When I Grow Up I Want To Be………….

Grow up? What is that? For years I jokingly said I really didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grow up. I said that for over 40 years through college and my working career. Now that I’m retired from my JOB all I know is that I don’t want to retire, at least not in the sense that retirement meant to me in my 20’s.

When I was growing up most of the fathers that I knew worked one or two jobs during their lifetime. At the end of working for 40 years or more they received a pension that in most cases along with Social Security allowed them to live a fairly comfortable retirement.

My father, owned a furniture store, and worked many hours along with my mother in the store. I didn’t want that. I used to help out in the store as I was growing up and knew that that wasn’t the life for me.

My first job after college was with a pharmaceutical company. It was a great job, paid well, provided a company car, great training, full benefits and a great holiday and vacation schedule. What more could I want? Well after 13 years I was tired of the corporate life. I was bored to death, had just won one of the top sales awards, when I quit to become an independent contractor in orthopedic sales. This meant I was more or less my own boss, worked on commission only, and was responsible for my own future including retirement.

I worked as an independent contractor in orthopedic sales and retired in my 30th year. Before I retired I knew that I needed to do something or I would go crazy. I love technology and purchased all of the latest and greatest toys in computers, phones, etc. As I was looking at all of the latest toys on the Internet I became aware of people trying to make money on the Internet. I began to buy a lot of how to courses, e-books and reports on selling on the Internet.

My plan when I retired was to become a success in Internet marketing.  Just like the picture of the guy sitting at his dining room table with a computer working in his pajamas, I saw myself being a success and living this lifestyle. Well I’m not there yet. In fact I’m not even close. For the past two years I have bought hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of how to courses, attended live seminars, and purchased a lot of big  shiny objects.

I have BSOS. Better known as bright shiny object syndrome. This can best be described as an uncontrollable urge to spend money or time on the latest gadget, service, software or online tool. People suffering from BSOS are hypnotized by the pull of something new. The grass is always shinier on the other side.

I found myself going from one course to the next, one report to the next, one piece of software to the next and never putting into action any of the things I had learned in any of these programs. Some programs I didn’t even look at because another bright shiny object had already caught my eye. I found myself more than once buying the same program twice because I hadn’t realized I already had it on my hard drive.

After two years I finally said enough is enough. This is my first real attempt at trying to become a success in Internet marketing.I am going to use this blog to hold myself accountable for my goals, successes, failures and travels in Internet marketing. I am using my real name (actually John is my real name but I go by Skip). Hopefully in time you will gain knowledge in Internet marketing by coming here and watching how I progress. Thanks for checking out my blog. If you have any questions please use the contact page or make a comment below.


  1. Heidi Marini on March 8, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    As I read your blog I thought of a line from a certain comedian I had heard years ago, “Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up – ‘cause they’re looking for ideas.”— Paula Poundstone

    I wish you all the luck on your newest endeavor and look forward to following your journey.

    • Skip on March 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

      So true Heidi. I love Paula Poundstone and thanks for the good wishes.