So about me … so far
Let’s keep this real … I won’t give you a cuddle. I won’t hug. I won’t tell you its okay. I won’t tell you it’s not your fault. I have a dark sense of humor, and I’m not politically correct so if you don’t like me, you’re not the first … you won’t be the last. You don’t know me, so **** off.
Speaking of political correctness … if you’re still here – I’m not some charity case. I didn’t come from ‘Nothing’ but I wasn’t given everything. I was given enough, but I’d say that I had to earn the rest.
I went to school just like every other white kid. I was doing pretty well until year 9 (age 14?) until my parents put me into a different school. It must have been a fancier place, because all of a sudden I realized I was average! In fact I wasn’t just average I was struggling!
Next few years felt like a struggle to catch up. The goal had always been to graduate from high school well enough to qualify to get into a engineering course.
Even today, as Kids, we’re told that what happens at school is everything! What you do prior to the age of 17 or 18 will dictate your life. So you can imagine how I saw my future life disappearing before my imagination when the senior school Co-ordinator actually advised me not to take the prerequisite subjects I needed to be an engineer.
Everything was about 1 path. My path. I was now being told not to follow it because I could do better elsewhere. It might have been true, but what then …. Be good at something I’m not interested in?
End of the day I graduated and qualified for my university / college course. After scaling …. I was average. Not just average, but middle of the bell curve average. As far as life was concerned … goal achieved … I got to university. Next step. Get a degree; get a good job … Life will take care of the rest.
Not before making one of the first and best decisions of my life. At the age of 17 … joining the army. Sure it was part time as a reservist, but Thanks to the people – the cross section of characters that I got to work with and learn from, I’ve got to see more and sooner than most. That was 2001 …
Straight after basic training, I was back to school. Following the dream … following the plan, doing what ‘should’ be done. It was a 4 year course, and I was average. I was a good student.
I was such a good student, I took 7 years to get a 4 year course done.
I didn’t come from nothing, but I wasn’t given everything. But I was … I am Mr. Average. I came close to getting kicked out of school van wilder style … I wanted to quit … I wanted out …
I have struggled.
I said that joining the army was one of the best things I ever did. It was. One of the reasons I failed so hard at school because I didn’t know my why! An army course in 2004 not only taught me a new trade but made me ask questions about how to improve what we have.
Overnight, I was forced to learn, forced to adapt, and I went from ‘below average’ & scraping by, begging not to be removed from the student body to the top 10% of my class. 3 years later, I graduated, and now I needed to be a functional adult in the world.
From here … I’ve done exactly what life expects all of us to do. Get a job, work hard, work long, save, rent, move out …. Live life.
I didn’t come from nothing, but I wasn’t given everything. One thing I am proud of is … I’ve never taken a government handout, and I’m bad debt free! What I have is mine, and I earnt it. But I’m no one spectacular.
But what I can tell you is this. Although I didn’t know it, I lived in fear! I lived in fear of falling below the thin black line …. The problem I had was …. I didn’t know anything about the black line!
Time goes on …. That special person comes into your life, gives you a taste of what’s available, and starts you on a new road, but most importantly shows you beyond doubt that what you … what we are supposed to do – is wrong!
I didn’t come from nothing, but none of us are taught what we need to know. I’ve always had a roof over my head, but I also know the daily struggle. I know what it’s like to do all of the ‘right’ things and still watch life get further and further away.
I know what it’s like to try and save cash at 2% per annum while property runs away at 10% per year. I know the losing battle of trying to trade time for wealth only to watch it come up short and know it doesn’t and will never work.
I know the reality of knowing that a job today – cannot support the lifestyle we were all told we could have. I know it’s all complete bullshit! I know, because I’ve done all the shit we’ve all done.
Who am I?
I don’t know you, your story or your situation. I’d go as far as saying I’m arrogant. But I’m not arrogant enough to claim I know ‘you’
But I reckon I have a pretty good idea about your general situation, and I reckon I’ve got a pretty good idea on what your ‘general’ dream is … the one you won’t tell anyone about … because you’re afraid they might laugh, or tell you to be ‘realistic’
I’m not going to tell you – you can have it, and it’ll be easy …. But you can have it …
Bullshit – its hard! It’s the hardest thing you’ll have to do. But at least you will have a chance. At least you will be taking action. At least you will be doing … something. At least you will be doing more than the ‘cattle’ you’re surrounded by. When banks are literally doing nothing with your money – your friends and family who will try to laugh at your dream, are just fearful of your success and the confirmation of their failure.
Who am I?
I’m a Military trained instructor and I’m the person who wants to live the quality of life we’re supposed to have. I’m arrogant enough to believe I can help you to learn, strategize & solve the biggest and most important problems that face you. I’m the person who is all about earning more, so that you can have more. I’m the person who says fuck budgeting, because budgeting is all about managing poverty.
I’m the one who is going to educate you on why you need to change and invest. I’m the one who will define your goals, whatever they are. I’m the one who will get your head right. I will teach you the skill of instructing what you know to the clients who want to learn from you, so you can teach … not do! I will coach ‘you’ to ‘your’ standard.
I’m the person who will watch you become your own success story when you achieve your goals!