25 lessons I learnt in 2015

Adedoyin Jaiyesimi

I went on a compulsory retreat last week and it was refreshing! I think I am going to do more of it next year. I had time to rest and reflect. I had fresh revelations as I read the word of God and I received renewed energy.

There are a lot of things I would love to share with you but I will start with the lessons I learnt in 2015. I don’t know why I chose 25. The headline just had a ring to it; ’25 lessons I learnt in 2015’ so I decided to stick with it. I hope you learn from these lessons too as you prepare for the New Year.

So here are the 25 lessons I learnt this year;

  1. Communication is important. If you have something to say, say it. If you want something, speak. Nobody can help you if you don’t speak up.
  2. There is always more than one side to a story. Listen. Get a well-rounded perspective before you jump into any conclusion.
  3. Don’t assume. Assumptions kill. The best way to prevent assumptions is to ask questions.
  4. Speaking of asking questions, don’t be afraid to ask when you don’t know. Nobody knows it all.
  5. You can learn from anybody. That bus conductor can teach you something. Don’t be so puffed up that you find it difficult to seek help from your subordinates.
  6. A support system is important. You need people. Build lasting friendships and don’t take your friends for granted.
  7. Invest in people. Add value to their lives. It’s amazing how loyal people become once they know you are after their best interest.
  8. Don’t forget those who were there for you from the beginning. The fact that you’ve made it now does not mean you should look down on those you may have left behind.
  9. Want to get to the top? Don’t pull down those who are already there. If you pull someone down to get to the top, sooner or later, someone will pull you down too.
  10. Don’t abort the process. Success takes time. Go through the full process even when it gets tough and painful.
  11. Use what God has given to you to make something for yourself. Use your gift to add value to others and watch doors open for you.
  12. Never be afraid to take a step of faith. The world is your oyster but you cannot explore that world if you are afraid to take the first step.
  13. Take a break. All work and no play is not the way to go. Don’t wear yourself out.
  14. Love people. Genuine love that is not self seeking. Do something for people who cannot return the favour.
  15. Get informed. Don’t live in your own bubble. Find out what is going in your industry. Stay abreast of recent developments.
  16. Invest in yourself. Add new skills. Increase your capacity. Get better.
  17. Remove that competitive mindset. You can be successful; so can your neighbour. Your only competition is you!
  18. Embrace God. Have a personal relationship with Him. Let Him speak to you and direct your path. a-walk_with_god-1516649
  19. Don’t be afraid to dream big. Dare to do the impossible. Break those boundaries.
  20. Remember, the grass is not always greener on the other side. Enjoy your journey to success. Take every day as it comes.
  21. Be thankful for where you are. Someone is praying to be exactly where you are right now. Dream about your big tomorrow but appreciate God for today.
  22. Laugh at yourself. You will make mistakes. It is not the end of the world. Pick up yourself and move on.
  23. Life has dealt you a bad set of cards? Cry. Scream. Let your heart out. But please, pick yourself up and keep moving. There is light at the end of that dark tunnel.
  24. Talk about your failures. Nobody is perfect. Learn from your mistakes and give others the opportunity to learn from them too.
  25. Have a good heart. See the good in people and be determined to help people achieve their dreams. Life is not all about you.

These are lessons I will remember as I go into 2016. I have bigger dreams as I go into the New Year and I also want to do more. I want to be a better Adedoyin and I want to be successful in all my endeavours.

What lessons did you learn this year? Do share.


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