Family, Freedom and Inspiration – BeLoved Miracles Couple Dirk And Muriel
Have You Had to Bite The Bankruptcy Bullet?
Is a loss in business really a loss? It depends upon what you do after that loss.
For BeLoved Miracles Couple Dirk and Muriel bankruptcy brought them online.
And they don’t regret it one bit, or bite! 🙂
Dirk used to work 70+ hours in his own restaurants and was missing out on his family. His kids were always asleep by the time he got home. The physical work almost broke his body down, working nonstop in his businesses. And when he calculated that he earned as much as his dishwasher he started to lose faith in that way of business. Over the last 3,5 years he invested more than 50K in his education on how he could use the internet to get more customers for his restaurant. With such a big success that he almost doubled the revenue and therefore he was able to sell it for a good price. His desire for being a full-time dad, having location freedom and being able to travel freely was the biggest drive to let the old business model go. He is now teaching home and small business owners how they can use the Internet to reach more customers and create more freedom.
Muriel has been a social worker and a network pioneer in the health and care sector for more than 20 years. Meaning working long hours, collecting big budgets for others, while she had to miss all the milestones of her children because of living from a tiny pay check. The switch to online entrepreneurship taught her that the freedom to choose her clients and educate students who are deeply committed gives a lot more fulfilment then working as an employee in her job. While building someone else’s business and having to do what she was told. Being able to tap into their core desire Dirk and Muriel are known for bringing the best out of their students and clients.
You Too Will Be Inspired By This BeLoved Miracles Couple Interview:
0:58 3 1/2 Years ago is where this couple’s STORY BEGINS…
1:49 Maybe a BIGGER restaurant will solve the problems?
3:17 What Dirk really LOVES about his life today is…
4:49 Why did BANKRUPTCY bring them online?
5:36 What was a BIG START TO A BIG JOURNEY ?
6:17 Dirk lost his PASSION for…
7:14 What was Dirk MISSING out on, AGAIN?
9:03 The first BIG ADVANTAGES of implementing a system were…
9:55 Dirk GETS UP at ____________ while Muriel does ___________
10:37 Muriel QUIT HER JOB in _________________
11:23 Daughter ASKED what her parents do says…
11:55 Together as a family they TRAVELED to ____ countries last year.
13:55 What was the LEVEL they started at online at first?
14:53 LEARNING ___________ by falling down and getting back up again.
16:11 Dirk and Muriel’s BIG REASON WHY is…
18:03 What is it that they are now helping other PARENTS with?
20:21 TOGETHER we truly all have an opportunity to ____________
Listen To The Audio Here:
Timothy – We are live today reaching all the way from Norway to the Netherlands welcome Dirk and Muriel!
Dirk and Muriel – Hey Tim, awesome man, thank you so much for inviting us here. It’s an honour thank you so much we are excited!
0:20 I sure appreciate you guys fitting this in around the holidays as we are just right before 2017 rolls out.
0:28 Muriel – Yeah, it’s a special time of year, a good time of year to reflect and to look forward.
0:35 Timothy – Absolutely. Let me do a brief introduction of you guys. Dirk and Muriel are in the Netherlands and they’ve gone from restaurant owner and social work to online entrepreneurship. They both have been able to tap into their core desires, Family, Freedom and Inspiration. Bringing the best out of their students and clients. So where does your story of being a couple building together online begin guys?
0:58 Dirk – I think about three and a half years ago is when it all started. Being raised by my parents to finish your education and find a really good job, or to find a job and hopefully it’s a really good job. That pays for your so-called social security. But I always was a little bit of a rebel. I finished my studies and then we traveled for a year, came back and I decided to buy a restaurant. That’s how it all started. It was a very small restaurant. (knocking on the window in the backround) And that’s my son, It is holiday so kids are running around here.
1:49 After buying that restaurant I thought I was headed for freedom. Because I had my own business, I was my own boss. I could do what I like. Well to a certain level, because we always had financial stress. Sometimes of the year we were really busy and other times we were really slow, so it continued and continued. And then I thought what if I buy a bigger restaurant, that will solve all my problems. Surely that will be the solution. So I did, I bought a restaurant that was 10 times bigger seating about 260 people, and wow suddenly I had 20 staff members.
2:33 It just got more busy. The problems didn’t just disappear they actually just got bigger.
2:41 Muriel – I saw you 10 times less!
Dirk – Yes, you saw me 10 times less as well. Our daughter was born when this adventure began, She’s now about 12 years old. I missed out, I really missed out on her a lot in the beginning of the years. I didn’t see them. (son comes in) Here’s my son with a big question…
3:24 Muriel – Ok, what I can say about it is that it seemed ideal to have more business off-line. But it was not ideal at all.
3:33 Dirk – Sorry about that. Actually, this is part of my life now and I really enjoy it. I never used to be at home. To fast forward a little bit, because we owned the restaurant for about 12 years. I thought if I buy another restaurant, That’s even bigger then all my dreams would come true. I would have freedom, travel the world and spend time with my family. I did and then seven months later I had bankruptcy with that one. Then it started rolling and rolling and rolling down. We were confronted with the situation that we really would lose everything. They let us keep one restaurant. So I knew I could save everything if I got more customers in there.
4:27 So that’s what I was aiming for and I started to look online for a solution. I saw all these people using the Internet who were actually making money on the Internet. But that was not even my goal, actually it was. To make some additional money online, and then I figured out I could use the Internet to get more customers into my restaurant.
4:49 Muriel – So it was the bankruptcy that brought us online.
4:53 Dirk – Yes, absolutely. And then these systems of using the Internet to reach out to new people who do not know you. And in this case people who did not really know the restaurant, so it was local. And we were really able to boost that restaurant up again. And pay off the debt, Things started rolling. And then Muriel was also not really happy in the social work she was doing. And I was not really seeing my kids because I was still working in that restaurant day in and day out. But because more people came in I could take a step back. And I had that taste (of success online).
5:36 Muriel – and I became active on the Internet because I was looking over his shoulder seeing what he was doing and I saw that what he was doing was successful. He at first just started to use all the education and the tools that is all part of the system that we use. To apply that in the restaurant. And because we saw that it was working there we started to get a big aha moment. If it’s working for the restaurant then there is much more possible for it. So that was basically the big start of a big journey. A most exciting journey ever.
6:11 Timothy – So what began to change at that point once you started implementing this system?
6:17 Dirk – Like I said before first it started bringing more customers into the restaurant. At the same time I lost my passion for that kind of work. It’s just hard work. Even if you’re not having to do everything. I’m not a chef, I was never in the kitchen. It’s still 24 hours a day, seven days a week and it’s always something. Even on a holiday someone would call me to ask the question. That was always continuing and I was still not seeing my kids. Nick our youngest was born, he’s already seven so at that age he was only three or four years old.
7:14 I was seeing the same thing happening again. I was missing out on him. And I just made a decision that I was not going to miss out on him that much and I just wanted to spend everyday with him. By visualizing that and having that dream we started to work towards only working online. I put up my restaurant for sale. I was already beginning to live that kind of life even though I had the restaurant still. But I still had to show up there and we continue to do that.
7:47 Muriel – Maybe if I could help the viewers to understand where we started to shift our current lives, which was really hard work. After applying the systems, the education, the tools in our restaurant I saw a major shift in Dirk. Because he could work less and have the same results he learned how to automate business processes. Like attracting customers. He didn’t have to put out flyers in the street or bicycle through the restaurant to put stuff in the letter boxes of people. Hey we have a special night or whatsoever. It was perhaps just a simple example but we were not used to working with auto responders and automated stuff. Helping with those things that typically takes a lot of business owners time. So that in the beginning started to create more time. So he was in the restaurant attending but the thing was running thanks to advertisements he had learned to put up on Facebook. Simple paid advertisements that he had no clue how to work before we started to work with the system. The knowledge about systems and marketing started to create the first big advantages. Being more time and more customers.
9:13 And then, a really nice next step was that he started attending, he was there in the restaurants in the basement. He had his office where he was working on our online business, while he was in the restaurant. Not working and doing stuff for the restaurant.
9:33 Dirk – I would come up every 45 minutes saying hey hi how are you doing. And then I would go back down and go back to work online. Because I saw the potential in the Internet. At that time I had only one goal, get rid of the restaurant and just work from home and be around my kids. And then you see these things happen, of course’s holiday right now, my son runs in and out.
9:55 I am actually the one, because Muriel works a little bit later because you know the Internet is more global (than a local restaurant). So I get up in the morning around six, did I really say that? I get up with the kids and bring them to school and I get them from school. Between those hours that they are at school I work on our business. And Muriel does the nights.
10:17 Muriel – We give long answers right?
10:21 Timothy – Rich answers and they are full of personal experience individually, and as a couple. And rippling out from there to the family as well. It would be fun at some point to even hear what your children have to say about this adventure you guys have been on.
10:37 Muriel – Well that would be really funny. Because we talk about this of course with our children a lot. They see us work online. They see mommy is at home all the time. I quit my job last year in 2015 somewhere. And they see us working online. They also see a lot of people on the other side of the laptop. That’s weird for them but they live with it. Like they know that they can’t walk in the room without clothes on you know in the morning. When they see us having an interview or doing coaching. That’s just a funny family antidote.
11:23 They see what we do. Sometimes my daughter says, that she is asked at school sometimes what your parents do for a living. And she says I do not know how to explain that. So what we have to work on that but it will come. They do stuff on the Internet, I don’t know what else (daughter says). One thing is that they benefit from our lifestyle. They see us take our laptop everywhere. We can take them everywhere.
11:55 We took them to eight countries this year. France to the Dominican. That is a rich memory for the future for them. Dirk always makes the joke, that if they don’t understand what we do we now can afford their therapy later on in the future.
12:17 Dirk – Hey, as a parent you can only do your best. I think it’s priceless to be around them.
12:28 Timothy – Fantastic! Well what advice would you give to other couples building together using a system like this?
12:34 Dirk – Make sure you have your own part in the business. Don’t both try to be the techie person. It is good to know everything a little bit, but divide it up and have your own expertise in the business.
12:53 Muriel – Focus on each others strengths. This is a practical example. I need to do my own techie stuff. Because when I am creating a blog I need to know how to do that, I cannot ask him everything. Like where do I put the link, how do I put the link in? But he is the techie guy of the two of us and I do more of the talking with people, the coaching, the one on one contact. I do the team hangouts. But I do techie things too. And he does coaching too. But our specialties we highlight that. It’s just important to use each others strengths and then split that up.
13:43 Timothy – Fantastic, so how was that divided between the two of you in terms of strengths and how did you identify that? Sounds like it was a little bit of hit and miss and some trial and error before the clarity of that was present?
13:55 Dirk – You start this and it’s all new. Like back then I would tell her to copy and paste that and she would freak out. That was the level where we started, no experience online whatsoever. So you have to find things out. And you have this amazing tool called YouTube. You can find everything you want to know on YouTube. So that’s where it started and it was just learning and educating yourself really every day. Of course you know each other a little bit more. Although I’ve owned restaurants, let me do my thing in building sales funnels and generally building stuff. That’s what I did in the restaurant I was building a new bar or I was fixing this. That’s what I love to do building things. And you (Muriel) were more the people person.
14:53 Muriel – Yeah, I was a social worker for 22 years. Being open to learn and explore is important. Give and take. We try things out and it didn’t work. I tried to do what he was doing and he tried to do what I was doing and it didn’t work. Then we opened our minds, apparently this is not working how can we do it differently? If I do this and you do that how does it work? We were open-minded all the time. We talked about our errors and our trials and just made it happen. Just by falling down and standing up again. Because when you’re in a relationship and you have grown up kids. You are business partners, you are married, you are parents and it’s a lot of social roles. You have to be straight to each other. But I keep on learning and had an open mind. Most important is to keep on loving each other and respecting each other.
15:57 See where it has brought us, and now bringing other couples. If you have a big reason why and you can find each other there then you will find a way. You have to try and do, and learn.
16:07 Timothy – What is your reason why? Will you answer your own question there?
16:11 Muriel – Of course. We started with our biggest reason why. To quit my job and to sell the restaurant. To be location independent and to pay off our debts. And show our kids the world. And don’t have to walk like this (hunching shoulders) through life with a big block of worries. Living from paycheck to paycheck worries. Limitations.
16:37 Basically we are in this stage where we are creating new affirmations. If we look back, It’s really nice that you asked that because we’re at this stage. I have my bluebook here, I can show it to you. It’s full with affirmations and goals that I wrote down the whole year. And every month I write down new ones. New goals new dreams, and it started with our biggest reason why.
17:03 But 2016 was really good for us. The company that gave us the system and the education was really good for us. It worked that everything we dreamed of happened this past year. So now our biggest reason why is a new reason why. It’s still the core, family time, freedom, unlimited travel, wealth but our vision grew. It is now more about others. What’s working for us should work for others. So our vision and reason why it is now to help others to create the same as we created for ourselves. And that’s why we also started a coaching program and we are now more focused on duplication. Because it’s better when you can include others in your vision and in your change and you’re good life then if only for yourself.
18:00 That is now our reason why. To go ahead with what we were already doing but now teach it to others. Help bring other parents home. Like we came home.
18:15 Timothy – Oh, I like that last line. Help bring other parents home, Like you guys have been able to come home.
18:21 Dirk – Yeah, because life is not that difficult.
18:25 Timothy – Fantastic guys, Well thank you so much for doing this brief introduction and giving us a taste of this adventure that you guys have been on. I hope this begins to help your children answer the questions from the neighbours and the friends at school about what do your mom and dad do? Maybe this in some way can help your suspicious and curious neighbours to know why you’re coming and going. You said eight times this last year, eight trips last year?
18:45 Muriel – Yeah, we had a lot of help from the neighbours feeding our cats. Wondering, how do they do it? We try to explain but it’s hard for them to understand.
19:01 Brilliant, Well, press on, we absolutely support you and I thank you for being part of The BeLoved Miracles Couples Project here where we’re inspiring couples worldwide to wake up to as you said what is your primary desire, what your core drive is. What is the next step of self-awareness, leading to self-development and what I love and I absolutely encourage and remind myself as well that what we’re really here for is for those that we have a chance to serve.
19:33 Muriel – Yes, And I want to highlight for all the viewers Tim Owen. Because we’re watching you. Your name how can we miss it. Your vision is huge. You do great things. Your blogs are amazing. And just the fact that you put this together. Your stories and what you put out there could be just that thing that people are searching for in that moment. I want to thank you for the opportunity to be part of your interviews. It’s really an honour. So keep on going with what you’re doing, it’s great what you’re doing and we really admire your vision. And all the work that you put in it. Really respect that.
20:20 Fantastic, Thank you so much you guys and as we say here very often needing to be reminded myself and as well all the rest of us. Together, truly together as you guys have demonstrated and shared in your story, together we all have an opportunity to overcome.
20:37 Dirk and Muriel – Awesome. For sure, for sure and thank you so much you are a great leader. I can’t wait to see more of you and to meet you next year at one of our events.
20:49 Yes, We’ll do that soon! And hope to follow-up with more of this story to again help your neighbours and those curious people around you know what is developing next in your lives. So with that I’ll say goodbye for now from Norway!
21:01 Dirk and Muriel – Goodbye Tim, goodbye from the Netherlands cheers! Bye guys, bye!
Hopefully this brief interview, sharing just the tip-of-the-iceberg of their bankrupt to bankrolled story helps you too. There is no failure. It would only be possible if you didn’t start or failed to get back up again.
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