PASSION, THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT FOR SUCCESS.

“Passion is the genesis of genius” – Galileo Galilei

Growing up, I had so many dreams….at different phases in my life. At first, as a child, I wanted to be a nun and I also wanted to be a doctor…….I dreamed of becoming a nun with the Medical Missionaries of Mary. I wanted to go out there and help people, particularly the sick.

I wanted to be used as God’s instrument to bring healing to His people….physically, spiritually, psychologically. I felt I needed to become a doctor to do this and becoming a nun was the dream I had from childhood as I wanted to be the bride of Jesus and offer my life to Him. 

Both dreams and aspirations didn’t work out as I thought. I got admitted to college to read Biochemistry and somewhere along the line, my dreams began to change. I fell in love with my course of study and so wanted to be a Research Scientist. In fact, I looked forward to being a Clinical Biochemist…….now that was a new dream.

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.” — Georgia O’Keefe

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I graduated and found myself in different industries of labor, taking up any available job I could get but not particularly like. I had no passion for any of them.

I started as an Administrative Personnel at an Oil and Gas company and then moved to the banking sector where I was a Contact Center Agent. Now, that was one place that made me very unhappy. I dislike bank work but hey! the bills have got to be paid, right? So I stuck with it.

At the next available opportunity, I was out the door and landed as a Pharmacist Assistant with one of the reputable pharmacies in town. At first I was kind of excited about it particularly during my training…. As it was science-related (unlike my other jobs), I felt, “Finally, something I can relate with, that will get me closer to my one time dream of becoming a Clinical Biochemist”….. a dream that had not completely faded away from my heart.

As I went with the job, I found out I was not even near close to that dream. Soon enough, I began feeling choked and suffocated with the job. I was tired of it. There was just no drive for me. Again, I considered the bills that had to be paid and I was once more stuck in an unhappy place.

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” —Bob Dylan

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The one thing that gave me joy in the pharmacy, was working with my amazing and beautiful friend, the Chief Pharmacist at the time. We worked together on the website, magazine and pretty much some administrative stuff.

I loved my time with her because she saw the talent I had for writing and helped me utilize it sometimes even more than I wanted to.

Suffice it to say I had always written all my life….. From my days in high school when the world still communicated with letter writing in the form of pen and paper, I always did write lengthy letters to my friends and pretty much every one I wrote to. I don’t think I ever stopped at one page. My shortest letter must have been……ummmmm…… maybe two pages.

Now, don’t ask me what I wrote because I don’t even know. I just know the pen kept moving and the papers were filling up. To me, everyone did it. I didn’t really fancy it to be something special……. It was just writing.

I guess that’s the thing about gifts….you don’t know you have them until it starts having impact on lives and people begin to see how useful this special talent of yours is.

I think at every point in my life; in between dreams and aspirations, the one constant thing that remained was WRITING. I would write about everything and anything most especially my thoughts. I always penned them down in journals then. I was always writing.

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Leaving the bank, I put together my first book, “TOTUS TUUS (TOTALLY YOURS)”. This is one achievement that I am so very proud of. 

I have always had a very wild and vivid imagination. I love happy endings; I love fairy tales…. I sure do. I love and always want the magic of love and a beautiful life.

I know we live in a terrible world right now but I choose to see the beauty in it, the amazing smiles on people’s faces, the joy in their hearts as they see their dreams become fulfilled. I love smelling the sweet fragrance of flowers and basking in the beauty of nature. 

That is me……

And oh no….don’t go thinking I am living in a fool’s paradise. Uh-uh! Not at all. I have had my own fair share of life’s hurts, pains and bitterness. 

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At a point, life just didn’t make any sense and everything was just so bland and annoying. I just wanted to get through one day…… then another…….then another……..

I had no purpose…..no direction.

But just when I was about to fall off the cliff deep inside of me, I got the most amazing gift God could ever bring my way….. My special one…. and I can tell you that he is a gift that could only be given to me by God who is the true source and fount of love. All glory and praise to His Holy name.

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Before I go off the topic for this article and get all mushy-mushy on you all, ….Lol….. the point I am trying to make here is that though I have been told a couple of times I could write, but he emphasized the gift of writing in me as my brother did too.

Over and over again, I have encouraged people to get back on the horse even though life seems to put deep pot holes along the way that makes you fall off every now and then.

Having tasted some unfairness of life too, I always sought to help people look for and tap from the source of strength that lies deep within them and overcome whatever travail or turmoil they may be going through.

Having seen me do this a couple of times, the whole blogging idea to me was suggested to me. My boyfriend believed strongly in me even when I thought I couldn’t go through with it.

Seeing someone have so much confidence in me; so much belief…..with so much encouragement from him, my passion and zeal for writing was ignited in a way I didn’t know I could. For him, it was all about me being original and keeping it real. “Be yourself”, he tells me. “Use your gift of writing to help and inspire others”.

I just want people to be truly happy and really live as they are meant to. 

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Thus was the birth of Khuana’s Corner and the so many lives it has inspired to not give up on their dreams or on themselves but actually live…… I mean truly live and not just exist, …….fills me with so much joy and happiness because I am positively impacting in people’s lives and beginning to make a difference. 

“A life of service is a life well and greatly lived.” ― Omoakhuana Anthonia

With all of this, I now have a new dream ……. TO BECOME ONE OF THE BEST LIFE COACHES EVER.

And having a blog tow me in that direction, is just a start.

Sure my dream of becoming a Clinical Biochemist is still in me somewhere but my dream of becoming an awesome coach to help people make the most of their lives and truly live, is my top priority and I don’t see this dream changing any time soon because now, my career and passion have blended into one. I am so amazingly happy that sometimes, I can’t believe it.

You know why I am so confident? Because for me, PASSION, TALENT AND INSPIRATION ARE AT WORK. 

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“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” —Ella Fitzgerald

I do what I love and I love what I do….so, it’s all going to pan out if not how I expect, it would be wayyyyyyyyy better but never less.

Remember, “Once you are good at what you do; once you are amazing at what you do, no matter who you are or where you are hiding, the spot light is going to find you out. You are going to shine because you are a star”.

In fact, let’s tweet this:

Your script in life is not written same way as another’s. You have to discover yourself and live your OWN life. Do your own thing and keep it real. You are never same with someone else and though you may tow the same path, you are two different people and how you choose to operate is going to be different from how the other person operates.

You are never wired same way as another even though you are identical twins. You two are different. You have different likes, dislike and all that. So don’t go thinking because you came from the same egg, you must like the same kind of things. 

So stop being another and start being you. You are an original. Why would you rather be a counterfeit or fake of someone else?

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” —Farrah Gray

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You think you are not blessed? You think you have nothing special about you? Everybody does. It’s just left for you to figure it out and use it. We each have a unique and special gift about us…… For example, we may all be singers or musicians, but we sing differently.

I guess that is why in music talent hunt shows like MTN Project Fame or Voice Nigeria or Idols, the contenders though may be asked to perform songs written by someone else, the key emphasis is always to make the song their own.

They are encouraged to put their own unique touch and feeling to it because that is the only way they can get comfortable in it and perform it well. They don’t have to feel they are wearing the shoes of the original artists….Oh no! They just have to wear their own shoes and bask in the honor of singing a song written by that admired icon or role model.

Same goes for every profession of life. No matter who you admire, you can never be them. You would always be a fake or counterfeit. You may surgically alter your looks to be like them, you may change your voice, walk pattern or way of life to be like them but you will never be them.

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” —Neil Gaiman

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So, I ask…..why spend a great amount of time trying to be someone else (which would never bring you joy or happiness), when you can spend that same time or even less trying to figure out who you really are and what your passions are and go live happiness for the rest of your life?

Life makes more sense and has more meaning the moment your make your passion your profit. Just plunge in and don’t second guess yourself. Sure, having someone’s confidence in you is awesome but it would do nothing if you don’t have that confidence in yourself too. Another’s belief in you won’t be worth anything if you do not believe in yourself too.

You know how we ladies get lost in reverie about our dream man and the day we would meet him? (No matter what anyone says or how puffed up you want to act that you do not care, we each, all of us want the true magic of love and we look forward to our happily-ever-afters), .

Sometimes, the guy may turn up in the very package you dreamed of or better yet, in a package you never dreamed of but the important thing is he gives you the life of your dreams…….. So, it is with your passion and life. You may have figured that life sometimes doesn’t exactly pan out like how we envisaged for us and sometimes even when they do, it’s not exactly as exciting or beautiful as we hoped it would be.

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Just like love, with life, you have to go with the flow. There are no hard and fast rules about falling in love or a life manual or how you should live. 

JUST LIVE AND HAPPILY, AT THAT….

Don’t be desperate for things to happen. They always do no matter how much they delay. You just got to be ready for what you want. Hence, someone rightly said, “If you woke up without a goal, go back to sleep”. You just have to be ready and prepared for that which you want…..so, you first have to figure out what it is you really want.

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” —Nelson Mandela

Look deep within you and find that unique gift you have. Do not be bothered if there are already so many players in the field of play. All you should do is bring your best to the game and remember that you are not in competition with anyone.

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Just be you. DO YOUR THING and have fun. 

Go live not a little but much……. You got this and can do it. Go do what your heart keeps tugging at you to go do……go do that which gives you true joy and happiness and helps in the development and upliftment of your fellow man. 

“It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” —Mae Jemison

So sweetie, if you wanna be somebody…. If you wanna go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention…….

Did you know this song is a full song? Maybe I am the only one on the planet who didn’t know….Lol.

Well using the lyrics below, sing along and let the song get into your system because no one is going to live your life for you except you.

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PAY ATTENTION LYRICS

Thank you so much for reading this interesting piece. I hope you enjoyed every bit of it. 

Just like Queen Latifah said in the movie, “JUST WRIGHT”, “Anything you need to do….anything you want to do, you can do it. Believe in yourself. You will not fail”.

Remain Dazzling, Dashing and Daring.

I can’t wait to read your comments and contributions. Kindly leave your comments in the box below. I would be so happy to read from you.

 

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