Written by David Frampton @ 3:52 am, January 24, 2011

My last post stirred up a bit of controversy, and though there were many nice comments, there were also those who thought that after ‘making 100k’ in a week I shouldn’t dare to complain about nasty emails.

I totally disagree with that. Just because someone is successful doesn’t mean they lose the right to speak out about the bad things that come with that success. Such a point of view is foolish, and often shows that such people are allowing envy and hatred to cloud their minds. I wouldn’t be surprised if these people are the exact same who I was targeting in the post. Outraged at being called out for being mindless thugs, they did what they know best.

ANYWAY. There was some truth in such comments. The post was not adequately balanced. It was, as I titled it, a rant.

I could go on and on about all the wonderful things that have gone right for me, and my apps. This would make boring reading, so I won’t.

But I do feel the need to give a little perspective. Chopper and Chopper 2 have done amazingly well, and I am blown away on a daily basis by the incredible things that happen to me and my apps. From the fan comments to Apple’s feature spots to just seeing the ranks and sales reports. I am very, very grateful and feel insanely lucky to be where I am.

Less than a decade ago I was selling paint in a retail outlet 9-5, Monday to Friday and getting paid about $10 an hour. I did this for 2 years, before it finally did my head in and I quit to go on the unemployment benefit.

During the next couple of years I managed to survive as an artist, where I occasionally only ate porridge or lentils for days due to a lack of money to eat properly. I also taught myself to program, which really was what put me on the path to where I am today.

I won’t go in to my whole life story, but that part of it perhaps helps to offer a bit of perspective.

There is absolutely no doubt that I have got from there to where I am thanks to a lot of hard work over the past decade, but also a lot of kind, generous, and helpful people, and a shit load of luck.

I didn’t make 100k in a week, I made it in years of hard work. But that doesn’t stop me from being hugely grateful for my privileged situation.

Though comments from idiots can make me angry enough to type up a rant, deep down I’m the happiest guy in the world.

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