Sarah Dessen quoted “It shouldn’t be easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It’s the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something’s difficult to come by, you’ll do that much more to make sure it’s even harder―or impossible―to lose.”
Just the other day i was having a conversation with my friend Dennis Okari and investigative TV reporter. I remember when he
did the investigative story on insecurity in Kenya with NTV i called him up to congratulate him. But from the conversation
Dennis kept telling me that he is just a small fish and that there are other investigative reporters in Kenya who were/are
doing way better and had attracted a versatile audience. To me that was not the case and I said ‘Dennis you are a shark among sharks,what matters is how hard you can BITE’. I am so proud of him that he did not stop there, and has scored an opportunity to go work with the BBC World team.
We desperately look for jobs and create opportunities where we can network with potential employers in the hope of getting
jobs/gigs. At times we even think it is the duties of our friends,former colleagues,parents etc to give us jobs or duties of our you know, because ‘WE KNOW EACH OTHER’. The mentality of ‘I know you, and I think you owe me a favour has been catalysed among us and is on an avalange rise. Don’t get me wrong, networking is everything especially in our day to day life. There are hardly other channels we can use to ensure that we get opportunities which will eventually be our platform for a better future. NETWORKING IS KEY BUT WE GO WRONG.
See everyone else out there wants to stand out in their careers, wants to build a name for themselves, but hardly do we want
to sacrifice time, energy and build creativity which will set us apart from the ‘kawaida’ hustle. We want it the easy way,
not to work, to have a life, not to build to maintain, to just ‘BE THERE‘. There are so many fish in the ocean competing for
the corner with the best nutrients and then there are sharks, sharks which bite. All these sharks are the same, they have the
same teeth,but what matters is how hard one shark bites.
What makes you stand out? Which quality do you have that would make you an asset to a company or a potential client?
I looked for success in all the wrong ways. The mentality that I know someone was drilled into my head that i forgot to make
myself an asset. So if you know someone? What unique characteristic do you portray? How badly do you want an opportunity to
become a reality of desired dreams? It is one thing to know someone or to know people but it is also another thing to work
and build yourself as a brand. To make yourself an opportunity that can not be let go.
I am encouraged when I see people around me build their future in their careers by merely working tooth and nail to ensure that theirs is not just to get ‘a life’ but to slowly build a legacy.
Tom Hopkins quoted You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset.
Just thought I would share my thoughts and observations. I’m learning I hope you are too. BITE HARD!!!