By Lamide Adenuga
I was reminiscing on a question I was asked some few months ago, and this particular article peeped out of the window of that question. After delivering a talk in a place, an elderly man walked towards me, looking me right in the eye, he asked; “Son, what’s your place in history?” At that instant I didn’t know what exactly to say to him because I had never really thought about what my place was. But I simply told him; I want to play my part well, because I don’t want to be forgotten.
Today in our world, a lot of people are doing a lot of things; people wanting to survive, people wanting to succeed, and people wanting to build their own dream. Matter of fact, there are people surviving, people succeeding, and people building their own dream. Time is progressing. Often times, our collective dream is moving forward imperfectly. At other times, looking on our busy streets, I see us moving around chaotically. The test is whether we allow ourselves to be shaped by events and history, or whether we act to shape them.
We often talk about great men, we talk about men who found their place in history, we talk about men who stood out, and functioned effectively in their own capacity, and by their actions and deeds, they were able to put themselves in history, and they embossed their name on the hearts of men. We talk about the intellectual giant Sir Isaac Newton, whose record of achievement stands out like a light house in the dark. Nelson Mandela is a legend who will be remembered for years and decades to come, even by generations yet to be born. We talk about Martin Luther King Jr., we talk about Obafemi Awolowo, William Shakespeare, Ludwig Van Beethoven.
In recent times, everyone still talks about Barrack Obama, he is a guy who has redefined hope and has brought it to real life by becoming the first African American president of the United States. We’ve talked so much about them; I think it’s time we become like them. We need to have the spirit, the zeal, and the commitment they had to what they believed in. We need to find out and operate in our own strength and uniqueness, with a renewed sense of purpose and willpower, and we need to stick to it all the way.
A lot of people have come and gone, a whole lot more of us are still around, and that means you still have the opportunity to do something worthwhile and leave your imprints on the sands of time. You have gas streaming in and out of your nostrils; you have your mind functioning appropriately, what I’m saying is; you still have God’s gift of life. What are you going to do with it? Somebody died last night gasping for breath, but here you are, God woke you up this morning, started you out on your way. You are alive not to count the moments that make up your life, but rather to make your moments count. Every day when I wake up, and I find out that I’m still breathing; I see it as an opportunity to go farther.
I mentioned earlier that I don’t want to be forgotten. A more important question I asked afterwards was; what will I be remembered for? This is the question we all need to ask ourselves. For some folks, it might be scary. For some others, it might be the beginning of self discovery, and the pathway to personal freedom. But either this way or that way, today you have a chance to decide what your place will be in history. This question of our place in history must be answered, not for us, but BY us.
Lamide Adenuga is an author and an International Conference Speaker who believes that the right mentality can power anyone to success; an ideas man who is out to transform people and places he comes in contact with.
He is a Business Development Consultant/Business Management Consultant, a well sought out for motivational and inspirational Speaker, and a Business Coach to entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners and business starters. He is also an Angel of strategy and organization and has featured on Radio and Television shows severally.
Lamide is a Public Relations Specialist and has written articles in various newspapers, journals and magazines. He is a Personal Effectiveness columnist in OVATION International Magazine. He is also a Television host with his Motivational telecast, “MAKING THINGS HAPPEN” on WAP TV.
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