Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Ladder of Success

I see my nigerian man on the bus (last post) got very popular. If only he knew I was blogging about him, maybe I will receive my own lecture about him having his BSc and Masters.

Speaking of degrees, I have been doing a lot of research into different career paths and the respective degrees that are often demanded required for the chosen careers. I mean some careers are not so fussy about qualifications like being a WAG (you know the pretty young things that hang on the arms of the muscular young lads who chase that little round thing around on that green rectangular thing) or say being Jade Goody (I mean I find the words hard to qualify what exactly her profession is so bear with me).

Do you know how important it is to find fulfilment in all areas of life? Especially your work-related life? I guess I don't need to ask you intelligent bloggers that question. Maybe I am asking myself that question. I have been doing a lot of research and trust me, I came up with some very interesting results.


Did you know that Giorgio Armani was once trained in Medicine, then he pursued photography before he became the famous house for those amazing 'suits'?

Did you know that at 23, Ozwald Boateng was working in IT which he found mundane (or at least it was to him, sorry IT folks if that's where your buzz is!), around his late 30s he started to make suits and in his 40s he was appointed creative director for the mens wear of Givenchy? P.S He is ghanian so no one should give me the cock and bull story of racism. He doesn't have two heads.

Need I bring up that most famous celebrities worked either in fast food restaurants and stuff before they got their big break...
Gee, imagine if J-Hud (Jennifer Hudson known to others) had said to herself....

'I have a dream. A dream where burger king burgers taste half as good as McDonalds' amazing Big Macs. I have a dream where KFC would increase their prices of barbeque sauces from 10p per pack to 20p so that we can have more customers.Dare I say, I have a dream that maybe just one of these glorious days, I will become a manager in oh so lovely burger king. I have a dream'

Eh. I believe you get my drift. In case you didnt, J-Hud used to work @ Burger King before she became an Oscar Winner. Neither would Burger King have honoured her by giving her a supply of Whoppers 4 Life! (You go girl!!) if she had a remained a burger-flipper.


Finally let me leave you with the story of a man who should be an inspiration. His name is Joseph Pujol and he was a french professional Farter(yes!! you heard me right! someone who expelled gas from his anus for money).
He found out that he had a 'gifted' bowel system and instead of letting this be an embarassment to himself, he used it as a means and way of life. Read Le Petomane's story. I'm sure he was a happy man. I mean all that fame and no gas...


The whole point of my post is, its never too late to start dreaming and fulfilling your dreams.


Anyway I was thinking along the lines of careers and success (like I always do, I'm always inside my own head ), and I started to think of people's motivation to be successful. Some for fame, some satisfaction, mostly comfort,..so I am thinking why do I want to be successful.....these words are right from the top of my head (not a poem but knowing me it could end up like one ...lol)

I will succeed for a comfortable life
I will succeed because any other way is just not acceptable
Because of those blue and brown eyes I see on TV gnawing at the very existence of my soul, making me wish that I could just for a lifetime, change someone else's life
Because of those dreams I keep having and just won't stop haunting me until I very well do something about them
Because of those hungry children who could very well have been me on the streets and they in my shoes, knowing maybe they would have done a better job than I am doing
Because of those who make a living out of prostituting their bodies, their soul's habitation, their lifetime inheritance, just because it is their only way of survival
Because of the little children who think war is a way of living and that having their limbs ripped off is ok, just because they have known no period of peace
Because I want to be a blessing to all these people and change someone's life, heck even change a whole community's way of life
I will succeed not because of the glitz or glamour or fame but just to have the chance to make this world just a little bit better for a fellow human being.
Have a fabulous weekend y'all
XxX

~Mimi~
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26 comments:

SET said...

THX FOR THE INSPIRATION. I like your blog already

Pink-satin said...

lol at the Joseph Pujol story!but really we go succedd o..i like the jaci velasquez song on ur mp3

ExcitedJade said...

Sister mi, i like ur blog jare..well said.. i have a dream.... that soon and very soon, u and Darlink will tie the knots( wassup).

9ja Opeke said...

This is so inspiring...let's just say...I have had the same thought on my mind laterly (as in what career path to take)...thanks for sharing your Inspiration Brain with us resident of the Blogville.

*Know you are never alone in your struggles*

Nyemoni said...

someone is being paid to fart??? whatever will we hear next? My sister YOU will succeed in everything you do!!! God bless you!

Confessions of a moody crab said...

Interesting stuff! I'm at the point in my life where I really need to make a decision. Should I take the easy and familiar route or the unknown and scary route (considering the fact that the later will lead to huge connections and extremly well-paid job) I dunno....You are not alone, my dear. I have been thinking abt the future and career lately and right now, I'm more confused than Homer Simpson.

Thanks for dropping by.

BOBBY said...

I needed to read this...you dont even understand...

Thank you.

Tayo said...

Hey Mimi, how come you're so on point? I spent the last 3 hours listening to a man talk about the same things you've talked about! I believe we hold the key to our future and our generation will make a difference - irrespective of how bad our predecessors have made our situation, it'll just make the difference bigger.
BTW, thanks for visiting my blog, even when I was too busy to update. The comments problem is fixed now .. lol - Blogger's fault

laspapi said...

you write very well, mimi. That stuff about the Asian and Weed and the man in the bus should be made part of the book. Thank you for stopping by. I'll drop by again.

Naija Vixen said...

Mimi,Thank goodness you updated...hope say na journalism you dey study? ;-) Very inspiring post, I wonder what drove Armani to fashion...uhmmm...;-)...hav a great wknd dear!

londonnaijachic said...

Wow, its just like you echoed all the thoughts in my head this is definitely some kind of confirmation concerning what i was already thinking.inspirational!

DiAmOnD hawk said...

i really like this post... because it's in the minds of everyone... u question u... u wonder about ur path... hoping one day for something to just click...

Favoured Girl said...

My dear I'm just reading this post and I have to say, you hit the nail on the head for me! I've been thinking about my career and I have been so confused this last week... I'll put a post up about it soon. Don't worry you are not the only one questioning her career choices. It's uncanny, I just pray God guides us all.

ijeoma obu iheoma said...

you know one thing that i have realised is that... money does not matter to me at all in life.. as long as i am comfortable.. what i want is a job that i look forward to doing every day.. a job that inspires me to do more.

i really do like this post of yours.. nice!

Linda Ikeji said...

Success is having a talent/potential, believing in urself, hardwork, dedication never giving up, praying, staying focused and having the right people around u. Success is not fame, nor money, it's making a difference and touching lives. well spoken Mimi

I like the idea of the bloggerville antology.Nice one.

Nyemoni said...

is it just me, or did something happen to your blog name?

TaureanMinx said...

I want to be paid to sleep.

ijeoma obu iheoma said...

lol @tareanminx

~Mimi~ said...

@ SET, thnx!

@ pink-satin,when i read it i didnt believe it too. thnx well the song is now off :)

@excitedjade,awwwww how sweet of u.

@9jaopeke,the same thot seems to be gng on in everone's mind right?

@Nyemoni,amen and thnx sis!!!

@COMC, lol @ homer simpson,thats not good o.May God give u guidance.

@bobby, my pleasure and ur welcome.

@Tayo,i think we are undergoing a revolution as a generation.

@Laspapi,Merci!!

~Mimi~ said...

@ Naijavixen,on a serious note,journalism is not going to be far from my doorstep.lol

@londonnaijachic, thnx o!glad o be of help (at least in echoing ur thots lol)

@Diamondhawk, :) a little self reflection every now and then goes a long way

@FavouredGirl,yea i've been confused too career wise but God will lead us in Jesus name

@Ijeoma, well its true as long as ur comfortable, but then it takes money to be comfortable :)

@ linda, yea its a nice idea isnt it? and success is the good use of one's talent, couldnt agree with you more.

@ Nyemoni, no its not just u :) it used to be Viva La Vida Buena. the new one is just a reflection of what i want to do with certain areas of my life taking baby steps, then huge steps

@taureanminx, if only!!my dear, hhmmmm lets not even go there.

Uzo said...

What to do when we grow up? Here's hoping that we all find our passions before life (finances etc) make us settle for whatever comes along

Bitchy said...

Hey Mimi, here's hoping you have all the success you desire. I'm still on the "dream career" tip as you know. I'm sure things will work out for you Xxx

ExcitedJade said...

ladder of success... update, now now

Naija Vixen said...

i want to be wealthy but not famous...hee hee...
UPDATE!!!!

Tayo said...

Hey Mimi, you know I just found out you had Natasha's "I bruise easily" playing on your site. You don't know how long I've been looking for that. Now I can't leave your site.

Vera Ikeji said...

Very inspiring. Success is enjoyed when it is slow and sweet.Oovernight success doesn't usually last long. I wish u sucess in all ur endeavours. I will be sucessful very soon. It's just a matter of time and patience.
I enjoyed reading ur blog.