Your time is now, not years from now.

I'm Peter Fritz and I'm the founder of Midlife Tribe. I'm also a father, a husband, an ex-husband (twice), a writer, photographer, and outdoor adventure-lover.

The photo on the right was taken just before I turned 40; a few years before the shit and the fan got acquainted. See how happy I look? I wish I had a photo of me tackling a lion or something.

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I started Midlife Tribe because I know there are millions of men and women facing similar challenges and asking the same questions I did a few years ago when I hit my forties.

Midlife kind of creeps up on you, and then suddenly, you're in it. You might have been climbing a corporate ladder (often to discover it’s leaning against the wrong wall), or chasing goals that have left you unfulfilled. Perhaps you've gotten a taste of your own mortality and you're starting to wonder, what's the point? It’s enough to make you buy a sports car and get another tattoo.

I’ve had my midlife thing.

Having made it to the other side, I’m pleased to say I finally have my shit together. I’d like to help you do the same.

Now, I’m not wealthy (at least not by Instagram standards), I don’t drive a Lamborghini and I don’t have everything figured out. However, I have screwed up a lot in all the areas that count (relationships, money, health and work/life balance) and I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t.

Today, my finances are sorted, I have control over my time, my relationships are solid and I can honestly say things are tracking well. I don’t possess the secret – as so many people claim to – but I do have a vast library of experience and a lot of real-world advice about strategies that have made a difference in my life and the lives of others I’ve been privileged to work with.

The ideas I share revolve around topics like money, time, side-businesses, family and basic health. The underlying theme of these ideas is a life lived deliberately, where you enjoy a sense of purpose and genuine satisfaction. If you're only interested in ‘crushing it' and getting your arse into an Italian sportscar (not that I'm against that), there are other places better suited to you.

 

How long have you wanted to be free?

Much of my background contains one persistent thread – the desire for independence, autonomy and a life lived deliberately.

My mum, sister and dad in 1966.

My mum, sister and dad in 1966.

This desire started early and even as a small boy, I knew I wanted to blaze my own trail. My folks – especially my mum – always encouraged independent thought. She often stood supportively in my corner when I sought to question things – usually planting better questions in my mind then standing back so I could uncover some truths on my own.

My dad too was a tremendous role model. He still is. He worked extremely hard from the age of twelve (he built his family's home when he was just 14!) but as a father, he sacrificed many personal opportunities so he could devote himself to his kids. Some of my fondest memories are of camping, building things, solving problems and debating issues with him. The image below was shot at my dad's place in the country. He's the goofy-looking one. No, the other goofy one – with the check shirt. The others are my gorgeous kids and my adorable wife.

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Ken Fife | Blaze Your Own“I have been a privileged associate of Peter for nearly two decades and have witnessed his highs and lows first hand. Ten years ago he emerged from a period of financial and personal adversity, not in a state of despair but more motivated and energetic than ever. Since then his achievements have been significant.

Peter is the real deal and his observations on surmounting life’s challenges are inspirational.”

Ken Fife – Chairman of the Board, Auto-IT

Me-XR75My quest for independence began when I was about eight years old. This was when I started making and selling things to friends and neighbours (fashioning six-inch nails into letter openers). I also learned to drive by the time I was nine (really) and I collected and resold stray balls at the local golf course to build up my war chest.

While other kids in my peer group begged their parents for stuff, I worked hard to buy my own – first, a drum kit (11 yo), then a used motorcycle (12 yo), a brand new motorcycle (14 yo) and then a camera outfit (14 yo). These set the foundations for an exciting series of events, career opportunities and passions.

At the age of 15, I went on a 4-day motorcycle trip in the desert, wrote a story about it and saw it published in my favourite magazine that same year. Three years later, I found myself working full-time as a writer and photographer for a stable of magazines, travelling the country and getting paid to do what I loved.

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After seven years of insane fun on racetracks and at vehicle launches, driving and riding with legends of the F1, MotoGP and V8 Supercar sports, hanging out of helicopters in the Aussie outback and pinching myself every week, I sought new challenges. These included:

  • Freelancing for car companies and OEMs (photography)
  • Selling cars (Honda, then Mercedes-Benz)
  • Selling advertising
  • Discovering the Internet, then building Websites
  • Marketing software (ERP for automotive dealers)
  • Buying, renovating and redeveloping a few properties
  • Helping my wife setup, improve then sell three different retail businesses (an Asian grocery, a Sarah Lee factory outlet and a video rental store)
  • Building a loyal following of clients for marketing and Web-based services

By the end of 2002, I'd divorced once, created two beautiful girls, married again, made money, lost it all and was on my way to making and losing a lot more – including my second marriage and all five of my real estate properties.

In short, I'd failed a lot but learned even more. It was about this time (2003/4) that I also decided I couldn't stomach the corporate world any longer and, thanks to an excellent boss, I was able to convert my salaried role to a consulting one. This decision alone saved my sanity and opened up a world of opportunities. And despite the collapse of my second marriage in 2007, it set me back on my original path – the one I'd set out on 30 years earlier.

A lot of pain and uncertainty persisted but I was confident it would wane as I prepared to relearn what I already knew and started plotting my path to a better, more fulfilling existence.

My-Gorgeous-DaughtersThe good news is, it worked. My life today is brilliant. I have a beautiful wife who shares my values and ideals, plus three delightful and intelligent children. I'm engaged in work I enjoy (still consulting for the same company since '97) and have the time to pursue my passions of motorcycling, photography, outdoor adventure and of course, sharing what I've learned.

Pretty much everything that got me here I owe to others. Some of them are people I've worked with; some live between the pages of life-changing books and of course, some of the most significant have been family – past and present. I continue to learn and evolve, as I recommend all people should.

 

Our biggest mistake is we think we have time.

The best time to plant a tree is ten years ago. The second best is today. Our time is right now. And if you've just hit your middle years, this is, believe it or not, the very best time to make your life exactly the way you want it.

Likewise, the best time to enjoy and really get to know your kids is now. The best time to demonstrate to your partner, your parents and close friends that you love them and value them – is today.

“Just thought I'd let you know I've changed careers and am in training to become a buyer's agent. I've just finished my first week and have never felt so alive. It's exciting and challenging and really doesn't feel like work. About a week after we last corresponded, I decided to take voluntary redundancy from my job as a political adviser and pursue this venture. It was just time to take a risk and try something new.”

“Discovering your blog was one of a number of things that culminated in me making this decision and for that, I can't thank you enough. Keep up the good work and know that your message is making a difference in people's lives.”

Aaron

Pack your gear and get started today.

You've probably heard the old chestnut, “Leaders are readers.” I certainly believe this is part of the equation – perhaps ‘leaders are readers and doers' might be more appropriate. Nevertheless, some books can change your beliefs, which lead to new actions, which create new habits and ultimately, recreate your life. There are few things more exciting than an ‘ah-ha!' moment; where you uncover a truth that totally resonates with you and sets you on a path that you just know is better.

I used to hate reading and it wasn't until someone I respected pushed me to read a few books that my mind opened and possibilities materialised. You can acquire a lifetime's experience from someone who's achieved great things – in a single book. In just one day.

There are really no ‘secrets' out there to creating the life you want. They've all been documented time and time again and are only repackaged and presented in new (often more digestible) ways. I've read my fair share of books, attended more than a 100 seminars and listened to hundreds of hours of content. But I've also applied a lot of what I've learned, to the point where much of it is just who I am nowadays.

As you embark on your second act – blazing your own trail – I recommend you set a good foundation first. Few things will prepare you better for that than a handful of carefully chosen books. I've read all of these (some, a few times) and I recommend you consider doing the same.

For the sake of convenience, I've listed them below and each is linked to Amazon so you can purchase them if you like. And yes, if you buy them here, I'll earn a small fee from Amazon, which will help me to buy organic veggies for my fancy new juicer.

These are some of the most significant books that have shaped and fuelled many of my life changes. I've categorised them roughly but of course, some would sit comfortably in multiple categories.

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Books worth Reading

Understanding Yourself

A Better Way to Live – by Og Mandino

The Power of Now – by Eckhart Tolle

Awaken the Giant Within – by Tony Robbins

The Magic of Thinking Success – Dr David J. Shwartz

Man's Search for Meaning – by Viktor E. Frankl

As a Man Thinketh – by James Allen

 

Traditional Business

The E-Myth: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It – by Michael E. Gerber

Losing my Virginity – by Sir Richard Branson

Purple Cow – Seth Godin

 

Money & Investing

The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth – by James Altucher

The Millionaire Mind – by Thomas J. Standley

Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant – by Robert T. Kiyosaki

The Greatest Salesman in the World – by Og Mandino

MONEY – Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom – by Tony Robbins

Unshakable – Your Financial Freedom Playbook – by Tony Robbins

The Midlife Debt Cure – by Peter Fritz

 

Freedom, Health and Lifestyle Business

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – by Tim Ferris

Tools of Titans – by Tim Ferris

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook – Gary Vaynerchuk

The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau

Younger Next Year – by Chris Crowley

The Art of Non-Conformity – by Chris Guillebeau

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything – by Sir Ken Robinson