Well, I suppose this is a bio of sorts. I am not going to tell you the usual stuff that you may be expecting. I think it’s more important that you know what my plans are, where I’ve been and where I am right now.
You’ve Got Mail…..
I’ve been a real estate agent for roughly 30 years. I started when I was 19. I enjoy my career, but ever since the internet was “invented”, I’ve been hooked. I got online in 1994, when AOL created that infamous line “You’ve Got Mail”…lol. That was such an exciting time, I can’t put it into words. Until then we only saw, “logging in with a computer”, in movies. Now we were doing it at home! My interest with the internet only grew and grew as the years went by…
I’ve always felt that having a diversified income is smart and necessary. So, over the years I had done a bit of investing, been a landlord, had a couple little side projects, and owned a bar. All the while, kept on selling real estate. The real estate biz that I’ve built has kept a roof over our (my beautiful wife and 3 grown up kids) heads , fed and gas in the tank. It also afforded me the luxury to experiment, and speculate a bit with investments.
We Owned A Bar
In the early 2000’s one of those investments was a bar. It was a good size bar, and was in a rough old hotel in our town, Brampton, Ontario. I called it an investment, but in reality it turned out to be the anti-investment. I will elaborate on the bar thing in a post, later on. Bottom line, however, is that the bar “episode” cost us way over half a million dollars. Almost wiped us out….but me and the missus are tough, and we wouldn’t go down…lol. We fought, and have recovered decently. Admittedly, I was down about the whole thing, and was emotionally and mentally paralyzed for a bit. Then one day I realized how incredibly lucky I am. I still had my health, my beautiful bride, and hung onto the home (although heavily mortgaged, but still manageable). I can rebuild…and I’m doing it, as we speak!
Making Money Online
A few years ago I learned that one could earn money online. I found this idea very intriguing. It worked very well with my ideas about income diversification. So, in my spare time, I set out to figure the whole thing out. I was going to conquer the internet. Well, it seems as though cracking this egg is no easy feat. Life, bad information, shiny object syndrome and bad time management have led me to learn a lot, but earn very little. This is not a problem, though. This is all part of the process. It’s how we progress, and evolve. I now know, what not to do. I also know how to use webhosting, WordPress, autoresponders etc. etc.
I have also found someone who I am learning from. Read my first post for the details. Mentorship is very important. I know……I have mentored a few real estate agents over the years. It was very good for them. I was mentored as a young agent, and it set up my career for success!
As far as my plans, I will be steadily working on tonybrayleymarketing.com, and chronicling the online journey as it unfolds. There will be much to read and watch, so stay tuned!
Life At Home
Now, some personal details. I live in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I’m 49 years young, married to Jacquie, Have 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and am a blessed dude! There’s not much else to tell you right now. I’m sure you can tell that I’m happy in my life, and with those who surround me. I’ve created that. It was/is my choice to make, who I spend time with. Everything that has happened to me, from being in the real estate business, to the bar fiasco, and now working online, is a result of choices that I’ve made. So powerful! Alter your future by making choices! We are in the driver’s seat. I feel so fortunate! Check back here often, and see what I’m up to. I’ll be posting here a lot, and I’ll give you my best!