Before I get into the reasons why I started this blog, I want to begin with a quote.
People refuse to take chances in business, because they fear the criticism which may follow if they fail. The fear of criticism, in such cases, is stronger than the desire for success.
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
I just finished the book recently and it really helped me. It gave me more context to the issues I knew I had and offered solutions to overcome areas of my state of mind.
The reasons why I started this blog
- to document my growth
- and to create a resource for future generations who might find my thoughts and wisdom helpful in some way
Disclaimer: I am excellent at running my mouth, but writing has never been my forte. Also take anything I say with a grain of salt and always consult a real professional.
You’ve probably guessed by the title of the blog, my name is William. At the time of writing this I am thirty years old.
I have many claims to fame, but above all I am a Father and Husband. I capitalize those titles, because of their importance in my life.
Here’s a little history
I was lucky enough to be born in America, but unlucky enough to have been dealt a poor hand. You might say that everyone has this notion that they have it worse than others. Nonetheless, problems are problems and they exist everywhere.
When I was a child, I felt mostly alone. I didn’t have many friends and I kept quite about home life, because I assumed that no one would understand. After all, I felt like they misunderstood me from the very beginning. It was a very out of place in the world type of feeling.
Everyone I knew sort of lived their lives through the motions. They took things as they came, much like a lick on the chin.
I sort of figured out at an early age that if I wanted a way out then I had to take the road less traveled. But, it wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I learned that you become who you surround yourself with.
It’s unfortunate that growing up in such an environment keeps you from learning such lessons. If you can’t be taught something by someone to whom it was never taught, then how are you supposed to be shaped into greatness when you come from a mold that wasn’t?
Finding direction in life
If life were easy, then there would be a clear single path. But, instead we must blindly navigate through different points in our lives, without the yellow brink road, and evaluate the consequences after. I believe it’s more of a series of paths we must explore to know where we want to go in life.
When I knew I was going to become a Father, I explored every avenue of opportunity I could find. I began making sure that history wouldn’t repeat itself and the buck stopped at my feet.
Having children taught me that the only obstacles I have are the ones in my head. That’s not to say that I don’t have fear. But, whatever fear I may have doesn’t exist when my children depend on me. These days I am learning how to take my inner desire and turn it into fuel to conquer all the fear that I’ll eventually come to face.
I’ve determined that I don’t want to chase success, but instead I want to create it. And, I would like to invite you on this journey of growth and self discovery.