January last year, I moved to Lagos to resume my job as part of the marketing and branding team for a prestigious real estate firm.
I had zero experience in real estate. Neither was I in the finance and investment space.
But I had confidence in my brain power and my ability to learn fast. I mean, that should be enough, right?
I was wrong.
In fact, I had more things to be worried about.
I couldn’t get a decent place that fit into my budget, and my Uncle’s house was too far from work that I would spend over 6 hours in traffic every day.
At work, my performance wasn’t as I expected.
I needed time to learn about the industry, understand my audience, and internalize the company’s goals.
I felt so choked and displeased that I wanted to quit several times.
But one faithful day, my team lead called me to his office and had a heart-to-heart conversation with me.
He said to me: “Maryam, you are a natural talent, and I believe you are more than capable of handling this job.”
It turned out that the little encouragement was all I needed.
Over a year now and today, I have handled tasks that I never thought I could.
I am happy that I got the push at a time when I needed it the most.
Who are you pushing?
Have a blessed month/week.
Story/Image Credit: Maryam Shuaib