Tuesday, 23 February 2016

What's your yardstick?

Hey Lovelies

Ever felt so content with your life that you wake up everyday feeling so great with yourself?
This can be good, but it can also be wrong on so many levels. 

Warning: These thoughts are from an over active brain.

As usual my brain ignored my real desires of wanting it to concentrate on relevant things and decided to ponder on this popular quote below.

"If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough."

It got me thinking about how sometimes we choose complacency and disguise it as being content. We pat ourselves on the back, and look for places where we will be celebrated in our mediocrity and settle in, without a care on how we intend to improve significantly.

I'll tell you a little story.
I remember when I was still doing my Undergrads. I had a few of my colleagues come to me for extra tutelage on some of the difficult courses. During my very first semester, the teacher announced my name as the person that had scored the highest during the very first test we had in anatomy. By the time we were having subsequent tests, I had some of my colleagues calling my phone one after the other to book for a few sessions. 
I knew how I felt everytime I was done tutoring. I would close my books and just relax. 
"I am learning about the innervations and someone is still trying to identify which bone is which and I was stressing myself that much?" I always hit the downward slope mentally and would require a real strategy to stick to personal goals. 

When you are in the company of people that make you feel like a star when in fact you know you have a lot of work to put in, take the initiative to give yourself what you believe you really need. Don't fall for it. It's a trap. 

#BuyNaijatogrowthenaira is trending. People trying to leverage on it to sell their poor quality goods are on the increase.
Make your products good enough to challenge those in the international market, can you? Will you? 
I do hope every manufacturer in Nigeria understands what their yardstick should be. 

I want to buy Naija everytime, trust me. I am not talking about overpriced goods. (Hello fashion designers with lose threads hanging around and bad hems!)
I am not talking about making products of similar quality (or even less) and trying to sell them like the real proverbial "in the country of the blind, one eyed man is the king". 
What difference would it make to me if you sell me half the quality I can get outside Nigeria, and sell them at a price that certainly doesn't make any sense, ESP if the number one intent of even wanting to buy local is to find cheaper options? Make your prices rival others internationally!
Or you think the poor masses should be the ones to suffer the brunt of the falling naira by paying more to grow the naira?

I will try to buy Naija to grow the naira. I want to. Make it worth it! 

This is a public service announcement message is directed to manufacturers and service providers in Nigeria.
Mediocrity is bad! Do not subscribe to it.

To be continued. 

Love always
Twitter/Instagram: @janylbenyl

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  1. blessings......
    It is never wrong to be content
    It is never wrong to be happy
    If you want to do more then do more but don't deconstruct your happiness to other's

    where you are at is where you need to be, in life there will always be challenges and when the time comes you will be required to make a shift till then, enjoy your life and count your blessings.

    enjoy the rest of your week.

  2. Hi Rhapsody
    The huge debate contentment vs. complacency.
    I know the many school of thoughts and i'll just leave it here as I always tell myself "BE CONTENT WITH THE THINGS YOU CANNOT CHANGE, AND CHANGE THE ONES YOU CAN."
    There's really no point trying to play small when you can be better. That's just limiting one's self

  3. We have to find ways to constantly improve.. Because if we stop to celebrate past glory.. then the fast paced world will outrun us.. leaving us with nothing but Mediocrity and memories of success.

    Good read.. Thank you for Sharing Janyl.

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