My name is Darlinton Omeh. I had a wonderful time growing up but my childhood wasn’t really as fun as I had wanted it to be. The reason is because I didn’t live with my parents all my childhood, I was sent to live with one of our family friend at the age of 3. It was a popular custom among my people, that if you are named (namesake) after someone, you have to stay with the person/family until you grow up. So, I was sent to live with my namesake at the tender age of 3 even when it was totally against my little wish.
It was late in the evening, I remembered holding on to a wooden pillar in protest of my imminent exiling. I felt like the Prince Rama, who is wrongly exiled from his father’s kingdom. But I had to embark on the journey whether I like it or not; It was a journey non of my kid will ever embark upon not that it’s totally bad but because such arrangement is against my own idea of parenting.
I get to see my siblings after a long period of time, sometimes up to a month or two. I missed the fun of crying to mother at every drop of pin to be pampered like other kids. I just wish I could go back to my childhood over again because of some of the fun I missed. 😀
My Mom was a caterer. She also farmed occasionally and traded in the local market, and I lost her in 2007. My dad traveled like a monster, so much that he used to know almost all the streets in all the cities in Nigeria and beyond. I got the chance to step out of my village for the first time at the age of 10. Then my elder brother invited me over to live with him in Benin City, Bendel State (now Edo State Nigeria).
To ride on a vehicle in those days is considered a huge fun for a village kid like me, especially when you had to ride through a very long journey. That means, plenty of motor ride. The days leading up the the trip was crazy; I felt like the day was slowing back because all my focus was lets get going! I picked every little things of mine and packaged them in my small bag in readiness for the trip. I didn’t sleep throughout the night leading to the journey, I was like let the day break and lets get going! Finally, the day arrived and off to Benin City we go —
However, it turned out to be like jumping from frying pan to fire; I was not only away from my parents this time, but living in the midst of kids I hardly spoke with due to the language barrier. The popular language spoken in Benin city is Pidgin English which completely dominate the Edo native language. Playing with other kids was a misery, so I had to put effort to learn the new language.
I stayed in Benin City with my brother for about three years and later returned back to my village to continue my primary school. There in my village I started and completed my primary and secondary school. After which I moved to Ondo State (Bamikimo, Ile-Oluji) to work and to process my admission into university, and later had to live with my Uncle.
In 1999, January 5th. I moved to Lagos with the hope of finding a better job after I had serious quarrel with my uncle and his family to whom I lived with for about four years. I thought things would be better in Lagos, that I’d find a job and eventually become a man of my own. Yet, that was never to come easily the way I thought.
I got to Lagos the same day and stayed in Majidun, Ikorodu, the outskirt of Lagos mainland – a very dirty and waterlogged slum. I wont forget how water from the nearby Majidun River used to over flow the river bank, flood our rooms and made everyone to wake up around 2:00am and stay awake till 4:00am. A situation we had to adapt to for about four months of every year! Living in such environment is like a torture, especially when you consider yourself a decent human-being.
Every morning, we’d wake up and hit the road in search of where to work for the day. Sometimes, we see laborer jobs in a construction site. Most of the times we wouldn’t see, meaning there will be no food for the whole day and the next! To see laborer’s job around those area was like winning a lottery due to the sheer number of hustlers. I worked in construction sites, block industries, did okada riding, and worked in a factory (as a casual factory worker) for 8 years.
The most trying time of my struggling life seems to be my ordeal with Multilevel marketing. I was persuaded to joined GNLD in 2006 by a friend who too was recruited by another distributor earlier that year into the business. We joined hoping that would be the end to our financial suffering but we ended up becoming poorer. I sold my TV and mattress to raise the registration fee and to buy some of the GNLD products. I later sold everything I had when the situation became hot just to keep up with the monthly PV’s as they used to call it. By the time I left GNLD, all the things I managed to acquire over the years from hard work was gone with the wind of MLM!
Once you are in, you are brainwashed to believe there is no other business greater than GNLD product distribution and recruiting, which is what every multilevel marketing is all about anyway – aggressive marketing through brainwash. Finally, in November 2006, I dropped out of the business after all the efforts I put in failed to yield anything. The saddest part was not about me or what I lost but about the people I convinced to join!
I have always known it is possible to do business on the Internet but the problem was how to go about it. Until February 2007 when I attend a seminar on Internet Marketing. That seminar turned out to be an eye opener; It clearly opened my eyes to see the possibility of doing business on the Internet. It took me nine months of trial and error to earn $5.00 from the Internet. I started with Information Marketing and Blogging but instead of making money, I was piling up dept doing trial and errors.
I did seminars on different business ideas for about six years before I decided to quit and move completely to professional blogging and content management from which Palness MEDIA was founded. To be honest – most of the seminars I organized were excellently put together, while some at that time was not that excellent, but, in all, I always put serious effort to teach and to motivate.
In January 31st 2012, I started blogging on business ideas. That was how this blog (WealthResult.com) was founded.
In September 2008, I went to Computer Village to buy some of my training materials, the boy I wanted to buy from didn’t have the empty CD-Rom I was looking for but offered to look for it elsewhere. He left without offering me a seat, so I decided to look around for a place to sit down.
At the nearby Bookshop there was a bench on which a Beautiful Girl was sitting on. What crossed my mind was “are you sure this girl wouldn’t embarrass me if I ask her to allow me sit by her side considering how beautiful she is?” Somehow, I managed to ask “Sister please, can I sit with you on your chair?” and I was surprised to how polite she turned out to be!
We started talking and I collected her phone number pretending I wanted to buy books later. From there we became friend. That my beautiful friend is today my Lovely Wife and the Mother of the house, for me and the Kids!
What Has Helped Me Survive All These Years?
1. Endurance through hardship – I’ve had my fair share of hardship, more than fair share but I’d never given up in any of my endeavors no matter how hard they seem until I see to the end of it. Except for some I later discovered to be useless.
I’ve worked in extremely hard conditions, come in contact with terrible people, and passed through hard times. It is easier to give up in those situations but I choose never to give up and here I am today. Whatever condition you’re currently passing through, if you DECIDE not to give up, believe me you will make it to the happy end.
2. Not relying on anyone to survive – My uncle once told me I am nothing without him! He promised to set up a business for me, I worked very hard towards it, practically worked days and nights in his Cocoa Farm to help and to please him into fulfilling the promise. I worked very hard for years but when the time comes, he simply reneged.
3. Creativity and good thinking – There are so many things I know and do today that no human-being ever taught me, including Blogging. What I am saying is; make good use of your creative ability, always learn new things and put whatever good thing you learned to good use. You sure have learned a lot in your life, this is the time to put it into good use.
I have had my own bad times and now I think I am having a good time; in all of these, I have remained who I am, always working hard to attain higher level.
My Objectives – This website is one way I think I could reach out to others with quality business ideas because information is power – when properly applied, it could lead to transformation. I will stay awake all night most of the times, writing on this Blog what may help someone in his business and life somewhere the next morning. I may not be the best of writer anyone can be but I still put effort to make sure someone is educated through what I write and the researches I carry out. My aim is to put in as many useful information as possible on how anyone could start and do business and live a happy and fulfilling life.
As for you, always remember that whatever thing you do today, you will have story to tell in the future. Let it be a positive one for you because what you do today could change your life forever and will live long after you’ve gone!