The grass is greener: episode 2

Meet Ryan Sabido :) He made the move from the corporate world into running his own successful business. This is his story...

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Tell us about yourself

Hey, I’m Ryan Sabido. I’m a grateful father to two little ones and a fortunate husband to my wife Zayra. I’m definitely punching above my weight :)

We live at Georges Fair and built a place there since we got married about 5 years ago.

With the kids, we love going to the parks, going to the beach, going to the movies, catching up with family and friends, or just staying in.

With my personal time, I enjoy playing basketball, tennis, boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I grew up in Manila, Philippines and immigrated here in Australia when I was 10 years old. I have 2 brothers and a sister and they’re just the best siblings you can ask for. I studied Computing Science at UTS and to tell you the truth, I don’t even know how I ended up doing Computing since I was never really into computers back in school. I believe it was meant to be though, since I met my wife there at UTS.

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What career did you have pre kids?

I worked in Information Technology for about 15 years. I worked for a total of 3 companies and they were all quite different. The first one was a global manufacturing firm where I started as an Industrial Trainee during Uni. They then took me on as a System Administrator after I graduated. My second job was at a small, outsourcing company where I worked as a Systems Engineer. The last one was for the largest mining company in the world and I was there for about 5 years.

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Did you enjoy what you did?

To be honest, on the early stages of when I started a role, I enjoyed it. It was new, it was challenging, met new people and learnt new things. I actually just realised that I pretty much stayed at each job for 5 years each and the last couple of years of each job I felt like I just hit a plateau. It was just no longer enjoyable. With my very first job, I was fortunate enough to be mentored by my awesome boss and I actually still keep in touch with her to this day. She taught me a great deal which I was able to use to my other roles. I definitely liked the people I worked with, and to be honest, all my roles was pretty cruisy. Sure there was times where it was challenging but overall, it was pretty easy.

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What do you do for work now?

One of my passions in life is health because it’s our foundation in life. So I’m fortunate now to have my own business related to my passion and I work with a Japanese company that’s been around for 45 years and the pioneer for Alkaline Technology. I actually started this as a side business part time about 4 years ago because I realised that having a single income is not going to get me anywhere. I needed to build something on the side that didn’t take much of my time and something I can do at home, on my phone or my laptop.

We actually came across this technology due to unfortunate circumstances. My Dad, 9 years ago, was diagnosed with Cancer. He didn’t want to do chemo or radiation because the stats for the survival rate after 5 years for chemo patients was pretty horrific. This product was then recommended to my Dad by a friend of his overseas that had the same Cancer. After using it for months, my Dad was able to get his body back into a state where it was able to fight off his condition. I’m not saying that this healed him, but it definitely was a big help and a major part in his healing by getting his body in a healthy state. An even better news, is that, 9 years later, my Dad is still free from the disease.

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Why did you make the change?

I made the jump due to a number of reasons. The main reason was that I just felt like I wasn’t seeing my kid enough. I was pretty much out of the house by 7.30am and won’t be back until 7pm. For 5 days, I felt like I saw my kids more on my phone rather than in person. My wife used to always send me videos and pictures of my kid. I didn’t feel like that was how I wanted to live. 0 to 6 years of age is the most important part of their life in regards to them learning about their self-identity, family, relationships, connection and a sense of community. So I wanted to be there for them as much as I can and be as involved as I can, while at the same time, also be able to support the family financially.

The second reason, is for me not to have regrets. One of the biggest regrets many people have when they retire is that, they hoped to have spent more time with their family, their kids. Many of them regretted working too much, long hours. It wasn’t a regret about not buying a bigger house or a regret about not buying a fancy car. Their regrets are the things we take for granted until it is too late. So I didn’t want this as my regret later in life. I also learnt to value “time” more than the dollar. Money comes and goes. It’s something we can always get more of. But “time”, once it’s gone, there’s no way to get it back. No amount of millions or billions of dollars can pay for that time back.

The third reason, I started this as a side gig about 4 years ago because I realised back then that IT wasn’t something I wanted to do for another 30 years of my life. When I finished Uni, I was ready to do IT until I retired. I thought that was the path for me and I was ready to do that. But when I got married and had my first child, everything changed. Before, my life revolved around my work. I was pretty much working for 5 days like a robot and just waiting for that weekend to come around. I used to love Fridays because it was the last day of work and I used to hate Sundays because it was the last day of the weekend. The weekend was supposed to be the time I get to spend most with my kids but even that’s normally not the case. When the weekend came around, we normally either had groceries to do, birthdays to go to, catch-up with family and friends, housecleaning, gardening and the list goes on and just like that, the weekend is over.

The fourth reason why I made the jump was because I didn’t want to work until I’m 70, which was where I was heading if I continued with my IT career. I wanted to retire when I’m 50 so I needed to create and build something that allows me to generate residual income. With my IT career, as soon as I stop working, it’ll stop paying me. So I wanted to build something where even though I stop working, that I can still receive royalties from it.

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What was the biggest challenge you faced making the change?

The biggest challenge for me was really all mental. It was thinking whether I could make it on my own without the safety net of an employer. At the time, I also had my second child on the way so a lot was going on in my head. My wife though, supported my decision all the way and had my back whatever I decided to do. I was already doing the business part time for a few years beforehand so I already knew what I was in for and we have a pretty simple system that anyone with zero experience can actually pickup easily so the transition wasn’t an issue.

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How has your life changed after making this move?

Before, my life revolved around my work, the 9-5, actually more like 7-7. But now, my work revolves around my life. What I mean by that is now, I live my life first. I spend time with my kids as much as I possibly can and then, only then, I fit my work around it. I put my family first then my work second. I also have more time to myself now and can do things like boxing, bjj, weights and tennis and actually not feel guilty about it. Before I used to feel guilty because I already didn’t see my kids as much as I would like and when I did have time to myself, I felt like it was taking more time from them. So I definitely feel more connected now to my kids than before and I’m just grateful to be working from home.

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Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about changing careers post kids?

If you know your passion and your passion can generate you income, then you’re one of the lucky ones and follow that path. To figure out your true passion and purpose, focus on how it feels in your body and not how it sounds in your head. What I mean is when you try to analyse something on how it sounds in your head, that’s when the voices start to come up. You start thinking about what would other people think? What will other people say? How will my family and friends react? That’s the conversation in your head. But when you use your body as a metric, ask yourself, did you naturally smile when you thought about something you’ll be doing for the rest of your life? Did something in you light up and feel alive or feel a rush of energy or emotion? That’s when you know that’s your passion. Some people though, are yet to discover their passion or don’t know how to generate an income from their passion. My advice for them is to look for something you can gradually build so that later on, you can do more of the things you want to do, what you enjoy to do.

Ask yourself what your reasons are for your career change. Is it for time freedom? To spend more time with family? To be able to buy more nice things? To be able to travel more? To be able to pay off the mortgage? Find your reasons.

Find something low risk and something you can do on your extra time. I would also advice, if possible, to not jump ship right away. If it’s possible, build something part time while working your full time job so that you’ll get a feel of the business you’re creating and still receiving an income. Once your business supplements you’re current income, this may be the time to start it full time.

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