I and a team of my friends and colleagues rushed down from Lagos to Ilorin yesterday night. We got to Ilorin around 7.30pm haven kept about 500 students waiting for over 2hrs. Manchester United was battling it out with Arsenal within a few minutes from our getting there, but the students waited for us to come, and waited again for 3 more hours while I shared some thoughts and strategies with them on how to position themselves in the next few months.
Being in Ilorin and speaking to these crowd of eager youths was fulfilling and exciting for me. By the time we finished, it was 11pm, and we didn’t have so much time to answer questions. I am dedicating this post to them, to fill in their comments, and ask their questions.
A few thoughts have run in my head since last night, I’ve been doing some thinking about what I said and what even I have learnt. I don’t know who is out there that needs to be blessed by these words, I can assure you however that if you practice what you are about to read, you will make history! These are not the things I spoke about, if you want that, buy the tapes :), let the student body make some money 🙂
1. Don’t always ask what is in it for you. Do things for FREE.
My trip to Ilorin yesternight was not paid for, I was going to speak to the students free of charge. Free things are free things, but interestingly because nothing is really free in life, it always pays on the long term. When was the last time you added value for free? When was the last time you left your normal programing to do something that nobody paid you for? I’m not talking about doing some shuddy job, I mean doing a good job for free.
2. Lose money!
I had to buy black market fuel, it was a waste and a loss of money in my perspective, but wether we like it or not, we’ll lose money once in a while. Don’t be too uptight, don’t rationalize too much before you make financial decisions. You have managed to spend the last x years of your life with so little savings, even if the savings were high, they have depleted. Don’t ever let the fear of losing make you numb, no matter how many times you have lost. When you become financially free, you will not think too much before you spend what you call too much today, practice 🙂
3. Connect with People and Help!
Human beings are like water, we flow around and never stay somewhere forever. The guy that is a student today can be your leader tomorrow. I spent the night in my fathers house, and interestingly he told me that the current governor of the state was his student in his form 2. People move, big changes happen, and the person you helped up today can be instrumental in assisting you in the future.
4. Develop an inner caucus
Speak to the crowds, share with the disciples. No matter how effective you are, you can’t communicate absolutely everything to the crowd, make out a little more time for a few people, and add extra value to them. Don’t talk and go, create an opportunity to mentor a few people.
5. Dont’ Let A Job Rob you of Your Best
Many people are there Jobs and nothing else. It’s rather unfortunate, that what many people spend time praying for, is what takes them out of where they can add value and be a blessing to others. Even at work they are not connecting with their colleagues beyond the scope of work. A job keeps you just over broke and many times keeps you away from being useful to your assignment. What irritates me the most, is when you now don’t even like the Job.
Never underestimate the power of asking. Whenever you are not sure. Ask! Whenever you have any doubt, ask. Don’t invent what another person has invented, ask. It’s not macho not to ask, it’s stupid.
God Bless You.