While at home on Thursday evening, I felt the urge to register the general email account of my company on my two-month old Blackberry phone.  In less than five minutes after I successfully registered the account, a deluge of emails flooded my phone. I immediately began to read through them, most were notifications from twitter and spam mails, but after reading one particular email, I yelled so loud that a cousin of mine who has been around dashed to my room asking what had happened. I sadly told her of how I had missed a good business offer because I just got to see the email which was sent to me three weeks ago and the deal was to be executed two weeks ago.

It was a Bank Manager’s reply to my company’s monthly newsletter for May captioned ‘beyond having them, keep them!’, in that newsletter I had narrated how I got my brand new gas cooker replaced by the dealer a week after I purchased it and then I went further to highlight few business lessons from the encounter.

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He was so moved by the short narrative article that he sent in a reply requesting me to come talk to staffs of his branch, but like I stated earlier, I saw the email late and so I missed the chance. This brought some bad thoughts to my mind until I decided to look out for the positive side of the experience like I usually do, then it dawned on me that though I may have lost the chance, I gained something – my newsletter yielded result! When I was contemplating what to pen down for the May Newsletter, nothing readily came to my mind and so, I decided to share that story which happened just a week earlier.

Writing monthly Newsletters was one of the strategies I introduced to market my company, beyond that, it was an opportunity for me to keep writing and to further improve my writing skills. Ever since I ventured into Brand Development, Printing & Publishing, my writing ability has been a very good competitive edge. Writing alone has opened several doors of opportunities for me, and those opportunities are part of the reasons I have come this far since after graduating from Engineering in 2006.

It was in this trail of thoughts I conceived the message below to share with as many that are out there trying to find their way to success:

If you know you are PASSIONATE about what you studied in school, then please, by all means TRY to build your career in that direction…

But if you know DEEP DOWN in your heart that what you seek is a “good pay”, then please stop wasting your time at home complaining about unemployment and WISHING for the highest paying job; find something to do (whether your talent or an acquired skill) – so long as it is positive, get yourself trained in things that catch your interest – so long as you can afford it, eliminate mediocrity from your daily activities, ensure you put desperation in check, be as prudent as possible, discipline yourself to delay gratification, appreciate “little” blessings, despise not your little beginnings, and above all, trust in God who has caused time and chance to happen to us all.

And for those who have something they are passionate about other than what they studied in school, you are not being foolish; you are a person of courage trying to chart a different course for your life. Your dream may come true, it may also not, but in all, learn all the lessons YOUR PATH offers you, don’t hate loved ones who do not support you or believe in you – that is their way of showing their concern for you. The path may be tougher than you envisaged, but then, if it were to be easy, MANY would have towed the same line. It is no ordinary feat and that’s why you are extra-ordinary. You may go hungry some days, you may go penniless some days, you may stay lonely some days, but always remember what got you started in the first place, and if it was genuine passion, it will not leave you bruised in the end. Our ends differ, so I can’t tell how it will end for you, but I know you will appreciate it all at THE END.

If you can relate with what I just wrote and you felt somehow inspired or encouraged by it, please inspire and encourage somebody else by sharing this post with them.

Thank YOU for reading!

Sight is what your eyes see, VISION is what your mind sees. Stay focused!

Sight is what your eyes see, VISION is what your mind sees. Stay focused!




He is a young Nigerian who is passionate about positive social change, youth leadership development, and the growth of SMEs in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Maple is the Principal Consultant of Mapemond Resources, a Brand Development and Idea Management Firm. He is the Founder of Fayples Nigeria, an online clothing store. He is also the initiator of the Southern Brands Project, an initiative aimed at inspiring creative enterprise among young Nigerians in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

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