“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines…” Shirley Chisholm

Let us reflect ourselves on this particular quote from Shirley Chisholm. What was her intention to tell us about not standing in the sideline? I can tell you what I understand under this beautiful Quote.

When I started working at London South Bank University as a security Guard, I noticed some of the Security Guards were always complaining. Mainly about the Manager or University setup. In other words, they were never pleased with Job instruction. Because I was the youngest female security at the time, my colleagues did not like my view of life.

In the hope to improve the Security service and meet the standard of SECURITY INDUSTRY AUTHORITY, the University set up a training session for Us. Sadly, my colleagues were not interested in learning. But in complaining. I stated in one meeting that I do not want to waste two-hour of our Training Session in complaining. In other words, I was angry and upset that I couldn’t learn something new about my job each week.

………….. most of my Colleagues were

Yes, you think is right, most of my colleagues were about to beat me with words. But the Manager at that time had seen the potential in me and the difference I could make in the University, and they offered me the opportunity to work at the Accommodation site. Even then when I started there, I treated the Students mostly as I was their mother, friend and adviser. I didn’t do it to get their sympathy or love, but I understood to love my job, I need to change the view of Work and create a beautiful environment.

So that is why I implemented this quote into my life. Life can only be sweet and beautiful if we change our attitude towards it and see it in a different view. I am not saying that if we have a problem we should see it as a problem, no, I’m saying if there is a problem we should find different solutions to resolve it, and if it can’t be changed by others, we should change our mindset to it and work towards improving it ourselves.

…… Jobseeker allowance

For example, I was on Jobseeker allowance when I first moved to the UK in 2006, I was so angry that they never offered me something to upskill my CV and all the training they sent me to was really an insult to people who had had a good education history but were maybe facing difficult times. I knew then I needed to change and do something different, so I started going to college and worked at night as a German speaker in a Call centre, and as small the money was at that time, I did not stop. There were days I wouldn’t sleep at all, but I knew I needed to do it, so I don’t end up on benefits. At that time my key worker in the hostel where I lived was astonished that I had just lived there for 6 months and was already moving out, had paid my rent and had two qualifications under my belt.

Throughout my short life, I’ve had problems after problems, but I have tried to change each one by doing what I love to do and change my view to it. I am not sure what you are going through at the moment and what you are doing about it, but I want to let you know that your view and mindset to the problem is what will help change it.

Start Your Week with a different Mindset and view to life.


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