Sunday, April 10, 2011

SMALL STEPS (Guest Writer)

By: Joy Ekeledo (Guest Writer)
It is a popular saying that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a step. This saying has become so popular that even a primary school pupil is familiar with it. Despite its popularity, most people tend to shove this aside and carry on in life through cuts and corners.
The urge to acquire riches, fame and the likes of them is on the increase in the young people of today so much that some do not care whose ox is gored, others do not care who is eliminated on their to stardom. The bottom line remains that they get what want.
Undoubtedly, it is a hard truth to know that the first step is the hardest to take and that alone spells the reason why people give excuses on their failure to do things, because it is hard to overcome their inertia, excuses will not seize springing up, so stop giving excuses and start doing something worthwhile because time they say waits for no man.
Dare to begin because nothing great can be achieved except when you must have put that little by little efforts. Most people that have made it in life passed through one rigorous process or the other. Some might have not believed in their ability but because mother idea would always conceive something great, they are a success today.
People who think that they are too big to do little things are perhaps too little to be asked to do big things. You will never do great things if you can’t do small things in a great way because in the face of doing those little things, the road becomes wider and your journey to greatness begins. All difficult things have their beginning in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
Successful leaders have the courage to take action even the smallest things around them. The courage to begin is the same courage it takes to succeed. That courage separates dreamers from achievers. You may be disappointed if you fail but the truth is, you are doomed if u don’t try your hands at it.
One of the major differences between people who have momentum and those that do not have is that those that have pay attention to their small ideas and opportunities. The beginning is the most important part of any endeavor. The man that is afraid to begin is perhaps the worst quitter.
The grave yard is mostly regarded as the richest place in the world not because the richest men are buried there but for the fact that the greatest ideas that could have transformed the world are buried there without their impact felt. Never decide to do nothing just because you can only do a little.
Cutting corners does not pay in the long run. The after effect would always leave you with a bitter experience so brace up and act those ideas by taking a step that would turn you around for good.
Joy Ekeledo, is a student of the Nigerian Institute of journalism (NIJ) Lagos.

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