While You Wait……
Do you know that David was anointed as the next King of Israel at age 16? But he eventually ascended that throne at age 36! He waited for good twenty (20) to realise that dream! Have you ever considered what he was doing for those twenty years? Before I talk on that let me share a personal story.
In 2013, I got a job as a Mining Engineer that took me to the rural part of Edo State. All my life, I had never lived in a rural area, not even during my service year. Though I thought I was prepared for it based on the orientation from my lecturers while at the University, I soon found out that I was not. So in August 2013, in a rural settlement with the poor mobile network but stable electricity, I was unhappy and confused.
I kept asking myself if that was the kind of life I really wanted to live. By the end of the next month, I went to buy electronic sets, and launched a movie watching habit to while away time! I was wasting my time and my life unknowingly, in the name of ‘killing boredom’.
I sat down one day and asked myself if this habit will lead me to my dream?
I asked if I can achieve my life goals with this new habit?
It was obvious that I was being foolish.
I took a decisive action that has led to the successes I have recorded today.
What did I do?
I started building capacity for what I love doing.
I started reading books voraciously, followed by writing daily as a must-do task, and not based on my mood. I started with a book per month and grew to two books per month. Then I got a bookshelf that is already filled up now. I built capacity and got the needed credibility status as a writer with good content!
In 2016, after about three years on that path, I launched my currently most famous book, #WhatIsLeftOfWhatIsRight? This would not have happened if I was ‘killing boredom’ by watching movies!
Now back to the story of David. I am sure you can now tell what David did in those twenty years of waiting time?
He built capacity!
He would likely have failed if he was sworn in as King at that tender age, with very little capacity to operate optimally in that office. And also, he would have been battling with getting the people to believe that he was competent. So he needed twenty years to build that capacity and earn the credibility status.
In those twenty years, he learnt the needed leadership skills, diplomacy in handling bilateral relationships, organisational structure, he got the real-life experience piloting the affairs of humans, not the theories he learnt in ‘class’ as a shepherd boy.
While he slept in caves and became a fugitive, he did not question his dreams and give up on his goal, he kept the faith and took each day at a time.
When he was in exile in a strange land, he did not question the authenticity of the prophet that had anointed him as a ‘would-be King’. He held on to the vision, knowing that it was for an appointed time!
Today, we have people already saying ‘#school na scam’ because they are yet to achieve the vision they envisage.
My question for you is this: While you wait what are you doing?
Are you just commenting on trending news and issues on social media or you’re building capacity?
Are you busy analysing the wealth and fame of celebrities instead of working on your goals?
As for me, the lines are falling in pleasant places.
I am on the path to being the most sought after literary icon based on my written works on human development and nation-building.
Where is your path leading you?
NB: Picture attached is that of the Vice-President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, taking a look at my book, while Governor Godwin Obaseki tries to get his attention.
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.