I just turned 25, and this is where it gets tougher

Before 2015, (i.e before joining Andela), I usually thought that, there were no reasons to celebrate birthdays. To me, birthdays felt like any other day. Sometimes, I forget and then remember when I’m about to write or say the date. But when I got to Andela, I saw a different side to it. I saw what I had been missing. Birthday is a day you remind yourself that you are still alive to do things that scare the shit out of you. Yes, I said it. Mine are “avoiding mistakes” and public speaking.

I recently enrolled for a course in public speaking on Coursera, and I found it very useful. So I decided to practice what I’ve learnt by giving a speech in front of about 40 to 50 people(quite a small number). Well, it took a lot of guts and self-motivation from me because I wanted to do better than my last attempt.

You know that feeling you get when you are trying to say what you’ve rehearsed as quickly as possible and leave the audience, that was what I felt while giving the speech and I made this blunder.

lots of responsibility instead of lots of responsibilities.

Well, someone in the audience mentioned it and I felt really bad. Why because I was trying to give this perfect speech, I guess I didn’t achieve my objective.

What I felt was the desire to make an effort and try. But the point is that I tried. You will make mistakes, lots of mistakes but Always try.

Jack Ma, Co-founder of Alibaba

I have not made a lot of mistakes and I’m looking to making as many as I can. Before my next birthday, I hope to have given 20 speeches at least. I think it’s possible.

Me at the radar event

Well, I didn’t say much that day, but I think taking the mic and standing up is a good start. I really want to see myself do this often without been scared and all, and I’m working towards that.

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take!”. Right now, I’m willing to take my chances. Happy birthday to me!!