So I spent approximately 2 hours setting up my little brother’s table football on Christmas Day. It was his Christmas present and I learnt so many lessons in the process which can be applicable to life.
You are given instructions for a reason so use them. If we didn’t have the instruction book, we would have done trial and error which would have doubled or tripled the set up time.
Life Lesson: The Word of God, that Job Manual, Textbooks, etc Whatever it is that you are into, there is a rulebook or set of guidelines for that industry, find it, understand it and use it.
Every piece that has been provided is necessary. In the box, there were so many nuts and bolts. I didn’t think we would use them all but we did. Each tiny piece had a crucial part to play.
Life Lesson: In life, every experience you go through is necessary for you to fulfill purpose, God let it happen because there is a skill you need to gain or person you need to meet that will help you in the future.
You have been given the necessary tools that would allow you achieve success. I was struggling to use the screw driver in my house but after searching the box the toy came in, I found an L shaped tool with 2 different ends that were made for the unique screws the toy came with.
Life Lesson: God has blessed you with talents. It is your job to make use of the gifts you’ve been given, develop them, monetize them, use them to make an impact.
You can’t do it alone, you need a team or sometimes just a partner. There were times I needed my brother to hold a particular piece in place or lift something in the setup process. As he is only 7 years old, he got tired a lot and wanted to move on to the next toy but I wasn’t going to let that happen because I knew if we left it for too long, the task wouldn’t be completed.
Life Lesson: You have to be extremely careful when building a team / choosing a partner. It’s got to be someone who’s patient, diligent, persistent, hard working, encouraging, someone with a follow through mentality who doesn’t give up easily.
It is okay to pause and refresh. When my brother & I got tired, we drank Ribena and it gave us the much needed boost to finish the task
Life Lesson: There is nothing wrong with taking a break, going on holiday, getting a massage or having a lie in. It allows you refuel so you come back to the project feeling a bit more energized. Just ensure you set goals you need to achieve before you take a break so it’s a reward for ticking a task off the checklist.
You might think you don’t have everything you need and you get distracted looking for what you think is necessary.
Life Lesson: Don’t waste your time doing that, God has blessed you with the gifts you need to achieve the purpose he set out for you.
Nothing lasts forever. Two days after Christmas I realised that one of the legs of the table was missing. It hurt me as I couldn’t believe my brother & his friends had destroyed something I put so much effort into building.
Life Lesson: Things fall apart and that is life. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Dust yourself up and start again.