A Pause in my Writing Career

A number of people have asked me – “when will the next book in the Billy Houston series be available?”

Well it’s all on hold for the next couple of years. Because whilst travelling around Southeast Asia for the last three years with intermittent trips to my home town of Noosa, Australia I’ve seen a business opportunity.

An opportunity as far removed from my previous life as an accountant and co – founder of a financial services licensee  as one could imagine. After assisting hundreds of businesses grow in Australia in my previous life as an accountant and mentor I thought I’d drift off into retirement and write a few books whilst lazing away on the beaches of Phuket and Noosa.

But the last three years have rekindled my entrepreneurial juices and given me time to contemplate and ask myself what is the perfect business to build?

To me it must have all of the following ingredients –

  • a systemized, process driven business that has an ability to be quickly leveraged with minimal effort and capital
  • a charitable focus of giving back to those less fortunate
  • incorporating the latest technology – in this case using the power of iOS and android mobile phones
  • utilising the power of social media and digital marketing  to achieve exponential growth
  • providing a product that helps people improve their lives
  • requires minimal staff
  • is easily transported from one market place ( country ) to another
  • is fun
  • requires minimal amount of my time so I can still laze about on the beaches of Phuket and Noosa
  • is very profitable

For those of you who have read my second book, Billy Houston Fall from Grace I am building the exact business that Billy built though hoping I don’t experience the same Fall from Grace.

We have a launch date of March 2021. The accountants in Bangkok are putting in place our business licensing requirements to enable us to operate in Thailand and thereafter other countries in Southeast Asia. The Branding Agency in Bangkok is finalising logo’s, name, colours layouts etc.

The two video production company’s are ready to go and shoot videos in Noosa, Sydney, Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. We are just waiting for international travel restrictions to be lifted. The line-up of Thai and Western instructors is being finalised.

The Digital Marketing Agency in Bangkok commence  in March the Facebook, YouTube, Google AdWords, Instagram posts along with enabling the Thai Influencers to share relevant content.

And of course the app builders have started building the app which is a seven month project.

The final step is to finalize the three Thailand charities who we will be donating monies to.

This business has been 12 months in the making with constant trips back and forth from Phuket to Bangkok pre covid meeting with various potential service providers.

I think it’s  going to be a lot of fun building and running this business firstly in Thailand then other countries in Southeast Asia.

I’m not sure whether I’m a fool or a genius but I guess time will tell. But there’s no point lying on your death bed wondering what could have been. By then it’s all too late.

What’s the worst thing that could happen to me? I could fail but that’s nothing to be ashamed of. It won’t be the first time that I’ve failed nor probably the last.

For the readers out there ,which number nearly 5,000 who have read my two books – a big thank you. Interestingly I had more readers in America than Australia.

I’m a big believer in “Carpe Diem” – seize the day

By the way I have started book three. I’ve just put it on hold for a couple of years. Perhaps this little venture may well make up a few chapters in my next book.

Where Do I Write From?

Writing on the beach at Lamai Beach, Koh Samui in Thailand.

I commenced writing ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches’ in the first week of January 2018 whilst staying at Lamai Beach, Koh Samui in Thailand.

I like to be staying on the beach, somewhere with a nice water view when I’m writing. I’m fortunate that my house in Noosa, Australia is right on the water with its own white sandy beach.

When in Noosa I tend to sit outside at my outdoor table with a view of the water and start writing. Or I’ll take my laptop and sit in my favourite green chair on the sand next to my jetty.

Choeng Mon, Lamai, and Chaweng at Koh Samui along with Kata and Kamala in Phuket, Thailand are some of my favourite locations to write from. All these places have beautiful beaches I can walk along.

Walking along the beach is my creative time when I build the story line and characters in my novel. I think it’s the feel of soft sand under my feet, the sound of the waves and the general ambience of the beach that aid my creative thought process.

When I’m in front of my laptop at any of these locations I tend to go in a zone, my mind totally focused on writing and oblivious to anything happening around me.

Early morning is my best time to write after a one hour walk along the beach. I’ll tend to write for anywhere between 2 to 4 hours depending on my mood. I will always have a couple more walks along the beach during the afternoon visualising the plot and story line for my book.

My second book, ‘Billy Houston Fall from Grace’, the sequel to ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches’ was written whilst living in a house in a small, idyllic beachside village in Phuket. The house has a beautiful deck overlooking the ocean.

A favourite writing spot in Phuket, Thailand.

I won’t say where on Phuket the house is but those who know Phuket well will probably know where this little hidden beach gem is

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Ever Feared Failure?

Ever feared failure?
Ever felt life is too difficult?
Ever sensed there is no light at the end of the tunnel?
Ever suffered physical and emotional events that you believe you will never recover from?
Ever felt it was time to through the towel in, it’s all too hard?

Then welcome to the club. We all do. It’s part of being alive. Unfortunately, things don’t go perfectly every day.

That was one of the reasons I wrote ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches’ and ‘Billy Houston Fall from Grace’ – to put it all into context. In my life, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs and learned a lot along the way. Telling the story of Billy Houston allowed me to channel that – and I’m hoping it’ll appeal to readers seeking inspiration, or motivation. If you want to see how one person faces and overcomes challenges, then follow the trials and tribulations of Billy Houston in ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches’ – my debut book, or ‘Billy Houston Fall from Grace’, the sequel to my first book.

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My hometown Noosa, Australia

I’ve lived in Noosa, Queensland for over 28 years. Noosa is an Australian resort town known for its famous point breaks, beaches, restaurants and national parks.

Noosa beach is one of the few beaches on the east coast of Australia that faces north, ensuring the beach is bathed in sunshine all day.

Noosa has a population of just over 50,000 people with no high-rise buildings, only two sets of traffic lights, lots of roundabouts and some of the best beaches in Australia.

December to February is our summer with temperatures ranging from a low of 21c to 30c during the day. Winter is from June to August with temperatures ranging from an overnight low of 10c to 21c during the day.

Noosa is located on the Sunshine Coast and is a 2-hour drive from Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland.

The most famous street in Noosa is Hastings Street which is lined with shops, restaurants and cafes. On the other side of Hastings Street is Noosa Main Beach.

Hastings Street is where I tend to pop into for a cup of coffee and Noosa Main Beach is where I go for my morning walks when at home at my Noosa beach house.

Noosa is a purely magical destination for a holiday. For those lucky enough to call Noosa home, you live in one of Australia’s most popular and beautiful resort towns.

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The Power of Delegation in Business

I started my first business, an accounting firm in Noosa, with 3 clients. I was the accountant, the coffee maker, the secretary, the cleaner. Why? Because I was the only employee.

I had my third child on the way, not much in the way of savings, a house with a mortgage and a wife who stayed home to raise the kids. I had to make this business work.

Oh, there was a plan B. If it didn’t work we were going to buy a caravan and head off to Broome, Western Australia with the kids in tow.

It amazing what you can achieve when you put in the hours, have a belief in your vision, don’t have a fear of failure and make your business a bit different from your competitors.

I ended up building that little accounting firm in to quite a large firm, perhaps the largest on the Sunshine Coast at the time. It was by listed by BRW ( Business Review Weekly) as one of Australia’s top 100 Accounting Firms by revenue and one of the country’s top 10 Fastest Growing Accounting Firms.

Before selling the business I had close to 50 staff working for me.

Believe me I made plenty of mistakes along the way, but one of the greatest skills l learnt was delegation. Once I mastered  delegation it freed me up to do what I did best and that was being the rainmaker – bringing in new clients. That’s when we started to get real fast growth in the business.

But boy – it took me a couple of years to learn the value of delegation. You see, like many business owners I was a control freak. I thought no one could do the job as good as me. That’s why I had to be involved in every clients accounting and tax affairs. But as we got larger, with more and more clients, that was starting to kill me. There are only so many hours in a day and soon I was working six, sometimes seven days a week often starting at 7.00 am and getting home after 7 pm.

But I realised the more systemised and process driven my business became the more I could delegate. Because it meant the team followed the system and to some degree no matter which accountant completed the work the end outcome would always be the same, assuming of course they followed the system and processes.

Delegation became a win – win for me and my staff. It meant I could potentially reduce my hours, though I still continued to carry on as a workaholic but I was now working on the tasks I liked which increased my happiness. It meant the revenue and profitably of my business went up enormously.

For my staff, with greater client contact and far more accountability they progressed far quicker to become accomplished accountants. Though of course there was a potential downside to that in that the more entrepreneurial accountants sometimes left to start their own business.

But those who did leave me always did the right thing and paid me for any clients they took just as I did when I first put my shingle out in Noosa having previously worked for another local accounting firm. Yep I’m a big believer in karma-  I did the right thing and paid my previous employer for clients who followed me to my new firm and my staff did the same.

I guess before I mastered delegation I had a business I worked in rather than on. After mastering the power of delegation I truly had a business I worked on not in. A business that was far more valuable for a prospective purchaser because it didn’t revolve around me.

In the end I had a business that functioned profitably whether I was there or not.

Not matter what type of business you own, ask yourself what would happen if you said to all the staff – “ I’m heading off now for 12 months? I’m going for an extended holiday without mobile phone access, without internet access, in fact I’m not contactable for the next 12 months”.

What would you return to? A business that ceased operating or a business that was flourishing and still depositing healthy monthly profit shares to your bank account?

Mastering the power of delegation is the first step in that process. Of course you can’t delegate unless you systemise and process your business.

Billy Houston became an expert in the power of delegation.

It’s part of how he built two massive businesses worth circa 500 million USD each. One that listed on Wall St and the other on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Yep, Billy Houston is a pretty amazing character. If you want to learn how to take a small business and turn it into a large business and like to read stories about inspirational characters, people who don’t have a fear of failure and never give up then you’ll love reading about the exploits of Billy Houston.

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What type of person are you?

Greg Holman Rags to Riches

In the world there are perhaps three types of people –

  • Those who make things happen
  • Those who watch things happen
  • Those whose wonder what the (expletive) happened

What type of person are you?

Billy the main character in ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches’ and ‘Billy Houston Fall from Grace’ definitely fits into category one. He makes things happen.

If you want to be inspired by a person who never ever gives up, then do yourself a favour and grab a copy of ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches’ or ‘Billy Houston Fall from Grace’ which is the sequel to’ Rags to Riches’.

Yep, Billy Houston is a pretty amazing character. If you like reading fast paced financial thrillers with inspirational characters, people who don’t have a fear of failure and never give up then you’ll love reading about the exploits of Billy Houston.

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I was once a workaholic- don’t fall for the trap like I did

Greg Holman Rags to Riches

Much like Billy Houston, the character in my first two novels, I too was once a workaholic.

Yep I didn’t know when to stop. Work consumed me. I guess part of it was the so called thrill of the chase. The adrenalin you get as you grow your business, the feeling of excitement. The feeling of the satisfaction when you pull off the next big deal.

I’d come home exhausted after spending the week travelling across the country chasing new business. Weekends I just wanted to stay at my Noosa home or take the boat out for a relaxing cruise. A time of recovery. I was lucky I guess. All the hard work over twenty plus years meant I had a beautiful home on the water, my own white sandy beach in what I consider to be one of the nicest parts of Australia – Noosa.

But Monday morning I’d often be up at 4.00am to drive to Brisbane to catch a plane to Perth, Sydney, Melbourne or wherever I was needed. The price I paid for living in Noosa, far away from a capital city airport.

Virgin airlines sent me a nice email to inform me that I was in the top 1% of travellers using their airline. But I often used their competitor airlines  depending on flight availability. Heavens forbid where I would have rated If I only used Virgin Airlines as my flying partner. Perhaps I would’ve received an airline seat as a souvenir to take home.

But in the end I realised if I didn’t slow down and start to take it easy – well it may well have been the end of me. And you can’t take life’s luxuries with you when your number’s up.

So I pulled the plug, I called it quits and decided I wanted a life away from the corporate world and all the associated stress and pressure. I was 58 and decided whilst I was still fit and healthy I’d find a house on a beautiful beach in a small village in Thailand.

A place which wasn’t full of people, traffic, noise and pressure. 12 months of travelling around the islands and mainland of Thailand and I found the perfect piece of paradise.

I now spend half my life in Noosa and the other half in Kamala, Phuket. A typical day in Kamala will be an early morning walk along the beautiful white sandy beach followed by a swim then a morning coffee across the road from my house. Coffee as good as any you’ll find in Noosa. Sometimes I’ll skip breakfast and head up to the boardwalk on the beach and have a fresh coconut with some delicious squid and vegetable noodle soup. In between I’ll spend a couple of hours writing  my third book. Yep, I started writing 18 months ago and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and been buoyed beyond belief by all the positive reviews I’ve received. Book two, Billy Houston Fall from Grace has just been released and has already received a number of 5 Star Reviews from readers in America.  Book three should be available in March 2020.

Twice a week, about 6.30 am, I head off to the gym. It’s a 2 kilometre walk through the village. I’ll do a 45 minute  workout then walk home and have a swim on the way back. After each gym session I’ll cook breakfast at home before I head out for my daily coffee.

Monday and Friday afternoons are set aside for barefoot lawn bowls. Its all very laid back, put on a pair of board shorts, singlet and with a cold beer in hand we play competitive lawn bowls in my village. It’s the only lawn bowling green on the island of Phuket. A cross section of people from many countries and different backgrounds. A lot of banter and a lot of fun. They call me ‘Hollywood’ because I brought back from Australia a bright set of red bowls in a purple bag. The only second hand bowls I could find on my last visit to Noosa.

Every evening I eat out, normally Thai food. You see I’m spoiled for choices in my village with upwards of 40 different Thai and European restaurants – all within walking distance of my house.

Some mornings I’ll take the stand up paddle board out or perhaps have a game of tennis at the resort built on the headland only a 5 minute walk from my home. The land slopes steeply from south to north with the tennis court built east to west which means we can only serve from one end at 7.00am. You try and throw the ball in the air to serve from the western end and you’ll get blinded by the morning sun.

You never get bored here, there is simply so much to do. It’s a beautiful climate, warm, balmy and fine most of the time. The water temperature is superb. I don’t have a car or motor cycle, everything I need is within walking distance. If I need to travel further afield I simply grab a taxi.

My life is stress free without a worry in the world. Such a contrast to my working life back in Australia.

I’m back and forward to Bangkok at the moment. Yep I’m looking to build another business but this one will be in Southeast Asia. If you read my second novel, Billy Houston Fall from Grace you’ll see what I’m considering doing. But I’ll finish my third book in the Billy Houston series before I embark on that business journey.

But this will be a business that others run for me. I’ve built the initial strategy but others will implement that strategy. This business is all about giving back as well. Five percent of all revenue will go back to charity to help those less fortunate living in Southeast Asia. I’m 90% certain I’ll start this business but I’ll make that final decision in the New Year. Though the more research I undertake the more  excited I get about the potential of this new business.

But one thing is certain if I start my next business. I still want to live the life I describe above and divide my time between Noosa and Phuket. Just a few hours a week at board level, steering the ship so to speak will do me. Why build another business?  Because I’m a serial entrepreneur and without the thrill of building businesses I’d probably age and wither away.

But I’ll never become a workaholic again . Why? Because it takes years off your life. Stress is the killer and life is too short.

Wherever you may be in life’s journey take a moment to cherish those close to you , take a moment to smell the roses and importantly, remove all stress from your life.

Unlike Billy Houston, the main character in my three novels, I can take the foot off the pedal and smell the roses. Billy, unfortunately is a workaholic with three failed marriages and an ex-Thai girlfriend, a man who can’t stop building businesses. It’s in his DNA  – more so than mine.

It’s why he built two massive businesses worth circa 500 million USD each. One that listed on Wall Street and the other on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Yep, Billy Houston is a pretty amazing character. If you like to read stories about inspirational characters, people who don’t have a fear of failure and never give up then you’ll love reading about the exploits of Billy Houston.

But don’t become a workaholic like Billy – smell the roses, enjoy life and importantly cherish those who you love.

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How do Billy Houston and Pat Gabriel, the two main characters in my novel ‘Billy Houston: Rags to Riches’ describe each other?

Billy and Pat first met as 14-year-old schoolboys at Santa Monica High School. Pat was the smart one, always top of his class who went onto become a lawyer specialising in franchise law.

Billy has suffered life’s ups and downs since arriving in California as a 14-year-old schoolboy from Australia, the Land Down Under. Expelled from Santa Monica High School, his face rebuilt from a horrific car accident then shortly after held up at gunpoint in a LA bar.

Events that ultimately helped shape Billy’s successful life as a business entrepreneur.

Together, Billy and Pat would go on and build some incredibly successful businesses. They also had one equally incredible business failure which perhaps they would rather not talk about (read the book to find out more).

Pat, describing Billy –

  • “A guy who never gives up no matter what. Always believes that to be successful you must fail. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard him say “it’s how you deal with those failures that determines your success.”
  • “A workaholic who struggles to find the balance between work and family hence his three failed marriages and the ex-Thai girlfriend.”
  • “Full of ideas, some of which are sensational whilst some of his weirder ideas have me rolling around in fits of laughter.”
  • “Has that lovely Aussie sense of humour, is always calling me ‘Mate’ which makes me laugh.”
  • “When he says to me – “Mate have I got a business idea for us” I’m not sure whether to run away or stay and listen. I’m only joking when I say that. I know Billy would have thought of something out of the box that will be a great success.”
  • “Loyal to those close to him, trustworthy, but doesn’t tolerate fools.”
  • “Always accepts what people tell him as the truth which at times can lead to his undoing. He fails to understand that some people do tell lies.”
  • “Likes a beer, likes a surf and likes a party, perhaps all three too much at times.”
  • “Has a rare incredible zest for life. I’m sure he jumps out of bed every day and can’t wait for that day’s adventures. Like a big kid at times with his enthusiasm.”

Billy describing Pat –

  • “A very smart guy. His knowledge of franchising law was critical to being able to list our company on Wall St.”
  • “A happily married family man. Used to be as wild as me in our teenager years but unlike me has managed to remain happily married for 25 years whilst successfully raising a young family.”
  • “Trustworthy, honest and loyal.”
  • “Doesn’t drink as much as me – which is probably good.”
  • “I think he shudders with fear when I say, “Mate have I got a business idea for us.”
  • “He is like a brother to me. My best mate.”

Follow the trials and tribulations of Billy Houston and his best mate from high school, Pat Gabriel as together they take on corporate America.

A story of persistence, failure, greed, corruption, lies and egos intermixed with mystery, success and laughter. If you like business thrillers with a touch of mystery and inspiration, then you’ll love reading, ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches.’

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Billy Houston’s 7 Rules of Business

Greg Holman Rags to Riches

Over half of new businesses fail in their first five years of operations. Some experts say the number of business failures may even be closer to 90% in the first 5 years of operations.

I’ve built a couple of very successful businesses over the last 25 years. I’ve also had one dismissal failure. Why did I fail?

Because I didn’t follow the rules of how to build a successful business. The rules Billy Houston, the main character in my books follows – what I call Billy Houston’s 7 Rules of Business– all learned through trial and error and of course from failure.

SO WHAT ARE BILLY HOUSTON’S 7 RULES OF BUSINESS?

Rule 1: ALWAYS START WITH THE END GAME

Work out at the commencement of your business what your exit strategy will be. A bit like planning a holiday -what’s your end destination. For some businesses it may be an IPO on the stock exchange, it may be a trade sale, it may be handing the business over to the kids. But you’ve got to know your end game, otherwise, why are you starting the business if you don’t know where its ultimately going to go?

Rule 2: ALL SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES ARE BUILT ON: PROCESSES, LEVERAGE, AND DISTRIBUTION

Processes – why have 10 people doing the same task 10 different ways? It’s completely inefficient and a waste of valuable business resources. You must document all the processes in your business that make any given system work most efficiently. The more systemised you are the more chance you have of building a successful and profitable business. The more process-driven your business is the easier to leverage it to greater growth and profits.

Leverage – you can leverage your skills, techniques, relationships to quickly accelerate the growth of your business. Consider a product 20 years ago. For many industries the bigger the yellow pages advertisement then hopefully the more phone calls received enquiring about the product or service. Today with the advent of Social Media ( Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram) and the effective use of the same by correctly targeting your desired customer the rate of growth of your business can be exponential. The more process-driven and systemised your business the easier it is to leverage your business growth.

Distribution – the easier and more cost-effective it is to distribute your product or service the greater potential for larger profits. For Billy Houston, and his Tax Refund Shops it was a franchise model using the already established footprint of one of America’s largest shopping malls. The established shopping malls were his distribution centre- already up and running for him to plant his Tax Refund Shops in. His next business, Future Wealth, which became one of America’s largest financial planning groups used the distribution footprint of over 1,000 accounting firms to sell his products. His fitness and yoga app, which became the largest in Asia was distributed on Apple and Android phones via the Apple and Google Play stores. He leveraged his marketing through the effective use of social media to drive people to the app stores to download his product. (That’s book two – available in 3 weeks)

Three businesses spread over twenty years, all operating in different industries and different worlds of technology but by working on effective distribution of his product Billy built multimillion-dollar businesses each time. Two of those businesses listed on the stock exchanges of Wall St and Hong Kong respectively for circa 500 million USD each.

Rule 3: ONLY DO BUSINESS IN AN INDUSTRY YOU UNDERSTAND

Me, what did I do? Well like Billy I got involved in an industry I knew nothing about. It was a dismissal failure and cost me and other investors a considerable sum of money. After some earlier business successes, I thought I was ‘bulletproof’ and everything I touched would turn to gold. I thought I could build Australia’s next big surf clothing label and the end game would be that one of the big clothing players would buy me out in 7 years. The problem was I knew next to nothing about the mechanics of the clothing world. After that failure, I vowed to never again get involved in an industry that I didn’t fully understand.

Rule 4: WHATEVER YOU BUDGET PREPARE TO DOUBLE IT.

We all tend to overestimate our revenue and underestimate our expenses when preparing budgets. A rule of thumb Billy worked on after years of experience of working with people who were hopeless at budgeting is always double what they tell you it’s going to cost. That way you never have any hidden surprises and are never undercapitalized.

Rule 5: YOU’VE GOT TO FAIL TO BE SUCCESSFUL

We always tend to learn from our business mistakes. Why? Because they cost us cold, hard cash. I’ve always worked on the principle that for every 10 business ideas only 6 will work out, 4 will fail. The secret is to know when to call it quits with those ideas that fail and move on to other ideas. None of us are perfect, none of us get it right all the time. Billy is incredibly successful because he never fears failure, he actually learns from his failures.

Rule 6: YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW YOUR NUMBERS INSIDE OUT

Breakeven point, average customer sale, gross profit margins, return on equity, debt ratios, financing costs, net profit margins, year to date profit, cash in bank. You’ve got to know all these numbers plus others particular to your business and industry. You’ve got to have these numbers updated daily, weekly, monthly. You’ve got to know the key drivers of your business and they should fit on the palm of your hand and be available live. Importantly your figures have to be accurate. Otherwise, its garbage in and garbage out and that’s a waste of time and effort. Billy always knows his numbers inside out.

Rule 7: ITS 5% STRATEGY AND 95% IMPLEMENTATION

I’ve met plenty of people in business who have great ideas but are never successful purely because they have no idea of how to implement their ideas. They are what I call Dreamers. The world of business is full of Dreamers.

I’ve met plenty of people in business who spend all their time working on strategy. On paper, they build the perfect business plan but they can’t implement it. I guess we’ve all seen the 300-page business plan – its most often unworkable. We often over-complicate business. For sure we need the right strategy, it’s important, but the secret to making the strategy work is to implement it. Points 1 to 6 above help in that process. Billy Houston is one of the best at the implementation of strategy.

If you want to follow the exploits of a man who lives by those 7 Rules of Business then you’ll love reading about Billy Houston.

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The benefits of reading (and writing) ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches’

Ever feared failure?

Ever felt life is too difficult?

Ever sensed there is no light at the end of the tunnel?

Ever suffered physical and emotional events that you believe you will never recover from?

Ever felt it was time to through the towel in, it’s all too hard?

Then welcome to the clubWe all do. It’s part of being alive. Unfortunately, things don’t go perfectly every day.

That was one of the reasons I wrote ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches’ – to put it all into context. In my life I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, and learned a lot along the way. Telling the story of Billy Houston allowed me to channel that – and I’m hoping it’ll appeal to readers seeking inspiration, or motivations. If you want to see how one person faces and overcomes challenges, then follow the trials and tribulations of Billy Houston in ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches’ – my debut book, but certainly not my last.

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How I came to be writing a book

I’m an entrepreneur and love the thrill and excitement of building businesses from start-up phase.

With my hardworking team we built GPS Wealth, my most recent business and arguably Australia’s most awarded Financial Services Licensee from a standing start to over 300 licensed advisers and accountants. All achieved in just over six years.

A lot of hard work by a lot of great people, believe me. Many of these people I’m still very close to today.

As the largest shareholder I’d taken GPS Wealth as far as I could. After years of constant travel across the country recruiting advisers and accountants whilst living in hotel rooms Monday to Friday it was time to slow down and perhaps start another chapter in my life.

So, I decided to retire from corporate life forever. I guess that decision was also prompted with sale of GPS Wealth for 20 million dollars in July 2017 to a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

People said, ‘Greg you’ll get completely bored being retired”. But I had a plan and that was to write a fiction novel. It was one of those things on my bucket list.

I’ve always had an imagination, always been full of ideas which helped in building my businesses in both accounting and financial services over the last twenty plus years.

Most of my marketing ideas in the business world came from my walks along the beach at Noosa, Queensland where I’ve lived for the last 27 years. I think it has something to do with the feeling of the sand under my feet along with the sound of the ocean. For me it was my creative time where weird and wonderful ideas came to me.

So late December 2017 I hopped on a plane and set myself up for a couple of months in bungalows by the beaches of Koh Samui and Phuket, Thailand and started spending a few hours each morning working on my first novel.

The storyline for this novel came from my daily walks along the beaches of Noosa and Thailand. It’s a work of fiction.

I finished the first draft of the book in July 2018. Half the novel was written whilst living by the beach in Koh Samui and Phuket. The other half written on my outdoor dining table overlooking the water in Noosa. And of course, many, many walks along the idyllic beaches of Thailand and Noosa to aid me my creative thought process and build the story line.

To pre – order your copy of ‘Billy Houston: Rags to Riches’ now simply log on to www.marcw92.sg-host.com
You are also welcome to download the first chapter for free to see if my book appeals to you – simply log on to www.marcw92.sg-host.com

My new fiction novel is available on the 8th of November 2018. Pre-order your copy now.

My first ever fiction novel, ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches’ is complete and available by eBook, paperback or hardcover on Thursday 8 November. You can pre-order your copy now (see below).

Greg Holman

The main character in the book is Billy Houston who arrives in Santa Monica, California as a fourteen-year-old schoolboy from Australia, the Land Down Under.

Within nine years he’d been expelled from school, had his face rebuilt from a horrific car accident, and been held at gun point in an armed hold up in a LA bar.

Things that happened to me in real life in Melbourne, Australia not America.

Billy hits the bottle and gets mixed up in drugs and drops out of college. He is a lost soul.

But despite his tough beginnings, Billy becomes an incredibly successful multi-millionaire American businessman eventually listing his company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Until his ultimate breakdown.

The story follows the trials and tribulations of Billy Houston and his best mate from Santa Monica High School, Pat Gabriel as together they take on corporate America.

It’s a story of persistence, failure, greed, corruption, lies and egos intermixed with mystery, success and laughter. If you like business thrillers with a touch of mystery and inspiration, then you’ll love reading, ‘Billy Houston Rags to Riches.’

The story line and characters developed in my mind whilst on my daily beach walks over the last 10 months in Noosa, Australia and Koh Samui and Phuket, in Thailand.

Greg Holman

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You are also welcome to download the first chapter for free to see if my book appeals to you – simply log on to www.marcw92.sg-host.com

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