This year marks my 9th anniversary of sobriety. Looking back, after everything I went through, I never thought I would end up where I am today, co-owning a successful business, having realistic goals and working hard to achieve them.
Ever since I was 9 years old and up until I was well into my 20’s I struggled with alcohol and drug problems. My first vice was alcohol, which I tried for the first time at a family party. When I was a teenager, I tried all sorts of drugs. I first tried marijuana and then other hardcore drugs like cocaine and meth. When I was 23, I got sentenced two years for drug use and drug dealing.
I’m telling you this because I want to let you know that I was lost. I felt like a rolling stone. I had thrown my life away. After spending some time in prison I checked into a rehab facility. One of the things, that I valued the most out of the many things I learned there, was realizing that I still had a lot to live for; I just had to find my purpose in life. Alcohol and drug detox was the hardest part of the rehabilitation program. At times I felt like it was worthless and that I would never find success even if I got sober.
But I pushed through those feelings, and I completed my recovery process. After rehab, my AA sponsor encouraged me to take some courses at a local college. I started taking web development classes, and I found out that I was really good at it. I started getting into digital marketing, and I also started taking more business classes which lead to finally finding my passion.
It took a lot of hard work, but today I can say I feel successful. I now own a digital marketing company with my brother and we have achieved great successes through the years. I am not going to deny that it has not been a bumpy road, but we have overcome many obstacles together. It’s been a very rewarding experience, and today I would like to share 5 things I’ve learned in my journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
- Always Playing it Safe
One of the many side effects of addiction is that you tend to lose all confidence in yourself. When I started my business with my brother, I was clean, yet I was still struggling with trusting myself when it came to making big decisions. This lack of confidence often resulted in me wanting to play it safe, so to avoid the chance of being disappointed.
Due to this fear of failure I missed great opportunities because I didn’t take risks. It wasn’t until I was finally able to get out of my comfort zone that I realized opportunities had been knocking at my door all this time, and I kept turning them away. I now understand that part of being a successful entrepreneur is taking risks …