About Stevecox
Joined April 2016
November 18, 2016 UPDATE
Leave of absence from WA

This past week I started my second full time “JOB”. It appears that for a period of time I will need to take a leave of absence, (NOT a departure) from Wealthy Affiliate. I intend to return as soon as humanly possible, and I will keep my yearly paid membership ongoing. Oh, and I will log on as frequently as I can, and work on our website as time allows.

By working both of these jobs I have the opportunity to help our two adult children (and their children) get out of debt and start fresh. The downside is that my plans for our work from home business will be delayed but NOT abandoned.

Wealthy Affiliate is our destination and we have only taken a temporary detour. This is without any doubt the finest group of people I have had the honor and pleasure to work with in the past 68 years. Oops, I guess that lets everyone know that I am really not a Millennial. My bad!

Thanks to all my friends in WA for “being who your are”.

All the best,

Steve and Cathy Cox?

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From the Beginning - My father was in the Air Force so for the first five years of my life, we moved from state to state and then to Guam. We ended up in Memphis, Tennessee where I went to school thru college. While a senior at Christian Brothers High School, I met a 15-year-old young lady (Cathy), at a CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) dance, who became my best friend (and remains my best friend) and wife.

One week before graduation from the University of Memphis (then known as Memphis State University) in January 1970, I joined the United States Marine Corps. One week after graduation I married Cathy. These were undoubtedly the two best decisions of my life! As you can see, once I have an obsession with doing something I move out at the double time. One of the many Marine Corps Mottos is “push, pull….. or get the heck out of my way” ("heck" is replaced by a different word in the USMC version, but for decorum reasons I have made this substitution).

After four years on Active Duty with the Marine Corps, I joined the Diplomatic Security Service as a Special Agent. I retired in 1995 after 25 years of government service, Including 24 years as a Marine Reserve officer, with 29 moves on three continents. We served overseas in Africa, Middle East, Canada, and Afghanistan. I then spent two years as a Magistrate for the Supreme Court of Virginia (19th Judicial District). Next was an incredible (but very labor intensive) 12 years working as a Special Investigator for the FBI. I finished up my most recent post-retirement career as a Program Manager in the Department of State - Office of Antiterrorism Assistance. I am returning to "the field" to do special assignment investigations for the FBI and ATF starting on September 19, 2016. This will be two part-time jobs which will allow free time to work on our Wealthy Affiliate new lifestyle.

I have traveled extensively overseas managing anti-terrorism training programs in North Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Our children were raised abroad and in Africa learned what REAL poverty and hardship looked like "up close and personal." Our son's best friend lived next door to our U.S. Embassy provided housing in a tin shack, with no running water, no sanitation facilities and obviously no electricity. They spent HOURS together teaching each other their native languages and having fun, as ALL kids will do. When it was time to leave the Congo (then known as Zaire) Steve Jr. was visibly upset to leave his friend "Kiki" behind. Sorry for the diatribe on that one but it was an important lesson for us to learn from our son about the value of friendship.

During our last tour of duty outside the United States, in Ottawa, Canada, our son met the girl of HIS dreams and four years later we had the privilege of adding a Canadian to our family. They have a 15-year-old son, our first grandson. We are so fortunate to have her in our family!

I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder regarding personal and professional productivity, team building – and as Cathy will tell anyone….I am slightly paranoid about neatness and organization. But we do view life as a journey, not a destination so there may be hope for me after all.

For the past four years, we have “played” with the idea of starting a home based business to spend more time with family and “follow our passion”, which for me is personal and professional coaching. I very immodestly consider myself to be good at team building and empowering people to do things they never imagined they could do. I did this most recently on large projects in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Afghanistan. I Initially started the "website" idea with Site Build It (SBI) but for a variety of self-imposed "restrictions", I did nothing. We stopped using SBI and turned off the monthly fee the minute I read and researched (extensively) both the details and REPUTATION of WA..............could not find ANYTHING negative. We do have several Wordpress websites under construction – not ready for public view yet.

Cathy and I love to read, and I have “almost” read every book on self-improvement ever published. We both have a passion for animals and have been dog owners for 45 years. We currently have two senior citizen Norwich Terriers – Mason and Dixon, who are 14 years old. Cathy has extended the life of the two brothers by a minimum of three years according to our veterinarian by creating a natural vegetable and meat based (chicken) diet of her making – in fact; I should be eating THEIR food which takes hours to prepare. She did massive amounts of research on "dog food" and found out that "most" of the companies selling dog food are, well to be kind..........let's say..........NOT providing nutrition for our "best friends".

In addition to personal/productivity coaching, public speaking, and teaching I have a passion for yoga and meditation. My favorite book (audio is best) is Zen Mind Beginners Mind. At last count I have listened to it over 100 times (yes that is OCD no doubt to track how many times you listen to a book :-)

Our next major life objective is to DOWNSIZE and DECLUTTER our lives and home. We are investigating and exploring “tiny homes”, modular housing and container homes, and 5th Wheel Recreational Vehicles. We have a 25-acre farm in rural western Virginia, (in addition to our home in Hamilton, VA) where we built a home for our son, daughter-in-law and grandson about 14 years ago. The deal was a "buy back" from us at some point...........your next question "how did that work out"....I would prefer not to answer. So, since we already own the land (thru the mortgage company of course), our plan is to build a small home or place and RV adjacent to their home within the next year. We want to move away from the hustle and bustle of being close to Washington DC, and perhaps use the RV to tour this great country while continuing to pursue an online business thru WA.

We have two grown children (son and daughter) and two grandsons ages 15 and 9. Our daughter (who is divorced) and youngest grandson have lived with us for five years and are we are attempting to help them start an independent (but not separate) life of their own. It is a challenge.

We are extremely fortunate to have come across WA and are looking VERY forward to actually “starting” a new career that before now seemed more like a dream than a goal. And there is a difference between the two. Thanks to everyone who has provided fantastic ideas, motivation and encouragement for the time we have been fortunate enough to be associated with the members of WA.

My best friend and I intend to put honest, hard, dedicated efforts to make THIS succeed. We do not face failures in life; we only learn lessons…… and “re-boot.” I have read that it took Edison 1,000 attempts to make a working light bulb………. which is what I call persistence worth following!

PS - Some of the images in my profile are of my training programs in Afghanistan and Jordan.

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Like to have at least 5000.00 months. The big picture is at least 500,000.00 a year after two years of hard work. Be a millionaire.

I was just laid off from a job paying $204,000 per year. Although I would like, to be(change that to WILL BE) a millionaire, my wife and I want to SIMPLIFY our lives. We are investigating all types (modular, container, prefab, tiny homes) of "downsized" living. We are looking at building nothing larger than 1200 square feet. Deriving our income from internet marketing/blogging/helping others. Money left over (which should be substantial since we are "going green" with solar, geothermal, rainwater reclamation, etc.) we would like to use to help our children (in their 40's now) Grandchildren, charities and of course travel to or move to Australia or New Zealand! At age 67 I am willing to put in as much time as necessary and then MORE time. Nothing worthwhile happens without good old fashion hard work, and there ARE NO get rich quick schemes, as you said better to be the tortoise. BUT..........a MOVING tortoise not a SITTING ONE. I must tell you, Kyle, that you are one of the answers to our prayers and (as we say in the Southern US) "Good Lord Willing, and the Creek Don't Rise," we WILL make this happen thanks to you and the WA "family".

All the best, Steve
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I like the goals set by EarnestS copied below:
Like to have at least 5000.00 months. The big picture is at least 500,000.00 a year after two years of hard work. Be a millionaire.

I was just laid off from a job paying $204,000 per year. Although I would like, to be(change that to WILL BE) a millionaire, my wife and I want to SIMPLIFY our lives. We are investigating all types (modular, container, prefab, tiny homes) of "downsized" living. We are looking at building nothing larger than 1200 square feet. Deriving our income from internet marketing/blogging/helping others. Money left over (which should be substantial since we are "going green" with solar, geothermal, rainwater reclamation, etc.) we would like to use to help our children (in their 40's now) Grandchildren, charities and of course travel to or move to Australia or New Zealand! At age 67 I am willing to put in as much time as necessary and then MORE time. Nothing worthwhile happens without good old fashion hard work, and there ARE NO get rich quick schemes, as you said better to be the tortoise. BUT..........a MOVING tortoise not a SITTING ONE. I must tell you, Kyle, that you are one of the answers to our prayers and (as we say in the Southern US) "Good Lord Willing, and the Creek Don't Rise," we WILL make this happen thanks to you and the WA "family".

All the best, Steve
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Kyle Premium
Superb goals Steve! You have a large network and community here at WA that you can leverage for help and support along the way, myself included.

It all starts with a goal...then is followed by action...then is followed by results. This is going to be how it pans out for you and I can't wait to hear about all of your successes in the days, weeks, and months ahead! :)
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LLiu Premium
Hi Steve,
Very nice to meet you and thank you for adding me to your network and I am adding you to mine.
I enjoyed reading your profile and very interesting.
I wish you every success in your endeavor's and on your journey here at WA.
IfI can be of help just let me know and I will too!

Warmest wishes,

Linda :)
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stevecox Premium
Thanks so very much Linda. I will take you up on your offer !

Stay in touch when you can and I will be following you on WA.
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JoanaD Premium
Very interesting read! You sure live your life to the fullest, I admire people like you. As someone said in the comments below 'you will succeed at whatever you put your mind into'. My business partner in the Netherlands was a former special forces from Dutch Royal Navy that spent few years in Afghanistan. And I trusted him my life to do business with, meaning was really honest and reliable, and that is a rare thing in sales and marketing environment. But anyway what I wanted to say your military background developed all the skills you need to succeed in business. In the end it's just another mission, good luck!
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stevecox Premium
How very kind of you Joana ! Thank You !

I look forward to working with and learning from you.

All the best,

Steve
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Grandma1945 Premium
I am truly impressed with your persistence and determination to succeed in life. I was amazed to read your bio and learn of all you have done in your life. I wish you much success at WA as it is a great organization. I know how it is to Love your animals and your grandchildren. I am in the same boat. My little Wrigley is now 11 this year and probably the last dog I will have. I am partially handicapped due to knee problems but still can work a computer OK. Don't know if the dog is in the cards for me in the years to come and I will miss one greatly. My little dogs have always been the loves of my life along with my grandbabies of course. Many blessings to you and your life as you continue to forge ahead with your family and career.
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stevecox Premium
Thanks so very much for the kind remarks! Steve
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DaleOdom Premium
Hi Steve,
First off I want to thank you for your services. Second I want to thank you for the follow back. I to have read just about every self-help book on the market. and it is a passion of mine to help people look at Life in a different way. I wish you and your wife every success in Life and with your online businesses.
Dale
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stevecox Premium
Thanks Dale, I look forward to following and working with you also.

All the best,

Steve
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Steve1958 Premium
Thanks very much for following me...I am fairly new at this & enjoying the training very much...I have learnt more in the past 3 weeks than I did in the last 3 years...All the best...I think we are in the right place! I started my work life at 17 in the police force so can relate to wherey ou are coming from (at least from a smaller perspective!)...
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stevecox Premium
Thanks for the note Steve. I agree we are in the right place. Like you, I am finding there is a lot to learn! I need to prioritize my "class schedule" to stay on top of the courses and lessons. I have a terrible habit of putting that off until the last part of the day. I need to switch that to the first section of the day. Please stay in touch and let me know how you are doing. All the best, Steve
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Steve1958 Premium
Sounds like we have a similar way of doing things...I'm no good in the mornings and do the same as you & put it off til later in the day...here I am still working away at 2:30am! I have to set up a 'lessons' schedule as well...I have CNN going on the background...it's like I live in USA! I will take the time to have a look at what you have done & will stay in touch...I have finished Course 1 & I have just started Affiliate Bootcamp up to lesson 4...there's a lot to do!
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stevecox Premium
You are WAY ahead of me brother. I am on Course 1 Lesson 5. I will try to catch up with you by devoting ALL day tomorrow to WA classes. Thanks for the motivational encouragement! Steve
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Steve1958 Premium
Where are you up to now?? I've had a few days off but I'm about to start cracking on to it again on Monday!
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stevecox Premium
Me too.....just up to 8
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Steve1958 Premium
That's good...I will let you know when I start the second lesson...I am up to lesson 4 on the WA bootcamp so once I get through that I will start the basic training again...keep going! Let me know when you reach lesson 10!
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stevecox Premium
Roger that. Thanks !
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