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Introducing Chris Vaca
How many times have you thought….”I’ve left it too late”, “I am where I am”….or the worse “Getting the dreamlife is for others”?
Well todays episode of Join Up Dots should make you think again and realise it’s never too late.
The question is how much do you want it?
And what will you do to ensure that you get yourself to a point where you love greeting every day, as its an exciting 24 hours of possibilities.
Well our guest started finding his true path in life in his mid fifties.
And also it seems started enjoying himself more and more than he had ever done before too.
At the age of 56 he hit a run of bad luck.
How The Dots Joined Up For Chris
Losing his mortgage business, being evicted from his apartment, having his car repossessed and shock of horrors, having to move in with his x-wife for a place to live, he thought he was done.
He thought that this was where he was, one of life’s victims, consigned to share the misery of his lot with whoever would listen for the rest of his life.
But this wasn’t the case, as he found the courage to reinvent himself.
He shook off the dark faults of failure, brushed himself down and fought back.
And now at age 60, enjoys being An Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Trainer and Author, as well as having a series of videos on YouTube called Over 50 And Broke and a web-site with the same name.
As he says “I managed to come through it and create a new me. Can anyone do it? If you really want it bad enough. Remember “Age Should Never Be An Excuse For Not Succeeding.”
So where did it all go wrong for him in the past?
And like so many of our guests, does he look back and see the dark times as now the best thing that has happened to him?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Chris Vaca
During the episode we discussed such weighty topics with Chris Vaca such as:
How as a young man he lived on the East Side of New York and would hustle his way through the life that occurs on those tough streets, hustle that has helped him become who he is today.
Why it is so important to take action and if everything fails simply “Fake it until you make it”
How he came to the realisation that he couldn’t get a break because of his age, so started making his own breaks in life.
How it is so important to realise that failures are just a part of working towards to success, and stand for “First Attempt In Failing”
When you start enjoying yourself whilst earning money then really life only gets better and better.
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Full Transcription Of Chris Vaca Interview
When we’re young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here’s your host live from the back of his garden in the UK, David Ralph.
David Ralph [0:26]
Yes, hello there. Well, good morning to you or good afternoon or good evening. Whatever time you’re listening to the show. This is Episode 296 of Join Up Dots and it’s an absolute honour and delight to have you with us once again. And just before we go actually into the show, I don’t normally do this, but um, we’ve created something new on the show. A lot of people have been asking us for help changing their life. That’s what the vibe of the show is all about. So we’ve just created change your life elite coaching, which has just gone live in the last couple of weeks, and we’re looking For people who are looking for that, that bit of extra help to actually change your life and find momentum and go for the dreams and ambitions that maybe you are finding it a struggle. Well, we’ve been testing it for about the last six or seven months and it’s now going live. So we are looking for 20 people out there who are looking for assistance support, and basically a bit of a kick up the backside and it’s a year programme. If you’re interested in this, if you’re interested to join up the the elite coaching change your life programme, Ben, come over to Join Up Dots and send us an email and we’ll put you on the list and you will be interviewed to make sure that you are part of the fit. And if you aren’t Ben will be working with each other closely. Well, other than that, I need to introduce you into today’s guest. And he is somebody who’s got a fascinating story. And it’s one of those stories that I suppose so many of us would consider at some time. So how many times have you fought I’ve left it too late. Well I am or the worse getting the dream life is for others. Well, today’s episode of Join Up Dots should make you think again and realise it’s never too late. The question is, how much do you want it? And what will you do to ensure that you get yourself to a point where you love greeting every day, as it’s an exciting 24 hours of possibilities when our guests started finding his true path in his life in his mid 50s, and also, it seemed started enjoying himself more and more by need ever done before to at the age of 56, he’d hit a run of bad luck losing his mortgage business, being evicted from his apartment, having his car repossessed and Shop of Horrors having to move in with his ex wife for a place to live who wants to do that? He thought he was done. He thought that this was where he was one of life’s victims consigned to share the misery of his law with whoever would listen for the rest of his life. But this wasn’t the case as he found the courage to reinvent himself. He shook off the folks of failure brushed himself down unfortunately And now at age 60, enjoys being an entrepreneur, public speaker, trainer and offer as well as having a series of videos on YouTube called over 50 and broke and a website with the same name. As he says, I managed to come through it and create a new me can anyone do it? If you really want it bad enough, remember, age should never be an excuse for not succeeding. So where did it all go wrong for him in the past and like so many of our guests? Does he look back and see the dark times is now the best thing that has happened to him. Well, let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start Join Up Dots with the one and only Mr. Chris Vaca. How are you, Chris?
Chris Vaca [3:36]
David, greetings from across the pond. How are you?
David Ralph [3:39]
It is lovely to have you you are you’ve got that new yorky talking about you. Is that where you’re sitting at the moment?
Chris Vaca [3:46]
Actually, no, I’m sitting in Florida at the moment. It’s too cold up in New York right now. But I was born and raised in New York City.
David Ralph [3:53]
If I had this kind of image and this this is going to sound like an insult but it’s not. It’s just what I’ve seen in the films. of the cleaned up the gangster. He’s got your voice. But that’s how I imagined. And the fact that you’ve left them and you’ve gone down to Florida. That’s what they all do as well,
Chris Vaca [4:08]
isn’t it? Yes, they do. Yes, they do. Yes, it’s tough to say that my young life was was pretty much like that. I was born and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. And it was a pretty rough neighbourhood. So I did a lot of the things that you see in the movies.
David Ralph [4:25]
And when you look back on it, is it kind of like a, because your life has changed so much. So when you look back on it, is it like a dreamlike state? Or do you have vivid memories of things that were going on that maybe we might say a bit shady now, but at the time was just part of the day?
Chris Vaca [4:43]
Yeah, you know, when when you grow up like that, in the neighbourhood that I do is just, it’s a natural thing. You know, I mean, I didn’t do anything heavy. I didn’t go out and murder people or anything like that. But you know, it’s, I look back at it, and I, I regret doing a lot of things that I did, but I also would Look at it a little fondly. A lot of lot of warm memories, let’s say,
David Ralph [5:06]
it’s funny, when you do look back at your life, I look back at my life now, especially when I was up in the City of London. And a lot of times Chris, in the afternoons, I was drunk. We used to start drinking at lunchtime, and that was it. And I look back on it, and part of me is quite fond on it, and the other is slightly embarrassed. And so I sort of close it off when I think back to it and think No, no, that that that was the old may have moved on. Are you kind of warm to all your life? Or are there parts like I am where I kind of go? Okay, that might have been fun at the time, but it’s not really me now.
Chris Vaca [5:39]
Yeah, well, you know, as we get older things change, we view things differently. We look at things differently. And, you know, I always always say I’m a night person back then. I mean, I was in I used to own an after hours club. You know, people used to come and drink and gamble and things like that. And so I know what it’s like drink In the morning and having fun and you know just doing what you’re wanting to do, but as you get older hopefully you you learn from your experiences and you see there’s more to this than to life than sitting in a bar at nine o’clock in the morning drinking and you want to and you decide you want to do something with your life and you make the changes and necessary changes it’s not easy but you but you do it
David Ralph [6:22]
and I suppose as you get older anyway you’re up all night just pop into the toilet all the time.
Chris Vaca [6:29]
Thank God I haven’t reached that stage yet. I sleep through the night not peaceful. I’m always
David Ralph [6:34]
unlike we really Winky. I’m I’m up three or four times a night he’s either me or the wife up there back up there but I don’t know where it comes from Chris is like eight hours before me and I might have added a mouthful of water and I’m up three or four times where does it all come from?
Chris Vaca [6:49]
Yeah, I don’t know. You know, I that happened to me that started happening to me but then I realised that if I don’t drink anything, after eight o’clock, I’m fine. Okay, that eight o’clock. Is the cutoff point
David Ralph [7:00]
for me. There’s the nuggets of gold on this show. I wasn’t expecting to share that with the listeners. But hey, if you’re up all the time, don’t drink after eight o’clock and you will be fine. So if we go back into your life, as we’ve already sort of touched on, it is it’s one of those kind of, is it a bad luck story? Or is it a good luck story? Because the list was pretty horrific losing your mortgage business being evicted from your apartment, all that kind of stuff moving in with your ex wife that must be horrendous because she’s, you know, she might be a lovely lady, but she’s an ex wife for a reason. Do you look back on it and go, actually, thank God for that.
Chris Vaca [7:37]
Yeah, you know, it’s, uh, I’m one of those guys that believe everything that happens in life happens for a reason. Okay, it might not seem like that at the time. But as, as time goes by you realise, hey, I’m glad that happened way it did. I mean, not yet. I had a mortgage business. I was doing good. I was making over 100,000 a year. Life was good. Okay then that goddamn housing boom that housing catastrophe came in and it just went to hell. I mean I went from doing making over 100,001 year to 19,000 the next year and you know when you’re living the lifestyle we’re making $100,000 a year all of a sudden make 19,000 it’s it’s pretty rough Believe me
David Ralph [8:24]
well it is beyond rough isn’t it and and how do you enjoy that when you can see something going one way only and you can’t really do anything about it. We hear this story all the time about the the housing crash that occurred as you know, it destroyed so many businesses, good businesses and stable businesses and it was just bad lending decisions that brought it down. How do you enjoy about when you just know hang on this is going and I can’t do anything about this.
Chris Vaca [8:53]
Yeah, well, when it first half, and I mean, throughout the industry, everybody knew that it was going to slow down nobody could ever be Buddy was saying it can’t continue like this, but everybody thought it was just going to slow down gradually nobody thought it was gonna go bam, and end like that. And when it happened, like you said a lot of people a lot of people got hurt and it was rough. It was rough for a lot of people but the thing that saves you when, when times like this happen is your attitude. You have to have to keep a positive attitude and believe me it’s hard to do that but but that is a must you have to keep a positive attitude to get through things like that. But But how do you find that because
David Ralph [9:34]
it is a key thing, isn’t it? I think the majority of juicy stories have a darkness to them and and you see it time and time again in offices where people are standing at the coffee machine. And they’re not generally saying the good stuff. They’re saying the stuff that you know is gossip is juicy. My attitude is clinging to the possibilities of sharing that story for everyone a day. But you were somebody that’s didn’t look for that victim mentality. You were looking for the positive How do you manage to do that? Because it is a key point isn’t it to starting finding your true path in life?
Chris Vaca [10:08]
Yeah, it is. I’m not going to say that I was in a depression or anything like that I went through a state of depression. I was bitter. You know, I went I went through all that. I mean, I think it’s a natural progression of things when something like that happens to you. But you know, I just sitting on a couch for hours not doing anything feeling sorry for myself didn’t cut it for me. And I just said, You know, I got to do something with my life. I mean, this I can’t sit here for the rest of my life and do nothing. And I decided to do something. So I started doing a lot of reading motivational books, positive thinking books, things like that.
Trying to stay away from my ex wife as much as possible.
Well, her negativity but you know, it’s a hard thing to do but you but you can do it if you really want to do it. And you know, you have to stay like you said people around you want to drink and Coffee and talking about things and usually negative things. You got to stay away from those type of people, you just have to, because they could bring it down as fast as anything else can. And once you start rolling, you start getting into that positive frame of mind and, and the outlook starts changing, you know, you’ve got a bright future ahead. Then and only then, okay, you can start associating with these people again, little by little, but you have to stay away from them and beginning or still bring it down. They really will.
David Ralph [11:29]
Did you have anyone that kicked you up the backside when you were sitting on that sofa? Because I got made redundant. And it was about out of the blue. And I remember coming home and every day for I don’t know, it felt like a million years, I would get up I would shave I would put my suit on I would go to work. And the next day of being made redundant and employed. I got up and I thought I might as well just put me dressing down on and sit on the sofa and I sat there maybe for about five minutes halfway through my Boadicea. You and my wife came in and said, well, you’re not sitting there for the rest of your life, get get up, get yourself sorted and go and get a job. And she saw really kicked me into place. And I remember being annoyed thinking, hang on, I want to mourn here. I want I want to, you know, I just want to feel bad. Just for a couple of days. Just give me that, but she wasn’t having it. Did you have anybody that was a bit tough on you? Or did you just do it on your own?
Chris Vaca [12:24]
Now, I pretty much did it on my own. But you know, but go into things like that where you want to be alone, where you want to work things out for yourself, you want to think things through that’s that’s a natural, natural reaction. I mean, people have to do that. Okay, I think most people there’s some people that are just bang, get right back on the horse and start again. But I think it’s natural to go through periods like that if something bad happens to you, where you have to sit and work things out. And for me, and it’s like, you know, after I lost my mortgage business, I wanted to get back on the horse. And I started sending out resume after resume after resume after resume and I must have sent that hundred resumes. Amazing got nothing in return. And that was kind of depressing too. And I just couldn’t see myself. flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s, that was not an option for me. And I just decided I have to do something on my own. And the only way I’m going to make it is to do something on my own. And that’s when I turned to the computer, which was the only thing that I had available.
David Ralph [13:21]
So if you go right back into your early life, you sound like you’ve had the hustle muscle running through it. When you were down on the west side. I think you said and you know, the side Oh, a side so it is the west side a bad place doesn’t exist.
Chris Vaca [13:34]
I don’t feel comfortable on the west.
David Ralph [13:38]
Side Kid Rock, we won’t. We won’t talk about the west side.
Chris Vaca [13:42]
It’s just a different environment.
David Ralph [13:44]
That’s all right. Okay, so you down on the east side and life is past its vibrant. And you sort of hustled, hustled, hustled when you created you know your own business and you had the the sort of late night bar sounds like a speakeasy kind of place.
Chris Vaca [13:58]
That’s that’s pretty much what it was. Yeah,
David Ralph [14:00]
all that kind of stuff. Why did you even think when you lost your business but you had to be an employee? It sounds like you were always entrepreneurial Why? I don’t see why you would be sending out all those those resumes.
Chris Vaca [14:13]
No, I do because, you know, when I when I decided to get out of the year, the nightlife, the bar business and things like that. No, that’s when I had actually met my wife. And I said, the life that I was in wasn’t any life for a married man. I mean, you know, women everywhere drinking all the time, it it just wasn’t. I didn’t think it was right to be married and live that kind of life.
David Ralph [14:39]
That was great. Oh,
Chris Vaca [14:41]
yeah. It was I recommended every young man out there. But, you know, I just I had to do something else. So I went out and you know, I got my real estate licence. I started working in real estate and then I did other things. I mean, I work construction. I I saw vacuum cleaners door to door, I did a lot of things, a lot of things. But I was always, like you say out there trying to hustle some money I needed to make money, I decided to raise a family. So is I kept looking back at all the foot. I’m not having as much fun as I used to, you know, but eventually that wore off
David Ralph [15:21]
is hustle for the people out there who are listening to this conversation. And obviously we’re gonna, we’re sort of delving into the sort of the failures at the moment if I can be quoted as failures, moving on to where you are now, but is hustle a key thing to everything if somebody hasn’t got that much talent, but they’ve got multiple bursts of hustle muscle? Is that more powerful than somebody that has it all and not willing to put the work in
Chris Vaca [15:48]
you? You have to take action. You know, there’s that old saying, I don’t know if it’s, if it’s the same in England, but over here it says you’re fake it until you make it Yeah. Okay. You know, you just go out And you take action, you do things, you got a few sitting on a couch, you can read all the books you want, and you could have all the knowledge you want. But if you don’t take that action, you’re not going to get anywhere. Action is the key motivation. You need that motivation. And like you said, you know, not everybody is self motivated. You know, like you said, you know, your wife kicked you in as a couple of times it Get up, come on, you gotta go out there. Some people need that other people are self motivated. But But you need that motivation and you need to take action. Very important.
David Ralph [16:31]
He’s a key thing that fake it till you make it, isn’t it because when I started this show, over 200, nearly 300 episodes ago, I can look back on it now and I can hear but I was playing a part. I was playing the motivational interview, I was playing the host. And it sounds like a kind of, I don’t know, subdued version of what I am now. But of course, it’s not subdued. It’s just but I’ve got competence. I’ve got experience and that fake it till it. Make it has taken me to a point where actually I believe that this is what I should be doing. And it is the way forward isn’t it? If you are looking for a job, and you start dressing and acting like the person who’s already in that job, when that person leaves, they’re more likely to look at you because I can already see you as the person who has all those characteristics that the person has already got. You fake it till you make it.
Chris Vaca [17:26]
Yeah, yeah. But you know, it’s very important. You can’t just go through the motions. You know, schlepping around here and there, you have to have you still have to have that enthusiasm, okay, the enthusiasm shows through it. Believe me, other people can feel the enthusiasm. If you’re working with somebody, or you know, even just talking with somebody, the enthusiasm comes through. And that’s important. Because if you’re just walking through whatever you do, and with no, not much enthusiasm, you’re not going to get anywhere you have to be enthused of what you do
David Ralph [17:59]
so, so When when you hit your run of bad luck, but I think it’s good fortune because you sound like you’ve got so much enthusiasm now that you’re having the time of your life. What was the moment when you said, right? Okay, I’m really going to take control was it those hundred resumes but just didn’t come to anything. And we and I think that is a problem nowadays when I started going for jobs, you would send off a resume and you’d get some kind of response, but now you get nothing. And I think that’s really hard for people out there. So was it man that you just bought one? Hang on? No one’s gonna give me a break here. I’ve got to make my own break.
Chris Vaca [18:35]
Yeah, well, you know it. Like I said, after I sent out those resumes, the first thing that came to my mind was cooks. I was already 5758 years old when that was going on. And the first thing that came to my mind is people want me because I’m old. I said, I don’t want anybody this age and, and I couldn’t understand why. I mean, I had the experience that’s for sure. I had my own mortgage business and not you know, I knew how to do things. I wasn’t an idiot. And I had a nice resume, but I just said, Well, I think it’s because of my age. And if nobody’s going to do anything for me, I’m gonna have to do something myself. And, you know, it’s, I lived in an area at that time where there wasn’t a lot of mass trance, transportation, no buses, subways, things like that. So I just pretty much stuck into in the house, because my car was repossessed, you know, my wife took our car, she went to work. And the only thing I really had was the computer. So I decided to, to start looking on there. And I realised something I came across this article that said that there is over a $4 billion, that’s billion with a be $4 billion generated over the internet every year. And I said, Wow, I didn’t realise the potential was there. And I said, that’s a lot of money. And I said, I gotta cut me a little piece of debt. So that’s when I decided to do things on the Live on the internet.
David Ralph [20:01]
I think this is brilliant discussion because you’re somebody of an age that you shouldn’t have the opportunities online or in meant mentally so many people when they get to the 50s and 60s or wherever they kind of think it’s a young man’s game, but it’s not is it once you actually look at it, there is so much opportunity, you’ve only got to get a couple of crumbs. And you can make a very nice living. Now I quote this a lot, but on the show, but I’ve got so many thousand people listening to it on a daily basis. And this gentleman said to me, do you know how much it takes to earn six figures? And it hadn’t dawned on me, but you make a product for $500 or pounds, and you sell it 200 times and that’s 100 grand a year. And when when you’ve got the worldwide 7 billion people out there khammam listeners out there if you can’t get 200 people when something’s going wrong, isn’t it? It’s It’s so mind blowing. When you get in there that the possibilities are there for us, we just need to start pressing around and building sites and doing stuff where more often than not, there’s templates there to make it easy. It’s not as hard as it was perhaps even five years ago.
Chris Vaca [21:13]
Yeah. And, you know, for me learning the internet, how to get my work my way around a computer was was was rough. For me, it was frustrating was really hard. And everybody says to me, Well, you know, you had your own mortgage business, you should have you know how to use the computer. I said, Yeah, but the only thing I knew how to do on a computer at that time was was fill out a loan application, print it out, send emails and play Solitaire, that was pretty much my you know, ability on on the computer. We’ve all been that
Unknown Speaker [21:45]
solid tech. It was ours, doesn’t it?
Chris Vaca [21:48]
So I had to learn all this new stuff. I knew it was frustrating for me, maybe it’s, you know, I mean, the kids know all this stuff right off the bat, but it was pretty rough for me.
David Ralph [21:56]
So I said, well, might you persevere with it, man because you know what? Once again, if you’re doing anything new, especially building a new business online, there will come to a point where you think to yourself, it’s never gonna work. I can’t be bothered. This isn’t for me that that’s just finished. What made you persevere with it?
Chris Vaca [22:17]
I thought to myself, This is my only way out. My only way back. Okay, plus the 30 looks my ex wife was giving me I could see she wanted me the hell out of there. But I gotta give her credit. You know, she put up with a lot with me and I was there for almost a year with her. So I thank her for that. As matter of fact, my first book that I wrote, age should never be an excuse for not succeeding. I dedicated to her. Because, you know, she kept me from living under the bridge.
David Ralph [22:49]
Absolutely. I think I think she’s a special woman. You obviously had a special place in her heart but kind of went wrong because that’s why she’s an ex wife, but you never lose bad and I don’t think you lose. ability to support people, when you can see that they’re trying, and they’re trying their hardest to get going. And I think that’s a truth in life generally. And that goes out to the listeners, if you are thinking of doing something and you don’t know how you can reach out to people who are already doing that thing, and if they see you reaching out in the right way, and you’re trying your hardest, they will help you and it’s a given. I found that so many more times. Did you agree with that, Chris?
Chris Vaca [23:27]
Oh, yeah, there’s this this, like you say with the internet, it’s worldwide ish. There’s so much opportunity out there. And and like you said, when I first put up my first website, I remember it took me probably about five days to figure out how to do that. And like you said, now things have changed so much, you could you could put one up in an hour. Even less if you’re if you’re really smart enough to know what you’re doing. I mean, they have these templates and they have the even if you have the money, they have companies that will design the The whole thing for you, you know, so things have changed. And if you can’t make money on the internet, I mean, there’s something wrong because it’s probably the easiest thing to do. And you don’t have to worry how old you are or young you are. You don’t have to worry if you’re ugly. Or if you’re, you’re, you’re short or bald or anything like that, because nobody could see it. Right? Everything you do is online. So you got to have no excuses not to not to make some money online, even if you want to make a couple of hundred extra bucks a month or something like that. You know,
David Ralph [24:30]
it’s easy it is. I agree with that. Totally. Let’s play some words now. And they’re from a chap from Hollywood that’s done some amazing films, but he said these amazing words and a couple of years ago, and I think that’s so important at this point of most of our conversations. This is Jim Carrey.
Jim Carrey [24:46]
My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. And when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job. In our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.
David Ralph [25:13]
Now, did those words resonate with you, Chris?
Chris Vaca [25:17]
I never heard that before. I like that. That’s really good. But you know, he talked about it, let me tell you something, people are afraid to fail and they should be okay. They should not be afraid to fail. Failure is, is is is part of the journey to success. You know, Part A lot of the things I was reading, when I was sitting on the couch there in my ex wife’s house, I started read a lot about famous people, people that need it, right, that became successful. And there is not one person I read, that didn’t have a closet full of failures before they actually became successful. It’s amazing. If you’re afraid to fail then then you’re never done. You’re never going to succeed, you need you need those failures to learn from, as a matter of fact, fail FA L stands first attempt in learning. Okay? So even though you fail, you have to learn from that if you learn from your your failures and then press on after that you’ll be successful eventually you just will. But the people that fail and just give up and say add that wasn’t for me, then. Then you fail. You’re a failure. To be honest with you. That’s the way it is.
David Ralph [26:29]
Yeah, I think you’re right, I think, is it the giving up, which is wrong over not starting, which is wrong, because you see so many people who I look at them and I look at myself in many ways on the journey to where I am now. I have done certain things online, I’ve done certain things offline, and looking back on them. They could have all been successful, but I just didn’t have enough belief to keep on pushing on. This is the first thing that I realised there was something more it wasn’t just my belief. It was about people’s belief in it, which kind of pushed it through on those, those dark days when no one was listening to it to where it’s, you know, it’s a proper show. It’s It’s bound itself and he’s got an audience and the audience is growing every day. So do you do think to yourself that the big crime in life is the not starting or giving up too early? What do you think?
Chris Vaca [27:22]
Geez. I think giving up too early
You know, there’s that. There’s an old story I read. Okay. I think it was called 510 feet from gold or something like that. Yeah, I did. Do you know what
David Ralph [27:38]
i do know it is. Napoleon Hill, talks about it. And he’s thinking Grow Rich book, doesn’t he?
Chris Vaca [27:45]
Yeah, yeah. Yeah. And to make it short for your listeners, just a guy that that went out, took everything you had and went out west and in the colonies here to the dig for gold and he put every Sunday half And he when he was digging, he was working for months, months and months and not getting anywhere. And he said, hell with this this there’s no gold here. And he sold it to some stranger for half the price the stranger came in, dug for for two weeks and found gold. The gold was always there, he just demand just gave up. And that’s that story always stuck in my mind. And it’s it’s so Never give up. Never, ever, ever give up. If something takes you a year to do that, do it. If something takes you five years to do if you really convinced that you run to do that thing, then do it. eventually it’s going to happen for
David Ralph [28:38]
you. What I do think though, that there is a part on many of our journeys, where the initial dream, the initial inspiration changes somewhere along the line and you see a different path that you wasn’t expecting, and I think that’s perfectly acceptable to pivot. I’ve seen that with my success on this show where you get to a certain point and you think, right, okay, I wasn’t quite expecting what I’m going to be doing next. But I can see how it’s a natural progression. Do you think that is the natural state of affairs as well on their path to success to actually change direction every now and again on the way forward?
Chris Vaca [29:19]
Oh, without a doubt, I mean, life throws things at you. Okay. And a lot of people just don’t realise it. It’s opportunity, opportunities thrown at you all the time. Okay. A lot of people just don’t realise it. I mean, after after I got my my internet business going. Okay. All of a sudden, bam, it went into doing seminars, then training, then writing books. I mean, all these things were natural progressions. They just one after the other, but it opened the door for me. Okay, when you’re doing sudden another door opens, go in, take it to it. It’s the opportunity.
David Ralph [29:59]
We use get somebody says to you, oh, why don’t you write a book? Most people go, Oh, no, I’m not a writer. No. And why don’t you get up and do speaking? No, I’m not. Did you just naturally embrace them? Or was there that fear in you as well?
Chris Vaca [30:13]
When I think whenever you do something new, That’s strange. There’s always a little fear there. But you know, you got to overcome that. You’re just you just got to do it. I mean, it’s an and you have to, you have to go after what you want. Now, you know, when I do my seminars, I talked to a lot of people. And so many people have goals, that is somebody else’s. For instance, like, Oh, you know, this guy, this guy, Donald Trump, you know, building big His goal is to do this. That’s what I want to do too. Well, that’s nice. But that’s that’s Donald Trump goal. That ain’t your goal. Okay, find out what you want to do. Don’t not somebody else’s goal. And don’t be afraid of the gold. I mean, there’s so many people think that they have to make millions dollars to be successful you don’t. All right, if your goal is to make an extra $500 a month, and you reach it, then you’re a success. Right? So it doesn’t have to be millions of dollars, whatever your goal is, if you reach that goal, you’re a success. And then once you reach that goal, then you set another goal. And then another goal. And that’s how you, you move up the ladder.
David Ralph [31:22]
My first goal, and I mentioned this a couple of times on the show of doing this show, was to look at clouds. And I remember being in the corporate environment. And when I left, this lady said to me, what are you going to do? And I said, I’m going to look at clouds. And she said, What do you mean by that? I said, because for the first time in my life, if I want to lay on the grass, just looking at clouds, I’m going to make sure that I’ve got the time to do it, which I’ve never had. I’ve always been on the clock, I’ve always had to get to somewhere and go back. And it was that kind of time freedom. That was my benchmark of success. And there was a point in the development of the show. I was so far away from that. I was thinking What have I done, I’ve gone from a nine to five gig to a sort of eight to 12 gig. You know, it was it was huge, stupid hours. But as you move forward, you realise that as long as you hold true to that initial goal, you can start tailoring it. So that the success, whether it’s monetary, whether it’s time, whether it’s whatever can come true, but you gotta hold true and I’ve been That’s right, what you’re saying, Chris, if you’re holding true from somebody else’s goals, it’s not your goals. And that’s very difficult to do, isn’t it?
Chris Vaca [32:28]
Yeah, yeah. And if you’re going after somebody else’s goal, chances are, it’s not going to happen for you. At least that’s what I found. Okay, you got to sit down and figure out what you know, people throw out all the time. Oh, I want to be a millionaire. Oh, I want to be a millionaire. Right. And I see this a lot in my in my seminars when I talk to people. Yeah. All right. That’s great. You want to be a millionaire, but what are you prepared to do to get there? I mean, everybody wants a million dollars. But what are you prepared to do? Are you willing to sacrifice Are you willing to put in 1012 hours a day Doing something. And a lot of people are not sure they’re not really sincere about them, they might want it but not sincere about doing the job to get there.
David Ralph [33:08]
But that’s the brilliant thing as well, isn’t it? It’s a shame in many ways that so many people aren’t willing to put the effort in, but the ones that are willing to put the effort in, the competition is less. And so Subsequently, the rewards are greater as well. And when you see the people that have really, as you were saying in the autobiographies, I had really slochd and they’ve worked hard. And most of the celebrities out there when you read their biographies, I kind of think, I think I would have given up I don’t think I’ve got it in me. But of course they keep on going keep on going, keep on going and so they get their rewards. And it’s that that fast track that people want, isn’t it really. And that’s what what you’re not gonna get.
Chris Vaca [33:47]
Yeah. And you know, you’re talking about celebrities. One or two people I read about with Sylvester Stallone, huh? Okay. And you know, what he had to go through that man lived in He used to sleep in the Park Central Park on the bench. He used to sleep on the subways. I don’t know what do you call them? subways down in underground underground underground. Yeah. used to sleep in the underground. As a matter of fact, before right before he made rocky before that got big, he had to sell his dog. Right. So he could eat. And he went through a lot of hard time. He sacrificed a lot, but he knew what he wanted. He stayed on his path and and he got
David Ralph [34:28]
that there’s a brilliant speech I like to play that was in Rocky six. I’m gonna play it now. Because you you’ve led us up the path to it.
Unknown Speaker [34:34]
This is Rocky, you, me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit. And keep moving forward. How much you can take it keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.
David Ralph [34:51]
It’s so true, isn’t it? I know it was in a feeling but it is so true.
Chris Vaca [34:56]
Yeah, yeah, he’s got it right on their life. Life is tough. Sometimes, I mean, it hits your heart. A lot of people never get up after they get hit. But the people that do succeed and you know, it’s a lot of things hold people back. I think one of the biggest things that holds a person back is fear. Fear of losing fear of, you know, failure, fear, fear of a lot of things. And fear stops a lot of people from moving ahead.
David Ralph [35:26]
So so when you when you were sitting there, and you decided to create this online enterprise, one of the things that people struggle with is coming up with a branding coming up with an idea coming up with a concept. It’s all very easy to say there’s $4 billion floating around in the internet, just grab a piece of it. How did you come up with the idea that you have followed through to now and is it the same idea now as it was or has it changed as well?
Chris Vaca [35:53]
Well, see, that’s that’s, that’s where a lot of people make the mistake. They think they have to come up with some Some product that’s going to sweep the world or anything like that sweep the country and you still when I started rough you start I start off with selling other people’s products. Okay? You don’t you don’t have to invent something yourself you sell sell something for other people one of the things I started out with was a dog training okay how to train your dog you know you find that online and I started set up a website for that and you get the traffic and people started buying and you know, so it people have the wrong idea they don’t know any opportunities there you don’t have to come up with a product sell other people’s products in the beginning and you could still make a nice living
David Ralph [36:40]
and go small as well going niche or niche or whatever we say I get confused with the American in English now on that but to go really small and drill down is one of the sort of the blueprints for success, isn’t it if you mark mark hit all folk you will go broke or something they say and there’s truth in that as well.
Chris Vaca [37:00]
Yeah, well you have to you have to you have to find out what where your customers are what they want. I mean one product you know, it’s not one products going to fit the whole world. All right, you find your niche, your niche or whatever you want to call it. And and and, and you do that, Chris, you know, when I did my research online, the pet the pet business, I mean pet care is like one of the biggest money generators out there along with relationship building and how to get your love back and things like that, you know, but there’s plenty of things out there for you to choose from.
David Ralph [37:35]
So when do they start to be age should never be an excuse for not succeeding kind of branding? When did it go from being basically an affiliate programme route you’re selling other people’s products to being the thing that is, is quite authentically you I can see that with you. You know, he never be an excuse. I would love to have a pint with you because I think you know, the stories that we would come up with be amazing when I got a couple of
Chris Vaca [37:59]
pints for you. Honest.
David Ralph [38:00]
Yeah, okay, wait, wait wait go heavy I’ll throw in a bag of
Unknown Speaker [38:03]
haters as well.
David Ralph [38:04]
So So when did that start coming together and you actually created this branding that became you because that is when the power happens, isn’t it when you start becoming authentically yourself and you’re not trying to do what other people are already doing?
Chris Vaca [38:18]
Yeah, well what happened for me was
I don’t know if you know this, but when I was sitting in my ex wife’s house, I had gained 50 pounds I put on 50 pounds from not just from not doing nothing and eating and I looked in the mirror one time and I said, Jesus, this is this a gotta go and I you know, I made up my mind was going to lose weight I set up I got a routine for myself and eventually lost the weight. But during that time, I used to talk with online to some of these blog, you know, bloggers, and one guy was a fitness expert, and we started Converse back and forth. No, no, I told them my story. He told me his story. And he said to me one day said, Chris, you know, you got to Really interesting story he said you should put it out there you know, set up your own website or blog, whatever you want to do and tell people the story because there’s a lot of people that were in the same situation that that you were in you know, losing my business and and starting over and everything like that and I started to think about it I said, You know what, that’s that’s a pretty good idea. And that’s when I came up with the website over 50 and broke and after all shifty and broke then like I say, I started to move into other things and that’s when I came up with the book for age never made excuse for not succeeding and that’s that’s pretty much been my trademark ever since. And
David Ralph [39:35]
and how quickly did over 50 and broke a start to get traction when traffic started coming to you. Was it instant or was it a while did you actually have to change and pivot? Tell us about that.
Chris Vaca [39:47]
Well once once you learn how to how to do things online. attract people to your site, it started it’s like a snowball just builds momentum little by little it starts just like anything else. It starts with me. More than the more people that hear about it, you know, they climb on board and actually it just takes time
David Ralph [40:07]
did you think is the over 50 part or the broke part but that resonated because there’s always some aspect isn’t there in any branding? What do you think actually started bringing traffic to you?
Chris Vaca [40:20]
Well when I marketed that I marketed to the to the over 50 crowd okay because in my research I found out that that the the hardest people hit with unemployment was the boomer generation over 50 crowd Okay, and they were going through some tough times just like I did whether they lost the business or just lost the job and like I say nobody wants to hire when you’re that age. So my my pretty much my advertising where my my gear was shifted to them. But the broke part
for a lot of people into
David Ralph [40:59]
Well yeah, cuz It’s powerful it did this two streams today, isn’t it? If you’re over 50, you’d look at it. And if you’re broke, and if you if you’re over 50 and broke, it’s a kind of dream fulfiller, isn’t it? Yeah, I would be loaded onto that. And just by the name of it, I think it’s good. I don’t think it’s as good as it should never be an excuse for not succeeding. I think that is that is really powerful. And did that come afterwards? Or was that always around on the scene as well?
Chris Vaca [41:25]
No, that came afterwards. As a matter of fact, when I was writing the book, I, the original title was over 50 and broke, you know, it really was, but then I just started thinking about it. And that came to me age should never be an excuse for not succeeding. It came about because I was talking to a person at one of my seminars, and he says, you know, I’m too old. He goes, I just can’t start anything. No, I said, that’s a lot of crap. I should he shouldn’t have been excuse for not succeeding and banned. It’s stuck in my head. Wow. That’s it. That’s A good title
David Ralph [42:01]
when they ease isn’t it because it covers is not just covers the baby boomers it covers everyone doesn’t it? And yeah,
Chris Vaca [42:08]
you know when I say age and have been that doesn’t mean all people It means young people to you don’t. You’d be surprised how many young people haven’t like an inferiority complex because they’re young. Oh, I I’m too young to do something like that. I can’t do that. And that’s a lot of bolts too. I mean, no matter what age you are you you could make it happen. I think. I think the older people are
a little more
dedicated, they seem to be a little more dedicated to what they’re doing that the younger people are. I guess it’s because as as time goes, by with age, we get a little bit more serious about things and you know, things like that, but it’s, it’s it’s age, no matter what age just get out there, find something you want to do and do it.
David Ralph [42:54]
I think it was in thinking Grow Rich, the Napoleon Hill classic Bible, the business Bible. Everyone’s still talks about when he was mentioning the fact that more people become successful, more men become successful between the ages of 40 and 60. Because their early years are kind of our got the whole life ahead of me, let’s go out and have a pint, let’s enjoy ourselves. And then the middle bit is, you know, creating families and chasing girls and all that kind of stuff. When you hit that 40 part and you think, Oh my god, what have I done with my life? And there’s that that part where you suddenly thing and I, I feel it strongly. I’m 44 years old. So I’m not old in any shape or form. But I do look at my life a lot. And I think I was existing, and now I want to be living. And I’m going to make damn sure that I’m living for the rest of my life so that I can look back on it and go, yeah, I had a great time because the early years wasn’t wasted because I went to work and I you know, I did everything that you had to do, but I don’t think I did everything that I only wanted to do and that was the difference and when I hit 40 of all I’ve got I’ve got to do it. Otherwise I’m gonna end up living somebody else’s life.
Chris Vaca [44:01]
Yeah, you know, it’s, it’s, it’s so true. I mean, you look back, you reach a certain age and you start looking back and you start reflecting on things. And, you know, like, I did the same thing. And I look back and say, Oh, you know, I shouldn’t have done that, or I should have pursued this a little more. I should have done that. You know, you look back but you know, you can’t, you got to look at it. Look at everything as a learning experience. At least that’s the way I look at it. With a bad things or good things, you look at it as a learning experience, and you learn from it, and you move on.
David Ralph [44:32]
So So keeping that essence of that Jim Carrey speech, but you should take a risk on doing what you love. You might as you could easily find a doing what you don’t like so take a risk I’m doing it is that the kind of message that nowadays we should get out to the youngsters so that when they come out of the education system, they don’t just think they’ve got to get a job because it’s a job, but actually we say to them, you have got an opportunity like we never had, and our parents certainly didn’t have but you can Create your own economy. And what is the risky business creating your own economy where you’re bringing money to yourself and you’re in control of it, or going to get a job where the next day they might say, Sorry, we’ve had a bad run of luck. You’re all out. Did you think that is a message that we should get out to them?
Chris Vaca [45:17]
Oh, definitely, you know, that understands him. A lot of people are not meant to do that. And, and I don’t I don’t mean that, that there are people that can do it, anybody can do it. But there are people that need to feel secure that security of a paycheck every week, and you know, they’re afraid to go out and it’s like, like me, it’s nothing new to me because I I’ve been on commission or whatever my most of my life, okay. So with me, it wasn’t no big deal to start something like this. But for a lot of people, like you say the you need the security. They need that paycheck. They know they have to know that that paycheck is coming in every week. Real Estate freaked out. And I can understand that, you know, when when I got married and I started having children I mean, I look for something more secure but I was I was still on commission I sold cars for a while, you know, I did a lot of things in my life. But I was always like you said I was always out there hustling money. I always had that drive that motivation. And that’s what you need in life.
David Ralph [46:21]
But But life now Chris isn’t about. I don’t think it’s about the leap of faith. I think nowadays, if you be crazy, if you leave, I hear stories all the time where people go, I just walked out of my job and I decided I was going to do X Y Zed, and they made a go of it. I was never that brave. I couldn’t have done that I had responsibilities I children to support a family and all that kind of stuff. But I do think that you can do a side hustle. And while you’re in a job that you don’t like you can in the evenings work on creating that extra $500 as you say, online, and if you do it well. It comes to you when you sleep, and it also breeds success. And so people don’t actually have to have that risk, they can have that comfort by doing two things at the same time and ultimately find themselves in a happy place. I think this whole show is about finding yourself in a happy place more than finding the entrepreneurial spirit.
Chris Vaca [47:14]
Yeah, but you gotta say a lot of people don’t want to make that sacrifice. They, they come home from work five, six o’clock in the evening, and they want to have dinner they want to spend time with the kids or the wife or the family and you know, do things and they don’t want to work some more till 12 o’clock at night or something like that. And that’s fine. If you know if somebody is happy doing that, that’s great, more power to him. But you know, if you if you really want to do something with your life, and you don’t want to give up your your weekly income, then when you get off work, like you say, you have to start doing something. I mean, you know, put in the extra time, put in the extra hours and it’ll eventually come to you.
David Ralph [47:54]
And you can always find the extra time, can’t you that’s the thing.
Chris Vaca [47:56]
You can get up early and so it’s always there. It’s always there.
People make excuses why, why they will do things and believe me I I my seminars I heard every excuse in the world you wouldn’t believe the excuses I hear for people not doing things
David Ralph [48:11]
because I’ve got no kids be Saturday, and my wife’s going away. And she said, what you’re gonna do with yourself and I thought, I’m gonna work I’ve got I’ve gotten at because I love doing it. I think why do I just want to sort of float around I’m gonna make use of that time and do it. And I was never like that. It weekend was a precious time to enjoy myself. But when you find the thing that you love, and you enjoy doing weekends, aren’t weekends and weekdays aren’t weekdays, life becomes playing play becomes live and you sound like you’re very much like that now.
Chris Vaca [48:45]
Oh, yeah. I mean, it’s amazing when you find, find something that you really, really love to do and that you’re passionate about. Like you say, it doesn’t feel like work. It doesn’t. I mean, it is no different. between work and play, it’s the same thing. You enjoy it so much that you say it doesn’t matter if it’s Wednesday or Saturday or Sunday. Then once you get to a point, like where I got to, that your time is pretty much your own, you’re putting your time in, and you can make the well now I think I’ll Saturday or Monday or Tuesday, I’ll take that off, and I’ll go swimming or go horseback riding or I’ll do what I want to do, you know, and to have that luxury that you could just say, I’m going to do what I want to do today. It’s a great feeling.
David Ralph [49:34]
Because, well, I’ve had so many well, coming up 300 conversations now and literally every single person has fat and I think right okay, I haven’t just picked the the 300 people in the world that have got that and it’s a fluke. It just seems to be that if you take control of your life, you can have your cake and eat it. And you don’t have to get on the train and commute up to the office. You can have that time freedom and people say to me Yeah, I get up and I do my work in the morning. And then I go down the gym in the afternoon. And then I start again in the evening or doing whatever but but time freedom, I really do believe that if you do things right, you can have time freedom, you can have a very nice income and you can love what you’re doing at the same time. I think that is out there for everyone if they want it enough, as you say,
Chris Vaca [50:23]
yeah, especially today, it’s never more feasible than then the world is today. I mean, it’s unbelievable the opportunities that are out there and and I sometimes I feel like like shaking people what’s the matter what you will notice how much out there for you. Yeah. But you know, some people just just like to complain and live in misery. That’s that’s life, unfortunately. And they don’t see the opportunities.
David Ralph [50:51]
So So if you could go back in time and have that mortgage business, or you would have what you’re doing now. Would you would would you swap One for the other. Are you happy now when you was before? Tell us about it?
Chris Vaca [51:04]
Oh, I’m definitely happier now. Definitely. me because it did not like when the mortgage business you had, you had deadlines that you had to do, you know, we got to close this loan by by the 21st. Or, you know, we got to get this done in a lot of pressure, a lot of pressure. I mean, the money was good. I enjoyed it. But there was a lot of pressure. And my time wasn’t my own. I mean, you know, I had to see clients on weekends, I had to, you know, all this stuff, but now, I built it into where my income is I have a nice income, and I don’t have to work as hard. there’s not as much pressure and more time for myself if I want it. Okay, and that’s, that’s the beauty of it. If I want the time, I just take the time, and nobody’s telling me that you have to work six hours today or 12 hours tomorrow. I want to because I want to And I take time off when I want to. And it’s a great feeling. And everybody I hope everybody out there gets to a point that they could enjoy that as much as I do.
David Ralph [52:09]
So So do you look back as many of our guests do that the dark time was actually the bright time when you look back at the because the business went down the toilet. You actually look back on it go Yeah, that was terrible. I wouldn’t want to go through that again. But actually looking back on it, thank God thank God it did because now I’m where I am.
Chris Vaca [52:29]
Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Like I said, it’s rough. Like I said earlier, I believe that everything happens in life for a reason. Everything goes okay. And when I lost my mom, it was it was like the most devastating thing that happened to me in my life. I mean, I was left with nothing. I mean, absolutely nothing about fact, I was in the hole for about 30 grand because I when business started going bad I started living living off my credit cards. So I was stuck with you know, $30,000 worth of credit card bills. A show it was rough. But now, you know, I look back and I says, Well, you know, thank God because if that didn’t happen, I wouldn’t be where I am today. That’s right, you know,
David Ralph [53:10]
let’s play the words that I’ve made to show what it is. And it’s the words that Steve Jobs said back in 2005, when he talked about only being able to see your present when you look back in Join Up Dots, this is Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs [53:23]
Of course, it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards 10 years later. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path. And that will make all the difference.
David Ralph [53:59]
True words again
Chris Vaca [54:02]
Oh, I never heard that one either that that is so true. That is so true. That those are inspiring words to me. They really are. I mean, that man was unbelievable. He created something from from nothing. And his attitude. His attitude is just unbelievable. He was a great man. He was really a great man.
David Ralph [54:26]
As we’re recording this at the moment, the apple company, you have just published their their quarterly profits, and it’s the biggest profits you’ve ever seen in your life, something like $16 billion, which is like Norway or something is he and from his carriage or garage, as you say, over there, all the way through. He created something that’s as big as a country and it’s mind blowing, isn’t it for me, Gary, and not knowing what he was doing. He created something, it blows my mind.
Chris Vaca [54:57]
Yeah, it’s amazing what you can do. If you really want to do it, I mean, His story is, if it’s just unbelievable. I mean, it’s, it’s, they say that truth is stranger than fiction. This is a kid who, who left college By the way, he quit college and started something in his garage and look at it now. It’s unbelievable. And I know there’s people out there listening to your show right now saying, Yeah, but I can never do that. You know, that’s, that’s defeatist talk. There’s an old saying, if you think you can, or you can’t, you’re right. Because if you think you can do something, you’re going to do it. If you think you can do something, then you’re not going to do it.
David Ralph [55:43]
I think the brilliant fact of life is that you don’t know what you’re doing. When when I started this show. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. And as you started your website over 50 and broke, you didn’t have a clue what you were doing, but you just do one thing and then another and then little walk by later you You get some kind of presence and you think, okay, I’ve built something better. And then you just do other stuff, don’t you? And it’s that kind of playing around before it becomes something real. That is the exciting time, I think.
Chris Vaca [56:13]
Oh, yeah. Yeah. You know, when I look back
when I first started building a website and things like that, like I said, it was very frustrating for me, because I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. And so it took little by little and you make mistakes, you tweak it here, you tweak it there, but you look back and you see that the journey is the fun part. Okay, where I am now is great, but the journey was was the most exciting fun part, getting, getting all the knowledge, doing the things making the mistakes, finding out what works, finding out what doesn’t, and to this day, you know, you still make mistakes and by that where you are in life, you’re going to make mistakes. Okay, but you just correct and then you you move on, and that’s that’s a learning experience. Life is a learning experience, and you should learn from everything that you do.
David Ralph [57:03]
So on that timeline that Steve was talking about, well, do you have a big dot? When you look back on your life? Is there a big dot where you think yes, that that was it. That’s that’s when Chris really started to be who he is.
Chris Vaca [57:19]
Man, I tell you, I told you that time I used to sit on a couch and worry and be depressed and everything like that. And I just got up and I kicked myself in the ass. And that to me, realising that the the only way I was going to get back in the in the in the game will get back in life was was to do it myself. Because like I tell my kids to this day I tell them you know, when something bad happens to you in life, you can do one or two things. You could sit in a corner and cry about it, or you could get off your ass and do something about it. And I chose to get off my ass and do something about it, and it paid off.
David Ralph [58:04]
And aren’t we glad you did? Well, this is the part of the show when we send you back in time to have a one on one with your younger self is the Sermon on the mic. And if you could go back in time and speak to the young Chris, what age would you choose? And what advice would you give? Well, we’re gonna find out because I’m going to play the theme tune and when it fades you up. This is the Sermon on the mic.
Chris Vaca [58:47]
Young Chris, this is old Chris talking to you.
I’ve been I’ve been through a journey in life and I’ve learned a lot of things. The one thing that I’ve had always sticks with me We stick with me that you should, you should listen to his his listen to what your dad said. Your dad gave you such good advice throughout life and you never listened to it.
You thought they were just words.
Just a Father Father telling his son what to do but he said it with love any any method. Just a simple thing like start saving somebody your money. And course you’re going to need it when you get older in life. Listen to your dad, your dad gave you such good advice you never listened to. And I regret a lot of things not listening to him. If I had to say one thing that would be it to my young self. Take your dad’s advice. They know what they’re talking about. They’ve been through life already. Just like the same thing. Like I do it by kids today. I know they shrugged me off a lot. But listen to you today. When you’re young, because he knows what he knows what he’s talking about.
David Ralph [1:00:05]
I hope my kids are listening to that Chris
Chris Vaca [1:00:09]
I say that with all sincerity I I should have listened to my dad and a lot of ways when I was young.
David Ralph [1:00:15]
So Chris, how can our audience connect with you, sir?
Chris Vaca [1:00:19]
Well, you can get over to my website over 50 and broke com if you’re interested in a my books, my books are listed on there or you can get over to Amazon. My latest book is hitting the trifecta of life, a healthy mind body and pocket. The pocket meaning money. In honour of this show, I have it on special discounted the book 51% for your listeners. So you could get out there and enjoy it and hopefully learn from it. And remember, he never be an excuse for not succeeding. So get out there and do it.
David Ralph [1:00:57]
Absolutely. Chris, thank you so much for spending time with us today. De joining those dots and please come back again when you have more dots to join up because I do believe that by joining up the dots and connecting our past is the best way to build our futures. Mr. Chris Baca Thank you so much,
Chris Vaca [1:01:12]
David, thanks for having me. I have to tell you this is probably the most enjoyable interview that I’ve I have not
David Ralph [1:01:18]
Loved it as well mate Cheers.
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David Ralph [1:01:46]
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