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It’s been a while I have been brooding on this topic, and I do not mean to personally attack anybody or any profession. What you are about to read may upset you, it may also set you free and motivate you. I have learnt however that life is made up of what we choose. Many students often attend the same class and get different grades, it’s not because the teacher  taught them different things, it’s because of the choices they made. Usually, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

These three, Bankers, Ticketing Agents and Sewing Machines have one stricking similarity. I know because I have been around many bankers and have a good number as friends,  I have also worked with an airline and even drawn up job descriptions for ticketing agents. I also grew up watching my mum use a sewing machine. Their point of similarity is a sobering reality. A reality that every one of you reading this mail must make it a point of duty to break away from. It must be your prayer point, a strong desire, infact a burning passion never to share this trait with any of these icons.

The sewing machine sews clothes for the whole world, while itself is naked! The Ticketing Agent prints tickets for all to fly around the world, while he/she remains grounded. The banker also, unfortunately banks money for people not as intelligent as her, but lives from paycheck to paycheck with nothing in the bank!

Does it not sound ironic to you, that the one that ought to be the pipe through which all the water flows does not get wet? Isn’t it absurd, that the sewing machine is naked? That the Ticketing Agent has no ticket of her own, and that the banker simply doesn’t have much to bank? My sincere prayer for you as you read this, is that your story will not be like the proverbial sewing machine, the ticketing agent or the banker! Familiarity will not rob you of your blessings, proximity will not deny you of your reward! May you get the wisdom required not to starve in the midst of plenty nor to thirst in the sea of abundance.

Here are a key thoughts you must never allow to rob you of your full potentials.

1. A Full Cup

“Some people be acting like they know it all” – 2 Face Idibia

If you think you know a lot, or know it all, and use that as a basis to determine what you allow yourself to listen to, mark my words and read my lips – “you will be the last mover in a growing economic trend, and you will lose out big time!” It is the saying of the wise that pride goes before a fall, it sure does. If your cup is full, you cannot take in new knowledge, you can’t understand new perspectives. One of the first things you are likely to think even reading this is, “this is not for me, I know someone that it applies to”. Sincerely? Shut up and pay attention. Things are not as they seem, conventional knowledge is being stood on it’s head. What you have always believed might no longer be true. The frame with which you see the world may be tinted. Don’t jump into conclusions based on your limited experience. Empty your cup! Your office is not the universe! No matter how bright your boss is, there are brighter people out there in the bigger world. The standard practice in your work does not govern the world. It is important for your employer to make you think you are smart so you can deliver your best, your intelligence must radiate beyond the scope of your managers commendation. This is the way it I  have always done it is no excuse for not trying out a different way. The only things that should be none negotiable are value positions. For knowledge and all else, empty your cup regularly!

2. Giving Up!

“Perseverance is failing 19times and succeeding on the 20th” – Julie Andrews

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other”- Walter Elliot

“Without perservance, talent is a barren bed” – Welsh Proverb

There is so much that has been said over time about perseverance. I don’t still get if people actually understand it.  Talent by itself does not qualify anyone for success! There is no other skill or attitude that can take the place of perseverance. It’s the key to the final door that leads to success, fortune or fame! It’s the element that tips the fragile balance between obscurity and celebrity! The worlds celebrated are not the worlds best, they are the people who refuse to give up! Sometimes I feel like giving people bridles for their mouth when they quote Thomas Edison, we talk about him and celebrate him, yet if he was in our generation we would have rated him closer to an idiot than a genius. With over 1000 patents to his name, this man put his footprints in the stones of time, not by genius, not by skill, but by perseverance.  One element of his guiding philosophy can be seen in one statement he once made – Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.  It’s so easy for intellectuals to give up, we quickly rationalize and agree it doesn’t work. In fact it’s bright people with many options that are most likely to give up, optionless people will keep trying. If you look at the music industry and check out the celebrities and their stories, what you will find is people who kept going and going because they murdered their options. People fail less than 10 times at anything and they give up! No wonder we are surrounded with failures!

3. No Faith in their Dreams!

“Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see” – Mohammed Ali

It’s quite touching and pityful to watch a rat running on one spot on a rotating wheel. It’s like a man running on a threadmill only this time around, there is no end – the wheel keeps moving and the rat keeps running. It’s all on one spot, making lot of action, but no real progress. It’s very sorrowful for the rat, and much more sorrowful for the human being who exists in this frame of reference. We can say the rat has no choice, but for a human being – the person must be daft or like a mentor says – he’s a moron! If your life is largely – Wake up, go to work, come back home, sleep and go to work you are a perfect match!

Why on earth will a human being with a purpose and a dream live like a rat in a revolving wheel? Why will one whole month pass, without a human being paying attention to her dream or the things that really truly matter to him or her? Can you explain that? Everytime I play cashflow 101, I simply watch people and a point always rings home – People who are in the rat race, who are still encumbered with making a salary and trying to be free, never think about their dreams. Dreams are for free people! While you are not yet literally free however, it takes faith in your dreams, a strong belief that you are meant to be relevant, and unwavering conciousness of your responsibility to the world, to break free! Do you have a dream? Do you have Faith? Or are you satisfied with living your life on the threadmill of motion without progress?

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  1. Thank you very much Deolu.. You have succeeded in talking to me and i grab it. Leaving things to the hands of chance makes me have no chance….. hmmm Great. God Bless You.


    This is HOT!  I can’t say anymore……Just too HOT!!!

  3. It is awesome God bless you… I will read over and again…

  4. Nice one Deolu. And very apt too. We do need to wake up!

  5. I am definitely not satisfied!! So I have done something about it. Profound

  6. These are just about the same words my husband spoke to me this morning as i was leaving the house for the drudgery – so called bank job. I went all quiet and he thought he had hurt my feelings but not quite – you know how our people says truth is bitter. As i was about to enter my office complex, a driver who is fond of me als odrew me aside and said that i should leave the job, he was even apologising if he had intruded – not knowing God was using him to drive a point home. Now this, i logged in and saw your post on twitter – I thank God for men like you and my sweetheart who will not spare the rod and spoil us. I will follow up on my dreams and won’t let go. Thank you Deolu, for the rebuke, it iswell taken.

  7. Please open a counselling that we can come to. Many are trapped and just can’t see the horizon. We need to be ginjered well well. Kai!

  8. I have tee-shirt that says "Talent is Not Enough" and I wear it to remind myself that I need to have more than showing off my skills to better my person. You're absolutely correct about the analogies especially that of the bankers – been there, done that. It's so strange but so true that bankers live from pay check to pay check – maybe our economy sort of spoils them with an unwitting assurance, but the truth is many also have developed unsustainable lifestyles. The ticketing agents on the other hand do enjoy some privileges – I know of a dude who travelled at least annually and was a staff of a ticket agency – all he did was to include his passport in group travel applications (at embassies). The sewing machine was the most apt of all the analogies – it struck me the most and I have a vivid picture of a sewing machine in my head as I type.

  9. You are too much Deolu, this is naked truth. I agree with you absolutely. Indeed it is a hard saying but thank God you have no fear to write the truth. There is nothing like owning your life, have financial freedom and then living your dreams. Just about a year after taking so much wisdom and strenght reading from this blog, i took the most challenging decision to quit the so called Job and follow my desire to freedom, whao.. it’s been exciting, i have so far doubled my previous monthly income, have more time for the things of God and my family, experience less stress and then looking ahead in the next few months, i can multiply my income by 20 with ease…..whao. The most fulfilling part of this journey is that it affords me the priviledge to be a blessing to so many people by sharing the knowledge of what i do and how they can do the same too and enjoy freedom.

    To anyone who is still afraid and hesitating, you have to conquer your fears now, excuse your excuses, seek wisdom if need be, listen to the right words, set your plans for the right reasons, make friends with people who have taken similar decision and succeeding, i tell you courage will come for you. Be humble enough to learn new things, be dynamic in your approach, you will definitely succeed beyond your imagination.

  10. This is indeed a wake up call to all , the unemployed, those  stranded on the job and also the upwardly mobile ones…….there is no magic to achieving this …..the most important thing is to realize what you are cut out for and then apply the key thoughts above………Bros Deolu has really done justice to what most employees are afraid of doing these days ….especially the Bankers.

  11. What a great mail!sincerely speaking am not satisfied and pronto i have done something about it,but honestly,there are a lot of pple out there who doesnt know what to do so i suggest you open up a consulting firm to administer to others

  12. Hmmnnnnnnnnnnnn………….this is so hot and timely;it couldn't have come at a better time.I doff my hat 4dis wisdom!

  13. Lovely piece. Pierced my heart like a bullet.

  14. Tuched my heart like a bullet

  15. Truth in all it’s essence.

    Truth is heavy, few men carry it.

    He that has hears, let him read and hear what the spirit is saying through Mr. ADeolu Akiyemi

  16. Yeah more ENCOURAGEMENT for me…was also just reminding myself that Courage and Persistence are the essentials…

  17. Hmm…..veery apt! Anyone who reads this and doesn't act is under the influence of "remote control" from the village 🙂 We need to be able to handle the truth and take the those steps that will make us free indeed to carry out our lives' purpose and never seek to please others.

    Dee, may God increase you in wisdom as you bless others. Am proud of you!

  18. Thank you deolu, the Monkey Tale was hilarious but the moral was learnt of course.

  19. @ Peter…

    Your fire is contagious… I’m proud of you and excited at how you are doing as well. I respect!

    @ Topsie, thanks.. 😉

    @ All… I think I’m gradually finding my calling oh…lol

  20. As always, very thought-provoking and requiring ACTION. It baffles me when my banker brother and friends say they are broke. Now, I understand beta. Like you rightly said, Dreams are for free people! Until there’s a radical shift in our minds and a coincise effort to pursue our true potentials, I’m afraid many will remain in the rat race, no matter how lucrative their jobs sound. For me, I’ve decided to take the full plunge and pursue my dreams (while it is still day; lol). Thanks Deolu

  21. Deolu i will continue to bless God, and pray he never lets his lite stop shining on you. you are an inspiration.

  22. Pastor D,
    this is an outstanding article. The truth of the matter is that many bankers don’t have a goal, they do not know when to call it quit. I work in one and with what i’m seeing, many will never get out of this rat race. I pray that he who read this article gain understanding.

  23. Chairman, this is very direct and frank talk coming at the right time. Only people who are not honest to themselves would dispute what you have just said. All of us currently invoved in the rat race and self deceit should wake up to the reality. Thanks Chairman.

  24. “the person must be daft or like a mentor says – he’s a moron! If your life is largely – Wake up, go to work, come back home, sleep and go to work you are a perfect match!” ….. this hits like a bullet

    “Familiarity will not rob you of your blessings, proximity will not deny you of your reward! May you get the wisdom required not to starve in the midst of plenty nor to thirst in the sea of abundance” ……I say a very big AMEN to this.
    Thank you

  25. Thanks bro Deolu, this is the word 4 2day,i had 2 read it 3ce and listen to it 1ce. Yes i av a dream, it’s time 2 get startd. thank u sir.

  26. Gbam! Tell them, I mean us. Truth is indeed bitter but it has to be told. It is difficult to quit a job or rather to retire but the truth is that if you cannot work for life. If you don’t retire now, you will be retired someday. One can however test the deptth of the rivers of entrepreneurship when he/she is still gainfully employed. Network with people. You cannot do it alone. It was fun at the last awards night of Holidays and Cash. It was fun meeting the Pat Utomis, Deolu Akinyemis and so many others. The secret is networking. Won’t you rather join us at Holidaysandcash.com/onyemerekwe

  27. Truth talk! Like a conductor that calls out to passengers and calls their stop without getting to his destination.May God help us to read and take positive ACTIONS! My Prophet i hail, may i not be any of the three in the sense you have written it here!lol

  28. “Перенесу этот пост к себе в блог, с позволения автора конечно”

  29. this what i call word for the people thank u.

  30. Dear Brother, Thanks a bunch for your word never cease to inspire my thoughts. I pray that God give us the courage to face this obvious truth and live it. Thank you once again and remain bless. Shalom

  31. Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.

  32. Hi Deolu,
    the problem about life is not in how you live it but how u decide to end it. I am a banker and i have seen the peril of being one but each day i say to my self that whatever comes out of this Job is my lot. not My employer who gave me the Job not my line manager, not the traffic experience and sleeplessness groove. Every banker knows without doubt that life as a banker is exactly like a naked sewing machine as you have described but beyond being naked the fear of the unknown drives one crazy. but the solution is not far reach: take a stand and be accountable for it!

  33. Hmmmm,
    Thanks Deolu.

  34. I can’t believe I am seeing this pretty late. All the same Deolu, thanks for this GREAT wisdom you have shared in this post. I couldn’t resist sharing it with my friends. God bless you and will continue to increase you in wisdom.

    You are TRULY a Role Model


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