What shall it profit a man that was born into this world, lived a long and prosperous life but his impact was not felt. I was walking by the shore of Elegushi beach and a song kept playing in my head; it’s Beyonce’s I WAS HERE. In that moment, something struck me and from that day I kept asking myself; how will people tell if I was really here. Would they tell by the pictures I created while I was here or by the lives I have touched and changed from my little corner blog post or would they tell by all the wrongs I have committed while I lived. While I was in deep thought and assessing myself, I couldn’t help but remember you too and will earnestly want to ask you: what will be said of you when you are long gone? What are the indicators that you were here……..
The truth is we can all give great and genuine excuses as to why we never made an imact on the world because those excuses are readily available but something else you need to know about excuses is that; they are the easy way out. On our path to groundbreaking success, each and every one of us will be tried, tested, trampled, molested, stigmatized and discouraged before we are certified OK for greatness/recognition. The utmost gift man received from his creator was free will; you have prerogative to choose how you want your life to be. Choosing to be an underachiever your whole life seems the easiest choice on the surface but remember the parable of the master who gave his three servants talent and one refuses to trade with it. His talent was taken from him and given to the most diligent servant who made profit with his.
Let me make this simple, I believe you know what a jigsaw puzzle is, Good! With that in mind, I want you to think of this universe as a jigsaw puzzle (but God’s puzzle), each piece in the puzzle represent you and I. As the pieces have an important role to play in fixing the puzzle, so do every human have a role to play in God’s plan to change the world. You are here for a purpose and it is your job to find that purpose and fulfill it. Fulfilling this mission won’t be easy but you have to be focused, never compromise and don’t look for the easy way out.
If you think it’s hard to make impact and let people remember that you left the world a little better than you found it, you’re wrong. Below are some practical steps:
#1. If you want to make impact, start off by preparing yourself: A warrior going to war without weapon is bound to fail, so also is the fact that you can’t make a lasting impression without being prepared. Being prepared means you have to identify your own purpose because in it lies that special thing the world would remember you for.
#2. If you want to make impact, you have to change lives: this is very important because every decision you make in life will affect another life either positively or negatively. That decision to give the job to that poor first class graduate rather than your third class son could save his family from lifelong poverty, that decision to write that article could be all the hope someone out there reading it needs to keep holding on to and not give up, that decision never to compromise could be what a nation needs to fight corruption that threatens her foundation. Think through every decision and always make it count for good.
#3. If you want to make imapct, you have to take someone with you on the ride: back in the days, one of my favourite cartoon was ‘Voltron’.Voltron is a combination of five robot lions that can attack individually but when they form voltron they are indomitable. In essence, you can’t make an impact alone, you will need some help and to progress from your starting point to your destination takes genuine friends, inspiring colleagues, good will of strangers and a keen pilot to guide them.
#4. If you want to make impact, you have to get over your failure and keep moving forward: it’s a known verity that some of us don’t want to hear about failure, some even pray against it. It’s safe to say this class of people have never heard the saying “if you have never failed, then you have never tried”. What we all need to understand is, sometimes no matter how prepared we are, we still fail. We will likely fail often. It will be painful, it will be dispiriting and at times it will test you to your very core. It’s just the way life is sometimes, its part of the process to test you’re resilient. Don’t be afraid to fail but don’t get stuck in that failure, get up and keep moving forward.
#5. If you want to make impact, you have to break from the norm: this is a lesson I learnt from the life of Galileo Galilei. When he first postulated that the world revolves round the sun, the world felt he was a retard and it took the world a century to come around and believe. Sometimes you have to do things the way others think it can’t be done which is a lot of risk but life is full uncertainty; you have to take risk, make a change and breakaway.
#6. If you want to make impact, you must be your best in the darkest moment: dark moments are time you will get so frustrated, tired and disoriented about everything. Trust me, this happens to everyone and if not properly managed it could get you lost or worse. These moments are time you must be cool, calm, collected and when your entire strategic knack, your physical power and inner strength brought to bear.
To everyone reading this, you are choices away from changing the world. Choices away from trailblazing invention. Choices away from changing the world, one heartbeat at a time.
It will not be a ride in the park.
But you are fearfully and wonderfully made, a rare gem given a mantle by God/multi-gifted by God to touch lives during and after your life time.
I want you to take a pledge:
Start each day with a task completed
Be willing to ask for help
Know that life is not a bed of roses and it’s not fair, you will fail often but if you take some risks, raise your game when the going gets tough, help others and promise yourself never to give up. If you do these things, not only will the next generation live in a better world but they will also remember that you were here.
Let none hear your idle saying ‘there is nothing I can do’ and remember change doesn’t come with days, it comes with choices.
God Bless you!!!
Babalola Michael Tayo