Hi everybody. I hope you are well and as happy or even more happy than I am. I am happy because I am about to leave Paris and France for good to move in New York next week. France has been killing me for too many years now. Achieving my dreams here is impossible. I got it now. Like so many before me that left France to achieve their dreams elsewhere.
What my struggling years in France as an entrepreneur, as an artist and as a “colored” person taught me is that the first step that will make you move forward is to find your inner peace. My inner peace is not the same than yours. Everybody has his own perception of his inner peace. As a human being living among human beings in a society ruled by social and professional interactions codes, finding one’s inner peace is not as easy as it seems. Human beings interactions are not a mathematical equation with a predetermined result, outcome because a human being is not single side parameter.
Life is a roller coaster. We have ups and downs. The worst thing that could happen to me is to live an average life, with not great emotions, whether they are good or bad. The second worst thing that could happen to me is to not have a purpose, to not know what I am doing here on earth. The third worst thing that could happen to me is to know what I want to achieve but to have to spend my time to fight against a system that drags me down constantly. Fortunately, I’ve been able to overtake the 2 first worst situations. I think that if I haven’t been able to overtake these moments of my life, I would have committed suicide. I thank God, if exists, to have made me discover the power of reading early on. At 6 I could already read perfectly. Until high school (and girls), I couldn’t stop reading : novels, comic books, magazines, adventure, science… I couldn’t stop reading. Because of that I started dreaming about a bigger life, about being the person that I would be proud of at the end of my life. I can’t motivate you enough to encourage your children to read as soon as possible. Thank’s to that strong perception of what I could do, who I could be, I started to create projects, to travel…. I was young, handsome and reckless, lol. Doing things that my friends were not even thinking about, doing things that could have looked impossible to imagine and then created is like a drug for the kind of people I belong to : creators, visionaries. Our inner peace comes from the fact that we know that we can achieve our dreams, no matter how hard are our challenges.
Unfortunately, after 20 years of entrepreneurship in France, I lost this hope. Because of that, I lost my inner peace. I could see me slowly dying. For visionaries, life is not worth living it if they know that they can’t achieve their dreams because of a system that prevents them to do so. And that’s what France has become : a country that kills hope.
But God, if exists, has always an eye on you. When you do great things to make this world better, your positive energy changes the forces of the univers and attracts positive energies. And great things happen to you. But don’t be fooled by what I write. Your positive energies are created by your actions, not by your mind. Ask your friends : everybody has dreams. But how many act to achieve them ? None or very few. Thoughts and desires are not actions.
For the past 6 months, I was down because things were not as great for me as it appears when you visit Style and the City. I can’t write here all what I am going through in my life because I am not ready to share it with you. Too painful. My answer so far has always been to fight back by offering great content every day, every week, for 6 years now. Because success is not about how many punches you can take but about how many times you can bounce back, and keep moving on in your life, I’ve kept bouncing back for 20 years because I always thought I could make it in my own country, in France. Until June. I was very down. I never told it to you, but June was one of the darkest month of my life.
And then, God, if exists, once again knocked at my door and reminded me that my good actions for so many years haven’t been in vain. Long story short : someone I met in New York in April, with which I instantly connected offered me her help. Thank’s to her and her great friend, I can finally move in New York and move forward from my stagnant and depressive situation in France. An accumulation of events I am responsible for put me in the right place at the right moment. These persons gave me hope again and offered me what I’ve been missing for so long in France : my inner peace.
If you have to remember one think about this “bad english” post, it’s that : giving hope to people is the most powerful thing you can do. It cost you nothing. By helping people to take action, by being THE first step that will help them to bounce back from a sad situation, you will offer them the inner peace they needed to move forward and achieve their dreams. By doing that, you motivate the person you helped to help others in return. Life is a hammer : we need each other, we need to help each other.
I leave Paris, France next week. Once again, I feel in peace, happy. I took control of my life back from a system that was dragging me down. I know that New York has a glamorous appeal that can kill you, but I take the chance. France ruined its chance to see me creating jobs in its country. Sad. My bad english can’t translate you how I feel, but my coming actions will do. I wish you to find your inner peace or be the one who will help others to find their inner peace. Have a great day.