Facebook just bought messaging platform What’s App for USD19 billion. But guess what 5 years ago in 2009, the co founder Brian Acton of What’s App was turned down for a job by Facebook. What an interesting turn of events.
After a 19 billion windfall he is laughing or is it chatting all the way to the bank!
Facebook turned down WhatsApp’s co-founder for a job 5 years ago. Well they just paid UD19 billion for their lack of foresight!
1. Where you are is not who you are
2. Your situation is not your destination
3. Don’t underestimate your future worth, because of today’s value
My key message is that its not what you are called that matters , but what you answer to. Your identity in life is not defined by your blemishes, but the inner glory of your personality
I was barely 5 years old in 1981. I was at a preschool. I was afflicted with eczema so my skin was all spots. There was a house adjoined to the school fence, which had a peach tree. We went as a group of kids to get peaches over the fence. As I stretched out to ask for some peaches, a small boy who was hardly older than me said, “ I wont give you any because you have skin spots”
Boy was I gutted. My confidence took such a dive. However as I was to reflect over the next few days, I decided that I was not going to be defined by a blemish on my skin. No a thousand times no!
This incident has helped me to be more confident about who I am. The labels of others do not have an impact on me. Importantly I learnt that its not what you are called that matters but what you answer to – I answer to greatness. Through all seasons of life – the winter, the summer, autumn and spring – I now listen to the ‘great within’. I have learnt to live my life under the quiet approval of God than the noisy applause of others.
I am now comfortable in my own skin. This is the message I bring to many others. Today I am in a place where I use my voice, heart, hands and head to help others find their own voice. When one’s identity is secure, then the destiny is sure.
Ever wondered why Obama wears same suits, ties and colour shirts?
You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make
1. Take care of big decisions and the small decisions won’t matter
2. Always look at the bigger picture
3. Elephants don’t swat flies
Today in History: 11 February 1990 Nelson Mandela walked out of prison a free man. In the remaining years of his life…well after his prime he changed a nation. It’s never too late to make a difference. You are never too young or too old to fulfil your purpose.
Step out. The world is waiting for you. No prison can hold your purpose.
Another masterpiece from my 7 year old daughter. I will add my poetry to her art:
Flowers O flowers, beautiful flowers
I could smell you for hours
A flower is a weed with a good attitude
A weed is a flower without gratitude
A flower chooses to bloom
A weed chooses to gloom
Flowers rise in blossom
Weeds fall to the bottom
Today choose to be a flower!
My 7 year old girl was recently hospitalised. She has such an unshakeable spirit. While in the ambulance I asked her how she was and she replied “This is so cool Dad…this is like a fireman’s car” A few hours in the hospital she asked that I bring her colouring kit. Instead of wallowing on her hospital bed she has decided to put her gift to great use. She has made several awesome paintings from her hospital bed amongst her best to date! The picture in this blog is one of the several she has done. I am inspired and challenged.
A few lessons to ponder about:
1. Masterpieces are born in moments of adversity
2. When life throws stones at you build a foundation. When life gives you clouds make some rain. When life gives you broken eggs make an omelette
3. You can’t decide what happens to you but you can decide how you respond
Have a great weekend. Remember your situation is not your destination. Where you are is not who you are.
I also share some of these key life lessons in my book How To Rise Like An Eagle which is available on Amazon.
Richard Branson tells of an inspiring story when he wanted USD10 million to fit inflight video entertainment for the Virgin Airways fleet. He searched far and wide and no banker was willing to give him the money. Then he had a eureka moment. He phoned Boeing and placed an order for 10 Boeing 747 planes. Branson asked that they include the inflight video sets as part of the deal. Boeing agreed. The deal was worth USD2.5 billion. Isn’t it amazing that from struggling to raise USD10 million, suddenly he managed to raise USD2.5 billion. But hey that is the power of dreaming big!
A few lessons to think about:
1. Rejection could be a sign that some people dont have capacity to handle you.
2. Never judge the size of your goal by the amount of money it costs. Money is not the end, its just a means
3. Money is liquid – if you have the right funnel and container, money will flow towards you
4. Provision follows your vision
So, you know what today – go ahead dream big. Make that call. Set that appointment. Send that email. Go on that trip.