It’s literally been 2 years since I started this blog.
Well, the blog is a little empty now, but that’s because my blog server imploded after I neglected it in early 2015.
But back in 2015, I had just launched my first SAAS into utter failure, and I had used the blog as both therapy and a distraction.
I was fortunate that a few months later, I started another software business which did moderately well. Well enough that I quit my day job about 12 months after that and stepped fully into the world of making money online.
If I had been 20 years younger, I would describe that “the whole journey has been AMAZING!!!!” But the reality is that changing careers when you’re in your mid 30’s was hard — even with some savings and a supportive wife.
As a guy with 2 children (now 3) at that time, bills to pay, and other responsibilities, I needed to make serious money if I wanted to be free of my day job.
But first, why did I want to leave?
To many of my friends and family, I was making a decent living by any standards. But sometimes it isn’t amount money, but about the quality of life.
I was a doctor. A family doctor, in fact.
At first I enjoyed the job. The novelty of it all after so many years of school and training made me believe I liked the job.
Finally! I get to be out in the real world, right?
But you know what? The real world kinda sucks. There are some really mean people out there who try to take advantage of you at every turn.
Soon after I started working, I knew I wanted to get out.
Being a medical professional was fraught with medicolegal risks as well as patient complaints. Moreover, the professional environment was becoming more toxic with an increasingly less supportive government and professional infrastructure.
I was lucky in the sense that I did a little bit of programming before I studied medicine. I ran a fairly successful online store in the early 2000’s and had some experience in sourcing products. Although I hadn’t tried to sell anything online in a long, long time, having done it before gave me knowledge that making a living online was at least possible.
Armed with that little piece of knowledge, I reentered the online workforce.
Fast forward to 2017, I’ve fully quit my old job. Whenever someone tries to call me “Doctor” (knowing that I was a practicing doctor before), I tell to just call me “Simon”. In fact, I insist on it.
So there you have it. That’s my origin story.