The Power of Positivity
When you look at the Nigeria of today, what do you see? Failure, doom, hopelessness, right? Before we continue let us consider a real-life experience.
While I was still working with a construction company about a year ago, our workers were psychologically divided into two groups. Mind you, the pay was relatively low, that was an indisputable fact, but still, we were divided into two groups with the way we responded to the low pay.
There was a group that reminded themselves at every given opportunity that working in that place was the worst mistake of their lives. In fact, they often would say, “na dis kind pay person go take make am for life?” “Nobody fit work for this company and make it in life”. “Working here is a waste of time”.
The other group acknowledged the fact that the pay was low and started to map out ways to get better options. Some played along and understood the workplace politics to better their lot there, while others worked on getting an alternative source of income, or sought better offers elsewhere.
It might interest you to know that in the five years I spent there, most of them that ‘cursed themselves’ that the place could never make them succeed in life were fired, while the rest are still there repeating same curse year in year out, and yet, pleading to remain there.
This is what we experience every day in Nigeria. You see Nigerians make negative comments about Nigeria. They tell you how things are so hopeless and can never become better. And then you will look at them and wonder if they are not cursing their today and their future with those defeatist statements. What such things does to you, is this, it saps your positive energy, and make you dwell in negativity.
It bothers me when youths seat down to complain and lament about the irreparable state of the nation and in so doing, rob the hopelessness all over themselves. Such activities sap your creative energy. No ingenious idea can be developed in such a negative atmosphere.
When you look at Nigeria what do you see?
You see bad roads with horrible potholes, right?
Some people see it as an avenue to make money by sand filling it and requesting that road users compensate them for such services.
You see starvation, right?
Others see an opportunity to apply for agricultural loans and grants from investors and international organisations. And in so doing, they have made life better for themselves and are succeeding.
You see rural areas without access to banking facilities and soft loans, right?
Others see an opportunity to set up a Technologically driven Financial company, (FIN-Techs), to get to the unbanked and those in the rural areas seeking for loans. And with that, they are making waves for themselves, doing great things.
You see hopelessness all around and migration is the only solution, right?
Others see opportunity in helping those that want to migrate. And they have made it a source of livelihood, by helping others run from the ‘hopelessness’ while they had remained to enjoy the good life.
You see joblessness right?
Others see it as an opportunity to get paid by helping others find jobs.
You see frustration, depression, and mental disorders rampant among Nigerians, right?
Others see an opportunity in selling comedies, emotional therapies, amongst others!
For every problem you see, those with positive mindset see opportunities and avenues to make a decent living in this same Nigeria!
The tenth month of the year is halfway gone, and you have been dwelling in negativity from January until now. Why not swap to the positive side of life for the remaining part of the year? I am sure you would be amazed at the great things you will be able to achieve within a short while.
The law of natural attraction is real. If you expect evil and dwell in negative and hopeless thoughts, you will attract your kind.
Be positive, there is awesome power in positivity!
Have a great day!
NB: Picture was taken by #Festus_Adun, at Idogbo Secondary School, during one of our students’ mentorship outreaches, under the aegis of Upper Sokponba Ambassadors
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.