The most vile, twisted and blacked of Fridays

It was as if he could physically FEEL his soul retching inside him.

Claws as long as fingernails… scratching and clawing at him from inside. Eyes red with anger. The physical embodiment of envy and greed — slowing infecting every inch of his mind and body.

In HIS mind, he was just tired.

Tired of the constant pressure.

The stress.

Of having to scratch and claw for every inch of success in his life.

While he watched others effortlessly prosper.

Why him? What did he do to deserve this? He’d always done the right thing. Been kind to others. Worked hard. He’d done everything he’d been “told” were the keys to prosperity and happiness.

But, he was broke.

And, just tired.

There have been many moments in my life where that story would accurately describe how I felt. But, this time of year was always the worst. From my first memories, the holidays were NOT a happy time.

They were a time of watching others be happy.

Watching others get the things they wanted.

Live the lives they dreamed of.

But, not me.

For most of my life, “Black” Friday was black as coal.

There have been many stepping stones out of it. First learning about the internet way back in 2000. Learning web development. Discovering freelancing. Finding Upwork. Learning about content marketing.

On and on.

That’s really why I teach the things I teach.

Showing others the path I took out.

Frankly, what else COULD I do?

Anyway, it was during the holidays several years back that I said, “Enough is enough!” I was tired of living halfway. Tired of hating the holidays. Tired of watching my own kids go through what I want through.

Wasn’t gonna happen!


In any case, the three biggest “aha” moments I had are encapsulated in the three courses I’m offering at 50% off this Black Friday. The deal is already live, so you can jump on these now.

And, the courses are here:

The R2 Protocol (Upwork)

The 5-Figure Formula (Charging Premium Prices)

The AM2 Protocol (Content Marketing)

If you’re tired like I was…

And, want follow my path out.

Then, jump on the deals.

It’s the lowest they’ll ever be priced.

But, the deal ends Monday, November 30th at 11:59pm CST.

So, don’t dither too long.



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