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The Winning Attitude-7

The Winning Attitude- 7

#Dexterity!

“I have this great idea, dream, and master plan that would have opened #financial doors and brought me to the #limelight, but I did not have who to help me”.

This is one of the most common rhetoric you hear from excuse givers in society today.

Some years ago, 2014 to be precise, we were at a conference in Minna, Niger State, Northern Nigeria, and I was typing my daily broadcast during the conference. My former supervisor, during the time of my internship as an undergraduate about four years earlier, saw me typing on my phone with rapt attention and asked:

“Is it this #phone you use to type those lengthy articles?” 

“Yes, sir”, I replied with a wide smile.

Shocked, he exclaimed, “I thought you use a #laptop. How do you manage to use this small thing to type such lengthy posts every day?.

Some people often feel I share these daily articles out of joblessness or too much spare time on my hands. Each time someone shares such a perception with me, I just smile. I know how I squeeze out time from my very tight schedules to maintain the pace, because to me it is a duty I owe not just my readers, but posterity, considering the lessons embedded in the articles.

So many people complain of a lack of adequate support and the right tools for them to kick start their vision. Each time I hear that, I simply tell them that they are not yet ready.

Why all these stories?

To succeed, you must be #dexterous both physically and mentally.

You will keep getting insults and attacks if all you do is share your big dreams with friends and family without putting in the physical and mental effort to actualise them.

Two things you must take out from this article.

One, what you have is #enough, start with it. When you start waiting for the things you don’t have, you will lose the #willpower to #succeed, because you would have #empowered that ‘lack’, thereby giving yourself a justifiable reason to remain inactive!

Two, people don’t celebrate #pregnancy, but #childbirth. So that dream and idea you are proclaiming about and hoping for adulation will only yield #premium tears and disappointment. Work with what you have in line with your dream and everything will add up along the way.

Recently, an undergraduate in one of the prestigious universities in Nigeria sent me a private message via Facebook messenger. He introduced himself as a writer and an editor but needed my help as he wanted to buy a laptop so he can practice his skill. I asked what about his phone and he gave some lame excuses. I simply ignored him.

Why? You don’t need a laptop to be able to access the internet. And with the prevalence of laptops on campus, there is always a ready one to borrow once he lands an editing or writing job. But he won’t do that, instead he is hoping someone else will help him bear the sacrifices to achieve his dreams.

#Wake up from slumber and chase that dream to make it a reality.

Mental and physical laziness is what makes you postpone your ‘#start date’ to a more convenient time.

There is never a convenient time to succeed.

I don’t know if this makes sense?

Idede Oseyande

©2022

Twitter: @idede_oses

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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