With the huge numbers of people struggling to find regular shelter, the situation can look quite bleak but one man’s story is showing that things can get better with time. From being a fast-rising young star of his company to suddenly becoming unemployed, Mylo Kaye has now become a successful entrepreneur who is sharing his story to encourage others.
30-year-old Mylo is the co-founder of Dreamr – a company which started out making websites for small businesses and now has 23 staff creating mobile apps for entrepreneurs and start-ups. The company is expected to turnover £1m (around $1.3m) this year. This is a far cry from his situation ten years ago, when Mylo’s life spiralled out of control due to excessive drinking, drugs and partying.
[…] I got promoted to a senior technical role over people ten years older than me. And with that responsibility came the money to match. I was still only 20 and I did all the things I probably shouldn’t. I went out all the time, was drinking alcohol, doing drugs. At the time I thought it was amazing and I lost my sense of reality.
What I saw was different from what was happening around me. I thought it was an exciting time, I was having fun, and I thought ‘this is my money, I’m going to spend it’. I had a good relationship with everyone at work and in my mind, naively I thought they wouldn’t mind if I didn’t go in for a few days every now and then. My judgement was completely impaired.
Mylo says his unexplained absences eventually cost him his job, which made it difficult to cover his expenses and keep a roof over his head. He ended up living in a homeless shelter for 12 months. Too ashamed to tell his family about his situation, he suffered in silence and even attempted to kill himself. He credits a social worker called Debbie with helping him rebuild his confidence by teaching him how to cook and learn other new skills. His renewed self-belief inspired him to join the local library, where he applied for a community college course in Liverpool and went on to study web development at university. At the college, he met his future business partner and, as they say, the rest is history.
While at university, Mylo was hit with another setback: the loss of his uncle. However, this time, he had support around him. He says his university was there to help him stay on the right path and prevent him from spiralling as he did following the loss of his job. Recognising the importance of leaning on others, Mylo has now become the trustee of a homeless charity in Manchester called the Booth Centre in order to help others. He continues to encourage anyone going through a difficult time to speak out and seek support.
I didn’t open up and I would say speak to people that you love and love you. It’s important for me to help others and tell them that it’s ok not to feel ok.
Mylo’s story is an incredibly inspiring one which reminds us of the importance of leaning on others for help when we need it.