“Just because a door appears closed it does not mean that it is locked – nor that it will not open with the right heart, call or touch”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru
The Value of Being Resourceful
In 2009, my team and I were laid off after our account decided to move to a different provider. Many of us were lucky to have found a job to transfer to after we’ve been released but others, including myself weren’t as fortunate.
For the first time in ten years I was without a job. Not that I didn’t want to work but I guess finding a new home wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I stayed home for two months and all I did was search online for job openings that may suit me. I was actually on my way to working for an international bank where my friend referred me but at the last minute, the bank decided to freeze the hiring process so I was left out in the cold. I would eventually get a hired as college professor and eventually, get hired by the same bank after they resumed hiring season but I had to be resourceful for two months so I could put food in the table and sustain our expenditures.
So how did we survive for two months?
That’s a very good question and I’m going to answer it in dramatic fashion. Just to give you a brief background, during my years in the BPO industry, I was able to learn a lot from my last department so much so that I was able to pass the certification exam which made me become eligible to teach about the software and earn extra income out of it.
The problem at that time was that my teaching gig was scheduled on a quarterly basis and with the fee being quite expensive, I’d be lucky to hold two classes in a year depending on the number of enrollees. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have any classes scheduled during my forced hiatus.
But I can’t afford not to do anything can I? OF COURSE NOT!
I had to find a way to earn money. I can’t just sit around and wait for a call. I need to do something and do it fast so I continued my online job search until it led me to this haven for freelancers called Odesk.
How does it work?
Well, you need to sign up for a freelancer account and build a profile which will serve as your resume, Business owners will then search for the right candidate for their project and if they find you a match, you can get hired and get paid either through an hourly or fixed rate basis.
The idea of working from home was really enticing so I didn’t waste time updating my profile and taking the necessary exams to increase my stock. I searched for jobs and applied so many times but none of them called back until one day, a gentleman named Mark Young from the UK contacted me. He wanted to get someone who can create an online tutorial for Adobe InDesign and Illustrator and he was willing to pay a thousand dollars for them.
I didn’t have the proper equipment to do a recording back then but I can’t make excuses so I went out and got myself a decent microphone to make it work. I did my recording at night so that the kids are already asleep and the house is quiet. I did them from 12am to 5am for fifteen consecutive days. It was hard especially for someone like me who didn’t have prior experience in recording and using Camtasia but this is the only shot I’ve got so I swallowed all my excuses.
It was an experience I will never forget because it was a make or break for me. Though I could always approach my mom for money, I wanted to earn something on my own and be able to support my family on my own too. I had to be resourceful and I’m glad it all worked out because I never imagined myself earning a thousand dollars online. I just proved to myself that I can and that’s probably the best takeaway I had from this experience.
Lack of resource is not the problem
Sometimes when our backs are against the wall, we tend to easily give up and just accept all the excuses we make.
“I don’t have time”
“I’m not that good”
“I don’t have the talent”
We tend to use our lack of resource as reason for not trying or not pushing harder. We just give it all up and say “I’VE TRIED EVERYTHING!”
If you’ve really tried everything, you wouldn’t be complaining now wouldn’t you? If you’ve really tried everything, you wouldn’t be as miserable as you sound. The truth is, you haven’t tried everything. You’ve tried a couple of things and they didn’t work but you’re probably getting tired or you’re probably just lazy to try once more so you’ve decided that that’s it.
You haven’t tried everything. You just weren’t resourceful enough.
Make the best of what you have
Successful people do not need additional resources to make things work. They just make the best out of what they have and that’s how their fairytale stories begin.
Take the case of Philam Life CEO Ariel Cantos who struggled most of his life before becoming “the man”. He had to postpone high school so he could help send some of his siblings to school (they were 10) but being the diligent young man he was, he graduated valedictorian which caught the eye of Ateneo De Manila who offered him full scholarship.
He had to wake up at 4am so he can take a bath and avoid the long line at the deep well and since only the tuition was free, he spent most of his time in the library because he cannot afford to buy textbooks. He didn’t have everything he needed but he didn’t make excuses for himself either.
He worked hard and all his perseverance paid off when he got the call one night while he was in Hong Kong. It was the same night he was told of his appointment as the new chief executive officer of Philam Life.
Ariel did not make excuses for himself although it’s quite obvious that he lacked the resources. He just worked his ass off and became resourceful. Sometimes, that’s all we need to be. We don’t have to have everything to be set for success. We just have to make use of what we have and stop complaining about those that we don’t.
Over to You
Are you always making the excuse of not having the resources to reach your goals? How resourceful are you?
I would love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment or share your stories if you can.
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