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If nobody believed in you.

Updated on August 3, 2012

One thing i have come to understand is that sometimes the problem is not us but the people around us,i was opportune to mix with different people from different spares of life while growing up and this is because of my belief that i was destined for greatness.

Born into a medium class family though there were others born with golden spoon but neither gold nor diamond spoon did i ever see yet i had big dreams and believed that i was better than those who have facts so when life took its toil on me and everyone failed to believe in my potentials, i had reasons never to allow their judgments direct or dictate my destiny.

I wanted to be successful and never for one day believed that i will pick Manna along the road,i knew that i had to work towards achieving all my dreams so when i chose to learn shoe making and everyone including my siblings laughed over it, it gave me more zeal to pursue my dream instead of succumbing to their belief that i will not excel in shoe making.

My own kind of shoe making is not the revolutionary one you see today because i toiled under the sun repairing worn out shoes, polishing other people's shoes and sometimes make new shoes though it was a kind of hectic work but the sun and rain that beat me daily did not stopped me from coming out as early as 7am and closing for the day late nights.

I was not so good at the beginning but as time passed and with steady work,i became perfecting in shoe making but something happened one day.

If no body believed in you

Believe in yourself...
Believe in yourself...

The task force ejected all street vendors and this affected me, there was no more space for me and no where to go but while walking round the street, i came across a man, he was a rich man in the neighborhood and owned a spacious empty land few meters away from the community center so i approached him and told him of my predicaments then begged him to allow me put up a shed in his empty land.

Honestly, he was a kind man and very generous so there was no doubt in me that he will turn me down,i believed it the moment i saw him that God has answered my prayers by allowing me to meet the man but to my worst imagination,all he did was simply laugh at me. He busted out laughing and boldly told me that he will not give me the space because i was not good at shoe making besides that i was a never do well.

This broke my heart as i left him with tears.Imagine yourself in my position,a man with family to feed but no one believe in you.

It became obvious as days passed that i have to look for another work because there was no space in the street any more so that was when it came into my mind to enlist into the Military. I did not have a second thought about it so i went straight to the enrollment center and asked for the application form but to my disbelief, i was rejected by the secretary, he told me that i was too old to enroll into the Military and asked me what i was doing all the years back.

Sir i said,"I have been repairing shoes all those years"

Everyone that heard about what happened laughed at me but i never saw that as a thing to grief for so walking up to the Brigadier that morning was not wrong and as he saw my determination and listened to everything that i said.

Putting me under intense exercise and the two hours run in the field was just a simple fun for me.

There was twenty of us but after six hours of harsh military training,rope climbing and jumping the fire work,ONLY ONE MAN WAS STANDING.ME!The me no one ever believed in.

Does age matter? NO

Does people's belief matter? NO

Does failure matter? NO

To me age is nothing but number and whatever you can do, no matter how old you are,you can do it so seeing the old man been rejected that morning to drive was simply wrong because each and everyone of us has the desire to drive and almost everyone that had a driving lesson ended up driving though so many did not become racers yet all had the basic driving skills.

That is why even though that rich man believed that i was a never do well and the worst shoe makers in the city yet i found reasons to believe that i was simply the best in town because no one had ever complained of my service besides even when i lost my stand, people still brought me works at home so it does not matter to me then and even now because i like myself and love who i am.

Failure to me is nothing but a further step to success because when you fail, you learn and strive to correct the area where you have flaws.Believe me, if failure is a set back then there will be no electric bulbs in our world today because it was the great idea of Humphry Davy that propelled Thomas Edison's great mind and amidst his continuous failures, he kept trying until it became obvious that the electric bulb will burn for over one thousand hours.

As a matter of fact, i used the three illustrations above simply to pass on to you right now that it does not matter what people think of you or how many times you failed in life,what matters is what you believe and the very moment you allow people's judgment to rule your belief then self pity will become your companion,if i had allowed all their mockeries and laughter to guide me,

This would not have happened...

New Recruits...
New Recruits...

And not only did i believed in myself,i was the oldest recruit when i was enlisted into the Army, i was 39 years but that did not stopped me from becoming what i really wanted to be,you see remember where this journey began and how long i have traveled amidst sun and rain, ups and downs and people's worst imagination.

Yet, i excelled against all critics and during our earlier years as recruits,i made so many great friends who shared the same value and have the same fighting spirit like me but the most important thing then was that,i was the only shoe repairer in the barracks and i sometimes have to repair more than thirty boots in a day, no one shined or polish shoes and booths better than me.

The Generals all knew me and it was not too late before i made it to the top,passing all my military exams with high grades and later obtained a degree in Psychology and a doctorate degree in Human Relations.I went on to become a Military Instructor in the rank of a Colonel.

If nobody believed in you,

Simply.."Believe in yourself and be what you want to be"
Simply.."Believe in yourself and be what you want to be"


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    • Rossimobis profile imageAUTHOR

      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      7 years ago from Nigeria

      Thanks karengibsonroc,we are here to inspire each other.

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      Karen Gibson Roc 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      i love your story!!! keep inspiring the world!!

    • Rossimobis profile imageAUTHOR

      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      8 years ago from Nigeria

      sure pmccray,it is always about us...that me who people always fail to understand.Our power lies in ourselves.Thanks for your support.

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      8 years ago from Utah

      What an inspiring hub Rossimobis. Sometimes all we have to rely on are ourselves and God.

    • Rossimobis profile imageAUTHOR

      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      8 years ago from Nigeria

      akirchner,of course the only person to believe in is yourself,thanks for coming over...

      Micky Dee,Dad...50 is always right,thanks for your love.

      carolina muscle,without you there will be no me so i do appreciate your support and thanks for coming over.

      Dim Flaxenwick ,i have always been around you and i am learning from you.

      cupid51,if there is no great story,there will never be great accomplishment,thanks for your support.

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      8 years ago from INDIA

      This is a great story! If it is your own story then I must say that every one should have some lesson from you! Thanks a lot for the great work!

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Absolutely wonderful.Thank you for soemthing so, so encouraging.

      I loved the song too. That man has a great voice, and you write some great hubs.

      God bless , Dim x

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      very inspirational!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Great message Brother Rossi! 50 Caliber was right about that link- funny! Cosby is one funny man! Great hub Brother Man!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I have found that the person that we should most rely on is ourselves and that if you do that, you can almost always turn a negative into a positive. Very inspiring and well written!

    • Rossimobis profile imageAUTHOR

      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      8 years ago from Nigeria

      byaoulady,of ocurse there is never a set back once the zeal is there,thank you for comming by...

      50 sir, blessings unto you,you see it was not about skill but spirit and that is why we are here because truly, Noah listened.Thank you for your comment.

      Blaise,words are not enough to express how much i believe in flying but you know what,thanks for flying to this point and always spread your wings firmly as you fly.

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Rossi, great hub! It made me think of Noah and what it must have been like while he built his Ark. He was never alone, and I'm sure he had his days of low esteem, but as you know, you and I are here because he listened and built the Ark. Love and Peace, 50

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      Blaise Ezeokeke 

      8 years ago

      There is nothing like believing in oneself. R. Kelly made it clear," I believe I can fly". That is my greatest inspiration. If I believe in myself there is nothing I cannot do.

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      8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Thank you for sharing your beautifully told and inspiring story! Great things happen if WE believe in our own selves!


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