“He came unto his own, and his own received him not” – John 1:11
There is a parable in the bible that beats me, it’s a story that Jesus told his disciples about the shepherd that had 100 sheep, lost one and left the 99 to go for that one. He was actually describing himself, and that was supposed to be the trait of a good shepherd. There are many ways to look at it, but however way you look at it, it means that, 1% is important too, and is worth the effort. I’m sure you are wondering where I’m going with this. I’m actually trying hard to compress thoughts that could have been 6 posts into one, I hope when I finish, we all arrive on the same page. For this post, I’m gunning for the last 1%.
Some time last year, we had a teenagers teachers meeting in my church, it was an opportunity for all of us to unwind, and get to know ourselves better. It was also an opportunity to plan ahead. In this meeting I heard something I had heard before, but it shocked me afresh. All the teachers were split into two opposite categories when it came to their perspectives about me. One category, believed that I am a jovial, down to earth, easy going, unassuming person (esa), while the other category, the ones that actually shocked me, believed that I was completely different. Here were some of the remarks – “I had the impression that you were a very serious and very intelligent person, and I better know what I want to say well before approaching you”, “one day, my husband and I drove past your car on the high way, my husband was shocked that you were actually laughing loud in the car, we didn’t think you could laugh”, “I felt you were good, but arrogant”, “I have known you for a long time, what I thought then, and what I know now, are completely different” e.t.c. It shocked me that people still had this perception of me, despite a deliberate attempt at otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll never reduce who I am to make another feel better. I believe in liberating others by my fearlessness, not by compromise. This event reminded me of a similar comment I got from one of my secondary school classmates 2yrs after I finished. I was stunned that some people actually saw me as unapproachable. If only they knew.
Now, this is not entirely about me, it’s about you too. There are many people around you, who can be of tremendous advantage to you, if only you take off that perception that someone handed you, and reached out to them. More often than not, we are surrounded by our oasis, our help, our opportunities, but often, we do not see them. I know for a fact that majority of the people who read from here, know that they can call me, mail me, or even come over to see me, but there is a 1% that think otherwise. Why – because someone said so? Because you have a complex? Or because I’m expected to be smart and then arrogant. Don’t be deceived, I am nothing and no one, outside of my willingness to help, to be a blessing and to support others achieve their God given goals. I am a steward of all that I am and all that I have, I own nothing. When I get called from out of sleep, I pause and answer with customer service ethics, it’s that bad. I make myself a servant to those I want to help, it’s the way my master says to do it. I can’t please everybody even if I tried, but at least, I can gun for that 1%. Of course from time to time, I know how also to grab the weep and be firm too, but I’m not all that.
In the spirit of approachability 🙂 I have some offers I’m giving this coming week.
1. Financial Intelligence Event – Cashflow 101. 20 of us will be having the time of our lives from the 28th of May to the 29th of May (Monday, Tuesday). We have chosen the Elomaz Hotel, it’s brand new, and it’s just beside Planet 1 in Maryland. It’s a non-profit event, and it’s going to be a learning experience.
2. This Sunday we’ll be having free Clubfreedom and 6k4you seminars. We’ll be discussing board dynamics, how to manage your down lines, how to forward people on CF, how to read revolving travel tables, how to cash out when you cycle e.t.c. It’s going to be FREE, and only people who indicate their interest in coming will be welcome. The seminar will be holding by 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm respectively. If you are interested, just indicate here, your full name and time will suffice. The training will hold at Generis Solutions Training room, 5th Floor L’Monarch Plaza (Same building with LG), Salvation B/Stop Opebi, Ikeja.
I’m also toying with the idea of having a small 2hrs meeting with interested participants on the 3rd of June (Saturday – perhaps 2pm), this meeting would be about the High Yield Investment Programs in Nigeria and clear perspectives about each of them. We’ll also debate on, issues bordering on, “Is it right to participate?”, “What exactly are they doing?” e.t.c. This will depend on interest.
There are a number of other things coming up soon that you should watch out for, some of them are exclusively for our club members though, like cheap and choice land in Abuja :). You’ll be pleasantly suprised.
I hope I have been able to redeem my PR with the 1% ;), and I hope many will take advantage of these FREE opportunities.