Sell Your Skill Not Your Soul

Sell Your Skill Not Your Soul.
By Idede Oseyande
It was Stephen Covey in his book, ‘Principle Centred Leadership’, that wrote about the seven deadly sins that can ruin any society, which include;
1. Wealth without Work
2. Pleasure without conscience
3. Knowledge without character
4. Commerce (Business) without morality (ethics)
5. Science without humanity
6. Religion without sacrifice
7. Politics without principles.
If you go through the list without bias you will agree that all these are evident in Nigerian society today. And we need not look far for solutions as knowing the problem is the first step in finding solutions. Sadly, so many Nigerians still live in denial that there is a problem. Some acknowledge the problem but have absolved themselves from those to work out the solutions.
This is not to recruit change agents for the Nigeria project which I strongly believe in but to draw our attention to areas where we subtly reinforce the failure of the society.
Two weeks ago I slid into the ‘DM’ of one of my role models in journalism to find out how he has been coping with the pressure of churning articles during this campaign period. His ability to cope with the stress is not in doubt, I only wanted to appeal to him not to allow political interest to take over his belief in what is right, especially at this point in our political history.
I was so impressed when I saw the statement which is the title of this article on his status. I kept my message to myself because with what he wrote there, there was nothing more to tell him.
We now live in a society where anything goes as long as it suits one’s interest. We have become so selfish that what is right or wrong is now a measure of what we stand to benefit from the judgement.
It has become easier to get a fair judgement and see justice executed among animals than in our present society.
Professionalism has been sacrificed on the altar of self-aggrandisement.
So many people today have taken to the media to defend the indefensible in the name of doing media consultancy or working for their political interests.
Where is the place of character?
Where is the place of justice, if you openly turn a blind eye and call evil good and good evil just to get a few Naira notes, or at best political patronage?
Whether you believe in the afterlife or not, you have a conscience, and a legacy to keep.
Don’t sell your soul for anything, it is not worth it.
You can sell your skill, but in doing so, it must reflect your character, which should be guided by the moral compass of truth, justice and fairness.
As we make our society, remember that is how we will live in it.
Enough said.

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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