My name is Neil Johnson and I am 51 years old and have been made redundant.
I have 2 children and, currently, 2 grandchildren.
The jobs and businesses I have had have been very varied and as diverse as you can get, having started my working life in the Royal Navy as a 16 year old chef, moving on to sales for an insurance company and then a motor trader.
I moved away from being a used car salesman (and new ones too so before you start the jokes) into being a landlord of a public house with a very busy food operation, which was handy as I am a chef by trade.
In the end, I had several pubs, but decided for the sake of my family that it was time to get away from the ungodly hours and the wrong environment for children so I went to sell sweets in pubs, you know the ones, in the vending machines where you get a few sweets in your hand.
In between some of the above jobs, I did a full time computer course and learned analysis and programming in COBOL, but things have moved on since then and you don’t need to understand any programming language to get on in cyber space anymore.
After the sweets business, which the children were quite distressed when I sold it because their constant supply of chocolate had gone, I went to work for a very large advertising company and back into sales.
The first 6 years were very successful and hugely enjoyable but when the opportunity came up to join the IT department, it was too good an opportunity to miss, so that it how I ended up going into what I had trained for many years earlier, but it had changed very dramatically, so back to school to learn the new technology.
You would think when you have such specialist skills that I had been trained for, you would have a job for life, but that is not the case, and when the climate says make cuts, no one is safe and redundancy caught up with me, but I think I avoided the couple of rounds of redundancy before that because of the triple heart bypass surgery that I had had in 2008 and they felt sorry for me.
It was that event that brought a couple of things into sharp focus, and they are that when your time comes there is nothing you can do about it and you have to live as though each day may be your last and be happy.
The next 6 months were taken up with holidays and horse racing, which is a particular passion of mine, but it is virtually impossible to make a decent living from that and the share of the race horse that I own just costs me money and never returns any.
After this I decided to find what would I do for a job and that is when I got into internet marketing.
The road is rocky when you first get into a new industry, and that is definitely the case in this industry, but somehow, I manged to get to the other end and I now realize why only 5% succeed and my mission in life now is to try and stop other people from making the same mistakes.
It may be difficult because human nature forces us towards the shiny objects, but with some careful and sometimes forceful guidance, I would like to think I can help.
You won’t find qualifications in psychology or computer science here, just a deep desire to be of assistance, and the that end, please feel free to email me for any help.
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