GO WITH YOUR GUT FEELING
You know the kind of Saturday that you just don’t want to step out of your house. All you want to do is eat…watch some movies and possibly spend quality time with loved ones. But this Saturday wasn’t going to be that way. I had scheduled a meeting with the guy that does my printing jobs, he was to come with some other guys for a discussion on a project we were working on. We agreed to meet at a lounge around my area.
It was a short meeting. In less than sixty minutes we were done. So as I stepped out of the lounge, planning to go back home, I noticed a gathering at the viewing center in the premises. They were full of energy …shouting at the top of their voices. Then it occurred to me that Nigeria had a friendly match on that day.
I decided to go take a table beside them and listen to their commentaries as they were talking about the just concluded match. I Sat down ordered for a cold drink and gladly joined the crew. As I listened to their varying mindsets, I noticed this particular guy was arguing with the others, some of his points were spot on and others were flat, even though he was well spoken and had a good control of English.
At the end of the day it was a bad outing for Nigeria, they lost a match they could have easily won on home soil. And before you knew it people had left angrily. This young man who had been arguing walked up to me, and sat at my table and said “bros no vex o, hope I am not disturbing you” ? Instantly I thought he came to beg for money, but I was wrong.
Sorry bros I just needed to let you know I am in dire need of a job in case you are in any position to help… I asked with intent why he singled me out to ask for a job, and he replied something just urged him to engage me and make his need known. In my mind, I was like “e be like say this boy dey use juju”… because as at that time a Pilot friend had asked me to get a person who could adequately manage a lounge and I hadn’t been able to get the precise person, so I gave him my card and asked him to forward his CV, and come for an interview later on. So I had an interview session with him and found him to be competent enough for my clients venture. I and my client arranged a short chat session with all the five shortlisted candidates, lo and behold after meeting with all the candidates, my client opted for the young man I met at the bar.
The guy was so impressive during the chat that we had to change an earlier agreed remuneration plan. To cut the story short, the young man from the bar has been managing the lounge for over two weeks now.
But pause and ask yourself this question… what if this guy had not walked up to me? What if he had downplayed the settings of where we met? What if he had second guessed? The possibilities or impossibilities are endless but one thing is sure, inaction would leave you stuck on the failure spot while rejection would spur you to another opportunity with a lot more insight. Go with your gut feeling, it might not always get you your mark but it would leave a mark.
(Yomi is a marketing communications practitioner with specialties in advertising and digital marketing)