Another great story Ben. I know it’s not the point of the story, but I’m very much motivated by the “prove them wrong” attitude. 3–5 years to get 5k subscribers? BAM! You proved them wrong!
A similar thing happened when I had signed up for the gym to gain mass. My goal was to gain 7kg of muscles. The guy said it would take me 6 months. Pfft. I knew I could do better. I researched other ectomorphs who had success. I researched their training, their nutrition, their habits, etc. I did it in 30 days. BAM! I proved the guy wrong! And as a bonus, I had lost 3% body fat.