How to deal with reality shocks

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Did a reality shock stop you?

How many dreams did you give up on a dream because of a reality shock?
How many times you lost hope in a goal that you used to believe in after discovering new facts?

If your answers were yes then listen to the following story because it will tell you exactly how to deal with such reality shocks.

Almost All young kids dream big and have ambitious plans then few years later you will find some of them giving up on their dreams because of believing that they are no longer possible.

A reality shock can force an ambitious person to give up on what he wanted to have because it lets him lose hope in achieving it.

How to deal with reality shocks

back in 2003 when i was still studying at college and i was extremely optimistic about the future. I had an ambitious plan of becoming a computers expert in few years but soon i received my first reality shock when i discovered that my grades won't allow me to join computer science department.

I suddenly found myself studying production engineering, a field i don't have any passion for. This was the first time in my life to realize that sometimes your plans can go wrong all of a sudden.

I chose not to give up and i started taking extra computer courses while studying production engineering and within few years i had achieved all of the certificates below:

And this was also the first time i realized that you can always change your strategy to erase the effect of a reality shock.

Another reality shock

I graduated from production engineering department with lots of extra computer certificates and this allowed me to find a good job as a computer engineer at a large multinational company. However, after few weeks of work i realized that this was not what i really wanted. I didn't want to work for long hours each day, have no life but work, deal with angry customers or earn such a low salary. (see also Summary of my speech at Tedx)

This was the second biggest reality shock i received. I just discovered that the job i was dreaming of wasn't gonna make me happy. During that same time i was becoming passionate about the stock market and then i thought that becoming a stock market investor can be my way out.

After all the investor works from home, doesn't have to work for long hours and earns a lot of money.

The third reality shock

I put all my money in the stock market and kept making profit for 2 years only to lose 80% of the capital i invested all of a sudden in the third year. This was the worst shock i received in my whole life. After all i didn't just lose time but i lost most of my savings. (see also How to recover from failure)

At this point i got severely depressed after all my dreams were lost and i started reading about depression, anxiety and mood swings in order to improve my mood. After years of reading i discovered that i know a lot about psychology and so i started to look for a way to put everything i learned together in order to reach my goals.

The happy ending

I kept wondering whether there is something that can combine computer science, knowledge about business and psychology and then i came up with another idea, an internet business that is based on psychology.

within 3 years i made my first million and became a dot com millionaire then in the next 2 years more millions followed. (see my book How i did it)

So what's the moral of the story?

Whether you like it or not you will have to bump into reality one day however you always have the chance of determining who is the one who is gonna get hurt as a result, you or reality.

i bumped into reality and reality was the one who got hurt.
You can do it too.

I have managed to become a self made millionaire at the age of 28. This didn't happen by chance because i already wrote that goal down five years before i accomplished it. Becoming rich is not about luck, starting big or being intelligent but its all about having certain beliefs about money and life.

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