Starting life over after 50 is not easy but it is doable. The past four years have been my most challenging to date. I started an offline business at the start of 2014. All was going great and then – “if something can go wrong it will go wrong” – and I am back at square one in 2016.
This one was bitter-sweet because I lost all my investment in my offline business venture. However, I learn so much from that experience I am now a stronger person.
It is rather interesting how life has been teaching me the same lesson over these past years.
Life’s Lessons Can Be Harsh
Life teaches you the same lesson over and over only in different ways until it finds a way for you to learn. I kept making the same mistake again and again. Eventually, I started blaming my situation, the people around me and the system.
After hitting rock bottom I finally sat down and tried to figure out what I was doing wrong. I changed my attitude, as they say, if you continue doing the same thing the same way you will always get the same result. I then realize that life is like a school you have to pass your test in order to move on to the next level.
Stuck at the same level was no fun. I was tired of the level I was at and decided it was time for me to move on to another challenge. That was when I found this great opportunity in 2017. As they say, the rest is history.
Life the Teacher
When life started to teach me about business in 2014, I did not take the time out to learn. I was so caught up in what was going wrong that I missed the main points. Things started falling apart, but I did not take the time out to step back and look at what was really happening.
All I knew was that I was struggling to make ends meet, all my money was going down the drain and I failed again. Life was screaming – “Doreen, STOP and LISTEN –
Life was saying you have to make a long-term plan, you need to know why you are in business.
I have now learned that if your only reason for going into business is to make money you are on the road to failure. It is not about how much money you can make in a year it should be more about how many persons will I be able to effectively and genuinely help this year. It is in serving – in giving – that you receive.
I also learned that you have to be disciplined enough to know when to make an adjustment and that starting life over is not a sign of failure it is admitting I had made an error in judgment and I am now correcting it.
So life tried to get my attention all of 2013 but I was not paying attention. I started my business at the beginning of 2014 and life said you have to go back you cannot move forward until you have passed that test.
I avoided making some tough decisions which would set me back and also make me felt unfulfilled but life said I had to do it and pass. Even when things were falling apart around me situations were blowing up in my face I still was not getting it. In most cases, I knew it was my fault, but I just did not understand how it got to that stage and I did not know how to fix it.
The final Straw – Rock Bottom
Finally, life got my attention. I lost my house to the bank because of a bad decision I made a few years earlier. Then got an eviction notice from my landlord because I could not pay my rent. I had to move back to my father’s house because I was unable to pay my bills and take care of myself and my daughter.
It was then I realized I had hit rock bottom. As they say – when there is nowhere else left to go down you have to start going back up – and this is where I am now.
I have learned the power of prayer, the security of trusting in God, comfort in believing in myself and the hope that greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. Life has now taught me – the art of letting go – knowing when something or someone in your life has outlived its relevance.
I have come to realize that there will always be things in my life that are urgent and important and those that are urgent but not important and of course that frivolous and unimportant stuff that we tend to spend most of our time on.
Starting Life Over After 50 – The Long Comeback
I am now focusing on my purpose in life. YES, I have come to realize I cannot be all things to all people I have learned how to say NO.
So enough of the whining – I have now started a new business – YES, I AM AN AFFILIATE MARKETER !!! – new frontier but I am up for the challenge. My journey is just a few months in but I am loving it. I promise I will update you on this fascinating venture and inform you of the updates.
I am not a writer, and I don’t think I will ever be one, but one thing I do know when I am in the mood I love to express my thoughts. So 2018 is turning out to be a life changer, I found this great opportunity in 2017 but only started doing some serious work in 2018.
The journey thus far has been challenging but I have learned some valuable life lessons in the short time I have decided to make this bold move.
Life has taught me that my destiny lies within me and I have to give birth to that reality and then nurture it to maturity. This is going to take faith, dedication and commitment. I hear hard work is also a part of the formula, but I want to eliminate that part of it. Working on it, I want to work smarter not harder.
Looking forward to a defining moment in my life. Apart from the birth of my two beautiful girls and my grandchildren I really cannot identify anything thus far which I have found to be life-altering. Well if you consider falling in love, getting married then divorced life-altering, then that’s two life-altering moments then.
Maybe it’s just my outlook on life and my determination to fight the odds. Or it could also be the ability to play the cards life has given me the best way I can. There has really been nothing that I can pinpoint which has redirected my thoughts or actions.
My experiences thus far have helped to shape the person I am today; but to pinpoint an event and say this is where I became a better person, I just cannot do it. Now there have been points in my life that I can point out as being important but were they life-altering moments? I just don’t think so!!
What is this Great Catalyst that has Caused this Dramatic Starting Over of my Life After 50?
As I mentioned before, this online model for making money is called affiliate marketing. It was not altogether new I have been researching it since 2014 but only took it seriously in 2018. Let me hasten to point out that it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. So even though I have hit rock bottom it is a process to get back to the top. If you are looking for a quick fix or instant money this is not for you.
However, this program is for:
- People like me who have been chastised by life
- You if you are just tired of being tired
- You if you have fallen down or have been side-tracked from your path towards your goals like I did
- People who are fed up with your 9-5 job
- Ordinary people who just want to make some extra money
- Retirees who need a boost to their pension savings
- Stalwarts over 50 who just want a better life.
Whoever you are and you need some extra money this is for you. This is a wonderful program teaches you patience, determination, perseverance and character.
Affiliate marketing is an online business model that you can make money from by selling goods or services online and you earn a commission.
It is based on five principles:
- Identify a group of people with a need or a problem that you can help
- Build a website
- Write excellent contents and put on this website
- Drive traffic/visitors to your website
- Sell them a product or a service that will help them.
Now, this is where the good part begins. The secret to all this is a program called Wealthy Affiliate. Yes, that life-changing thing I told you about. This program takes you by the hand and teaches you step-by-step how to build your business straight up to be successful.
Wealthy Affiliate is a gem especially for beginners although this program is both for beginners and experts.
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