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About a month ago, I had a not too funny experience while trying to cook with my electric cooker. It was a cool Saturday morning and everywhere (including my cooker) was still wet from the rain that fell the previous day. As I made to put the pot on the cooker, I received one of the most terrifying electric shocks of my entire life to date. What made this shock special was the fact that the switch was off and I was wearing slippers. I had never seen or experienced anything like that before.

To cut the long story short, I got the electrician to fix the problem but was unable to cook for fear that I was going to be thrown away by another round of electric shock. It took me about 3 weeks to recover from that experience and start cooking again (Imagine all the hunger I had to endure during those 3 weeks!). Even then, I have to make sure that my hands are wrapped securely in dry hand towels…


Enough of the story, what is the point I’m trying to make? Many times, we encounter situations that break us, make us doubt our abilities or make us look like failures. As a result, we are unwilling to take risks, we refuse to try, and we give up, all because we allow the fear from past events influence our present judgements and decisions. 

It is high time we begin to reason objectively, learn lessons from past errors and reach out to break limits and boundaries established by the fear of past failures.
A failure is not someone who fails but someone who quits after failing. Don’t let your past hinder your future.



Ifeoluwapo Odedere
©2012


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