Few days ago, I wrote a post where I mentioned a 2022 review list i was putting together, i’m still populating it. One of the points on the list was probably the shortest sentence in my growing list; but it was huge and happened at a very perfect time for me. I’d like to talk about it in this post.
Around February 2022, a much younger friend mentioned on one of his visits to us about a University in the US where he just commenced an Executive MBA and he stated that he got a full scholarship. I was like, wow! I said to myself, “it makes sense now, this guy had a 1st class in Uni, he’s a genius, i’m not, and i’m certainly not scholarship material”. I got the school details and decided to apply for the MBA. I went through the application process, submitted, and just continued with life.
Few weeks after, I got an email. It confirmed my admission; and the last line of the email stated that I’d been given a FULL scholarship. Wow! My close family members know that it takes very serious things for me to shed tears. I was so emotional! I did shed some tears. I have put together a few lessons I learnt from this single experience. Here goes:
- In a year 2022 when Naira to the dollar rose to the highest ever, I got a FULL scholarship for an Executive MBA in a School in the US.
- 21 years after graduating from school and many of my mates have long done their MBAs, my late coming paid off hugely with a foreign MBA and all expenses paid. Stop saying you’re a late comer. Stop complaining!
- Hardwork is good. Planning is great, in that it positioned me where I could hear about the opportunity to apply for the course. Don’t let your “beef” for motivational speakers make you jettison planning, setting goals and hardwork.
- When you enjoy favors that make your planning look like a joke, it’s a reminder that hard work alone does not guarantee success.
- The weight of the benefit of the scholarship i received made me decide not to take the course lightly. My scores so far prove it. How you know an entitled person is what they do with favors they receive. They squander it!
- I know that I didn’t do anything special to get the scholarship; maybe that’s why it touched me so much. This is my first scholarship ever! Expect pleasant surprises, you are not exempted from them!
- This experience reminded me that I’d gotten so used to working to earn everything. That is a life of no leverage. I know better as I’m growing older. I’m opening up to be helped, and to achieve a lot more with input and support from others, and they can be waaaaay younger than you or me!
I need help & struggle in a lot of areas, and I’m bold to say that. Because if I am more effective and productive, I can do so much more for myself and others.
I hope this helps someone. Have a phenomenal week!