It's Never Too Late to Reinvent Yourself

The other night, I invited my neighbor Joe and his wife Melissa over for dinner.

We haven't really engaged with these neighbors a lot. A couple of "front lawn conversations" from time-to-time, but nothing formal. So my wife and I decided to be neighborly and invite them to break bread.

Now, I know that Joe's a contractor because he has advertising on his truck. So, over the course of dinner and post-dinner drinks, Joe and I chatted about home renovations, how the current economy is affecting his business, and so forth. At the same time, my wife is chatting with Melissa about, well, whatever.

Then my wife turns and asks Joe, "So how did you and Melissa meet?"

Now, before I go any further, I'm totally used to my wife asking this kind of personal question, even going so far as to veer way, way off topic to ask it.

But Joe obliged and told me that they met when they were working at the same advertising agency. Melissa was a graphic designer and a Joe was one of the top account executives.

So then the conversation switches to how Joe went from a high-powered Madison-Avenue-type to master renovator.

And the short answer was that, after almost 20 years as a "Mad Man" (and if you've ever seen the show Mad Men, you know what I mean), he decided he'd had enough. So, six years ago, he quit and decided to get into contracting.

Now, he's always been handy, but he'd never tried renovations on such a grand scale.

He recounted how tough the first two years were. He said he went without any work at one point for almost six consecutive months. But once the word-of-mouth started to ramp up and his work started to earn high praise, it was nothing but a success.

Now, he has a crew, is booking jobs six months in advance, and has never been happier.

It goes to show you that, even if you've been in a specific job for 20 years, you can reinvent yourself and start doing something you love. Even better, you can become very successful at it as well.

And if there's something that you love to do (cooking, renovating, arts, whatever), then the time is right now to reinvent yourself and start turning your passion into your income-producer.

It's never too late…just ask Joe.

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About the Author

Like father, like son… Adrian was only 16-years-old when he garnered a small business loan to start his own house-painting company. Over the years, Adrian's been involved in small business development: Helping everyday people find money to achieve the American dream. Today, Adrian is the Publisher of Lombardi's Business Opportunities Division which publishes many different business opportunity titles… reaching over 100,000 customers each month. In 2003, Adrian founded what is now the hugely successful e-Wealth Daily Bulletin, helping average working people achieve a life of wealth and financial success.