The year was …. can’t remember. Just joking, the year was 1993 and I was in junior secondary school class 3 (JSS3) my class was a class of eggheads; baby geniuses who were preparing to take on the world. My father had just been promoted to director and commensurate to his new position he was given a government quarters set aside for government officials. It was a beauty to behold! Yes of course it was archaic BUT it was a mansion! I had a whole room to myself fitted with an adjourning room designed to hold clothes, shoes, trunks and the likes and an adjoining reading room. Haha! What a way to live!
Hey that was not all; it was the compound that got me! We had 2 gigantic mango trees, two gigantic almond trees, the quinine tree popularly called the Dongoyaro tree by the locals and a massive Iroko tree.
The shade from these trees was awesome and I would practice my somersaults and gymnast skills on the grounds because the soil was soft.
One beautiful morning I woke up to the sound of a thud on my part of the roof of the house. Later i found out that we were in the mango season! Haaaaaa my sisters and I had fights on who should have the right to this august visitor; the very first mango and well I won.
May days later, it was a race down the stairs to see who could pack the largest quantity of mangoes before the others got a hint. It was our contest and we loved it.
Fast forward to 7 days later, I took along 5 pieces of the largest and juiciest mangoes to school to eat as dessert before my lunch. On sighting my mangoes, my colleagues in class gathered in amazement at the size of these beauties! But one guy beat the rest to it. He asked if he could buy one of my mangoes for a fee. The price got me thinking. Haha! I had a need, my need was to buy a burger (a snack consisting of our local bread and bean cakes; we would cut the bread loaf into two, place the bean cakes within and place the halves back) and here was a fellow student giving me a sure way to getting what I wanted just like that. Of course I agreed, and in minutes I was eating my burger with utmost enjoyment.
My journey as the kingpin of the mango industry in Loyola College, Ibadan had started and for months after I enjoyed selling, earning and saving for the year end Christmas party.
1.There are many opportunities around us that we do not put our minds to. There is always something near you that you can sell and exchange for good money. You will have to open your eyes though. Who would have thought that the mango I had in my hands was the guarantee to me getting my burger!
Question: What do you have around you that you can exchange for what you want? Remember it could be a skill,
idea, product, service or even your personality!
2. When you have something of value to offer to the right person he or she will buy that product/service at the price you fix. Be wise only create and offer things that are of value to people.
Question: what is that thing that is valuable to people around you that they will pay for and you just happen to have?
3. When you have something; that is of value to others; to sell you will never be broke. Selling; I have found out is the solution to a consistent stream of income. Sales people are never broke if they have perfected their selling skills.
Question: what can you sell that will be easy to carry around and will bring in additional streams of income for you?