Chapter 1 – Alone

I was driving on the way home from Atlanta with the missus when I told her my plan.

“I'm going to quit my job in 90 days so I can buy and sell houses.”

This was way back in the year 2001 and I had just left  a real estate investing conference and had just spent several hundred dollars on some real estate investor courses…

And she said –

“You're effin Crazy!”

She proceeded by saying – “You're making good money at your job and just do this on the side..”

She then continued on by saying – “That's never going to work!”

And then proceeded to play the “what if game”

“What if this happens, what if that happens?”  All while tears streamed down her face.

A huge argument broke out and it felt like the longest ride home ever.

Honestly, I felt so alone and knew that I had my work cut out for me in order to convince her I was doing the right thing…

I had a strong conviction about what I wanted to do and would do anything to get out of the j-o-b.

However, no matter what —  my wife had no idea what I had to put up with at work.

The pressures, the quotas, the butt kissing.  

You know what I mean?

So I created a plan and really cranked it up buying and selling more houses in a month than most people do in a lifetime.

Plus I was killing it at work – Together I was making more than I ever had.

But I knew my job was in jeopardy and even if I wanted to stay my time was extremely limited as the company was in the midst of being bought out.

It didn't really matter to me because I was making more with Real Estate part time than with the job.

Fast forward to day # 88 – I officially turned in my notice and began my life outside of Corporate America.

I was extremely nervous.

However I never felt so liberated as I was sick of all the corporate bull sh!t, the butt kissing, wearing slacks and a tie.

Now, I could wear my favorite pear of jeans and a pair of Nikes.

I felt I was on top of the world…

I had money, deals in the pipeline and finally felt I finally had the respect from the love of my life.

The argument that had taken place on the long ride home months before was forgotten.

I'd officially proved myself and what I could do.

Plus, we had just found out the missus was expecting our baby boy – Dawson.

However, it seemed right when the celebration was beginning, trouble was looking right around the corner and I was about to begin one of
the biggest fights in my life.

And I'm beginning to think I'd F#%KED up big time.

Was I finally close to realizing my dreams or taking two steps back?

Stay tuned for tomorrow's email Chapter 2 – Going Broke.  In the meantime, have you ever felt like this – like you were fighting against all the odds?

I would love to hear your comments below..

About the Author Derek Pierce

Derek Pierce is an online marketer specializing in Search Engine Optimization. He used his SEO to escape over $100,000 in credit card debt building a 6 figure business from a spare bedroom.

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Lisa Cash Hanson says February 16, 2013

Every entrepreneur goes through that 🙂 It’s a mindset. When we communicate it does help those who love us to “get it”. But I admire you and I”m glad you launched out. I love nothing more then to hear that people went for it. Good for you!

    derek pierce says February 16, 2013

    Thanks Lisa – I totally agree. This was just the start to a pretty incredible journey with lots of highs and lows and valuable lessons along the way. 🙂

Steve H says February 17, 2013

Hi Derek!

I love chapter one. I’m where you were, although the circumstances are a little different. I’ve been in corporate IT for more years than I care to admit. Over the last 1 1/2 years my position has either been eliminated or outsourced 3 times! With the most recent being this last Tuesday 2/12/13.

I am so sick and tired of the corporate rat-race and all the things you describe. I’ve been screwing around with Internet Marketing since 2006, but didn’t get really serious about wanting to make it my future until about 1 1/2 years ago when this who job rollercoaster started.

I had a lot of unfinished IM preojects going on that were taking me forever to implement having a full time J-O-B, until now. I’ve decided screw IT! I’m ready to jump head first into the deep end of the IM pool and have the, “gun to the head”, making this IM thing work or be homeless. So wish me luck, but failure is NOT an option.


Steve H.

    derek pierce says February 17, 2013

    Thanks Steve. I appreciate the kind words…

    One thing that has helped me that seems extremely simple is to focus on doing all you can every day. Sometimes we get overwhelmed when we see the big picture or a big project – but when I scale back and say – what can I do today and today only – And what can I do to bring money in right now – magical things start to happen.

    Can you work your ass off for one day? You bet. It’s when you start looking at 30-60 days down the road – we began to feel overwhelmed and the projects start to lag.

Rosalyn Loxley says February 17, 2013

I read your 1st Chapter and I enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to Chapter 2. Can’t wait!
When I started out (too many years ago) I jumped in head first and had so much going on at the same time, that I got information overload and totally confused. I finally got focused on one thing at a time and it”s all making since too me.I’m going forward big time and enjoying every minute of it.
Best Wishes,
Rosalyn Loxley

Rick Burdo says February 17, 2013

Hi Derek
You Rock Man.
Awesome story, Thanks for sharing.
I’m looking forward to chapter #2.

Have A Great Day

Thank You
DAV Rick Burdo
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Kurt King says February 17, 2013

Thanks for taking me down memory lane. I also left an IT job with the state to pursue the “Freedom” of becoming an entrepreneur about the same time. Was wonderfully liberating for about 6 months, until my friend and business partner decided that not having an unlimited expense budget and credit card to go along with it was a deal breaker for him. Friends and business… It’s all been said before. But how many times do you have to explain that in a two person company the expenses come out of both of your pockets.
Was a learning experience nonetheless, looking forward to Chapter 2.
Thanks for sharing

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John D says February 18, 2013

Thanks for sharing this Derek! I know that I am not alone 🙂 Although we’re on different paths back then but the scenario is the same.

I remember back then that I’ve decided to quit my job (being a customer service rep) and be my own boss. 🙂

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