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THE ONE THING YOU MUST AVOID IN BUSINESS!

THE ONE THING YOU MUST AVOID IN BUSINESS!


One of the feats I am very proud I achieved while on campus was my daily inspirational write-ups.
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I am an addicted learner, so I read books like my life depended on it . . .

So, to keep my sanity, the only way to diffuse some of the knowledge was to start writing . . . and I was inspired so 😁

As at 500level, I had read over 250 inspirational books. A huge chunk of my pocket money was spent on books 🤦🏻‍♂️
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So I was writing for three years consistently!
I mean . . . EVERY SINGLE DAY! (even on days I had exams)
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To be sincere, that level of consistency didn’t come by the flesh 😂
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I called the series ‘WISDOM BANK’ . . . and that’s exactly what it was because many of the ideas dropped in at the point of writing and I was as blessed by my write-ups more than my readers
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At some point, it was the most popular inspirational write-up in the whole campus and many looked forward to it everyday!
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But there is something about what I was able to achieve that I can never forget . . .
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After the first month that I had started, I was feeling overwhelmed already.
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I didn’t have enough likes and comments on my write-ups on social media like I wanted.
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I mean . . . ‘I put in time to pen this down and I get 5likes and 1comment . . . and the comment might even be a silly emoji like 😶 or a comment like ‘Blessup bro’.

What??? Blessup Bro?? 🤦🏻‍♂️ (I have personal beef with this comment honestly 😂)

After all this ‘rhema’ and you couldn’t come up with a better comment?? Ya not well! 😂 You for just read and ‘waka pass’ 🙄

I swear . . . Some people need flogging! 😆
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So, I felt people didn’t need what I had to offer so I was actually thinking of giving up.
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One day, I had just finished praying and explaining to God why it was pertinent that I stopped this ‘waste of time’.
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I just bowed my head on my reading table, just feeling sorry for my awful self for trying to think I can ‘change the world with writing’ . . . and my phone beeps 📱

I can’t forget that text for a lifetime . . .

‘GOODAFTERNOON SIR, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR DAILY WRITE-UPS, THEY HAVE BEEN A GREAT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO ME EVERY DAY. I LOOK FORWARD TO THEM AND THEY ARE ALWAYS A BLESSING TO ME. THANK YOU SO MUCH. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU’ . . .

I literally sunk into tears! 🥺

Here I was with all the selfish reasons why I needed to stop doing something I know I needed to do . . . while someone’s life was hanging on that small assignment.
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The strength, agility and motivation that surged into my heart through that text was phenomenal!

. . . till today, I don’t know who sent that text!

I would have given up on what would now later become a landmark, beacon of hope and blessing to millions.

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There are ✌🏻 things to take home from this story:

  1. Never underestimate the power of a simple show of gratitude!
  2. If there is one mistake you must not make as a business person, it is SCOREBOARD WATCHING!

Scoreboard watching simply means that you are focused on the ‘outcomes’ of your work than the ‘process’ itself.
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For example, the scoreboard of a match doesn’t change on its own . . . it only responds to what the players are doing inside the field.
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That’s same with your business . . . Everyday might not be a good ‘sales’ day but you must make sure every day is a ‘working’ day.
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Forget the scoreboard and focus on what you are doing on the field!
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It might not happen in two days, two weeks, two months or two years . . . but never stop putting in the WORK!
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I was focused on the scoreboard of my social media wall and was going to give up on writing even before I started . . . don’t be like that!
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Don’t be like me . . . FOCUS ON THE PROCESS . . . Nations will hear your voice if you don’t quit!!!

I hope I’m making sense? 🙂

✍🏻 Chiazokam Obinwa

21SkillzHub

SugarDaddyOfSoftSkills

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