Note from Alex: This is a guest post by my friend Andre over at Chilledliving.
You can learn more about him and what he does at the end of the article.
From Hero to Zero In A Heartbeat… To Living Our Dream Lifestyle
Hi guys and gals –
When Alex gave me the outline for this blog post I nearly had heart failure…lol
The burning question was, “How do I limit the content to between 500 and 700 words?”
It was nearly as bad as when we had to reduce everything we owned to 30kgs after we lost $15 million, our home, our properties, our cars and our businesses.
This is a real life story of how we went from being very wealthy to losing it all and then to living our dream lifestyle on a tropical island.
In a nutshell, or a 30kg suitcase, here is our story…
We built 4 multi-million dollar businesses from the ground up that generated in excess of 15 million in revenue per year.
We personally earned more than $2 million per year.
We owned 5 properties, luxury cars, and lived in a 6000 square foot home.
We were wealthy by most people’s standards.
Although we had money we didn’t have a life.
We were slaves to our work, our staff, the banks and our clients.
We were prisoners to the life we created.
All we ever wanted was to earn enough money, spend our life together and be happy.
When things started going wrong our whole life came crashing down…
We lost everything in less than 12 months.
We were broke, devastated and unhappy.
During our ordeal we learned some very profound lessons that helped us to turn our life around.
Lesson # 1 – Make the right choices and your life will be easy.
When Myra and I met 8 years ago and got married within 3 months we were told… but you hardly know each other…
Little did they know that it’s not about how long you know someone or how much you know about someone that matters.
Knowing someone is about that connectedness you share, from that first moment when your eyes meet, and you know you have loved this person your entire life.
We knew getting married was the right thing to do so the decision was easy!
Which choices in your life have been easy and which one’s have been tough?
Based on your own experience what is your take on this lesson?
Lesson # 2 – Don’t become a prisoner to your own life.
Although we earned a bucket load full of money and had all the “riches” most people want we really didn’t have a life.
As a family we shared a home, but never shared our life… it was a total disconnect with what we wanted.
We were stressed out from working 15-20 hour days 7 days per week.
That is not living!
This is the new home that we already had designed to build before our life collapsed around us:
Lesson # 3 – Don’t build your castles with sand.
To live a happy and successful life you have to have a strong and solid foundation.
You need to create a business (work) that supports your lifestyle and not a lifestyle that supports your business (work)!
In the end it is not about the money or the stuff you accumulate, it is about the lifestyle you have had.
What foundations are you building your life on and what is your lifestyle plan?
How do you plan to Live, Work and Play Successfully?
Lesson # 4 – Never limit your right to Live The Way you want to live.
We had some tough decisions to make as our past choices limited us badly.
To a major extent we were controlled by others and had very little freedom to live the life we wanted.
We made the decision to Live Our Dream Lifestyle and decided to:
Create a new life somewhere else,
We wanted Chilled Living and not stressed living,
We wanted Time, Money and Location Freedom.
But most of all we just wanted to be together and spend our days in anyway we choose.
We redesigned our lifestyle, sold everything that still belonged to us for cash, reduced our possessions to 30kgs each and moved to South East Asia.
Since then, we created the “SMART Lifestyle Business program” which shows you step-by-step how to build a successful online business and live your dream lifestyle.
You can learn more about it here.
We managed to turn our life around completely and have designed the program to help you do the same.
If you have any questions please feel free to send them to us via Alex because we will help you in anyway we can.
You can learn more about Andre & Myra at www.chilledliving.com.
Thoughts, questions, comments on Andre’s story?
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