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No. 112: Change Your Environment to Succeed – If Necessary

“America’s environment is what makes achievements like Richie Parker’s possible”. 

That’s a paraphrased version of the comment made on Facebook, by someone who watched the ESPN profile video (on this facebook profile) of the armless 30 year old vehicle engineer’s life.

I believe that statement to be quite right.

No society is perfect, and America (and Americans!) certainly has its shortcomings.

However America (and Americans!) have a long history of giving ANYONE a chance to prove his/her worth.

They were not always like that.

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Publication: Tayo Solagbade’s Weekly Public Speaking IDEAS Page (PSIP) Newsletter

Date: Monday 21st October 2013

No:112

Title: Change Your Environment to Succeed – If Necessary

Author & Publisher: Tayo K. Solagbade [Tel: +234-803-302-1263 (in Nigeria) or +229-66-122-136 (in Benin Republic) ]

Blog URL: http://www.spontaneousdevelopment.com/blog

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Hi,

Please find below the latest issue of my Speaking IDEAS newsletter.

I created this PowerPoint slideshow (and published it on slideshare.net), to give people with poor (or zero!) connectivity, an alternative means of “learning” about Richie Parker.

I created this PowerPoint slideshow (and published it on slideshare.net), to give people with poor (or zero!) connectivity, an alternative means of “learning” about Richie Parker.

I’ll soon upload the actual Power Point file for FREE download from my website. The download link will appear in this blog post (click)once it’s up.

When you download it, PLEASE print and share it FREELY with people who may not have ready Internet access to “discover it”!

YOU KNOW EVERYONE NEEDS TO “HEAR” THIS STORY, and BE INSPIRED!!!!

 

No. 112: Change Your Environment to Succeed – If Necessary

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“America’s environment is what makes achievements like Richie Parker’s possible”.

That’s a paraphrased version of the comment made on Facebook, by someone who watched the ESPN profile video (on this facebook profile) of the armless 30 year old vehicle engineer’s life.

I believe that statement to be quite right.

No society is perfect, and America (and Americans!) certainly has its shortcomings.

However America (and Americans!) have a long history of giving ANYONE a chance to prove his/her worth.

They were not always like that.

It took them time to “evolve” to this level (more on “evolving”, later on).

But today, in America, probably more than anywhere else on earth, anyone can aspire to succeed authentically.

And it will rarely matter who you are or what you look like.

If Richie had been a Nigerian living in Nigeria, it’s very unlikely he would have “made it”. If anything, he would probably have had to “travel out” of Nigeria, to succeed at anything close to this level!

That’s a statement of FACT. And I make it – without apology – as a full blooded Nigerian.

It’s why I relocated from Nigeria to Benin Republic in April 2013.

The environment of erratic power supply, and some other issues made it difficult for me to function optimally in Nigeria.

Since arriving here in Benin, I’ve been much – MUCH!! – better off. And it shows in both the quality and volume of work I’m getting done daily. And in the results I’m reaping as well!!

Like Nana Arnaud Franklin rightly noted in a facebook discussion we had, Rex Stump, the Hendrick Engineering Manager who employed Richie gave him a chance.

In many other cultures, it’s possible this may not have happened. Many people get denied “fair and impartial” opportunities to succeed in my part of the world every day.

And those are people who come complete with the right numbers of body parts.

Imagine therefore a person coming without arms – like Richie? His/her problems really get compounded!

If Richie Had Been UNPREPARED, When Given That Chance, He Would Have Failed!

“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity” – Unknown

One could argue that Richie got a lucky break, but here’s one more thought to ponder.

Rex Stump said he picked out Richie’s resume, from amongst about 20 others.

Rex Stump said he picked out Richie's resume, from amongst about 20 others.

That means Richie’s resume featured some attractive qualities that interested the Engineering Manager in the first place.

In other words, Richie had credentials that matched – even exceeded – those of others. Considering that he has no arms, that must have taken him lots of effort to do.

Keep in mind that “car racing” is a delicate business, with people’s lives sometimes at stake. So the “vehicle designer” position would not be one to take lightly!

Richie obviously did NOT wait for the day to come, when he would meet “a Rex Stump” to give him a chance.

What he did instead, was to take daily intelligent and focussed action to make things happen for himself.

ESPN showed video clips from his teenage years, in which he demonstrated how he rode a bike specially built by him and his parents. And another showing how he kept a rope around a fridge’s door handle, to open it with his armless shoulder!

He learnt (with the help of his parents) to believe he could do anything he wanted to do.

That mental attitude got him to/through college, and helped him win the job at Hendrick.

Richie learnt (with the help of his parents) to believe he could do anything he wanted to do.

But here’s another perspective to consider on this matter of being “given a chance” to prove yourself:

Back in their time, people like Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King Jr. were not really given a “chance”, to prove themselves.

They basically fought to get what they did, in most cases.

And only afterwards did useful “opportunities” open up for them – or their people.

Life’s not always fair. Each one of us will have to deal with what we’re given.

That’s why we must constantly strive to IMPROVE, and never be SATISFIED with where we are.

That’s what Richie Parkers says drives him. And look where it got him. Wow!

Many of Us Are Living Below Our Full Potentials

It’s so simple that we keep doing it daily. Just look – possibly even at yourself.

I’ve found areas of my life where I’m just as guilty. So, no one’s trying to look superior here :-)

When you avoid “striving” to do MORE than you’re currently able, you’d be living below your full potential.

I believe adults should live exemplary lives, to act as good role models for the impressionable minds of children – who CAN change this world (like Richie’s parents are helping him do).

One way to do that would be to constantly strive to make the most of ourselves.

As Abel Folaranmi pointed out in our discussion on Facebook, we need to EVOLVE as human beings.

The process of evolving requires that we become better than we are, or were.

To do that, we must refuse to recognise ANY limitations in our abilities…because in truth, there are NONE.

Final Words: Your Abilities Have NO Limits, But The Wrong Environment Can Limit You…So Don’t Hesitate to Change It!

Let me end by pointing out, that even as we recognise no limitations in ourselves, we must intelligently seek environments most conducive to achieving our goals.

I had to do that, to make better progress towards my goals  – by relocating to Benin Republic.

In other words, if making the most of ourselves requires relocating to another environment – even another country – we owe ourselves a duty to do so!

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