WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY?!!!
This one statement has killed and will continue to kill a lot of dreams that could have changed our world!
It was Les Brown who said “the graveyard is the richest place on earth” how right he was and still is! Imagine for a minute that the person who had the cure to cancer died with his idea, because he was overly concerned with what people will say, what his parents or spouse or neighbors might think about his spending too much time researching…they will most likely call him mad and of course he wouldn’t want that so he quit researching and resorted to living a ‘normal’ life and of course, died a normal person who we never got to hear about!
My dear mentee, I have news for you, until you are doing something and are so passionate about it that the world calls you mad, then you haven’t begun yet!!!
Shocked? You shouldn’t be! Thomas Edison, ha! “That guy who gave us the incandescent bulb huh?!” Clap for yourself, you know him! But how well do you know his story? It is only a mad man who will continue perfecting one idea 9,999 times until he broke through the 10,000th time! Do I need to tell you people called him mad? Imagine what would have happened if he listened to what people had to say and stopped working?
Next case scenario, “Eureka” – you have heard the word or you may even use it, but do you know the story behind it? Well, if you did physics at O’level, you will have come across Archimedes principle…The exclamation ‘Eureka!’ is famously attributed to the ancient Greek scholar Archimedes. He reportedly proclaimed “Eureka! Eureka!” when he stepped into a bathtub of water and his body displaced a volume of water proportionate to his size, a previously intractable problem. He is said to have been so eager to share his discovery that he leapt out of his bathtub and ran through the streets of Syracuse naked! How else do you define madness? What people will say did not matter to him so long as he was making progress!
My dear Mentee, you may say well these are far fetched examples, their world was different bla…bla…bla…okay, let us use an example that is close to you…look around you, whether it is in class/school you will realize that the best brains are usually the weird ones and they are the most talked about, they often tend to move alone but do they stop to care about what you and others think or say about them? No! While you people are busy talking, they are busy making good grades/progress in their lives, leaving you all behind to continue backbiting! And you backbite because you are behind them…you don’t backbite someone you’re in front of!
My dear Mentee, do you realize the difference between you and them? They chart their course, focus on their goal and work to achieve it. You on the other hand that is very concerned about ‘what will people say’! What have you achieved?
There are 3 questions I ask myself when embarking on a project:
Is it right with God?
Is my conscience clear?
Is it line with my vision?
If my answer to these questions are yes, then I go ahead to do it no matter who is saying what! If I were you I’d adopt this approach!
My dear Mentee, there is a lot to say but I’m afraid you’d find this too lengthy, so I have to stop. Remember, if even Jesus was called mad, then don’t expect to be exempt when you are on the right track!
Until we talk again next Tuesday, Live…Love…Laugh!
George Natural Onuorah ©2017