Welcome to my personal website. I am pleased that you have stopped here and are taking the time to find out about me.
I was born in Dublin, Ireland however moved to Edinburgh and have been here for many years.
I am one of six children from a dysfunctional family, (seemingly we are not as unique as 85% of families are dysfunctional)!
I have three sisters, two bothers and my mother.
I have two beautiful long haired German shepherd dogs, Tiber who is 13 and Tosca who is 9 years young, (4 months young pictured below)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
Anyone who is really serious about changing their lives financially, having more time to spend with family and friends and having choices in life to do what they want to do when they want to do it.
Favourite Business Books and Authors
The Attractor Factor – Joe Vitale
7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness – Jim Rohn
Law of Attraction – Michael J. Losier
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
As A Man Thinketh – James Allen
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
Ask & It Is Given – Esther & Jerry Hicks
My top five values in life (in no particular order) are:
My background has been in Management within 4 different banks in the UK. About 12 years ago I decided to move out of the banking industry and try a completely different industry as my skills were transferable.
I made the move after 14 years in banking and although I found that I was earning a lot more financially I was unhappy. I was working 60 – 70 hours a week and was in a very political environment. I would be on a plane often to London giving the MD the update on Scotland.
On the plus side of things my bank account never looked healthier.
I was driving my brand new Italian Stallion Alpha Romeo GTV beautiful car!
I felt the biz!!
I took my sister on holiday to Rome and New York. We ate in lovely restaurants including a 2 start Michelin restaurant in Rome and we stayed in beautiful hotels.
On the minus side of things I like a lot of management always felt uneasy waiting on the axe to fall. There was a lot of politics between departments and people being caught in the crossfire. Goalposts were constantly changing and I had staffing issues. There were changes at senior management level and I felt my time with that company was coming to an end.
When I got home at nights I would get changed and go to the fridge get a large glass of wine then order a takeaway to be delivered! It helped me to relax. You would think that I would be like the size of a house but I wasn’t, I think that was down to the stress. I even had a dog walker to walk the dogs because I didn’t have time to.
That was my life then. I would go to bed then repeat the same thing the next day and the next.
When payday came along it was great because it was more money to put in the bank. The way I thought about it was like giving birth! You go through the pain and then you have a baby and you forgot about the pain. Payday was the same you go through the crap and you get you paid and forget about all about the issues……..for a few moments.
I joined a gym but had no time to visit it.
The thing is I did it for the money and nothing else.
I bought a lovely home in a fantastic area of Edinburgh with panoramic views of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and Carlton View right across to East Lothian. We would watch fireworks at New Year from the bedroom window which had a magnificent view of Edinburgh Castle especially at night when it would be light up and would look like it was dangling from the sky. We had the best seats to watch it all and in the warmth with a glass of bubbly!
I was stressed and still unhappy I felt enough was enough and I resigned. Although I didn’t have a job to go to I did have money in the bank and time to think about what I was going to do next. I just wanted out! I resigned and insistently I felt relief.
I took a couple of months for me and just totally chill. I caught up with friends and then felt like I was ready to get back to work.
I went out shopping with my Mum and we went to Harvey Nicks and I bough a £700 Armani suit (not sensible when you are unemployed)then followed it up with lunch at an up market Italian restaurant. I had an Italian theme going on that day!
From my previous experience work wise I knew all the things I didn’t want which helped me know what I did want.
I wanted choices! That was it pure and simple I wanted to be able to choose what I did with my life. I wanted to earn fantastic money, I wanted travel, I wanted to enjoy what work I did, I wanted to feel good about myself, I wanted to drive my dream car, I wanted to work with like minded people who were positive and excited about life.
I wanted freedom and yes I wanted to be able to choose!!
I started looking on the internet but it was the same old same old. There was nothing that I really wanted to do. So I kept on looking then I saw an advertisement for a business opportunity which sounded interesting and exciting.
I researched the global company and had a couple of meetings with the Area Development Director and my sponsor them decided to get involved.
That is where my five year journey began. I was excited and motivated and ready for action. I studied the leaders in the company and found out who was the leader of my group and then went on to work with him for a period of time.
I started that business fulltime however after six months I realised that it would take time to build so I went back to work and starting working my business part-time.
I tracked down the leader of the business I was in; I got his mobile and then pestered the living daylights out of him until he agreed to work with me. I was delighted because he became my mentor. I respected him and still do because he actually did all the things he got me to do. He was earning £25 000 per month. There were many people in the business who called themselves leaders however it was by default and not because they were leading by example. But because I was working with him it didn’t really matter.
I did all the things he advised me to do:
Met him in Manchester every week to attend a business presentation and ensure I had guests there.
Met him in Wakefield area office and presented part of the business presentation along with him.
Attended monthly success days at Telford, London, Chelmsford and Leeds.
I also advertised on the job boards for prospects
At the end of all that he was leaving the UK and was going to live abroad (and no I didn’t drive him away in case that is what you are thinking!) so that was the end of our time working together.
I was a bit deflated because there was no one who was building their business with a sense of urgency like me in my part of the country.
I then knew I needed to get a job which would help me subsidise myself while I found somebody who was like me and was serious about building their business. I wasn’t too disappointed because I knew my future was my business and having to be employed again it wasn’t such a big deal.
Meanwhile I got a full-time job back in a different bank which only reinforced my previous beliefs. A job was not for me. I worked there fulltime and in the evenings and weekends I worked my business part-time.
I was approached by someone who wanted to partner me in building our businesses so we started to work together. We both decided to have weekly meetings for our prospects instead of fortnightly. We booked a hotel which was funded by ourselves and between us both we presented the business presentation and people started to come. The team members started to come and I thought we are on our way! One of the other successful leaders advised me to build closer to home and build my business using the incentives.
I am an impatient person as far as my business was concerned I took the decision that I could me more productive instead of putting all my energy in the day job I would go fulltime and build the business quicker.
I did that and my business started to grow. I qualified for the European Incentive in Budapest and was on stage in front of an estimated 9000 people and I met (Billionaire) Founder of the MLM Company and had my picture taken with him. It was very exciting because as we were on our way to Budapest a lot of the leaders were on my BA flight in London. I sat with them and picked their brains. Just being in their company was amazing.
I qualified for many incentives however I just didn’t manage to attract the people who would take action and build the business they said they wanted to build. I was on my own always sponsoring people into my business but with no duplication.
After 5 years and a heavy heart I decided not to keep doing what I was doing otherwise I would go crazy.
Isn’t that what they say “first sign of going crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?” So I put it on the back burner and went back to the internet to find how I could build a business in the 21st century.
The last incentive I qualified for was Dinner at a lovely hotel with the top leaders in the company and the MD. I explained my experience in the past years and I told them of my massive action I was taking. I was delivering 3000 cards through letter boxes per week, 500 a day, 6 days a week. Make follow up calls to those that contacted me. Had meetings with them the, decided to invite them to the business presentation and sponsor them if I felt I could work with them. I then organised the presentations and presented with my colleague. I was a bit emotional which seemed to bring the mood at the table down.
I was told by them “if you can’t change the team change the team.” I had changed the team over and over but still hadn’t found the people who really wanted to change their lives as much as I did.
I left that evening and in my head and heart I had come to the end of this relationship. However the next day at the network skills training I got an award and was presented it by the M.D. I felt absolutely nothing as I already made my decision. Five years, and I had walked away from it with a mountain of debt, an underperforming team and thinking what am I going to do now?
I went home and had a dam good cry!
I remember that conversation I had with myself back then I felt really miserable because I wanted to work for myself however I felt that there must be a better way of building a business then the way I was shown, but what? My previous business was looking slightly out of date in which the way it was built. This was the 21st century I told myself so there has got to be a way of making money and have the lifestyle I wanted.
But the good thing about all of this was, it had changed me as a person by this I mean it changed me by the way I think. There were more ways to make money and not be reliant on having a job.
I wanted to have my own business and I really wanted to earn fantastic money, have a great lifestyle and work with like minded people. That I knew for sure.
I had met some truly inspirational people in Europe. I had great conversations and advise with many millionaires and Rex himself (billionaire).
As Rex said “Why work hard building someone else’s dream when you can work hard to build your own.”
I found myself thinking that I wanted more out of life. I have a great work ethic and if I am going to do something I throw myself into it 110%.
I knew I couldn’t really have what I want by having a full time job.
I was introduced to many great books which helped me personally and professionally.
My eyes had been opened and now that they were there was no going back the way for me. It might take me a bit longer but I know where I am going and I will get there.
I truly believed that if I was to get all what I wanted it would not include a 9-5 job (if 9-5 still exists, or 60 – 70 hours a week job and I know they do exist)
Well back to the internet I went again looking for information meanwhile the global downturn was starting to happen and I needed to get work to earn money to at least pay the bills. Now it might sound like I am contradicting myself but it was my number one priority.
Well that was a lot harder to do because I kept on searching for work however the only responses I kept getting were for self employed positions. I had to take one of these roles because there was nothing else on offer.
The only reason I though was my because of my age. The western world is fixated on age rather then experience.
So I started working with the company on a self employed basis and was again working 70 hours a week. It was selling courses to people who wanted to learn a trade. I left home at 10 am and didn’t get home until 11 pm. I did that Tuesday – Friday and on a Saturday I worked from 9am – 5pm. Sunday was my day off and Monday was admin and catch up on previous sales for completion.
This was a very negative role because the majority of appointments that were made for me were with the unemployed who just didn’t have the money to start the course or have the mindset required.
My health started to suffer and I lost a lot of weight. I had severe headaches which left me in bed for a couple of days vomiting at a time.
I didn’t see friends or family for the period of time I was with that company. I hardly saw my two dogs and this was causing behavioural problems with Tosca.
I missed laughing yep things like something as simple as laughing. I hadn’t had a good laugh in a long time. Probably there wasn’t a lot to laugh at.
Winter was on its way and I just couldn’t do it anymore. The thought of long dark nights and cold weather was making me feel miserable again. Just one month later we had the heaviest snow for years. I was glad I had finished with that job.
However the global downturn was happening and I really struggled to get work. I had applied for over 200 jobs and the majority of them I did not get a response. Many employers were paying people off so the chances or me getting taken on were slim.
Things were getting very serious and I started to fall behind with my mortgage payments. I had put a lot of living expenses on my credit card and maxed it to the limit. Now being an ex bank manager I knew this was the slippery slope but I had no choice.
I was struggling and didn’t know what to do next. I felt blind panic and would wake up about 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep.
I lost all contact with most of the people I knew. I went completely under the radar.
I was getting threatening letters from the credit card company and had many stressful conversations with the bank. I knew I had to sell my home but I needed to get it decorated first and I had no money.
My mother gave me some money and I got it all decorated and on the market.
Then the housing market took a nose dive and no one came to view the property. The bank gave me till June to sell then they would start repossession proceedings. After the house being on the market for a year and by lowering the house price three times by a total of £70,000, I got an offer on the 31st May and it was all concluded by 7/7/11. PHEW!!
I felt relief but at the same time it was bitter sweet because I didn’t have my beautiful home. 49 years young and looking like about 109! Homeless and jobless and with an elderly dog.
However I could breathe again and I had my health. I managed to pay off my debts and have a little money left to start again. I now live on a temporary basis back at my mum’s along with my dogs.
(It’s not ideal but needs must.)
I have a chance to start again and although I feel I am double parked I still have my dreams and with a sense of urgency.
I have a burning desire to be successful and I want to help as many people who are really serious about getting back on track or just improving their lives.
While all of this was happening I knew it was temporary, although it was difficult at times I visualised, meditated and I focused on where I wanted to be.
I kept watching and listening to my inspirational CD’s and DVD’s and I stopped watching the news and buying newspapers. That helped me focus on the positive rather then all the other stuff.
So now I had resurfaced again I remember that conversation I had with myself back then that there must be a better way of building a business after all this was the 21st century I told myself so there has got to be a way of making money and have the lifestyle I wanted.
Now I,T. skills are not my strong point so I was hesitant for a while then I came across a website which offered me exactly what I was looking for. I found a way of learning about internet marketing and a product with the level of support I needed.
The support was a real factor for me.
I had a mentor before for a period of time and I wanted one again.
I always liked the thought of an internet business and from what I saw on the internet I wanted to learn about Internet Marketing and to learn it part-time that would fit in and around my lifestyle. I needed help with the technical side of things.
During my roller coaster ride I was following someone on the internet who has built an internet business and have follow him for over a year. It was something positive to distract me from the negative things.
Once I sold my house and I made a decision that whatever business I got involved in again I would have a mentor and the business would not be full of hype and empty promises.
And that is exactly what I did. I started my business and I have the mentor I truly want. I put that thought out to the Universe and now I have it!
Now I can honestly say I am feeling good and I am excited about the future and I have not felt like this for years.
I am looking forward and not back. And guess what…….I’m back on the radar!