It happened some time ago but I was in an audience listening to a motivational speaker.
The speaker brought out his wallet and pulled out a N500 note. Holding it up, he asked, “Who wants this five hundred naira note?”
Lots of hands went up. Including mine. A slow chorus began to build as people began to shout, “Me!” “Me!”
I began to wonder who the lucky one would be, who the speaker would choose.
I also secretly wondered, and I am sure others did too, why he would simply give away five hundred naira.
Even as the shouts of “I want it” grew louder, I noticed a young lady running down the aisle.
She ran up onto the stage, went up to the speaker, and grabbed the five hundred naira note from his hand.
“Well done, young lady,” said the speaker into the microphone.
He said, “Most of us just sit and wait for good things to happen. That’s of no use. You’ve got to make things happen. Make a move.
“Simply thinking about doing something is of no use and not good enough.
“Our lives are like that. We all see opportunities around us. We all want the good things. But the problem is we don’t take action.
“We all want the five hundred naira notes on offer. But we don’t make the move. We look at it longingly.
“Get up, and do something about it. Don’t worry about what other people might think. Take action.”
Later, the speaker got another five hundred naira note and held it up for all to see, I thought I knew what’s up.
But he just asked a simple question. “How much is this worth?”
“Five hundred naira!” the crowd yelled in unison.
“Right,” said the speaker. He took the note and crumpled it into a ball and asked, “How much is it worth now?”
“Five hundred naira!” screamed the audience.
Then he threw the note on the ground, stamped all over it and picked up the note and asked one more time, “And how much is it worth now?”
“Five Hundred naira!” was the response.
“I want you to remember this,” said the speaker.
He continued, “Just because someone crumples it, or stamps on it, the value of the note does not diminish. We should all be like the five hundred naira note.
“In lives, there will be times when we feel crushed, stamped over or beaten, but never let your self-worth diminish.
“Just because someone chooses to crush you — that doesn’t change your worth one bit! Don’t allow your self-worth to diminish because someone says something nasty — or does something dirty — to you.”
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