At age 19, I lost my father to an accident that changed my life forever.
At age 20, I received two book offers from independent publishers to independently publish a book that I had taken three years to write — and I turned them both down.
At age 21, I became a business owner along with my mom for a famous American franchise and we are currently one of the top performing stores in Australia.
At age 22, I still do not have my diploma.
A lot of people say that education does not define where you stand in life and I agree, it doesn’t. Where I am now, I never needed a diploma or a degree but it doesn’t take away any credibility of those who have achieved those certificates. They worked hard — so did I and together, we form a society.
So where am I now?
I don’t have a diploma and yet I run a business beside my mother with a lot more potential to go further and I beg that the rest of society awakens their hidden potential as well. Where are we now and are we on time? We are never on time unless we run because when you stop the hustle, you stop your growth. That’s where I learned that we never stop growing and we never stop learning.
Am I still hustling to receive my diploma? Yes, I am still going to classes for it and every day that I think about giving up, I think about how close I am to the finish line and I think about it everyday that I work hard for it. I have all these dreams that are unrealised and they take nothing but time so all I can do is take it step-by-step.
After all, I turned down two offers to independently publish my book because I wanted to do it traditionally.
After all, I am a business owner beside my mother and I have learned so much more this year than I did in the last decade.
2020 was the biggest learning point for me. I think about all the trivial boy problems that I have as a growing young adult and I think about how little value they add compared to what I’m doing as a life career.
My next goal is bigger than what I am today. I want to be able to create jobs in lieu of the recession from COVID-19. Am I able to perform this act? I believe so, because after all, I am where I am today because I hustled.