I didn’t have any plan to write any closing post but suddenly felt the need to at the last minute. 2016 has been full of wows and it’s shocking how almost everyone I know have similar tales about the year. I remember my early blogging years how I wrote down every thing I was grateful for, for the year but this year, I’m doing things differently and I will write about lessons I learnt in 2016. Before I go into that, I just want to briefly thank God for my successful completion of Medical School, quick enrollment in my dream Msc, My family, and all the miracles and good shocking news that came my way. I’m also thankful for you, lovely reader, for your life to see the end of 2016.
Lesson 1: You can’t cheat God. If you know my story, you’d know I’ve always taken my spirituality seriously and it brought me this far. You might also know my struggles to keep that in check and be consistent. For over a year, I got away with not focusing on God fully, I put more focus on me and lived life at my own terms. I was happy it seemed, had all I needed but God. He decided to pull me out of that folly and made me see what my life was like in His sight. I was embarrassed to say the least and in turn, changed for the better. Needless to say, I got to know true happiness was found in my Heavenly Father and as far as I’m concerned, I’m out of lifelines to cheat God. It’s either His way or no way.
Lesson 2: Just take that flipping first step! Goodness me, I’ve lost count of how many great ideas have come my way. The boldest first step I took was to create my own empowerment series, Power Lunch & Workshop. Thankfully, the first person I pitched the idea to was too excited, it rubbed off on me and I did it! One host, Five guests, Delicious Three Course lunch and over Eight hours of deep engagement, it was a resounding success.
Lesson 3: The first step creates a cascade of many steps. Wow honestly, I’m amazed I don’t even know how to explain it. I realized that after I take any first step, the remaining steps work out on their own. Don’t forget the God-factor too. A combination of lesson one and two will birth giant unexplainable strides. For example: The only reason most of you reading this post know me is because you read my story somewhere. My story wouldn’t be out there if I didn’t take that bold first step to email PulseNg and Stella. In return, the giant step that came out of this was my nomination at The Future Awards Africa as the Young Person of The Year (The most coveted category). I didn’t nominate myself, I didn’t beg to be nominated. All I did consciously was to email platforms three months prior. I had no intentions to be famous, I only wanted to inspire others. (Read more)
Lesson 4: There’s nothing better than making the right move at the right time. You don’t know this but after I decided to blog consistently (in June), I dropped my old Facebook name, created my brand name as Dr Dedun, created a Facebook page and just let time pass by. I wasn’t even thinking of the future effect of what I did but was more in the present. After I did this, I got approached by a Journalist asking for an interview (in July). I did the interview but I guess she wasn’t sold on it because I mentioned I was still in Medical School as opposed to the Dr Dedun I had changed my brand name to. I realized I actually have a story worth sharing but the time wasn’t right until I have my certificate. My excitement died down and I just focused on finishing Med School. The second day after I passed the board exam was when I emailed those aforementioned platforms and here we are today. If I didn’t invest in creating my brand, focus on the blog, get noticed by that Journalist, safe to say I would not have found a reason to share my story and of-course, I would not have the platform I have now to mentor others.
Lesson 5: Worrying costs a lot, yields nothing. I’m the queen of worrying. This lesson is still in progress lol let me just leave it at that.
Welcome to my new site and I hope I empower you to the max!
Thank God for this year. We are grateful