Date: 25th of January, 2016.
Theme: TAKING CHARGE OF THE FUTURE
Topic: Are you MAD with TIME? (Part 3)
Top of the morning to you!
As we put paid to the series on MAKING A DIFFERENCE with your TIME today, a fallacy of hasty conclusion would have been committed if these two injunctions are overlooked. It is also important to highlight however that the 5 charges aren’t the only ways we can be MAD with TIME, they are just part of a select few that have been proven to work.
The first charge for this new day is:
● Read books
In an ever-evolving world constantly dubbed the “information age”, isn’t it appalling the average Nigerian doesn’t seem to bat an eyelid when the opportunity to accrue such information of relevance is presented even at no cost?
This is unpleasantly amazing! It is an obvious state of deviation and aberration from normalcy. It has to be corrected. If indeed you have your sights set on the FUTURE, refuse to be a patient of the above syndrome and join several other goal-oriented people to chase knowledge and information.
How quick “Readers are Leaders” have become a cliche doesn’t really do justice to the depth of meaning the statement conveys. The needed information for any individual to trigger a desired change is locked up somewhere in the pages of some book. Little wonder people who set their sights high have a target of number of books to read in a particular year.
It helps, you can start it too!
What if you decide to complete a book every quarter of a year, and you dedicate 30 minutes of your time to read chapters daily. At the end of two years even with a string budget of time, you would have completed eight books. Not bad for a starter. You will definitely be better for it, in knowledge, conversation or writing.
And the other charge is:
● Teach others what you know
Ever wanted to retain what you’ve just read in a book or learnt in a visual? Then teach somebody. It is termed learning by teaching. It sticks faster than having to pick up that book again to read. Imbibe the habit of speaking to the very next person around about what you learnt recently. Never mind whether the person is in a position to understand at the moment or not. Put at the back of your mind that information shared with the person today could be a vital turning point tomorrow. Use your knowledge to serve others. Savour every moment.
So just pour, pour and pour.
On a final note. TIME lost can never be recouped. To know the value of 1 second, ask Iker Casillas who arrives late to keep out Lionel Messi’s free kick. To know the value of 1 minute, ask the ambulance driver who gets held up by the traffic light. To know the value of 1 year, ask a student who failed his final exams due to lack of preparation.
Maximize your time while you may doing something profitable for the good of yourself and benefit of mankind. Stay true to yourself, making a difference and attaining the FUTURE isn’t going to be that far away.
“No work is insignificant. All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Ruminate on these things.
To your success,
OKEYALE, Azeez Akorede.