When I was 20(ish).
My first business turned over £36,000.
And the two of us that ran it took home about £2,400 a year each.
When I was 23 I joined the McDonald’s graduate programme on £13,000.
When I was 25 I joined Project North East on about £18,000 as a trainer and business consultant.
When I was 27 I set up Building up Business, a business support programme in the North East of England, and I was paid £25,000.
When I was 27 I worked at Universities in the evening too, earning an additional £5,000.
When I was 29 I worked for Sunderland University and was paid £40,000.
When I was 30 I ran a new business and was paid £0 for 2 years.
When I was 32 I was running my own businesses and was paid £6,000 a year.
When I was 34 I was running my own business and was paid £20,000 a year.
When I was 36 I was running my own business and was paid £50,000 a year.
When I was 37 I was running my own business and was paid £80,000 a year.
When I was 38 (it was 2008) I was running my own business and was paid £20,000 a year.
When I was 39 I was running my own business and was paid £40,000 a year.
When I was 39 a client bumped me for £26,000.
When I was 40 I was running my own business and was paid around £100,000 a year.
When I was 40 I sold shares in one business for £26,000.
When I was 42 I was running my own business and was paid around £80,000 a year.
When I was 45 I closed most of my businesses and was paid £25,000 a year.
When I was 47 I was learning a new way of working and running businesses and was paid £10,000 a year.
When I was 47 I invested over £50,000 in building the Always Wear Red brand.
When I was 49 I was starting to work out what’s what and was paid around £20,000 a year.
When I was 50 I was stabilising my new world and I was paid around £40,000 a year.
Now I am 51 I am further stabilising my new world and I am being paid quite well.
I am balancing the figure I am on now with how happy I am.
I am thinking about with what it is that I am doing to earn it.
But I do like thinking about this.
Because more than anything.
I want to be happy.
Rich Man. Poor Man.
The happiest times in my life.
So – in other words – the times that I was richest were:
- When I built my first business.
(I was earning £2,400 a year).
- When I was 34 and felt that my businesses were working.
(I was earning £20,000 a year).
- When I was 47 and building something new.
(I was earning £10,000 a year).
- Potentially now. (But I have to be careful because I am a bit confused about how to spend my time at the moment. I have to make sure that I am working with people that allow me to do my best work. This is important to me. Because it is the only way that I can be important to them).
I am not sure exactly what to do next.
Some things will stay the same.
Some will change.
But I do know that I want to be happy.
So I am going to (largely) ignore the money.
And work out the best way to be rich, instead.