Hi, and welcome to my blog! My name is Graham Bray, and by profession I am a teacher. Not wishing to broadcast it too loudly but I’m approaching my mid-50s, although as yet there’s not a grey hair in site. I have two grown-up daughters and I am married to Wendy, a primary school headteacher. As you can imagine, education tends to dominate our lives, and now there’s just the two of us at home meal-time conversations tend to be about schools and what’s happening in our education system.
However, I’m not using this blog to talk about teachers and students – I can do that elsewhere! What I want to do is to invite you along on a journey. You could call it a journey of discovery, but it’s one I’ve been travelling on for the past five years or so. I’ve been teaching for the best part of 24 years, and I’m now seeking the next step and the next challenge for the future.
I know that I do not want to spend the years to my retirement continuing to do what I’ve always done. My dream is to move away from teaching and to have more freedom in the way I use my time.
I’m not sure what the original trigger was, but in 2005 I read the book ‘Awaken the Giant Within’ by Anthony Robbins. I don’t recall actually enjoying the book, but it really got me thinking about my future. One thing I do remember is the author’s claim that for a year he stopped reading or watching anything that wasn’t positive and progressive – he even refused to read newspapers! I decided at that point that I too would only read books related to personal development, and would drastically cut down on TV distractions.
I therefore immersed myself in a range of books, and the book shelves at home began to groan under the increasing weight. Eventually I came across Robert Allen’s book ‘Multiple Streams of Income’. This book really inspired me to investigate possible alternative means of income, and I began to get really excited about the prospect of generating additional incomes, with the potential of eventually being self-sufficient and time-rich.
This was the start of my journey, and in my next blog I’ll go into more detail about how the pathways developed before me and the routes I took.
Until next time,