It’s Been 7 Years Since I Got Off The Streets…

by Richard Van 162 replies
I thought I’d write this to encourage others that don’t feel life and the Internet Marketing game is going too well for them….

7 years ago I had a nice car, a nice flat, a lovely wife. Life was good. One day when I least expected it I found out my wife was having an affair. I was very upset. I packed a bag and in complete shock I walked out. I never went back.

I was too proud to tell my friends, my parents had moved out of the country. All I wanted was a drink. I found a drink shop and bought a couple of bottles of strong cheap port. I walked for a while then went into the park. I was pretty drunk by then and fell asleep but was awoken by three men kicking and punching me. They took my bag of clothes and my wallet. All I had then was what I had on.

From then on my life followed a similar downward pattern. I would beg by day and drink by night. I would sleep in bushes after the first night to stay away from others. Many of the homeless formed gangs to steal and to stay safer. I’d been homeless for a month when I was lynched by a large gang of homeless guys. They literally beat me until I just couldn’t move. My eyes were swollen shut. I thought they’d stopped when I felt someone lift my top up. All I remember was this awful stinging sensation down my chest. I heard them going and managed to crawl away. My chest was wet but I didn’t want to touch it as I thought they’d chucked acid on me. As I came out of the park and into the street light I realised it wasn’t acid. With a knife, glass or some other sharp tool they cut my chest from the left side of my chest to below my belly button. I was dripping blood everywhere. It’s amazing how many people walk past a man that’s clearly just been beaten almost to death but luckily there was an angel. One lady came up and called me an ambulance.

Hospital was a nice time for me, nice regular food, comfy bed and cups of tea but you can’t stay forever and I went back to where I was. This time I kept my head really low.

After another month I was walking to find a good begging spot when someone shouted my name. I looked round and to my horror it was a good friend of mine “Rich, what the f*** are you doing? Where have you been? You’re coming with me mate!”

With a bit of force he frogmarched me back to his house and in no uncertain terms “ordered” me to stay until I was back on my feet. I got in his shower and it hit me that where I had been was my rock bottom and that moment was life turning a corner. In a week I got myself a crap job cleaning offices but it was money, I also found a room to rent. It was during my stay at my friends that I found an article on Internet Marketing. It intrigued me and like a lot of people I was sucked in by the promises of gazillions, fast cars and palm tree’s. With my wages I bought quite a lot of crap but I did save up for my own laptop. After 2 years I was still in my room and still doing the job-However I was also a lot more knowledgeable about the IM world. The problem was I wasn’t taking action. I was learning but not doing what I was learning. So after 2 years I finally took the plunge.

In that third year I made about £6000, which to me at the time was a major achievement but I’d made a lot of mistakes that had cost me, but they had taught me many valuable lessons.

In year four I made enough to leave my job and rent a one bed flat. I was now full time with this. Over the last three years I can’t believe what’s happened. I’m not going to sit here and boast, that’s a waste of your time. What’s strange is thinking that in just 7 years you can change your life beyond all recognition. I have tonnes of money making sites and I’ve just acquired a big envelope company with a mailing list of 8000 buyers and all the stock.

Next year I’m moving to Australia. If there’s one lesson I’d like to pass on it’s got to be this…

No matter what happens in life you are still in control. Every moment you take action you are setting about the motions of change. Every second that goes by when you are taking action brings you closer to your dream.

I like the scar down my chest now. It’s a great reminder for me, not just how low you can go but what you can achieve.
#mind warriors #it’s #streets… #years
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    wow. wild story............. that's a mighty find thing your fellow human did for you... great attitude u have too.

    thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author MIRENGE
      I am so sorry that you had to go through all that but am a gain encouraged to hear the happy ending of your story
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  • Profile picture of the author jointaldc
    Whoa, intense, you sure did go through a lot of things. Not many people make it off the streets after they go there. Was a real good friend that took you in...
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  • Profile picture of the author Phillip T Garcia
    Hi, Richard Van,

    It is great that you were able to over-come. Glad you survived, and even managed to progress! Hopefully, I can do the same, if necessary. I am real close to being homeless.

    In my time, which is long, I have known some others that have succeeded. Some were destitute beforehand, most were not. The thing that was prevalent with all of them, after they did succeed, is they did not ever 'bother' to try and help other's, after the fact.

    Congratulations again, but, with your success, I hope you can find a way to help other's, even if only in a small way, that are were you were at. Your telling of that experience is a step to wards that, so, thank you for the words. (And forgive me if you are already doing that.)
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    Super inspiration here.

    I am convinced God brings some folks through the darkest nights to shine the brightest for others.

    All the best!

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    • Profile picture of the author sufianagia
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Super inspiration here.

      I am convinced God brings some folks through the darkest nights to shine the brightest for others.

      All the best!

      Ryan Biddulph
      Right saying, I like your lines...it Will really motivational experience and inspire to us. So remember it and go forward to make brightness. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Gav35
    Hi Richard

    Inspirational stuff,good to see your living life to the full.
    All the best with your move to Australia.

    Regards Gavin
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    Amazing story. Truly one of the best I've read here.
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    Brutal story! good message though
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  • Profile picture of the author mankis
    Really amazing, wild story. You should write a book, make movie or something. It remindes me on one of Jodie Foster's movies.

    I allways complain about my country, but I can't imagine living in country with gangs walking around, to walk in fear late at night when you walk alone, brrr. I love my country.
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    Sigh. Good things happen to good people. And you're one of those blessed with a great personality. Wish you all the best, mate.
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  • Profile picture of the author hatdance
    Your friend deserves some credit. I wonder where you would still be if he had not dragged you off the streets. Just a reminder how much we can do for each other. Thanks for sharing and best of luck in Australia.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Thanks for the kind replies.

      Fact is the reason I told this story was because a fellow warrior became homeless recently and the forum really rallied around her. It made me think of those days again and made me realise that its a good message to share.

      To cyop, if you're getting close to being homeless I wish I could help you personally. Believe it or not I actually give money to people in the same park I was in when I was homeless, I'm probably giving it to the same guys that did me in. I can assure you being homeless isn't something I'd ever forget and I cringe every time I see a tramp knowing what his/her lifes like. I'll PM you my skype name, you can call me and see if we can get a plan going for you.

      To Hatdance I very much know what my friend did for me. I paid for his honeymoon last year and I've done a whole lot more too. Potentially I owe him my life, anything could have happenned had he not seen me. Believe me not a day goes by I don't think about what he did.
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        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

        Thanks for the kind replies.

        Fact is the reason I told this story was because a fellow warrior became homeless recently and the forum really rallied around her. It made me think of those days again and made me realise that its a good message to share.

        To cyop, if you're getting close to being homeless I wish I could help you personally. Believe it or not I actually give money to people in the same park I was in when I was homeless, I'm probably giving it to the same guys that did me in. I can assure you being homeless isn't something I'd ever forget and I cringe every time I see a tramp knowing what his/her lifes like. I'll PM you my skype name, you can call me and see if we can get a plan going for you.

        To Hatdance I very much know what my friend did for me. I paid for his honeymoon last year and I've done a whole lot more too. Potentially I owe him my life, anything could have happenned had he not seen me. Believe me not a day goes by I don't think about what he did.
        Richard,

        You are an inspiration. Thanks for telling your story. I've been down and out before and if not for friends I could have perished too. I don't want to forget people who were kind to me so I do my best to help everyone I can when I can.
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  • Profile picture of the author Damz
    Thanks for the story Rich,,very inspirational...can you share some methods that you're using to make that amount of money?
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by Damz View Post

      Thanks for the story Rich,,very inspirational...can you share some methods that you're using to make that amount of money?
      Hi Damz,

      Well I haven't actually said what I earned but it's a lot more than I could ever get with a job (in my circumstances, I'd never be a lawyer for example!). There are huge amounts of people here who earn a lot more than me. I basically find niche markets and use Samurai to find high traffic, low and un-internet marketing savvy competiton and then find solutions to their problems by either creating a product or becoming an affiliate. I sell digital and physical products. The envelope company is my first attempt at actually holding stock and managing an e-commerce site.

      The best advice I can offer is to just get on and try something. If you fail, who cares, thats part of life. Just keep trying until you succeed.
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    Thanks for the story Rich
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  • Profile picture of the author George Pitts
    WOW! That story is major man. Thats movie screen type stuff the Rise and Fall and new Rise of Rich Van. Awesome story man! God is good all the time
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  • Profile picture of the author Migdolas
    Hello Richard,

    Thank you for such inspiration story - I found it to be honest and powerful. I can only imagine, the tremendous baggage of thoughts that you carry having gone through all of the broad variety in the spectrum of life - it feels good to know that you have made it through and now are closer to being a living example of someone with a lifestory of a movie character. I hope that your success will continue and can assure you that this post has left an impact.

    Good luck with your envelope company!
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      Amazing story. Thank you for sharing something so deeply personal.
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    Brilliant story, Richard. Thanks for your openness in revealing your past history. Glad things have worked out for you so well, mate.
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    Hey man, that's an awesome story and very inspirational. Thanks for opening up and sharing.


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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Thanks again for all the nice comments.

      I'm certainly not sure it's film or book material but it does go to show that when you decide something and commit to it you can achieve almost anything.

      It also goes to show that where you are now is just that - where you are now. It's not where you'll be forever and you have a choice and the ability to change it if it's not to your liking.
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      • Profile picture of the author Robert Boduch
        Wow, Richard! That's sheer inspiration. Kudos to you, my friend.

        Hey, if you want to tell your story to a larger audience, I volunteer to write your book for free... and would have a blast doing it. Just think of the impact you could have. Seriously! Think about it, mate. There are millions of people who are down in the dumps. Your story is very uplifting and could make a significant difference in the world.

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        • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
          Originally Posted by Robert Boduch View Post

          Wow, Richard! That's sheer inspiration. Kudos to you, my friend.

          Hey, if you want to tell your story to a larger audience, I volunteer to write your book for free... and would have a blast doing it. Just think of the impact you could have. Seriously! Think about it, mate. There are millions of people who are down in the dumps. Your story is very uplifting and could make a significant difference in the world.

          Robert
          Thats very kind of you. However I would never have anyone write anything for me for free though. It would make a nice story though and if it helps others I would certainly consider it. It would be good to hand out to people in the same place I was once in.
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          • Profile picture of the author Robert Boduch
            Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

            Thats very kind of you. However I would never have anyone write anything for me for free though. It would make a nice story though and if it helps others I would certainly consider it. It would be good to hand out to people in the same place I was once in.
            No worries, Richard.

            As you can confirm from the thoughts of other Warriors, you have a powerful and moving story. If you ever decide to reach out and share this with a larger audience, I'd be happy to contribute my services in some way, shape or form.

            You've shared the more significant details here. So breaking it down further and expanding on what you've already got to turn it into a book shouldn't be too challenging of a task. It's just a matter of establishing the framework, asking relevant, probing questions, and then shaping your answers into sentences.

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            • Profile picture of the author birdman87
              Very inspiring.

              I have a good friend who's been on and off the streets for a while now. Something happened and **** hit the fan and his life suddenly became really ****ed up a couple of years ago. It's funny how all of lifes **** seems to happen to a select few. I've always helped him as much as possible but I'm also in a situation now where I can't help people until I get myself onto my own two feet. I've often thought about getting him into internet marketing so he can make a living. or getting him to write articles for me and then splitting the profits. I just need to make sure I know what I'm doing first before I get him to puta ll of his hopes and time into that might end up making him even more disheartened. Trying to inspire him and make him realise that he can make things happen for himself now. I'm planning on hitting it hard in january when I get the chance and then from there on provided I have some success I will bring him in and take him under my wing.

              Thanks for such a great story I show this to him next time he's round at my yard
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              • Profile picture of the author LindseyRainwater
                Wow. Thanks for sharing that.

                I've been struggling with my plans for making money, wondering whether they will work or not, and feeling hopelessly lost some days. Your story just drove it home that I'm actually in a darn good place all things considered and should just jump at the opportunities I see before things get worse.

                Thanks for the reality check.
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        Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

        Thanks again for all the nice comments.

        I'm certainly not sure it's film or book material but it does go to show that when you decide something and commit to it you can achieve almost anything.

        It also goes to show that where you are now is just that - where you are now. It's not where you'll be forever and you have a choice and the ability to change it if it's not to your liking.

        This is just so what I needed to hear right now.
        Thanks for sharing your story.
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    Thanks for sharing this moving story,the next time I complain about how hard life is I will think of this story!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart S
    Yeah thanks for sharing Richard,

    It takes a humble man with humility to share an experience like this with people you don't personally know and I congratulate you for that.

    Keep striving for that/more success.

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  • Profile picture of the author ColdFire123
    Nice story and very inspirational. If your good then also good things will happen to you.
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    I'm just impressed with your story, I cannot stand but admiring you!
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by Pisaka View Post

      I'm just impressed with your story, I cannot stand but admiring you!
      Thanks but this isn't to make people admire me it's too make people realise how they can turn there life around, often in some pretty tricky situations.
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  • Profile picture of the author kjfuller1
    Congrats Richard. That is truly inspirational and shows that anything is possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author RegalWeb
    Such an inspiration to everyone. This is what we call reality. IM people usually confine their selves in a make-shift reality int he world of Internet. Our careers, future and all may rely in the Internet but there's more than that.
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      I salute you for your courage to bounce back from the brink of death !
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    Pic of the scar with a spoon right next to it or it didn't happen.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
      Originally Posted by Al Mukmin View Post

      Pic of the scar with a spoon right next to it or it didn't happen.
      Always one naysayer,

      I don't need to prove anything and congrats for being the only one who saw the negative side of what was a thread to help people. Dude it's people like you that annoy me like mad. The only one that never believes until he see's. I'm assuming your not religious too? Because you have no proof of that either, unless you have pics. You don't want to believe me? I really do not care. So for you, this didn't happen. Personally I think your comments are deeply offensive but I wouldn't let that ruin my day, not one little bit.
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      • Profile picture of the author vj3660
        Hats off buddy .Your story will motivate thousands of others.It is very pathetic to see some one like Al Mukmin in this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    If it sounds unbelievable, it must be true...

    I don't think you could make that story up.

    Very inspiring.

    Who's the warrior who became homeless? Thread about it somewhere?

    Glad to read this story before I sleep...
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Wow Richard.

    I didn't know this had happened to you.... Glad to see you overcame it and that you're here.!
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  • It's amazing that you made it through...

    Now you know nothing can stand in
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    Thanks for sharing. Very inspiring story.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    Hi Richard what an amazing story. What a turn around for you. You are an inspiration for anyone who wants to make it in this IM field.

    Well done and you will love Australia.
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    Thanks for the faith. Much Love...
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    wow felt every part of it apart from the drinking could almost have been me. Just reached year 3 just watching the fruits starting to grow , Thank you for sharing your story , whats your best advice for IM ?
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  • Profile picture of the author StephanieMojica
    Inspirational story. I can relate; I was destitute 2 1/2 years ago due to a domestic violence relationship and am now making six figures online...it can happen for anyone!
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    • Profile picture of the author PatriciaS
      Richard --

      Thanks for sharing your amazing and inspiring story. I do so love stories of redemption and the triumph of the human spirit. As you can see, you've moved many many people, including a bunch who haven't even posted, I'm sure. I love the idea of a book for charity, btw, and I'll offer some of my services on such a project as well (editing, proofing).

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      Inspirational story. I can relate; I was destitute 2 1/2 years ago due to a domestic violence relationship and am now making six figures online...it can happen for anyone!
      Stephanie, I'd love to hear your story, if you're willing to share -- or whatever parts of it you're willing to share. Less about the bad stuff and more about the successful parts, I guess.
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    Very inspirational story man! Good luck with everything else aswell
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  • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
    What an inspirational story Richard.

    I can strongly relate to parts of it.
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    wow..that story is just amazing. thanks for sharing. truly inspiring.
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    Wow! God has blessed you my friend! keep on sharing!
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    • Profile picture of the author Vanessa Reece
      You know what Richard I know you don't want praise but really I think people like to feel they need to give it. It's inspirational what you've written, incredibly brave and honest.

      Before the economic melt down I had a nice life in London and one day I was heading out to a friend's party and got chatting to this homeless chap in on the main train stations. Man I'll talk to just about anyone. He was saying that it was all very well having a bed for the night but what would really help would be having a bed until he got a job - he was frustrated with himself because he had skills but couldn't get a job with no fixed abode.

      Anyway we had a cuppa and I bought him some food and gave him enough for a few nights in a hostel. I couldn't give any more nor could I offer him a place to stay...this upset me that I couldn't do more.

      I wonder do you ever get the feeling you just want to take people home and help them? I do all the time.

      Anyway I had an idea - I think if you had time to work with someone on a book you could in fact offer it for sale with the proceeds going to a few homeless charities world wide. I'm pretty sure the Big Issue would be very interested in your story if you want to share it more. It's your choice but words can be powerful things and if you can inspire one person that there is life beyond the streets then its worth it.

      Just a suggestion if no one else has mentioned it.

      Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
    Let me tell you it was "angelic"

    I had a friend who got me out of deep depression.

    I recommend you get a book written on your real life story and who knows hollywood could come calling at your door. You could do some rightful charity work through selling your real life story in books, magazines and a movie.

    You're really blessed by god.

    Your Angel friend is even MORE blessed.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cris Stylez
      Wow, Your story was extremely inspiring. I am happy you were able to take something so negative and turn it around for the better.

      Cheers,

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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Al Mukmin,

      Pic of the scar with a spoon right next to it or it didn't happen.
      Wrong forum mate, save that attitude for the other place with the dickrolls and all that jazz. It would be boring if everywhere was the same, right?

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for sharing your story.
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      Impressive story
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      Have similar story but not seen any achievement or success yet
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    I am totally speechless after reading your story. May be it was destiny. Your courage, humility, and inner strength gives a lot of hope to those who might be stuck in a similar situation. It is easy to fall down, getting up is hard. But, you did it! Kudos!
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    Awesome story. The human spirit can be amazing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Matthews
    Thanks for sharing - an inspiration to us all.
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  • Profile picture of the author missenergy
    Thanks for posting this, I think a lot of people have felt that hopeless feeling every now and again. The message is clear, never give up because your success can be right around the corner. Always be strong. Great post.
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    What an inspiring story! Richard Van... YOU DA MAN!
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    Great story, I hope everything works out for you in Australia.
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    Richard,

    I don't really visit this part of the forum much, so must've overlooked this thread. I just read a comment elsewhere here which spurred on my curiosity, and dug through your posts until I found it.

    "Wow", is all I can say; sounds like you really went through hell.

    It's all too easy to make assumptions about the decisions some homeless people must've taken to end up where they are (drugs, drink, whatever), but this highlights that often these are effects of the homelessness and/or some profoundly traumatic/debilitating experience from which homelessness resulted - not the cause or trigger of everything.

    This sort of thing really can, does and will happen to anyone. If times get rough enough, and the world gets you down, all it takes is a moment of confusion and misdirection to trigger off what could end up being months, years or even a lifetime of adversity and deprivation.

    But you had the inclination to better yourself, and that is - unfortunately - what so many others lack (understandably so, in many cases, after all they've been through). Of course, you were also lucky enough to have a friend willing (and in a position) to give you a helping hand.

    It just goes to show that no matter how bad things get, for no matter how long, lives can be changed around and rebuilt, with work. Life aint over 'til you're stone dead, and between now and that day, you have it within yourself - and owe it to yourself - to change your direction for the better.

    But one needs to try to hold onto whatever hope and optimism one can in the face of all that is bad and traumatic, as without that, the inclination to put in the effort wouldn't follow, and one's chances of recovering are severely hampered.

    It all starts "up here".

    As they say: respect!
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    thank you! very motivating!
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    Your story is so helpful for many.
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  • Profile picture of the author donnarn
    One day at a time Guard your Eyes and Ears from Corruption (Negativity). Guard your self from the people that are negative, so they don't bring you down. Up lift yourself and keep your head up. You are your own best friend treat yourself as such. You can be cursed or blessed, by people. Have a blessed day Richard
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    Hi Richard...

    I'm so glad you posted this, and decided to share your amazing story. I couldn't stop reading your words.

    Keep up the amazing work.

    Many Blessings,
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  • Profile picture of the author darkhazza
    This story really highlighted to me how important it is to help our friends and fellow humans out of tight spots. I honestly believe we could make a huge difference if we actually took time to notice the plight of other people. Especially in London. I know from experience you spend a day in London and everyone is just another face by the end of it. People look at you funny if you smile at them on the tube.

    I've been trying to give to charity more regularly with the idea that if everyone gave 30GBP/month to charity, it would work out to about 600,000,000 GBP/month in the UK alone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fred1
    Wow! Inspiring story.

    Stories like Richard's prove that "pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps" is a ridiculous notion. Having someone willing to help us stand is often the first step toward a better place in life.

    What a blessing to have a friend willing to help in this way.
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  • Profile picture of the author HugoG
    This stories are the one's which at the end of the day only inspire us to go full force in life.

    Awesome story
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  • Profile picture of the author ankur sharma
    This is really one of the most inspiring story i have heard for long long time. I am speechless at this moment.
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    • Profile picture of the author June Hunter
      Richard, thank you for opening up, and sharing your story and your insights with us here. I don't manage to get as much reading done in this section as I'd like, but I'm so glad I popped in here today. I find your story very moving -- I love that you try to help the people out in the park you used to frequent when you were homeless. I hope that one day I can meet you when I visit Australia! It's on my list of places to visit. Please let us know when you're settled there if you have the chance.

      Thanks again for spreading a little hope! I wish you worlds of success in the future. You've earned it.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicebiz
    Hi Richard

    Thank you for yr amazing and inspirational "never give up" life story. When you helped others especially when you yourself were in very bad shape shows your great inner strength and thus move the great universe and God towards your favour. ... You indeed have a good heart ... So, what can I say ... "What goes around comes around"

    "Tough Times never last but tough people do" - Robert Schuller
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    Inspiring story and I'm glad you finally found happiness after taking action. =)
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    Wow Rich. What an inspiring post. Thank you for sharing it.

    Best wishes,
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    great story
    i enjoyed reading this topic, so inspirational. thanx
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    What an inspiring and poignant story, Richard. I had no idea you had gone through so much in the past few years, but you're a living testament to the power of the human spirit. No matter what you experience or go through, you still have the power and ability to control your reaction to your circumstances, and this is where all the magic happens - if you consistently react the right/positive way to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author browse15
    Great real life story. Bookmarked forever! I really love your attitude towards life. Great to hear that you have been helping others.

    My personal life story has been a great downhill as well. I am yet to climb the ladder of success so no point bragging about my life But, I am leading my life with honesty and might despite all the odds. And I promise to post my journey as well once I get attain my goals.

    "Good guys do not always end up last". You proved it! Keep up the good work!
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  • Profile picture of the author sunray
    Very inspiring and beautiful story, thank you for posting it.
    The key element in it, though, I think is that you already had been successful. You had that mental image and energy in you, you knew what attitudes, thoughts and feelings were required in success. Someone always been down there, receiving a low end salary at best, having all his friends there as well, and what is most important of all, having no good self-esteem and belief that he actually can accomplish something, wouldn’t climb out of a pit like this. This is the reason why that jerk questioned the truthfulness of the story and demanded proof. The only way such a person may succeed is with supernatural powers, that is, with God’s help.
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  • Profile picture of the author ongkal
    this story is very inspiring. I am currently in a tough situation right now and I have this bookmarked. I read it when I feel down because I know I have it in me to succeed. I just need time and proper guidance. Thank you, Richard for sharing your story to all, especially us warriors who are yet to see any significant results in our IM campaigns. This is why I love the community in this forum.
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    Awesome story Richard. Way to go. Very inspirational.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nereah
    Am so inspired, You have a true friend, not many people have even one like that and indeed you are richly blessed, apart from that, you are also a very strong person, I hope you forgave your wife and moved on, it is hard, but possible, after seeing what you accomplished. Gods goodness will forever shine! Thank you
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    • Profile picture of the author affilcrazy
      Hi Rich,

      Your story is truly inspiring, and this was not something I knew about you. It also puts quite a few things into perspective - I have recently read read a number of threads discussing certain "entitlement" posts/threads that are scattered around the forum.

      If anyone believes they are entitled to anything, or believes that the world owes them something, Richard's compelling story teaches us about basic human kindness, a willingness to work hard, and also that there is always someone in a worse-off position than yourself!

      Thanks again Rich.

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    Added you as one of my contacts Rich. I could'nt help myself after reading your fall from grace.
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    You've gone through a lot mate ! Wish you success with your new business
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  • Profile picture of the author Acumen
    Thanks for telling your story. It was a great thing that guy did for you. I'm glad you used your experience to make helping others a part of your life too.
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      Dude,

      Tears in my eyes from that, man. Thank you for sharing.

      A lesson in there - after he was cut he still managed to crawl - he did not stop moving.

      In life It's ok to fall as long as you have the courage to get back up.


      THANK YOU FOR SHARING

      Blessings to you

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  • Profile picture of the author IM Lover
    Thanks for sharing your story with us mate, you went through a lot clearly but came out smiling which is the main point, you are a nice guy even offered to help me out earlier after all the crap you have been through as well.

    For that I have to say thanks so much because to show your hand of help even after all of that, shows your true colors as not only a human being but a man.
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    crazy life. I'll reme,ber that when I have a moment of blues.
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    Your story is trully amazing - how many people could bounce back from being in the worst depths of despair - most can't.

    Life sometimes has to break you down so that you can appreciate and enjoy success, because we live in a duality unless you have experienced failure you would not know what success is.
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  • Profile picture of the author singhavn
    Very Inspiring story. I want to salute your friend who supported in the worst time of your life.
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    Incredible story my good man! I agree, we are always in control, even when we think we are not. Life is all in your head.
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  • Profile picture of the author jcruz
    OMG, that was truly inspirational. I had a similar situation where i ended up in the streets. Don't want to get into it right now. But point is its always good to see someone build themselves up and accomplish and become what they want to be.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mercy Grace
    Wow...that was an amazing read. But what really caught my attention was the fact that you were able to get back on your feet. That just shows that no matter how bad things get, there is always hope that things will get better.

    Thanks for sharing your story.
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    very Super inspiration here.

    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Richard, WTF man???

    Sorry to hear about all this mess. Thank God you're fine now.

    Heck, trading PM's with you, discussing ideas here and there, and never in my life I could imagined what you've been through back in the day.

    Kudos Richard.

    What a lesson of live dude. I am still in sock.
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  • Profile picture of the author ejb2059
    Amazingly inspirational story ... Truly there was an Angel watching over you during your trials however, it's quite possible those hardships were placed in your path to teach you how strong you really are, and that your life was worth more than cheap port, and sleeping in the bush'es ..
    God bless, and continued good fortune

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    Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

    Next year I’m moving to Australia.
    Im in Sydney dude. My shout
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    Great post! Such an inspirational story. Thanks for sharing!
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    this is pretty up there in terms of a kick-butt call to action article.. thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author USAirlinesLetter
    Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

    I thought I’d write this to encourage others that don’t feel life and the Internet Marketing game is going to well for them….

    7 years ago I had a nice car, a nice flat, a lovely wife. Life was good. One day when I least expected it I found out my wife was having an affair. I was very upset. I packed a bag and in complete shock I walked out. I never went back.

    I was too proud to tell my friends, my parents had moved out of the country. All I wanted was a drink. I found a drink shop and bought a couple of bottles of strong cheap port. I walked for a while then went into the park. I was pretty drunk by then and fell asleep but was awoken by three men kicking and punching me. They took my bag of clothes and my wallet. All I had then was what I had on.

    From then on my life followed a similar downward pattern. I would beg by day and drink by night. I would sleep in bushes after the first night to stay away from others. Many of the homeless formed gangs to steal and to stay safer. I’d been homeless for a month when I was lynched by a large gang of homeless guys. They literally beat me until I just couldn’t move. My eyes were swollen shut. I thought they’d stopped when I felt someone lift my top up. All I remember was this awful stinging sensation down my chest. I heard them going and managed to crawl away. My chest was wet but I didn’t want to touch it as I thought they’d chucked acid on me. As I came out of the park and into the street light I realised it wasn’t acid. With a knife, glass or some other sharp tool they cut my chest from the left side of my chest to below my belly button. I was dripping blood everywhere. It’s amazing how many people walk past a man that’s clearly just been beaten almost to death but luckily there was an angel. One lady came up and called me an ambulance.

    Hospital was a nice time for me, nice regular food, comfy bed and cups of tea but you can’t stay forever and I went back to where I was. This time I kept my head really low.

    After another month I was walking to find a good begging spot when someone shouted my name. I looked round and to my horror it was a good friend of mine “Rich, what the f*** are you doing? Where have you been? You’re coming with me mate!”

    With a bit of force he frogmarched me back to his house and in no uncertain terms “ordered” me to stay until I was back on my feet. I got in his shower and it hit me that where I had been was my rock bottom and that moment was life turning a corner. In a week I got myself a crap job cleaning offices but it was money, I also found a room to rent. It was during my stay at my friends that I found an article on Internet Marketing. It intrigued me and like a lot of people I was sucked in by the promises of gazillions, fast cars and palm tree’s. With my wages I bought quite a lot of crap but I did save up for my own laptop. After 2 years I was still in my room and still doing the job-However I was also a lot more knowledgeable about the IM world. The problem was I wasn’t taking action. I was learning but not doing what I was learning. So after 2 years I finally took the plunge.

    In that third year I made about £6000, which to me at the time was a major achievement but I’d made a lot of mistakes that had cost me, but they had taught me many valuable lessons.

    In year four I made enough to leave my job and rent a one bed flat. I was now full time with this. Over the last three years I can’t believe what’s happened. I’m not going to sit here and boast, that’s a waste of your time. What’s strange is thinking that in just 7 years you can change your life beyond all recognition. I have tonnes of money making sites and I’ve just acquired a big envelope company with a mailing list of 8000 buyers and all the stock.

    Next year I’m moving to Australia. If there’s one lesson I’d like to pass on it’s got to be this…

    No matter what happens in life you are still in control. Every moment you take action you are setting about the motions of change. Every second that goes by when you are taking action brings you closer to your dream.

    I like the scar down my chest now. It’s a great reminder for me, not just how low you can go but what you can achieve.
    Great story. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Profile picture of the author johnjonas01
      Just shows you that nothing is impossible! What an inspirational story!
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    Amazing story, onwards and upwards rich.
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    Wow, amazing story. Everything would have been great for you if you didn't get married in the first place.
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    Well done Rich, good on you man.

    You know what it feels like to be at the bottom and now it sounds like you are in the best position you have ever been in!
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    wow tell me about motivation
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    It's brutally beautiful story!! Although I don't understand how could you went from having everything to begging and sleeping on the streets....
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    Thanks for the inspiration! I wish you the very best in all to come and shall pass your story on...
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  • Profile picture of the author Debra Barrow
    Richard. You are living proof that coming back from adversity is within all of us. What you went through made you stronger. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Your comment "that no matter what happens, we are still in control" was a powerful one. It reminds me of when I'm struggling, that taking any kind of action has made me feel more hopeful.

    Finally, help often comes from places we never expect; and we should hope that we can be a blessing to someone who is in need.
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  • Profile picture of the author harrel
    I'm sharing this story and including it in my newsletter and audio, I hope I can pass this message out. This is really awesome and inspiring for many broke people. Dude, the best thing you did was to share this story. Our stories help us connect. Looking at your courage, I literally KNOW you will make more money in future. So for all the people crying for quitting IM because it is hard or so, listen to this guy.

    Something worth fighting for. Please help this pass this story by posting it on your blog and on newsletters.
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  • Profile picture of the author TroyNotes
    Thank for sharing.

    I pass by a couple regular homeless on my ways out to the various cafe's where I have the bipolar experience of being able to eat amazing food (if always at a budget of $12/day) and have a hard time even tasting it from all the stress I'm chewing on, trying to get any project working. The cafefree banter of those that go to the cafe for fun, feels like 2 feet and 2 universes away.

    When the homeless people ask for money (various charades and routines) and I have to laugh and wince simultaneously how it is on some level I should be the one asking them for money as on paper I'm worth orders of magnitude less, largely by events not of my choosing and things I could have protected against. More amusing, is most of them net more money than I do on a day basis, despite me working my ass off.

    I have absolutely no doubt that 1 year, let alone 4 is a completely new world. The problem is the next couple months where I'm poised right at the brink of success and collapse.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nspire
    This is am amazing story and very encouraging! This just goes to show with the right motivation anyone can succeed!. Thanks for sharing your story!
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    It is sad that you had to go through all this. And good to know that you got out of that situation.
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  • Profile picture of the author timb98133
    Wow - this is a great story & very inspiring. It would make a great movie! Thanks for sharing. This can me an inspiration to others that anyone has the power to change there circumstances if they believe & work hard enough at it!

    Thanks again!

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    wow this was truly inspirational my friend! Thank you for sharing
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    Wow!!!.....such an amazing story thank you so much for sharing
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  • Just had to find this topic again. I really see some parallel in your story and in mine. You seem like a good guy. Have a good time in Australia.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Walker
    Unbelievable, incredible, amazing, just...... one of the best story I have ever heard so far... I can't praise you no more, I'm sorry for what happened to your wife, but hey its time to get back up and live life. I mean what is there to do in life... To be frank i really don't reckon there's anything to do in life, except being in the part of society.
    Mate I live in Australia, and it would be a great opportunity to see each other.
    Cheers mate, that was one incredible story.
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    wow! your story is pretty intense! so true that if you want a second chance you are always in control to get one! all the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author magnates
    What an incredible story

    I Normally don't read long post to the very end but this is by far an exception .

    An amazing story ...

    I had no idea . I was near homeless myself sometime ago so I know what is like

    This forum is full of winners . I love this forum . There are incredible people who care ans share

    Thanks for sharing your life story

    i got the lesson .

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  • Profile picture of the author Rozanne
    Usually I don't take any initiative to read personal stories, but today is an exceptional day. I read the story from start to bottom and feel life is really stranger than what we expect. After reading this story I can conclude that Internet is a life line for so many people who lost something in their past. Anyway, this story is really motivational than those spam emails of freaky little stories that I am receiving from our staff everyday.
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    • Profile picture of the author harrel
      "There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs"

      Hi Richard, you give me inspiration for helping people. I posted your story on my blog:

      how I got my best Idea

      I hope I can helping sharing your story.
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    I dont know when to say sorry to you but that sounds like a great script for a movies maybe not where you are but right over here
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    You have said it so well Richard, a person must take action, no one can do it for you to reach your desired goal.
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    Good story !! The message is quite good too !!
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    Inspiring to the bone! Keep at it... no matter what.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Helluva story, Richard. I'm impressed by the way you turned your life around. You've proven people can start over and turn their life to account at any time. I salute you.


    PS - I think besides the "angel in the park" your friend that took you in was also an "earthly" angel.
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      Wow! What an incredible, life affirming story Richard! Very moving and truly inspirational! Thanks for sharing.

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        Amazing story. Thanks for the inspiration Richard. : )
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  • Profile picture of the author faysal969
    Really encouraging and useful. Life is not like a flower bad. Life is a complex combination of success and failure. We should not stop walking being failure. If we can continue walking with the lesson from failure, then the success will come surely. Many many thanks for sharing your experience.
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    Terrific story. So what was the business model you used?
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    This is very inspirational..... damn i am happy to see this when i needed the most.. thanks a ton...
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    • Profile picture of the author iminaction
      I am almost homeless now. I rent a house until this October, and I don't have money to extend it, because i am out of everything. I am broke now. I can eat only for today, tomorrow I have to think of something to eat. I lost my daily job, everything that I do in internet marketing has no result till now. Every ebook I read makes me more confuse. Every website promise to gives bunch of money asking me to pay first to register. I can manage to save and purchase a domain with a free hosting, but it has no result till now. I can use internet daily from the money I have that day. I am stuck and don't know where to start. Need your guidance very much. Could you please so kind to guide me? I hope you read my post. Thanks.
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        Originally Posted by iminaction View Post

        I am almost homeless now. I rent a house until this October, and I don't have money to extend it, because i am out of everything. I am broke now. I can eat only for today, tomorrow I have to think of something to eat. I lost my daily job, everything that I do in internet marketing has no result till now. Every ebook I read makes me more confuse. Every website promise to gives bunch of money asking me to pay first to register. I can manage to save and purchase a domain with a free hosting, but it has no result till now. I can use internet daily from the money I have that day. I am stuck and don't know where to start. Need your guidance very much. Could you please so kind to guide me? I hope you read my post. Thanks.
        I've not commented here for want of not trying to bump the thread.

        I want to say how grateful I am at how many people have understood what I was saying and have taken guidance from it. So for everyone that's commented, thank you.

        There is a big lesson here for those that want to see it.

        iminaction. I can't help you, you must help yourself. Life can be incredibly difficult but you must see where you can change that. The way I see it now, is that I made that life difficult for me, not someone else. It was my doing. No doubt you're there too.

        I was lucky to have a friend. PM me and I'll do what I can.

        Too all those who have so kindly commented, I've tried to stay away but this thread has grown. It was hard for me to say what I said, I very much appreciate the decent sentiments.

        You're all good people and I thank you.

        As an update, I'm doing very well, I'm very happy, I really appreciate the time this threads got. If it helps just one person then it's "Job done".

        Take it for what it is and what it was intended to be.
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        • Profile picture of the author iminaction
          Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

          I've not commented here for want of not trying to bump the thread.

          iminaction. I can't help you, you must help yourself. Life can be incredibly difficult but you must see where you can change that. The way I see it now, is that I made that life difficult for me, not someone else. It was my doing. No doubt you're there too.

          I was lucky to have a friend. PM me and I'll do what I can.
          Thank you so much for the reply, it is already means everything to me.
          I can't PM you yet, because i've got less than 15 post to be permitted sending PM.
          I will PM you soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Super Warrior
    What a terrific story you've. Definitely a big lesson and motivator for everyone.
    I'm sorry you had to face troubles in your life, but I am glad that you've overcome all of them.


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  • Profile picture of the author confidencemagnet
    That was a very inspiring story. I have been doing Internet marketing for about 2 yrs. and not catching that momentum for the big pay. With your story I know that I'm very close to making a consistent income that I can rely on. If you can do it after being on the streets I can do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel 100K
    Awesome power of a friend. All the best on your journey to help others get where are now. You have a mission to help others in a similar situation. You are here for a reason my friend.
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    very inspirational
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  • Profile picture of the author Janet Scettrini
    All I have to say is wow. That's a crazy story. True or not, it inspired a few people to say the least.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua Rigley
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    Richard, thank you so much for sharing your story. It truly is inspiring to see a person go from having everything to having nothing, then getting it all back through sheer determination and the help of a good friend.

    I can honestly say that I know what it feels like to hit rock bottom. I've been there. Not in terms of of worldly possessions, but emotionally.

    Thank you for your kindness and generosity in helping other people, and for having the courage to tell us your story.

    Joshua
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    Wow, Great story, thanks for sharing it!
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    God bless you Richard.
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    That is an incredible story. Wow, to think how many of us come from such diverse backgrounds here.
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  • Profile picture of the author primoquest
    I pray that some down-and-out-person is reading this somewhere and gains inspiration and hope from your message. Thanks Richard, this is an inspiration to us all.
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    In life, no one knows whats around the corner. As this story tells.

    However, its what you do with the small things that helps you change.

    All you saw was an article. And that article changed your life, with a helping hand of your friend.

    You know, i was really down before reading your inspiring story.

    You have helped me find my fighting spirit. Which left me years ago.

    Thank you so much.
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  • Profile picture of the author devonm
    What a WONDERFUL friend to fish you off the streets and order you into their house to stay there. That was really a RESCUE! May not have felt good that day at that moment, but you were really ordered to march forward, and you followed that order to good reason. Good for you, I am PROUD OF YOU!
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    Inspiring! Thanks for sharing
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    sometimes anger and resentment create very strong motivation will to move forward and achieve greatness!
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    wow that is some kick ass story man!! Thanks for sharing! It kinda gave me goosebumps! Well done Richard, I'm really happy for you to see where you are right now
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    Thank you for sharing your personal story. It made my day.
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  • Profile picture of the author drbennymarketing
    Thank you so much. Healing our wounds of our past is a sacred process. It's a holy event, a moment when we decide to step out of our dreams, the smallness of you individual selves, and see the sacredness of our existence. By gaining wisdom from our emotional wounds, we break free from our past and we are able to grasp something truly amazing-our divine purpose in this life. In the Valeo Method I call that the "dream of your soul." It is a part of you that never dies. It came pre-DNA and it longs to be fulfilled and reunite with our creator one day and hear those most powerful words, "job well done." No amount of money fame or achievement will sooth and nurture an aching wounded soul more than finding and living the dream of the soul. I hope you have an awesome and amazing weekend. God bless you and be very encouraged! It is awesome for you to share it takes great courage. I appreciate you.

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  • Profile picture of the author aejimen
    Hi,
    I just read your post and let me in shock, because I am starting right now with this after loosing my investments, mi career, and almost everything else. I just moved from my country and somehow find the way to this activity, and to this market, and have to thanks you for your inspiring words, which reminds me that we can achieve everything, again and again...
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  • Profile picture of the author isharky
    Thanks for sharing the story Richard.

    When I was in high school there was one teacher that everyone thought was cool and liked the most. He was the funniest guy and only teacher to have every student pay full attention in every class. He was full of energy, everyone just loved him. I was shocked to find out he used to be homeless.

    Your story reminded me of him. Every time we walk by a homeless we always figure that they are destined to be on the streets forever, but your help me think that positive things can still happen and each of them can turn their life around.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nereah
    You are right, no matter what happens in our lives we are always in control and we determine where we go next. Thanks what an inspiration.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Attack
    What an incredible story! I am so happy that you were able to pull yourself out of that situation - I have a tremendous amount of respect for that.

    You are definitely an inspiration and your story is one I will certainly not forget. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    This has been one of the most inspiring stories I've ever seen in this forum. You are a great fighter out there, Richard. It reminds me of my biggest failures growing up in my teenage years so this was truly an inspiration for me and for the rest of the Warriors here. Keep it up man.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeatLondon
    ''No matter what happens in life you are still in control. Every moment you take action you are setting about the motions of change. Every second that goes by when you are taking action brings you closer to your dream. ''

    i just posted this as a Facebook status and put your name next to it
    really inspiring story mate
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