“You are the author of your own life story.”
At what point do you start questioning what its all about? Why are you here? Why have you done the things you’ve done up until this point in time? And maybe more importantly, what’s next?
You go to school because those are the rules. You get a degree because that’s the next step in getting ahead in life. You end up at a job that provides the money (yet maybe not the satisfaction). You get married and have a family. You run around day after day accomplishing a ton, yet never really feeling like you’ve reached your potential.
And you dream about so much more.
That is the premise behind Vision of Success.
I started out in a similar manner. I lived in a middle class neighborhood with a mom, dad, sister, dog, and the white picket fence. (Okay, maybe not the white picket fence.) I went to a great high school and graduated in the top of my class. My parents put me through college so I would have it even better than they had it. I married my best friend. We found the 9 to 5 jobs and the house in the suburbs.
Then something happened.
I watched my father spend seven years of his life interviewing and re-interviewing for his position with the “stable” company he had worked at for 25 years. I watched the stress build, his attitude change, and his health decline. I watched him count down the days until he could retire at 55, gain a decent pension, and try his hand at something new. And then he died of a massive heart attack two and a half months before his 55th birthday.
Something clicked that day. And a lot in my life changed.
I was already facing layoffs, cutbacks, and job insecurity in my own position. Andrew had faced three layoffs in three years. Was this really the path we wanted for ourselves? We weren’t even 30 years old, and the stress was already flying in.
So we stopped everything, reevaluated our lives, and started over from scratch.
We started a photography studio and built it up to be one of the premier studios of its time. We were selling online and built up a phenomenal web presence at a time when the online gurus were saying we couldn’t do it. In the late 1990’s, we had over 20,000 images online. They kept telling us to take them down, we couldn’t succeed doing it that way … most people accessed the Internet through dial-up. There was no way people would spend time on our site letting that many images load. We proved them wrong.
In 2001, we were at the top of the photographic industry, specializing in weddings. We traveled to photograph brides and grooms from many different cultures, in many different locations. We began speaking to photographers and coaching them on marketing strategy. We won awards from many different organizations. We even created our first book – a color coffee table book titled Being A Bride – in which we sold both to consumers and to wedding vendors wanting a special gift to share with their new clients.
When people began asking, “How’d you do that?”, we designed a new business to answer that question. And Vision Of Success was born.
Fast forward to today.
Today we no longer photograph weddings; we retired from weddings when our daughter wanted to spend her weekends playing soccer and hanging out with mom and dad. It’s hard to travel every weekend and be away from your child during the only free time she has.
So we redesigned our life. We started a series of online marketing businesses to help people build small businesses and lifestyles that weren’t engrained in the 9 to 5 belief system. We became experts at online marketing and small business marketing.
We’ve built businesses from the ground up. We know what it takes to create a business in the online world and how to turn it into a successful enterprise that attracts revenue streams in a variety of ways. And at this point in our lives, we’ve even taken a successful site – a blog very niched towards the photography industry and sold it for a healthy profit. Not bad, right? How many online business owners can say they’ve built successful sites that have earned them healthy five figure incomes year after year; then when the time is right they’ve sold it for a healthy profit as well?
What do we do today? You’ll find us right here at VisionOfSuccess, coaching, writing, educating and training people about what we know best … online marketing. VisionOfSuccess all started with a simple concept – have laptop, work anywhere. That’s why my very first book for VisionOfSuccess was Laptops and Beaches. For us, that’s our entire working model. Give us a laptop and a beach, and we’ll be happy people. But just because you find something that works for you right now, today, doesn’t mean it stays that way, right? We’re all human. And that means every day brings new changes into your life.
Our daughter continued to grow, and we soon found ourselves facing a new challenge: high school and college. If you’ve ever gone through the college application process, you know it can be a full time position in itself. Then comes college acceptance, and your daughter announces she’s chosen a school 1200 miles away. More change. Now what?
So we stepped back and re-evaluated once again. Who were we? What did we truly want?
We sold our big house in the suburbs and moved into a small apartment. Downsizing was our middle name for awhile and we sold off more than half of our personal assets.
We reassessed what we enjoy, what we are good at, and the direction we want to go now that we have more freedom on our side. Without having to stick close to home for school days, the world is at our finger tips.
Now you may not be as change-crazy as we are – we actually thrive in change. But even I threw up my hands a few times and said “What are we doing?” “What will we do now?”
We’re designing our lifestyle so we can live anywhere, work anywhere, and do things to enjoy life, not live with our noses to the grindstone.
We’re also looking at how to design VisionOfSuccess to be of service to you. You see, we have learned many important steps along the way. [Yes, it automatically comes when you own three separate successful businesses, sell off a business and a website for profit, and go through many of lifes ups and downs with as much passion as we have.]
What you’ll find on these pages is a labor of love. Its my growth model. Its my writings as a successful business owner [and of course wife and mother as well].
If you’ve always wanted a mentor that is passionate about work and play, I’m willing to be your guide. If you’ve wanted a coach who understands what its like to have a Big Idea hidden deep inside, and have enough courage to bring it to the masses through a successful business model, I can guide you. If you’ve decided now is your time, and you want a friend along the path that can teach you the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle, not just a healthy business, I’m glad to share my wisdom.
Change doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, in can be quite exhilarating.
Vision of Success is about envisioning what you want your life to look like at some point in the future, and creating the plans necessary to make it a reality. What it looks like is different for everyone; but success is easy to measure once you know what to look for.
Join us as we show you how we’re approaching the newest phase of our own journey, and how you can use the same strategies to help you discover how you can change the days, weeks, months and years that are in your near future, and start living the dream lifestyle you know is meant to be.
To Your Success,