Did you know that oracle’s Larry Ellison dropped out of college after his adoptive mother died and held odd jobs for eight years? He was worth $41 million as of September 2013.
Did you know that Ibiagbanidokibubo ‘Agbani’ was born into a family of eight children and at ten, she was sent to boarding school in a bid to shield her from her mother who had breast cancer and eventually died two years later? Agbani is now best known as the first black African to be crowned Miss World, a feat she achieved at the age of 19.
Did you know that Del Vecchio was one of five children who was eventually sent to an orphanage because his widow mother couldn’t care for him and later worked in a factory where he lost part of his finger? Yet, at the age of 23, Del Vecchio opened his own moulding shop, which expanded to become the world’s largest maker of sunglasses and prescription eyeware with brands like Ray-Ban and Oakley. He was worth $15.3 billion as of March 2013.
Did you know that Chief Michael Adenuga – Chairman Chief Executive Officer of Globacom had to work as a taxi driver and security guard to sustain himself while in school in America? Yet at age 26, Adenuga had already become a millionaire with connections in high places.
I’m sure you also know that Oprah Winfrey has stated she was molested by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend, starting when she was nine years old living with her mother, who had found work as a housemaid in Milwaukee. Yet today, she’s a multiple awards winner through her on-screen and philanthropic prowess.
Did you also know that J. K Rowling’s original Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected by a dozen publishers until Bloomsbury, a small London publisher took it only because the CEO’s eight-year old daughter begged her father to print the book? The same novel won most of the British book awards that were judged by children, and other awards in the US. The book reached the top of the New York Times list of best-selling fiction in August 1999, and stayed near the top of that list for much of 1999 and 2000. It has been translated into several other languages and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name.
Did you know that Ibukun Awosika didn’t like the course chemistry which she studied at OAU Ife? Did you know that her love shifted from Arts to Architecture, law and accounting all of which she attempted to switch to while in school, only to turn down a retainership offer from Akintola Williams after her NYSC because she now hated accounting? It was her three and a half life defining months that led her to starting her own furniture company with three carpenters, two upholsterers and two sprayers. Ibukun says, “As at today, the company I run makes turn-over in hundreds of millions of naira. We have the largest office furniture factory in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa set up with the largest French furniture manufacturing company here in Nigeria“.
And then, there’s 32years old Josie Tam whom I tweeted about lately after I read about her on BBC; she was born with a form of dwarfism, is only 3ft 11” tall and grew up in a slum area in Hong kong yet she’s currently referred to as” the tech boss with designs on the global fashion industry” by BBC.
A lot of comments on my last post, “Underlying Truths” had the “I wish” phrase attached to them so my questions are, “Why won’t you? What’s stopping you? What’s your excuse?” There is no easy way to success; the only way is to #WakeUpAndMove.
A great majority of the people we admire today had huge challenges to deal with at certain points in their lives; from birth defects to sexual abuse, early loss of parents, poverty, lack of funds for education, welfare or business start-up, career confusion, you name it. In Jean-Paul Sartre’s words, “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give life a meaning.
So we must begin to replace old habits by changing our mentality on key issues that affect us because that mentality becomes your words, the words turn into actions which grow to become habits that shape your character, and eventually that character becomes your destiny. Bob Lodie writing for small business brief suggested the following steps for a mind reset;
“First begin by specifically identifying the results you want. Then create and develop actions that will accomplish those results. Lastly, examine your beliefs about those actions to determine if they are holding you back… So if you want to achieve your goals, create a mindset that supports the truth you want in your future.”
Remember, whether you think you can or can’t, you are right (Henry Ford). #WakeUpAndMove
By OBBIE Luya
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