What do you do when clouds gather and storms break? Run for cover? Not with the eagle. Eagles love the storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm’s winds to lift it higher. Once it finds the wing of the storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to lift him above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.
When life gives you clouds, make some rain and if it gives you a storm, ride on it! There is an opportunity in every opposition. There is a testimony in every test. The darkest clouds yield the greatest rain. Your breaking point is your breakthrough moment.
The challenges of life must never weigh you down. Your situation is not your destination. You must never allow where you are to determine what you can do. Where you are, is not who you are. When an eagle finds itself in the midst of the storm, it rises above the storm. An eagle is an eagle and will rise above every storm. Your identity determines your destiny. When you know who you are, you will never allow circumstances to define. Don’t be defined by your problems, define your problems.
Many of God’s masterpieces were created in obscure and difficult circumstances. Moses and David were trained to shepherd Israel at the backend of the desert looking after goats and sheep.
The circumstances of your birth must never determine the circumference of your worth. Jesus was born in a small Judean village called Bethlehem in a manger, yet his influence reached the uttermost paths of the earth. Mary delivered in a manger. When you are carrying a dream, you can deliver under any conditions. Greatness gravitates towards your gift – the wise men from the East visited Jesus in a manger! Cheer up, wherever you are – you carry something special. Your gift will give your life a lift. You can ride every life storm!
You were created on purpose, with purpose for a purpose. The storms of life do not and cannot change your purpose – they reveal it!
Extract from my book : How To Rise Like An Eagle
ASK and you will receive, SEEK and you will find, KNOCK and the door will be opened. This timeless truth applies in every aspect of your life even today!
Courtship is such an interesting game. The young man has to woo the lady. The first thing he does is to ask. A lot of charm and persuasion is required. If this does not work, the young man has to seek. Seek has about it a hunting feel. It is more purposeful and demonstrates more commitment. The next thing if this does not work will be to “knock”. Traditionally this would involve visiting the girl‟s parents at best or “kidnapping” at worst. If you have been asking, and not receiving, change your strategy. Some opportunities are like courting a young woman, they need charm. It is a time to seek. Seek that which you desire and you will find it. Open your eyes and ears. Be watchful, because that which you seek might be in the smaller details. If that doesn‟t work, shift a gear up – knock!
Be desperate about your destiny. There is no need to be apologetic about what you are after. Drop your guard, set sail and zero in on it. Bang the door down, looking for that which you desire.
In my last article I wrote about the importance of focusing on “being” than “doing” As a social scientist I have a keen interest in intellectuals and philosophers especially from an Afrocentric perspective. One such intellectual is South African politician Pallo Jordan. For over 40 years he masqueraded as a “Doctor” only to be exposed two weeks ago as having neither earned nor honoured with one.
It’s tragic for a man who is credited with being one of the architects of the first post apartheid government manifesto. I am at thesis stage for PhD myself and I can attest that Pallo Jordan is intellectual as they come. He never needed the title because he already had the mantle! Alas he probably has now lost the mantle chasing the title. It’s sad!
Thank God while he has lost integrity he has gained honour by apologising and resigning from all public offices he held.
What are the lessons?
1. Embrace WHO you are and the world will celebrate WHAT you do
2. If you have a mantle you don’t need a title. Pallo Jordan is an intellectual title or no title
3. Don’t lose your mantle in order to get a title
4. Who you are is more important than what you do
You can never substitute your being (substance) with what you do (subject).
I marvel when I see people jostle to get this or that position. Positions don’t make you…you make positions. People can take away all you do what remains is who you are. You are a human being not a human doing. Who you become is more important than what you achieve. It’s not what you are CALLED that matters, it’s what you ANSWER to.
The story of Joseph who was sold as a slave by his brothers is insightful. Joseph had a special coat of many colours. Metaphorically it meant that he was multi talented. The brothers took away the coat. Little did they know that the coat was only the evidence of the gift and not the gift itself. Joseph went on to prosper regardless and became Prime Minister of Egypt.
There are some lessons right there:
1. If you are gifted you can never be shifted…you will be lifted
2. Never let your work define your worth, define your work by your worth
3. A coat (TITLE) goes out of fashion, but who you are (MANTLE) lasts forever. If you have the mantle you don’t need the title.
People can take away all you do (your coat) but you can never be FINISHED because you are COMPLETE! Make a difference where you are. You have it in you to make a difference whether you are in a pit or prison.
“Sir, thank you for the opportunity we had to learn we are going back to finish our studies” These were the words two young students on internship told me as they finished their internship in our organization. “Well done, one more thing as you go back – go and build your digital assets. A degree alone is enough. Don’t ever forget this final lesson”, I replied. I then explained to them that the world has changed – it’s the digital age and they will need a new skill set.
Only this week Twitter shares were soaring on the back of good business. Telecom powerhouse Econet Wireless this week launched a mobile money linked MasterCard which redefines the concept of traditional banking as we have known it. This is disruptive – it’s the digital age.
The Germany Soccer team won the World Cup on the back of serious Big Data informatics and analytics powered by SAP Match Insights. It’s the digital age.
To earn your wage in the digital age you need to repackage your skills. Here is how you do it:
1. Learn simple writing skills
2. Open a blog on many free blogging websites sites such as WordPress, Tumblr. I have been blogging since 2007…. published two books harvesting from this blog
3. Build your digital footprint by joining Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+
4. Build influence on social media – tweet/post to express not to impress. Engage to transform not just inform.
5. Be sincere – be yourself – people engage when you share from your heart not your head. As a (wo)man tweets so is s/he.
Now take a simple test – if you “Google” your name what search results show? It’s time to build your digital real estate and digital asset portfolio.
A lot has been said about how success is about who you know. This almost sounds true but up to some point. Success is about knowing yourself. When you have a revelation of you, there will be an elevation of you. Many people go through life trying to look for success outside themselves when it’s all inside. You cannot be winning in your life if you are losing in your mind. In my book Seeds of Greatness I wrote:
“You were created in the image of God for purposes of manifesting His glory. Each creation must manifest a specific glory. The glory of a tree is to produce fruit… The glory of a dog is to produce puppies and barking. The glory of a human being is to manifest the perfections, graces, excellencies and perfections of God. Your greatness is hidden in your purpose.“
This is the reason why success must always start with you. You were uniquely wired to deliver a specific assignment in this world. Only when you connect with the great within do you start too become successful. You will be successful in this world to the extent that you fully utilize your gifts, personality, experience, abilities and skill in making a difference in the lives of others
Success starts with you and ends with others.