The Mercury Concept

Written by Idede Oseyande

The Mercury Concept!

In the 18th century, there was a very famous speaker who was renowned for two things- his ability to hold his audience spellbound and punctuality. He was called Dwardwin the orator.

Everyone wanted to hear him speak, and woe betide you if he speaks before you. He raises the tempo so high that the audience starts to disperse as soon as he was done speaking.

One day, he got an invitation to speak in another town. A ‘rival’ speaker was also invited. The rival knew he won’t be listened to if Dwardwin speaks before him, and there was no way he could convince the organisers to let him speak first.

He devised a plan.

What was this plan? He had to use Dwardwin’s reputation against him.

Knowing that Dwardwin will never come late, as he had never been late for any engagement for over a decade, he went to wait for him on his way to the town where the event would take place. As Dwardwin was coming with his bicycle, he approached him and asked for directions to the said town.

Innocently, Dwardwin told him he was heading there too and pointed the way he knew was right. This man convinced him that he was coming from that very direction and that was not the right way. Quickly, he beckoned on another person to confirm his position, and the person being an accomplice gave the speaker a wrong direction.

They started the journey together, the two speakers. The young man was riding slowly, wasting Dwardwin’s time.
“I have never been late to my meetings, and I can’t start today,” he said to his companion.
“I am sorry, I can’t keep up with this slow pace, else I will be late, and lateness is alien to me”, with that he bade the other speaker goodbye and pedalled his bicycle as fast as he could.

When he was out of sight, the man turned back and went straight to the venue for the event. He was all smiles, having successfully deceived his competitor.

At the event, the organisers were surprised that their guest did not show up. Since he had never been late, they concluded that he was not coming. ‘When the desirable is not available, the available becomes the desirable’. They begged this young speaker to please help engage the people twice the time they earlier agreed with him. The young man was happy, this was all he ever wanted.

In the middle of his speech, Dwardwin showed up and he apologized to the organisers, explaining how he was misled on his way to the venue. They quickly told the young speaker to round off.

By the time he climbed the rostrum, he noticed that the speaker was the man who misled him on his way to the event.

Abandoning the initial topic he was billed to talk on, he took the crowd by storm when he said: “over the years I have built a reputation for myself, it has become like a shadow, which goes everywhere with me.
And just as a shadow reveals one’s presence, making it hard for him to hide, my reputation has made me predictable.

“With my predictability, this young man caught me off guard and misled me on my way here. He has taught me a very vital lesson- today I have learnt to be #formless!”

As much as it is good to be known for what you stand for, a fair measure of unpredictable will keep you safe and mysterious.

The mercury is referred to as a liquid metal, that characteristics gave me trouble in my chemistry days. I found it difficult to wrap my head around it. How on earth can a metal be liquid?

But that formlessness is what stands it out. That is what put it on a class of its own!

To your success!!

IDEDE Oseyande
Author of “The Portrait of A Revolutionary Leader”.

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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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