“Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.”Gary Vaynerchuk
From Living on The Streets to Owning a Business and Helping Thousands
Written on February 23rd, 2019
I went from living on the streets to becoming a successful businessman. I’ve been able to travel all around, renovate my home, and spend time with my family watching my daughter grow up, but life wasn’t always this way….
I was living with my mom when I was younger, but she was in an abusive relationship and unfortunately we got beat up just about every day. This then landed me in foster homes and group homes. All a group home is to me, is a home of unwanted kids from foster families, which is a recipe for a disaster. As I grew up with abuse, I then became aggressive and angry with life so I got shuffled around a lot and then I even lived on the streets in Calgary, AB for a bit, which even led me to starting a gang. I didn’t have much family support and I felt like I was on my own a lot of the times.
I then started getting into trouble from stealing cars, breaking into houses, stealing/robbery and I even did a home invasion which landed me in jail for 14 months. Being in jail was basically like a school for criminals. After I got out of jail, I did a lot of street fighting. I was even nicknamed “Bulldog”. I didn’t have any emotions or feelings and just didn’t care!
All I really wanted was acceptance, but because I was so violent and angry I just kept pushing people away. I even fought my friends as I just didn’t care. No one wanted me at their parties as I would black out and fight everyone. Several times I ended up in the hospital from alcohol poisoning and last time I almost died.
I started doing drugs which then led to dealing drugs. I had a few friends get murdered and even kidnapped because of drugs and I knew I had to get out of that lifestyle. I had a warrant out for my arrest due to assault charges so I packed my things and flew out to Ontario and lived there for 5 years.
While I was in Ontario I worked normal jobs trying to get my act together. I lost several jobs trying to get used to that lifestyle and not deal anymore. I then moved back to Alberta, as it was always my home, to get a job in the oil field on service rigs to save up money as I was going to turn myself in and get a lawyer to deal with my charges. Because it was 6 years later, all charges were then dropped and my new life started!!!!
The weight was lifted off my shoulders and no longer looking over my back anymore.
I ended up meeting, Stacy, actually through online dating, and I was still crazy into partying. I didn’t think she would stick around and I was scared to tell her about my past. I slowly opened up to her and to my surprise my past didn’t matter. The partying started to slow down and I was ready for the next chapter in my life and we got married and had our baby, Nova.
I wanted to provide, Nova, with a better life than I had. Stacy and I knew we had to do something different with our life because with the jobs that we had we were barely getting by. We did not see a bright future. With the construction job that I had, every single day my back was in pain and I knew I couldn’t do that until I’m 65. I didn’t want to cripple myself.
I was in my 30’s, had a hard time doing physical labour, only Grade 10 education, and no technical skills. I felt like my back was against the wall, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I knew there was something else out there for me, I just had to find it.
AND THERE IT WAS…...
I came across someone who was travelling and living their dream life all while being able to work just from their laptop. As long as they had an internet signal they could work. I was obviously skeptical at first, but that’s when I knew I just had to educate myself more with what they were doing. After I learned more about running my own business, I took that leap of faith.
I became an Entrepreneur.
I honestly had no clue what I was doing at first, so I just followed through the training I was provided with, used the community support, and worked with my mentor.
Within my first month my efforts started to show. My business was taking off. I kept learning more and more and implementing more and more. Who knew that I could run my own business?
I started to develop a tribe of like-minded people who I work with every day. Whether it was messaging, texting, video conference call, group meetings - we worked together. Not only was I enjoying working on my own business, but I developed a passion for helping others.
Seeing the people, that I mentored, lives change right before my eyes was really an incredible feeling. I never use to care about anyone growing up, but this business has really brought the walls down that I had up for so long.
I’ve gone through some amazing personal development. All of these struggles in my life I’ve learned to let go. I’ve learned to not let my past define who I am as a person today because I am completely different. Unfortunately some of the friends I had back in the day we no longer connect as I am a different person, but that’s life. People come and go. Everyone that’s been in your life has been there for a reason, to teach you, to love you, or to experience life with you.
This is only the start of my business venture as I’ve only been doing this since September of 2016, and I’m not stopping. The future is definitely brighter now - might need to get some sunglasses.
Curtis R Shaw
Founder of curtisrshaw.com
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