By – Kayode Ipadeola
What did you do to deserve better? Do you truly think you are capable of greatness? Who do you think you are?
Life is easy when lived according to others plans. When you orchestrate a path for yourself, you immediately invite the scorn of those around you who lack the courage to pursue their own goals. A person moves to step higher on the ladder and the hands of those below them reach to pull them back. Their voices demand to know why you must be different.
The world is filled with people who strive so hard to be loved by the majority that they lose all reason to love themselves. We humans are all told since infancy that we must act a certain way, must dress in certain clothes, must say and do certain things, simply because the majority does so. These voices become so ingrained in our minds as a child that they continue to act as subconscious wardens of our lives as adults. Though we may seem to have the freedom to act as we wish, most people continue to make decisions based on what they have been told by others instead of what they have learned themselves, failing to know that many lives are wasted by choosing the monotony of safety over the boldness of the uncharted.
Wealth and success are like streams of water running down a building. Before the water can reach the bottom, first it must run through all the others above it. Though the lowest support the weight of all who are above them, they are numerous and easily replaced unique individually, but common together. Its paramount to know that all persons climbs higher by becoming less like those below them.
We all want to live on a ready-made success forgetting that it is easy to travel upon a road laid by others but its only reward is the dust its builders left behind.
In life, a persons value is found in how difficult they are to be replaced. Since the builders of a house does much work then how come the architect earn more? Its simple; the builders of a home are paid less than an architect because there are many workers but few who can design the plans the workers must follow. Also, the manager of a company is paid more than its employees because a leader must guide many to achieve a goal, while followers must only follow what they are told.
There are many who are wealthy but far fewer with ideas. A person with money can be replaced by another person with money, but a person with unique ideas can never be duplicated. Overachievers are forged by the fires of underachievers ridicule.
Greatness is not about who you are but who you believe you can become. Have courage to pursue your own path. The sheep are safe in their cages but the lions run free in the wilderness.
Since we are approaching a newer year, you might want to redefine your perspective and know what you stand for. Remember that the greatest among us are most different from the rest.
Just as the magnificient Steve Job said; Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.