Hi, I’m Dominic Stefanatos and I’d like to share my story with you.
Chances are, if you’re anything like me, you’re here because you’re looking for some answers. Perhaps it’s the answer to “how can I build an online business and make money online?” “What is passive income and how would that benefit my life?” Or, “Where would I even start with something like that?” Or perhaps it’s, “how can I get more time to do the things I love, like traveling and spending more time with my family?
I began to look for some answers and alternatives for my life when things hit rock bottom again financially. I thought to myself, there must be a better way! Surely life wasn’t meant to be this difficult, right? I also had the realization that something had to change in my life, and for that to happen I needed to take some immediate action! But I knew I had to change my mindset first before I could get off the treadmill I was on.
Basically, I knew that if I didn’t change what I was doing and the way I was doing it, I would continue to get the same results year after year, whether that was for 1, 2 or 10 years, nothing would change unless “I” changed first. So I took some action that changed things forever.
Lets Rewind A Little
I was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1964, to an Australian Mum and a Greek Dad (at least one of them had to be Greek with a name like mine right!). I have one sister, two half-sisters and a stepsister. My parents divorced in my early teens, hence the reason for the extended family.
I had a fairly normal upbringing as a child (I think) but I never really liked school much and only completed school to the end of year 10, much to my mothers dislike as a school teacher.
So, at the age of 16 (after having done some work experience through school) I began my training as an apprentice chef in a well-known restaurant near the CBD of Melbourne. I was there for 5 years, qualifying as a chef after four years. At the time I was really loving what I was doing, even though the hours were long and hard and my social life sucked!
Chefs are well known for changing jobs frequently, sometimes chasing better pay, sometimes for better conditions, and sometimes for the learning experience (or at least that’s what we tell ourselves!). Or, if you’re really lucky, a combination of them all.
For a while there I was no different, always chasing something better and never satisfied with the job I had for one reason or another. It took me a while to realize though, that the grass wasn’t always greener on the other side. After much moving around for a while, I did eventually land a head chef’s position in an award-winning restaurant in Hong Kong. That was between January 1991 and January 1996 and was probably the best five years of my working life.
It was around this time though, as I was finishing up in Hong Kong, that I began to wonder what was next, not only for my career but for my life in general. I began to realize that I was losing my passion, desire, and love for the industry I once loved. However, it never occurred to me at that time to try something completely different or new, as that was basically the only way I knew of earning an income.
My Limiting Beliefs
We all have certain beliefs that come from our early conditioning. One of mine was, that I just had to keep on pushing on! That working hard (trading time for money) was the only way to get ahead. So, for a while, that’s what I did. But without passion or desire to drive me, I achieved very little success or satisfaction.
I also thought that being a chef, was “who I was”, but luckily that has changed. Through years of personal and spiritual growth, I can honestly say that life has a different meaning now.
Stop Trading Time For Money!
What I came to realize, after so many years of work, bankruptcy and failed businesses was, that I had to stop trading my time for money and leverage my time in a much more productive and lucrative way. I had to learn a way of earning a “passive income”, which is exactly what I did.
After much research online I discovered the SFM (The Six Figure Mentors) and the wonderful community of people that go with it. Their education and business models are like no other.
Through their mentoring, I set up my own online business, which has the ability to generate income at any time of the day or night! Once you lay down the proper foundations and set things up, running an online business requires very little effort or time to maintain.
Take Action Now-Despite The Fear
So, what stopped me for so long? FEAR! And it took me quite a while to realize this. Fear is what holds most of us back from moving forward, even when we’re aware of it. And along with that fear came my own set of limiting beliefs, my mindset. However, once I recognized this I took immediate action to change my situation, and so can you!
The most important thing to remember here is this – take action now! It doesn’t have to be much, just one small step at a time.
There are many great books, coaches, mentors, and programs out there to help you with these things once you are ready and committed to taking that next step in your life’s journey. A great place to start is by reading one (or more) of the wonderful books by Dr. Wayne Dyer. There are also many other wonderful authors in the self-help, motivational vein.
Don’t Get Stopped By Early Conditioning.
From early on we’re taught what’s right and wrong and conditioned to think in a certain way. Initially, this comes from our parents and teachers, but also from society in general (including the media and advertising), our friends and even our peers. And although most of them mean well (most of the time), they’re not always right!
Subconsciously, a lot of our early conditioning holds us back! And It’s not until you begin to question some of your own beliefs that you realize that perhaps something isn’t quite right and that something needs to change!
Are you at that point yet? And ready for a change?
If you could stop trading your time for money and still be paid while doing the things you love, as well as the things that are important to you, what would that be worth to you? And how would that make you feel?
For me, freedom (= choices) is priceless!. Freedom to spend as much time as I like with my family and friends. Freedom to travel whenever I like and take my business with me. All I need is my laptop and an internet connection. I also love my photography (check out my blogs), so being able to spend time doing what I love whenever I like, is an absolute blessing.
The Road Ahead
There is a journey ahead of you right now no matter what you decide to do next. And there are alternatives available to you that you may not yet be aware of or have even considered a possibility until now.
I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for when I started looking online either, and I certainly didn’t think it was going to be an online business, but it just resonated with me, even though I wasn’t tech-savvy either.
My biggest reason for what I’m doing now, my “why” is for the choices it gives me and the freedom it allows me to live my life on my terms! But it’s also about being able to provide for my family (and friends) in a way that I never thought possible before. It also helped me find my purpose and passion in life!
What’s Your WHY?
Would more time and money be of value to you and your family?
Take a few moments now to discover how you too can start creating your own lifestyle business as I have done. It could be the one small step you take today that changes your life in the most profound and positive way forever!
Thank you and here’s to a healthy, happy and prosperous life ahead.
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