The 90’s was a fun time, Dial-up internet, Walkman’s, cereal box prizes, Nintendo, and Cassette Tapes, all the good stuff. For the 2000s kids, you’re maybe wondering what ancient traditions I’m speaking of. I’m talking about time period I regard as one of the most exciting in my life.

One of my favourite things about the 90’s was – you guessed it – The Disney Channel! As a child, I absolutely loved cartoons and movies, because they shaped my creativity and ambitions. After watching Mission Impossible 1 (Without my parent’s knowledge) I decided, I wanted to be a spy who worked for a foreign intelligence agency. Spiderman made me sure I wanted to fight crime in some capacity, and Pokémon made me want to chase around cartoon monsters for a living (???) As you can tell, my childhood imagination was very childish creative.

One day, watching the Disney Channel, I found what I believed I wanted for my future, something I hold unto until today. Whilst watching Duck Tales, I encountered the character Scrooge McDuck; an elderly duck, no children, and a guardian over 3 nephews, but what really caught my eye was that he was a multi-millionaire with a personal safe the size of a skyscraper filled to the brim with gold and cash, all for himself. It was at this moment, as a tender 5-year-old that I realised, I want to be successful and rich in the future, all I needed to do was figure out how to achieve this goal.

Growing up, both my parents owned businesses; my father owned a P.R. Agency, and my mother ran a Travel Agency, I figured I had to have some form of business genes passed down to me, so I concluded that my route to wealth was owning a business or some form of self-employment. In October 2012, as a very young man, the first realistic self-structured income source idea came forth. I decided to write a book. I had had some experience writing topical journals, and diary entries, oh and this one Nollywood movie script idea when I was about 7, but yeah, that didn’t go too well.

So, I decided I’m writing a book. I found two sets of contrasting opinions on this ringing in my head from the voices of both those around me, motivational speakers and random people who I came across online. 1. You can do anything you put your mind to. 2. Writing a book is a serious challenge, and you’re bound to face a lot of disappointment on the way. Number 1 was usually said by people who had next to no personal connection with me, and 2 was said by people who were closer to me. I chose to ignore everyone who said 2, and I believed in myself enough to complete the task.

As I began writing down the plot, I realised that there was a lot I didn’t know about writing a novel, for one I didn’t know how to craft the opening line, nor did I know what font to use, or what size the font should be, or what an actual novel looked like. I suddenly realised I had no idea of how to write a novel, I just knew I wanted to write one, suddenly I understood the perspective of the people who told me number 2.

In that moment, I came to realise that my childhood imagination had never left, and it had propelled me unto an ambitious plan, but a bit of childhood naivety had left me thinking that I could reach my end goal without strategically planning each step of the way. A lot of times, we step into industries without knowing how they work; what are the challenges new comers face, how do they typically overcome them, what are the hiccups of every stage of success, and how do I prepare myself for them? When I went into novel writing, I realised how easy it is to believe in a dream, but not plan for it.

What dream do you have? What industry is it in? Have you taken time out to consider and construct a stage by stage plan on exactly what you need to do for the next 2 years to keep on track with your goals? When you listen to the success stories in your industry of choice, do you just get excited about them telling you about their wins, or do you take in their accounts of their losses, and accept that the same struggles could fall on you? And if they do, how do you prepare for it? I know I hadn’t, and it left me with a lot of difficulties, and ultimately there would be a price to pay for my lack of preparation.

In the year 2014, after 2 years of hard work, I finally finished my novel, I put the final full stop on what was at the time, my most creative project, and in that moment, I felt successful. I closed the file, feeling all the challenges that I had faced were totally worth it. A few minutes later, I re-opened the file to admire the piece of work I had just complete, but to my utter dismay, more than half of the book was missing. I kept closing and re-opening it, but the other half didn’t return. I sought help and assistance, but I could never recover the file. It turned out that the file had become corrupted, and only 6 of the 14 chapters were accessible. In that moment, I thought to myself; why always me? Why do I always face struggles in my battle for success? It’s almost as if life was punishing me for daring to have ambition. I felt that successful people had a level of luck I would never have. I swore I would never complete that novel, nor would I write another book again, because what was the point? Life won’t let me win, so why try?

After a few hours of calming down and praying, I came to realise that it wasn’t life punishing me, my failure to anticipate and prepare for the worst-case scenarios along my journey to success had left in a tight position. What I didn’t mention earlier was that whilst writing this novel, I didn’t use Microsoft Word, rather I used a cheaper alternative, which was a risk, one I ignored, and inevitably the dodgy file crashed. Furthermore, writers are encouraged to send their files to themselves online in case of any computer technical failures, another thing I had failed to do for a few months.

After analysing my errors, and accepting that success comes with its own risks, I had one question to ask myself; do I try again? In that moment, a great revelation came forth; failure is an option. When I suddenly realised the pains and risks that come with ambition, I realised that I had a choice to walk away from it all, but the question was did I want to do that? No! Thankfully, I was able to recover a version of the novel with 9 chapters from my Email, and within two weeks, I re-wrote the final 3 chapters, and after facing multiple challenges with editing and publishing, I was able to publish the novel in December 2015, and in July 2016, my novel was top of the UK Amazon charts in its sub-section. All the pain and preparation from ambition proved to be worth it, and now, I’m better prepared to chase my ambition of wealth via numerous streams of income in various industries applying the lessons I learnt from this experience.

Childhood enthusiasm and raw ambition prepares us for the joy of success, and the motivational speakers make us sure that we can conquer any goal, but what we often neglect to do is anticipate failure, or better yet prepare for it. Failure comes in many forms and is inevitable to some degree. However, how much preparation we make for these hiccups will determine how hard we bounce back after every setback.    

Daryl’s novel, The extraordinary account of grace and the Alves’: Faith isn’t simple, it’s supernatural, is available for purchase on Amazon. Click here to purchase yours today!

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