Tenacity : The Making of Success

Founder of ScaleMyHustle , lawyer, investor and global entrepreneur, @Mochievous received great news today. Her paper on innovation which had earlier been turned down was accepted by the World Bank for its 2019 Conference on Land and Poverty. Her joy was palpable as anyone who has toiled over something similar can testify to.

This has great impact and inspiration for all young people especially young women. News like this encourages them to believe in their dreams, keep working through defeats and sustain confidence that they will succeed. As if one could not be happier to see such heartwarming news, she goes on to offer two lawyers a chance to research and co-author the final work. Way to go! Sharing the spotlight and giving talent some opportunity is a crucial way to hasten development across groups.

Congratulations Moe!

View her Twitter thread here

Too often, we are afriad of taking the next step in our professional , academic or personal life. We must remind ourselves that if we do not try, we will not find out the amazing things we can accomplish. We effectively deny the world of value when we hold back and let fear keep us in a state of limbo. Worse we let rejection dampen out optimism and then we stop.

So please do it and don’t rest until you win.

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With love,

Oumissa

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Trust Your Journey

Mental health is coming into the limelight as a major threat to overall wellbeing for many people. When a celebrity is lost to suicide, it is easy to detach oneself from it. But when it affects someone close to you, it takes the shape of a more vivid reality.

It results in a rollercoaster of emotions. You feel sad about losing them, you feel helpless for not being able to help them.. you may even feel guilty in the terrible case that you may have contributed to their trauma.

Being a young doctor in Nigeria of today is an existence that is tough. The system is not suited to latest standards of care, your career prospects may look bleak, you grapple with exams, and you see your friends moving ahead in life. The mirages of good pay and prestige fritter away before your eyes as you run for cover (in both literal and figurative ways).

In all of this, it is important to have a good support system of both colleagues and mentors who can help navigate the treacherous waters and work together with you to find your way.

A colleague who is an epitome of excellence in her work, studies, leadership, friendship and helping others wrote this message on a forum for colleagues. In the hopes of reaching more people with this lifeline, I asked to share it here. Now, it was directed at a group of young doctors but it’s words can apply to anyone feeling like they are underachieving.

Hi guys, good afternoon. This is random but I thought I should put it out here. I know it might seem like everyone is out on a path, figuring their lives out, getting married, getting fantastic jobs, writing and acing exams and stuff.

I just want to leave a word of encouragement to folks who feel their life is a mess or they have no idea what to do, say post housejob or post NYSC. Somehow, the government planned our lives from primary school to NYSC level and there might be someone here confused about what next.

Please guys, there are always folks around to help. We are a family here and I really like what Leo did some weeks back about appreciating everyone. Perhaps you’ve written IELTS again and again and keep failing, say Writing tasks, or you’re studying for USMLE and you keep forgetting what you’ve read or you lowkey did Primaries and didn’t pass.

Don’t worry, keep pushing, try again and again and again. Weird but I have this belief that if anyone who can pass 300Level Pharmac exam can pass any exam in the world. Perhaps you’re the one person that your whole family looks up to, you hardly saved anything during housejob because of responsibilities here and there and you don’t even have money for exams right now, always remember God’s got you and there’s a time for everything.

I honestly don’t know why this came to my mind this afternoon but please guys, SUICIDE IS NOT AN OPTION.

Have a nice day, fam.”

– Dr. Akudo Umeh

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I really hope this helps someone at least to trust their journey and believe they will surmount all obstacles.

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OumissaInspire

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Lagos, Nigeria