The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything

Six years ago, I began to write. When strangers asked what I did for a living, I replied “I’m a world-famous author.”

None of my books had been sold. I BELIEVED I was a world-famous writer. It would take time for others to catch on.

One day, my mother came home early from work. This was unusual as she normally worked seven long days a week, juggling three menial jobs.

“Finally, I’ve got myself a contract as a bookkeeper. And I’m being paid $30 an hour,” she beamed.

“How much work is there?” I asked.

“Seven days a week. It could last a couple of years. It’s more than I’ve ever earned.”

“Now that you have a secure job, why don’t you advertise your service for $50 per hour. If no one accepts, so what? You haven’t lost anything.“

A week later, once again, Mum arrived home early.

“What happened?”

“I lost my job.”


“Because I asked for a pay raise to $50—what you told me I was worth.”

“But mum, I didn’t mean…”

Mum was out of work for a month, refusing to accept any rate below $50 per hour.

She then got her rate which, two months later shot to $75.

Mum was convinced she was worth what she was asking for. Why accept anything less?

To the fans of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is NOT 42.

It is……..ATTITUDE.

You have to believe in yourself, before anyone else will believe in you.

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Written by Emil Rem

An eccentric accountant becomes a writer of eccentric characters, in exotic locales, with each chapter taking us on a trip into the fascinating twisted world of Emil Rem. Born to a close knit middle class Muslim East Indian family in Dar-es-Salam in the 50’s, he is then moved to Maidenhead England at the age of five. The next twenty years are spent shuttling between England and East Africa, wearing a St. Christopher’s cross one minute and attending church, to wearing a green arm band and attending Muslim religious classes in Africa next minute. Moving to Canada, marrying a woman from the Philippines and having two boys only adds further texture to his stories.


The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything