Monday Success Reflections with Apeh: 30 – Reader’s Survey

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh: 30 – Reader’s Survey

Hello Friend,

Last week, I decided to do something different with #MondaySuccessReflections. I asked you to help me with a readers’ survey. I am yet receive your response to the survey. Kindly find time to fill it out for me so I that I’ll be able to provide you with better values.

Like I said earlier, I will serve you better if I know you better.

My greatest desire is to provide you with smart and actionable solutions that will help you achieve success in your everyday life. images

For me to do that effectively, I need to understand what your most important needs are and how you want me to help you with them.

I want to know what you think about my posts and how to make it better for your benefit.

I have put this survey together with that in mind. Kindly respond to the following questions as honest as possible in the survey (link below).

I desire to see you excel!

Find the survey here:

http://bit.ly/1qOchWz

I am really expectant to hear from you. Thanks for your time.

I still remain…..

 

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede

@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge

Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh: 29 – Readers’ Survey

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh: 29 – Readers’ Survey

Hello Friend,

Today, I have decided to do something different with #MondaySuccessReflections. I want you to help me with a readers’ survey.

I will serve you better if I know you better.

My greatest desire is to provide you with smart and actionable solutions that will help you achieve success in your everyday life.

For me to do that effectively, I need to understand what your most important needs are and how you want me to help you with them.

I want to know what you think about my posts and how to make it better for your benefit.

I have put this survey together with that in mind. Kindly respond to the following questions as honest as possible in the survey (link below).

I desire to see you excel!

Find the survey here:

http://bit.ly/1qOchWz

I am really expectant to hear from you. Thanks for your time.

I still remain…..

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede

@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge

Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

BBM: 74200893

 

 

#MondaySuccessReflections: 28 – Overcoming Complacency

#MondaySuccessReflections: 28 – Overcoming Complacency

Hello Friend,

It’s a beautiful week for me. I hope it’s same with you. I started my week with a powerful twitter hangout on #Audacity2Lead with my friend, Dayo Samuel, discussing ‘PURPOSE-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP‘. If you missed it, you can check my twitter timeline to see everything I shared yesterday.

So, here we are today for another edition of #MondaySuccessReflections. Let’s discuss Overcoming Complacency today, hoping it will be of great help to you. The dictionary defines complacency as a feeling of calm satisfaction, quiet pleasure or security with your own abilities or situation that prevents you from trying harder.

Many people are not succeeding today, not because the resources they need are not within their reach but because they are too lazy and care-free to stretch out and maximize these resources. Complacency is a killer of success. Why it is so dangerous is that a complacent individual is never aware of the potential dangers or defect of his apathy towards himself/herself or others around.

According to Pat Riley, in his book, ‘The Winner Within, complacency is the last hurdle any winner must overcome before attaining potential greatness. So, it implies that any complacent person towards his/her own life is robbing himself/herself of the potential to become great.

Where does complacency come from? Complacency is a product of false feeling of satisfaction; absence of a major, visible crisis; low performance standards; lack of performance feedback among many others, As a Christian when the desire to know more of God through His word and to fellowship with other believers, complacency can set in. images

What are the dangers of complacency? Complacency leads to a drop in standards and the efforts that had previously brought success to a complacent person. Because of the false feeling and satisfaction we receive from past success and glory, there is this tendency to give up all our passion and drive. At the time of complacency, we let down our guard and tend to relax. For a Christian, it can lead to disconnection from your spiritual source. These are reasons why we must totally avoid becoming complacent.

If you are already entangled by complacency, you can overcome it today. These are way to achieve that.

  1. Embrace creativity in your daily life.
  2. Become accountable to someone.
  3. Set a deadline for your goals.
  4. Raise your standard very high.
  5. Get rid of visible signs of success.
  6. Remain always motivated.
  7. Delight yourself in God’s word

I do not claim that these are exhaustive ways to overcome complacency but I can assure you that applying these in your life will definitely help you win the battle over complacency.

So, I hope that this week, you will not struggle with this weakness but move to a greater level of performance in your work and life. Have a successful week.

I still remain…..

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede

@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge

Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

BBM: 74200893

 

 

 

#MondaySuccessReflections: 27 – Maximizing Your Relationships

#MondaySuccessReflections: 27 – Maximizing Your Relationships

Hello Friend,

It’s another week of #MondaySuccessReflections. It’s also the first day as well as the first Monday in September. See how time flies. And we are just about 121 days to the end of the year….that’s more than half-way into 2014.

So, my friend, as you can see, we have no much time again to waste. If we must meet our targets for the year, we must learn to maximize every opportunity that God brings our way. One of such opportunities is the relationships we have with people God brings into our lives and across our paths.

Today, I want to reflect on maximizing your relationships. I am sure you must have heard of the popular John Maxwell’s mantra stating that ‘everything rises and falls on leadership’. But I dare to say that ‘everything rises and falls on relationship’; because even leadership on its own cannot exist until a relationship is first established. This is how important relationship is.

Just look around you. You see people from different class, tongues, tribes, nations and colours, yet in one way or the other you are connected to each of them at one level or the other; you share with them and learn from them. It’s so powerful to know how relationships have transformed many things in the lives of many of us. images (1)

Growing up as a young person, one of the things I learnt from one of my mentors was the power of relationships. When I look back at those relationships I was able to maximize, I have no regrets.

Time will fail me to discuss how I have been blessed by them all. Let me share with you a few things I learnt on my way trying to learn how to maximize your relationships…

  1. Understand the purpose of the relationship

Just like you exist for a reason, same way, everyone in your life is there at the moment for a purpose. This understanding is the common way to avoid abuse of any relationship.

Someone is in your life or you in someone else’s life to either model a lifestyle, motivate to the next level, mentor to begin to fulfil potential or help to multiply positive results.

You must understand what any person in your life is there for or what you are in other people’s life to do.

  1. Understand the level at which the relationship is

Everybody in your life is not at the same level of relationship and so it is with you too in the life of other people.

This means that when you treat all of them as if they are on the same level, you’ll not be able to maximize your relationships. In relating with people, someone would either be your down-line (someone you are higher than and looks up to you), your contemporary (someone who’s at the same level of class, knowledge, skills, etc with you that you share notes with) or your up-line (someone above you that you look up to).

You must understand where everyone in your life is and properly give them their due respect and expect same from others as well.

  1. Understand the goal at each level of the relationship

You will have to determine what you want out of each of the relationships in your life no matter its purpose or level. It is not enough to understand the purpose and level of a relationship in your life. You must be able to know what you want to get or give. This will help you maintain focus in any relationship and avoid any distractions that could destroy your relationship and rob you of the blessings in relationships.

  1. Understand the kind of relationship it is

Are you in a business-customer, Leader-Follower, Lover-Lover, Teacher-Student, Mentor-Protégé, etc relationship? If you do not know the kin d of relationship you are into, how would you be able to define its purpose in the first place?

For example, if you do not know you are in a Lover-Lover relationship, you may receive the sock of your life when he proposes or when she shows you her wedding card.

But when you understand the kind of relationship existing in your life, you will then be able to set understand its purpose and establish the right level and goal

If there is just one advice I have to give you for this month, it would be: MAXIMIZE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS.

I still remain…..

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede

@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge

Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

BBM: 74200893

#MondaySuccessReflections: 26 – Controlled Failure: How not to make failing fatal 4. There’s deeper purpose in failing

#MondaySuccessReflections: 26 – Controlled Failure: How not to make failing fatal 4. There’s deeper purpose in failing

There was a man who was meant to be built up and encouraged by his teacher, the first man in his life to help him overcome failure. Yet, it was the same teacher who first called and labelled him a failure. He felt dejected and rejected. However, along the line, through curiosity and eagerness to know, he knew or rather discovered that ‘you can only be what people call you if you call yourself same’.

In his lifetime, he did great things that his teacher could not. He became more than a success. He was later on, some years ago, named ‘greatest mind of this century’. If you are someone close to trends of events, you would’ve guessed right who I’m talking about. His name was Albert Einstein.

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Albert said these words which I count very meaningful. He said “I am thankful to all those who said no. It’s because of them I did it myself”. It only seemed to me that Einstein along the line in his life just discovered a secret on ‘how not to make failing fatal’ for him to make that comment. I believe that he discovered the deeper purpose in failing. So today’s #MondaySuccessReflections dwells on the truth that…….

  • There could be a deeper purpose in failing than just failure

So, as I round up with the last part in this series, believing that you have been encouraged to face failing and failure for the rest of your life, let me share with you on this subject.

How do you respond to failing and failure in your life? Do you see it as a means to get better or that you are not good at anything? Do you always think it’s the plan of the devil when you fail or that God could be showing you a better way? Do you see failing and failure as a threshing floor, refining you to become the best in what you do or do you take it to be a disaster to your goals and dreams? It’s all about your PERSPECTIVE. Here are a few things I think about how failing and failure could be for a deeper purpose than making you feel useless, rejected and despised.

  1. Failing simply shows us that we need more than ourselves to succeed in life. We need God and the supernatural a times.
  1. Failing simply means that we need people in our lives to hold us up and provide us with the right support. Network with destiny helpers.
  1. Failing simply means that we may not yet be ready to take charge of what we pursue as dreams and goals in life.
  1. Failing simply shows that there is still room to improve on our skills, strengths and weaknesses, as well as our strategies.
  1. Failing simply means there’s more work to do if you want to be the best in what we do.
  1. Failing simply teaches us to prepare well and be ready before we launch out.

Above all, two things you must always keep in mind when you face situations that look like failure situations are these. First, when you fail, there are good and well-meaning people around to help you find your way through difficult times and help you achieve success. How do you know them? You know them by the way they respond to you when you fail. They do not mock or laugh at you, rather they help you up and encourage you. Look around and you’ll find them. Second, if you do not find anyone, know that there is God who you can call out to and He will hear you out. Some don’t believe there is God but I want you to give Him a try and He’ll show up for you.

I just hope you have been blessed. I will be glad to hear from you to know how this series has blessed you.

I still remain…..

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede

@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge

Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge

BBM: 74200893

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh: 25 – Controlled Failure: How not to make failing fatal 3. Let failing build your proficiency

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh: 25 – Controlled Failure: How not to make failing fatal 3. Let failing build your proficiency

When we talk about learning a new language or developing a new skill, one word always comes up by default. That word is ‘proficiency’. That is why when you are filling out any document that requires you to indicate your background in a particular language or skill, you will be required to indicate such by a ‘level of proficiency’.

Today in #MondaySuccessReflections, continuing with our series on ‘how not to make failing fatal’, I will highlight how failing can help you build proficiency in any area you are failing and finally make you better positioned to be able to achieve success in it. So, today here is:

• Proficiency can be built with failing

For your information, the word proficiency is synonymous with the following words;

skill, skilfulness, expertise, experience, ability, capability, capacity,competence,

competency, adeptness, adroitness, excellence, mastery, prowess,

professionalism, aptitude, deftness, dexterity, finesse, facility,effectiveness,

accomplishment, aptness, expertness, talent;

So when you improve in proficiency it means you just improved in any of these. The word of God says “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again;” and in another place, the word of God also says “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” The implication of these scriptures is that failing never kills you. And someone once said, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger**. And so if failing doesn’t kill you, then there must be something it does to you. That is to make you stronger, better and more resilient.

Going back to our language and skill test and proficiency example, let’s learn from that. I have had experience with learning a new language. One thing I have discovered is that your proficiency increases with every failed attempt to master a language or a skill.

I believe that every failure has a cause. There is what is called ‘failure analysis**in forensic and engineering practices. Failure analysis is the process of collecting and analysing data to determine the cause of a failure. It is an important discipline in many branches of manufacturing industry, such as the electronics industry, where it is a vital tool used in the development of new products and for the improvement of existing products. If we apply this principle in life, it will be very helpful in making us a better people.

You must understand that it is not all the times you intend to improve your capability, capacity, competence, skilfulness, dexterity, deftness, excellence, professionalism or any of those words listed about that it happens at the first attempt. Sometimes, you have to fail over and over again to become an expert in something.

How can this be done? Whenever anything does not work out as planned, what is expected is to develop a mechanism or process that will help you collect and analyse information about yourself and your actions that led to failing in whatever you are involved in. It is better to handle failing that way than to leave your life to fate, believing or thinking you were meant to be a failure, and giving the society the impetus to see and call you so.

So this week, take every failing moment as an opportunity to improve proficiency in what you are failing at and see yourself getter stronger and better. I will see you at the top.

I still remain…..

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede
@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge
Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge
BBM: 74200893

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Monday Success Reflections with Apeh : 24 – Controlled Failure: How not to make failing fatal 2. Every failure creates new opportunities

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh : 24 – Controlled Failure: How not to make failing fatal 2. Every failure creates new opportunities

Hello Friend,

Last week, I started a #MondaySuccessReflections discussion on how to control failure and not making failing fatal. I have received lots of feedbacks from many of us who had time to read through the piece. I have personally learnt from last week’s edition. Today, we continue to disperse the fear of failing in the hearts of men and women in this generation. So, here’s my reflection for this week!

• Every failure creates new opportunities just as does every success

Most people will agree that success creates new opportunity but it will take a hard-knocked guy to believe same about failure. Our society has regimented our thinking to only look out for opportunities in places or circumstances that we feel success resides. Unfortunately, this has not really done us much good, especially if you consider how derailed this upcoming generation has become and how this same generation has become failure-phobia.

On the contrary, Loa Tzu, a philosopher and poet of ancient China once said
“Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved.”This statement therefore implies that it is not in all cases that success comes without a sting of failing. Napoleon Hill once stated, “Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.”

I once read a story about how what we call ‘Post-It-Notes’ was discovered.Spence Ferguson Silver, was working on a new type of glue when he mixed different chemicals together that led to glue that didn’t stick very well. Instead of looking at this as strictly a failure, he looked for the opportunity within it. Eventually this lousy sticking glue became what is known as Post-It-Notes. He collaborated with Arthur Fry to come up with the concept of these sticky notes. Spencer is now named on over 20 US patents; but his most significant invention was not an immediate success. Today, there is even a website full of other opportunities for ‘Post-It-Notes’ which can be found here.

It was Spence’s failure that created the opportunity to discover the Post-It-Notes. Unfortunately, we always fail to look out for opportunities. One lesson from today’s reflection is that ‘opportunities do not always lurk in the places we expect, waiting for us to pick them up, sometimes they are hidden in those times we fail’.

I am sharing this because I want you to know that you are bigger than any failure; that in your failure is an opportunity; that something good can still come out of what you are facing today, big enough to turn your dreams around. If you will not take this piece as one of those pep-talks to make you feel good, then it could change your life. All I want you to begin to do from today is, whenever you encounter any difficulty of failure, just ask God to show you the opportunity that He wants to create out of it. This alone can give your life a whole new and lots of meaning.

I still remain…..

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede
@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge
Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge
BBM: 74200893

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At St Peter s Armidale ppt

Apeh Omede is the founder of LifeExcel International, a youth-led organisation working to help youths achieve personal leadership, development, purpose, and passion for their lives so they can excel in life. You can follow his blog here.

 

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh : 23 – Controlled Failure: How not to make failing fatal 1. You can make Failing Intentional

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh : 23 – Controlled Failure: How not to make failing fatal 1. You can make Failing Intentional

Hello friend,

In the past two weeks I have been sharing about myself, my wallet and Ikechi, the guy who helped save my wallet. I’m sure you really were inspired by those stories. I want to thank all who commented and connected with Ikechi after the series. So here comes a new line of thought tagged ‘Controlled Failure:’ How not to make failing fatal. I will therefore start today’s #MondaySuccessReflections with a subtitle, You can make Failing intentional!

Ours today is a world where failure is commonplace, both in terms of people we consider as failures and how we see ourselves as failures in most cases. I thought it was good to ask ourselves in such a time therefore, how can failure be taken as not fatal? Is it possible to live a life you take control over failure in a way that it does not diminish your self-worth or tarnish your self-image?

I am of the school of thought that failing to meet a goal, target or objective must not always mean you have failed. I can as well mean you have learnt how to get better…. We will x-ray four points on how to control failure and not make failing fatal, beginning with the first idea. Now, this is not a point you may agree with but just give me a break!

• You can make Failing Intentional

Have you ever for one day decided to go into a game that you are sure you’ll not win? Conventional thinking sees that as stupid act to do. How can someone in his right senses take a fight he knows he’ll lose? You know you think that way too. But the truth is that there are too many lessons you can learn when you allow yourself to intentionally engage in activities you are pretty sure would not turn out positively. So, making failing intentional does not really mean deciding to fail but deciding to take a noble action even when you know you may fail in it.

I learnt about a Chinese child genius was normal routine was to be subjected to activities he knew he would actually fail. As you continuously do so, you become so bold to face failure that you are no longer afraid to try anything. You will end up building persistence against failure and never take failing as the end to your dreams. This is one of the easiest ways to learn how to handle failure.

Let me ask you this. Did Paul, the Apostle know he was going to die if he goes to Jerusalem as prophesied by Agabus and yet decided to go there? Did Jesus know that He was going to be crucified by His own people and yet decided to go to them? Maybe I am being too spiritual but what about Thomas Edison whom history tells us about one of his experiments that took about a thousand trials before he finally got a successful result? Did you think he knew the 504th Trial will turn out positive? I don’t think so. Yet these men intentionally decided to take actions that almost anyone would consider an action leading to failure. They were willing to fail because they considered that failing could control them.

From my personal experience, I have learnt this principle. I have not always competed because I knew I was going to win. Sometimes, I had intentionally participated in activities I knew I was going to fail because I needed the feedbacks to be able to re-launch my attack more effectively. I am currently on Australian Government Scholarship, but it was not always so. It took me another four years to be offered two prestigious scholarships in Australia at the same time.

Before then, I had applied to schools in USA, Canada, Europe as well as the same University I currently hold a scholarship at. As a matter of fact, I cannot count the number of scholarships I have applied for in my life. I didn’t do all that because of determination per se, because for so many of them I knew I was not going to get them but I still went on. Someone will call me a fool but I was looking for something. I was looking for one person who will tell me what it takes to gain an international scholarship or one person who will comment on my potential to gain one.

So one day, I got a message from a woman in UK saying, “I am only constraint from taking you on my research programme because of just one thing. You have not lived in UK for up to three years. But I am sure that with the quality of your CV, you will surely get a position someday.” Now, I heard that several times after I had applied several times without headway. It was then I knew that failing to gain a scholarship does not mean I was never going to get one if I learn the right lessons, put them to practice and keep applying.

When you know you will fail and still go on to try a thing, that is what I call courage. That is what I consider the right attitude toward success and failure. That is what makes the difference between someone who eventually succeed and another who will end up miserable with unfulfilled dreams.

My desire today is that you learn this lesson, to make it hard for failing to become fatal as you continue to pursue your dream. Decide to take that step even when you sense the possibility of not succeeding. You never know what can come out of it.

I still remain…..

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede
@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge
Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge
BBM: 74200893

At St Peter s Armidale ppt

Apeh Omede is the founder of LifeExcel International, a youth-led organisation working to help youths achieve personal leadership, development, purpose, and passion for their lives so they can excel in life. You can follow his blog here.

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh : 22 – Everything you do matters: Meet Ikechi, the guy who saved my wallet and 5 lessons…

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh : 22 – Everything you do matters: Meet Ikechi, the guy who saved my wallet and 5 lessons…

Hello friend,
Last week, I did a post on how my blog saved my wallet. What I didn’t mention was the young man who was wise enough to google my name to the point of locating my blog and found a means to contact me. My friend, Teekay pointed out to me it would be nice to know more about this wonderful young man. Today, I want you to meet Ikechi, the young man who saved my wallet.

Before going out that day, I had asked at the hotel reception if I left my wallet on the desk last night after we got back from out outing. So they knew I had lost my wallet. After the call from Ikechi and having met him and got the wallet back, we went back to the hotel. On getting to the reception, we met the receptionist and a guest who just arrived and was about checking in. I told the receptionist, ‘We found my wallet’.

Immediately, you will notice the reaction and change on their faces. What I said didn’t sound like what can happen in Nigeria. And the question was, ‘Do you mean someone in this country found your wallet and returned it’? ‘That guy must have come from another planet and not a Nigerian’. That was their reaction. I responded, ‘His name is Ikechi Chukwu, he’s actually a young Law student of University of Ilorin and from Rivers State’. The shock they expressed at that revelation was unimaginable.

I for one was as well first shocked when Ikechi handed the wallet to me, well intact with everything in the wallet still in it. But at the same time I thought about what I would have done if I were to pick someone else’s wallet. My action wouldn’t have been any different after all. So I thought there must be something unique about Ikechi.

Ikechi Chukwu who looks to be between his late teens and very early twenties happened to be one of the youths that the future of this country can be committed to without fear of what such youth will do. He’s actually a young man with a difference. He spent his own call credit to get in touch with us, gave us direction on how to locate him and waited for us by the roadside to the senior staff quarters of University of Ilorin for about an hour until we arrived. After handing over the wallet, we didn’t have anything reasonable to give in appreciation. So on getting back we emailed and asked him to send his account details to us so we could appreciate him, at least for his call credits. You will again be shocked by his response. Here are his exact words in reply to my email….

‘Your gratitude and prayers are more than enough. There is no need for any other appreciative gesture. It was just the right thing to do. I’ll keep in touch, my regards to your wife. Happy married life Sir.’

Last time I was in touch with him to ask how he was fairing, he said, ‘ I’m on break now doing an attache in a law office, taking driving lessons and taking some time for myself.’ This young man has a paper on a legal issue under process for publication at Faculty of Law at Dalhousie in Canada. He blogs at www.cidouglas.wordpress.com where he shares his views about everyday life in our society and tweets @CI_DOUGLAS. Is this young man not a hopeful face of Nigerian future?

So, what are the success reflections from Ikechi’s life?
1. Every one on Nigerian streets is not as bad as we think. There are still remnants left.
2. There are youths in this country who value honour, dignity and integrity more than money
3. It takes a young man with focus, vision, purpose and direction to make Ikechi’s kind of difference in someone else’s life
4. There are several Ikechis on our streets that only need the right lessons and support to make a difference
5. Ikechi’s life teaches the principle of collective good and paying forward every good deed.

I just hope you will find time and reflect on these and probably find a means to continue to be a difference maker in this generation. Feel free to connect with Ikechi on these platforms and maybe hear from him personally.

Twitter: @CI_DOUGLAS
Blog: www.cidouglas.wordpress.com
BBM: 2BAA85FB

I still remain…..

Your friend in Success and Excellence

Apeh Omede
@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge
Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge
BBM: 74200893

 

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh : 21 – Everything you do matters: How my blog saved my wallet

Monday Success Reflections with Apeh : 21 – Everything you do matters: How my blog saved my wallet

Hello friend,
It is good to be here with you again. As you may know, I have been offline here because I have been working on my wedding, which by God’s grace, is three weeks and two days today. Before I go on, I will like to appreciate everyone who had prayed, given a hand or any kind of support to us. On this note, I resume #MondaySuccessReflections.

I have come to truly realise that everything you do matters. Let me share my first experience on this matter. It was just two days after our wedding and we were still held back at Ilorin trying to round up a few things, and at the same time enjoying the first phase of our honeymoon. So I decided to take my new bride out. We had just finished have two glasses of chapman and a medium-sized made-in-Nigeria Hawaii pineapple flavoured pizza at Chronicles Restaurant and Bar. From there, we moved to Shoprite.

After a few pick ups, we boarded a taxi and in few minutes, we alighted and moved on to our hotel room. Being tired, we slept off. The next thing, it was morning. We got dressed and ready to go out. Behold, my wallet was no where to be found. We just discovered that I had lost my wallet the previous night. In that wallet were all my cards including very important ones I need back in Australia.

We searched everywhere and yet could not find it. We decided to go back to Shoprite, hoping we had left it there. But something happened. Before we got to the road to board a taxi to Shoprite, God’s Spirit spoke to my heart, saying my wife and I should just stand by the road. We got there and just stood, after trying to get several taxi and none was willing to pick us as in the first place we didn’t even know where to start from.

Before we knew it, a call came in from a strange number. ‘Good morning, please am I speaking with Mr Apeh Omede?’ ‘Yes, you are!’ I exclaimed. He said ‘I picked up your wallet in a taxi last night. You can come to University of Ilorin to pick it up’. In the next few minutes, we were with this young man at the University. After handing over the wallet to me, I asked, ‘how did you get my number’? I asked, because I didn’t have my Nigerian contact anywhere in my wallet. And he said, ‘I goggled your name and saw some blog posts by you with some bearing your phone number’. I was shocked.

I have been blogging for a while now and I have received lots of commendations and accolades from my audience but never had it ever occurred to me that my blog will save my wallet someday. All I did was to try my best to take that as serious as I could. If not for my blog, I wonder how that young man would’ve reached me.

There are many of us who do several things with our lives but we have never taken them serious or ever thought that, that one thing we do matters a lot. Fact is, you can never say when that thing you are doing will reward you. Do not look down on it or take it lightly. That may be your saviour someday in time of need. That is why the word of God says “whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with all your heart”.

Today, I charge you that your success may be dependent on that little thing you do daily, though it’s impacting life, but you still think it does not matter because it has not rewarded you. Would you rather take it serious from today?

Apeh Omede
@jabulaniapeh, @ApehOmede, @SuccessConverge @myLifeExcel
Team Leader – LifeExcel and Convener, SuccessConverge
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