Life Beyond 50: How I Got A Life

by John Kirk
(Shellharbour Australia)

John at Work

John at Work

In the Year 2000 I turned 50 and, apart from having a close and loving family, I had no assets. My wife and I were living in rented accommodation, we were $30,000 in debt, I worked part time and had an 8-year-old car.

It had been years since our last proper family holiday and I had just been diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis due to my 25-year smoking habit. At the age of 16 I had lost my spleen in a freak sporting accident, I had survived cancer at the age of 30 and went bankrupt in 1990. Yet, I turned it all around between 2000 and 2006.

So what changed? My attitude and my discovery of a book that taught me the principles of success.

Between early 2001 and April 2003, I quit smoking, worked steadily to get a life and had some success as a Financial Advisor. My wife had a small part-time business that brought in enough cash to allow us to take holidays and pay some bills. Our debt was slowly reducing and now stood at around $20,000. My Retirement Fund was still looking very sad but at least we were on our way.

I was learning to trust my instincts and the money had begun to flow.

As part of my strategy to get a life, I began to walk regularly in late November 2002 and by June 2003 I had started to run. I was entering fun runs and regularly walked or ran 20 – 30 km a week.

I resigned as a Financial Advisor and became a Tax Auditor with the Australian Government. The hours were much more flexible, the money was comparable and the Retirement Plan was very attractive. Things were looking up. My confidence levels were higher than they had been for a long, long time and the future was looking much brighter.

Then, between April 2005 and June 2006, my life changed forever......

Over the past 3 years, we have been able to pay off all our debts, travel to South America, pay cash for a new car and buy an on-site caravan in a fantastic spot on the south coast of New South Wales. We also stopped renting and bought a 3-bedroom townhouse 90 minutes south of Sydney in a seaside suburb, refurbished and added a deck and pergola.

My wife has now retired. I still work and we have money in the bank. My income has dramatically increased and I am preparing for a very comfortable retirement over the next 5-10 years. Our life is a dream and keeps getting better.

We owe all of this to “The Science Of Getting Rich,” a book written 100 years ago by Wallace Wattles. Just absorbing and applying the principles taught in this book has brought me good luck, happiness and a life I never thought possible until recently. One thing has lead to another and there has been no looking back. I even won a major lotto prize.

My life is now a dream... simply amazing.

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