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Fifty Down – 50 More to Go

by skoda on May 7, 2017

Fifty Down …. 50 More to Go (I Hope)


Maybe, I don’t really want another 50.  I think it depends on how our health is and if we’re a liability or asset to our families.  I made it to 50 years Young on April 25.  Yeah… I know many of you will say “Big Deal”, I’m 60 , 80, 100 or whatever, right?  Well for me, it didn’t seem that easy.  My mom died from Cancer at 37 and my father had a heart attack in his forties.  Thankfully, he made it to 61 before finally joining mom.  I also decided on the Air Force for a 21-year Career that has brought me all over the world where I seen and smelt “stuff.”  In also spend some time in jail in addition to 6 months in a Homeless Shelter.  What I’m trying to say is that I really didn’t know that I would make it to 50.


50 More to Go from Joseph Skoda on Vimeo.


Let’s backtrack a little.  I grew up the oldest of 3 boys to very loving parents.  Our aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents were all part of our lives and very supportive and loving.  I really didn’t know what a “Broken Home” was till I joined the military.  That’s when I realized that I had a great childhood.  My brothers and I were always active in sports and I was consistently on the Honor Roll” for getting good grades.  Though my two brothers joined the military also (one Marine and one Army), we took different paths in life and ended up in different places.  Our adulthood gave us different perspectives on life.


OK…Great – All families are a little different, right?  What’s the point?  I’m glad you asked.  The point is it doesn’t matter what deal that you were dealt with as a child because we all have to make it in the real world according to our abilities and most importantly our desires.  I’m not dissin’ my brothers by any means.  We all still love one another and wish the best for each other.


Fast forward….. I retired in 2006 at the age of 39.  My wife left me two years later and drained our bank account after I left and I found myself living in a Homeless Shelter in Santa Maria, California on February 29, 2008.  It’s hard to forget a leap year.  I of course was humbled and depressed for quite some time.  I even held an MBA at that time and couldn’t find work.  But, due to that experience I was introduced once again to God.


It’s important that we look into each situation in our lives as an opportunity to learn and grow.  Of course, it isn’t always easy.  It’s often humbling and painful.  It was because of that experience of losing almost everything that forced me to reevaluate my life and to seek what are the things and people most important to me.  When I focused on God and no longer myself my situation changed as opportunities became apparent.


I joined a business and made my first $10,000 month not long after leaving the shelter.  I started working a PhD while renting a room that I had to lean my inflatable mattress on the wall so I could pull out the chair to my desk so I could do homework and work on my business.

What I learned is that we all need to take a break from time to time to relax and focus.  The “Rat Race” is real and can kill your inspiration and desires of the real you.  Make your life count.

Vacation More with your Loved Ones and put into motion multiple streams of income.  Make money and time work for you.  YOU and Your Family ARE Important and Deserve More.  Don’t let past experiences define or stop you.  Only 50 More to Go.

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