Performing Beyond Expectations

Performing Beyond Expectations

Please read this message and see what makes you different from other person.

*This is what I called life assessment without argument.*

Ezra and Thomas joined a company together a few months after their graduation from university. After a few years of work, their Manager promoted Ezra to a position of Senior Sales Manager, but Thomas remained in his entry level Junior Sales Officer position. Thomas developed a sense of jealousy and disgruntlement, but continued working anyway. One day Thomas felt that he could not work with Ezra anymore. He wrote his resignation letter, but before he submitted it to the Manager, he complained that Management did not value hard working staff, but promoted only the favoured!

The Manager knew that Ezra worked very hard for the years he had spent at the company; even harder than Thomas and therefore he deserved the promotion. So in order to help Thomas to realize this, the Manager gave Thomas a task. “Go and find out if anyone is selling water melons in town?” Thomas returned and said, “yes there is someone!” The Manager asked, “how much per kg?” Thomas drove back to town to ask and then returned to inform the Manager; “they are N100.00 per kg!”

*The Manager told Thomas,* “I will give Ezra the same task that I gave you. Please pay close attention to his response!” So the Manager said to Ezra, in the presence of Thomas; “Go and find out if anyone is selling water melons in town?” Ezra went to find out and on his return he said: *”Manager, there is only one person selling water melons in the whole town”.* The cost is N500.00 each water melon and N300,00 for a half melon. He sells them at N100.00 per kg when sliced. He has in his stock 93 melons, each one weighing about 7kg. He has a farm and can supply us with melons for the next 4 months at a rate of 102 melons per day at N350.00 per melon; this includes delivery. The melons appear fresh and red with good quality, and they taste better than the ones we sold last year. He has his own slicing machine and is willing to slice for us free of charge. We need to strike a deal with him before 10am tomorrow and we will be sure of beating last year’s profits in melons by over N2,300,000.00. This will contribute positively to our overall performance as it will add a minimum of 8.78% to our current overall sales target. I have put this information down in writing and is available on spreadsheet. Please let me know if you need it as I can send it to you in fifteen minutes.”

Thomas was very impressed and realized the difference between himself and Ezra. He decided not to resign but to learn from Ezra.

As we go ahead with our daily decisions on where we ought to be and what ought to be, let this story help us keep in mind the importance of going an Extra Mile in all our endeavors.

As an Event Producer, Baker, Consultant, Draper etc; hoping to grow to the top of their game within our businesses; you won’t be rewarded for doing what you’re meant to do, you are already paid, for that!

HOWEVER, YOU WILL ONLY GET EXTRA RECOGNITION FOR GOING AN EXTRA MILE

Performing Beyond Expectations. ABOVE AND BEYOND.

To be Successful in Life,

You must be Observant, Proactive and Willing to Do More, Think More,

Have a More Holistic Perspective and Go Beyond The Call Of Duty.

Author: Unknown

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10 Motivational Speeches to Keep You Going

10 Motivational Speeches to Keep You Going


“Life itself is a series of challenges, whether large or small. How do we habitually respond to daily life? Do we easily panic and become frantic, or do we stay positive and energetic? Do we make small problems big, or do we make big problems small and dissolve them into nothing? How we face the normal events of each day is generally how we will face the bigger challenges.” – Dr. TRK   Facing Life’s Challenges

​”Really, when I look back on it, I wouldn’t change a thing. I mean, it was so important for me to lose everything because I found out what the most important thing is … to be true to yourself. Ultimately, that’s what’s gotten me to this place. I don’t live in fear. I’m free. I have no secrets and I know I’ll always be OK, because no matter what, I know who I am.” – Ellen DeGeneres: Tulane University Commencement Speech (2009)

“What I wish for all of you—the bad as well as the good. Fall down. Make a mess. Break something occasionally. Know that your mistakes are your own unique way of getting to where you need to be. And remember that the story is never over….” – Conan O’Brien Harvard University, 2000

Fall forward. Here’s what I mean: Reggie Jackson struck out twenty-six-hundred times in his career — the most in the history of baseball. But you don’t hear about the strikeouts. People remember the home runs. Fall forward. Thomas Edison conducted 1,000 failed experiments. Did you know that? I didn’t know that—because #1,001 was the light bulb. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.” -Denzel Washington: “Fall Forward” (2011)

“What I’ve found is that difficulties come when you don’t pay attention to life’s whisper, because life always whispers to you first. And if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you’ll get a scream. Whatever you resist persists. But if you ask the right question —not why is this happening , but what is this here to teach me—it puts you in the place and space to get the lesson you need.” – Oprah Winfrey Stanford University, 2008

You cannot let a fear of failure or a fear of comparison or a fear of judgment stop you from doing the things that will make you great. You cannot succeed without the risk of failure. You cannot have a voice without the risk of criticism. You cannot love without the risk of loss. You must take these risks.” -Charlie Day: Merrimack College Commencement Speech (2014)

“As you grow, you’ll realize the definition of success changes. For many of you today, success is being able to hold down 20 shots of tequila. For me, the most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and not to give in to peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not, to live your life as an honest and compassionate person, to contribute in some way. So to conclude my conclusion, follow your passion , stay true to yourself. Never follow anyone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path and by all means you should follow that. Don’t give advice, it will come back and bite you in the ass. Don’t take anyone’s advice. So my advice to you is to be true to yourself and everything will be fine.” – Ellen DeGeneres, 2009 Tulane University

“Most people don’t want to try something new, yet they want to experience change in their fortune, they don’t want to leave their comfort zone yet they want to attain new heights, they only want to work when they feel like it yet they want unlimited access to the good things of life… Unfortunately life rarely works that way” – Selahsomeone 2017
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going [after being fired from Apple] was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs Stanford University, 2005

“You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.

How?

Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.

Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each together.

Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be pave.

Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find time. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings!

Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.

Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.

Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way. “ – Bryan Dyson, the former CEO of Coca Cola, as a commencement address at Georgia Tech in 1996.

How winning is done!

How winning is done

Somewhere along the line you changed, you stop being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you, you are no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame like a big shadow.

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.

But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth.

But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!

I’m always gonna love you, no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life.
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– Sylvester Stallone in a movie Rocky Balboa (My best Movie motivational speech)

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Together We Can

Together We Can

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
– Edmund Burke

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Some years back a man came to us and promised, “I will work for you” and he did in his first term in office. We were all glad and celebrated like it was the proverbial Eldorado. Again, he came to us for a second term in office and because we wanted good things to continue, we gave him the go ahead. However, little did we know that because he worked in his first term, his second coming was to get paid at our expense; tales of “unpaid” state workers and “over-taxed” general populace tell the remaining part of this story.

Well, that’s the story of a wrong we all have to right. It is easier to complain then fold arms and wait for the tide to sweep us away or on the other hand, together we can decide what comes next. Several options have been made available to us, many of them are people who have been in the circle of power for God knows how long. They have represented us in different capacities without any benefit to us. They have stayed too long in the corridors of power that they have actually forgotten, what the rest of us pass through on daily basis. Yet they keep coming back… Is this what we deserve? Others keep moving from one political party to another, always trying to be where the tide of politics favour, they claim they have our interest but you and I know the only interest they have is where the power is and how they can get their own share… Is that what we deserve?

In righting The Story of our state, the focus should not be on the party, rather on the individuals. All parties in Nigeria have good agendas, however the individuals implementing them are why most often than not we end up in untold hardship. Babatunde Fashola, Godswill Akpabio, Ibrahim Shema, Rabiu Kwankwaso are all individuals from different political parties and they all did well. We have good people in abundance in this state and we also have the right to reject the old and recycled hands who have kept us in this wilderness for this long. We can, together, decide what the future has to offer.

I remember the last Governorship election in the state, I spoke of a man, “Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) “, and actually rated him as the most trustworthy of the aspirants then but very few believed me. This is a man I know from his days at Ibadan as a growing lawyer; hardworking and true to his words. Aketi (as he is fondly called)  is a man of few words but he delivers on his promises, and I believe this is what Ondo State needs. He is not promising to work for us, he is saying we should work together. He is leading the revolution to change what has become the norm in Ondo State, he is seeking to put us back on the map for great reasons.

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We are one of the oil producing states yet we lack like we have nothing. With the capacity to produce over 12% of Nigeria’s output in Oil and gas one would have thought good jobs should be in abundance. Quart sand, Clay, Granite, Limestone, Talc, Kaolin, Coal, Columbine, Rock, Tin, River, Mineral deposits, Bitumen (which is the 2nd largest in the world) all lie in waste, not fully explored. Tourism and Agriculture also lack the necessary funding, as almost all sectors in the state suffer (from) neglect. We have the manpower to control the economy of this Nation yet our graduates can’t find good jobs within the state. Many parents, who after investing years of hard work to raise their kids, have to watch them leave for other states in search of greener pastures when we have all the resources it will take to make Ondo State a heaven in Nigeria. We are one of the most educated sets of people in Nigeria, we can ask questions and I believe we can make good choices.

This is not about politics, this is not about inciting people , this is about us, about a choice we have to make. Together We Can…
We can put this state back on the map
We can kick out the same old unrepentant politicians
We can say enough is enough
We can have true democracy where the Speaker actually speaks
We can decide our future and that of our kids
We can make sure our salaries are not paid every 3months
We can make sure our businesses are not taxed out of existence
We can make sure when we speak, we are heard
We can bridge the gap between the high class and the lower class
We can put back smiles on the faces of our people
We can take away the fears, the confusion, the lawlessness and the oppression off our streets
It is a choice and together we can beat the odds!

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It!

This is one of the most touching masterpieces I have read in recent time. It is life impacting and it is guaranteed to give the drive that most of us need to change our lives.

Kindly take your time to read this and you would not remain the same.

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If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It!

“I have heard it said that the first ingredient of success is to dream a great dream.”John A. Appleman

How often do you dream or aspire? What do you dream of? Why do people struggle to act upon their dreams? Is it fear of failure, insecurity in their abilities or chalk it up to wishful thinking that holds them back? These are questions that my clients ask me all the time. In return I offer, “Isn’t it amazing how people only dream of greatness?”

I have never heard of anyone dreaming of failure or aspiring to be unsuccessful. Failure does not play any part in dreaming. It is the dreamer that instills failure, not the dream. I have read of many very successful dreamers that failed numerous times before they experienced success. The difference is that failure was not going to end their dreams only motivate them to dream bigger.

Many of you fail to seek your purpose in life and you should. You dream and then follow it up with a list of all the reasons why the dream is unachievable. You fill your life with excuses and “I can’t.” Many great companies were conceived from a dream, nurtured in a garage or basement and grew to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Why not you? Why not your dream? The only true limits you experience in life are those you create or those you allow others to impose upon you. If you can dream it, you can do it!

“Sometimes when we read the words of those who have been more than conquerors, we feel almost despondent. I feel that I shall never be like that. But they won through step by step by little bits of wills, little denials of self, little inward victories by faithfulness, and in very little things. They became what they are. No one sees these little hidden steps. They only see the accomplishment, but even so, those small steps were taken. There is no sudden triumph, no spiritual maturity. That is the work of the moment.” Amy Carmichael quoted in: Tim Hansel, Holy Sweat, 1987,Word Books Publisher, p. 130.

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Dreaming is the easy part. Acting on the dream is harder. Recognize that a dream is a journey. On the simplest level, it takes commitment, time, desire, and courage. But rarely is something great easily realized.

In Bruce Wilkinson’s book, “The DreamGiver,” he tells the story of a man named Anybody. Anybody has a great dream, but struggles to break free of his comfort zone and push toward his dream. One afternoon he draws the courage and begins to tell others of his dream. They laugh at him, tell him to stop being foolish and forget about his dreams. “Stop kidding yourself, you can’t do it,” they would remind him. These “dream bullies” make every effort to push him back to mediocrity. Do not get caught in this trap. I am here today to tell you that you CAN do it.

How do I know that this is possible? I have done it. A few years ago, I decided that I was going to step out in faith, believe in myself and God’s purpose for my life. I was going to follow my dream. I was in a similar place as “Anybody.” I was comfortable but unhappy. I, too, dreamed a greater dream.

When I came to the realization that I wanted more out of life, I created a motivational phrase to keep me going when I felt challenged. “If you can dream it, you can do it!” I made it my life’s mission statement. No longer was I going to stand in the way of my dreams or was I going to let anyone else either.

Many people questioned my decisions and looking back now I recognize why; my dreams impacted them. I challenged their comfort zones. They feared my success because of the implications that it had on their lives. They worried that they would lose their partner in pity or were so locked into mediocrity and their comfort zones that it was impossible for them to imagine my success. They viewed the process or decision with great skepticism. Today, my dream is evolving, but the dream is still very much alive. Has it been easy? No. Has it been rewarding? Yes. Will someday I realize my dream? Definitely.

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I am here today to challenge you to reach for your dream. Do not be afraid to dream. If you can dream it, you can do it! Many of the people that impacted history came from humble beginnings. We can easily look to the Bible to discover humble greatness. Moses immediately comes to mind. He stuttered and God chose him to speak to Pharaoh. He felt inadequate and unable to achieve the greatness God had laid before him. God often chooses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things.

He said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel?” Exodus 3:11. Later in Exodus 4:10, he said, “I am not eloquent, neither before or since you have spoken to me, but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Simply, please do not take me out of my comfort zone. I appreciate you thinking of me, but this might be a little bigger than I can handle. He failed to see the dream because he was focused on the obstacles.

What about David. When his great army cowered before the giant Goliath, he stood up, grabbed his dream of freedom and through a stone in the direction of greatness. He later became a great King. What if that monumental day, he chose not to pick up the stone?

Where would the world be if they had chosen to turn away from a dream? What would have become of them if they chose to listen to all of the reasons “why not,” instead of “why not me?” Where will you be when you realize what might have been?

What stone might you throw that could change your life? Get focused and make a commitment. Integrate your dreams into your daily life. Many coaches promote goal setting, as do I. I encourage my clients to list their goals and strategically place them in areas where they can be frequently reminded of the goals. I created a wristband with the embossed phrase; Dream It – Do It. I look at it all the time. It reminds me of the mission and helps keep things in perspective.

“Those who lose dreaming are lost.”Unknown

Dreaming is recognizing and embracing the potential for greatness and seeking it in all areas of your life. Believe in your dreams and your ability to accomplish them. Keep your dreams in front of you. Never forget, if you can dream it, you can do it!

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By Anthony Mullins™

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My Mother My Irreplaceable

My Mother My Irreplaceable

You gave me life, the first smile I opened my little eyes to see
Your tender hands, the comfy back that put me to sleep
The epitome of selfless love and unconditional care and attention
My strength, my protector when I was vulnerable and careless
My definition of right when all choices seem to be the same
My mother, my irreplaceable.

Days of weakness , nights of sickness and cries that wouldn’t let her rest
Moment of bad choices that brought shame to bear
“You will not kill me”, she said but she would not leave me
“You will not kill yourself”, she screams but that she wouldn’t allow
A preacher that wouldn’t stop, a provider that doesn’t hold back
A light in my darkest moments, a path when all seems pert
You never gave up on me, my irreplaceable.

You taught me all I need to know and let me learn through my lows
You gave your all not because you had enough but you had my love
I can never appreciate you enough, because your life you gave
I am a living testimony to how good you’re
Never can my words express what my heart feels at your thoughts
My irreplaceable, my treasure, my mother.

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My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.- Mark Twain

A mother is the truest friend we have , when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine , desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness , and cause peace to return to our hearts . – Washington Irving

Each time I look at myself and what I have become, all I say in my heart is “Mama, thank you for not giving up on me” – Unknown

Dedicated to Late Mrs. Bolajoko Olayemi Abosede.

Stand Out

This is a Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the bee) song that has so much impact on me.  It talks about self discovery, personality change and people seeing you for who you are and not what they want you to be (acceptability).

If you do not discover yourself, even if someone else does for you,  most likely you won’t understand and appreciate the value you carry. Your first assignment on the road to self actualization is self-discovery, if you can discover yourself, you can actualize your dreams.

“When you discover yourself then you would be yourself, but if you want to be like someone else, the best you can be is second best. It is time you stand out”

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Stand Out”

When I see myself in the mirror
Is this really me?
When I take off all my make-up
That’s the person I should be

See, I know once they get to know me
Then they’ll see what I see
I’ll make ‘em all believe the story
And I know that I’m the lead

I’m a bird that’s learning to fly now
I’m getting better everyday
And there’s no taking the time out, yeah
Cause I’ve got too much to change

I’m holding on to what’s real
That’s what matters to me
I’m still searching for me
I’ll search and do anything that I can
I’ve made up my mind
I will take a stand

On this day I’ll finally listen to what’s been calling me
All it takes is letting go of whatever people think of me
This way I’ll stand out and break away to be free
Happiness is what I can’t live without
It’s time to stand out

Break Out!

Break Out!

Life has a way of containing us but we all dream big
Every second of everyday a dream dies but why?
Sometime there is a wall standing between us and our destiny
But our walls can break

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The first place we give up,  is in our own mind
There is power in breaking free from our own limitations, our barriers
It is easy to come up with excuses, 
Reasons we can’t accomplish dreams that are deep inside us

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But we are all made for something great
we can move forward
Don’t let life contain you,
Break Out!

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By Joel Osteen

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The 21 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Money by Brian Tracy (Summary)

Laws are made for man to guide and save him from consequences of acting ignorantly. However, with laws, ” I-don’t-know” doesn’t really make the consequences less agonizing,  this is why knowledge is power and priceless.

Today I want to empower you with this priceless piece, I hope it will impact on your thinking and prep you for the task ahead. It is going to be a beautiful ride through the year and more beautiful are things ahead.

The 21 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Money by Brian Tracy (Summary)

1. The Law of Cause and Effect: Everything happens for a reason; there is a cause for every effect.

2. The Law of Belief: Whatever you truly believe, with feeling, becomes your reality.

3. The Law of Expectations: Whatever you expect, with confidence, becomes your own self-fulfilling prophecy.

4. The Law of Attraction: You are a living magnet; you invariably attract into your life the people, situations and circumstances that are in harmony with your dominant thoughts.

5. The Law of Correspondence: Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world and corresponds with your dominant patterns of thinking.

6. The Law of Abundance: We live in an abundant universe in which there is sufficient money for all who really want it and are willing obey the laws governing its acquisition.

7. The Law of Exchange: Money is the medium through which people exchange their labor in the production of goods and services for the goods and services of others.

8. The Law of Capital: Your most valuable asset, in terms of cash flow, is your physical and mental capital, your earning ability.

9. The Law of Time Perspective: The most successful people in any society are those who take the longest time period into consideration when making their day-to-day decisions.

10. The Law of Saving: Financial freedom comes to the person who saves ten percent or more of his income throughout his lifetime.

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11. The Law of Conservation: Its not how much you make, but how much you keep, that determines your financial future.

12. Parkinson’s Law: Expenses rise to meet income.

13. The Law of Three: There are three legs to the stool of financial freedom: savings, insurance and investment.

14. The Law of Investing: Investigate before you invest.

15. The Law of Compound Interest: Investing your money carefully and allowing it to grow at compound interest will eventually make you rich.

16. The Law of Accumulation: Every great financial achievement is an accumulation of hundreds of small efforts and sacrifices that no one ever sees or appreciates.

17. The Law of Magnetism: The more money you save and accumulate, the more money you attract into your life.

18. The Law of Accelerating Acceleration: The faster you move toward financial freedom, the faster it moves toward you.

19. The Law of the Stock Market: The value of a stock is the total anticipated cash flow from the stock discounted to the present day.

20. The Law of Real Estate: The value of a piece of Real Estate is the future earning power of that particular piece of property.

21. The Law of the Internet: The Internet is a tool for rapid communication of information of all kinds.

Life has a lot hidden that knowledge unlocks, knowing means you won’t learn from your own mistakes. Open your mind, pick-up as much as you can and use it to build the person you want to be.

“Coat Of Many Colors”

Right from the time I understood that to me music has never been about the beat but the lyrics, Dolly had been one of my most loved musician.  Of all her songs “Coat Of Many Colors” stood out for me because it taught me contentment, appreciation and self-belief.

I will like to share this with you and to get you inspired!

“Coat Of Many Colors”

Back through the years
I go wonderin’ once again
Back to the seasons of my youth
I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
And how my momma put the rags to use
There were rags of many colors
Every piece was small
And I didn’t have a coat
And it was way down in the fog
Momma sewed the rags together
Sewin’ every piece with love
She made my coat of many colors
That I was so proud of
As she sewed, she told a story
From the bible, she had read
About a coat of many colors
Joseph wore and then she said
Perhaps this coat will bring you
Good luck and happiness
And I just couldn’t wait to wear it
And momma blessed it with a kiss

My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

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So with patches on my britches
Holes in both my shoes
In my coat of many colors
I hurried off to school
Just to find the others laughing
And making fun of me
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

And oh I couldn’t understand it
For I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love
My momma sewed in every stitch
And I told ’em all the story
Momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors
Was worth more than all their clothes

But they didn’t understand it
And I tried to make them see
That one is only poor
Only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money
But I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
Made just for me