Obey your dreams because dreamers are the saviours of the world!

Ok. It’s archive digging session again. Sometimes I have to return to my own writing for inspiration. And I am glad I did this time cos it really stirred something up in me again. Read and be empowered: 

I was heading home from work last night and strangely the words of James

Dreamers

Allen kept ringing in my head, ” the dreamers are the saviours of the world”.I couldnt shake them off.They lingered on till i went to bed.

I woke up the next morning to the melodious chorus of Michael Jackson’s Human nature playing repeatedly like a marathon in my mind.It’s been at least two decades since I first heard that song and yet its influence is just as powerful as the memory of a first kiss.My imagination immediately went to work directing a video featuring R&B icons Mario and Alicia Keys, performing a Grammy-styled rendition of Human Nature.I could just picture Alicia Keys magically fingering the piano while backing up Mario’s soulful lead, which masterfully captured the nostalgic mood of the song in vocal crescendos and diminuendos.

My my my…..the memory of it is still sooooooooo refreshing.It got me thinking though.

What if Michael Jackson talked himself out of his dreams.We probably would never have heard Human Nature sung,at least not with such perfection.

What if the eleven year old Quincy Jones decided not to pursue his musical interests? Michael Jackson’s Thriller album may never have existed as the Hottest selling album in history.And Quincy Jones would probably have died from his regular diet of fried rats.

What if Christopher Columbus never believed in his vision of a rich and fertile land across the seas? America would not exist today.

What if Mary Slessor decided to be quiet about twin infant killings? I would not be alive to share these words with you today.

What if Martin Luther King Jr refused to commit himself to a vision of a better future for his nation but instead chose to give in to the present crisis? America would have been caught in a cycle of baseless racial tension.

What if Nelson Mandela never believed in the power of a vision? Apartheid probably would still have a strong hold on South Africa.

What if Berry Gordy had chosen the path of least resistant by sticking to a 9 to 5 job? There would have been no Motown Records, no Diana Ross & the Supremes, no Jackson 5, no Marvin Gaye.

What if Winston Churchill broke his commitment to defeating Hitler and his allies? There would have been genocide on a greater scale than was originally recorded during Hitlers rule.There probably would have been monumental abattoirs littered all over the world flowing with the blood of innocent Jews and Africans.

What if Ted Turner thought that having an office couch for a bed for ten years was too high a price to pay for the success of CNN ? We would not have had CNN today and probably no Aljazeera.

Imagine Thomas Edison giving up on his dream of inventing a light bulb after the nine hundred and ninety ninth trial.Do you have any idea the number of houses that would have been razed to the ground and lives lost through the use of candles and naked flames?

What if Sir Alexander Flemming never pursued his vision of finding an antibiotic? He would never have stumbled on the legendary accident that brought about the discovery of penicillin.

I think by now you know what i am driving at.Its become obvious that dreamers are truly the saviors of the world.Through them God gave us hope, music, TV, radio, ships, houses, medicines, books, leadership, deliverance, the Gospel and many other blessings.

We enjoyed the benefits of their commitment to their dreams.My question is, Will our generation and the generations to come benefit from the realization our dreams? Or do we chose to ignore them and settle for an empty , slavish life of living to pay the bills till the day we die?

I believe dream-killing is a crime against humanity.We deprive the world of the blessings of God when we shelve our dreams.We must commit to our God-given vision and leave a legacy for others to enjoy or else we’ll never truly live.

My advice to you is ,Obey your dreams and be the saviour you were meant to be!

– Nigerianphilosopher

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Two questions that frightened me as a child!

Pictorial view of a Galaxy

I have always been a philosopher. If I wasn’t worrying about something, I would be thinking about something or worse still, questioning something. It’s always been in me.You know what they say about children; they often ask questions that adults never think about. And boy,  did I have my fair share of questions.

On one of those days I was just lost in thought, pondering about everything and nothing. Then two questions out of the blue popped into my head. They scared the wits out of me. I was so frightened that I chose not to think about them anymore. But I never could shake them off. They kept on haunting me for a very long time. Want to know what they were? Here you go:

1. Beyond earth you have outer space; what do you have beyond outer space?????

(Now you see how frightening this must have been for a 10 year old boy.Don’t freak out just yet,it gets worse)

2. God created the universe; so who created God????

At this point, I feared if Ididn’t stop my mind, I would soon lose it!  So I guess I must have run off to play with the other kids before I ended up in the Asylum; an attempt to occupy my mind with saner thoughts. Haha!

Funny, it’s been decades but I still feel the terror that gripped that 10 year old boy like it was yesterday.

I’ve since made peace with these questions. Ever since I got to develop a relationship with my Creator through my Christian faith, God has made me understand that  He is the Un-created Creator – the Self existent One. And as for what lies beyond outer space, I’d rather take the position of the psalmist in the Bible who said, “I do not concern myself with matters too wonderful for me”.

– Nigerian Philosopher

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In-depth interview with Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones

I can remember the first time I stumbled on this interview with Quincy Jones on Achievement.org. I was blown away. To hear the brains behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller album production share his journey from a poor, obscure childhood to a mega-successful adult was so refreshing and empowering. I can’t remember how many times I have reread this interview (as well as Ted Turner’s); must have been a zillion times. Haha! But I love it!

If you’ve always thought poverty (the guy actually fed on fried rats at a time, can you believe that !!!) and racism are insurmountable challenges, then Quincy Jones will change your mind.

Please read and be blessed:

 Quincy Jones

(Quincy Jones was first interviewed by the Academy of Achievement on June 3, 1995 in Williamsburg, Virginia and again on October 28, 2000 in London, England. The following transcript draws on both interviews.)

You were born in Chicago. What was your life like when you were a child?

Quincy Jones: We were in the heart of the ghetto in Chicago during the Depression, and every block — it was probably the biggest black ghetto in America — every block — it also is the spawning ground probably for every gangster, black and white, in America too. So, we were around all of that. We saw that every day. There was a policeman named Two Gun Pete, a black policeman, who used to shoot teenagers in the back every weekend and everything happened there all the time. A gang on every street: the Vagabonds, the Giles HC, the Scorpions, and just on and on. In each gang they had the dukes and duchesses, junior and senior, which accommodated everybody in the neighborhood. That was the whole idea, for unity, really. Our biggest struggle every day was we were either running from gangs or with gangs. And it was just getting to school and back home. Because if your parents aren’t home all day, you know, it’s a notorious trek. I still have the medals here from the switchblade through my hand, pinned to a tree. I had an ice pick here in the temple one time. But, when you’re young, nothing harms you, nothing scares you or anything. You don’t know any better. And in the summertime — the schools were the roughest schools probably in America. I saw teachers getting hurt and maimed and everything every day, and it was everyday stuff.

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All Great Leaders Share One Common Message By Eric Worre

I couldn’t resist the temptation to share this insightful video. Sometimes it just takes one little bit of information to multiply your productivity. I think I found that kind of info in this video by Network Marketing & personal development guru, Eric Worre. Click on the image to watch the video


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Simon Sinek on “How great leaders inspire action in their followers”.

I am a ardent student of Youtube University. I guess you could describe youtube as a university because there is such a huge library of life-transforming information there. I’ve a learned a lot from their educational videos over time. I keep scanning through in search of new videos.

One day I stumbled on a TEDX video featuring Simon Sinek. He was talking about how great leaders inspire action in their followers, using Martin Luther King and the Apple Corporation as case studies. It was really a mind blowing experience. The statement that still stands out today in my head is “people don’t buy what you do, but why you do it”. Simon Sinek really knows what he is saying. And if we want to learn how to influence our followers better (positively of course) then this video will give us a better insight into the matter. He explains it all in the video below:

This will change your perspective about God

On one of my numerous mornings, I was pondering over life in a deep meditative state. My thoughts ran randomly on issues. I am not sure I had any particular focus, but somewhere in between the musing, my thoughts became streamlined.

I began to thing about all the things that give humans pleasure; sex, cocaine, alcohol, cars, luxurious living, food, technology, etc. I realized all these things were either created by the creator Himself or they were human creations inspired by a God-given intelligence. Wow! That simply mean that God was truly the source of all things. Really think about it and you’ll find out it’s true!

So here was my conclusion. If God is the end-source of all things that produce pleasure and excitement, it can’t be possible for Him to be boring. Can fresh water proceed out of a salt water spring? Impossible! You don’t need any great wisdom to know that a creation must reflect it’s creator; that the content must be consistent with it’s source.

So where did we grow up with the impression that God is boring? I dare say we got it from some religious experiences. Just because your religious experience is boring doesn’t mean that the God you are trying to reach out to is. It’s your religious ritual that is boring and not God. God is bigger than any religious experience.

Since we have now come to realize that God is exciting, I think it will be unwise to hold back our hearts from him. Let’s pursue Him with all we have to experience an absolutely exciting life, asking Jesus to show us the way to God’s heart!

You don’t want to miss out on the best, do you?

HELP ! I NEED HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Had to dig this one out of the archives. I know you will enjoy reading it: 

I remember when my dad returned from an overseas trip years ago, He just like any sensible father would, bought my siblings and i some books among other things. One of the books i’ll never forget is the one that had a story about a character called “Forgetful Joshua lane”.It was such an interesting tale that it made a huge impression on me.It’s only days ago that i began to learn my first lesson from that story. Amazing isnt it? Want to hear about the story? I’ll tell you.

“Forgetful Joshua Lane” was a story about a guy called Joshua Lane who had a serious memory problem.He was always late to work because he kept forgetting to get up early to catch the 7:AM train. So he decided to solve the problem by setting his alarm clock to ring one hour earlier,which would naturally give him enough time to prepare and get to the train station on time.

So the alarm goes off an hour earlier as scheduled and Joshua Lane rises from bed only to forget why he set the alarm. By the time he remembers why, he’s missed the train and late to work again.

Even more determined to solve his problem, Joshua Lane decides that this time he would tie a red ribbon on his thumb to remind him of the reason for the alarm.So the next morning the alarm rings on time,just as the day before. Joshua Lane rises from his slumber,looks at the ribbon on his thumb,hoping to recall the reason for the alarm, is clueless as to why he tied the ribbon on his thumb. As a result, he misses the train, and is late to work again.The tale ends leaving Joshua Lane in a desperate and helpless situation.

It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that Forgetful Joshua Lane needs to look for help outside of himself because he’s obviously not doing a very good job at self help.If i were Forgetful Joshua Lane, I’d scream…HELP! I NEED HELP!

Are you like Forgetful Joshua Lane? Forever doing your best and getting nowhere? Putting your best effort and having only repeated failures to show for it? Getting to your wits end when it comes to solving that never ending problem? Then you need to scream HELP! I NEED HELP! You need to be humble enough to admit that you lack the discipline, skills, knowledge or resolve to overcome that challenge.You need to ASK FOR HELP.Don’t keep banging your head against the wall and hoping things will get better.Ask God for help, ask your friends, ask your neighbour for help, ask your spouse, siblings, colleagues, your employees…..whoever.Just don’t continue the cycle of frustration.

That’s what Forgetful Joshua Lane should have done.

– Nigerian Philosopher