If you have ever met my dad you know that he is a very nice Nigerian man with a very thick accent, and a very interesting taste in clothing. Nonetheless, he is still a man with a goal.
He came to this country with 200 dollars in his pocket. He worked at KFC for his first job, which is hard to believe because he hates KFC for some reason. My dad wanted a better life so he worked for it. He started his own cleaning company. Commercial cleaning isn’t a very easy business to get into because Janitronics was already a dominant force in the market. But that did not faze my dad; he put all of his time and effort into his company and worked day and night just to make sure that everything was perfect. Now my dad has a successful business that can almost run itself.
The reason his business worked as well as it did was because he cared. He cared about each and every person he got into business with. He made sure not to just do the bare minimum but to do more than what was asked. He never let any time go to waste and used every resource he had. I think my dad invented a floor scuff remover by putting a tennis ball on the end of a stick. He built his business from the ground up and is very humble about it. His story has not only inspired me but has inspired everyone around him.
Many people know that building a business is a very hard thing to do, which involves a lot of stress and decision-making. But somehow he manages to keep a cool head and a constant positive attitude. His attitude on life is so positive it’s scary. He is the type of person that always has a smile on his face and always looks happy, this is why you can always find me with a smile of my face and always happy.
He often replies to “How is your day?” with “Excellent!” because everyone always says “Good”. This always manages to put people off and makes them think for a second. “What is this guy doing that makes his life excellent and mine just good?” They are also probably wondering why he is so dressed up? Since he believes that you should dress for the job you want, he is always dressed to stand out. People are in awe when he is in just normal clothes. But hey perception is reality, right?
Little things like that shape my dad into who he is. All the things he has taught me about life are things that I hope to teach my kids one day. My dad has taught me everything that I know; without him I would not be here today and I would not be the person that I am.
Dad, every day I strive to become more like you. Thank you for everything that you have helped me accomplish. You are my inspiration.
-Leo Rabiu ’16