See You At Your Top!

In my final year in university, the Year CD Committee invited Ifueko Omoigui (then Chief Responsibility Officer @ ReStraL Ltd) to speak to graduating students of the faculty on preparing for life after school.

I remember that day so well. The seminar held early in the evening then we had cocktails and danced to 90s songs till late into the night. The dress code was a touch of green and Trenchard Hall was well decorated. Everyone was excited (finally we’re graduating!) and yet many felt a tinge of uncertainty (what will the future hold?) My graduating class (we called ourselves “The Titans”) was known uni wide as “happening people” because we usually held annual dinners, seminars, excursions, and were well networked. Anyway I digress…

Ifueko asked the audience a simple question “Why are you here today?” Someone responded with “to find out how to get to the top”. An obvious response right? Well, this led her to ask another seemingly simple question “What or where is the top?” At that moment, many of us realised two things;

  1. We all had different definitions for “the top”
  2. Many of us weren’t quite clear about what or where “the top” was

Thankfully, she took us through a few points on preparing for success in life and the workplace.

Thinking about it now, I realise that many people are dissatisfied with their current state because they may not have achieved all they’ve set out to. Often, this feeling of dissatisfaction comes as a result of comparing ourselves with those we consider as peers and maybe even juniors, and many times, the yardstick is material success. The reality however is that we’re all running individual races and our focus should be striving to do better than our previous personal best performance.

Life does not consist only of our material successes but also of the little successes we achieve that may not seem so important; bringing up empowered children, learning a new skill, conquering your fears, helping someone in need, bringing joy to the hopeless, and even performing your civic duties.

Celebrate your little successes as you make your way to your top and help someone else reach theirs while you’re at it.

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