In 1986 my Dad @philhove had just left the Army after 24 years and bought a small, run down cafe in Stanmer Park.
He’d ploughed all of his life savings into it and we were going to make it a success as a family. My Mum and Dad worked 7 days a week and when they weren’t serving teas and scones to dog walkers they were painting, doing DIY and making the cafe better.
In October 1987 there was a great storm and so many trees were uprooted and blown over.
Customers couldn’t get to the cafe for weeks as the roads were impassable without a 4X4. Business just died overnight.
That first day my Dad realised we were in trouble and he went out and bought a chainsaw, an axe and a splitter and he began chopping the fallen trees.
We spent that entire winter chopping logs day and night which we sold by the van load around Brighton and Hove for £40 a load from one advert in the Argus, our local paper.
I would leave for school at 7am (it was a long walk!) and he’d be up chopping logs and he’d still be doing it when I got home at 4pm. I would help him bag them up and deliver them every evening until 10pm at night.
I was just 13 years old and I clearly remember my Dad’s focus at that time, he was 100% committed to succeed.
We did that for six months, 7 days a week. Because of that income the cafe survived.
I learnt a valuable lesson that stays with me today; even in the biggest set backs in life, with the right mindset, success is possible.
Anyone who has ever truly succeed has always ignored or avoided these two types of people:
The doubters, critics, naysayers and cynics. So many people hold views on the successful or those striving for success. It’s always easier to talk about others than go and do it yourself.
People who give advice who have not achieved what you are striving for. Plenty of people fake success or talk themselves up. Instagram is full of people faking success. Talk is cheap. Take advice from people who’ve done it, not people who talk about it.
Ignore them all and instead dream big and dare greatly.