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.

    • 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.)
  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    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
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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 Will really motivational experience and inspire to us. So remember it and go forward to make brightness. Thanks
  • 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
  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    Amazing story. Truly one of the best I've read here.
  • Profile picture of the author sparckyz
    Brutal story! good message though
  • 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.
  • Profile picture of the author jesus72knight
    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.
    • 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.

      Wibble, bark, my old man's a mushroom etc...

  • 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?
    • 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.

      Wibble, bark, my old man's a mushroom etc...

  • Profile picture of the author Dap
    Thanks for the story Rich
  • 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!
    • Profile picture of the author John Callaghan
      Amazing story. Thank you for sharing something so deeply personal.

      "I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul."
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  • Profile picture of the author Jobfreetop
    Brilliant story, Richard. Thanks for your openness in revealing your past history. Glad things have worked out for you so well, mate.

    Life is nature, learning, changing, growing and discovering your greatness.

  • Profile picture of the author Smyth Danielson
    Hey man, that's an awesome story and very inspirational. Thanks for opening up and sharing.

    • 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.

      Wibble, bark, my old man's a mushroom etc...

  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    Thanks for sharing this moving story,the next time I complain about how hard life is I will think of this story!!!
  • 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.

  • 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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  • Profile picture of the author Pisaka
    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.

      Wibble, bark, my old man's a mushroom etc...

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