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How This Entrepreneur's Deep Desire to Succeed Helped Him Overcome Addicition

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If anyone had suggested I was an addict during the dark period of life, I would have brushed his or her comments off as false. Of course, I was in deep denial. The truth felt like hell on earth, but what saved me was my desire as an entrepreneur: I deeply wanted to succeed. I knew I had to break my habits and end my anxiety and depression to get to the next level. At the time, I was feeling hopeless, ashamed and isolated. I didn't want to talk about it.

My addiction pattern went like this: I wanted to fit in and feel relaxed, so I drank alcohol. Then, after a few drinks, I would smoke. Then, I would get home from partying and gamble thousands away off my credit cards. When I was hungover and feeling at my lowest, I would watch porn. This was my addiction pattern, and I lived it for years. This became my normal.

At my all-time low, I reached a breaking point. Something clicked in 2010; I realized that my habits were never going to get me to where I needed to be. So I packed my bags, moved out of the city I was born in and started to surround myself with different people. This was a pivotal moment in my growth because I needed healthy role models and the energy to build the vision that was in my head.

Once I started to make serious financial strides, it suddenly dawned on me that if I was "rich" and still had my addictions, I would probably end up dead. So, I went on a long journey. I had to dig up my past, look at the........

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