Since every youth feels eligible to run for President or Governor come 2019. Can I at least share this with you as something you may never learn in any political college or Business school.
Right from my tender age I never felt it was right for me to make demands from anyone. There’s no such grounds to feel entitled to anything (thanks to my stern mum). I’m the type that really don’t appreciate listening to the tale of how my paternal ancestors made it to relevance from the Stone Age, just because I asked for something however entitled.
So fast forward to now, people who you make demands from for personal issues even where you’ve been making deposits in cash or kind will have a hold on you. Such people will never speak well of you or recommend you for anything, were it is in their power except in cases where they deem you fit as a doppelgänger (puppet, stooge or effigy).
You will be loved, respected, appreciated and cherished if you keep your relationships (business & personal) highly professional while keeping your essence. You may want to know what others think when your name is mentioned, enough to know what you mean to them (family inclusive). Someone once said friendship lasts longer only if none of the parties ask to borrow money.
When you owe no man nothing, but what you genuinely represent to them, (service, love, sincerity, credibility etc) you have no need to cringe or mince words while speaking to them and they would forever love to recommend or support your future endeavors. The down sides may however be reduced to the loss of your attention to their cause should you rise above your present position in awareness of your God ordained journey in life.
Stop asking for help where you can as well and be patient enough to trust that God is with you. There’s no short cut in life. No man can elevate you without repercussion or strings attached. Let God raise you at the ordained time and you’ll be free indeed.
This is the root of corruption in our society, the politicians themselves are under immeasurable pressure to pay back favors to those who’s been there for them in their tribulation and sometimes the debt is daunting enough to make you steal. Not to mention the pressure from society feeling entitled simply because you grew up there, worship in the same church or mosque, peers, colleagues in school, families with children who needs employment etc…
Think about it, how can I even speak freely today if I’m under the remote of some folks who feel I owe my existence to them? You are important to this Nation and before you manifest, drop those attitudes that need not come with you to that future. What you don’t have for now, you don’t need.
For your voice to penetrate the noisy communication platforms out there, you must have credibility, character, clarity, competence and capability. Your signal to noise ratio must be distinct without any form of weakness that may be the window through which you can be drowned. No one wins in a sprint while shackled to dead weights of demands and dependency.
In a society that condemns people with deep conviction and incriminate you for your scrupulous intellectual honesty, you can either swim or drown but I assure you it’s going to keep raining. This is the definition of Life, it doesn’t get any easier, you get Stronger.
There’s nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself. Know yourself and conquer you…the world will cease to be a problem.
“He who devotes himself to service with a clear conscience, will day by day obtain the necessity for it in greater measure, and will continually grow richer in faith. The path of service can hardly be trodden by one who is not prepared to renounce self-interest, and to recognize the conditions of his birth. Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make not only for our own happiness but that of the world at large.”
Power has been noted by many scholars in the parlance of Philiosophy to attract the corruptible. It is best we suspect any who seek it without tangible cum verifiable influence or impact on our collective society.