It has to get ugly before it gets pretty – Chidi Nwaogu

It has to get ugly before it gets pretty –  Chidi Nwaogu

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Not that I emotionally copied this post but it has many things to tell entrepreneurs. It has to get ugly before it gets pretty, that is what the mother of Chidi Nwaogu used to tell him while growing up. This has to do with how to make it as an entrepreneur.

Chidi Nwaogu is a young serial internet entrepreneur who doubles as the co-founder of the award-winning Publiseer. Publiseer is a digital publishing platform tailored to meet the growing needs of independent African authors. Publiseer co-founded by the twin brother of Chidi, emerged the winner of the Startup World Cup Nigeria Regional Competition 2019. Publiseer has won several awards, grants and they are really doing good.

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So, Chidi Nwaogu took to his LinkedIn to explain how his mother used to encourage him with the word “it has to get ugly before it gets pretty”.

He narrated an encounter with a motor mechanic when he had an accident in 2006. Chidi wrote:

While growing up, when things didn’t work out my way, my mother would say to me, “Chidi, it has to get ugly before it gets pretty”, and I never clearly understood her until I had a car accident in 2016. I came out with a few injuries, but the left side of my car was a wreck. I took it to the auto workshop to have it fixed, and the workshop owner said to me, “We need to respray this car. We’ll do a lot of bodywork and it will need repainting.” I said, “Go ahead!” Then he offered the option to retain the original pencil grey color of the car or use the opportunity to change the entire color. “I’ve always wanted a white car. Change it. I’ll go for white,” I replied without an afterthought and walked away. Three days later, I came back to see the progress, and mehn, my car was in a mess.

Everything was taken apart. I could barely recognize it. So I said to the engineer, “Is all this necessary? Why dismember the car this way?” And he responded, “We are changing the entire color, so we need to.” Then he added, “It has to get ugly before it gets pretty.” And he was correct, a week later, it was perfect. I don’t know what you’re going through, but no matter how tough it is, I’m urging you to push on, because everything is about to get pretty. You’re just in the temporary ugly phase.

So, I want to tell you too, some times it has to be rough, rugged before it becomes smooth and beautiful. Anytime you are in a trying period, have it in mind that the end will always be beautiful.

Be motivated!

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