Rise And Grind
WRITTEN BY TAYO ADEBOYE
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. I want to take a minute to welcome you to my first rendition of what I envision. Okay now the cool first line is out of the way let’s get down to business. The grind, the hustle, the come up. Whatever you call it, whatever grind you may be currently on, everyone is on the ladder of life trying to climb as high as possible be it career wise, financially, spiritually or whatever. We have all experienced what it’s like to make the quest for success. Whether you are on the straight and narrow or the not so legal forms of money making (who am I to judge?) one constant thing about the come up is hard work. Before we really get into it I guess I should tell you about my own personal grind.
I’m just a humble, extremely pretty (real men call themselves pretty) individual working in South London. I work in a law firm as a paralegal, to those of you who don’t know what that means I’m basically a lawyers right hand man. Hoping one day to become a solicitor. I work in a supermarket part time when I’m not in the office for some extra change, so I really am at both ends of the spectrum. In my spare time I’m a licensed amateur boxer and youth mentor to some of the local rapscallions perusing the streets of south London. Finally in the time I should be using for social activities I enjoy cultivating blogs for the kind hearted souls generous enough to dedicate a few minutes to these words I scribe. I was joking by the way people. I don’t have a social life.
As you can imagine these activities I have undertaken keep me very busy. There are a lot of early mornings and just as many late nights. I don’t have much time for a lot of things I want to do. But that is what I think of as the grind. Right now many of you reading this are on the come up yourselves. Whether it’s keeping your head in the books to pass those exams, or out in the big wide world trying to find your way on this road we call life, or even just trying to get through your personal struggles one day at a time. We are all on the grind and I am sorry to say that the cost of success is sacrifice and focus, you will have to give up a lot to achieve your goals, whether it’s going out every weekend with the squad, spending unholy amounts of time hitting those books, or dedicating what little free time you have to focus on your career. There is a big price to pay should you wish to stay grinding, remember to never lose sight of the end goal which makes the struggle worth it. There is a big price to pay, but I hope everyone reading this receives the receipt called success.
As we all know life isn’t always easy. For the average person some days will be better than others, at times I have personally wanted to give up after suffering setbacks of all kinds, whether it was being rejected by the job I really wanted, losing my first boxing fight, and heart break the day Meagan Good got married. Whatever it may be, the stresses of life can take you off the right path. In my private time whilst expressing these soliloquys of mine I remember, nothing in life comes easy. This is what the grind is all about, the hardships, ups and downs, trials and tribulations. The days of humble beginnings in our lives that we go through struggle so we can eventually share in success. 14HQ started as a vision between two like-minded individuals which evolved into a collective of 11 members who have so much to say. We may not be where we want to be, but we are determined to get there. Unfortunately my time is up, so from all of us to all of you; stay humble, stay hungry and most importantly: Keep grinding.