Often times it's easy to view the success and surpass the journey. I've been at this for a while now and often get praised for being so young and advanced in my career as I am. Now don't get me wrong, I would not trade a single second of this journey but I am here to tell you that it was a fucking fight. Tooth. and. nail.
I never did the 'normal' thing - going to college, living wild and free, working at some job that would get me by for my next Friday night. It was tough - real weird trying to explain that to friends living the 20-something year old dream, but I continually buckled down understanding my path was different.
I ACHED at the thought of losing out on the most "important" years of self discovery.
It wasn't for the lack of trying either, I was in and out of college for a couple of years trying to balance a full time job, my new business, and doing what I thought I was supposed to be doing. Eventually I drew the line. I was DONE trying to be something that I clearly was not.
What I noticed was how much growth I'd achieved in the passing years of my supposed college career and there was this FIRE in me that said DON'T STOP. Not only had I completely grown out of my could-have been life I found myself immersed in a community surrounded by others living similar stories.
It will not be easy and you will doubt yourself, those around you will doubt you. You have to BELIEVE in the journey because the success simply does not exist without one.