My favorite TV ad from the 90s was about a man with an unhealthy faith in a shady lotto doctor who predicted winning lottery numbers that never won. His wife, smelling the lotto doctor’s rot, asked her man;
“So why is the lotto doctor not rich?”
“O, he’s a good Samaritan, that’s all.” And that’s how that classic phrase was born.
That line reminds me of simpler days and I smile. Italso reminds me of the one thing I vowed never to be; a signboard, pointing to a destination I won’t enjoy myself. I’d be anything but that lotto doctor who didn’t heed his own predictions. All these months I’ve talked about dreaming big, asking more of life, daring to achieve, making a generational impact and all those fancy things that really are easier said than done.
The truth is, the things I put up here work me just as much (if not more) than it does you. As I continued to write about dreaming big, getting out of comfort zones, not being afraid of failure and all that I thought to myself “Maybe I have talked the talk enough…it’s time I walked it too.” So in January this year, God sparked a thought in my head. We’re in November now and eleven months of pondering, planning, doubting, asking God if He’s sure, replanning, making mistakes, procrastinating, nearly giving up and praying have passed. Now I’ve come too far to quit and this idea that tickled my imagination is hours from birth.
I’m telling you first because believe it or not, you’re family. Yes, especially you who just read but never holler. I have a plan to spread the word, but I wanted you to know ahead of the world because just by returning to this blog and liking and sharing and leaving comments, you took away my luxury to make excuses. Anytime you came over, I felt more like abandoning this dream will rid me of the moral right to urge you to pursue yours. So because of that, I trudged on, and by God’s grace, I’m hours from launching TieSwag.com; Ghana’s first online necktie shop.
The shop showcases elegant designer ties from top UK labels. They aren’t mass-stocked, just one of each kind. Delivery is free in Accra and Tema, and it’s possible to return or swap it if you want to, no hassle. Forgive my modesty, but the packaging it comes in is breathtaking. And all this for a price none of the designer shops in the country can match. Ties as nice and high quality as those in a TM Lewin or Faconnable shop, but better packaged and much better priced. It’s the perfect gift…especially with Christmas coming. The way I see it, if you can’t yet afford the cars they drive, vacation where they do, or live lavishly like they do…. you can wear the neckties they wear, feel like they feel but pay much less than they did.
My biggest restraint has been the fear that this could fall flat and fail. But I envisaged a worst case scenario, and life didn’t end after. In doing that, I sapped the power out of that fear. Really, what’s the worst that could happen? On the likely contrary, when this takes flight and snowballs, you and I will refer to this post and see how needlessly mixed the feeling was in the start.
In all this I’ve learnt to trust in God even more. When you reach for heights way over your head that requires way more than you possess, you tend to rely on a source way more vast than humanity can offer. In many ways this isn’t just my dream, it’s yours as well. There’s something transformational about watching something bud from nothing and being part of it one way or the other. So it’s certainly going to be us cheering when it all turns out well.
Because of that, I ask you to bear with me. I’ve created ad banners and high-jacked our Facebook page. In all the years that Goldinwords has been around I have turned down offers to advertise on this blog and dilute your reading pleasure with countless ads scrolling past. I’ve never sold a thing or asked for any donation in keeping this site going. Your kind words and continuous return has been payment enough.
Now I could really use your support. Visit TieSwag.com, give me feedback. What works, what doesn’t? Buy a tie. Spread the word. Tell your friends, blast mails to the guys in your office. Let’s do this guys. This really is a Goldinwords project. We’re proving a point, that if it can be dreamed, it can be done. #ChaseThatDream.
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