There is a difference between the “perfect moment” and the “right time” to perform an activity (some may say that difference is small- a thin line- others will say it is big- a chasm). Albeit, we must understand that these two phrases have different meanings (at least to me) and I’ll show you why and how:
When we say, “I am waiting for the perfect moment to write this article” (sorry, I am a writer), we are actually saying, I’m waiting for the moment with no resistance when I can write this article. It sounds like that’s not the meaning, but the truth is that it really is, and it hurts our thoughts (I wonder why the truth hurts). Waiting for the perfect moment is like waiting for the battle to be over before lifting your weapon. You must always be faced with resistance in this space-time reality; you can’t even walk without it! You can do nothing without resistance. You must exude a force that makes it possible to set anything in motion- to start anything or do anything. Laws are proven and “re-proven” (don’t mind that language) hypotheses and laws, and one of such is Isaac Newton’s second law of motion which says for every action, there’s an equal but opposite reaction. My dear, it is a waste of time to wait for the perfect moment to do anything- there is none! Resistance is an essential force of life; try walking on a surface with very little or no resistance, you’ll either fall or sink depending on the texture of the materials that make up that surface. What then should one do? One must exude a force that is greater than the force of the resistor (I never knew I was this good in physics.lol). You must develop the capacity and the system that is able to generate this greater force.
On the other hand, the right time is the moment where the events and persons (stakeholders in that project or activity) possess the minimum level of readiness to execute that project. Sometimes, (or many times) one has to influence and expedite this readiness; this is the essence of leadership. Someone said, “Do not wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect”. I’ll say, Take any moment and make it perfect! It is your amount of readiness that is the largest determinant of the rightness of time for that project. I think this is the time (in this article) to talk about SMART goals. If you are reading this, chances are you already know about them. So, if you like to plan and “overplan” like me, just make sure that after careful consideration (that’s my “overplanning” self, speaking again) it is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and very importantly, Time-bound.
Now, there’s also the wrong time to get a project done (started). That’s why I said, the right time is the time when the events and persons possess the minimum level of readiness to execute a project. For example, now, that the naira to dollar ratio is around 1:400, may not the best time to keep buying goods in bulk (if you’re an importer that buys in dollars). Your customers may not understand the naira-dollar quagmire, or they may not want to purchase now, if they feel they can do without the products for a while. Hey, it may be the best time, if after careful research and study, you find out that the ratio will still increase, and your customers’ need (demand) for those products will increase with it.
In the end, I think you’ll know when you are wasting time (waiting for the perfect moment).
What say you? Share in the comments box.
So I was asked that question recently, and this is what I responded with. Enjoy!
Information is the most formidable adversary to the underdevelopment of any society. It will, at any time, defeat underdevelopment just as light defeats darkness. As a matter of fact, darkness is not an entity itself, it’s what we get in the absence of light, just as cold is the absence of (enough) heat. We have heard many times, and we even agree with the statement, “If you are not informed you will be deformed”. This statement is true both literarily and figuratively, as information is the number one weapon against the crippling effect of underdevelopment.
Information is light, that’s why it’s always linked with “enlightenment”. Absence of information takes us back to the “dark- age” which was ended by the emergence of the Industrial Revolution that was predicated on access to information.
I would ensure literacy- mass literacy- and by literacy I do not mean ability to read and write. I mean ability to understand oneself and one’s world. What I mean by “one’s world” is both the people and things that one relates with in particular, and the global community in general. Mass literacy is human capacity development, it is ensuring that persons are capable physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually, of generating societal development.
The purpose of Education is to bring out inherent qualities, whilst transferring needed skills, knowledge, and attitudes from the educator to the learner. Information dissemination is the essence of education, and this will achieve two general things: It will fuel individual uniqueness that will breed innovation (and personal and national development), and it will transfer essential attributes for global citizenship.
Other things mass literacy will achieve are: improved quality of life, prevention of diseases, and sustainable development. These are the solutions I’ll (continue to) create as I attract greater influence and power.
Share your thoughts, comment. Thank you.
We all have dreams (at least most of us), some have blatantly refused to wake up from theirs, waiting for the dreams to be fulfilled even in their dreams, others have decided to borrow other people’s dreams, neglecting the salient fact, that what is borrowed is expected to be returned, and that what one borrows cannot be used as what one owns.
The question I want you to ask yourself as you read this is that, Is your dream really your dream? Or did you borrow that dream from someone because of his/her results? You have to be clear about what you are called to do in life, and follow that path passionately. It is an insult on yourself and your creator, to strive to be someone else.
Many folks, in their bid to follow worthy mentors/role models, forget that they are seperate individuals from their mentors and role models. Let me quickly say, that what you should learn are UNIVERSAL principles and apply them in your UNIQUE life. That guy is another individual, with seperate goals, dreams, and ambitions from yours, learn his principles, but follow your own path. A worthy mentor will berate you for trying to be like him/her. Admire the results, but learn the reasons for such results. Your life is not a continuation of another person’s life.
Some other folks just want money, and then they begin to copy the vocations that make more money. See, every talent is capable of yielding money, so develop yours, and become a pioneer in the business of that talent. Stop wasting time and other resources trying to copy others, and start investing time and other resources in developing your talent.
The painful aspect of this issue to me, is when individuals begin to desire the conditions or experiences of the people that are high achievers, so that they can get their results. Because the individual quit his/her job, they secretly want to quit their job, because the individual got married at a particular age, they secretly want to get married at that age, because the individual never had formal education, they secretly want to have same experience, or even drop out of school. Be yourself, there is a pathway to your destiny from wherever you are. Make decisions based on your unique dreams. Let me be very sincere, if you are a “homocopier”, you will never be the best at what you do, or even the second, third, or fourth best, because the one you are copying, may not even be at his own unique best.
We are all gifted, but most people haven’t and do not even want to open their packages!
The names, dates and events have been altered, so any similarities are entirely coincidental.
I stood in line behind her trying to get a doughnut at an eatery, been a while I had a doughnut, so I was willing to endure the chatter of a young lady in front of us, she seemed engrossed with her mobile phone, typing away, receiving calls and describing what she had on, and looking around as if expecting to see someone, it was getting quite annoying and I soon realized I was not the only one feeling that way, the lady in front of me shared the same notion and hissed loudly between intervals, I would later…
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Even as the world cup starts today, I want you, to keep the #BringBackOurGirls protests going in the social media.
I just cannot imagine what they go through everyday, and what they are going through as I write. I dnt know how their families feel at this time, knowing fully well the abductors of their children, and seeing their children without touching them simply because they are seen from a screen. Please my dear reader, I enjoin you to please keep this protest alive, even as you enjoy the world cup matches. It’s like the least you can do.
God bless Nigeria, God bless you and your country, and God bless me.