My perfect storm
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.
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.
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.
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.
Failed Startup to New Opportunity
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 gone. I needed something that would give me leverage and be low or zero cost to start. The universe always has my back.
Sept 1st 2021, Eric Karlen, the son of my friends Russ and Linda Karlen who I had known from NuSkin chatted a simple question to me. "Are you guys in iHub yet? Crypto mining deal."
My slightly Aspien brain went into full "special interest mode" and I got started the next day. Now besides my consulting work, I also participate in the web3 economy.