The one lesson I’ve learned from life: self-help guru Vex King, 35, says to turn hard times into a strength
Vex King, 35, is a British self-help guru who has more than a million followers on social media and from whom fans include Barack Obama. He is best-selling author Good Vibes, Good life and closer to love. He lives in Northampton with his wife, social media star Kaushal Modha.
TURN HARD TIMES INTO STRENGTH
I didn’t have the easiest start to life. My father died when I was six months old. Poverty, racism, violence and injustice were big themes for most of my life.
We moved often, living in hotels, shelters, and where possible with relatives. There was one time when we lived with my uncle, above his shop, when I saw a gang of men emptying the fridges and shelves, while my uncle stood there with a bloody nose and a gun to his head. Fortunately, the weapon was not used.
It wasn’t until I picked up my first self-help book, Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, in my mid-teens, that I realized that our personal life story is the most valuable. What makes this awesome and influential is your relationship with it.
Vex King, 35, is a British self-help guru who has over a million followers on social media and whose fans include Barack Obama
As I began to delve into more inspiring books and stories, I learned that I could change my response to my circumstances by choosing the most powerful thoughts to act on.
I always had a choice, and each choice would lead to a different outcome. And so I rewired my mindset for success.
I avoided a path of drugs and problems, unlike some of my peers, and spent my free time producing music. I learned basic HTML and started my own website while in high school.
If you can look back and learn from the pain you may have experienced, your life will seem more like a hero’s journey and less like a tragedy.
The core lesson I discovered in adversity is that despite a dark environment, you can be the light.
While I don’t wish others the same suffering I endured for the first 20 years of my life, I remember where I came from and what shaped me.
I express my gratitude for all the rejections and loss that inspired me to generate my own source of love and hope – and ultimately help others do the same.
- Vex King’s CLOSER To Love is out now (£16.99, Bluebird).