Who is Claude Fullinfaw? Let me tell you about him!
Claude Fullinfaw now lives in Brisbane, Queensland in Australia. He migrated in 1984 from Mumbai (once known as Bombay) in India and settled in the river city of Brisbane with relative ease. Today he is happily married with his beautiful wife Vicki Parker Fulinfaw. Claude has two handsome sons, Jared and Brendan.
Claude actively builds a global business as an independent distributor in the Health and Wellness Industry since 2003. You can learn more about the business he is in by clicking the link above for free PDF download and instructional videos to help you understand what he is involved in. or Click Here!
Claude mentors, motivates and coaches people in business today in the Wellness Industry Globally. He helps mentor countless people through his blog that he writes daily on how to build a home based business in network marketing. The subject he covers are personal development and leadership skills across different nationalities in countries such as Australia, US, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and Philippines.
He also has a keen interest in marketing on the Internet and using Social Media. He uses a formula of marketing by combining using network marketing with the face to face approach as well as reaching out to people through the Internet through Facebook, blogs and emails. He calls this the “Hybrid Formula” where technology and social skills merge to give the best result. He teaches this extensively on his blog for free. If you are looking for a mentor, someone you can trust then consider Claude Fullinfaw. The information is totally free backed by supporting videos as well as PDFs and excel files to help you. Join Claude at Best Network Marketing Tips for ideas!
What Does Claude Do Today?
Claude today leads a modest life working on his dreams, traveling between countries sharing the dream of freedom with people who want more from life. He travels freely and without having a fixed agenda. Currently in 2012 he has houses in Australia and in the Philippines and travels between these two countries frequently. In 2012 he also visited the US for the first time. Bookmarking his life story through “Photos ” on flickr.com!
Do you dream of traveling, living your life on your own terms? Do you want “time freedom”. Then contact Claude!
I have it all right now and as I write this story my life is changing even more. Ask me in two years and I will be so far down the road than where I am right now.
You too can be part of this journey. Enjoying traveling with me and meeting so many lovely people all over the world. Staying in beautiful hotels in exotic places. Shopping at leisure at the best shops in the world.
But it was not always like that. I too was broke. I was living in a boarding houses sharing a room with four other young men with just a bed and cupboard for my clothes. I choose to change my life back in 2003. Now it’s your turn!
- Do you want a life like this? Ask me!
- Now let me share my story with you to inspire you more…
Let me tell you my life story as it started in India (until 1984)
I grew up in India and spent most of my early years there. I was one of 7 children and being the eldest was exposed to more responsibility than my younger siblings. Both dad and mum were employees and I learned some good work ethics from both of them.
I was able to get a very good education at one of the best schools in the country, St. Joseph’s B H School in Bangalore, India. It was there I learned discipline as I grew up under the strict supervision of the Jesuit priests that ran the school. I was also exposed to boys who had parents who were more affluent than my parents. I saw the advantages of money and what money could buy. I was shy, nervous and not bold back in 1975. One of the reasons was the fact that I had no confidence back then as I came from an ordinary middle class family. I lacked confidence as I felt inferior as I had less money than my classmates.
It was in 1976 I read a great story in the Readers Digest in Pune, India. Flipping through the chapters of this book in my grandparents home I read how an ordinary boy from Sicily became a millionaire in the mid sixties just with determination, focus and persistence. That man built his fortune in selling a burger called the “Hero” burger in NY.
This was the sole light that guided me in my late teens!
That short story set the ball rolling and was my guiding light to stir me towards my present destiny in 2012. I must thank that old man back then for his awesome story. A story that changed the way I looked at life forever.
I realized that I needed somehow to get overseas, gain the experience necessary and get into business. This very thought as exciting. Though it sounded great it was also quite frightening as none of my peers were business minded. In fact in 1985 I was cautioned not to get into business all because they, my parents, said it was too risky. Employment was more secure and safer I was told. These were the words of my good old mother, Philo. Though I respect her deeply I discarded her advice and followed my heart and my dream of business.
The Book That Helped Me!
Years later I would read Robert Kiyosaki’s Book – “CASH FLOW QUADRANT” and realize that my decision of not wanting to be an employee was a sound one. What I did not know back then and for many years later I went from the hot pan into the fire by being a sole trader or self employed. I did not realized back then that being self employed is also too risky, with no time freedom and restricted movement both physically as well as financially. I learned from the book mentioned above that BIG Business is what one must aspire to have.
After finishing school I enrolled in to the Catering College in Dadar, Mumbai, India, to do my Hotel Management. This was part of my plan to seek work overseas. It worked as after I passed the third year I found myself working at the Taj Mahal Inter-Con in Mumbai in 1982. Here I got grounded in working in a 5 Star Hotel. Soon I got the experience I so badly wanted and was accepted to work in Brisbane, Australia in 1984 for a restaurant chain.
Australia Brisbane 1984 onwards
I arrived in Brisbane on a Monday in the early hours of 31st October 1984 by British Airways from Bombay (as it was called in those days). I started to work a couple of hours after I landed. In-spite of being jet lagged I managed to do a full 10 hour shift that day. Soon I realized that I would be working long hours each day. Most often I put in 12 to 15 hour days in the kitchens of the restaurant I worked in for my bosses.
Working hard did not worry me back then. I was young, energetic and eager to gain experience. I took all the work I was given even though I worked on a fixed salary of just $250 AUD in 1984. It was the experience I so badly wanted. When ever I was asked to do extra jobs I grabbed them all. Every job took me further and higher into learning curve. I was gaining knowledge in the area of business fast. I knew back then I had to learn fast if I was to earn well. I was hungry for success.
The Business I So Longed For!
Eighteen months later it all paid off for me as I started my own eating house in a small inner city suburb, Red Hill in Brisbane. I named the restaurant- NATARAJA Indian Restaurant. This place soon became the talk of the town and I was racking in money week after week. That was more money I had ever seen in my life. That was way back in 1986.
I Then Got Married!
A year before in 1985 I married Sherrene from India, an old classmate of mine from school days in Bangalore, India. Its seemed the best thing that happened to me back then. We stayed married for 12 years and the saddest thing is in all that time I could hardly give her nor my marriage a fair go as I was too busy working hard for my family. Imagine getting what you want and then that very thing you wanted so badly robs you of cherished times with loved ones. This is one lesson I will remember all my life. Being self employed has its limitations. You just don’t have time freedom even though you have independence from being overseen by a boss.
What started off as a dream to be rich and comfortable had actually made my life uncomfortable and sad. Looking back I wished I had some good fun memories to cherish, something I don’t sadly.
So if you are thinking of going into business for yourself look and see how this would impact on your family life. After all you want a business to create a lifestyle for you and your family. Giving you time freedom and happiness.
It all about family!
Not just money. It’s not about money! It’s about family. Remember that!
Remember that we do everything for our families. We start the business or even get a job so we can give our family more. Never ever forget that. It will cost you dearly if you don’t. Thats is my advice to you today. Learn from my mistakes and you will be a success in life.
Since those dark days of my so called super growth, I now know that our businesses should work for us. It’s not the other way round.
Now during my 12 years with Sherrene I ran three different food businesses. It was in mid 1996 things started to sour. I had just started my third business called Ghandhi’s in West End in Brisbane. From Day One things were not moving smoothly. To top it off our failing marriage as well as the choice of a bad location of the third business caused me to loose everything. This was the most humbling experience of my life. Losing not one but two important things at once was devastating. My marriage as well as my livelihood.
My Wake Up Call!
Now that was my wake up call. I realized that somehow I needed to do something urgently. I had to pay off a huge debt caused by the failed business of over 300K in Aussie Dollars. I concentrated on doing that as I wanted to not declare bankruptcy. I wanted to save our family home so Sherrene could still live there with my two sons. That I did with some hardship during 1997-2002 and I am proud I did it.
To be capable of paying of the debt above I had to get back into business in 1999. Somehow I managed to do this and was back in business as I began Salaam Bombay in Rosalie in Brisbane.
For Things To Change I Had To Change!
It was while I was paying off this debt through my fourth business, another food outlet called Salaam Bombay, I met my beautiful wife Vicki in 1999. This is where I had the most important revelation. I realized that if I was to have a successful business I needed a happy marriage. But I also knew if I worked as hard as I had done before when I knew Sherrene I would not last long with Vicki too.
I knew that I deserved better. But if I deserved better I needed to give as much or more to the person who would share my life. I knew I could not change anything if I stayed in the food business.
The Moment I Decided Things Started To Change!
Something had to change. I realized I had to change! This was so hard back then as I only knew one thing and that was running food outlets. I had to make a decision fast. I did not want to loose my chance with Vicki.
This is what I did in 2003.
I made a fast decision and have since stuck to it 10 years later. I sold out of restaurants in 2004 and have ever since been so happy. My marriage is fantastic and I have so many friends now from all over the world.
It certainly was not easy way back in 2004 when I decided to make that change. Nothing in life is easy at first. But if you badly want something you will make it happen.
I had to find a vehicle that could give me as much or more without sacrificing my family, my time with wife, Vicki, and sons Jash and Brendan. I did not want compromise and so went searching for answers as to what I could do that would challenge my mind, make me creative, forge new friendships, make me a fortune as well as I could do everything or accomplish everything without sacrificing what’s now so precious to me, my family.
This is me now in October of 2012 happy!
The morale of my story is if you are going to do the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result then it’s a form of insanity. Albert Einstein once said those words. And they are so very true.
Make a fast decision and stick with it.
If you have to change your mind do it slowly and see how best you can make changes.
Don’t make drastic changes immediately. Rather tweak and change things gradually until you come to the best outcome for you and your family.
This is my story in a nutshell!
Contact me if you feel this story has touched your heart and I promise you one thing I will help you change your life in a 24 to 36 month time frame. Would you like to earn a 6 figure income matched with time freedom and have the best health in the world. Partner with me and lets changed others too.