At the beginning of this year, you set many goals and expectations, there were old habits you wanted to stop, and new things you wanted to start. You believed that this year would be your best till date, there was hope and there was aspiration. This year is however about to end, and if you are not careful, like most years, all you will do is gloss over the past and focus on the future. We are so eager to plug into tomorrow that we lose the vital leverage available in yesterday! Don’t be so much in a hurry, pause and reflect. The failures and ruins of yesterday are not useless, they should be the manure for tomorrow. Don’t gloss over the past, learn the lessons!
- How have you grown? Our lives have various dimensions, and it’s critical to analyze them all and be able to define how you have grown. Have you developed yourself mentally? Did you merely wish to read books and attend seminars or did you do it? Did you develop any new skills throughout the year? Did you read your bible through? Did you become an obviously better person socially? Did you rise in your career? Did you grow?
It’s time to Get Plugged in again!
I’m sure you have got a number of updates from me this year, I hope you read them. If you didn’t, I hope you at least read this one. I would love to set the record straight on a few key and important things.
Every year, my most important goal, is how many people I want to be able to help succeed. My success for a few years, has been hinged heavily on my ability to contribute meaningfully to the success and progress of others. If you are getting this mail, you are one of those that my yearly intention to help is for. I believe that my role is that of a chief servant, one that needs to always think, and find ways to serve better, and to do things in the interest of the larger community.
I remember that in the last article I told you, that I had an interview that showed me some exciting things that would become profitable for me? Well, it wasn’t based on how I aced the scholarship interview! Yes, you got that right, time would show that what happened during the interview that day, was not exactly success.
I had an awesome time in the interview, I enjoyed myself so much, that it was obvious to almost all the other student applicants within an earshot. The interviewers laughed excitedly as I mixed them a potpourri of native intelligence and western humour. My endless hours in front of different sorts of comedies ranging from Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, Three is Company, Different strokes, e.t.c. combined with my hard work of academic dedication seemed to be paying off. I was sure I had nailed the interview. Life couldn’t be better, right there in my pocket was part payment for my scholarship, handed over to me by those who patronised our transportation business, the full and final payment was a few weeks away, as the interview seemed good as nailed!
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I have always done what He says do! None of His commandments have been too burdensome. If you know me, you’ll know this to be true.
I followed His directives when He made it clear to me that I was not meant to accept a Fellowship Pastoral office, even though it seemed absurd then. I followed Him when He said I would be an apostle in the market space. I followed His instructions to resign from a very cool Job with exciting perks. I followed Him to accept responsibility for driving a Network Marketing company on the brinks. Every time I have followed Him, He has always proven His leading, and has always bestowed all who work with the vision with greatness. Today yet again, I hear His clear Voice and must follow Him to pioneer a Church work and Ministry for Him. Along with serving Him the way I currently am – helping people succeed, I am going to serve Him in a higher way – building global leaders.
Yeah… Mandela died today. Out of Love and respect to this world Icon. I’m postponing my article till tomorrow. May his gentle soul, rest in perfect peace. Thank you Mandela, for being an example and role model to the world. Your sacrifice, your leadership , being a father to your nation and an icon for Africa and the word is inspiring to me. In fighting for freedom, you are one of my key models. Thank you.
So, I had a bitter experience with sweet things, that was part 1. Like I always share with people, you don’t learn much when you succeed, the real lessons show up when you fail. You spend nights dreaming and asking yourself what exactly did you do wrong. Yes, dream! I stopped being serious about chess after taking a few beatings on Saturday morning, I got to church the next day, closed my eyes to worship, and all I could see were black and white squares and giant pieces. Right there in church, in the presence of the omniscient, my mind was trying to recover from a failure experience and learn lessons. That marked the end of chess adoration – talk about the power of failure.
Something fundamental happens to you when you lick enough Trebor to last what some people lick in a year in 1 week. Yes, you grow a bond with Trebor, everytime you see it, you remember the taste, quite after you remember your last failure encounter. Failure is an awesome and memorable teacher.