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The Challenge of Change
In Kenya, where I lived for a few
years, the steering wheel of cars is on the right and people drive cars on the
left side of the road, the opposite of Nigeria.
Therein, more than Kiswahili language,
lay my greatest earliest challenge.
I was initially fearful of the new
driving experience: Would I be able to change gears with my left hand being
very right-handed? Would I understand the different driving rules and habits
and at the same time find my way around? Would I be safe and not get
I had to conquer my fear. To do
otherwise by taking flight or fighting the change would have left me with the
option of commuting by ‘Matatu’, the
Kenyan equivalent of the Nigerian ‘Danfo’.
The fact that I anticipated the change
and prepared for it helped secure my victory over fear of the new driving
I visualized myself driving
I had a roadmap with me to help find my
way. When I lost my way, I sought direction from those who knew. The traffic
rules and habits in Kenya were not going to change because a new Nigerian had
arrived Nairobi. I was the one to change.
If we desire to grow as individuals, brands or organizations, we must be prepared to change, and exit our comfort zones.
Author – Lampe Omoyele