Stay Plugged In
There are times when we get disconnected from the reality of things and how the world works, we let assumptions take the place of logic, it's only natural to believe doing things better should take less effort over time.
Past victories and experience dictate that it should be so. However doing exceptional things takes a lot of effort, because the world doesn’t stop moving, people are constantly evolving and innovating.
Ask every competition's winner coming into it another year. Their previous win means next to nothing in the current scheme of things. It actually puts up new challenges, expectations from people, acknowledgment from contemporaries, your rivals knowing what you are capable of, essentially everyone prepares for you in one capacity or the other.
Recently I've been looking at athletes a lot for inspiration, they understand the value of discipline, training, and mentorship. If the best athletes in the world need coaches, shouldn’t you be interested in having them too?
This year Nak has been one of my point coaches, someone I can reach out to that’s successful in my field. Dotun also is one of my coaches. See these two people have been friends for the longest time, but till I reached out about needing help with my mindset, there wasn’t much they could do for me.
When it comes to writing, Thelma and Efe are my coaches. Outside these people, I also listen to podcasts, read books and blog posts to keep me inspired.
Since listening to Eric Siu on the futur podcast talk about the gamification of life, I have been thinking of my passion as a meter, something that needs to be charged from time to time.
My last piece of advice would be “don’t struggle alone in isolation” there’s a lot of help available to you.
Take a cue from the best teacher to walk the planet, he took to himself 12 disciples to teach, minister to, and lead. If Christ didn’t preach isolation, I won't either.
Empires stand on the shoulders of giants. Good people are required to champion good causes, if your dream serves only you, look for ways for it to require other people’s efforts. That way they feel part of your story and by extension a part of your success as well.