My dear friends, before the stopwatch starts running to signal the beginning of my piece, let me be quick to express my delight to be part of this family of ‘Greats’. I must say that, I deem it a great honour to sit on the same conference table with you as we seek to address the cankers of the society in our time. I am with extreme exhilaration as I come your way with my maiden piece on this vibrant blog. Now, without much ado, let’s get down to the business for the day.
To take the very first step, I would say, “Everyone is born great, but in his/her own special way.” Thomas Alva Edison, the American prolific inventor of electric bulb, phonograph and motion pictures once intimated, “If we all did what we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.” Though, Christians, Muslims, African Traditionalists, Pagans, Atheists, Buddhists and the likes, have different and divergent beliefs on the source of charisma in mankind, they would not hesitate to come under one umbrella in accepting that great potentials and capabilities are indeed embedded in every individual walking to and fro on the surface of the earth. Regardless of your religion, my dear reader, the fact is that you carry something extraordinary within your earthen vessel.
Now listen to me, you are not on ‘Planet Earth’ to wine and dine. You are not in this place for the mere fun of it; sight-seeing, luxury-cherishing and what have you. As I always say, you are not on this parched land to go through the routines of life. You can intellectually sophisticate yourself to the rank of professorial accolades but still be a disappointment to your Maker. Never forget that life on earth is not about your ambition; it is about your mission. It is not about your job; it is about your work. It is not about your profession; it is about your purpose.
Success in life is not predominantly determined by how many academic degrees you obtain or by how much money that accrues in your bank account, but by how much impact you make on your generation before you transit into eternity. Norman Mac Eswan has this to say, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
Many a time, we are intimidated on our route to doing exploits by our young, tender age. It is a grievous misconception to think of doing exploits or starting something great only after you have climbed up the podium of adulthood. Perhaps, you have decided to go by the popular adage, ‘Life begins at 40.’ In the equation of life in terms of purpose fulfillment and explorations, age is absent and non-functional.
In the Holy Scriptures, you can talk of King David, son of Jesse and the King of Israel; Prophet Jeremiah, a spokesman of God to the nations and Prophet Samuel, an oracle of the Most High God to His people, Israel, to mention but a few, who championed greatness in their respective areas of call during their youthful years.
Now take a walk with me as we look at some few famous personalities who greatly distinguished themselves in the days of their youth. In academia, it would interest you to know that Professor John Evans Atta Mills of blessed memory, the late President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, obtained his Philosophy Doctorate (PhD) in Law and Taxation at 27. Ghana’s Most Influential Personality in 2015, Pastor Mensah Otabil, the founder and the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church set up his church in 1984 at age 26. In Nigeria, the late Archbishop Benson Andrew Idahosa, a charismatic preacher who is regarded as the ‘Father of Nigerian Pentecostalism’ established his church, the Church of God Mission International, during the latter years of 1960s when he was in his late twenties.
In the field of sports, Luis Nazario De Lima Ronaldo, the Brazilian International, won the World Best Player of the Year Award in 1996 when he was just 19. The fastest man on earth currently, Usain Bolt, set the World Record in both 100 metres (9.58s) and 200 metres (19.19s) when he was 23. Lionel Messi, the Argentine, won his maiden World Best Player/Ballon D’Or when he was 22 and continued with three more wins in the same award category for four consecutive years.
My dear reader, many legendary names, both dead and alive; some known, others unknown, would make it to the roll call if I am to continue exploring other areas of human endeavor. Inasmuch as you would want to emulate the exemplary lifestyle of these great personalities, you must not put undue pressure on yourself to do something you are not good at or not interested in because almost everyone is doing it. One great man once said, “The greatest failure in life is to be successful in the wrong assignment.”
When God gives you a vision, he makes provisions for its accomplishment. I have said that, “Whatever you can do easily and excellently, if that is not your mission or purpose, then it is connected to it.” Now, let me ask you this multi-billion dollar questions, “What is your talent? Do you know your mission on earth?” If yes, then let me tell you that whatever talent you possess is not for you, it is for the betterment of the world. Don’t be selfish with it; let others benefit from it. Do not hide it; let it be seen. On the other hand, if your answer is in the negative, then enroll in the ‘School of Talent Discovery’ by identifying your strengths and weaknesses. To make impact, you must stay in your strength zones and move out of your comfort zones. Get to know your passions and interests and start pursuing them immediately. Don’t forget this paramount thing: consult your Maker in this meaningful quest.
I want you to know and understand that the seeds of greatness are sown and watered in your youthful days; in your twenties and thirties. You are on an assignment. You are on a mission. You are born to be great in a peculiar area. You carry greatness within you. As a matter of fact, you have been impregnated with it. There is no better time to show the world what you carry than the days of your youth. See yourself as a great person today and as a greater person tomorrow. Never allow your youthful age to pin you down.