Why I walked away from a tenured college position to be an entrepreneur

In 1995, I had been in chronic pain for over 30 years and I was also suffering from  financial pain from paying way too much in income tax, professional dues, etc, etc!  My take-home pay as a tenured college instructor looked as though it had been slashed down like a Walmart price tag. And, with two sons in expensive university programs, there wasn’t a lot left over for ‘mom’. My holidays were visits home to the farm to help with my aging parents.

The good news is that I found a solution — and what I discovered may be a solution for you as well.  At 49, I started what I now call my “creative retirement plan”.  Within 3 years my simple Plan B had become a job-dropping residual income as well as a new passion in my life.  Oh yeah, I was also free of that debilitating chronic physical pain in just a few months. And I now had the health and the wealth and the vitality to build my dreams and help others do the same.

A Successful Balance

The 5 Pillars Philosophy taught me how to set priorities and create balance in each key aspect of my life so that I could achieve my definition of success.  It also taught me how to dream again. I had been too busy earning a living to create a life. Now, I could point to a globe and say, “That is where I work!”  I started to travel again and to enjoy so many wonderful adventures.  And, I was able to take advantage of all the tax write-offs available to me with my global business.  I had more time for friends and family and for my community endeavours — and for me.

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