So who the hell is this Chris you may ask? Good question!
You know asking a Buddhist monk who they are is like asking what is the meaning of life, a very serious question that is not easy to answer.
Did I lose you there?
Good, because I’m neither a monk nor know the meaning of life, but I have your attention!
So grab a cup of coffee and read on my friend.
Skipping the part of me being born and all that, I followed a very "normal" path in life;
Get an education, everyone else is (I became an Engineer with an M.Sc)
Get a job and climb the corporate ladder (it was ok the first 5 years, lot's of promotions)
Get married (funny at this point how everything seemed to go "on track")
Buy a house (you know, everyone needs a house, right??)
Get kids (or you might be too old later, better do it now)
The thing is that I had a gut feeling that something was not right, like a puppeteer pulling invisible strings in the background of life.
Can you relate?
You'll get there soon enough, it's the narrative of society.
You know it's almost like you're in a river, and the river is flowing in a certain direction. As long as you're in the river, you don't really reflect on where it is taking you.
You just go with the flow, because everyone else is in the same damn river.
By this point in time, I was in an ok existence, life was not great, it was OK. Who am I to complain, so many in this world have it way worse.
And so I did, until a wall of shitstorm blew up in my face.
My newly bought car, a used Skoda Octavia RS (pretty new with good mileage) that I bought for 10k, stopped working magically.
Turned out that the timing chain tensioner stopped working which led to the pistons smashing into the valves, ruining the engine.
The insurance company felt like not covering the engine swap at all, meaning that I had to dish out 5k out of pocket to repair it.
Fast forward a few months after repair and the engine broke down a second time. With even more costs adding up, towing, etc. I was now in debt for a car that I no longer had or could use, and my savings was toast due to all the repairs.
You may think, big deal it’s just a car.
But so many people get into financial issues through bad car deals and that’s exactly what happened to me.
To add to the financial burden, my mother got cancer (she made it though), and my now ex-wife decided to, well become an ex. Meaning that I was forced to sell my own home against my will.
The things that I went through, one thing after the other led me to question everything.
Why was I in debt and with no financial security, although I had gone to school, got good grades, and had a great job?
Why was I one engine failure from broke, now dependent from paycheck to paycheck?
And of course a lot of questions regarding relationships and male/female dynamics, but that’s not what this blog is about.
One week I was on a business trip to England through my job, and on the airplane, I started reading a book called “Rich Dad Poor Dad” to take my mind off things.
I got this book recommended to me by a random YouTube video from a guy vagabonding through Japan, so I downloaded it before the trip.
I started reading it and kept on reading, and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. Mind you I was not an avid reader of books at all since I graduated from university.
I had a complete 180 mindset shift regarding finances, how the world works, the economy, finances, and entrepreneurship.
Since this book left me with such an impact and thirst for knowledge, I discovered “self-help”, and went down that rabbit hole.
I now knew what I had to do, that trading time for money was a losing battle, I entered entrepreneurship.
So I went to work, hustling, grinding, building, and creating.
I picked up new skills like digital marketing, video editing, blogging, developing websites, self-publishing, creating lead-magnets, learning about copywriting, and the list goes on.
Fast forward to today, I now have a few streams of income, freelance, work with SaaS companies, write guest posts, create YouTube videos, and am in the process of building up my personal brand from the ground up as well.
There are way too many hurdles, failures, and inevitable pitfalls coming for someone pursuing entrepreneurship, and that is why this blog exists.
I write about the best tools for content creation, productivity, mindset, and raw marketing advice that just works.
The internet is filled with so much bullshit that it’s easy to get lost in it all, and I hope that this blog makes your journey that much easier.
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