Competition or inspiration?
I’ve often confronted situations that called on me to choose a competitive approach or an inspiring approach. Whether it’s teaming up with someone to do a task or observing someone doing something similar to me – what do I think? how do I feel? … even if I don’t show it.
If we’re all honest, we have to manage a flow of emotions set in motion by preseeding thoughts. These thoughts may sound like an inventry of how and where they compare to you. Or a different approach, one which is more driven by inspiration, and a sincere appreciation for that person’s unique expression.
I personally prefer the latter, although healthy, balanced competition is great leverage, inspiration is also great leverage but leaves you with a compassionate, light heart that remains aligned with oneness.
It’s funny, I’ve been mistaken for a couple of actors, a few footballers, a Tv chief, Ainsley Harriot (top right, pic) and even Floyd Mayweather(the boxer). However, recently someone asked if I was Rasheed Ogunlaru, (a life coach, speaker, author of Soul Trader – bottom right, pic). In which I replied, no but I have a mutual friend who has wanted myself and Ogunlaru to come together for a couple of years now.
Ogunlaru was born in London in the early 1970s to Nigerian parents. He was educated at Haberdashers Boys School.
I was born around the same time and went to a rival boys school called Gayton high, the same school as the likes of Peter Ackroyd, Biblical scholar, Clive Anderson, Comedy writer, and broadcaster. In fact, Mark Ramprakash MBE, cricketer was my classmate.
Ogunlaru was an entertainer for a while and then helped develop other entertainers to perform better. I was emersed in investment property for many years, first as an ambitious investor and then as a consultant & coach to both investors and entrepreneurs. Although I did do a 3-year stint in the fashion industry as a senior designer for a popular organization at the very start of my career.
We both have authored books, speak and teach at retreats. Many would suggest that we’re now in the same personal development space, making us enemies, rivals, scheming competitors. In short, what rubbish!.(as I smile)
I see this as so far removed from the truth. No, instead I’m inspired. I see two individuals, that have dared to stand-up, empower and equip themselves with liberating knowledge. Two individuals that possess obvious parallels in thinking, beliefs, and aspiration. The world needs explosive power, that is skillfully directed through motive and focused intention, driven by the right inspiration.
In short, great work my beautiful brother Rasheed Ogunlaru, keep doing what you’re doing, you’re inspiring.
And a big ‘high-five’ to everyone out there who is on their journey of contribution and individual expression, keep it going!!
The Source of Life knows best
To your greatest version,