I'm Nick and I live in a small city called Swansea in Wales, UK. First, it is only fair to say a few things about myself so you have rough idea of what kind of person I am. Outside of professional life, I enjoy a multitude of hobbies wherever I can find the time. I like to write and have a few book projects on the go. My passion with writing has led me to have a go at science fiction, horror, contemporary drama and even a smattering of erotica. As with many things, I figured 'Hey, if I like it, I may as well try all aspects of it and do my best to be excellent at it'. I am a firm believer in striving for excellence. Why pursue something with passion if you don't ensure excellence in it?
This passion and sense of excellence carries me over to the gym aspect of my life. It is only really in the past year that I have adopted this 'excellence' ethos and I really get to vent it when I am in the gym. Like many of you, I am sure that you feel full time working life has led to a sense of stagnation. More importantly - a sense that you are not developing anything; bettering anything. At least in the gym, which I go to religiously four times a week, I can have a sense of betterment with every session and leave, feeling that my body is that little bit more 'excellent' than it was the day before. I really hope this sense of drive and betterment carries over to my activities here on WA.
As far as professional life goes - I am a graduate in English Literature and Language and over the three years on the course, I also got a good smattering of historical knowledge. This included stuff like Dante's Inferno, Arthurian Legend and Beowulf and, it should go without saying, plenty of Shakespeare (a little too much in my opinion). It was great stuff and, unlike a majority of my fellow students, I was genuinely fascinated and interested in it all. I would spend entire days enjoying (what was to me) the thrill of diving into the depths of the library, learning new things that weren't in the lectures and getting it all down on my 'world famous' essay plan spider diagrams.
Unfortunately, after that, I fell into the same trap that a majority of successful graduates fall into. I finished the degree and ended up phone bashing in a call center. I felt like life had cast me aside like a green potato. I endured this for two years and sadly only really learned how mean people could be when being cold called. It is worth mentioning at this point that this kind of scenario is all too common, especially here in Wales, where specialist graduate jobs are severely lacking. I had to pay the rent, basically. After that I managed to get a cushy admin job for a PPI company. I was happy with that for a long time as, in contrast to the cold calling, it was indeed very cushy. After doing this for a year and a half, here I am, finally asking the question 'Where am I really going with all this?'.
I figured the answer to my life's direction really lay at the bottom of a pile of money. I am certainly not making enough of it now. So here's to Wealthy Affiliate. Here's to me actually finding it and here's to a, hopefully, prosperous time on a system that could get me to the bottom of the pile of money.