IFEANYI A.C EZEWelcome to Inspire Africa Project! Most Africans remain in the doldrums all their lives because they are too afraid to fail or make mistakes. Most parents in this clime train their children to see mistake or failure as a crime, rather than the pathway to success. That’s why we don’t have many researchers. To become a renown researcher, you must be ready to fail many times before you succeed.

Many people have fantastic business ideas, but they are afraid of stepping out to take risk. Some grown up ladies and young men are afraid to get married because they are looking for angels in human body. Fantastic ideas that can transform the society and push humanity forward are crying for expression inside many people right now, but they are afraid of taking the first step. My assignment today is to show you that you can actually FAIL FORWARD not BACKWARD! Let’s start with this life changing story.

“A famous research scientist who had made very important medical breakthroughs was interviewed by a newspaper reporter, who asked him why he thought he was able to achieve so much more than an average person. In other words, what set him apart from others. He responded that it came from a lesson his mother taught him when he was two years old.

He was trying to take a bottle of milk out of the refrigerator when he lost his grip and spilled the entire contents on the kitchen floor. His mother, instead of scolding him, said, “What a wonderful mess you’ve made! I have never seen such a huge puddle of milk. Well, the damage is already done. Would you like to get down and play with milk before we clean up?” Indeed, he did.

And, after a few minutes, his mother continued, “You know, whenever you make a mess like this, eventually you have to clean it up. So, would you like to do that? We could use a towel, sponge, or a mop. Which do you prefer?” After they finished cleaning up the milk, she said, “What we have here is a failed experiment in how to carry a big bottle of milk with two tiny hands. Let’s go out in the backyard, fill the bottle with water, and see if you can discover a way to carry it without dropping it.” And they did. What a wonderful lesson!

The scientist then remarked that it was at that moment that he knew he didn’t have to be afraid to make mistakes. Instead, he learned that mistakes are just opportunities for learning something new, which, after all, is what scientific experiments are all about.” What a mother!

When the woman was teaching her son this lesson, she never knew that she was indirectly guiding her son into his destiny. Spilling a bottle of milk gave the world a renowned scientist! You and I know that most African mothers would have flogged the hell out of that little boy that day. Am not saying that spilling your precious milk is good, but teaching your children important lessons through their mistakes will make them better persons in life.

Am sure somebody that is reading this now has spilled what looks like milk before and allowed the incident to destroy his or her life. Probably as a young lady, you had a baby out of wedlock, well you have already spilled the milk, stop mourning the situation forever. Nurture your child, pick up the pieces, and head back to school to add value to your life!

You might say that your mates have all graduated but it doesn’t matter. Although you’re starting a bit late, but you must understand that the journey of life is a marathon, so you can still overtake them. Maybe as a young man, you peddled drug, or engaged in armed robbery which led to your incarceration. Well, you just spilled your own milk. If you’re are reading this whether in the prison or outside, you must learn important lessons from that incident and continue your journey to the top. You can even write a book out of your experience in the prison and end up as a global personality!

Maybe you had terrible abortion and ruptured your womb, kindly stop mourning the incident because you have already spilled the milk. Raise your faith antenna towards heaven and ask God for a brand new womb! Maybe your businesses collapsed because of your extravagant lifestyle. Well you have already spilled the milk, get up, dust yourself and start another business.

Friends, stop mourning your mistakes or failures, learn from them and move on. Between obscurity and popularity, there is a bridge called adversity! When you spill your milk, learn some lessons from it and move on. Your mess can turn into a message, while your pain can give birth to gain. When life throw stones at you, collect them and construct your pathway to the top. If you can believe, all things are possible. See you at the top! You can follow us on Twitter: @InspireAfricaProject and like our page on Facebook: Inspire Africa Project.


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