Happy new month everyone!
The first of May is recognised here in Nigeria, ( and many other countries) as workers day and it’s a public holiday.
Every year, for the past five years, I make sure I don’t miss ‘The Platform’. The event is the brainchild of the senior pastor of the Covenant Christian Center, Poju Oyemade, and the very first edition was on the first of May, 2007. The purpose of this very inspirational initiative according to him, is designed to bring experts and inspirational figures from all works of life to share their expertise, knowledge, experience and challenges, with the purpose of inspiring,educating and challenging people to greater heights in terms of enterprise development as a way of celebrating May 1st, workers day.
That just about sums it up and he is spot on. Every year, I’m challenged to grow and never give in to complacency. The program also leaves me with a burning passion to keep my light burning and flourish in my calling. The theme for this year is ‘The Drivers, Enablers and Obstacles to our Growth’ and all the speakers were truly very insightful and inspiring. Permit me to share some nuggets from this year’s event with you:
- Growth is not an option, it is vital to survival. Life demands that you grow so the question is not ‘If’ but ‘When’ and ‘How’.
- The quality of your decision making is determined by your perception which in turn affects your possibilities for growth. What you give attention to affects your growth.
- You have to be willing to see what others don’t see and talk about what others don’t talk about.
- Start taking responsibility and stop blaming the government for everything that’s wrong especially in the business environment. You have to be determined to make things work.
- Hone your ‘voice’. You need to have a unique selling point. You can’t be saying what everyone else is saying or doing things like everybody and expect to make any impact.
- Think strategically, your plans for growth or expansion should be done is a way that works for you in the long run. This means look inwards as much as you’re looking outwards.
- What brings growth also brings obstacles so plan ahead for how you’re going to scale. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot because off your desire to grow.
- The case of Nigeria – It’s not enough to be blessed with so much natural resources, the more important issue is being passionate about true leadership, accountability and continuous productivity.
- The greatest downside to a dependent lifestyle is that it makes you complacent and encourages laziness. Your potential stays dormant instead of being harnessed for the benefit of mankind and for the fulfilment of your own life’s purpose.