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Moving Forward : Accepting Change – part 4

This is my fourth and final post on Moving Forward and Accepting Change

In my life I have experienced much change in business and in my personal circumstances. Like many people I have adjusted to changes along the way.

I decided to share my story as we are living a world where many people are experiencing challenges. I hope my journey and the lessons I share will help others facing change.

If you missed the first three parts in this series  I suggest you do have a read so this one makes sense. You can find them at;

Moving Forward and Accepting Change – part 4

In the last post I indicated we were to move from Perth, Western Australia to Sydney on the east coast. The reason for our move was to go into a partnership with another company and market a type of financial product Australia wide.

We decided to go ahead with this venture in September 1995. My husband Ivan and I had the next 6 weeks in the USA. We had planned that trip some time before and decided to go ahead. It started with a business conference in Seattle and then was very much vacation. We flew our then eleven year old daughter over to meet us and then traveled.

It is the longest vacation we have ever had together and in hindsight I am so glad we did  even though it meant less time to get organized for the move.

Perth to Sydney

Our office was to open officially in February 1996. We arrived back home in Australia late October.

We therefore had 3 1/2 months to

  • employ staff
  • find suitable premises
  • find people to replace our roles in our Perth Business
  • sell our home and
  • buy another one and
  • find a school for our daughter
  • and of course move

As both Ivan and I would be traveling we employed a housekeeper as we did not have any family support on this side of the country.

Our daughter was not at all happy  about the move so we also brought her a puppy to sweeten things (or as she would say bribe).

Our cat also moved with us and was not impressed about the puppy.

Somehow we managed  it all and our office miraculously opened in February as planned.

Open for Business

The launch of our company was well attended and went well.

Our flag ship product was a new concept and we needed to educate the financial planners about it.  We also had many accountants that showed interest.

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I was constantly traveling and  running training programs. I was  home most weekends and then off again. Ivan also did some traveling but mainly it was  me.

To say our success was instant is almost an understatement.

We anticipated  this product would be accepted  but not in the way it was so quickly.

Our products were prospectus offers and had a limit to the number of investors that could participate. Our business partners had budgeted for us to sell the first one by the end of the year.

We sold out oversubscribed in May. Just 3 months into our business.

A nice problem you may think ….but it was not.

We had to return money to many people and we had financial planners very upset. Everyone wanted more product and we could not keep up with the demand.

I know this sounds like a marketers dream but I can assure you it has a downside too.

Our Lack of Systems

We had not expected anything like the response we received and as a very new company were not set up at all to cope with the volumes.

We corrected but it took us some time and was a stressful period.

The Next Two Years 

The changes were fast and our growth amazing. We soon grew to a team of 45 people with some Business Development Managers in other states.

Our daughter who worked in our Perth company wanted to come and join us and did so early into the business. Our now daughter in law , who was then our eldest son’s partner also came across to join us. Our son followed so we had three of our family working with us.

We all worked enormous hours and family time became work discussions way too often.

We did once again have a great culture and a wonderful team of people.

We renovated a house in one of the most lovely areas in Sydney. Here is a view from our bedroom window. If you are familiar with Sydney it is Balmoral Beach and looking through the heads.

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We also brought a holiday home in a small coastal town.

The world was our oyster – or so we thought.

Over Night The Law Changed – more moving forward and accepting change.

The investments we sold were using current taxation laws of the time. They were based mostly on Agriculture or Research and Development.  Investors obtained a tax deduction for investing in them. In most cases this put money back in people’s pockets. This is why they were so popular.

Here is a wine grape project that was very dear to our hearts.

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We had attempted to obtain approval from the Australian Taxation Office and were told they did not give pre-approval. We had obtained advice from top Tax lawyers and Accountants.

The Tax Office had accepted this type of investment for many years . We always thought that the day would come when they would change the laws.

What we never expected was that they changed them over night retrospectively.  Once again – overnight we pretty much had no product.

Negotiations Begin

The Tax Office announced they would pre-approve these investments in a modified way. We worked with them and our professional advisers for the next 20 months.

We let some of our staff go immediately but kept too many employed thinking we would turn things around.  Meanwhile we sold personal investments and raised money to keep the business going.

The End

In August 1999 we closed our doors having appointed an Administrator.

My step son  rode home with me in my car. I was sobbing and should not have been driving.

He said to me  “one day you will write a book about this” … to which I replied “who would ever want to know about this”. He pointed out it will  help someone when I can stand back and look at the lessons.

It has taken me 14 years to write about this in any form. The pain was way too much. We had to sell our home and most of what we owned. But life does go on and we did once again.

I have told a very condensed version here of extreme highs and lows.  I could  talk about the  Law of Attraction and why we had such instant success and why it changed. There is so much to this story that could be told but as this post is already too long I will complete by summing up the lessons.

Lessons from Moving Forward and Accepting Change – part 4

The things we did well

  • We had a product that people wanted
  • We marketed well
  • We offered great support and had good support staff
  • We offered awesome software to make it easy for the people selling our products
  • We made joint ventures
  • Even though we did not have systems set up well in the beginning we corrected that quickly
  • We listened to our clients and introduced products they wanted

 

The things we did not do so well

  • We put all our eggs in one basket
  • Expecting tax laws to stay the same
  • Thinking we could negotiate with a regulator
  • Being too successful – how can that be? – the Tax office told me if we had not been so successful they would have let us continue
  • We held on too long and should have closed shop earlier
  • We sold personal assets and put way too  much of our own money in to keep afloat (something I always tell clients not to do!)
  • The business was not building residual or recurring income with these products

This concludes my Moving Forward and Accepting Change series. There could be 3 more posts as I have had three more changes since then 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed my journey and the lessons I have learned and shared.

Please leave me your comments below and please share.

Make it a great day.

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34 thoughts on “Moving Forward : Accepting Change – part 4

  1. Harleena Singh

    Hi Sue,

    Lovely one yet again 🙂

    Yes, I’ve enjoyed all 3 earlier parts of these series as each one is an inspiring piece on it’s own. Your life’s journey, the highs and lows make us feel that we’ve hardly gone through much. Yet, each one of us have our own stories to share, isn’t it?

    It was wonderful to have succeeded so well as you mentioned, but as they say nothing stays forever, or perhaps it might even have, had it not been for the taxes. Your son is right, you can easily write a book on all of this. How you have managed to move forward and accept these changes in your life, and I know you’d have lots more to share, had the word count not been on your mind.

    Thanks for sharing your life with us. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Harleena

      I am so glad you have enjoyed this series. It has been interesting for me to reflect back and writing it down it does seem a big journey. But yes of course everyone has their own story and journey.

      Oh Harleena I wrote down the major points I wanted to share in this last post and when I started to write I realize I would have had thousands of words. Yes a book is possible 🙂 The more I have been writing I realize that it might be what I should be doing.

      Right after we closed our business I went into Business Coaching in an offline world. I helped two businesses not make some of the mistakes we had just made. So I guess a book could help more. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing my journey Harleena and for taking time to read these and comment.

      You have a great week ahead as well.

      Sue
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  2. Silviu

    Hi Sue,

    Your products were so great and so popular that you were almost overwhelmed by the demand !!! I want this change.
    On the other hand you put all your eggs into one basket once again. At that time did you know about this principle? Probably you were taken away by a huge wave.

    Expecting the tax law to stay the same. It seems the laws were much more stable in those times, hence your expectations.

    However, you should consider yourself lucky. Imagine a country where the laws change almost daily and there is no stability and no predictability. It is not imagination. It is reality in some countries (mine included).

    In this kind of environment change is the rule and stability is a dream.
    The consequence? The law loses its prestige and nobody cares. Over-legislation and a change that is too fast destroys the economy and creates anarchy.

    Troubles with the taxes and the state institutions because you were too successful? Nothing new. Here you need to hide your success otherwise the state will take you most of the profit.

    Different countries, different cultures, different realities.

    Have a wonderful day
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Silviu

      Yes our products were so popular there was new tax law changes. I guess that could be flattering but it is not really.

      Yes putting our eggs in one basket happened by being caught up in the euphoria and excitement. It was an amazing ride and exciting at the time.

      Wow I cannot imagine living with the uncertainty you do but of course we are all more exposed globally now so I get some idea. I have a very good Hungarian friend who went to University in Russia. He worked for us in our company before this one and then he started his own business. He sold these products. When all the laws changed he kept telling me about how it would have been handled at home. I will not write that here though 🙂

      We tend to over legislation here too. We had a change of government this last weekend. They were rude enough to have election day on my birthday! 🙂 Voting is compulsory here but this year there was a high percentage of people who intentionally messed up their ballot form. That says something about the respect for the system!

      Yes there are different realities in different countries for sure. What is the same is people. I think even with our different cultures and structures we are at our heart the same.

      Silviu I love your comments and knowing more about your part of the world. I also suspect there is a great sense of humor in you.

      I appreciate your comments.

      Sue
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  3. Sylviane Nuccio

    Excellent post Sue,

    Those posts are getting better and better in this series. And I agree. You should take each of those posts and go well into the details and write a book. Now it’s my turn to encourage you to write that book 🙂

    In any case, you guys seem to be so good at starting up businesses and making them fruitful fast. Man, that alone you need to write a book about that!

    Now, putting all your eggs in the same basket is never a good idea, because if the ship sinks all skin with it, doesn’t it?

    Also I think that we should never pay our business mistakes with our own pocket money. I think it should be two totally different accounts never to mix together, but I know you know that.

    Excellent topic, and very interesting. Now how about that book?
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Sylviane

      Thank you and yes I am sensing I might do the book. I can get into much more of the emotion and why I know I did stupid things with all my knowledge and training. There is so much more to this 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement.

      It was really only this business that was so fast. The one before was slower to get going but yes we know how to do it.

      Oh yes all your eggs in one basket. My husband was more reluctant than me in this one. I got carried away with success and being on stages and my own ego. I can admit that now.

      I think more than any other reason Sylviane this is why I think I should write a book on this … the putting our personal funds into keeping this business afloat. It was so dumb but we (mostly I) was infatuated with the business and believed I could win against all odds. Every part of my practical Virgo sense seemed to vanish. You get my drift 🙂

      Hmm the book is becoming a stronger thought. I have the fist few lines written and it starts at the end withe my stepson.

      I am glad you have enjoyed this mini series Sylviane. For me it has been cleansing to write it. I had no idea until I wrote this one that there was still emotion in there. I was crying while I was writing. And I reckon I have had 100s of hours of counseling of sorts. I will tell you girls a few more things and you will understand.

      Thanks for your comments and giving up your precious time to read these posts.

      Sue
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  4. Angela McCall

    Hi Sue,

    I think I’ve on your blog once but it’s been awhile and so I thought I’d paid you a visit. You know I haven’t read the 3 previous post about this but I will read it…when time allows me to do so.

    So far, I’m still playing “catch up” because my granddaughter is so demanding. I try to help my daughter as much. But sometimes it’s just impossible to keep my business going on a daily routine. I notice that when I’m only 3 days behind, this puts me on a very long PAUSE for being behind way too long.

    And so…

    Wow…I am touched by your story. Your son is indeed right. You can write a book about this and may this be a learning experience for others.

    You will be the LIGHT for others…

    I’m not familiar with the Australian tax rules but I tell you any TAX is EVIL. You know the reason why America was built it’s because the early pioneers who used to live in England and other parts of Europe came to America because they HATE the taxes.

    …but now America is getting worse and worse because now they’ll increase their tax in just about anything because Uncle Sam desperately needs the money.

    Despite all, I’m glad that you’re able to MOVE FORWARD. A very unforgettable experience. I know I would cry too if this had happened to me. Anyway…

    Have a great evening and will catch more later…

    Angela
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Angela

      I know you have been here before as I know I have visited you but it has been some time 🙂

      Ah the cycle of life. Now you minding the grandchildren. I sometimes feel guilty we are not closer in distance to our children to be able to do that.

      Yes I am closer to this book than ever 🙂 I just wrote to Sylviane how many more lessons there were in here that I can write about.

      I know that many people left Europe and England for the reasons you say and of course we we all know there was the great American dream. Of course this is a mess at the moment. I have not lived in the USA but I have visited many times. I used to be part of a company that promoted American speaker so I feel like the US is my second home.

      The whole world is bit sad right now economically at least.

      Yes I did move forward and it is a part of my life that will never be forgotten. As time goes on though the good times we had are more vivid than the dark ones.

      Thanks so much Angela for visiting me again. I really appreciate it.

      Enjoy your granddaughter and have a good day.

      Sue
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  5. Barbara Charles

    Hi Sue,

    First, thanks for sharing your story. Many of us have stories, some good, some bad, but the things to remember is that all is a learning experience regardless of how hard it is. Despite all this, you grew to be the person you are now. If your life was a IT project, it would be called Lessons Learned, something we do regularly to see what went wrong, what went right and how it can be improved for the future. It works well to keep us on track for each project.

    This can be applied to lessons learned in life as well. We’re just not aware of it because it is so emotional.

    But thank God we learn and you’ve done remarkably well since then.
    Again, thanks for sharing your life and your wisdom and your lessons learned with us.

    God Bless,
    Barbara
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Barbara

      I love the analogy to the IT project. Life is just same isn’t it? I know when Sylviane wrote once about Edison and his attitude was he identified one more way that did not work when he had so many attempts at the light bulb. It even applies to simple things like cooking really I have sure messed up some first tries at things along the way.

      It is by our mistakes we do learn the most. As you say though we are caught up in the emotion at the time. I know I have often asked myself what this is all about and questioned there could be any good come out of it. But it always does.

      And yes we end up with wisdom at the end 🙂

      I hope you had a lovely birthday.

      Have a great week ahead.

      Sue
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  6. William Butler

    Hi Sue,
    Thank you for sharing more of your life with us. It makes it much more genuine. I appreciate that you’ve had the courage to share your pain, your failures, and the lessons you’ve learned.

    I’m certain we all have a great deal to learn from one another, and that you’ve shared, shows you care for others not to make the same mistakes.

    All the best to you in all your future endeavors.

    Kind Regards,
    Bill
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Bill

      It took me a long time to share this that is for sure. But there are lessons in there.

      Yes we can learn from each other for sure. We do not all have to make the same mistakes thankfully as that would be awful. I also think the other benefit of sharing what we have been through can help someone who is in the middle of adversity. When they can look at someone who has got to to other side it can give them hope. And many people need hope.

      Thanks for you well wishes and your comment Bill. Thanks for following me on this series.

      Have a great rest of the week.

      Sue
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  7. Nate Leung

    Hello Sue,

    I’m loving your series thus far. As you mentioned about the the tax laws to stay the same. As an entrepreneur myself, I’ve made mistakes assuming that things will always stay the same and they don’t. I’ve learned to evolve and adjust when the change is needed. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way but it’s the price of the lesson that allows us to grow. Thank you so much for allowing me to part of your journey. Looking forward to the next post. 🙂
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Nate

      Yes it was naive really of us to trust in the tax laws so much. What I never saw coming was the retrospective nature of the changes.

      Yes we mostly learn move on and evolve. Some people stay in blame but that is a game I do not play. As angry as I was at the tax office at the time I know staying there is not going to get me too far. I also know I had to look at the part I played in it.

      Thanks for following these posts Nate and for your comments, I appreciate it.

      You have a great rest of your week.

      Sue
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  8. Donna Merrill

    Wow Sue!
    Your step-son was correct when he said to you that someday you could write a book about this! This series was so helpful and this last post knocked me off my feet!

    I knew you had some ups and downs, but writing about it and sharing it with us is a fine lesson of how to bounce back. Anyone who read through this will turn their emotions from hopeless to hopeful!

    People usually see us on the surface and make their own conclusions of our lifestyle. But they never know the real story. Here you have illustrated in your series all the changes you had to go through and still land on your feet.

    For me, this is an encouraging series because similarly my life has gone through so many changes too. But the moral of this series is that change is always there weather we like it or not. We must embrace changes even if we think at the time the world has ended. When a big change like this happens, we do go through an emotional wave. But we pick ourselves up and learn from the mistakes we have made….go on and prosper!

    -Donna
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Donna

      I have been reluctant until now to write about this as for me I have tried to forget it at some level. But I know that is selfish as there are many people now facing hard times and they need hope.

      This last one was by far the hardest and I have not talked about some of the worst parts of it. I will tell girls sometime. I also realized as I wrote I still had some emotions buried in there. I have had a deeper sense of completion even looking back through photos to post. There are so many memories in our photos.

      I agree with you Donna no one ever really knows what has gone on for someone else. I think I had some difficult times but when I compare it with people who have gone through wars and lived with violence mine are not much. In our society though there is so much attachment to success in the business world. When we closed this last business I felt my whole identity was gone as that is who I had become. Wow now there is a whole other topic 🙂

      I know you have had an enormous share of changes and challenges in your life too. But we are both very resilient and strong. Yes there will always be changes for us. I think it also helps if you have spiritual beliefs as you do feel more supported in challenging times.

      Thanks for your comments on my journey. Hey and thanks for your friendship Donna.

      I hope you are all settled and loving your new home.

      Talk soon

      Sue
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  9. Arleen

    Sue- You journey might have ended in the way you were not prepared for, but it has made you the person you are today.

    I can really relate to putting all your eggs in one basket. I have just experience that as well. I have had a web developer who have had for over 3 1/2 years. Not knowing programming, he had me and used me. Last week was the last straw. We asked him to put up some new terms and conditions on our site making it easier for the customers. It took him a month and the last week I had enough. I was losing orders right and left because he didn’t test it out before it pushed it live. I kept begging him to fix it, a week later he did and i toom20 mutes. At the rate I was paying him I have spend almost 1/2 million dollars on the site. I finally stopped the bleeding yesterday and told him I was done. He started a new business doing Karate and he had no more interest in working on my site than flying to the moon. I told him that I had hire another web developer and he asked if he could finish out the week. I am doing what he does to me not responding. This has been an ugly lesson, but at the end of the day I am using this as a learning experience. If I let this bother me, it will eat me up alive. I also held on too long.

    Thanks for sharing your journey
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Arleen

      Ouch! In regard to your web developer. That is a serious amount of money you have paid him and you and your business deserves to be treated much better. I have been in similar situations with different businesses in that we were totally reliant on someone outside the business. It does make you feel very vulnerable and it is putting someone else in control.

      I am glad to hear you have now terminated the relationship and yes it is an expensive lesson. We all make these type of mistakes. For me not being a tech person has always made me feel at the mercy of these people.

      It does make us the people we are today Arleen and we do grow and become stronger. I just hope I do not have any more such big learning experiences around business.

      Thanks for sharing your story here.

      Have a lovely weekend ( it is not Friday afternoon in Australia).

      Sue
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  10. Adrienne

    Oh wow Sue, it’s been 14 years! This might not be the book your step-son thought you should write but this is a huge lesson for everyone. Even back then when it was happening.

    I’m still amazed that they told you that they would have considered you if you hadn’t been so successful. What the heck does that have to do with it. Either you agree with this type of investment or you don’t! This is what upsets me about a lot of things going on.

    I can’t even imagine everything you and Ivan have gone through business wise but it’s definitely made you both stronger people. The lessons you’re able to share with us are priceless. Little did any of us know that we should never just invest in one single thing.

    I had invested my life in corporate America. I grew up being told you got a job, you worked your entire life with that company, you retired and lived comfortably. That never happened to me, not at all.

    My mother is the smart one, she has investments spread out all over the place. If one goes belly up she’s got others (although she still gets ticked off if one does crash).

    Thank you Sue for sharing your story with us and it’s been a wonderful lesson for us all. I’m sorry you had to go through that in order to help us understand more though. What a great report this would be.

    Enjoy your weekend Sue and thanks again.

    ~Adrienne
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Adrienne

      Yes it is a long time ago now but feels sometimes like yesterday.

      I used to trust the government in Australia until this happened. I used to trust that laws were laws and you did not change them in retrospect. I learned that we as citizens have no show against the authorities. Now I don’t trust them at all. We had an election here last weekend and the lies that get told in all the election hype. Imagine if we did that in our businesses 🙂

      Yes I know Corporate America let you down and that whole get a good job we all believed in is long gone.

      Your mother sounds like she is very smart. I love it given her age that she is still active. That is really awesome.

      Thanks for your comment Adrienne and you too have a nice weekend.

      Sue
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  11. Viola Tam

    Hi Sue,

    Like many other readers, I have enjoyed your previous three posts too. Your life did come with a lot of ups and downs. Comparing to mine, mine has been pretty ‘boring’. I had been a stay-at-home home for about 10 years before I accidentally bumped into my current network marketing company.

    I can relate to your situation of holding on too long to the shop… and should have stopped earlier. I held on to my previous network marketing team that was not really duplicating well. It took me over 7 years before I finally realized the biggest mistake I have ever made! I was not following a success system easy enough that others can follow! I am glad that I made that final decision to leave that team, wait for over 12 months and re-joined under this current great mentor!

    I truly believe that by us sharing our mistakes, others can avoid some common traps. Those insightful lessons that you mentioned can potentially save lives, Sue!

    Keep up the good work, Sue!

    Viola Tam – The Business Mum
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Viola

      Many lives may seem boring compared to mine 🙂 My mothers says mine has been like a soapy. Maybe that is the reason I never watch them my own life had too much ups and downs.

      Wow I never knew you actually left your company and rejoined. That takes courage an says a few things about you. You love and are totally committed to your company. This could be why you hung in with the wrong team for so long. It also says that you have courage.

      I also believe we can learn from others mistakes. It is why I decided it was time to share some of these things I have learned along the way.

      Thank for your comment Viola and for following this series and journey.

      Have a great week.

      Sue
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  12. Pramod

    Hi Sue !
    Sometimes things don’t go as we expect . You know very well that you’ve got tremendous experience , you’ve seen both success and failures (as many of us do in our lives) and you’re making sharing your experiences with us . You’re an excellent guide,business women and a teacher to your children and people like me who can learn from your experiences .Thanks for sharing and looking forward for the post .

    -Pramod
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Pramod

      Yes I have seen both amazing successes and failures so far. I know everyone does in their own way.

      Thanks for your comment and feedback I appreciate it. Thank you also for following this journey with me.

      Have a great week Pramod.

      Sue
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  13. Mayura

    Hi Sue,

    You are such a brave personality and inspiration for everyone dear 🙂 Who would have thought that this pleasant girlie had to go through all of these stuff?

    What I love about you very much is that I find some people are not open minded after all the bad stuff happened to their lives. But you have a wonderful perception to look at the World in a positive way.

    I’m grateful enough for you on sharing your 14+ years old experiences, ’cause I started to assess my journey with a better perspective after reading first couple of posts in this series. Reminds me to “Plan for the worst”. The best thing I can do is applying what you have shared, into my life. Isn’t it? 🙂

    However I can get why you mentioned this part could be painful for you. I’m sure there’s more than what has written Sue. May be you feel way better after sharing it all with us. You are brave indeed 🙂

    As we move on with our stuff and when things getting better, I feel most of us tend to forget about that we always been embracing threats too Sue. Putting all eggs in one basket is yet we most of us following. Even we all know that it could take us down, yet we forget about it with all the success stories in our mind.

    It’s bit harder to stop the flow and think about what’s going on. Isn’t it? I’m just talking about days in my life, but you had to deal with years in your life. We often need more reminders I guess.

    Now it’s time to think about what your step-son predicted. Isn’t it dear? 🙂 You almost there with this series being published on your blog. As you implied that there are many more experiences to share, we all eager to hear and learn from you. Could be few more books, more blog posts and / or videos 🙂 Whole new level of opportunities.

    Wishing you all the best if you are expecting to take it to the next level Sue 🙂 You can definitely do that!

    You have a successful week ahead dear!

    Cheers…
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Mayura

      I guess I am brave really and thanks for saying that. I have always been a relatively positive person and I seldom hold a grudge. Having been around people like Robert Kiyosaki for much of my life taught me to always look for the lessons. He used to say we should always ask what is the lesson, what could I have done differently and what can I take forward from this. It is not always easy to do but it helps.

      Oh yes Mayura there is much much more I could have said but then it would have been a book. For me the biggest pan was not losing our house even though I loved it. It was a just a house. The pain was around people. Letting staff go when some had families depending on them was horrible. Even worse was the fact we had many investors and the tax office issued back tax bills. Many people did not cope with that very well at all. It was very horrible.

      That whole idea I keep mentioning of not putting all your eggs in one basket is an interesting one Mayura. I have found myself over the more recent years of doing the exact opposite and spreading myself too far then nothing works well. So there is a balance for sure.

      I hope you and others can learn from some of my experiences. If I can help someone else not make the mistakes I made that would be a wonderful reward for me.

      I think maybe there is a book coming. As I wrote I knew there were so many layers in here. Watch this space 🙂

      Thanks for reading all these posts in this journey Mayura. Thank you for your feedback and comments. You deserve every success in your life.

      Meanwhile have successful week.

      Sue
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Manny

      Yes it was almost a book:-) Glad you enjoyed it and even happier you have applied most of these lessons.

      Thanks for visiting and you have a great day.

      Sue
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  14. Dee Ann Rice

    Wow, what hard lessons to learn and at what great expense.

    I am glad you were able to write about this now to tell all of us. I have always said that we should not take anything for granted. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.

    I can really relate to what. You went through in my own way. I have been all the way to the top and back down again a couple of times. Each time everything turned around over night and I was not prepared enough for it.

    It is amazing how fast things can change. I think you advice of not putting all of your eggs in one basket is a great one. That is the easiest mistake to make and it is almost always devastating in the end.

    Thank you for sharing with us.

    Dee Ann
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Hi Dee Ann

      This was by no means the best of times for us but we move on. Ah so you too have been up and down. I guess everyone has to some extent just some more than others.

      I decided to share these stories now as there are currently many people all over the world who have lost jobs, businesses and are facing an uncertain future. I think if people can have hope that is a good thing.

      It is amazing how quickly things can change Dee Ann. We need to make the most of every day and live it to the fullest.

      Thanks for following my series here and for your comments.

      Have a lovely weekend.

      Sue

  15. Jess and Brandon

    Great post. I really like your series. From your articles I’ve learned to evolve and adjust when the change is needed. Sometimes it’s hard to leave behind all the things that keeps us back, but one step forward it better than a million steps back. Thank you for sharing this post with us.
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    1. Sue Price Post author

      Thanks for your feedback on the series. Oh yes it can be difficult to leave the past where it should be but we can do it. Thanks for your comment here Jess and Brandon.