Hello and welcome to my website. I created this site to help others take control of their lives and to start living life the way they want to live it.
Gerald McDermott (January 31, 1941 – December 26, 2012)
Before I continue any further though, I want to pay homage to the Gerald McDermott who was an American filmmaker, creator of children’s picture books, and an expert on mythology. He owned this domain for almost 11 years, but sadly passed away December 26 2012. I had been wanting to register my own name as a .com for a number of years, and was fortunate enough to have a good blogging friend purchase the domain for me when it came up for renewal.
In the interests of preserving Gerald’s legacy, please see his original site here.
I guess you want to know a little about me then? I’m really not all that interesting. I do, however, have a passion for making the most out of life.
My world came crashing down around me when a close friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and told she would have less than a year to live.
As it turns out the doctors were right and sadly she passed away in 2012 – she was 22.
When she was first diagnosed I couldn’t believe it – she was so young! It took me a good few months to really get my head around it all, and even then I wasn’t prepared when the day eventually came.
Despite how tragic my friends story is, and how much my wife and I miss her, there have been some amazing things happen for my wife and I as a result of her passing.
It’s funny (well, not really – but you know what I mean), I always thought I saw things clearly and that I knew what I wanted out of life up until that point. I wanted a good job, a nice car, big house etc. As my friend got more and more sick, my priorities changed too. All of a sudden my wife and I were talking about different things, like having a child – something that really wasn’t seriously on the radar, but all of a sudden seemed so much more important.
As it turns out, my son was born almost 9 months after our friend passed and ever since finding out my wife was pregnant, my life has taken a vastly different course. I no longer wanted a “good job” or a fancy car. I just wanted to spend as much time with my family as possible – the first thing I needed to do was get my finances in order.
My Financial Journey
I’ve always been someone who’s been good with money. I’ve been investing since I was 19 and together with my wife, have paid off our house in under 10 years. I even decided to create a website dedicated to personal finance and how my debt progress was going.
I love talking about all financial topics and love being able to help others who are struggling with their own financial problems. There really is no better feeling than having someone tell you that you have helped to improve their life.
My Internet Marketing Journey
While owning my finance website was a lot of fun, and helping people was rewarding, I also really enjoyed the money I was able to make from the site. It wasn’t much at first, but within 1 year I was regularly bringing in up to $300 a month.
Having very little exposure to Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimization, I did some research and discovered Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income. His earning figures showed me what I had been thinking, and that was that it may actually be possible to earn a full time living online.
I then decided to try my hand at creating niche websites (you know those little sites about just 1 topic designed to rank highly in Google). At first I didn’t do very well at all, but after a while I really started doing well and was making over $1,000 a month.
After that I was hooked. 2.5 years later and I now own well over 30 websites and am generating enough money to be comfortable.
Back to the Beginning
As I said earlier – I started this site to enable others to take ownership of their own lives – and that is exactly what I am going to do on this website. I have reached a point where I feel like I can really add something back to the community and help others kick start their own online business aspirations and free themselves from working the dreaded 9 to 5.