A Nuisance For A Good Cause By Dabby Okorocha
The other day, I cried my eyeballs out. I was made to
feel like a piece of trash by someone I hold in a very high esteem. I
thought he believed in me. I had gone to present my new passion, my new
dream. This man sat on top of his high horse and deflated all my shiny
I came out with slumped shoulders. My sense of pride was not just hurt
because he said “No” to me, it was the words he used that hit hard. He
made me feel like a harasser, a beggar, and I got plunged into a mood of
self-pity for hours, an inner voice mocked, “See, you are now a fat
I never knew this experience was going to be an Aha moment until I heard
a whisper in my heart, “It doesn’t matter if you are treated like a
nuisance when you a pursuing a good cause.” Can you beat that? A
nuisance for good causes. Eureka!
Some people prefer hiding their flaws, but sometimes, your weaknesses
become your strengths in reversed form.
What gives me the effrontery to pontificate that being a pain is
fashionable? Stay hungry and stay foolish. That’s what I read somewhere.
I am hungry for success, and I am foolish because I I have continued to
knock on its door, even when it looks like a brick wall. The only
untouchable areas are my values. Am I wrong?
I have read the stories of some Pioneers and Thinkers."Too stupid to
learn anything." This was actually the words Thomas Edison's teachers
used to describe him. He was also a ‘nuisance’ in his first two jobs and
was fired for being "non-productive."
The same man decided to invent the light bulb. Tried 1,000 times and
failed. But he persisted. When he was asked, "How did it feel to fail
1,000 times?" Edison gave a reply that has remained one of the world’s
most inspiring sayings, "I have not failed. I've just found 1,000 ways
that won't work.”
What of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc? He actually narrated his
experience when he wanted to get Atari and HP interested in his personal
computers, "So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing
thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about
funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our
salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went
to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't
got through college yet.”
Imagine the world today if Jobs had given up. It will be a world without
Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac - Apple and other products. Stories
of men like Edison and Jobs inspire me. I have more. Henry Ford, Albert
What of Abraham Lincoln who went to war a captain and returned a
private? He passed through many setbacks, including a defeat in the
senatorial election of 1858, which made him write to a friend, “I am now
the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed
to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the
1861, Lincoln emerged the 6th President of the United States. “I am now
the most miserable man living.” He felt like a nuisance. Permit me to
add - For a good cause. He was hungry for success.
Please, if Abraham Lincoln’s story is how to be a nuisance, I want to be
one. And I’m inviting you - Be a nuisance. For a good cause.