LIFE LESSONS as The Old Trafford onetime
rejected player became Manchester United’s
Paul Pogba initially arrived at Old Trafford as a
16-year-old hopeful. After 2 successful years in
the academy, he made his senior debut for
United as a substitute in a League Cup tie with
Leeds United in September 2009. Unfortunately,
his initial debut did not lead to the regular first-
team football Pogba expected. Based on series of
fallouts with the then Manager Alex Ferguson, he
was sold for £1m in 2012.
“It is disappointing,”Ferguson said at the time.
“I don’t think he showed us any respect at all, to
“I’m quite happy that if they [footballers] carry on
that way, they’re probably better doing it away
The ManU journey’s hopes and expectations
came to an abrupt was disappointing end.
Eventually off to Juventus he went.
Four years at Juventus saw him win four Italian
league titles, two Italian Cups, reach a Champions
League final and collect a whole host of
Ummm all of a sudden the ‘disappointing’Pogba
now became valuable…The most expensive player
in the history of football!!!
Now bought AGAIN by Manchester United for
almost £100m. How will you like to sell for £1m
and buy the same back about 4 years later for
On his return to the new manager Jose ‘The
Special One’ Mourinho said:
“Finally. It’s amazing that such a good player is
“Finally we have him.”
1. Just because you did not flourish the first time
does not mean you are not valuable. Maybe you
are not yet valuable to others but there are
hidden potential in you.
2. Don’t let the assessment of others determine
your future. Their negative prophecies is not the
correct assertion of your future.
3. You may need to change your environment in
order to flourish. Maybe leave that friendship, that
place etc You need the atmosphere that
encourages your development and not where you
are judged. You need a place that value you NOW
for who you are as they work with you to become
who you want to be – very important!.
4. If you develop yourself, you can later be
accepted where you were rejected.
5. People do not owe you acceptance, you have
no right to their favours! It is YOUR JOB to
develop your competence and they will ‘like’ you
based on merit. Now you can dictate your terms
because now you are valuable to them and they
6. Your value is in your development. Your
income is tied to your value and the perceived
value you can add. Find out how to ‘develop your
brilliance’ and dedicate your life to it, it will soon
affect your income.
7. Be decisive, be very very decisive. Leave when
you think you should. Do what you think you
8. “Never cry over spilled milk”…so it did not work
out? Let it go. Forgive yourself and forgive others
too and never say never in your disappointments.
Don’t make decisions from your hurt. Move on, it
can truly get better if you decide to focus on the
true essentials. There is a difference between
your life and what happens to you, so focus on
your life and not on what happened to