine years, spend tens of thousands of dollars on self-development, listen to thousands of hours of podcasts and fly to conferences all over the world if you like - just like I have. I can give you the exact plan.
Alternatively, you can tap into my experience and get help immediately.
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