Question 28: What do you do when things seem to be going all wrong?
Be mindful of the fact that, not everyone has walked the same pathway to their success.
This question was the fourth question that I had received but said to myself that I wanted to answer it at the end of the month. My reason was that it was my experience last year when I move to Atlanta. It may not have been obvious but, everything at one point seemed as if I made a wrong decision to quit my job and move here. However, I do pay close attention to my feelings because to me, that’s how God speak to me and nothing about moving felt wrong at the time when I decided that I was going to move. Things started off real slow and the plan that was made was not going as planned. The journey for me here started off with me sleeping on the floor at the house that was rented to get our business off the ground and start making some money. After a few months of no real progress I had to shift gear to make things happen and by this time I was out of all the money that I brought with me. I prayed and asked God why he didn’t let me know that things are not going to go as I was planning and after many days of asking there was a voice in my head saying, “You’ll see”.
My focus shifted immediately and my intention became more intentional. I took the road on and start showing up at business places and knocking on doors. I tried selling a few of my posters and was lucky on one occasion. Then I said to myself it cannot get any worst until I showed off at my friend’s office to ask about the posters he promised that he was going to purchase. It seemed as if I was been a bother so I decided to not ask again. I didn’t quit because that’s not my modus of operandi. In fact, I have learned something valuable while I was doing sales at the job I quit to move here and it goes like this, some will, some won’t, so what. Move to the next and remember, what doesn’t kill you make you stronger. Despite the challenges I was going through I kept the faith on the possibility on things working out and I believed that something equal or greater was on its way.
As I have mentioned in the beginning of the piece that not everyone have walked the same pathway to their success. Despite the bumps in the road, the mishaps I had faith; I believe and still was confident. I say all that to show you the value of one thing and if things are not going as planned for you even with you being qualified, I recommend that you volunteer. Yes, it was VOLUNTEERING that helped me to secure a job that I had never thought of doing. I am enjoying it. It was from me volunteering at the city court I met a gentleman who recently retired and who had more than over 30 years of working at the college system. From that connection I landed the job as a professor and it’s a job that I look forward to doing every day. Being a professor at Atlanta Metropolitan State College gave me a new perspective on life and at the same time I get to do what I am passionate about and that is to empower others and be an inspiration. It doesn’t even feel like work. So this is what happened when you volunteer your time, especially if it is something that you care about.
The benefits from volunteering are great. If you don’t believe me, try it. From volunteering:
You get a change to gain VALUABLE experience and build new relationships that can direct you to your next big opportunity.
You are exposed to more direct OPPORTUNITIES you would miss if you just sit at home which may cause to feel lonely and distress.
You get an opportunity to LEARN while you are waiting on what you really want to do.
You get a chance to UTILIZE your abilities in a meaningful way as who you are helping benefits greatly.
You get an opportunity to NETWORK with others who may have more connections, more experienced than you. More often than not there will be individuals who are able to point you in the right direction.
You get valuable work experience to TAKE with you, which makes your possibility of landing the job you want even greater.
You ESCAPE being stuck at home which sometimes lead to boredom, depression, self-doubt and stinking thinking (negative thinking).
You feel more EMPOWERED because you are doing something purposeful and when you are doing something purposeful your life in turn feels meaningful.
You REAP from what you sow, the mere fact that you are giving, you must know that you are winning.
I have faith. I believe in the possibility. I am confident in what I can do, but in volunteering you forget self and a whole new passage way open up for you. In fact, volunteering as both intrinsic and extrinsic value. You get to feel good by your giving and you’ll get a blessing from your giving. I have made some good connections from volunteering and if you feel as if nothing is going for you, it’s time to step out and give what you can offer to someone else. Remember, you don’t know where your breakthrough is going to come from.
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