I’m Ruud, now 52, and I come from an ordinary family with good values. Although I was 20 years younger than my oldest brother and my parents were pretty old (my mother is now 95), I had a good childhood. The youngest one is always spoiled, some would say.
At 16 I started working, with not much education, but somehow I worked my way up the corporate ladder. My life was good and I did the things I was supposed to do….
Got married, had 2 children (grown-ups now), bought a house and lived a quiet life. The only thing a bit out of the ordinary: I played keyboards in several bands throughout the years.
Purposeful, fulfilled living and setting goals was not my thing. Or thinking about ‘what’s next. I was pretty happy and let life go its course.
Working hard with long hours was ok, normal. The big focal point in life was going on vacation once or twice a year, to France or Italy. I knew no other way than this and I was more or less comfortable with it. If you ask yourself no questions and you keep doing things the same, year by year, life stays the same. No risks, but no big excitement either.
Then the unfulfillment got bigger and bigger. Refusing to listen to it, it made me ill in the end. Severe diabetes and losing parts of my eyesight ended my career.
Instead of seeing this as the end of the world, my wife Jolanda and I tried to see it as an opportunity. Jolanda had learned a lot about the Law of Attraction and the power of the mind and we started practicing that together.
Amazing things happened. We were focused on finding a way to earn a living together and one day Jolanda remembered a phenomenon called “The Laptop Lifestyle”. No clue what it really meant but earning a living with only your laptop, from wherever you want, got us very excited. But where to find it?
It was a YouTube ad that Jolanda saw 3 years ago. And 2 days later the same ad came along! Coincidence?!
We dived in and it turned out to be a complete online marketing education platform with support, training, coaching, tools, a global member community and several workshops and webinars each week about all the different aspects of online marketing. All based on self-development and creating a happy and fulfilled life.
Well, ok… Online marketing. Not really our niche, until then. More like something from another planet, but we realized that if others could learn it we could too. The laptop lifestyle was what we wanted so we would do everything in our power to create it.
And you know what? It fits us perfectly. For us it was a steep learning curve, and it still is. Switching from working for a boss, trading our time for money, to setting up our own business was a big mindset-change.
In the 7 months since we started, our lives completely changed in a good, amazing way. Mostly inside because, although we are gaining success, we aren’t self-sufficient yet.
The mindset change, all the new opportunities, a completely new future ahead of us, the nearby freedom from the 9-to-5, the incredible people we get to meet, the focused life…. It’s all pretty amazing.
We have to work for it and learn a lot. But you know what? It’s temporary. We need to invest time to gain the knowledge and to set up our business. And when it runs, *a few hours a day are enough to keep it going and generating our income.
Can you imagine what this did to our life?
What the focus on opportunities and a brand new life meant to us?
And that it can mean the same for you?!!!
What looked like the falling apart of my world, was the beginning of something amazing and extraordinary.
This is my version of our life.
Jolanda has a slightly different view on it.
So read on to get to know her too.
Hi, I’m Jolanda, married to Ruud and the mother of his children.
I was raised similar to Ruud, but with younger parents. I was always looking for more in life. Although I lived like the people around me for years, my focus was on how to create more happiness and looking for different opportunities.
At some point, during a sabbatical, I started studying Eastern medicine, reflexology, Bach flower remedies and some energy-systems like Reiki. Later on I became interested in the Power of the Mind.
Oh, I forgot something. I started my working life as a nurse. For many years I worked in hospitals and elderly homes. It was a good profession for combining it with little kids. I worked evenings, nights and weekends and Ruud worked his 9to5.
Beautiful work, but in time it lost his attraction.
So, back to the self-development part. I learned a lot and my life changed big time, especially internally.
Happy and fulfilled living became a more common thing. And it was the perfect antidote for the depressions that I had.
At one point I found Esther Hicks. She explained life by the Law of Attraction and everything became logical to me. A total change in my life. From that, I started to dream big, out-of-the-box. Dreaming of a more free life, earning a living with writing for me and with working online for Ruud. Ruud is an IT-guy. That way we could spend more times of the year in southern Europe.
Time went by and about 3 years ago someone told me about “The Laptop Lifestyle” in a YouTube video. That’s it, I thought. That’s what I want, but life was hectic back then and I forgot about it. We now know the ‘someone’ was Stuart, co-founder of SFM and now one of our mentors….
So, I forgot about it until 3 years later, when Ruud got ill and we needed a new income. My wish to live a more free life came in reach suddenly, with my desires of doing fulfilling work, using all my skills and experience and learning new things. And as a bonus I found the like-minded positive people I was looking for so long.
I found my ultimate proof that The Law of Attraction works. All loose ends in my life came together in this new journey that Ruud and I are on.
Oh, and we turned out to be not only good life partners but also great business partners.
What I want more?
Share this gift, this opportunity with many others. To give them the same chance we’ve got to a happy and fulfilling life, totally on their own terms.
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