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Day before yesterday I met an Uber driver. He told me his life story. He came to US from Africa and started working in Target. His job was to unpack the goods from the trucks and stack them in the back inventory. He had this job for 2 months and suddenly one day he was fired. He was told that he is been fired because he is too lazy. He had no source of income and nowhere to go. He searched for jobs for 9 months and still got nothing. He was living off the social benefits which as he remembers was $200 per two weeks or so. One day his computer broke and he had to get it fixed. This computer was the only way he was applying to all these jobs. When he took it to the shop, the mechanic asked for an hour to fix it and charged him $165. He thought to himself, if this guy can earn $165 per hour so can I. He took distance learning courses and started reading the material himself. He had no idea what each of the technical terms meant but he persevered. He started asking his friends to bring their broken computers and laptops so he can fix it for them for free. Soon he got a job as a handyman at a hospital at which he worked for 3 years. From his pay check every few month, he would buy a laptop and experiment with it to better understand the components. Slowly, his reputation started building and then he quit his job to start his own business. Today he has a store in downtown Chicago, employs 3 technicians and also fixes tablets and smartphones. He owns 3 cars and one of them he uses as an Uber driver.

Something unexpectedly comes along and puts your problems in context. Life is all about resilience. There would be failures along the way, there would be many rejections, at some point you may realize that you are not good enough for that dream job you always wanted. You know what, it would still be okay. You can fail and you can fail hard, it would be embarrassing and it would be utterly humiliating but at least you failed gloriously. You failed with the satisfaction that you gave it everything and that you tried everything. Not everything is meant to be. One door closes and another opens and you enter into it with scepticism and fear. Keep the hope that whatever life throws at you inside that door, you can handle it. And if you cannot, you would take a new door and start again. To put yourself out there needs vulnerability. Be vulnerable. Live. Lose. Live again. Be humble in winning and retrospective in losing. Help someone along the way. Pay it forward. Never lose the inherent desire to learn, never say you cannot be a better version of yourself. Great things come to people who are covered in the blood, sweat and filth of their efforts.

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Uncategorized