About Roger MacRae
Over the years I have worn many hats and have resisted the temptation of identifying myself as just one thing. Maybe it was because my father is a jack of all trades, maybe it was because of my rebellious nature, or maybe it was just because I have an innate curiosity about the world around me, and a burning desire to learn as much as I can about all of it. Whatever the reason, it no longer applies. I am a father. No hat I have worn has ever been, or ever will be, more important than that.
It may not be true for everyone but it is certainly true for me, fatherhood is my highest purpose, and because I consider fatherhood my highest purpose, I focus all my efforts on giving my son the best life that he can possibly have. To do that, I feel that I need to be able to work from home so that he knows I am always there for him. Luckily for me, I have the skills to be successful online and am passionate about helping others be successful online as well. In fact my number one goal in life is to give all parents the choice between working for themselves or working for someone else.
It’s not really a surprise that I have the skills to be successful online. I have always had a natural aptitude for all things technical, in fact I wrote my very first program on one of the very first home computers (the Timex ZX Sinclair) when I was 8 years old and I just kept going from there. By the time I was 14 I was building and maintaining custom computer systems for clients. As time went on and technology changed and became cheaper, creating custom computer systems became creating custom software solutions. Eventually custom software solutions became custom website solutions.
Right around the time I had started creating custom website solutions, I was married and starting a family in Atlanta Georgia. I thought I was living the dream. Happily married, 13 year old step son, and a daughter on the way. I couldn’t imagine life being any better. I definitely couldn’t imagine the tragedy that it would become.
In 2003 my wife was 28 weeks pregnant and experiencing major complications so we went to the hospital to find out what was wrong. Two days later I was a widow with a premature baby in hospital and a motherless 13 year old step son. By the time the funeral was over my step son had been taken back by his biological father. So there I was, two less family members and premature baby in hospital. I was devastated, scared, and felt more alone that I had ever felt in my life. I thought that was the worst I could ever feel but I was wrong.
I brought my daughter home a month after she was born and while I was still very sad, she had given me a reason to live. A reason to move forward. A reason to get out of bed every day. After a while I started the believe everything could be ok and I started to make plans for our future. The universe apparently had different plans. In December of 2003 my daughter died of SIDS.
I moved back to Canada and went into a deep depression for a couple years. I was completely lost and thought I would stay that way until one day some friends of mine invited me to take a personal development course with them. Reluctantly I agreed and the transformation that took place over the 3 days of the course completely changed my life. So much so that I spent the next 5 years working in and studying the field of personal development. I studied every modality of personal development I could find. In the process I became a certified personal coach and NLP trainer.
Throughout my training I became a better person who was more focused, more intuitive, and more compassionate. I found that personal development and the online world were a perfect marriage because a lot of people are intimidated by technology and I am the technology whisperer. After working with me my clients have said that they felt confident and empowered because I was able to translate the online world into terms they could understand.
My journey has been long and at times extremely difficult but has made me well equipped to help others. It has done more than that though. It gave me the ability to start over and in 2011 I married again. 1 year later my son was born and when he was born my wife and I made a commitment to each other. We would both work from home so we could always be available for our son. We have fulfilled the commitment ever since. We have fulfilled that commitment and the connection we have with our son because of it is amazing.
Here’s the really cool part. When our son was born, neither of us had any idea what to do with a baby and I of course I was terrified that something bad would happen. We turned to what we knew best, the online world, and found all the answers we could possibly need. We learned how to distinguish the different types of crying and how to respond to each one. We learned how to develop our sons pallet so he would eat all kinds of food. We learned the most effective potty training methods. Most of all we learned how to encourage him to do what he naturally does.
All the education we acquired has paid off in spades. Our son was sleeping through the night by week 1, walking by 9 months, potty trained in 3 days, and reading at the age of 3. He is confident, social, happy and full of energy. Of course I am a biased father who is extremely proud of his son so maybe I am just bragging. The point is that I just might have something to say on effective parenting.
Because of all that I have learned I am able to offer many services including website development, strategy, and custom solutions. I also offer coaching and parenting advice. The people that I love to work with are small businesses and solopreneurs. I get really jazzed when the little guys and the underdogs see massive success, because I know what it is like to be the underdog.