Success Is A Function Of Vision
What everyone becomes in life has its root in the type of he lives, the vision you have for yourself and more importantly how much of your positive character you are able to bring into the pursuit of your vision. That is why a notable poet says the child is the father of the man.
It is the vision you have of yourself in your prime that it will decide what you become later in life. It is very important for every youth to have a vision. Without it, one cannot achieve something worthwhile in one’s life. It is one thing to have a vision; it is another to achieve the objectives of it. Every one desirous of achieving his vision must brace up for the challenges. Remember, nothing comes easy, and there is no such thing as free lunch anywhere. I know this to be true and many other successful people know it too, even those who are born with a silver spoon.
Anything that tends to obstruct your vision and blur your perspective is an enemy of your vision. In addition, until you deal with the obstruction, your investment in that vision will not yield needed dividend. That is why the holy book talks about ‘cutting that part of you that poses danger to your achieving the kingdom of God’.
The first enemy of your vision is your character.
Thomas Hardy, the British novelist, once asserted that ‘character is fate’, which means your character determines your fate in life in life. You may ask ‘in what way does character determine my vision?’ The truth is that character is like a magnet. A genial, friendly and socially acceptable character with a broad mind may take you far. It will attract positive patronage to your vision, your aspiration and objectives.
Ernesto Che Guevara, an Argentine medical doctor, was an icon among millions of admirers globally. He was one of the most admired figures in history. He started out as a medical student in Latin America and according to his biographer, he was genial, strong willed, and exuded a charisma that attracted him to important people like Fidel Castro among others. Guevara was to play a prominent role in international politics. He was associated with revolutionary movements in many parts of the world. The moral of Guevara’s life was that his character was his fate. He did not allow enemies that kill visions to bury his own. Consider the case of Caligula, a Roman emperor who was so hated by his people for his character and cruelty that in the end, the nobility and the Roman people plotted his downfall.
The second enemy of vision is procrastination.
Procrastination is a thief of time. If you want to succeed in life, learn to shun vacillation and the art of putting off until tomorrow what you can do today. Becoming a friend of procrastination means rejection of the principle of ‘success at the speed now’. This principle demands immediate rather than postponed or suspended action.
Patrice Lumumba, the Marxist that was the first democratically elected prime minister of Democratic Republic of Congo was a classic example of the tragedy of vacillation. He appointed Joseph Desire who was later known as Mobutu Seseseko as army chief. He later suspected the loyalty of Seseseko, but kept postponing the decision. By the time he finally made up his mind to remove the commander, it was too late, as the latter had built his own influence within the military and the treacherous political class. In the end, he paid the supreme sacrifice for his procrastination.
Financial empowerment is desirable because it is a form of liberation. However, to achieve this, you must not postpone until tomorrow what you can do today. Invest your youth, skill, time, zeal, and energy on worthy endeavour.
The third enemy of your vision is the way you relate with those who have trodden the same path you are treading with a measure of success.
You must learn to study how others before you had done it. Socrates was a preeminent philosopher and the most popular of the ancient philosophers. One of his pupils in the Academy was Plato. Plato understudied Socrates for years and learnt from him the philosophical ideas from which he formulated his own independent theories. Today, aside Socrates, the most popular philosopher is Plato. You can do that also by emulating people who have succeeded in the field in which you operate. You may hate their guts, but see if within those things you hate lies their strength. You may have to make adjustments to suit your personal idiosyncrasies, beliefs or such others.
Again, take note that vision makes much demand on the visionary.
Therefore vision must be guarded jealously against poaching and sundry enemies. When you envision a certain idea, the first thing is to set about the way(s) to achieve it. You must take time to weigh your chances, what are the odds against the realization of the vision? What are the advantages that place you in good stead to realize the objectives of the vision?
Determination is also a factor.
You must know that tough times do not last but tough people do. If you want to achieve your vision, you must develop steely character. You must build your determination to confront storms and whirlwinds on the path of the realization of your vision. Success does not come easy. Nothing is unattainable; the most important thing is the combination of determination and understanding of the demands of your vision.
Always remember to utilize the principle of ‘Success at the Speed of Now’, which connotes doing it now rather than tomorrow. This way, you avoid the dangerous pitfalls of fear and procrastination. If you keep doing this, you must succeed.