My mother has always wanted me to become a policeman. For
whatever reasons, she has been pushing the idea on me since the
day I left high school. It was even more pressuring when I was
It was when I started working I discovered that it was possible
to have an online business and create a source of income from
Back in the year 2000 when I built my first website, I faced
many obstacles and opposition mainly from some of my family and
friends. As far as they were concerned the internet is nothing
more than a gigantic scam waiting to drain precious dollars out
of your pocket.
I was once scammed in the infamous 090isp program. I remember
going to work for several days without lunch after using my
paycheck to send the money order to pay for my website only to
find out it was all a fluke. I was laughed at by my friends and
called a fool for handing my money to people I don?t know.
Something inside of me refused to give up and I decided then
that proving to them that money can be made online would be my
only vindication. To make matters worse, I did not have a PC and
I had to resort to using the ones at work to build my dreams.
Eventually, my boss soon found out about my profound interest in
spending so much time online and I was warned more than once to
cease and desist. Not even that could stop me from moving
Right in the middle of it all, I had my first child and suddenly
resources were getting even scarcer. I used my situation as a
motivator to build my dreams for a better life i.e. taking
life?s lemons to make lemonade.
The two main mental tools that I use are belief and
perseverance. A strong belief in what I am doing and persevering
to work that dream to fruition.
Without them I would have stopped when my loved ones laughed at
and ridiculed me for chasing pie-in-the-sky dreams.
There is a lot more I could tell you but I will stop here. This
article is not about me but is really about you. I just want you
to understand where I am coming from so that we can see things
eye to eye.
My reason for bearing some of my soul to you and sharing some of
my struggles are for you to draw some inspiration from it. If
find yourself in a similar position or worse, your dreams are
still possible if you believe, persevere and strive for your
And someday you may appreciate your tenacity the way I did when
I received my first online check. I will never forget the look
on the face of my co-workers face the day the courier delivered
the check to my workplace. Or the way my Mom looked when she
held my check with disbelief. Her first words were ?Son, it is a
good thing that you did not become a policeman.
by Nicholas Dixon