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Pass the Baton!

Written by Idede Oseyande

Pass the Baton!

(Lessons from #Game of Thrones)

“Train up a child in the way it should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it”

The first time I bought shares in my life was when I was still on campus, as an undergraduate. The person that talked me into it, said his father is a ruthless investor in shares, and he too wants to start investing as early as possible. He gave me a short lecture on how it works, showing so much understanding like a stockbroker.

So many parents spend time building a future for their children, without carrying them along. This is why you see children selling off and abandoning things their parents spent time building. A good example of someone that understood what it means to take after one’s parents in the TV series, #Game of Thrones, was Cersei Lannister. And this was because their father always explains his political moves to his children, making them understand why he takes a certain position, and act the way he did. After the death of their father, Tywin Lannister, she stood in the gap to run the family and to secure the legacy of her father. Whether you hate or love her, all she did was what she felt her father would have done. And she was good at that!

Each time I watch Christiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi, sons playing football, it gives me great joy. It shows they are making plans to pass the baton. It shows there will be someone taking over the ropes when they are gone. And that will keep the football legacy in their families.

The future of a family, community, a people, and a nation as a whole is at grave risk if there is no adequate plan to pass the baton. The future becomes bleak and uncertain as there will not be capable hands to take over when death, (which is inevitable), takes away those currently at the helm of affairs. This is why I feel bothered when students’ leadership are not given adequate support in tertiary institutions across the country; thereby losing ample opportunity to mentor, guide, and prepare future leaders. This resultant effect is what we are facing as a nation today, as the mistakes these leaders would have made and learnt from while they were young at a lower level of leadership are now made at a higher echelon of leadership causing catastrophic damage to everyday people.

As a parent, religious, community, political, academic or a business leader, you should endeavour to be fully committed to the mentoring of the younger generation. You would have lived for nothing if you could not duplicate yourself before your time on earth runs out.

No matter how you try to hoard that skill to make you look indispensable; when death comes knocking, it doesn’t care about your expertise!

Duplicate yourself! Be prepared to pass the baton!

IDEDE Oseyande

#GameofThrones #CerseiLannister #Lessons #TywinLannister #Mentorship #Future #Posterity

About the author

Idede Oseyande

IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.

He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.

Among his published works are 'What is Left of What is Right?', 'The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader' and 'Warri No Dey Carry Last'.

He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.

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