I started online in 2006. Immediately I became a self-confessed internet marketing junkie. For the next 5 years I spent countless hours and thousands and thousands of dollars on ebooks, video courses, software, and membership subscriptions.
Because I hated my job. I worked 50+ hours a week for lousy pay. I was stressed out and always gone from home. I had no time for friends or family. No time for myself. No vacations. No money in the bank. Our house was too small. My car was junk. And we were in debt.
I was miserable.
And what made everything worse was that most of the internet marketing training I purchased was useless. Silly. Insulting. Or too complicated and difficult. Or required risking lots of money. I remember thinking then; if I ever actually stumbled across anything that was 'real,' I'd tell the world. But I'm ahead of myself.
Look: I thought everything was bad... until it got worse.
At the same time I was dumping money into internet marketing products, trying to achieve the "internet lifestyle," I was diagnosed with skin cancer.
It was terrifying. In fact, honestly, it was the most scared I've ever been.
The good news is that I didn't end up dead (not yet, at least). With a "quick" 4-hour surgery, the doctor successfully removed the cancer. Everything was going to be okay.
Except now we had medical bills piling up on top of all of our regular bills. My wife had to start working part-time to help out with the finances.
We slipped further and further into debt.
Creditors called night and day.