Ten Things I Learnt in 2016

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Wow! 2016 is over, but the amazing year really schooled me… It taught me to always put God first in everything;
that I’m still on a journey of self discovery, that time and patience isn’t just a word in the book, that I didn’t choose the easy road, that I need to live for something bigger than myself and
that prayer is still the master key.
I learnt a whole lot, but amidst all that the year taught me, here are the top ten on the list…..

I didn’t chose the easy road: As a child I wanted to be an Engineer with my really nice helmet and driving one of those really fancy Ford trucks, but that ship sailed a long time ago, though I’m an educated engineer but not a practicing one; I am an Entrepreneur- a creative photographer, filmmaker and a content writer, but believe me, it isn’t an easy path but it is the path I chose.

Keep moving forward: things will fall apart; there will be obstacles, life will knock you off your feet, you will fail, self doubt and depression will set in, you will be broken but don’t give up, keep walking through all of that and more, which the life you want throws at you. Cry if you need to, but then dry your eyes and keep looking and moving forward. To this lesson- let’s do MoCheddah- Survive.

Grow tough skin: People you trust will try to pull you down- some do it because they can’t see anything good coming from your nazareth, some do it out of love of not wanting to see you fail and suffer while others can’t just live with the idea of you being better than them, but never let their negative energy get to you, do not give them permission to stop your shine.  My theme songs for this- Sia”Unstoppable” and Demi Lovato”Skyscraper”

Things can get complicated but you can’t fall apart: there will come a time when everything won’t work the way you want; every aspect of your life will seem as though they are at war with each other to drain you of your last ounce of strength, you have got to pull it together, remind yourself of victories you’ve had; bringing you thus far and trust that this too will pass and that you will come out stronger and better. For this lesson let’s do Danny Gokey- Tell your heart to beat again.

Praise God even when it hurts: it’s really easy to praise God in awesome season, when you have everything going right for you but to praise God at your low point; to really sing his praise from deep within your soul and want to know him more! that’s a whole new level of true worship that everyone has to get to. My theme song will be Hillsong-Even when it hurts.

Life is not all about you: when you understand this you will realise that giving up isn’t part of your option, because then you have a strong reason to want to do better and be better, you will walk in the consciousness that you’re part of something bigger than you and you will realise that the life you lead is probably the inspiration someone out there needs to step into their own potentials. Now this doesn’t mean you have to be text book perfect or carry the weight of the world on your shoulders; you will make mistakes, stumble, but own it and rise. For this lesson, let’s do a double: Michael Jackson- Heal the world, Blake Shelton- Forever Young

Love: love isn’t just what you feel, love is what you promise….. just because I love ‘Love’, let’s do three songs here “Ellie Goulding- How long will I love you, Ed Sheeran- Thinking out loud and Timi Dakolo- The Vow”.

I’m A Creative person: For years now I have shied away from calling myself that because I felt I was not good enough or that I wasn’t ready to betray my engineering background and also the respect for creativity in this part of the world is just growing and not where it should be yet, but this year I have come to accept that my creativity doesn’t have to look perfect and refined, I simply just have to create because it’s part of who I am, it gives me something to be excited about and it’s refreshing. Timi Dakolo- Let it shine just explains this.

You have to put in the work: You have a great idea that is ‘sellable’ but that’s all it is ‘an idea’, until you put in the work to give it life. If idea were valuable without work, I’m guessing a fraction of us will be on the Forbes List of the Richest people in the world; so roll up your sleeves- research your ideas, build a team, hit the road and connect with people who can turn your ideas to profit…In essence live for achieving your ideas, nothing worth having comes easy. My Theme Song-Estelle “Conqueror”

The Little Things Matter: A pretty smile, cooking your favourite recipe for the family, sipping coffee from an unusual mug, helping out a stranger….. that is priceless! Most a times we are so focused on the big win such that we are caught in the pursuit of happiness, but doing this little things helps readjust our perspective to what real happiness should be about. Tim Mcgraw said this better in hi song “Humble and Kind”.

These are lessons 2016 taught me and I pray 2017 comes with enough opportunity to learn, grow and earn.

Babalola Michael Tayo.

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