Femi Otedola disclosed that he has gone through all the stages of happiness but he wasn’t still happy. In his words ” I have gone through four stages of happiness in life and finally i understood the meaning of true happiness. The first stage was to accumulate wealth and means. but at that stage i did not get the happiness i wanted.
Then came the second stage of collecting valuables and items. But i realized that the effect of this thing is also temporary and the luster of valuable things does not last long.
Then came the third stage of getting big projects. That was when i was holding 95% of the diesel supply in Nigeria and Africa. I was also the largest vessel owner in Africa and Asia. But even here, i did not get the happiness i imagined.
The fourth stage was the time of a friend of mine asked me to buy a whellchair for some disabled children. Just about 200 kids. At the friends request, I immediately bought the wheelchairs. But the friend insisted that i go with him and hand over the wheelchair to the children. I got ready and went with him. There gave these wheelchairs to those children with my own hands. I saw the strange glow of happiness on the faces of the children. I saw them all sitting on the wheelchairs, moving around and having fun. it was as if they had arrived at a picnic spot where they are sharing a jackpot winning.
I felt real joy inside me. When i decided to leave one of the kids grabbed my legs.I tried to free my legs gently but the child stared at my face and held my legs tightly. I bent down and asked the child : Do you need something else? The answer the child gave me didn’t only make me happy but also changed my attitude to life completly. The child said: I want to remember your face so that when i get to heaven i will be able to recognize you and thank you once again”.
True happiness comes from how happiness you make the people around you.