When I was a kid I just assumed that I’d be financially independent – aka filthy stinking rich – by the time I was 40.
Don’t really know why.
I grew up on a pretty remote farm in Queensland, Australia.
We had plenty of money but we lived simply. Probably because tractors cost a lot of dosh. Or maybe it was the fees to send 8 kids to boarding school.
Yes. Irish. Catholic. Farmers. One dangerous triad.
Anyways. I knew I wanted more.
And I felt like I was on track.
Anything, everything seemed possible.
I was 27. I had a degree & post-grad under my belt.
I was fit and healthy.
I’d survived a bereavement which I thought was going to kill me.
I wanted to live every single breath.
I wanted to be everything I could be.
I remember a potential boyfriend saying to me: ‘You don’t want to go out tonight? You’re just gonna go home and read more and more success stories?’.
Context: I was in a deep (virtual) relationship with Napoleon Hill of Think & Grow Rich fame at the time.
I felt invincible.
Then I got stuck.
In the corporate machine.
I became an accountant. Jesus, Mary & Joseph. I don’t know what I was thinking.
Myers-Briggs didn’t know what I was thinking either. Of career choices for my personality type they said that I would be ‘deeply discontented in a routine job that offers no scope for inspiration’.
Accounting. Routine? Uninspiring?
So I made the only decision I could make at the time.
For 12 – yes, TWELVE – years.
I worked crazy hours.
I made some progress up the corporate ladder.
The work was… unfulfilling. Pointless is another word that comes to mind.
I had a lot of stress induced ‘dis-ease’.
I was miserable.
I was making my husband and son miserable.
Something had to give.
But what went down was a total shock.
It was very unpleasant and stressful.
My self-confidence died a million deaths.
I was laid off.
And it really really hurt. Belated note to self: don’t take it personally, girl.
Suddenly I felt like part of my identity was taken away.
I became ‘just a mum’.
And I flailed around for a while. Ok, 18 months if you really must know.
Not really fitting in with the ‘Suzy Homemaker’ types.
Yet not a career woman anymore.
Then one day a few months shy of turning 40 I found my old self.
I don’t know where the heck she’d been. But she was back.
And, I mean, really back.
And we all lived happily ever after. The End.
Ha ha. Nope. The ending is good, trust me. It just doesn’t end here.
I’d known for a while that I couldn’t go back to the corporate world.
When I finally said it out loud I felt relieved.
I know it sounds dramatic but I knew going back to corporate would kill me.
What to do then?
I spent days Googling ‘work from home opportunities’.
Ok, this is embarrassing to admit… I signed up to do online surveys for like $0.01/survey.
And I briefly considered Avon.
They weren’t going to fly.
I ended up joining a network marketing company as well as doing affiliate marketing (selling someone else’s product).
It was all on the interweb so I could work in the stolen moments between looking after my kids.
Then I fell in love.
With something that I used to think was a waste of time.
Turns out I didn’t have a Scooby-doo about it.
My new squeeze?
You know… funnels, advertising, sales, online strategy, social media.
I had to start from scratch… my accounting degree didn’t cover off any of this stuff.
In true all or nothing fashion – my superpower – I dived headfirst in.
And I worked my butt off. Around my kids and usually at ungodly hours.
And I gained a freakin’ good skill-set. A completely transferable skill-set. In something that I love.
Then I applied what I learnt. And found I had a talent for it.
And so now I help women with service-based businesses create and launch their first digital product and finally start making some passive income in their business.
And that lights me up.
If you’ve read all the way to here then maybe we’re meant to connect!
Stay cool. Talk soon,
P.S. If you’ve got a service-based business and you want to create and launch your first digital product and finally get some passive income then apply for a free discovery call.
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HEYO, I’M BEC!
I’m an Aussie farm girl who moved to the ‘big smoke’ and slogged it out as an accountant for 15 years. Got laid off so I thought, what the heck, I’ll become a digital marketing expert. And I was an overnight success! Ha ha, not quite. I had some ground to cover because I started with no relevant skills & was useless with technology. More soon…