BY OJIE ‘King’ IMOLOAME
As my washing machine decided on its own to stop working, I decided that as the man of the house (in my head anyway), I should take it up upon myself to look for someone to fix it. So, I picked up my phone and started asking my contact list for anyone who had a number for a washing machine repair guy.
It had to be a selective ask, because, well, this is Lagos and not everyone has a washer. So, asking someone if he has a number for a guy, when he has no washer might look like a diss. To my surprise, just one person had a number and promised me that he would get it to me, even after going as far as asking friends in the UK to ask their parents (yes, I was that desperate). So, I thought to myself ‘ see the good thing about knowing people’.
So, the first day went, then the second, then the third and so on. I would call day and night and it went from one excuse to another just for a damn number. So, after waiting for a long time and clothes piling up (hand washing was not an option), I started to complain to my mum and in the conversation, she mentioned where she bought it from and that maybe I should go there and see if they cold be of any help. So, I went there, inquired and they said they would get back to me. As I type, the guy has already come, looked at the issue and has proceeded to repair and it happened in 24 hours.
Now, I know some people might be thinking ‘duh, why didn’t you do that in the first place?’ That is very true. I spent my time mulling over how one person couldn’t get me a number and how he was making excuses for just a damn number and how friends are so unreliable and on and on. At the end, I learnt a valuable lesson from this, which can also be translated to business (this is creativity turf after all). We have a saying in Nigeria that ‘ why you go dey take Panadol for another person headache? Translates to you cannot put your problems on someone else’s head and blame them when they do not deliver because it is not their problem but your problem. Want to something done, get up and do it your damn self! (Tidbit: Now I have a number for a washing machine guy)