MY JOURNEY TO SUCCESS 7
MyJourney to Success
MyJourney to Success
Ina hood that was filled with so many evil vices such as taking drugs,trafficking drugs, joining gangs and terrorizing people so that onecould get what they wanted, it was quite tough while growing up. Igrew up in a society that had the slogan survival of the fittest. Thehood was no safe place at all and there were all sorts of problemsand especially for me I was going through some serious financialcrisis as many are the times I could not attend school because I hadno means to pay my fees and my mother who was a single parent wasalready straining enough since we were living from hand to mouth, andso growing up in the hood needed a tough person to keep going. Irealized that I had to learn something new and try making a livingout of my new line of whatever I would decide to learn. I neededmoney for my many extra needs more so my school fees and I felt thatI was grown enough not to keep pestering my mother who was barelyeven making enough to sustain our family.
However,I decided that I was not going to do all the wrong things that couldeasily make me some money so as to get my extra something. Itherefore embarked on a journey that would help me learn a newtechnology and I promised myself that I would make clean money out ofit. In the same hood, there was that swirl of kids that was like aplanet that had been pulled into the orbit by a star. There was thisboy who seemed to be quite sharp and guided the rest of the crew inmaking t-shirts that had labels. His name was Michael. This was hishustle, he was good at it and it helped him pay his bills. And Ithought to myself that if he could make it, then I could also make itas I had the zeal to learn something new and make some money out ofit. This is the story that describes the experience that I wentthrough while learning my new technology.
WhenI first approached Michael, he made it clear that he was quite goodat what he did and that so many people were impressed by his worksand that was how he got so many clients that were placing orders fora new t-shirt with a label of their face on it or any other form oflabel on the t-shirt. He showed me how to go about it, and at firstit seemed quite easy and I thought that I had the whole process on myfinger tips. You just had to take a plain t-shirt, try and draw thedesign that the client had requested, and then later on use a machineto engrave that label on the shirt. I had by all means to try andperfect my artistic skills. I was not quite good at art but I knewthat I would make it because I wanted to. That evening when I wenthome, I went to my room and pulled out my drawing book. I starteddrawing my sister, my brother and my mother. The images did not turnout to be the way I wanted them to but I was close to making themlook like what I wanted them to be like. At the back of my mind, Iknew that practice makes perfect, (Price, 1998) and so I would justkeep doing my practice until I was content with what I had set out todo.
Therewas this client who placed an order and Michael decided that I shoulddo it so as to see how far I had gone with trying to learn theprocess. I gladly took up the offer and started working on therequested label. However, I felt so discouraged once the client saidthat my work was quite shoddy and that he would not pay for anythinglike that. This was the very first chance that I had and as well itwould have been the very first time in my life that I had made my ownmoney. But again, I decided that I was going to try and be calm andrepeat the whole process again. Many are the times that I wonderedwhere I was going wrong and it felt so bad that all the other boys inthe crew were having such an easy time making money as well asgetting clients but me. I began to think that I was not good enoughfor art and that I had to quit and try finding something else.Michael always reminded me that most of our clients wanted t-shirtsthat just suited that person who was from the hood and the secret tothis new venture was to perfect my art skills. At this point, I wasfeeling worn out and was on the verge of quitting. Nobody really feltthat my work was good enough and this was a reason to try and findsome other new thing to venture into. But wait up I wondered howmany times I would start all over again. I had to do this, I just hadto.
Iwent home and I decided that I was going to spend the entire eveningdrawing the face of that client, and I would only sleep if I got itright. I did exactly that and the next day, I engraved the image ontothe t-shirt and the client was quite impressed. I would take aboutfive orders in a day and complete them in a timely manner. I was nowthe best among the whole crew and it felt really good. It hasn`t onlyfelt good that I was making money, but it especially felt good that Ihad mastered the main art of the technology or rather the venturethat I had decided to get into. For the very first time, I feltcontent.
Myjourney had not been one that did not have several challenges, and ittook a person with a vision to carry on. What really pushed me wasthe spirit to become an independent young boy so that I could alsoassist my mother with meeting the expenses that we incurred at homeas well as paying the bills. One of the major things that I was ableto learn was that if you set your mind on doing something and youhave the determination to do it, then by all means you should be in aposition to achieve that. Every journey to being a successful hustleras I may put it comes with its own fair share of challenges andtherefore a wise person should be able to use those challenges as astepping stone and thus prove the whole world wrong, especially thosepeople who could look down upon you and try to show you that you cannever make it to the other side of a successful life. My journey oflearning this new technology is a good example of patience as well asbelieving in oneself. Most people have the notion that people whocome from the hood can never be a shining star and my story hasproven that notion wrong. Any person has the ability to becomesuccessful and all that it takes is a lot of determination, effort aswell as lots of patience because things do not just work out by thefirst trial (Miner, 1996). Life has to knock you down a few timesbefore one can really get to where they aspire to be.
Myjourney explains the story of a determined hustler, and the secondpart explains the story of a successful hustler. It has shown thebumpy road that I had to go through before finally getting to achievewhat I wanted to achieve. There is that young person who is alsostarting off as a hustler in any venture that they have chosen andtrying to find themselves a fortune, and they are not certain of whatthe future holds for them in regard to them being successful and forany person who is in their comfort zone, they too had their ownstruggle at one point of their life and that is the struggle thatdefines each and every person in the world (Maxwell, 2002).
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