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Have you ever been stopped and suddenly asked the question, who are you? The thought that would automatically pop into your brain is to reel out your first name, surname and possibly your middle name.
That was exactly the situation I found myself a few days ago when a policeman stopped me on the street. But after walking a few meters away, I stopped to ponder and I realized I didn’t tell the man a damn thing. I also found out I didn’t even know much about myself. It was quite intriguing.
I had no option than to do a soul-searching trip to help me discover my real self. I then realized the need to share my findings with you, since you may have found yourself in such an awkward situation one time or the other.
You need to take out time to find out how resourceful you truly are. You will suddenly find out that you’ve been undermining yourself all along. It will dawn on you that you can do more with less because you are more capable than you previously gave yourself credit for.
Nandan Nilekani puts it as to “Redefine the Possible.”
What is your gut feeling like? Are you the type that can stand the heat or do you chicken out when the heat is so much? You must have the capability to trust your gut instinct anytime you want to make a difficult decision.
Your ambiguity or plainness talks volumes of whom you are. You must cultivate the spirit of exactness. Let people see you talk direct and always hit the bull’s eye. When you’re not exact you will find yourself most often getting stuck. Have you grown up or you still reason like a child who doesn’t shoulder any responsibility?
How do you perceive the world around you? You may be that kind of fellow who blames it all on the world. Who refuses to take responsibility, only to sulk and wallow in self-defeat or rather self-pity. I am sure you are not that type of a person.
You possibly haven’t realized that the world today is filled up with an enormous reservoir of unutilized human skills and capacities, technological breakthroughs, practically valuable ideas, untapped markets, resources that haven’t been discovered, legal expertise, and administrative and organizational acumens. If this was the case a few years back, many of the revolutionary tools and gadgets we use in today’s world, think Facebook, Colorlib, Twitter, or even individual brands like Aroloye Abraham Damola, a creative graphic designer, wouldn’t have been created.
It’s possible that you are an action packed person. That is very nice because we are nothing other than the sum of our actions and inactions.
Until you decide to take action, you will remain in a spot — unrecognized for your many dreams.
Are you robotic or self-discerning? Quite a lot of people out there are mere rubber stamps. They can’t take one single decision of their own. They must be directed and led. You are not an egg timer. You are your life. Your contributions are capable of changing the face of the earth for better.
Everybody has limitations, have you discovered yours? You can’t have it all, there must be a certain point where you definitely call it quits. You must know that point. Understandably, there may be some super humans amongst the human race but it is not given to all of us. If you aren’t one you shouldn’t kill yourself. It may be one in a million.
Can you be taken for your words? Commitment is one very good virtue. People should be able to know your “yes” and your “no”. You should be trustworthy, firm and honest. It can only add to the degree of your responsibility and your eventual status in the community.
Are you real or fake? Is there any authenticity about your life? It is possible that you find it hard to make sense of what you want, think or feel. You are then depending on external criteria to depict how you interact. You may even condescend to wear clothes or eating a particular kind of food because “your mom” said so. Not your real feeling or conviction.
Do you have any purpose, goal or interest? When you have a goal, purpose or interest, your life will have a sense of direction. There will be decisiveness in your actions. You know when to proceed and when to stop.
Lastly, you will need to ask yourself the type of legacy you have. You should be able to look back and beat your chest for the nice job. The non-material inheritance you are bequeathing your survivors, the world at large.
Until you know yourself, you are just drifting, a jolly good fellow, a simple passerby.
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