My perfect storm

Background

I started out as a technician with Apple Computers in New Zealand in 1991 and then met my now ex-husband. He was a blue diamond in a Network Marketing company called NuSkin. We traveled the world for 5 years. Living in America, the UK and Thailand and we traveled extensively. During that time he became Team Elite and I became an Emerald. 

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Tech Years

We had our son and the dynamics between my husband and I changed. We were great when traveling and building but when it came to settling down and raising kids it wasn't a great match. 

I think I was never cut out for an average life anyways. As Steve Jobs would say, I was one of the crazy ones, I thought differently about the world and my place in it. 

What I did not know at the time was that I had Aspergers which is why I was different. It gave me a gift though, to be able to explain technical things in a really easy-to-understand way. I understand computers and technology more than I understand anything else. 

After I left Apple, I proceeded to build a world-leading tech consultancy winning several awards along the way. After 17 years I burned out because it was all me and if I didn't work, I didn't make anything, there was very little residual/passive income.

Crypto

I got heavily involved in crypto in 2013. The technology is fascinating. I spoke at the Texas Bitcoin conference in 2014 and even earned my Intro to Cryptocurrencies from the University of Nicosia.

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If you search youtube for midasmarni you will see all of the interviews I did with the world crypto network. I bought Bitcoin at $350, but made the stupid mistake of listening to the men in my life who told me it was a scam even though I knew the technology was real and I had so much experience with it.

It was so early and I could not find a way to earn a solid income from it so I made the shortsighted mistake of selling the 4 bitcoins I had and just refocusing on tech consulting and business coaching.

I think a lot of women do this, they don't trust their own intuition and it costs them big time! In my case it cost me about $ 200K. 

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Failed Startup to New Opportunities

In 2020 I decided that I needed more leverage. So I launched my tech startup, EntireTask. Sadly we were not able to get funding and we had to shut it down in August of 2021. I had failed to understand how much energy it takes to build a startup and at 52, I just didn't have it in me. I was now in a critical position. I had put $ 240K into my startup and my retirement base was now gone. 

I had to find something that I could work at for the next 10 years that would set me up for retirement. Luckily I found iGenius