1 Year Later : How Believing In Yourself Can Make You Successful

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Before, I created my website I was never told by anyone I was successful in anything. This is because, I was never successful in anything.

Throughout my schooling before I went to college, I never got incredible grades, I got average grades. I had always been an average student. I’ve never been the most athletic person even though, I do love playing sports. I never cared enough to join any clubs in school until it was too late, but even then I didn’t join because I wanted to be apart of something successful or to win an award, I wanted to join to be someone’s friend.

That never panned out, but that whole situation instilled a confidence in me that brought me to actually start writing. Though, I must say that I’m 20 years old and I’ve still never won an award in my entire life.

The biggest achievement in my life happened when I was 3 months old. Long story short, I survived a 50/50 surgery when I was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot; a congenital heart defect. Doctors told my parents, I wasn’t going to make it, but I did. I beat the odds. I still think its insane that my entire life was based on the same odds as flipping a coin. And do you know how many times, I’ve lost a game of flipping a coin choosing tails only to see heads?

The only thing, I’ve ever truly been good at in my life has been writing. I’ve known this since, I was a child. This is probably because of the countless nights I spent thinking and thinking in the hospital. Writing about my thoughts seemed natural. The problem is that all throughout school and even still, grammar, spelling and puncuation have always killed my English grades. And because, I didn’t have incredible grades in the only thing I was really good at, I was always just an overall average student.

All throughout my life, I’ve always had to remind myself of how smart I am. I always make a snark remark to people I know on how, I’m a genius or I’m an incredible writer. Maybe, that’s why I love the show It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. In the television show, all of the characters for the most part are delusional, especially Dennis. Dennis said in an episode to the gang, “Your true power comes not from outside sources, but from the delusional stories that you all convince yourselves of.”

Through my website, I’ve essential fulfilled my self fulfilling prophecy of being a successful writer. I’ve always told myself that, I’m a great writer or I’m smart and even if this was just a lie or a false belief or even a delusion, my behaviour of believing it to be true has created the success of my website.

I’ve been the Kidfromthe6ix for 365 days, 52 weeks, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes and 31,536,000 seconds. That’s how long, I’ve been this person. And in that time frame, I’ve single handily generated nearly over a quarter of a million views. Single handily generated the interest of over 190 different countries and single handily posted 500 times with 95% of my content being original. All the while, I’ve stayed balancing 7 different categories in the process.

Being the Kidfromthe6ix has made me successful in my career as a writer. Being this person has opened doors for me that I didn’t even knew existed. I’ve met people that I never would have met, I’ve learned so much about life and how to run a business and I’ve become so self aware of who I am and everything around me, but I’m not the Kidfromthe6ix.

I’m not the success of my website, I’m me. And that to me is the misconception of being successful. This is what Lil Wayne rapped about on his song Misunderstood, “Cause you thought Lil Wayne was Weezy, but Weezy is Dwayne.” Lil Wayne’s real name is Dwayne Carter. He’s not his persona. And it’s fitting that his song is titled Misunderstood.

My name is Jibril Osman, but my writing alias is Kidfromthe6ix. The funny thing is that it’s not even a name, it stands for something, it’s an acronym. It stands for keep inspiring dreamers from the 6ix. The 6ix being Toronto, so I’m just saying that I’m trying to inspire people by writing in Toronto. When, I say I’m not the Kidfromthe6ix, I’m saying I value inspiring people more than the statistics of my website.

I’ve never been successful in the eyes of anyone prior to me making this website, but I’ve known in my heart that I’m a great writer and that’s all that has mattered to me. I almost died when I was 3 months old. I lost my innocence of the world at 3 months old. The amount of trips to the hospital that I’ve had to undertake in my 20 years of existing is ridiculous, but I know my story is inspiring, so I have to write about it, even if I’m not always comfortable writing about it.

I just want people to be confident within themselves to be better. Change comes from within. Inner-strength and believing in yourself is so important. All the grades in the world never made me ever believe that, I wasn’t a good writer. And I know, I’m not a conventional writer. My writing is stream of conscious. I write from my mind, I write with my thoughts and feelings and that’s real to me. This style of writing is real to me.

Nearly 250,000 views and over 190 different countries have viewed my website. Achieved in only one year. I’ve never been taught how to run a website. I’ve never been taught how to understand SEO. Nobody helped me. And to think, the whole world never thought of me as a success in anyway before, I created my website. Again, this is because, I was never successful in anything, but I always believed in myself and that’s the heart of who I am. And all I want to do is keep inspiring others by writing.

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From The 6ix,With Love

Thank You For Reading

Sincerely, Kid From The 6ix

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