Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try - Charles F.Kettering
Aren't these such powerful words?The achievement and the realization of what we desire are all about the decision to try, take risks, believe and never give up, NEVER!!!
Do you feel like giving up at times? Do you feel like you do not have any more faith in this world?
Let's Begin from Square One Shall We
Sergei is the name, but my friends call me "Ice Man" and there is a reason for that.
Born in Belgium, but after my parent’s divorce, raised in Ukraine, I grew up with my mother and grandparents in a small village south of Dnepropetrovsk.
It was 1972. I was around 9 years old at the time. Born of two dissimilar cultures, and being the fruit of two lives strictly opposed to one another, I had grown up from a young age in an era where the cold war, since the early 60’s, was in its first eruption, and in an empire called back then, the USSR.
Since the day I was born until my departure with my mother, there from Belgium, I had lived in the companionship of horses, and during the first part of my childhood, I had grown up in a small apartment over the stable where my father worked as a Racehorse trainer.
Therefore I started to ride horses at the tender age of 3, having that in my blood.
The Child Becomes a Man
At age 15, I left home and traveled numerous times in various places as a sportsman in horse competitions.
I went and performed from city to city, state to state, and then country to country where I encountered different ways of living. I believed I had a beautiful job as a sportsman but no life of freedom, almost none to say the least, as I worked 80 long hours a week and was on a strict diet.
I was attracted by the beauty of all that I saw as it was a first for me, I was hooked and youth’s call for life became much stronger, that it felt almost like an urge. I wanted to take part in real life, and not merely be an observer from a side part of the world.
But my country had another plan in store for me…Military service duty, they called me in and pushed my dreams away, and I found myself assigned in a submarine, for 3 long years.
After Several Years
A person’s life has usually a small amount of uncertainty as to what to do in life, but I however, had broken that mold, and decided that it was to time for me to see the world with my own eyes as I had to learn that every accomplishment starts with the decision to try!
One would have thought that it was daring or quite impossible, being a Soviet citizen, but it didn’t matter how. In my mind, it had to happen somehow.
So, I defected going on my way to a competition, and like life has a weird sense of humor, The “Iron Curtain” in Berlin came down only 3 weeks after my risky defection to the West and in doing so, the Soviet Union collapsed, to my benefit.
Nobody was even looking for me anymore. It was such a chaos over there! I, Sergei, was a forgotten ex-Soviet citizen in a foreign country.
I had always been the "Black Sheep" of the family, yet it was justified, despite all the trouble!!!
Throughout my life, my way of facing situations with practically no fear of what would happen had earned me the nickname of “Ice Man”.
After many years of being on a roller coaster, with ups and downs, working in different countries by trying all kinds of field, making money and then having none, I realized that there was more to life than this Rat race as people call it, and that I wanted more out of my existence, so I sought a way out of the routine, and I craved to be financially free.
But in 2013, the company I worked for closed its doors and I found myself at the unemployment office for a complete year. It was a real tough time and such an eye opener for me, as I only ate pasta and rice for over 1 year, and I couldn’t pay my bills.
My girlfriend at the time left me in my predicament, expecting from me some miracle, and to make things worse…No one else that I knew helped me.
And to add to my unpleasant situation, I found out that all of my family in the East and most of it in the West was deceased, and that the ones that still lived on the Western part didn’t want anything to do with me.
For them, I was a stranger from a foreign land, being gone for more than 40 years. I found myself even more alone!!!
Do you feel alone? Well don’t, because you are not.
Life Had something Better in Store
But I didn’t want to give up, as I have a strong character of survival. A fervent believer in the Law of Attraction for many years, I am also an avid reader.
One day, a friend gave me a book to read, the book was called “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss, and it was a revelation for me, I had found my life’s path and the life of freedom I needed.
I had found my life's purpose and I knew then that every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
After that, I made a drastic decision for my life and took a risk as I listened and followed my subconscious’ intuitive advices.
Everyone around me thought that I was crazy to leave at age 50 for another country where I knew no one, where I didn’t speak the language and where I had no job.
But I believed I could!
Becoming an Entrepreneur with a Life of Freedom
Today, I have an internet lifestyle, as I am a Success & Lifestyle Coach, Online Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of First-Class Lifestyle and sergeivanbellinghen.com, and also consultant in East Europe-West relationships, a passionate Globetrotter and an avid audio booker.
I help other people attain success and the life they deserve. Now, I can be at any place on the planet, all I need is an internet connection and a computer to be able to work. That is what is known as a "Laptop Lifestyle & a Life of Freedom", working from anywhere with no boundaries whatsoever.
So, I ask you: “What legacy do you want to leave behind you?” We all need Inspiration,
Take the decision to try, risk, believe, don't ever give up to have your own life of freedom
A Life of Freedom
Do you want an occupation that fits your brand personality and moves you closer to your desires and a life of freedom?
Do you ask yourself: “How do I want to contribute to this world and my loves ones?”
To conclude, when I am not presenting ways of marketing strategies with the coolest web Elite entrepreneurs and Top aces mentors in the game, I am practicing Kung Fu, travelling over the world, and yes, even when I am working :)), writing books and learning to be a better person.
I am also a well-travelled and cultured man, as I speak 5 languages, Russian, Ukrainian, French, English & still learning German, and lived for countless years in 3 hemispheres of the globe, Eastern Europe, North America & West Europe. Right now, I am currently based in Vienna, Austria, but splitting time between there, Ukraine and all over the world.
So the saying was right; every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
Sergei VanBellinghen, Founder & CEO of First-Class Lifestyle and sergeivanbellinghen.com, Success & lifestyle Coach, Freedom entrepreneur & business partner of Stuart Ross, also counselor in East Europe-West relationships, a passionate Globetrotter and an avid audio booker