Real talk: Only ever told one person the majority of this. Ironically for someone who’s made a living online, I’m an intensely private person but when I was 6 my family were homeless for a little bit & had to rely on family friends to help us in some really tough times that I was too young to comprehend at the time.
Fast forward a few years, this house was built on my jogging route & I remember passing it when I had just started Avalanche a few years ago & I was up to my eyes in student debt. Everyone was telling me to get a real job. I knew then I wanted it but because we never really had money it was a pipe dream meant for “better people” so I wrote it down as a “mad goal” to achieve.
I told myself I would give myself until I was 30 to make Avalanche a success & buy this house or else I would go & get a “normal” job. Received lots of pushback at the beginning, my favourite being: “a kid from a kn***er estate can’t start a company. Get real”. Well I’m still only 28, most of my list is done & I bought this bitch last week. At 21 I decided I wanted to not just be the best in Kerry/Ireland at what I do, I wanted to be the best ever. I wanted to be like Steve.
Buyout offers from Google & Amazon, working with icons & seeing the world are all good but being able to provide for me and mine is endgame. Getting to sicken the people who very publicly doubted me is also pretty sweet. 😘
So with all the ups and down of Avalanche, know that if people think your dreams are crazy, if they laugh at what you think you can do. Good. Stay that way. Because what most people fail to understand is that calling a dream crazy is not an insult, it’s a compliment.
Most importantly, know that you don’t have to be like anybody to be a somebody.
Welcome to Avalanche Manor.
How you like me now? 🏠✌️🦁🤓 #tellmeicant
Could write an inspirational caption about the journey/the grind etc but I see enough of that here & I don’t think I could get through it without throwing up to be honest. 😴🤦♂️ Instead, here’s a picture of me in New York. Because that’s where we opened the new Avalanche office this week. 👊💯😎 So instead of lying to yourself & living the same weekend over and over & posting a bullshit caption about your “grind”. Do something worthwhile. Do what's scary & hard but pays off in the long run. Be willing to fail. Fail & pick yourself up, then go again. People will tell you to do what makes you happy but this has all been hard work & I am not always happy. I don't think you should just do what makes you happy. You should try to do what makes you great. Who knows, a skinny cocky kid from a council estate had a dream to be the best in the world at what he does 7 years ago & 99% of people said it was impossible. Anything can happen. Just remember to be nice to nerds, it’s our world, you just live in it ✌️💯 #tellmeicant