I had just come up with the idea to publish a book. I was almost rounding off my NYSC and I thought it was a great way to wrap up my stay and contribute to the lives of the young people in the state. My manuscript was ready and I was set roll. I shared the dream with my roommate and we
danced about the idea came up with great plans about how to bring the project to a reality. Basking in the excitment about having my work in print, a voice slowly whispered into my ears “YOU HAVE NO MONEY”. As much as I wanted to ignore that voice and command it to get behind me, I had no cash. Even my monthly ‘allowee’ was delayed that month. I took a crazy step. I wrote down all the names of people I knew, who I thought could help. Friends, family, colleagues, twitter followers, everyone! I boarded a private jet to visit all of them put out as much calls as I could. Even though that experience almost gave me bald hair, I achieved that goal. I raised the money I needed to published my first book. I learned my first lesson through that journey – The power of networks (or say, the people you know)
Raising money for that project wasn’t as easy as consuming shawarma, but it happened. I guess it happened because I tried, because I took action, because I put out the calls, because I talked to the people I know. At that point, I realized that the networks we already have now is more powerful and important that we even think. Life often reveals lessons to us when we try to achieve whatever we set out to achieve.. We fail because we tried, which is why failure isn’t really failure because a lesson has been learnt.
As we cruise through the journey of life, in our businesses, Ferrari, relationships, negotiations, careers, we continue to learn different lessons.
We learn not to compare ourselves to others. We learn not to judge others (before we even get to know them)
Life teaches us that it isn’t always good enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes we must learn to forgive ourselves.
It teaches us that no matter how bad a heart is broken; the world doesn’t stop for your grief.
It teaches us that that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for whom we become.
It teaches us that we don’t have to change friends, if we understand that friends change.
It teaches us that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
It teaches us that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
Life makes us realize that our life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you so far? Share with us!