How to Go From Zero to Hero and Rebuild Your Life

Keys to successfully starting from scratch

Ayodeji Awosika
4 min readAug 3, 2020


I was driving in my car the other day and all of a sudden I had a realization. I didn’t just have a realization, the realization washed over me.

I’m always the type to look forward, think bigger, and think better. But this moment drew me back to the past.

In this moment, I realized that I’d achieved some of the biggest dreams I ever had. I’m actually living the life I used to dream about. I remember feeling extremely grounded for a split second and it’s a moment I’m going to try to hold onto and recreate throughout the rest of my life.

What does this have to do with you, though?

Well, it wasn’t just the accomplishments that washed over me. Also, the work I had to do to get here and the place I had to start from just…hit me. I wondered “How the hell did I even do all of this?”

I started from zero, where you probably are now. There was a time in my life where, like you, I’d spend the vast majority of my life not chasing a dream. I was just living a normal life. I didn’t have a magic plan for the future. And when I did finally take action, I was at zero.

Zero just feels so far away.

Zero customers for that business idea, zero fans for your aspiring creative career, zero momentum. Zero evidence that you’ll have a shot to pull off a dream at all.

How do you close that gap between where you are now and where you want to be?

Here are some of my biggest lessons looking backward. Lessons that I hope inspire you to make this the week you remember a few years from now.

Success Doesn’t Take All That Long

I repeat this over and over again — 5 years. Put your head down for five years and make a dream come true. Momentum is like magic.

Break through that wall of the first week, the first 30 days, the first 90 days, then to a year plus, next thing you know it will have been five years.

But what can I tell you now to begin that journey?



Ayodeji Awosika

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