I Fall Short And Fail At Things Much More Than You Might Imagine – Mmanti Umoh
Mmanti is a Board member, public policy professional and Management Consultant with broad experience across the government, intergovernmental and community sectors. Interests in social inclusion and civic engagement, not-for-profit governance, and social applications of new technology.
She serves on think tanks of governments, multinational organizations, and private sector institutions across Africa. She leads conversations on issues of economic development, holistic education transformations, and human capital investment. Working with key public, private, and social sector institutions to accelerate growth and development in Africa.
As part of her drive to empower teens and women’s perspectives into core development issues, she founded the Professional & Entrepreneurial Women Network of Nigeria (PEWNN) and TEENNATION.
She holds ‘The Certified Management Consultant’ designation and is a Fellow of United Kingdom, Fellow United Kingdom Occupational Safety & Health Association, Fellow – Institute of Management Specialists, named Emerging African Leader 2015 and 7 Star Worker in Nigeria 2016. Woman in Community Award 2017, International Woman in Education Nominee 2018 – London.
She is interested in leveraging leadership development and education to drive governance and enterprise development in youth.
Mmanti was BMAN WCW for December 12, 2018. In this chat with Ola Akinwe, Founder of Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network-BMAN, she shares her thoughts while responding to the Mentor Me Series;
Turning Point and Greatest Success
Having my boys as a young teenager was the turning point in my life. It not only changed the way I think, it defined who I was, am or will daily evolve into. I do not know what my greatest success is yet, I have had many great successes but as I evolve, I am attaining more so I cannot honestly say I have reached the peak
Biggest Failure and Lesson Learned
Biggest Failure – Loosing faith in myself
Some people get this idea about me, because I’m a young reputable management specialist who has an IQ of over 165 and has spent the past decade helping teenagers and young adults make transitions from startup to established companies and teaching social entrepreneurs how to build nations, that I don’t ever fall short and fail miserably in these areas. But of course, I’m human, so that’s not true at all. I fall short and fail at things much more than you might imagine, and certainly far more than I’d often like to admit. And, it feels just as horrible for me as it does for you or anyone else—I absolutely lose faith in myself sometimes.
Deep down, of course, I know these negative reactions aren’t helpful. So I own up to what happened, learn a lesson or two, and then get back up and try again. The final part is the most important part—the trying again…
Lesson Learned- Trying again
When I try again and again, I often succeed, and feel much better about myself, in the long run. Because…what you do again and again defines you. Many of the most meaningful results you will ever achieve in your life—come from the little things you do repeatedly, every single day.
I STAYED ALIVE despite the odds; for my boys, for my future and to leave legacy and fulfill purpose.
Best Advice I Ever Received
In your present response is your greatest power. Be humble. Be teachable. The world is always bigger than your momentary view of the world.
I wished I had known
To set time aside to celebrate my progress at least once a month. Look at how far i’ve come. I have made progress. And now, imagine how far I have gone.
Funniest Thing I Have Done
Laugh at myself when I make a mistake.
I dared to change
Stepping up for myself in every kind of way. Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation that no longer fits, or no longer exists.
The reason for our suffering, in all walks of life, is our resistance to life’s inevitable changes. And life is all changes. To have lived is to have changed often. Sometimes this is hard to accept…
Sometimes the shortest split second in time changes the direction of our lives. A seemingly innocuous decision rattles our whole world like a meteorite striking Earth. Entire lives have been swiveled and flipped upside down, for better or worse, on the strength of an unpredictable event. And these events are always happening.
However good or bad a situation is now, it will change. That’s the one thing you can count on. And while I resist change, and suffer sometimes just like everyone else, I have learned to adapt. I have learned to be flexible and look for the beauty in life’s changes, even when they aren’t what I want.
What I am afraid of?
Difficult people, loosing focus, bad company.
I ‘d Really Like To Learn
How to play the saxophone
My Greatest Question
Titi, Is this your BEST?
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