The hot sun. The buzzling of the wind. The heavy rain. The insults. The splash of water. The muddy ground…
All of these and more are parts of the daily experiences of some people. Each time we see a person with a woven basket or a tray, the first opinion we have of that person is that he/she hawks for a living. The problem however is not of opinion, but what we do with the opinion chosen. The aim of this write up is to see beyond the things these people hawk and have an understanding of what they do.
Many people fail to understand these people go through a lot on a daily basis; thus human ridicule them should not be added to the list of their worries. I mean, I look around and see how people draw conclusions about them, seeing them as lower citizens and as such sees it as no wrong to insult their personalities. Get this now, they are not beggars, they are employed humans like you and they are trying to make ends meet like me. No doubt, they might not be driving exquisite cars, they might not be dressed in suits, they might not be working in air-conditioned rooms. But, they are more more hardworking that most of the suit wearing, office going men. They are not too lazy to sit at home. They understand the need to make a living and they are out there struggling for survival. Respect that! These are the group of people who wake up before most people do and settle at night after most people have. You know why? They don’t want to add to the problems in their society.
Despite these, we treat them like rif rafts, pricing their goods as if they have gone to steal them. We see them running in traffic to sell goods and all we think of is splashing water unrepentant at them. Some of these unreasonable young men even go as far as molesting and assaulting the ladies among them. The world needs to re-think.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say these people don’t have excesses, they are human. I am not saying they don’t inflate prices, that is unacceptable. All I am saying is that, if you know the price range of a good, don’t price it ridiculously because you know the seller needs the money. It will not be out of this world to even give them something if you have the power and will to.
For those selling, both in small and large scale, it is important you think highly of the “little things you do”. Work with the understanding that “big things start small” and build an integrity around your brand. Understand that “Integrity is the Currency of Commerce” and work in accordance. We have heard stories of small scale hawkers growing into big supplying companies. I’m sure we can also relate to the popular Olajumoke the bread seller who is now a model. Many of us say she was lucky but did we take note of one thing? She was not in her house sleeping, she was not somewehere lamenting on how bad the country is. She was working and hawking. Learn this, Consistency is Key! Never stay Idle!!
Lastly, fingers are not equal. What matters is not what a person is doing but the effort and hard work being put into that job. Respect people and respect what they do.
You are not better than them!
You are simply blessed and
They will get there someday!!!