Now the story begins about a year ago when I received a very candid note from one of my mentors – a retired senior UN official, whose counsel I have found particularly invaluable over the last two years.
It was one of those very timely reminders that completely repositions you if, for whatever reason, you find yourself losing focus; and as a young professional with new ideas and opportunities constantly arising, the most basic of principles could be easily lost in the thrill of it all. So such reminders I hold sacred.
Her note very simply read: “There are 3 kinds of people:
- Those who have no ideas;
- Those who have good ideas; and
- Those who have good ideas who can influence others” – and there is no doubt that many of us aspire to be counted among the latter.
In the Summer of 2016 – after the story of my academic journey went absolutely viral on LinkedIN, with over 95,000 likes – I can vividly recall receiving hundreds of requests for career guidance from young professionals all across the globe, and it was quite exhilarating to know that my story had touched so many lives.
Now I cannot attest to being a career counselor, but what was very clear to me from those messages, was that the concerns of those young professionals unanimously converged on the point of wanting to attain some measure of fulfillment in life – something most of us can certainly identify with.
So for example, we would all agree that the ability to influence others is a demonstration of one’s leadership potential. The truth however, is that many prospective leaders die without ever realizing such potential: Their dreams remain unfulfilled, ideas unimplemented, and many perhaps never attained the level of influence that they were truly capable of within their lifetimes.
We must avoid being numbered among such statistics at all costs.
Having said all this, I have prepared this video that highlights six major lessons that I have learnt thus far on this painful, sacrificial, yet rewarding journey to true fulfillment in life – a journey that I am not ashamed to say that I am still on.
It goes without saying, that I absolutely relish this opportunity to share these lessons with you; but I also encourage you to develop a formula that works best for you, and not to treat these ideas as… a ‘one size fits all’. So please, you are encouraged to be creative.
I also invite you to share ‘These Six Lessons Will Change Your Life Forever’ with your relatives, friends, co-workers, school-mates, study partners, or with anyone in pursuit of a more meaningful life and career.
Remember that for most of us, true fulfillment in life comes through constant and deliberate action. For everyone else, royal blood perhaps does the trick.