Long walk… to success

Years back, I experienced a serious setback at some point and my youth pastor at that time recommended a book for me to read “it will help you” he said. Enthusiastically, I bought the book and started reading like my redemption depended on it. Written by a renowned writer and speaker, the book fueled the rage to get back on my feet and keep pursuing goals. After reading about the experiences of successful people and the failures they overcame before succeeding, I made up my mind never to give up. The book changed my entire perspective about “failure’ from that day I embraced it like a lover. Failure became an assurance of success for me.

Failing Forward By John Maxwell

Peradventure you encounter failure at a point and you feel like giving it all up, just imagine it like a giant or wild animal standing on your way of getting through a door that leads to your freedom and treasure house, ofcourse, you will feel fear but remember “fear is just a growling animal with no teeth” In this scenario there are two choices:

1) Turn back and accept “fate”ù

                          OR

2) Fight the giant and enter your treasure house or die trying.

Success means different things to different people. But I have chosen to succeed or die trying. I won’t settle for less. In the end it’s all about the choices we make.

Recently, I watched a movie titled “Harriet”. (highly recommended) It’s a true story of a slave called by that name during the slave era in America.  Even though there were many slaves who accepted the situation and just continued surviving in the oppression, Harriet took the risk and ran. There was a particular scene that got me thinking, while running away, she got to a bridge and was surrounded by her master’s armies ready to capture her. Now faced with two choices; to surrender or jump into the ocean. She said “I either die or be free”. She chose the latter and guess what? she survived and later became an abolitionist.                                                                                          

The Movie Harriet
Real Life Harriet Tobman (late)

(who knows maybe centuries from now, my story, struggles and success will be adapted into a movie  too. Just Saying)

I know not everybody can be a hero(ine) but, we can all learn to embrace failure or obstacle and not get intimidated by it. I have not read or heard of anyone who was awarded for giving-up. So, like John Maxwell said “the next time you fail, remember to fail forward.

Below is my short piece about FAILURE;

Most dread the sound of the word

Only few embrace it

The fear of it has grounded many

But is failure that terrible?

It can be likened to grease that makes your passage smooth

Every fall teaches you a lesson and makes you stronger

Failure is like a ladder you climb to success

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It is inevitable

Most successful people in the world have failed in several endeavours

Thomas Edison failed 99 times before he succeeded in inventing the light bulb

Henry Ford went broke five times before he succeeded

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Every failure births a new path to achieving success

Any time you fall, dust yourself and move forward

Try harder and keep trying till you achieve your goal

No one has ever been credited for giving up

Failure should intensify your desire to succeed

So, the next time you fall

Get Up!

Chronicles of Mrs (Part 3)

“I think we should call him with my second number and if the strange woman picks, I will pretend to be a business client waiting for him at the office. That way, we should be able to talk to him”.  Okay, I just want to talk to Jude and squeeze life out of him. Jedi replied.

Sophia: Hello

Strange woman: How can I help you

Sophia: I will like to speak with Mr Jude

Strange woman: who are you?

Silence

Strange woman: Hello, I said who are you?

Sophia: Well, this is Mrs. Bruce his business partner kindly put him on the phone

Strange woman: He will not be able to talk to you now but he will get back to you.

Sophia: Kindly tell him he has just 30 minutes to get back to me or I will call off the deal and get my money back. Bye. (drops the call).

“Now we just have to wait for him to call back” The two friends sat down on the chair staring at the phone on the table in front of them.

. . . .                             

Dropping the phone back on the bed. She hurriedly dressed up, packed her things and removed the fifty thousand Jude had in his wallet.  Then she hesitated, and left a thousand naira for his transportation with a note:

“Hello handsome, welcome back from paradise, am sure you enjoyed your self last night, well, if you can’t remember kindly check the bathroom. Mrs Bruce called and she is waiting for you. For your own safety, don’t try to look for me”

All what Jude could remember correctly was going into the bar to have a drink with the beautiful stranger after getting down from the bus. He taught his brain was playing some tricks on him feeling like he just woke up from a trance. ‘Not so ‘Rather, it was the beautiful stranger that played some dirty tricks to sleep with him and rip him of some cash. For the strange woman, she carefully targets and seduce her victims drug them and rapes them. (Strange you say… Well, women now rape men). It was quite unfortunate that Jude fell into her trap that day.

He picked up the note beside him on the bed, checks his phone and Suddenly, he screamed NO! NO! God! How did this happen to me? Oh my wife! Jude dialed the last number on his call log:

Jude: Hello

Sophia: Mr Jude why did you do this to your wife?

Jude: Please who am I speaking to? Am so confused right now

Jedi snapped the phone out of her friend’s hands,

“Jude you left me for a strange woman, My God will Jugde you.

Jude: Honey am so sorry, please I will explain when I see you.

They have only been married for 2 years and now, there is an accidental infidelity.