Have you ever heard an older person or even young person talk about the challenges they went through growing up? How they struggled to find even just one meal every single day or how they did tiring jobs to raise school fees? Or maybe how they lost their parents and had to take care of themselves and siblings at a tender age? These stories are sad. But very eye opening. Interestingly, somehow, most of these people make it through all these hardships and become rich, well known and successful. (At least those who are determined to make it.)
They don’t let life’s challenges define them! They instead gather all the strength and wisdom from these experiences … and prepare for a brighter future.
Take an example of our Kenzo – the ‘Sitya Loss’ singer. He wasn’t born in a rich family. Nooo. And to make matters worse, he lost his single parent (mother) at 4 years of age, had to live on the street, homeless, for over 12 years. But have you seen his house lately (sorry mansion)? Did you hear about the time he was recognised by B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television)? All. the. way. from the slums of Kampala-Uganda-Africa to Washington-U.S.! Now that’s why songs like Drakes’ ‘started from the bottom’ exist. But imagine if Kenzo had decided that because he is a poor orphan, he is not going to follow his passion, not chase his dreams. You think you’d be knowing who the heck he was?
Look at Oprah, Jay-Z … among millions of other successful people. They were not born in royal families. If you have taken time to read/listen to their stories, they probably had a harder childhood compared to you and me. But they live like royals now. They have travelled the world, they own cars, planes … all the good things you and I fantasise about, these people can afford, literally.
So today I want you to have a different perspective. Each time, you feel like you are drowning in self pity, discard the negative thoughts. Yes, you have been through a lot … you probably are still hustling even right now, but keep pushing darling. You will get the life you want. Do whatever you can, in your power, to just keep chasing your dreams and don’t stop till you are content. (That’s what I’m doing.)
Careful though. I personally believe in making genuine money and living a genuine life, so I don’t encourage you to do shady/illegal things to elevate yourself. Don’t forget how you got here, you don’t want to end up in jail or die prematurely because of greed for money and a comfortable lifestyle.
If you are a Christian, this should make you feel even more determined. You have the one thing that can connect you to the true source of happiness. Prayer. Rich, poor, young, old … we all have the privilege of praying to GOD to direct us, bless and give us our heart desires. That’s powerful. Take advantage.
If you don’t believe in GOD, I believe you can still believe in yourself, follow your passion and don’t stop till you have what you want.
Remember, sometimes people with the worst pasts end up creating the best futures.