Hi, I’m Alex Teterya and I’d like to share my story with you, so you understand that I’m no different to anyone, who has an unstoppable desire to chaise their dreams. But let me warn you, this not a story of success that you may read on many other online business websites that aim to impress you. My story is more a story of… failure… Yes, you are right, I’d like to share with you my biggest failures, so you understand why I am so passionate about what I do and hopefully, understand my burning desire to help others to achieve the same level of passion in their lives that I have and maybe to start to inspire other people to make a world a better place to live. If you are here, I believe you share the same dream with me, and it’s to earn your income doing something that you would love to do, be passionate about it and live your full potential. Something that will give you more freedom, fulfilment and meaning in your life. Something that will change your life, what I simply call to be the best version of yourself and live the best life you can. I will be very honest with you, as I believe that integrity is a must to have when you build your brand and build your business online with a long-term goal to succeed. So, let’s begin… I was 42 when I realise that my life sucks. I live in Auckland, New Zealand, have a full-time management job in Supply Chain & Logistics, working for one of the largest retailer brands in Australia and New Zealand. I have a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters; we are happy together. Have two good cars, renting a brand-new townhouse in a modern, cosy, vibrant neighbourhood in a very good suburb. Wait a minute, you’d say… Where is a failure? Why did I say that I realised that my life sucks? Well, three main reasons made me think this way. The first reason is money. In a corporate world, when it comes to money you are just a line in an excel spreadsheet called budget and marked as a labour cost. And it means that your income will always be limited. In the corporate world, true wealth comes with executive roles or with very specific and narrow skills. As simple as that. No matter if you work hard, or even harder. Your salary is growing by 2% a year if you are lucky. And if you work long hours and you are on a salary it means that you get paid even less than if you would be paid hourly. That’s how it works, at least here in New Zealand. Now consider the fact that the median price for houses in Auckland is over 1 million dollars. I am an immigrant, which means I started from scratch in my 37 years in a new country to where I moved following a dream to live a better life. I managed to build my career from scratch and became an Operations Manager in one of the biggest courier companies in the country in just 3 years, starting as a freight sorter there. This is the way that most of the immigrants would follow – start from the bottom. So, I realised that no matter how hard I tried, I had to climb further up the career ladder to earn enough to buy my own house. This sounds logical, isn’t it? Well, let me explain a second reason, why I felt that I’m not doing so well. I’ve been taught that to succeed in this life I need to follow the model: finish school with good scores, go to University, start to work, do your best, work hard and you will get whatever you want – a house you like, travel around the world, freedom. Wrong, wrong, wrong! If I knew, that following this society “believe” can only lead me into a rat race trap! Working 60 hours per week under huge mental and physical pressure has only enabled me to pay my bills and left no money, no time for my family, no freedom and no security at all! This is the way society wants us to go. I realised that I'm a slave of my monthly bills! I stop and I'm done! My biggest mistake was that I thought that making someone else’s dream come true (working for a company’s goals) would make me happy and give me satisfaction. I based my success on false values. Now, let me explain to you why climbing up top on a career ladder is almost impossible for me. I’ve tried it so many times, but whenever I reached a senior executive level in a corporate world, I resigned. This is simply because one of my very strong values is freedom. I understood that the way to success for me is nothing but following these three steps: set my mind to what I want to achieve; make sure that my goal is based on my True Values, so I’m not following someone else’s “believes” of success; finish what I started and never give up. That’s it. This is what didn’t work for me well in a corporate world: freedom to express my opinion, freedom to do and say what I feel with a very high level of honesty and integrity, freedom to manage my own time and do a job to achieve results, not to spend my time from 9 to 5 at work, freedom to see employees as people not as resources and a cost in a budget, and the main one – freedom to work hard to follow my dreams, not someone else’s. In a corporate world, after reaching a certain level of hierarchy, I struggled to find an environment where results will directly lead to recognition in my case it was money and further promotion. There is rarely a direct link between results and recognition whether it’s money or promotion. Normally there is a curve from results that you deliver, to a “good relationship” with those who are at the top of a hierarchy, then and only then to a recognition. And I always found it frustrating to be forced to play corporate politics to please others to achieve my career goals. As a consequence of this model, my promotion was always depending on someone else’s decision, not on my results, but on a person who is higher than me in a corporate hierarchy, who would decide whether I’m good enough to be a member of “the club” or not. And having a value to honestly say what I think… It took me a while to realise it, but when I did, I quickly understood that no matter how hard I work, this is just a matter of time when I would be “not good enough” for someone at the top who will decide my destiny. I understood that the formula of success has these three things: set my mind to what I want to achieve; make sure that my goal is based on my True Values, so I’m not following someone else’s “believes” of success; finish what I started and never give up. That’s it. While I was very good at two of them, I failed the most important one – the career path wasn’t aligned with my true values. Working hard and deliver results is not enough to succeed in a corporate world. I knew many people who didn’t deliver great results but were successful in their career, just having the right person at the top to help them to grow. I’m not the one to judge them. It’s just simply a fact that I have to accept if I want to build my career in a corporate environment. But this status quo is not for me. So, the second reason for me was lack of fulfilment. I often asked myself, what if I spend the same time and energy focused on my own goal? Would I live a better life now? Would I be a better version of myself? Would my results be better? And the answer always was – Sure it would! And I felt so much disappointed because I’ve never tried! Fulfilment is something that I could never find in my career working hard to make someone else’s dream come true, even when I was an Operations Director or Sales Marketing Director in a big international company back in my home country. No matter how hard I work, I always knew, that the results could be much more batter if I would work for myself! The third reason is lack of meaning. For me, it is very important to do something meaningful, something that I can be proud of at the end of the day. That’s how I came to coaching, where I’m able to apply my passion for personal development and experience constant growth. Hopefully, you understand now, why I concluded that I failed, even though, my result was not bad at all. I am a very average mid-class person by all means. And this is not good or wrong. However, I asked myself a very important question (that I will encourage you to also ask yourself) – am I happy with the results that I have in my life? Then, I looked around to see the results (whatever it is around and within me: a job, a house, a car, a lifestyle, freedom, fulfilment, meaning etc.) and I understood that I can do way, way better than that. And I know that this potential within me has to be fulfilled, otherwise, I will always be “average”. Being a manager, I coached many employees to help them to grow personally and professionally to achieve their goals. The most enjoyable part of my job was to see these people growing and being able to overcome their weakness, realising, that they are capable of very much more than they thought about themselves. Being able to recognise the potential in these people and help them to do the same, gives me a strong meaning in what I do. I decided that I want to do my own business based on my passion for coaching and personal development. And I want to do it online. This has become very much crucial in a pandemic environment. If your business can not generate an income online, then another lockdown can be the end of your business. Cutting long story short, I have begun to proactively look for a solution of how to start my coaching business online, not having a huge capital to invest, not knowing how to do it from the technology point of view and most importantly, something that I can do part-time without jeopardising my full-time job and keep my bills paid. My main requirements were: freedom to run my business anywhere, where I have a laptop and The Internet connection; do something that I love to do and I know will help others, so it gives me a meaning to do it, and the last but a very important one is leverage to grow my income without limitation. Sounds too good to be true. Isn’t it?! I also came to the same conclusions, so it took me a while to realise that this is possible. And the first step to this is to be open-minded enough to be able to see opportunities. As I mentioned before, personal development is a big part of my life. I’ve been through very powerful leadership courses that were so impactful that I ended up in New Zealand travelling with my family to the other side of the world perusing my dream. So, I know what it takes, to do whatever it’s required, to achieve something that you never thought is possible in the very first instance. I am a big believer, and this belief based on my own experience, that there are three things that I need to do to achieve my goals: - Focus – almost a tunnel vision focus on my goal, not on my limitations; - Mindset – be open-minded as I never know from where the opportunity will come from; - Actions – I must take action towards my goal to achieve it. That is exactly how I managed to move to New Zealand not having a big budget and barely speaking English 5 years ago. As simple as that. But it is easier said than done. I understand the lack of clarity, the sense of uncertainty and the fear of the unknown more than anyone else when it comes to making a life-changing decision to do whatever it takes to follow your dream. I grow up in a family where “money does not grow on trees”, “University degree is only for those who can afford it”, and most important “we don’t have money…”. All these wrong believes were part of my DNAs and only years of personal development and self-growth has helped me to realise how much these beliefs negatively impacted on my results. My self-growth journey started when I was 20 years old and read a book by Carlos Castaneda “The Warrior’s Way”. Since then, this quote has never left my mind and always pushed me forward to pursue my dreams: "A path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you... Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself alone, one question... Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use…" - Carlos Castaneda. So, can I help you to achieve your dream? Well, I guess an honest and simple answer is I can only navigate you how to become a self-growth expert, give you tools and techniques, show you different strategies and models, coach you and help to find a world-class training material about building a business from scratch, but the rest is in your capable hands. My answers to my limitations about an online business I found joining Six Figures Mentors (SFM). Here I realised that I do not need to have a great idea or a huge capital or to be an expert, a coach, a professional to start my own online business and build it around my passion from scratch. More than that, it is not a problem if I don’t even know what is my passion! It can be found as I go. This world-class online education and training company gives you three business models to choose from: eCommerce, Affiliate Marketing, and if you have your product or service, they will help you to build your business online from scratch. At the end of the day, it is your own choice to make, whether you want to live your best life or you are ok to keep making someone else’s dreams come true. Whatever choice you make, I respect it. But I would only like to encourage you to ask yourself one question. Does this path, that you decide to follow, have a heart?