Top 3 Lessons Learned On My Journey To Freedom (my video story) :-)


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My intention for this page is to tell you my story along with some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way so you can get to know me a bit and hopefully benefit from some of the things I’ve learned.

Before I get too far in, here are some quick highlights of my career in business. 

  • I started in a single wide trailer-house
  • I struggled for years and had 14 different business failures before I finally started having success.
  • I’ve been job free since 2009 (Can I get a hallelujah!? )  🙂
  • I’ve been a top earner and leadership council member in my last 2 companies
  • I’ve trained thousands of home business entrepreneurs and helped to develop some of the world’s highest paid earners in the Home Business Profession.
  • I was able to fully retire, debt free at 40 years young!   WAHOOOO!!!!!

*If you’re wondering if these things I’m telling you are true (I wouldn’t blame you) – I put together this proof page here.

All of this has allowed my wife and I to become 100% fully and totally financially free, eliminating any need for a job, boss or even a business, for ever. 

This has allowed us to be full time stay at home parents to our 4 boys at our country home here in Idaho. 

It’s also allowed us to own our own lives, make our own choices and live every moment as we see fit.  



None of this happened overnight and none of it ever would have happened without great mentors along the way who taught me the best of what they knew so I could apply in my own journey.

I love what Bob Proctor said one time…

“I have license to brag, because none of this stuff is mine.” 🙂

So how did I get here?

Early Days

I was raised in potato country in South East Idaho, a little town called Blackfoot which is actually the potato capital of the world.  (Great claim to fame right?) 🙂

When I was 8 years old my dad abandoned our little family and my mom, sister and I were left to fend for ourselves.

This was hard, especially since my mom had lost her hearing when she was a little girl due to Scarlet Fever, but I learned so much through this experience.

First, I learned from my mom that no matter how hard things get, if you never give up and do your best – things usually end up getting better and working out in the long run.

She has been such a great example to me in my life because despite her handicap and challenges, she kept on keeping on and was an AMAZING mom, role model and example to my sister and I.

I also learned from my dad leaving, that “In every apparent setback, lies the seed of an equal or greater advantage.”

It was tough growing up without a dad, especially when all the other kid’s around me had one, but through this experience I was able to take on leadership roles at a young age which has turned out to be a benefit for me.

Not having a dad around also made me want to make sure this didn’t happen for my kids’ when I grew up and I believe this has made me a better father.

Early Mentors

I had the opportunity to play tailback and outside linebacker for my High School football team and even though I wasn’t the best player, I learned something that’s helped me in business over the years.

One day after practice, one of our coaches gathered us all around in a huddle.

He said to the group, “I wish we had a team full of players like Paul Hutchings.  He gives it everything he’s got, all the time.”

For some reason that experience has been burned in my memory as one of the defining moments of my life.

I bet Coach Marshall doesn’t even remember saying that,

I learned that when someone you look up to gives you an encouraging word, magic can happen for your belief in yourself and your ability to do great things in life.

I’m so grateful for people like that who’ve influenced me over the years and know for certain I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

I also learned that you don’t have to be the biggest, fastest or strongest to make a difference or have an impact.

With heart, you can go the distance and without it – it doesn’t matter really matter how good you are.

I’ve always tried to remember this and I think it’s been one of my greatest assets in home business.

There are times when it feels like you’ve been knocked down so hard you don’t know if  have it in you to get back up again.

It’s heart that picks you up off the ground and tells you to keep going.

College, Big Life Lessons & Early Career

All growing up I was told by teachers that if I wanted to have a successful life I needed to go to school, get good grades so I could get a good job and live happily ever after.

So, when I turned 19 – that’s what I did.

I attended Idaho State University for a year and then finished up with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from DeVry University in Phoenix Arizona.

One night before graduation, I found myself down on my knees in my apartment, praying sincerely for answers to some questions I had.

I had gotten myself into a deep, dark hole of drug and alcohol addiction and felt like there was no way out.  

I’d lost any and all sense of purpose and meaning in life and felt totally lost. 

With tears in my eyes, I cried out for help.  

Next thing I know, random people, (good people), started appearing in my life to help me see that there was much more to life than what I’d been experiencing.  

These people helped me to see that maybe God did love me and have a plan for me and my life.

I dropped destructive habits I’d been chained down with for years and went from being the least likely person in the world to be seen at church, to moving to Taiwan & learning to speak Mandarin Chinese so I could serve a 2 year church mission.

  • I learned from that experience that when we’re hungry for answers, no matter how dark and dreary the path of life might seem, our creator is always there to shine light into our lives at just the right time and in just the right way.
  • Through my 2 year mission trip I also learned that one of life’s greatest treasures is love for those around us.

During that 2  year time frame I was able to get to a point where I was thinking more about others than I was of myself.  This was truly a blessing and I remember it as one of the happiest times of my life.

I’m reminded of an oft quoted line from the Bible that says “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life shall find it.”

Often times when I’ve found myself down, discouraged or depressed over the years, It’s usually because I’m focusing way to much on myself and my own problems.

When I forget about myself and go to work in the service of others – the clouds usually seem to clear away and the sunshine comes flooding in.

My First Job After College

After my mission trip I came back to Idaho thinking that I was going to get a killer job with my business degree.

I was somewhat shocked when the best job I could find was a customer service position in a call center earning $11.09 an hour.

Fortunately for me – this job was bound to teach me some more great lessons that lit a fire inside me and set me on the path to freedom.

I’ll always remember a huge defining moment from this first job.

I remember going in for a job interview to see if I could get a promotion.

During the interview – the boss asked me

Paul, what are your strengths?”

I told him,” I’m passionate.”

We continued on through the interview and after an hour of him poking, and prodding around my life – to size me up and judge me…

(like they do in most job interviews)

With hope still in my heart, we finished the interview and I waited with eager anticipation.

“Did I get the promotion?”

“How did I do?”

“I wonder if he liked my answers?”

It was then, when he lifted his finger and pointed it at my chest and said…

#1 – You don’t get the job.

And #2 – “Are you open to some feedback Paul?”

‘Sure, I told him, with a twinge of sadness”

He looked at me and said…





Right then and there I decided that I didn’t like the experience of anyone sticking their finger in my face and telling me that I didn’t have what it took or that I was destined to only earn a certain income amount for the rest of my life.

So even though I feel like that boss judged me with a look of superiority in his eyes that day, I’m forever grateful to him because he helped to light the fire of freedom deep down in my soul.

So when a co-worker one day asked me if I was open to looking at way to generate income outside of what I was currently doing – I of course, jumped at the chance.

And that’s how I got introduced to the home business profession. 

My Family Begins

Now right around this time I met the most beautiful, amazing and wonderful woman that I some how, miraculously convinced to marry me.  🙂

I say miraculously because I made every mistake you could possibly make in courting her.

For example…

One time on a date, I pulled into a gas station because I’d had too much water to drink.

I run into the bathroom with my small emergency and in my rush I’d not noticed that I’d actually run into the ladies restroom by mistake.

I washed my hands, realized my error and on my way out, in walks in… (you guessed it) my date.  

Another time we were in a huge cave playing capture the flag.

She was trapped in “jail” and I thought I’d be a hero and go save her.

Little did I know that behind the “jail” was a huge pit of mud and muck and cigarette butts, and beer bottles that the party kid’s had been using as a trash can.

On my special mission to rescue my date, just as I was about to save the princess, I slipped and fell backward into this pit of despair and emerged for her to see and smell my rancidness.

And so, yes, somehow, she still decided to marry me and thanks to her, the last 16 years have been the happiest of my life.

Because we didn’t have much money starting out, we decided to move into a 1984 single wide trailer house and park it on my grandfather’s farm here in Southeast Idaho to start our little family.

This is where I started my first home business  venture, worked for 12 months without earning a single penny and then went on to join and fail in 14 more – all with similar results.

What I learned through my first few years of struggle and failure is that a seed takes time to grow.

Looking back on those years – I now realize how foolish it would be to plant an acorn in the ground and expect a mighty oak to pop out the next day.

Dreams, like seeds, have a gestation period, and even though I wasn’t earning any money those first few years, I was growing  into the man I needed to become to experience the success I wanted, so badly, to have.

And this leads me another crucial prayer – which served as the launching point for my long awaited breakthrough in home business.

My Home Business Breakthrough

There I was, tears streaming down my face as I knelt down next to my son’s bottom bunk bed in the back room of our 1984 single-wide trailer house, praying for a miracle.

I’d just finished reading my 2 oldest sons their nightly bedtime stories and watched them drift off to sleep.

As I stared down at those 2 angelic faces, I started to cry because it hit me that I was failing as a husband, father & provider.

Life had punched me in the gut and dropped me to my knees, literally.

I’d been through 14 home business failures.

I wondered what on earth could be causing all of these struggles?

I had even come up with the idea that maybe I hadn’t yet succeeded because I’d been trying to find my success part time, while holding down a full time job.

With the encouragement of my supportive wife Corene, I had decided to quit my job and go for my dreams full time.

Much to my surprise, in 6 months of going at it with everything I had, I found myself in an even worse position.

We were living off of savings, which were dwindling fast, and my home business income had actually decreased from it’s already meager amount, despite 6 months of full time and overtime effort.

I was sure matters couldn’t’ get any worse, and then they did.

One day while I was feverishly working in my trailer-house office, surrounded by brown 7o’s style paneled walls, I heard my wife’s suburban pull in the driveway.

She had just come home from a 2 week check up where she’d taken our newly born 3rd son, Kyson, to see the doctor.

I arose from my office chair to meet her in the living room where she was in tears.

In between sobs and hugs she told me that our new baby had a head condition called Craniosynostosis which meant that the bones in his head were prematurely fused together.

He needed a $50,000 surgery down at primary children’s hospital.

I wrapped my sobbing wife in my arms and told her “Honey, everything will be ok,” but the truth was, I was scared and had no idea what was in store for our little family.

And that’s why I found myself down on my knees with tears streaming down my face that night, doing the only other thing I could possibly think to do in that moment, to find a solution for my family.

2 things happened as a result of that prayer that changed everything for me.  

First, I distinctly remember a set of instructions that came to my mind.

I don’t recall hearing a voice or seeing a vision or anything like that.

I just knew, deep down inside, that I was supposed to pull the book Think And Grow Rich off my bookshelf and begin a serious study.

This felt a bit strange to me because certainly, I’d read the book before.

Usually I’d finish it up, say to myself “Man that’s a great book,” throw it up on my bookshelf and then dive into the next read.

Suddenly I knew, that kind of read wouldn’t do.

I was supposed to study, understand and apply what this book had to teach me.

Francis Bacon once wrote “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”

I knew in my soul that this book, Think And Grow Rich, was one of those books that fell into the latter part of this description.

And so I set to work.

I marked the pages, I folded the corners and I highlighted passages.

I committed to follow each instruction as if my life depended on it (and in a sense, maybe it did.)

Each night beneath the Idaho stars, I would walk up and down my driveway repeating my Major Definite Purpose and Self Confidence formula.

After a few weeks, I began to feel something change inside me.

I was becoming someone different.

It used to be that I always hoped this business or that idea would work for me.

I wished it, I prayed it and I begged it.

This was different.

I knew, deep down inside, that that money was waiting for me with absolute certainty.

It was already in existence, in other people’s bank accounts and all I had to do was perform the service necessary to transfer it from their accounts to mine.

I began to speak differently and show up differently in my business.

It was as if faith permeated my entire existence and a subtle something, had showed up to help me.

I remember hearing Jim Rohn say one time,

“some people claim faith doesn’t exist because you can’t see it. That would be like saying radiation doesn’t exist.  We know radiation exists because it has an affect, and it’s the same with faith.’I felt like I knew exactly what Mr. Rohn was talking about.

My mindset had shifted and this was the first important change I needed.

The 2nd thing that happened.  

Right around this same time, I found myself online searching for answers to my home business problems.

I knew there must be away I could use the internet to generate leads online and sponsor into my business so I could make money and be free.

One day I saw an ad with a lead capture page.

I put in my contact info and began to learn about marketing.

Here’s 1 marketing idea that made a big difference for me.

Tapping Into Natural Demand

One of my early marketing mentors taught me that it’s pretty difficult to sell steaks to vegetarians.

Vegetarians don’t eat meat, so why try to sell them something you already know they don’t want.

And yet, for 5 years straight, that’s exactly what I’d been trying to do with my home business.

When I learned that every day, millions of people were waking up with a desire to buy the exact thing I was selling, and that through the power of the internet, I could connect with them and show them my products & business,

… everything changed.

And so – I went to work on strengthening my mindset and mastering marketing and that’s when miracles began to happen.

The first miracle came when, in about 6 months, the exact amount of money that I’d been seeing in my mind’s eye showed up in my bank account.

It was the strangest experience.

For 6 months I’d been visualizing $1,500 from my network marketing business and $1,500 from a system I was promoting and then one day I got a check for $1,500 exactly from the system.

I then logged into the back office of my network marketing company and about fell out of my chair when I saw the amount was $1,498 ($1,500 minus a $2 check processing fee)

The miracles continued, the business prospered and new and exciting dreams were realized for myself and my family one after another.

I went on to become the #1 producer and earner in my entire company!  🙏

This is me training on stage at a company event for the very first time.  YAY!  🙂 

My continued success allowed us to pay off each debt, one by one until they were all gone. 

Credit cards, vehicle loans, college debt, even the mortgage on our 7 acre dream home property, all paid off.  

Along the way, I had a lot of bumps in the road with companies and various challenges but thanks to what I’d learned, I continued to apply the success principles and experienced bigger and bigger success in each new venture.  

We then went on to invest, as our mentors had taught us, and built enough passive income to retire fully from the need to ever have to rely on a job or company for another dollar ever again.

Retirement – Where you no longer need to work for money, but instead, are able to work for the mission.

My mission now, is to help as many people as I possibly can, learn and do, what they need to do, to be free. 

In fact, I started a company to do just that.  

Along my journey to success in home business there were many unnecessary challenges and setbacks I faced.  

I had companies steal commissions I’d worked so hard to build.  

I had companies make me promises to be there to support myself and my team long term, break their promises and go out of business.  

I had companies make very poor, greed based decisions, that hurt my team and my customers.  

I could go on and on and on. 

Bottom line, after I had reached my big financial goal of freedom, I felt like I wanted to continue to help people build freedom in their lives, and the best way I could do that, was to start a company that would ‘be the change’ I wished to see, in the home business profession.  

So that’s what I’ve been up to, in my spare time. 😊

How can I help as many people as possible, build a stable, long term passive income from home, as fast as possible in a way they feel good about, where no one gets hurt and everyone wins?  

That’s the question that guides my business life these days and the company I started is the answer.  

So far,

We’ve been able to pay out over 1.5 million dollars in commissions to affiliates. 

We’ve also been able to donate over a quarter of a million meals to a charity called ‘Feed My Starving Children’. 

We’ve gathered a community of amazing heart-centered people who love what we’ve created and feel like it’s a home, a safe place, and a family. 

A breath of fresh air. 

We call ourselves “Freedom Crusaders.” 😊  (you can learn about our values and beliefs here)

We’re committed to each other and we’re committed to doing the right things for each other and for the people we’re meant to serve, long term.  

I’m always on the lookout for the right people who can benefit from what we’re building and looking for leaders I can collaborate with to help create more freedom in the world.  

Even though what we have is the most profitable compensation plan I’ve ever seen, we’re not looking for people with a ‘get rich quick’ mindset.  

We’re looking for people who want to build something solid, that can last.  We’re also looking for givers.   People who can take what we invest into them and invest it into others.  

If you’re in the market for an additional income stream and are tired of all the hype, nonsense and shenanigans that seem to permeate the home business space, you might want to take a close look at what we’ve put together. 

Anyway, that’s me, and what I’m up to, in a nutshell.  

Thanks again for stopping by to learn more about me and I truly hope you’ve learned something or felt something that will lift you on your journey forward.  

If I can ever be of service to you in some way, please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect.  

All the best, 




PS – Another great book that’s helped me a lot is The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. You can grab a free copy of that book here.

Thanks for stopping by and whatever you do, always go for your dreams,

Paul Hutchings

Paul Hutchings

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26 thoughts on “Top 3 Lessons Learned On My Journey To Freedom (my video story) :-)”

  1. You know what I like the most about you – Very simple and down to earth. I have to say that we truly need to stay connected and I hope that we can come together very soon and dominate the Mindset Mastery

    • Hey Throeau,

      Thanks for stopping by my friend. I'm glad you enjoy the content.

      I appreciate that compliment very much.

      Welcome to the community.

      It truly is an awesome training ground.

      I would love to connect with you sometime.

      Give me a call @ 208-557-8009.

      Talk soon my friend!


  2. Paul – you seem knowledgeable about MLM and open to constant learning – a very important attribute! Your articles definitely help me to make some great educated decisions, so thank you!

    • Hey Jen,

      I truly am a student of the industry. I love to learn and share good things with people.

      I appreciate that fact that my training is helping you. That's the whole goal.

      I look forward to connecting with you soon!


  3. great Chatting with you Paul…I can understand how you’ve become so the way you communicate…good day from Canada! Eh!

    • Wayne buddy!

      Thanks so much for the very nice compliment. I really appreciate that.

      I enjoyed our chat and appreciate the tips you gave me on getting my “Guitar Groove” on. 🙂

      You’re a great communicator yourself…you’ve got a bright future in this industry. I can tell.

      Good day from USA eh! 😉


  4. Hey paul… i am going to be put on to Timothy Buist’s list here soon. But i had a question not related to one24. Did you attend Ricks College or what they call it now BYU-Idaho. And are you LDS? I went to school there from 2001-2002 and 2005-2007. I still have a 208 number as well.

    • Hey there! 

      Awesome.  Timothy is an amazing guy and a great business partner.  I look very much forward to meeting you and working with you as well. 

      I did not attend BYU Idaho.  I went to Idaho State University for a year and finished my Business degree at DeVry University in Phoenix AZ. 

      I am LDS.  I served a mission to Taiwan in 02-04.  🙂 

      Look forward to chatting! 


  5. Paul, after working with you for several months now, I believed you’ve gained a great deal of insights from your experiences and that they have now served you well.

    Glad to know you my friend.

  6. Dear Paul. Hi there! I am currently living in Canada and will be moving back to Australia very soon. Is there someone down there who I can gain information and help regarding CTS? Do you have any connections? Cheers – Lori


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