The Last Mile

How do you get inspiration for your work?

It’s amazing how the topics for these blog posts¬†tend to come to me. I’m seriously beginning to consider writing for a living you know. … ūüôā

Over the last couple of days I’ve been subconsciously thinking of what to write today, and nothing seemed like ‘it’. Then, as I sat quietly at my table working yesterday, ‘the last mile’ dropped in my spirit. How apt!

Now, I work in telecommunications and the last mile is such an interesting concept. It is the final connectivity leg between the telecoms service provider and an individual customer. It’s used to offer high-tech, high-speed, high-bandwidth services to individual homes or offices. This is different from mobile, but I don’t want to bore you with any more details.¬† Lol.

I have sometimes watched my colleagues responsible for fulfilling enterprise sales scramble for a last mile supplier to help make this happen (sometimes, lol). Simply because, no last mile, no connection. No connection…. no delivery….. no sales….. errrrmm, no revenue.¬†You get the drift.

Apart from this, there’s one more interesting thing about the last mile.¬†¬†The technology you deploy for the last mile becomes your speed bottle neck for your entire connection to that customer, as it effectively limits the bandwidth of data that can be delivered to the customer. Think about that.¬†The last mile is effectively your bottleneck!

I said all that to say this: 2017 is not over yet. Today officially marks the first step of the last mile. What you do over the next thirty days can effectively determine how the story of 2017 ends for you. What are you going to do?

Here are a few options:

  1. Sit by and watch the days fly by. After all, is it what I did not¬†achieve in eleven¬†months that I will now be trying to achieve in one¬†month? ‘Ngwanu! Kontinue…
  2. Acknowledge that December presents a unique opportunity to put a few more achievements in the bag for 2017. Trust me this is entirely true. We all work better under pressure. You can blame it on the adrenaline. If you put your mind to task, you’ll be amazed at what you can still make happen this year. ‘High Five!’

Hopefully, the right choice is obvious enough. Hopefully, this will remind you to dust your goals up and pick up one or two that you can still make happen this year against all odds.

01.12.2017. The first step of the last mile for Project 2017.

Take charge of your life. Yes, you can.

P.S: Don’t forget to share. I‚Äôm counting on you to get to permanent site.

As you were….

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“‘As you were'” is a standard military command. It means, literally, ‘[return] to your previous posture’. Soldiers must snap to a formal ‘attention’¬†position when an officer enters their presence, and the officer issues this command to indicate they may resume their prior activities. The order is also used figuratively to command troops to moderate a temporary excitement. A poster on Urban Dictionary wittily describes the command as ‘The reset button of life.'”

The reset button of life!

We all were born curious, trusting, carefree. As babies we had no fear of pain or failure. That was left to the adults to worry about.

We knew that somehow breakfast will show up. So will lunch and dinner. If it doesn’t show up at the right time, the adults will hear it! We didn’t care how many clothes or shoes we had. Our work was play, interjected with feeding (refueling)¬†and rest.

But gradually, we were tutored in what constitutes danger. We were told fear ought to be our first reflex and not blind trust. We were taught to only pay good for good. And evil for evil. We had to be reminded that someone had hurt us in the past and this must not be forgotten or forgiven.

We were inadvertently taught that God is almighty, He is our Father, He loves us; yet we couldn’t quite trust Him with our very lives.¬†We must help Him. Step in. Find a way out. Any way out.

Today, I’m here to remind you that the carefree, trusting, fearless, curious child is still inside of you somewhere. You still want play to be your¬† work. You still want to forgive quickly and live fearlessly. You still want to go to sleep with no care in the world knowing that someone who loves you is watching over you. It’s in your DNA. It’s the way we all were. Before adulting crept in on us, and put us at a perpetual attention.¬†

Today, I’m here to give you a military command: “As you were!” “Relax!” “At ease!”

You must learn to trust again, to follow your curiosity, to keep no record of wrongs, to forgive quickly, to remain curious. You must learn to love again, with no strings attached. You must learn to laugh again, even when nothing is really that funny. You must learn to try again, no matter how many times you’ve failed. You must learn to be content again, with the bare essentials.

Only in returning to the way we originally were will we find true joy and peace.

Take charge of your life! Yes, you can!

The Little Things….

Can you believe it’s FriYAY already? Oh yes, it is! Yaaaaay! Lol…

There’s this MTN radio advert that instantly sets me in a great mood every morning.¬†It immediately makes me pause, look up, look around, and smile.

Here’s how it¬†goes:

“Life is more beautiful when you allow yourself to appreciate the little things….ahn ahn… the simple things ahn ahn….Every day is more complete when you allow yourself to appreciate…the little things ahn ahn….the simple things ahn ahn….”

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It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when…

Hey Super Go-getter,

What’s your dominant thought regarding your aspirations? Do you find yourself most times wondering about ‘if’ or ‘when’?¬†

Don’t even question whether you have any aspirations at this moment or not. Trust me when I say you have them, whether¬†they’ve been clearly articulated or not. Whether you acknowledge them consciously or they’re just playing in your subconscious mind.¬†But, that’s not the story.

I’ve been in Dubai this whole week visiting with DH who’s been here for work.

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You are not alone…

You see your life is unique in many respects, and that’s why I say it is a Project.

But, no matter how unique a project is, it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. There’s an industry, a market, a pool of SMEs that can help, lessons learnt from similar projects, common issues and risks with other projects, the works.

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