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THE LADY THAT SELLS PEPPER TAUGHT ME AN UNFORGETTABLE LESSON!

THE LADY THAT SELLS PEPPER TAUGHT ME AN UNFORGETTABLE LESSON!

So, I have this very bad habit that I still struggle with till date . . .
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I love my food to be very peppery. Like, If I’m cooking indomie, there is more pepper slices inside than onion.
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Wait! You don’t understand yet! 🤦🏻‍♂️
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I mean, I like it when I’m eating and shedding tears over the food and dabbing my face with my handkerchief every now and then . . . Oooh yes!

When the pepper hits your medulla. Ayiiiiii
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Sooooo . . . Now you know why it didn’t take time to locate the small vegetable shop where I could buy fresh pepper (hereafter referred to as ‘the normal’) when I newly packed into my house in a new city.
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So, I don’t usually buy in bulk because I love the normal ‘red and fresh’. So for any meal, I need to keep going to the corner shop.
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Soon enough, the lady and I had developed such a deep connection that whenever I approached her shop, we just connect with our 6th sense and without any form of verbal conversation, she packages N50 ‘normal’ and hands it over to me while I pay her, say ‘thank you’ and be on my way.
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So, on this very day . . . I came back from work unusually late and I branched her shop as usual but met a rather unusual scenario . . . there was no items displayed on her table.
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She went on to explain how she didn’t have any items at the moment and then directed me to another corner shop not very far from hers and sure enough I got there and picked up my ‘normal’ and headed home.
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A day after, I needed to cook again, so stepped out to my usual place and this time she displayed other items on her table but there was NO PEPPER.

Haba Madam! 🙄
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Again, she gave an excuse why she didn’t have ‘the normal’ and then redirected me to the other shop. So, I went there and sure enough, I got the ‘normal’ and smiled all the way home like I had picked free money on the floor 😁
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A few days later, I got to the shop to secure the normal and again . . . NO PEPPER! 😭

I didn’t wait for her to tell me anything this time, I jejelly headed to the other shop and sure enough they had it.
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Soooo fast-forward to this evening . . .

I stepped out to pick my clothes from that laundry and on my way home I decided to pick the normal and guess what???

I unconsciously had already started walking towards the new corner shop where I have been buying it for these few days before I remembered my old customer . . . then I shook my head and said to myself ‘Na so people dey take loose customer’ 😞

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Few weeks ago, I would feel bad if I came around and she wasn’t available but now I was already unconsciously walking to another shop totally oblivious of the existence of her shop because I didn’t want to get disappointed again . . . and besides I could now trust this new shop more than I did hers.

I LEARNT 3 MAJOR LESSONS FROM THIS EXPERIENCE AS I THOUGHT ABOUT IT ON MY WAY HOME . . .

I would have gone into depths for each of the lessons I gleaned from this experience but that would make this write-up longer than I planned. So, I’ll keep it short . . . If you are in business, read this lessons TWICE!!! 👇🏻

  1. No matter what you feel; SHOW UP EVERYDAY! A little slack in your discipline can cost you a fortune
  2. NOBODY cares about your business, they are only interested in the VALUE your business offers them. Focus on OFFERING VALUE not building sentiments.
  3. TRUST will earn you more clients than ADVERTISING. When people trust that you’d always deliver, they’ll carry your matter on their head without you paying them a dime! Even your competitors cannot help but refer people to you!

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I hope I’m making sense???

What other lessons did you learn from this story?

✍🏻 Chiazokam Obinwa

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P.S: Please whoever knows how to break out of this pepper addiction should help a brother 🥺. Well, while we’re still searching for a way to break out, come and join me in this hot plate of beans well garnished with ‘the normal’. I cannot coman kill myself 😂

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