Have you ever wondered why some celebrities get rocked with scandals they never recover from? Or why some just simply take a long walk to obscurity after huge expectations? Or why do some promising young football stars never live up to the promise?
Apart from the fact that some are more hyped than talented, life is a chronology. Skipping one stage has a huge impact on the performance in the next. He who skips the rehearsal will miss a step before the audience.
He who skips the rehearsal will miss a step before the audience.
One common denominator for humans is the hunger for success, in whatever form. Be it CEO of a Fortune 500 company, graduating from University, having millions in savings, being able to afford the next meal, becoming a landlord, getting paid every month, being your own boss… We all define success with divergent metrics.
When I read the Paddy Adenuga’s article of how he, at 29, almost acquired Chevron Netherlands, all I saw, which was one of the things that inspired this article, was a young man who had used the opportunities he had early in life as learning platforms; a young man who leveraged his vantage to acquire the requisite skills, knowledge and experience while handling the businesses entrusted to him. His business acumen and shrewdness in the uncommon privilege he had early in life prepared him for such a lofty goal as acquiring Chevron Netherlands at 29, to the extent that even though he lost, it has been counted unto him as a win.
When David faced Goliath, he was not a novice. His CV was not blank. In his experience column, he had:
” In my day to day employment at Jesse & Sons’ Farms, while keeping my employer’s sheep, whenever a lion or bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. If it ever turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.”
No employer was going to see that and ignore, not even King Saul.
That was enough for his confidence and enough to impress Saul, who gave David his own royal tunic after conducting a hurried job interview for him.
Unfortunately today, we have people who desire stardom but wish to get there at the speed of light. Being in the jet and information age will not jet a man to success without learning the ropes.
There is a need for patience in the process of desiring and working toward stardom. Take your time in learning and development. You need to acquire the requisite tenacity and experience for some levels in life.
Build the capacity for your desired place. If you skip the learning stage, you will end up as a disaster in a place that may be rightfully yours.
When you dream, be patient enough to develop the capacity and capability to handle the dream when it comes to fruition.
Not all who desire stardom can handle it. There are platforms a 25-year old will step onto and handle with poise, grace and confidence. If a 35-year old gets to the same platform, he or she will cringe and crumble. It is not a function of age but the capability to function at such a level.
Like the celebrity whose undoing is the fame he never prepared for; like the football star who could not shine beyond a night, one thing is instructive: you cannot give what you do not have. But you can have what is yours if you give yourself to patience, purpose and practice.
The prospect of stardom without the requisite capability is a promise of failure.