A note from Olaolu: Happy Saturday! As the parent-child-connect brand continues to grow, I have been blessed to meet and work with some phenomenal people! With that in mind, today’s guest blogger needs no introduction. Jesse Iwuji is an American professional NASCAR driver and officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He is a motivational speaker with many inspiring stories. Today, he has graciously offered to share one of those stories with us about desire and ambition. Enjoy!
How you start does not determine how you finish: by guest blogger Jesse Iwuji
Opportunity still exists!
My mom used to fetch water from rivers at age 11 to bring home to help provide water for her family in Nigeria. My dad brought her to America from Nigeria with 0 dollars to her name, and she was a hotel maid at age 23. My dad came to America with barely any money in his pocket and got essentially robbed by a crooked cab driver immediately when he arrived. But just because you start with nothing, doesn’t mean the rest of life will be nothing.
But just because you start with nothing, doesn’t mean the rest of life will be nothing.Jesse Iwuji
Since then they’ve had four kids, excelled in their career fields, and owned small businesses on the side. After coming to America years ago with nothing, my parents just closed on this house. If you tell me there’s no opportunity in America I’m going to tell you my parents story.
There is hope for you too!
Just because you are doing a lot more doesn’t mean you are getting a lot done. Don’t confuse movement with progress!Denzel Washington
Some will say, “Nice story, but hard work is not always rewarded.” I challenge you with this: Understand that desire is different from Ambition. We all desire success, but do we all have the ambition to achieve it? Denzel Washington once said we often confuse movement with progress, and that just because you’re doing a lot doesn’t mean you’re getting a lot done…toward your dream.
Let’s put it all together: Use your ambition to work towards your dream!
Life is a card game, and every deck of cards has a finite amount of cards that are all different. When the card game(life/career/relationship/etc.) begins, we are all unbiasedly dealt a certain hand by God. That hand we are dealt is meant to be our beginning point, NOT our designated end. Some are dealt an amazing hand to start, making their odds of winning less complicated, and some are dealt really crappy hands. BUT just because you were dealt a crappy hand, DOES NOT mean that you can’t still fight your way to a win. There is no law in the card game of life that states if your initial hand you’re dealt is crappy, you automatically lose.
Where people start to lose is by bad decision making in the card game, greed, blaming the card dealer(God) for your bad hand, analysis paralysis, and mentally giving up. Play your hand to the best of your ability with faith and action, and I promise good things will come. If you were dealt that crappy hand to start life, your career, your family, your marriage, or whatever it is, never let that initial hand determine the outcome of the game. Even if you do lose, sit back down, and just play again👊🏾.
The Guest Blogger: Jesse Iwuji
Jesse Iwuji | Official Website
In all things Jesse Iwuji does, there are two constant elements: his devotion to service and his inspirational nature to many. Jesse went from competing at the top level of Division-1A college football to rising the ranks of the military as a Lieutenant Commander, and is now the only current driver in all of NASCAR at the national levels that actively serves his country as a US Military member.
It has been key for Iwuji, who is currently serving in our country’s reserve fighting force, to honor his country while pursuing excellence in the business world as a business owner and on the track as a driver. It should come as no surprise that he has championed companies and charities that give back to our men and women in uniform.
Jesse is also a big supporter of NASCAR diversity, equity, and inclusion. Today he is one of two African Americans competing at NASCARs national level of racing. He was honored by NASCAR for two years in a row – the Diverse Driver of the Year Award. He is well versed both on and off the track!
It is fair to say in many ways Jesse is a first in NASCAR. While clawing toward the top tiers of NASCAR, Jesse Iwuji continues to take us all along for a memorable ride showing those who dare to dream that life truly rewards those who stay strong enough, long enough.