I don’t want to succeed alone. That may be a very bold statement, but it’s really how I feel. As having just completed my first rough draft of my novel, all I can think about are the three people who got me exactly where I am. If I am to succeed with the company I want to build, I want the three of them beside me.
Marc, Joel, and Charmaine have been in my life for a long time. Combined, they’ve collectively spent almost 30 years. Charmaine met me in 2009. Marc met me in 2004-5. Joel met me back in 2002. We’ve spent actual years together, and they’ve all helped me develop into the writer that I currently am. Marc has his own universe he’s building with his books, and someday with him beside me, I hope to publish something that joins that two universes.
Joel and Charmaine take a much more active role. Joel reads everything I write, he comments on it, he reminds me of ideas I had decades ago, and he overall questions things to make me see new avenues to proceed. Charmaine edits my story both for content and line edits. She’s also starting a publishing company and said she would publish it. These two people together are making the first part of my dream into a reality. They’ve got some much appreciation from me that I can hardly begin to express it. I love these two, and my success will be more than a little because of them.
It’s scary moving forward at this point. One of my friends here in Jersey said that I need to be careful. “Everyone is your friend until money is involved.” This alluded to the fact that there was a bit of trust that couldn’t be had. It’s the reason for contracts. It’s the reason for percentages. And it’s really hard to think about in terms of friends betraying the trust that they’ve built. I do trust the two of them. Charmaine is smart enough to watch her back and make sure that we have things in order. Joel gets his name on everything since what we started together sixteen years ago is what this all grew out of. We just have to make it all official.
My success is determined by these people and I want them beside me for as long as we can work together. It’s not going to be easy, and it will take lawyers, money, and time to make it all work. Together, my company is going to become a reality. Together, Charmaine’s publishing company is going to be awesome. Together, Joel will be working on media and finding his dreams becoming a reality. It’s not an easy task, but I trust these people. And I hope they know they can trust me to help their dreams come true also. If I am not succeed with my friends, then I’d rather not be succeeding. They should be beside me and basking in the same kind of awesomeness that I am. This will always be theirs as much as mine. And I never want to forget that.
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