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Do you have DREAMS? Do you want MORE?
Do you ever wonder if there is something BIG out there, just waiting for you?
Well, that is me. I have always been a “DREAMER”.
I grew up in Europe, in communist Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). Growing-up I did not have all of the privileges we take for granted here in North America. I had bananas and oranges only at Christmas. I could get “good” education only if my parents were members of the communist party. I was not allowed to travel, but I was allowed to DREAM….
I came to Toronto, Canada in 1990, after the Velvet Revolution, to learn the language. After being here one year I took a trip together with my sister and a friend through the National Parks of Western United States. What a beauty! This was my DREAM! I felt FREE surrounded by the majestic mountains, canyons and deserts. I wanted more, so I stayed for one more year. Well….
That year I met the love of my life. I had to make a big decision, go back home or stay. I decided to stay and I did not regret this decision ever. I am married to this wonderful man for almost 24 years. I am the mother of three beautiful and talented children and the grandmother of an awesome grandson.
I became a teacher and I must say that I love my job. I teach children with Autism who bless me every day with their accomplishments, overcoming barriers and funny moments. My husband also has a good job that he likes even though he works long hours and shift work. And I am also a network marketer….
LIFE IS GOOD!
But it was not always sunny in our paradise.
ROAD TO MY DREAMS
My husband and I were blessed with a small inheritance that allowed us to buy our first income property. Our first investment. We worked really hard to improve the state of this property and two years later we were able to purchase another one. We were building on the equity in the first property. We were learning the basics of leverage and residual income.
Sometime in 1998 or 1999, I was introduced to a book by Robert Kiyosaki “Rich dad, Poor dad”. The message of this book really resonated with me - having a source of income generating money if I sleep, if I work or not.
Despite our investments, we were always on a tight budget, making just enough to support our modest lifestyle with demanding jobs…
I knew there had to be a BETTER WAY…
There had to be a way to earn a living while actually having a life, spending time with my family. I was looking for something I could enjoy and be passionate about! Something that would fulfill the dreams I was allowed to DREAM many years ago.
In 2004 I was introduced to Network Marketing. A concept in line with “Rich dad’s” message.
After a weird phone call, I do not know why, I agreed on coming to a meeting in a local hotel to see how I can add $500 to my monthly income stream. There I watched some videos and listened to very excited people. They pulled out a flip-chart and started to talk about making $30 thousand a month and they don’t even have high level of education.
I had to be a part of this. I am educated, this is going to be a br-eee-z.
I ran home, immediately used the amazing product that everyone needs and will want (don’t take me wrong, it was a good product), used my credit card and joined immediately. I found out that working as a full-time teacher, taking care of three busy children, running a real-estate business and trying to work my Network Marketing Business will not be possible. So, what I did? Left my teaching job and started to work on my MLM business. After all, I will be making a lot of money soon, right?
I found out (very quickly) that there is no such thing as “get-rich-quick” business. My leaders, my “up-line”, were wonderful people, holding me by hand and teaching me all they knew.
The problem was that it was the old-school networking.
It involved cold calling – hours and hours of rejection.
Hosting parties and demonstrating products on everyone.
Talking to all the people I knew; they knew and just anyone I could find who would listen.
The result – I was not making much money and I was pretty burned out.
Don’t take me wrong. During this time, I have grown tremendously.
I have learned a lot, not only about Network Marketing, but thanks to the education this industry provides I have discovered so much about the Financial Industry, about the Law of Attraction and Network Marketing itself.
I was introduced to many more authors Anthony Robbins, Joe Vitale, Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Gary V, Brian Tracy and many more. You can check them out here.
I was not making the money I thought I would. Luckily, I was making enough to allow me to stay at home with my children for almost 10 years. Yet again, I will never regret my decision to stay home. I was able to spent my time with my children, seeing them grow up, cheer them on in moments of success and support them in the tough times. This was my time with them! This was my DREAM!
TAKING MY BUSINESS TO THE CYBER SPACE
Around 2010 I started to look at other ways to market. I started to explore the internet and using on-line marketing to grow my business. Looking back, I know that my business did not make sense.
I did not have any concrete business plan; I did not have any business strategy and system in place.
And that is what I was looking for.
I already knew that building a business is not an over-night thing. Using the Internet as my marketing tool put me into another level of learning and sometime an overwhelm. It took me a while to find the right tools, strategies and the right people, to understand HOW to make it all work. Just as I started to get the hang of it a few things happened…
My husband and I decided to renovate our house. This reno turned into a full re-build. Him and I ended up being the construction managers since our builder was never around. I spent hours researching materials and driving around for the best deal on the best fixtures and technology for our house. Our DREAM! It was a lot of fun, stress most of my time.
I was diagnosed with cancer. I found a small lump in my breast just before Christmas 2013 and within a month this grew to the size of a grapefruit. After many tests, some very painful, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I was told that I have a very high chance of survival, but I will need to go through six rounds of chemo therapy followed by radiation therapy.
Just as I was finishing my gruelling treatments, I received a letter that I was re-hired by my District School Board. I was excited to get back to teaching, which I love, and since my own kids have grew up and did not need me as much, I decided to go back. The treatments for my cancer finished after 6 months, but the recovery really took much longer. My brain and body were not able to sustain teaching and marketing at the same time. I put Marketing on a back burner for a while, but I knew I will come back to it.
So, here I am! When a friend of mine called me with a new business opportunity, from an industry I was very familiar with, I said OK, let’s DO IT! I am very committed making my passions work together.
I am still a full time teacher, because I love what I do. But I am also working much smarter on my Marketing Business.
I am combining Offline and Online Marketing to grow my team. I am embracing the boom in technology and using Social Media as one of my main strategies. I do not have the time or patience to create my own learning sites and tools, so I leverage other people’s skills and knowledge. If you want to check out what I am using you can go to My Tools Page. It’s much easier to use and learn from others who have been down the road than create your own, trust me on this one…LOL
WHERE I AM NOW
I am Blessed with a wonderful family. I have achieved most of my DREAMS. I still work hard, but I love what I do and I would not change a thing. So far, my travel through my life has taken me on a curvy, up and down road. My husband and I have built a multi-million dollar Real Estate business providing us with residual income, we have many other investments that grow bigger and bigger each month and I continue building my own business giving me even more residual income towards my DREAMS….
I get to ENJOY my life doing what I love, with the love of my life and surrounded by people I love.
I love the power of residual income and investing the smart way, it happens to be My Business. But isn’t is great to reach for YOUR DREAMS with your passions and a Business you enjoy?
It is AWESOME to have YOU here, my Friend. Let me know how I can help you and add value on the road to YOUR DREAMS!