My Personal Assets Map

Raquel Daniel
Posted December 6, 2015 from Nigeria

I am a very creative person and a fast learner too. At age 9, I decided I wanted to weave my hair myself. I sat in from of the mirror and weaved my hair for the very first time. I expected people to make bad comments but instead people cheered me knowing I made it myself. I was so proud of my little success and decided to start helping my friends with theirs. For a long time, I enjoyed making hair for people. (This has changed though). I never really saw this as an asset. By writing this task, I have come to fall in love with other skills that I have that I took for granted.

When I was living on the street, I needed to do something to survive without getting involved with the lifestyle the other young people were involved in. I realized that I had picked up some skills like baking and local drink production from my mum without even knowing. My first business at 17 was making “chin-chin” and “Sobo” drink. The profit from my little business kept me off the street and even after I left, I still sold it to people on my street and in my church.

I am very expressive and strong willed. There are many times, people have tried to get me to do things I didn’t want to or wasn’t just interested in and failed. I mostly do the things that I want to regardless of the pressure. This skill has kept me focused on my passion in the last four years.

Improving the standard of public primary education in Africa is one thing that I am very passionate about and my dream is to significantly contribute to this sector. I have started this in my country and in the next few years, I hope that we are able to reach at least one public primary school in every state in Nigeria.

When people say I care or give of myself too much I usually just smile because since I was a child, people have told me that loving too much is ‘weakness’ and one day I will get hurt. And yes, I have been hurt a few times in the last 20 years but that hasn't stopped me. I have learned that is it actually my strength.

As I did this task, I have been able to list out a lot of assets around me that I never saw. I run a women’s ministry and an education project. A lot of times, I wonder what value I can give my volunteers aside certificates and recommendations but after this exercise, I have been able to find other friends who have training that are valuable for my volunteers for which I can get discount for my volunteers and even free slots.

There are a lot of resources around me that I didn't know were assets that are really assets and can help me grow and would make my work much easier than it already is. This exercise was tasking and exciting for me.

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Bernadette Muyomi
Dec 07, 2015
Dec 07, 2015

Hi Raquel,

The most powerful asset we share in common is the deep understanding of the self. It is one thing for people to look up to you for assistance and think that you probably give too much. It is another for you to be able to understand exactly why you respond or do things the way you do. You are strong willed.

Raquel Daniel
Dec 10, 2015
Dec 10, 2015

Thank you very much!

I apologize for responding late. I was my birthday on the 7th and I have been overwhelmed with all the love and haven't had time to really come online.

It is a great feeling really knowing that. Years ago, I was concerned about it but as I grew I am positive it is my strength. I appreciate you reading my post.

"The struggle continues"

Rahmana Karuna
Dec 07, 2015
Dec 07, 2015

Raquel , reading your typed words- they inspire me To want more. Each paragraph a little snippet of enthusiastic positive mental attitude that creates magick in ones life! Are you writing standards for education to be introduced? Ha, so many loose out on so much love due to their fears, sad. I look forward to reading more from you, oh right i already did- i get it ....use social media!!!! :-)

Raquel Daniel
Dec 10, 2015
Dec 10, 2015

Thank you very much!

I apologize for responding late. I was my birthday on the 7th and I have been overwhelmed with all the love and haven't had time to really come online.

I am working on introducing a better method of teaching and also helping teachers be creative in the classroom.

Yessss "use social media"

Mary Morgan
Dec 10, 2015
Dec 10, 2015

I truly enjoyed learning these things about you, Raquel. And I feel proud of you for reaching into yourself and reflecting on so many aspects of your past and how it created the person you are today.

I would also like to offer you support in using your great love as a strength instead of a "weakness". 

It is exciting you have focused your goals into making a difference in primary education and I have no doubt that others will benefit from your efforts!

Raquel Daniel
Dec 15, 2015
Dec 15, 2015

Thank you very much!

I apologize for responding late. I was my birthday on the 7th and I have been overwhelmed with all the love and haven't had time to really come online as I went back straight to work on the field with limited internet. I will send a personal message regarding using love as strength and not weakness.

Michelle Helman
Dec 11, 2015
Dec 11, 2015

Thanks for sharing, I have learned to look at perceived weaknesses as strengths too! It can be really hard to open up again and again and to care and love especially when that is associated with hurt and pain. Somehow I also keep going. It feels like a miracle and I remember that we're on a planet floating in space and I think about what really matters to me. I'm glad you find investing in education initiatives passionate as well :)

~Michelle

April_rain
Dec 18, 2015
Dec 18, 2015

It was great reading your very insightful post. Love is indeed a strength and never a weakness! Keep pressing on.

Raquel Daniel
Dec 22, 2015
Dec 22, 2015

I will. Thank you for taking time out to read!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Dec 21, 2015
Dec 21, 2015

Hi Raquel Its good to always do what you are comfortable with and not being forced into it. I love your strong will. It wi surely take you places. Continue with your good work

Raquel Daniel
Dec 22, 2015
Dec 22, 2015

Thank you ma. I appreciate your kind words!

Raquel Daniel
Dec 22, 2015
Dec 22, 2015

Honestly it is hard to care and love when there's pain and hurt. But I have learned through the years that a lot of times, we don't need a situation to be perfect before we give our best. Thank you very much for your kind comment.

Claudia Ashah
Jan 15, 2016
Jan 15, 2016

Raquel Jacobs, you are abreath of fresh air......to read your piece of self...i needed this in 2016....THANK YOU! YOu are a woman who seems to go after what you want and also play deaf to what others say......don't depart from that route!

We should talk some more!

Blessing,

Claudia.

Raquel Daniel
Jan 15, 2016
Jan 15, 2016

Thank you Claudia,

I have learned through the years that a lot of times, we don't need a situation to be perfect before we give our best. A lot of time, people try to drain me and make me do things i naturally don't want to do and this makes me bitter. But I am very strong willed and I will continue to do what I feel is right regardless of who is doing the wrong thing

Thank you very much for your kind comment.

Claudia Ashah
Jan 17, 2016
Jan 17, 2016

Raquel,

People will never lack to say something whether you do good or bad. Continue on your path and play deaf to the nay-sayers. Claudia.

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Jan 27, 2016
Jan 27, 2016

Raquel nothing is rewarding like correcting a wrong by making it right. Considering the fact I have read your story I feel very elated that despite the fact that you had a difficult time growing up, you still have so much love and care to share with others. please dear how can we get a network to reward volunteers the way you are doing? Keep the flame burning.

                                    Stay safe

BarbaraP
Feb 01, 2016
Feb 01, 2016

Raquel,

I am most impressed with the woman you have become, rising out of very difficult circumstances, and not ever giving up.  You not only had many obstacles to overcome but you continued to help your brothers and yourself and are now a university graduate.  That is amazing!  But you didn't just stop there, your goals are to help others and you have put those goals into action.  You realize that education of the youth is so very important.  I am a retired teacher and I surely agree!  Helping them with your Digital Empowerment and Girl Talk are great ways to reach children who need help and a voice.

I have visited Kenya twice and started a program at my school for my students to raise money for a school in Kenya, so I am very aware of how much support children in Africa need.  I know you will help those in Nigeria and hopefully other African countries as well.

I want to continue to hear of all the great work you are doing.  Keep it up!

Barbara