My friends think that America’s Got Talent and the Jerry Springer’s show are in the same category. I think they’re ridiculous for thinking something like that. Chances are, I am alone on this one, but I actually quite like America’s Got Talent. I like watching Howie, Sharon, and Piers squirm; but even more importantly, I love seeing people pursue their dreams with gusto. It’s amazing. So amazing that sometimes I get teary eyed.
You see, last year, I found myself cleaning one of the bathrooms in my parent’s house in Nigeria. As I viciously scrubbed that toilet down (TMI), I was thinking about the servant girl we called Mary. I could tell that she had been broken to the core. Mary didn’t know her real name. She didn’t speak English. Couldn’t do simple arithmetic. She didn’t even know her age. In my eyes, the only escape she had from being a servant for the rest of her life was to get an education. I saw promise in Mary so I started teaching her English and basic arithmetic but the more I thought about Mary, the more frustrated I felt.
I couldn’t understand why she didn’t see in herself, the same gift I saw in her. Why couldn’t she see that she was intelligent? and that she could be more than a servant girl? Right there and then, somewhere between the bath tub and the toilet bowl, I realized something about myself that I never knew. Nothing. Absolutely nothing moves me as deeply as seeing people pursue the things that they are most passionate about.
I now realize that I cannot teach passion and I cannot force passion, but I can write passionately. I can speak passionately, and I can inspire passionately.
That’s what this site and most of my speaking engagements are about: equipping people to live with passion. We all have those moments when we need a little nudge to give us the courage to be different. My goal is to make www.betamotivation.com a great place to find all the nudging you need. Until next time, stay motivated!