My Origin Story

 

 

 

 

I’ve always dreamed big, and pursed success in my life.
And I cared deeply about people.

However I was raised in an environment that most people would consider, improbable, or more over impossible, to rise up to success, and I don’t mean success just in monetary terms, but in spirit and dreams. I was born between somewhere and nowhere.

As a child I suffered emotionally in a deep-seated way, having been placed in a series of foster homes before the age of 3.

I grew up in those foster homes with a paralyzing feeling of inadequacy. And suffered from a crippling lack of self-confidence, and identity.

I felt constant tension and insecurity in the numerous foster homes I lived in. And there were many moments during those dark, lonely days when I questioned why I was born and worse thoughts. The fact of the matter is I trusted no one, and looking back I guess how could I have.

 

“One moment I’m being given to complete strangers, who are now apparently your “mom and dad”. I was scared, I was extremely confused, I was deeply hurt by the events that were happening to me, as the most crucial events in my life were set in motion, of which I had no control over.

So as a kid, I acted out. Not in a misbehaving way, but more in a not paying attention way, not listening. I was in my own world, I guess that’s where I felt safe. But of course, my school grades suffered because of it. I felt like an outcast, I wasn’t able to concentrate on the classwork. When kids can’t talk out, they will act out, and as a result, I was at the bottom of my class academically.

 

 

Over the years, this void and feeling of inadequacy drove me to create an extraordinary persona for myself. I was, in effect, my own creation. A good many adults who come out of foster care do that, as we are not the reflections of our foster homes. For most people in general, our mind and emotions play tricks on us when we feel we have no real community, purpose, vision, or place in the world.

But I kept repeating these words to myself, “Where you are, is not who you are”, it’s just circumstance, of that moment in time, and you can change that. I wasn’t a tree.

It wasn’t until I started seeking information, inspiration and searching for successful mentors that I could emulate, did I start to see the potential for a better life for myself, a new future, and a fresh start.

And that’s when everything started to change for the better.

 

“As a foster child growing up in Northern England, statistically I’m supposed to be dead, in jail or homeless, and not to brag but I’m an over-achiever so I would have done all three!.

 

But interestingly, I’m not a statistic and it’s not because I’m particularly intelligent or resilient, it’s because of a single smart decision I made.

I knew nobody was coming to save me, so if I wanted to have any chance of success and defy the odds of becoming a statistic, my mindset had to change, from a victim mentality to a self-empowerment mentality.

The major difference in how peoples lives turn out after experiencing something challenging, is their response and attitude to it moving forward.

It’s not about where you come from in life, but only where you’re going!

 

“There Is No Such Thing As A Genius,
Some Children Are Just Damaged Less”

– BUCKMINSTER FULLER

 

I put all of my negative energy into a dream, of someday making it big, and travelling the world, which I did after a few short years in London, I finally scraped together enough money to go on a backpacking journey for 12 months across Asia and Australia, (just a few of the places I visited), in search of distant lands, to grow myself, and learn more about my potential.

The 12-month journey was both enlightening and soul-enriching, spending time with mystic Sadhus in India, Monks in Thailand, and Surfers in Australia. I learned from a wide range of cultures and people, gaining insight and a fuller sense of my place in the world.

It rebooted and widened my internal boundaries, and heightened my sense of purpose, and my perspective on the world. A man grows with the greatness of his experiences.

I returned back home to the UK after 12 months of traveling, to begin the 2nd leg of my career in London, which would take me on an even more challenging journey, experiencing a crisis…. that would lead me into the exciting world of entrepreneurship!

 

 

 

 

 

One of the things I’m often asked is:

“How on earth did you get started in all this Online Business stuff?”

 

Well, Two Reasons…

REASON NUMBER ONE…

This really applies to everyone!. An obvious indication that people now need to become more financially independent and secure their own income streams is this new emerging technological phenomenon called: AUTOMATION!

The top three most common jobs in the western world are, retail sales clerk, cashier and fast food worker, all of which are low paying jobs, and all of which are now in danger of being automated out of existence, or at best significantly reduced. Automation will affect immediately the blue collar workers, but it is only a matter of time before it spreads into white collar industries.

And if the blue collar sector can’t pay their bills because their jobs went away, that will have an immediate knock on effect to white collar job sector. The West already has a low wage job crisis, we are now soon to be facing a jobless crisis, so in light of this massive economic transformation on the level of the industrial revolution,  the average earner needs to start thinking about their future financial independence.

 

REASON NUMBER TWO…

I originally journeyed into entrepreneurship back in 2009 because I had to.

Like so many other people. I’m on my Plan B career.

I graduated almost two decades ago with a ‘Higher National Diploma’ in editorial design, from my home town, Newcastle, England UK. And was quickly hired by the Daily Telegraph newspaper in London as an editorial designer, (Basically doing the layout and design of the daily newspaper and its magazines), and then later hired by The Times newspaper.

My career steadily progressed during the 2nd leg of my career in London, (after returning from my 12mth travels), becoming an Art Director, and then eventually in the later years, I was hired as Design Director for a publishing firm in Singapore.

I had a thriving comfortable career of over 16 years and had no plans to leave it.

But there are some parts of life we can’t control.

The 2008 global financial crisis hit my industry hard. And I was laid off from my job.

 

After a few weeks of soul searching and dusting myself off, I eventually received three similar job offers in various parts of the world.

Dubai came calling… then a firm in New York… as well as back home in London. I was excited, and back on top!.

But… I had this nagging thought in the back of my mind…

Yes I can easily jump back into the 9-5 rat-race, and get comfortably carried off down the same old river, but I’d had this repetitive question I’d been asking myself for about 12 months prior to the crash, the question was simple:

“Do I still see myself doing this when I’m 50 ?”

Surviving on a salary… Working for somebody else…

I was now at an opportune fork in the road, between taking another comfortable job (that would not take care of my future or security), or is now the time to pursue my entrepreneurial aspirations and the potential of financial freedom.

After some time, which I go into in detail in my latest book 7 Pillars Of A World Class Life, I decided to listen to my instincts, follow my heart, and journey into the world of entrepreneurship. I learned about online business with nothing more than perseverance, a laptop, and a dream.

And I haven’t looked back!

 

“Opportunity Often Comes Disguised
In The Form Of Misfortune, Or Temporary Defeat.”

– Napoleon Hill

 

 

You see, the real power I found during the 2008 crisis, and that critical juncture was that I could take control of my future and security.

I realized entrepreneurs are now experiencing a Golden Age, in that we’re living in the dot com era. There are more opportunities to Start And Grow Your Own Profitable Online Business more quickly than ever before.

I no longer sit in traffic jams trying to get to work in the morning, and I don’t need to agree to things I don’t want to do, for fear my job would disappear if I said no.

That’s because I’ve built an online business, that now generates multiple streams of passive income, while at the same time allows me to make a positive impact on the world, doing what I love.

Plus I get to work from anywhere in the world, which has given me the freedom to quit the 9-5 forever and focus on my real passion, which is helping disadvantaged youths and adults.

This is what I want to be doing when I’m 50… Not sitting in some cubicle enduring the 9-5 rat-race.

 

But It Wasn’t Easy…

I didn’t fall into success quickly, I was clueless for the longest time, not knowing what to do, or where to start.

I Was Starting From Scratch, and it was painfully slow, and frustrating.

So I started reading dozens of biographies of successful people to give me some direction, I started attending personal development seminars, on entrepreneurship, wealth creation and success, I would go on to learn key success principles from mentors and coaches, that would have an enormous impact on my personal and financial life.

I learned that the single most important upswing in one’s success comes in the way of mentorship.

I found that I loved the concept of personal development, and the transformative impact it had on me, and I wanted to help others do the same. So I followed my instinct and my heart, which was in the direction of service, and that service led me to want to become a coach, and the reason I wanted to do that was that I had personally experienced amazing growth and incredible breakthroughs when I first started on the road of personal development.

I attended my first success seminar as a student back in 2010, a short time after being laid off, which was ‘T.Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mind’ 3-Day Seminar. Jim Rohn was right when he said…

 

“Formal Education Will Make You Living.
Self Education Will Make You A Fortune”

~ Jim Rohn

 

 

 

 

I’m Dedicated to Helping You Become. the Person You Want to Be!

Today it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to my site. And I’d like to officially thank you for taking the time and opportunity to learn more about me and my origins story.

I Help’s Both Entrepreneurs and Newbies, Create Income & Freedom in their lives, by teaching them how to Start, Grow & Scale an Online Business, based on their passion or expertise.

I’m also the Founder of Success Mentors Academy™ and author of the 7-Step Online Business Blueprint.

I’ve been coaching since 2012, and have since taught thousands of people how to make a full-time income with an online business, as well as personal growth and success strategies.

Today, a dedicated part of my time is spent coaching both live and online training in the arena of Online Business, Entrepreneurship, and Personal Success. My latest book, 7 Pillars Of A World Class Life is an easy to follow Step-by-Step Guide To Achieving Your Dreams & Creating a Legacy. This is my 7th book.

It is my chief aim to help you achieve even greater personal success, whether that be achieving financial freedom, starting your own online business, acquiring a success mindset and removing any self-limiting beliefs, or pursuing your big-picture goals and dreams. I can help you develop a clear, personal plan of action that will completely transform your life into exactly what you want it to be!.

For the past number of years I’ve personally taught thousands of clients and groups around the world my proven strategies for success and personal achievement, and the principles I used to create the extraordinary life I’m lucky enough to live today, to have multiple sources of income, and to have successfully turned my passions into profitable businesses, and to have achieved high levels of success.

Since 2012 I’ve taught personal achievement, online entrepreneurship & my success principles to audiences in around the world, including London England, Singapore, Sydney Australia, Mumbai India and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

Whether that be helping you create your own online business, creating more financial freedom in your life, or motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams.

During my first few years as an entrepreneur I wasn’t aware of success principles and strategies, I had to eventually learn them, by modeling other successful people, this is the age-old concept of the mentor and student.

But by following proven timeless principles as I did, you can save yourself years and tears. And this is why I began coaching, to help those that really need it, as I desperately did in my early years.

 

 

Thankfully I’m now on the right side of success, but I can reflect back to my dark pitiful days, and then I analyze what was different from the first few years of “trying to make it”, versus when I did make it, and I realized what some of the key differences were. Finding and learning from mentors, and modeling what works, and recreating it for myself, the daily habits, the mindset, and the proven strategies for success.

Later on, I would come to start Success Mentors Academy to help others learn the differences, to go from struggling each month, to finding success in their lives. Because the shocking reality is, 99% of my coaching clients and new students who enroll in my courses, are making the exact same mistakes I was making for all those years. And when I hear their situations, I can feel every word they say and know exactly what they’re going through, as I was once in the exact same situation.

 

“Believe In One Person. Yourself.
Everything Flows From That Pool”

(Excerpt:  7 Pillars of A World Class Life)

 

 

 

 

 

My obsession for learning about business, marketing, product design, human behavior, and adding value to people (when I had no value to give) began.

I’m committed to impacting a million lives through my Success Mentors Academy. I now teach people how to pursue the dream that burns inside them and how to earn a full-time income while making an impact on the world and others.

I do this through my blog, books, podcast, online courses, live events and one-on-one coaching.

I’m so grateful where life has taken me and the life that I’ve chosen to design on a daily basis. I believe we are the authors of our own life, and I’m blessed for the adversity I’ve faced. It makes me appreciate my life now and have compassion for others who suffer in a much bigger way.

If you haven’t started an online business yet, don’t worry,

You’re not alone and you’re not too late.

Spend some time exploring the START HERE section on the home page, to see how easy it is to get started.

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MAKE THIS YOUR BEST YEAR EVER!

Thank you for reading this, I appreciate your time.

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And always remember, you were born for a reason! ~ A purpose and something bigger than yourself. But YOU have to activate this calling; no one is going to turn it on for you! It’s Your Responsibility to build yourself into the person who can live a great life.

No one is going to give you the power to develop your mental strength, emotional intelligence, and physical health to have the life you want. That’s between you and you!

I know there are times that are challenging, and it may seem like you can’t get out of it. I’m living proof that you can. If a small town boy from Newcastle (who didn’t see any potential for his future) can do it, then so can you!

Your dreams matter because YOU Matter! Never forget that, but you must learn the wisdom, skills, and tools to write your own story. Be the hero you were born to be.

Start the journey with me, because the world needs you my friend!

To the highest in you.

LEROY FORD
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Friend
Author, 7-Step Online Business Blueprint
Creator, Passion To Profits 7-Step System
Founder, Success Mentors Academy™