Two important management lessons I learnt from
a 500 Naira note.
- 1. It happened some time ago but I was in an
audience listening to a motivational speaker. The
speaker got out his wallet & pulled out a 500
Naira note. Holding it up, he asked, “Who wants
this 500 naira note?”
Lots of hands went up. Including mine. A slow
chorus began to build as people began to shout
“Me!” “Me!” I began to wonder who the lucky one
would be, who the speaker would choose. And I
also secretly wondered (and I am sure others did
too ) why he would simply give away 500 naira.
Even as the shouts of “I want it” grew louder, I
noticed a young woman running down the aisle.
She ran up onto the stage, went up to the
speaker, and grabbed the five 500 naira note
from his hand. “Well done, young lady,” said the
speaker into the microphone. The speaker simply
say “Most of us just sit and wait for good things
to happen. That’s of no use. You’ve got to make
things happen. Make a move” ‘Simply thinking
about doing something is of no use and not good
enough’. Our lives are like that. We all see
opportunities around us. We all want the good
things. But the problem is we don’t take action.
We all want the 500 naira notes on offer. But we
don’t make the move. We look at it longingly.
Get up, and do something about it. Don’t worry
about what other people might think.
2. later, the speaker got another 500 naira note
and held it up for all to see, I thought I knew
what’s up. But he just asked a simple question.
“How much is this worth?” “Five Hundred naira!”
the crowd yelled in unison. “Right,” said the
speaker. He then took the note and crumpled it
into a ball and asked “How much is it worth
now?” “Five Hundred naira!” screamed the
audience. He then threw the note on the ground,
stamped all over it and picked up the note and
asked one more time: “And how much is it worth
now?” “Five Hundred naira!” was the response. “I
want you to remember this,” said the speaker.
“Just because someone crumples it, or stamps
on it, the value of the note does not diminish. We
should all be like the 500 naira note. In our lives,
there will be times when we feel crushed,
stamped over, beaten. But never let your self-
worth diminish. Just because someone chooses
to crush you, that doesn’t change your worth one
Don’t allow your self worth to diminish because
someone says something nasty or does
something dirty to you.”
Never let your self worth diminish.