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How can a seed planted nearly 30 years earlier germinate.
Hi, my name is Samuel Deias (Sam) and this is very briefly the genesis of this blog
Let’s start with the adolescent and developmental years.
My friendship with the digital world dates back to my high school years, between ’92 and ’97 when the Internet was in its infancy and personal computers were as widespread as oases in the Sahara Desert.
Between hours of computer science and multimedia programming courses, the first interest in computers, programming and later in ’99 also in marketing was born.
Of course those were also the years of adolescence and development, critical years that I remember with joy and sometimes also with some regret, the years of first loves and close encounters with girls, the years of acquaintance with alcohol and drugs (strong external help in overcoming my shyness and introversion at that time).
[perhaps a little too personal here]
The years of friends’ company and the years also of excesses in substance use and abuse (hence the regret).
(Me with much, much more hair than now)
Then came the period of military conscription (never served moreover), followed by a very dark period characterized by an explosive mixture of rebellion and self-destruction, spent in excesses and partying, which brought several sorrows to me to those close to me.
In the spring of 2000 a strong mystical/spiritual experience with the person of Jesus put an end to this negative cycle of events and attitudes (I honestly do not remember exactly the day or even the month, perhaps May or June).
From that moment on, my whole existence changed in an instant, and my life developed into a series of events in rapid succession, which led me in September 2001 to serve as a missionary in a lay community.
I must say that my first attempt (which also failed miserably) to cut the umbilical cord was in 1997 when I left my parent’s house as an 18-year-old and went to work in Trentino.
(here in the photo above, me in the beautiful Trentino Alto Adige, in Riva del Garda with Lake Garda and snow-capped mountains in the background)
I also remember that there were other attempts to achieve independence, but for one reason or another, they were unsuccessful.
Cutting the “umbilical cord”
Finally in September 2001 instead I left my island (Sardinia) to go to Rome, and after experiencing some independence I was sure I had found what I was looking for.
In 2002 when I arrived in Veneto, where I lived for 3 1/2 years,
I had the opportunity as a missionary to travel around Italy and Europe, meeting so many people from different parts of the world and having experiences that have had a great influence in shaping the person I am today.
Going to live abroad
In October 2005, the first invitation (and a challenge too) arrived: to go and live abroad precisely in Plzen, the Czech capital of beer.
Those who have experience with it, know well that going abroad for a trip is one thing but moving permanently to live is a whole other level, the food, the weather, the language, the mentality, the conditions, the people, etc., are all things to contend with and sometimes can become not to say obstacles, but certainly stimuli for growth and maturation.
I recall that the adaptation lasted only a short time before a new challenge, this time Mexico.
I will always remember mid-January 2006 when in 2 days I went from Prague (with lots of snow and with the mercury column reading -7 ºC) to Mexico City with +32 ºC at 9:00 in the evening and a very high percentage of humidity in the air). I purposely leave out my first experience with jet lag.
And nothing, Mexico makes you fall in love, the people, the climate, the food, the flavors, the colors, 9 wonderful months, not without difficulties and challenges though.
A leap from crowded Europe where everything seems to be on a human scale to the endless American expanses and where everything is huge from the drinks to the cities, from the cars to the distances to travel.
(Dear friends and I in front of the entrance to the house in Tehuacán Puebla where we lived)
The return to Italy, the turning point and the beginning of a new beginning
The period spent in Mexico, which also included a brief visit to the U.S.A., to LA to be precise, ended with a return to Italy, this time, however, the destination was neither the center nor the north, but rather Sicily, a land to which missionary life brought me in September 2006.
Time spent between prayer, studying Greek, Hebrew, and Latin at the pontifical university in Palermo, alternated with building renovations and once again long car trips around Europe.
It was one such trip that took me to eastern Slovakia where at a prayer gathering, I saw, falling madly in love at first sight (I could not sleep for more than 1-2 hours a night for the next 10 days), the woman to whom I have been happily married for 14 years, who also happens to be the mother of our three wonderful daughters.
You’re probably wondering now, “But how, weren’t you a missionary?”
Yep! Keep reading
The clearing of ideas and the new beginning
Sure, until then I used to be so, but after a journey of discernment (clarification of ideas) that took me to Northern Ireland, to Belfast to be precise, from September 2007 for almost a year.
Indeed, that was the place chosen for me in order to clarify my future.
Prayer, work, and English language study, were the commitments and tools that served to discern God’s way for my life in that specific circumstance.
So many experiences, not a few difficulties and so many people I met have enriched me further.
It was in Belfast, thanks to being able to use the Internet and a PC (a possibility I had not had since 2000), that I was able to reacquaint myself with the digital and online world.
It was immediately a strong passion, every free moment or so, was dedicated to learning new things. Online marketing, autoresponders, landing pages, web copy, affiliate links, you name it, these were the new things I was learning along with the English language.
I have invested a lot of time and money to learn from the likes of Eben Pagan, Frank Kern, Ramit Sethi, Nial Patel, and more recently Russell Branson, Adam Enfroy, and Grant Cardone, just to name a few.
Alternating between different jobs, study, sports, and prayer, the love for the woman I had seen in Slovakia was becoming clearer and stronger by the day, so much so that after contacting her by email and having begun communicating regularly by Skype, I decided to visit her, first in January 2008 for a weekend, then again in late February and April and finally I moved to Slovakia for good in June of the same year.
The first year in Slovakia must undoubtedly have been one of the most difficult periods of my life. The incomprehensible and not at all easy language, the climate, especially in winter, and the different mentality, just to name a few of the challenges I had to face.
What is one not willing to do for love?
Arriving in Slovakia with 2 suitcases and a little over £500, I immediately jumped into the web to build my digital empire, however seeing very little success, to tell the truth.
The rooting years
Out of necessity to earn a living, I began, at the suggestion of my fiancée, to teach Italian in language schools, and I had to, temporarily, shelve my passion for the Web.
Up to that time, unfortunately, all the websites I had built and put online had earned… well, nothing, but remained the fact that I still had to earn money to pay my rent and board.
The first site that brought results was the site for promoting my local language teaching business (online between 2008 and 2012 I think), which brought me several clients.
I was starting to understand SEO
Going back to my life, in 2009 my fiancée and I got married, in 2010 we got our first apartment, in 2011 our first daughter was born and we moved into our second apartment (much more spacious than the first), in 2014 our second daughter was born and our third daughter in 2017.
The crisis and restart
Until 2020, I have always done various activities related to the on and offline world to support my family and kept an eye on the development of new online trends by studying, experimenting and offering services related to web design, logo design, e-commerce, etc.
The 2020 crisis caused the loss of the revenue lines I was building to aggravate the situation was also compounded by the sudden passing of my mother.
These things have been a great hardship for me.
With lockdowns and more time on my hands, I decided to invest in training to better master the concepts I have been familiar with since 2007.
Here I invested in numerous training courses, on marketing, social media, SEO, email marketing, sales funnels, website development, e-commerce, etc.
The digital world is a world that intrigues me and in which you never stop learning, a world that gives a lot of satisfaction and offers a lot of opportunities, it is an area, as well as many others where results speak.
I am here to help you
After more than two decades of experience in the web and digital world, I am confident that I can help you get results.
This is also the reason for the existence of this blog. I wish to help you succeed online.
In this blog in addition to the services I offer you will be able to learn the strategies, which I use as well as know all the necessary and indispensable tools to succeed online.
If you have come this far, I wish to take a moment to say thank you.
I appreciate the time you took to read my story, and I deeply appreciate any relationship that may arise from this blog.
Thank you very much indeed.
I wish you much success,