YOU CANNOT ACHIEVE GREATNESS BY HAPPENSTANCE

With Rev. Canon Chinemerem Uche

I was being given a ride by a friend. I asked him of the constant noise behind his car and he replied, “Don’t mind that noise; there are certain things in my vehicle that I don’t bother repairing. This noise will go by itself, by the time I bump through one or two gallops, the thing that got out of socket will get back to its position.” I laughed at this kind of “unwise wisdom” because greatness is not achieved by sheer accident or happenstance. Unfortunately that is how we follow greatness. We just believe that somehow, somehow one would encounter greatness. Why are we failing and failing in our bid to create job opportunities through agriculture? The reason is that we still believe that nature will fix things up. Nobody can conveniently say when the palm trees in the villages were planted. We just got up to see them in our farms and then claimed them when they started bearing fruit. Our land over here is so fertile that we just plant and harvest without weeding and sometimes without fertilizer. Apart from the force of nature, we also need the force of nurture.

It has become a common thing for our national football teams to win trophies or a match from behind. In most cases however, we crash out. We hardly plan very well to a tournament. In fact our first match with the opponent is usually considered as training session that will provide the launch pad for team cohesion and other victories. Somebody said, “Enlist me into the Super Eagle’s team to play in the World Cup. Somehow, I believe that as I continue to run to and fro in the pitch an opportunity might just come for me to “fakila” (net in) one goal into the net of Argentina!” This attitude seems to be the bane of our leadership. 2015 is around the corner and there are many politicians sloganeering of their ambition of being Governors and Senators without a road-map or blue print. Some of them begin to design the road map once the win elections. Instead of these leaders to “hit the ground running,” they hit the ground crawling. To attain great productivity spurts, an organization would have to deliberately raise the right man power, through a coordinated curriculum. What we have these days is a chief executive who constantly nags his workforce for failing to perform. A chief executive should know that his tool is his workforce and a workman who constantly quarrels with his tools has already failed. How many chief executives have training rooms where they can personally take out time to mentor and coach those they lead? How many chief executives have ever set a target for those they lead and did they help the subordinate with ideas and resources to help achieve the target.

Any chief executive who constantly nags his subordinates and talks rudely to them about their failures and inability to deliver, is also training them. This type of training however is counterproductive. By the time a chief executive continues to nag, howl and cajole his workforce, he gradually builds in them a resentment of his personality and also builds in them the courage to put up a resistance someday.

Great people are people who dream and conceive what they want, they also create the road to run their dreams and know where their dreams will take them. For an organization to maintain a robust staff and bear fruit, she will need to constantly engage her workforce to exposures that will wire them for productivity.

Brian Tracy writing on the Law of Cause and Effects stated, “The law of cause and effect can imprison us in a cell of our own making, or it can liberate us by giving us complete freedom, depending on how we use it. The law itself, like the law of gravity, is neutral. The law of cause and effect, which is both physical and a mental law, says that for every effect in our lives, there is a specific cause, or causes. If there is an effect in our life that we want more of, like more money or greater success, we can trace it back to the cause, and by repeating the cause, we enjoy more of the effects. If we are in sales or business and we have successes, we can trace those successes back to the specific things that we did to achieve them; by repeating those causes, we can enjoy the same effects. This law also says that if there is an effect in our lives that we don’t want, whether it be overweight, insufficient funds, problems with people, or negative business conditions, we can trace that effect back to the causes, and by removing or changing the causes, we can achieve different effects or results. The law of cause and effect is so simple and obvious that no one seriously questions it. We live in a world, and in a universe, governed by law, not by chance. Everything happens for a reason. Neither success nor failure is an accident. They have specific causes, and when we repeat the causes, we get the same effects, no matter who we are.”

I personally do not believe that David stumbled into kingship. Sometimes we may not know that we are being prepared for greatness through the daily encounters with people and circumstances. David was prepared to learn to deal with people by being asked to shepherd his father’s sheep instead of being sent first of all, to the war front like his brothers. If David had gone to the war front and subsequently made king without learning to deal patiently with people, I guess he would have killed many of the likes of Uriah. Through the persecutions and sudden dangers that came to him, he learned how to forgive and trust in God for vengeance and deliverance. Recall how some people were conscripted during the Biafra War. History has it that people were given emergency training and horridly sent to the war front. A majority of them fell to the enemy’s bullet. A story has it that one recruit died of shock on just hearing the loud noise made by a rifle.

If you want to encounter true and fulfilling greatness, plan it, work for it and aim for it. The Author of “Rules of Life” said that over the years that he had come to notice that those who became great were those who began early to act greatness. A man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he thinks.