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How To Hit Your Goals When You Lack Resources

How To Hit Your Goals When You Lack Resources

Almost every time I talk about goals, and dreams, and taking action, someone shows up and says he would have loved to pursue his dreams too… but he lacks the necessary resources.

I mean, someone who doesn’t have a PC.

Another who doesn’t have a reliable Internet connection.

And yet another who’s too broke to start his own blog or business.

Yes, I can feel your pain. I’ve been there and I know how much it hurts.

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So, with a great dream and actionable ideas to achieve the dream, what’s a man to do when he lacks the needed resources?

Give in?

Well, it depends on who you are.

If you’re another Jack, Jimmy or Jill… you’re welcome to give in and join the multitude who never go places.

But if you’re a go-getter who’s ready to suffer, and make mistakes, and fail, and get laughed at… before you hit your goals, then you have a will. And your will – if it’s diehard enough – would pave a way.

I’ve never told you this

I was born in Kano State. The economy was good and my parents were a middle class doing well.

Around 1997-1998, there were several ethnic and religious crises in the city. Security breaches skyrocketed.

We lived at Katsina Road, a Hausa hub where the rioters could easily slaughter us in minutes – and many families had been slaughtered like that.

One morning in 1998 (I think weeks after the death of Abacha), a vicious bloodletting began and everyone ran for dear life. That evening, my family took few clothes and moved in with my uncle living at Sabon Gari – a stronghold of the Igbos which was practically the only safe place aside the army barracks.

That night, our house was raided. If we had waited one night in Katsina Road before fleeing, you would not have known yours sincerely because he must have been slaughtered.

The story is rather long and with many twists. In summary, we lost almost everything.

But we were thankful for the gift of life.

We departed Kano for Lagos – for good. The psychological trauma of the unrest, the lost treasures, the duel with death and the sad reality of starting life from zero again… made things almost unbearable in Lagos.

My first shot at earning money was in primary 4. I would hawk wares for my mum after school. Survival was that hard!

My first experience of life as an employee was in J.S.S. 3.

I was a casual worker at a printing press for 6 weeks. The casual workers fixed the spiral clips of printed calendars at N1 per fixed clip. Each worker would strive to fix 200 clips in a day.

I worked in several other places as a cleaner, a factory worker, a sales boy in a canteen and later (after my secondary education), as a primary school teacher. But those are stories for another day.

My first attempt at being my own boss was in S.S.S 3.

I constructed a cage and bought five poultry. The ‘farm’ failed. As an undergraduate, I learnt phone engineering and made some bucks repairing phones for my colleagues.

By then, I had taken interest in writing but had no PC. I would type essays after essays on my phone. Next, I would borrow a PC from my roommate, Alfa Musa, whom we fondly called “Woli” and my friend, Tajudeen Jagun (God bless you both wherever you are), and transfer the essays to the PC via bluetooth.

If I needed to submit any entry for an essay contest, I would use the epileptic Internet in the school or a cyber café.

From my phone repair business, I made enough money to meet my basic needs and buy a printer. Then, I stopped phone repair and started a printing business which was more dignifying and lucrative on campus. I started a blog too.

I’m unable to tell this story in details so I don’t bore you. You’ll find the full version in my memoir if it pleases God that I write one.

Fast forward to 4 years later… I have a creative business that’s doing well and an incorporated company. I have a paid assistant that handles some aspects of my business.

I have a PC, a smart phone (everyone  now has this, right?), an iPad, and other gadgets that make my business run smoothly.

And even though I’ve not achieved up to 5% of my goals, I’ve amassed writing prizes and published high-impact books. I run courses that help people live their dreams without going hungry. And I walk on ‘four legs’.

Now, what can you learn?

I didn’t tell this story to impress you or to brag.

I’m telling you so you can learn one or two things.

First, learn to be dogged. Borrow some resources if you have to. Improvise for others (like typing essays or blogging on phone).

When he was struggling, Jon Morrow had to migrate from the U.S. to live in Mexico where the cost of living was much lower. Once his situation improved, he went back to the U.S. where he now lives and blogs like a prince.

Second, use what’s right before you to get something better that’s farther away. If you need to raise money to start your business, why not first work for someone else and save some money?

Bamidele Onibalusi, the young Nigerian who started making over N700,000 from freelance writing before he was 18 years, started blogging in a cyber café. He was too broke to have a PC. He used what was available to him to get something better that was farther away.

Finally, don’t be afraid to be patient. You don’t have to start flying from day one. It’s OK to first crawl, and then walk, and then run, before flying. So embrace patience.

Hitting your goals when you lack resources can be tough. But with a tougher determination, a dogged spirit and some patience, you can choose yourself to be the driver, not a passenger, in your own life.

Even in lack, go-getters keep moving. What about you?

If you want to take charge of your life, write better, blog rightly, make a difference and make real money doing it, click here to join my premium online course, Pen Money Masterclass. Registration closes on Thursday 12th February, 2015.

Question: How have you moved or how can you move closer to your goals even when you lack resources? You can leave a comment below.

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About Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin

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  1. Wow! Just even short of words! Just too inspiring. I’m gonna put on this inspiring vest on, always. Thanks for sharing this, Abdullahi.

    I know that I say this all the time but I’ll say it again and again: You rock

  2. I’m highly moved. I thank God for your life now.

  3. So inspiring. Many times I’ve found myself in such delima and presently I’m still struggling to fix some, but in all cases I try to overcome.

    Thanks for sharing your situation. I hope to extend it to my audience so they can be inspired too.

    Great work sir, so proud of your breakthrough.

  4. you’ve just inspired me.

  5. Wow! Day by day, little by little…and here you are!
    What a lesson filled story! I won’t forget so soon bro! Just like Mr Moab I will always put on that vest!

  6. Awesome and inspiring! True stories connect. You have indeed moved mountains. Determination and dedication are the keys to unlocking greatness.

  7. John Emoavwodua says:

    thanks alot

  8. you’re just the best bro.
    you’ve impacted me more beyond shores of good words.

  9. By believing in yourself that you can make it and by working and trying even if you are failing everytime.

  10. Ayeyemi Taofeek Kehinde says:

    This is an inspiring story and it has ignited my doggedness.
    What this just thought me is that “successful men didn’t succeed despite failure. They succeed because of failure.”
    Thanks Coach Abdullah.

  11. So inspiring…. am charged and inspired. although it has not been very easy managing time and finance. am running back to blogging. God help me.

  12. Thanks for your words full of inspiration. Good to have you around

  13. congratss coach!!! So happy to know you got married to a dear colleague. May Allah bless your marriage. Greetings to her. One way i’ll move closer to my goal is by coming here and obtaining inspiring write ups like this. Though im still crawling, im sure i ll walk, run nd then fly. You rock!

  14. i find comfort reading your post, it’s really inspiring and motivating… Now i know success don’t start with required materials but with available materials to get the required materials and be celebrated. Thanks alot man, for the post.

  15. Nice one

  16. Greatly inspiring! You’re really making the difference in the lives of many. God bless you continuously

  17. Aribidara sunday says:

    Wow!!! So, inspiring!!! I love it and it really go down well with me…ur words enriched my goals and vision….more grace. thanks

  18. Hassan Taiwo says:

    Your story is inspiring.
    I learned early in life that nobody is going to do it for me hence I started doing it myself and its quiet amazing. Even though, I haven’t achieved my goal but at least am not where I was yesterday.

  19. Obasi Daniel says:

    Very inspiring.
    Love the work you’re doing out there. More post to your elbow

  20. Dunni Adenuga says:

    Wow. It’s nice to see that I’m not alone in this situation; someone as big and successful as Coach Tosin has gone through similar situations. This is really encouraging, thank you. It’s time to be even more dogged!

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