September 5th, 1989.
That day changed my life forever. Our little S-10 pickup was struck, on the passenger side, by an oncoming car at 65 mph. We flew 30 feet in air, spun 180 degrees and slammed into the a telephone pole… again, on the passenger side.
Where I was sitting.
With no seat belt.
I was inches from dying both times.
We slammed to the ground and my dad, my little brother and I were all thrown from the truck. Oddly enough, I was the least injured. My dad was the worst. He severed part of his spinal cord and from that day forward was quadriplegic.
I hated him.
I blamed him for what happened to my life after that. We went from being a pretty normal middle class family to dirt poor. We lived in an old, dirty, rat-infested trailer home, wore hand-me-down clothes with holes in them.
At times, I went days without food.
I was constantly made fun of and picked on at school.
Every card that could have been stacked against me in life… was.
Now, I don’t tell you any of that make you feel sorry for me. Not at all. I’m good now. More than good, really. And, I was wrong to blame my dad. But, I tell you that to illustrate what your failures as a parent can do to your kids.
How it can make them feel and think.
Even in ways that aren’t fair to you.
You might be vaguely aware of it.
But, it’s far worse than even you can imagine.
And, frankly, it’s my worst nightmare.
It’s the thing that gets me up in the morning when I’m dead tired. The thing that keeps me pushing when I feel like stopping. The thing that makes me put myself out there in ways that scare me to death.
I will NOT let my kids grow up how I did.
If I have to crawl over broken glass to the depths of hell and back again… that will NOT happen. Period. In that respect, my childhood has been a kind of bittersweet blessing. No doubt, I wouldn’t be near as driven without it.
(Of course, I also wouldn’t have had years of mental and emotional baggage to unwind and fix, either.)
Anyway, I tell you all this because I want you to get the seriousness of what we’re doing here. People’s lives are at stake. People YOU care about. Or, people you will care about if you don’t have kids, yet.
Quit f***ing around!
Quit making excuses.
Quit finding reasons to play small…
And, let’s play BIG!
Furthermore, let’s be *smart*. It’s one of the reasons I constantly harass you about freelancing. Why in the world would you expend all your energy, all your passion, all your talent and creativity… into building someone ELSE’s legacy?
It makes ZERO sense to me.
It’s a mistake in my book.
You can’t pass a job down to your kids.
But, you can a client list.
You can pass down your skills and talents.
You can pass down your marketing machine.
That’s what I’m building.
I urge you to do the same.
Anyway, I’ve taken my 15 years of experience as freelancer, working with multiple 6-, 7- and 8-figure CEOs and business owners and packaged all the tricks and tactics I’ve found to to work for getting clients, maximizing fees and building your empire…
Into my Beginner’s Guide to Freelance course.
And, I’ve put the course on Skillshare so you can get free access to it.
You’re getting one of my most popular courses without having to pay a single penny for it… that’s real, but you DO have to jump through a few hoops. So, don’t come back whining about it. You’ve been told.
But, if you can stomach a little work to get it…
You can have it for absolutely nothing.
Anyway, I made a video that explains the whole process here:
Be sure to watch the whole video and then follow the instructions closely.
Do that and you’ll be in.
Aight, that’s it.
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Winona, MO 65588
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