“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” – Richard Branson
“Never say No to what your gift says YES to.” – Steve Harris
I remember vividly the first time saying ‘yes’ changed my life and determined the course of my career.
It was the year 2012. I had just graduated from the University and I needed to do something with myself. I didn’t want to be idle, and I was ready for any opportunity, including marketing even though I had never marketed anything before in my life.
I got a marketing job at a jewelry company in the city of Ibadan. When I went for the job interview, I had no idea what it entailed, but because I was determined to work, I jumped at the opportunity. I remembered clearly how I combed the city of Ibadan looking to sell pieces of wire jewelry ( a type of jewelry which was very unknown at the time). I persisted and kept at it though and that led to the second opportunity which I said yes to and which permanently changed the trajectory of my life.
It was still the same company. The company had a jewelry arm and also a magazine. At that time, I already discovered my talent and love for writing but I had not fully explored it. The manager for the company then approached me and pitched writing for the magazine. I immediately jumped at the offer (at least it beats roaming the streets in the sun). I said yes happily, even though I had never written professionally and I had no idea what I was doing. That single positive response changed my story.
From that point onwards, I started recognizing the power of my talent and how I can milk it to live a full life. Today, that is what I do fully.
A lot of times, I have said yes to opportunities even though I had no idea what I was doing and this had given me access to a lot of people and expanded my horizon. The first time I was approached to write a children story, the first time I was approached to transcribe, the first time I was approached to ghostwrite a book, the first time I was approached to speak at an event….there have been many firsts and those firsts have helped me explore who I am to the fullest.
Saying yes can lead to success and it can also lead to failure, but the joy in life is in trying and being willing to take risks and fail if need be.
Yes is a powerful word which I am learning to explore in my life. I have discovered that life is too short to be lived halfway.
All in, baby!