As you all know, one of my objectives for writing this blog, is to inspire you to action; and I love it when I read your comments, or hear them when I meet some of you in person and you tell me how one thing I said inspired you and spurred you to action, it gives me joy.
Today, I'd like to share a story by one person I find remarkable. It goes to show, that every one has potential for greatness in them. You only have to decide weather or not you'd awaken the greatness within you. Read on...
As an undergraduate in the university, I engaged in different business like buying and selling clothes, making zobo, just to earn some money to augment the pocket money that never seemed enough. None of these businesses brought me the kind of joy I experienced when I decided to pursue my passion in makeup. First I became a Mary Kay rep, I would sell and show students how to use the products they bought. The joy that beams on their faces was fulfilling, despite the frustration of running after debtors.
I remember my first bride who happened to have been my friend who was kind enough to allow me experiment on her face. As I drove out early hours of the morning around 6am, my car brakes suddenly failed, I ran into a tree off the road but God saved me, no scratch, I came out and the car was badly damaged. As the car was being towed home, it was a decisive moment, I had to decide whether to quit or press on. I decided to press on.
That decision was the hard road. After graduating, before going for NYSC I will often question what the future holds. At some point, I got confused, I'm doing free makeup for people, yes I'm pursuing my passion, but for free?!
In January 2009, I finally decided enough is enough, no more non-profit. I enrolled at a makeup school. I remember being happy beyond words! After my training was over, I served my coach 1 full year to learn more about the business.
2010, and harmed with #15,000, I walked into an House of Tara branch and registered as a Beauty Rep. I remember the hope I felt walking out that branch, know that I had something I could really look forward to.
I needed an office and there was no other place to begin than from my sitting room. With the permission of my husband I began to use the dinning area of our sitting room.So when everyone had gone out, the kids went to school and I was left alone, I started work. I had purchased a table and chair, thankfully I had a laptop to work with. The depression I used to feel when I was home alone with no skill was replaced with excitement as I began to carry out research on makeup trends etc.
I am a voracious reader and dreamer like Joseph, I began to research what was going on the international makeup scene.I wanted to know more beyond what was happening in Nigeria because even though my sitting room was my office, I saw my self as global business woman. My present state couldn’t limit my global imaginations. I began Taking interest in the jobs of international makeup artist.
This year the Face to Face makeup competition was announced and it was open for international entries. A first look at the requirements, I thought I wouldn’t qualify, the fear of failure griped me.But after 3 months of looking at the requirements and encouraging myself in the Lord, and I had a conviction to go for it. I ignored my fears I summed up courage and applied. I knew whether I failed or succeeded at the competition It would be a learning platform. Getting to be picked into the finals for me was a tearful moment when I received the mail
But faith in place of fear, and courage in the face of the despair, I put in the best of what I had, everything, even what I never thought I had, I put it in, and I won!
From an insecure and depressed housewife I have become an international celebrated makeup artist, and I'm very grateful. Now even I, can share my story with the world!
I am Love Olaleye, and you just read my story.
You out there reading this, have been telling your story,?