A few days ago, I celebrated another birthday. As the years go by, I am grateful for this gift called life; sometimes birthdays might seem like a reminder of the things we have not yet accomplished. Nevertheless, I am thankful for health, strength, for the opportunities, and the misfortunes. In the past year, I have had my fair share of highs and lows. I failed to go home as I had earlier planned not to mention missing the significant events of dear ones. However, I traveled to Ghana, presented at my first international conference, got a job in Korea before graduation which I resigned after five months (I will save this story for another day).
1. Cultivating Friendships
There are those people you will click with right from the start, and there are those that you will fail to click no matter how hard you work at it. Some of those friends will stick closer than family; the non-judgemental type, the ones that stay with you through thick and thin, the ones that will love you regardless, the ones that show up for you in good and bad times. They might not be the longest friends you have had, but they will show up in your life, and it sure feels you have known them for a lifetime. When you find that friend, it’s worth cultivating that friendship.
2. The Importance of Networking
Having the right connections is as important as having a university degree or having the right qualification. It’s important to make an extra effort to network, build new relationships, and nurture them. To some people, networking comes easily, and to some like me, we have to do the work. It pays off! Having the right connection will give you that extra push you need to get something done, whether its business or personal.
3. We all have our races to run
“Do not compete with anyone in the race of life. Compete with yourself.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
4. A right Perspective will increase your success and Happiness
5. Enjoy the detours in life
6. It’s okay to be vulnerable
“What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.” – Brene Brown
7. It’s okay to put yourself first
8. Rejections will always happen
9. God is always faithful
10. Exercise as a lifestyle
11. Embracing failures
“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” – Henry Ford
12. Happiness is a choice
“Stop giving people the power to control your smile, your worth, your attitude and your day. Don’t give anyone that much power over your life” – Germany Kent