In 2007 I quit my stinkin’ factory job to work from home as a single mom.
Sounds awesome, right?!
Well it’s not the full story of course, it’s a headline. It’s a small, awesome piece of the full story.
I want you to know the FULL story, or at least the fuller story, so you can get a much better idea of this whole work at home, Laptop Lifestyle thing and decide if it REALLY is for you.
In 2007 I was a single mom and living in my parent’s basement apartment with my son.
I have a diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology – Environmental. Most of the jobs in my field were an hour (plus traffic) commute away and I really just wanted to be close to my son so I took a job closer, at an automotive factory. They painted car bumpers and I worked afternoon shift. It was a dreary, smelling, dark and depressing place (to me).
When you talk soul-sucking jobs I’m pretty sure there are pieces of mine left in that old building.
That’s dramatic but it’s how I felt back then. It was before I really understood mindset and thinking that you are stuck and desperate in your situation. If I had a better mindset back then I am SURE I wouldn’t have struggled so much and so hard as I did.
Back to the point, though!
I HATED my job. H.A.T.E.D.
I had been there for three years and ended up there after a number of years of trying to build a business of various forms.
I had sold soaps and bath products.
I had sold Registered Education Savings Plans.
I had a newsletter on how to sell soaps and bath products.
I had sold candles with a network marketing company.
None of it had “worked” for me. Again, back to the mindset thing as I review my thought patterns back then. I know now nothing “works” >>>> YOU WORK IT. Any of those business are very viable and real potential for profit but back then I was just looking for the answer instead of realizing that I was the answer.
So… with my underdeveloped mindset as a hindrance, I worked at this factory. Day after day I went and I tried to figure out HOW the HELL I get myself out of this and into a business I absolutely loved. I had started a Virtual Assistance business but it wasn’t yet making the kind of money I needed in order to quit my job.
Then… my defining moment happened.
I was assigned to clean out the massive ovens in the factory.
If you can picture this these ovens are not quite as tall as a person (I couldn’t quite stand in them) and about the width of two people holding out their hands. They wind through this huge factory building. A co-worker and I were sitting in these tunnels scraping paint and gunk off the walls. It was scary (because they were ovens and lock-out procedures didn’t really feel safe to me since the keys were left where the lock-out box was), it was stinky, it was sweaty work and it wasn’t my job.
So… I cleaned.
And I cried.
Tears running down my face and wiping them away fast so my co-worker didn’t see.
I was pissed.
I was upset.
I was DETERMINED.
I cried because I did not want to be where I was in my life at that moment. I didn’t know how I had ended up there. But I decided in that moment of total and complete frustration that I would GET OUT of that situation and NEVER EVER clean one of those dirty, dark and dank ovens again!
I never did.
I quit my job about nine months after started that virtual assistant business. That was definitely my first real mindset experience but I didn’t even know what I was doing at the time. Now I know that sheer determination and defiance was me setting into place the mindset needed to achieve what I wanted.
Keep reading! There’s more to this. Just thinking it and being so mad that I wanted it BAD wasn’t enough.
Then I PUSHED. I pushed hard.
I did what it took and gave absolutely everything I had to make it happen.
I worked from 3pm to midnight most nights and some nights until 1am or 2am if there was overtime.
Then, when I got home from work I started working on my client’s stuff. Usually I worked until about 3 or 4 am and then got up with my son around 8 or 9am in the morning.
For nine months straight.
I didn’t complain.
I didn’t think it was too much.
I didn’t think I needed to wait until someone told me what to do.
I just did. Then I did more. Then I did till I was literally falling asleep on my keyboard.
It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t even really all that healthy. I was DAMN HARD.
It earned me my freedom.
I walked away from that factory and those ovens and I never looked back.
THAT is the kind of dedication I had because I felt like the other way was NOT an option.
So… you ready?
You willing to do what it takes? What it REALLY takes?
Maybe you won’t have to do what I did. Maybe you will.
The point is do you want it so bad you’re not going to stop until it’s done?
Then, are you going to do what it takes to do the NEXT thing?
If yes, AWESOME! If yes then you should also know I didn’t do this solo. I had support of an incredible membership site who were there when I had questions, inspired me towards greater actions, lifted me up when things got hard (as they do) and taught me the things I needed to know to build my business. That support I got is exactly why I’m so passionate now about my own membership group, the Laptop Lifestyle YOUniversity.
- We answer your questions.
- We motivate and inspire you.
- We train and teach you.
- We connect with you.
I say we because this group isn’t just me and it couldn’t be what it is without the members. The total cool people building totally cool businesses who are in our membership and come to our weekly meetings.
You don’t need to do this alone! Join us and we will welcome you with virtual open arms!
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