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Traveling entrepreneur since 2005.

May 18, 2009

What is the happiest moment of your life?


While I was catching up with work this morning in a coffee shop here in HCMC, a bunch of students approached me and asked if they could ask me a question and film my answer. I had noticed this small group of students had just got knocked back from the table beside me, so I thought what the heck.

The question was “What is the happiest moment of your life?

It took me a while to come up with an answer, as I generally try to make each day the happiest day of my life. The answer I gave was the day I left school and started work. Is this the happiest day of my life? No of course not, but this is the foundation of what has allowed me to experience thousands of happy moments in my life.

Money doesn’t buy happiness, it simply buys a better class of misery.

After I had time to think about the question a little more, I decided to come up with an incomplete list of some of the happiest moments in my life.

Passing my driving test

I have been driving since I was 9 years old with go-karts, racing Mini Coopers at the age of 13, I stole my Dad’s car when I was 15 and bought/sold cars when I was 16. I had a lot of experience driving cars, but it took me 4 tests to get my license!

I clearly remember the day I passed… It was the first major achievement that I did by myself and I was so dam proud I just kept on jumping up and down while punching my fist in the air with excitement.

Getting my GNVQ

Straight out of school, I worked as an office joey for 2 years at an estate agent on a government training course. I worked 5 to 6 days a week making coffee and delivering leaflets through letter boxes in the cold and rain… all for 40 pounds per week. It was such a shit job. The reason I stuck at it was wanting to make my Mum proud – Around this time in my life I was a little shit getting into trouble all the time and I could tell all my Mum wanted was her boy to be like the rest of her friend’s sons.

I can remember the day I got the certificate, the smile on my Mum’s face made the 2 years of hell worth it. This was one of the happiest days of my life.

Meeting my mate Nick

The day my family moved out of a cancel estate into a nice house was the day I met Nick, a boy who come up to me while I was helping move boxes into the new house. He asked if I wanted to hang out and play football.

I didn’t know it then, but this was one of the most important days of my life as I would spend most of my life with Nick and his friends sharing so many amazing moments growing from boys into Men.

Buying my M3

At 21 years old I was selling sexy DVD’s on a huge scale. I bought them for 3 quid each and sold them for a tenner. I would drive around anywhere Men worked such as garages and trading estates every minute I was out of work. I made a fortune and was able to replace my Lexus IS200 with a new BMW M3. I can clearly remember getting up early and catching a flight up to Newcastle to buy the car, sort out the finances and enjoying every minute of the drive back to London with a huge smile on my face.

Giving my Mum away

When my Mum remarried, I stepped in my grandfather (RIP) shoes to give my Mum away at the wedding. I gave a speech which was the first time I spoke to a large crowd and it went down really well (Thanks to the 2 bottles of bolly). This was a great day had by all.

Building my first web site

I still have my first web site online today, although the domain name has changed (I lost the password to my account which meant I lost the domain). In the first year it was making about 100pounds per week with very little effort. The day I realized that I could earn money without hard graft such as driving around garages was surely one of the happiest moments of my life.

What is the happiest moment of your life?

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  1. Spending time by myself in Queenstown, NZ in 2003. I was 25 and it was my first time just doing my own thing. I learned how to be alone and to be happy with myself, to be able to sit and just enjoy life, and to not worry about the inconsequential issues in life. Finding that satisfaction in myself has shaped every year since then into something amazing.

  2. Mum

    My happiest moment was giving birth to my son Chris,
    And every day for 26 years he still makes me happy. love ya lots. Mum. x

  3. marc

    Never new you as a child. but getting to know you and marrying your mum.

  4. Swapnil

    My happiest moment in life – When I passed out with my certification Of CCNA (Cisco) & MCITP (Microsoft)…

  5. abbas

    it was very difficult for me to pass my graduation exam. but my teacher was very kind with me and he gave me extra classes. i worked hard for me examination. i was very nervous when my result came. i was not going to see my mark sheet but my class teacher told me that i am passed with good marks then i felt happy. that is the happiest moment of my life

  6. nadia

    the happiest moment of my life when i m sure that my beloved ones are in a complete health


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