It has taken a lot for me to write and finally share My Story. Yet it has also been a relief in many ways, to get it out of my head and onto paper. I have not spared myself and have included many personal truths and realisations-the mistakes made over many years and of course the benefit of hindsight, making everything, which at the time was difficult and confusing, now seems so clear.
My hope in sharing my story with you, is that I can help you on your life journey. Maybe you will recognise some of my mistakes that you may also have experienced, and hopefully some I may help you to avoid. But most of all I hope I can inspire you, to give you the confidence, the right mindset and sense of purpose to make the rest of your life the best of your life.
Like many of you reading this, I realised later rather than earlier, that I had immersed myself in my work life and really not taken the time to appreciate my other life…the family, fun, let-the-guard-down, accept-life-in-all-its-abundance-and-glory type of life.
I had unconsciously allowed my career to override more important aspects of my life journey.
Now some of you who may have had, or are still having, a career in an executive position will resonate with this. But if that’s not you, READ ON; there are valuable lessons and information that can help you to improve your life circumstances – no matter what they may be at this point of time.
Change is always possible, with the right mindset i.e. the DESIRE to make positive changes, FAITH in your ability to do so (and believe me you can), and the DETERMINATION, and COMMITMENT to stick with it, to take ACTION until you succeed.
So, once you have decided what you want to do, please read the above paragraph again; better still print it out in large print and put it in a place where you will see it every day, because it is the key to your success.
My Corporate Career
Sure, I was successful enough in that world…my corporate career spanned more than 30 years in Finance and General Management.
I was CEO of two companies with annual revenues in excess of $100 Million, and CFO/Finance Director of two of Australia’s Top 100 Companies. I worked in England, the Middle East and for the last 25 years in Sydney and the Gold Coast, Australia.
I worked in managerial roles with many well-known Australians including Kerry Packer and Gerry Harvey, and I was told on a number of occasions that I had the ability to “make things happen and get things done, with positive outcomes.”
But what I couldn’t see was my biggest enemy and failing…
my “success” in the corporate world came at a high cost to my personal life. Whilst I saw this happening to far too many colleagues, I was too distracted to realise it was happening to me as well.
Long hours, work overload, demanding deadlines, and frustrations with obstacles frequently outside of my control, resulted in a high level of stress.
My Defining Moments
Finally, in the three years to June 2012, I experienced three major personal setbacks that caused me to re-evaluate my future life direction and purpose.
- Firstly my partner of 15 years, and the mother of my 3 teenage daughters, and who I still loved, decided she no longer wanted to be with me. This was my second long-term relationship after my first marriage ended in 1994 and one that I was determined to make a success. Its failure has had a long-lasting impact on me to this very day.
- A year later I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer (which had been misdiagnosed and mismanaged) and had to have an urgent Prostatectomy, followed six months later with radiotherapy. Even as I write, this part of my journey continues but right now I am ok, and with a healthy diet and positive mindfulness, I believe I can cure it altogether 🙂
- Then in Mid 2012 I found myself out of work. Despite significant progress on a new-business development project I was working on (something I was highly experienced and competent in) the company decided to ‘play it safe’ rather than address some staff challenges that were limiting results. The lack of top-level support made my position untenable and we parted ways.
I can tell you categorically that these adverse experiences could have easily destroyed my will to go on.
There is no doubt in my mind that these events were directly attributable to those silent killers called stress and pressure, and that I had created these with my unswerving determination to succeed in my career. I was in fact slowly killing my “self”.
Where to From Here?
So there I was… nearly 60 years old and no job, with my former partner and our 3 children financially dependent on me. It soon became clear that my chances of getting a new corporate job were slim to non-existent (age prejudice is alive and well, especially in senior positions), and to be honest I had had enough.
I was ready for a completely different challenge; a reinvention. I wanted a new life.
I wanted, no I desperately needed, to pursue a totally different direction in my life; things I was passionate about and would make a difference to people’s lives. I had some ideas but had never had the time to develop them.
I knew I wanted to share my corporate experience in a mentorship or coaching role with company owners, directors and senior management where my specialist skills, knowledge and experience would provide a unique insight of having actually done what you are about to do, or need to upgrade.
Whatever your business issues, chances are I have experience of resolving them. The issues that businesses typically face are surprisingly similar, and the solutions I have implemented during my lifelong corporate career, and smore recent online marketing and coaching career are probably relevant to your organisation.
My Corporate experience in top-management roles, coupled with my training and experience in internet and social media marketing over the last 6 years, both as a practitioner and coach/mentor, has enabled me to understand how to infuse modern thinking and technology with traditional business solutions to achieve optimal solutions to today’s business challenges.
Above everything, I wanted to do something that would make a real difference in the world.
At 60, I was still fit, healthy, active and enthusiastic; frankly I had not even considered retirement. Like many mature men I believed that I still had much to offer and contribute; valuable knowledge, skills and experience and heaps of energy and ideas.
I grappled with how to move forward.
I applied myself in the things I love and the life practices that had helped me manage through these personal issues – meditation, a healthy diet, and regular exercise.
I started to take healthy nutrition really seriously, with a focus on vegetables and fruit, including a daily Green Smoothie, which provided most of the vegetables I needed to eat daily.
The other important thing that happened was that my former partner and I managed to establish a healthy and supportive friendship and I have spent time with my kids regularly since then.
I studied everything I could find on longevity and aging, health and exercise and how to really enjoy growing older. I brought my life into balance and de-stressed my mind, body and spirit.
I also explored how I could apply my business skills and experience most effectively. I believe that these, together with my belief and faith in myself are my biggest assets.
I quickly discovered that the internet had created many new and exciting
opportunities. I became inspired and spent the next 6 months learning the skills of internet marketing, attending seminars by the top people in their field, taking online courses and reading hundreds of articles and dozens of books…all without knowing the exact path I intended to take, and at the same time studying the top websites covering the areas I was most interested in.
Then, one day in late 2012, I had my light-bulb moment.
I was out on my morning exercise routine when it suddenly hit me. I stopped, my heart was pounding, and I put my hands in the air and shouted “Of course, that’s it” I can use my own experiences and the knowledge that I have gained to help men just like me to make the most of their third life phase.
I could help them to design a better retirement life for themselves and their families.
It dawned on me that the process and structure I had applied to turn my own life around, from potential disaster, to a new life in which my stress levels have returned to normal and my life is no longer a mad rush, giving me time to appreciate what I already have and to nurture my children, could be equally useful to anybody who was either planning or already living their third life-phase.
Now if you are under fifty, you are probably thinking – Great, but how can that help me?
Well stick with me!
I’m here to tell you, that no matter what age you are, or what your current life circumstances are, it is possible to change them, to improve your financial situation, which will have a positive flow on effect to your close relationships and your overall mental and spiritual well being.
As a result, your whole attitude and mindset will be changed forever; and as you will learn, without the right mindset, and belief in yourself, positive change is impossible.
My true purpose, my vision and passion, is to share my journey, my experiences-both good and bad, with as many people as possible.
So Where Am I right NOW? – a Retrospective
They say that hindsight is 20/20 vision. So here’s my retrospective.
I spent more than 30 years of my life building a career and income that enabled me to give my family everything they needed-except me; because I was so focussed on that career and so stressed by what it required to succeed, that I did not give them the time and attention that they deserved. That is my greatest regret.
I now see life much more clearly, having had 6 years where my stress levels have dived, my blood pressure has gone from far too high to normal, and my health and weight are where they were when I was in my early twenties.
To be honest I feel great, and my belief in myself and my ability to build the life of my dreams, for myself and my children, and at the same time to help thousands of people around the world to design a better life for themselves and their families is absolute.
I have the knowledge and skills, the wisdom that comes with age and experience and the positive mindset that is required to achieve great things, and the DESIRE and BELIEF in myself and what I intend to achieve.
My journey has never been easy, but to be where I am right now, with everything I need in place to fulfil my passion, is simply amazing and thrilling.
My Internet Marketing Business
At the time of updating this article in July 2018, I had spent over 6 years learning and gaining experience and knowledge of internet marketing and social media skills, and I am using that knowledge to help mature people through through my authority website http://www.designyournewlife.com/
Helping them to create a source of additional ongoing income in their spare time, to enable them to maintain their current lifestyle throughout their retirement years.
I have also been coaching and mentoring people of all ages and in numerous countries in the developed world for the last 2 years in internet marketing skills and have gained great satisfaction from seeing many of those people grow in confidence and success as they developed and applied their new knowledge.
When it comes to making additional income, the internet has created an infinite number of new opportunities that we couldn’t even have imagined 15-20 years ago
I created my davidameronline.com website to provide educational articles and ongoing updates to new products and developments in the internet and social media marketing worlds as they occur.
I will continue to add new programs and products that that meet my criteria as they become available.
To find out more about the Internet Revolution and how you can harness it to create additional income, follow this link to my article
This article delves more deeply into the profound effects the internet has already had on the human experience and where it might go in the next 10 years.
I hope you gained something, an insight, an idea, from reading my story-that is why I have published it.
All great businesses started with an idea, followed by passion, belief and most importantly focussed action. If that is all you take away today it will have been time well spent.
My Story from here will be the most exciting episode in my life. I hope you will stick around so I can share my story with you and to allow me the privilege of contributing to your future success.