Today is the last day of the three day quote challenge for me. It has been interesting so far and I am grateful to my friend of Spiritual Journey17 for the nomination.
Ladies get inspired with these:
And for all of us-
That is all from me to you on this exciting challenge. Hope you got something out of it because I sure did.
You are only required to post one to three quotes and nominate three other bloggers. These you do for the three days of the challenge.
Thanks for being part of it.
These are the words of Christian D. Larson. I bumped into them and felt I should share so some of us can partake of his wisdom. Here goes:
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them
TIRED OF LOOKING FOR A JOB…?
Have you been looking for a job as a fresh graduate or you need to augment your income? Then permit me to be a harbinger of good news to you. You have probably heard, read or even seen it before, but I want to lend my voice to the ones you have heard before now.
This is an inspiration I got from one young man, a resource person at a seminar I attended recently. Kolawole Jayeoba is a walking inspiration; every aspect of his life is inspiring. Maybe outlining a little bit about this guy will improve our appreciation of the issue at hand.
At age seven, yes, 7, Kolawole had delved into the business of buying and selling kerosene. According to him, in his village then, people had to travel very far to get to the petrol station. Seeing this need, he went about filling it. He began to buy kerosene in large quantity form this petrol station to come sell in his village, can you beat that? When he was narrating this, my mind travelled back to what I was doing at that age, you don’t even want to know.
By the time Kola was in the university, he was a real business man, anything marketable, from Our Daily Manna booklet to powdered/packaged beans, he was into them. That did not stop him from graduating as one of the best students in his department.
From his NYSC orientation camp in Imo state, he had already started looking for needs to fill and that was how before he finished his one year youth service programme, he had acquired a full functional business centre/cyber café, mentored and taught students on ICT, while doing other businesses, including organizing corporate trainings, even for cleaners!
Now, still within the age range of late twenties to early thirties, your guess is as good as mine on how far Kola has gone in life. He is already an employer of labour, married and living in his own house in the FCT, not an easy feat if you are a youth from a poor background in this country.
What did I learn from this encounter with Mr. Kolawole?
- Opportunities are everywhere, if only we can open our business minds and put on our thinking caps. For instance, the business centre he acquired was situated opposite his place of primary assignment. When he noticed that the place was always locked, he asked around and before you know it, he had met with the owner who he convinced to let him run it. When the business began to boom, the owner decided to sell it to him. It is time to look around us and find that need to fill in our immediate community.
- Passion! We often get asked what our hobbies and talents are, discovering what one is passionate about is a step to self-discovery, a step to financial freedom. The good book said that our talent will make a way for us, is that not why God gave us those talents in the first place? If you love talking, organize seminars, training on topics you are comfortable with. Talk your way into success instead of talking away your time. If you are good at creating things, the world is under your feet because there is no limit to what you can do, just find a niche for yourself. If you do not yet know what you are good at, what you love doing and can do effortlessly – ask your friends, parents, siblings. That maybe where your destiny lies.
- Huge capital is not a sine qua non to financial freedom, that can come as you expand. I was challenged by some of the students, even secondary school students that attended the seminar. They were already running their own small businesses. There are businesses that I learnt one can start with little or no capital. Kolawole narrated to us how he started organizing corporate training for cleaners that work in corporate world like banks and hospitals as a corps member. All he did was walk up to the ogas at the top, convince them of the need to train not just their high ranking staff, but even the cleaners. Funny enough, he had nothing spectacular to teach them, just attitude, work ethics, motivation and the works but he raked in his money and even got offers to do supplies for these organisations. There’s nothing wrong with little beginnings friends.
Lest I begin to bore you, let me rest my case with these summations:
- ACTION! The fruit comes from action, doing not just hearing. You can read this through, listen to the best motivational speakers, but without immediate action on what you learnt, it becomes a waste of precious time. Do not prevaricate and procrastinate, act now, start from where you are, what do you have in your hand? Start with it NOW! You will be surprised what turns up as you begin to put the knowledge you have gathered into action.
- Do not let fear or small, discouraging minds deter you. They will arise, often too, but you just cannot let them distract you, no way. Rather seek out people of great minds that will encourage and mentor you.
- Tame your mind. I have found out that this is one of the hardest tasks to undertake. Our minds are restless, and stubborn, likes to go where it will. To get it to focus on a particular thing at a time is hard but not impossible. It is in focusing that we are able to notice opportunities around us, think up ways to go about it and all what not. Taming the mind is another positive step in self-knowledge and self-improvement. There is no limit to what the mind can achieve if properly tamed. The Bible said that we should guard our minds for out of it flows the good things of life. I recommend this book, BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND by Joyce Meyer, a great help in this area.
With that out of the way, I rest my case. But I must commend Kolawole Jayeoba for inspiring us, Innocent Idoko and his crew at the Noble Innocent Foundation for organizing this life changing seminar. God bless you guys real good.
Oh, it was nice being away for a while I tell you, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, away from the cyber world and bam! into a world of peace, quietness and struggle for survival. However, I apologise for the long silence, good to be back and kicking.
Please permit to share my inspiring experience during this journey with you. It was not a leisure trip or anything, just to get some needed rest after the illness. With that in mind, I headed straight to my mother’s village which is where I usually get the greatest peace of mind and body. I don’t have to wake up early to prepare for work and beat traffic, there is even the luxury of siesta on days I feel like it. I am my own boss and master, deciding what to do and when to do it and how I want to do it – bliss.
From the day I set foot in the village till the day I left, there was total power failure and it had been so for the past six months or thereabout. We only get power on the few nights when the generating set is put on. This is like living in limbo, cut off from the rest of the world more so because some times, even the phone shuts down because of low battery. The news of all the diseases, wars, killings and the chaos going on everywhere around the world only filters in from the neighboring cities in distorted bits and pieces and brings no fear and anxiety with it because they all seem so far away. But isn’t that the aim of the break, to rest, so I don’t complain, in fact, I sort of started enjoying it after the first few nights there.
I loved that I got there during this period when everywhere was green and fresh, the farms, flowers, animals and trees all bubbling with life.
The air was clean and devoid of pollution, cool especially after the rain. It was very easy to get fresh fruits, food and vegetables; corn, pear, garden egg, avocado pear, groundnut, breadfruit, so many of them easily available. It was like a taste of heaven, like I could live here for ages. Whetting your appetite yet? Nostalgic?
It was an opportunity to get acquainted with the current lifestyle in the village especially of the youth and women, seeing as it was farming season rather than the festive seasons of Christmas and Easter as I was used to. Day in day out, I see women, often times accompanied by their children, leave for farm in the mornings with their farming tools balanced on their heads to the farms. Later in the day, they trudge home most times, with some farm produce some of which they sell in the market on market days. I admire their strength, their attitude, determination and doggedness. They have accepted it as a responsibility, a way of life.
I was also awed by some of the younger ones’ ability to do menial jobs and do it with zeal. There was a particular boy of about fourteen that I met helping out at a construction site (don’t know if that counts s child labour anyway). I wondered what gave him the courage and insight to engage in that job while waiting for schools to resume when most of his mates were wandering the village doing nothing or causing havoc. I was super impressed. He was not the only young one I saw on that construction site, there were others older than him, and all eking out a living the best way they could. I imagined that many of them there have dreams, visions and aspirations greater than this, which they somehow want to fulfill sometime in the future. I prayed that somehow, they will find a way to bring those dreams and aspirations to fruition, that their expectations will not be cut off just because they do not have the privilege of dwelling elsewhere.
It was an inspiring experience seeing as people who are impoverished fight to survive, the youth swimming against the tide to secure a better tomorrow, the women giving their all to ensure a better life for their children.
God bless Nigerian women. God bless her youth. GOD BLESS NIGERIA.
Now it is back to business, back to hustle, back to you, me and us. Good to be back friends.