Why did he make that choice?
Graham Agbo has just completed National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abuja and was ripe for the Labour Market. All that they had said during SAED has now come as reality before his very eye. He took the certificate he got illegally from the SAED Official and shook his head. He reminisced all that happened that day… how he heard he can’t get his NYSC Certificate if he don’t obtain the certificate from SAED for learning a skill. He remembered vividly how he took the N4, 000 from his camouflage bag and handed it over to Mr. Andrew Okpe to get a ‘quick certificate’ he didn’t labour for.
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives- choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” Aristotle said.
Life is never a chance; if it was, then I will have no Mango tree in my backyard. Life presents itself with lot of options. It’s either you are running with this option or you are running with the other. There is never a time where Vacuum exists except in my dictionary. Life is like Colors… you can’t say ‘I picked white and red’ because you indirectly picked Pink. We are all called but we are not sent to same direction.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is never a thing to be waited for, and it will never be a thing to just dream of. Graham Agbo had a degree in computer Science but it was his choice to storm the tech industry or the banking sector. He had always dream of working in the product development team of either Google or Facebook. But he was ignorant of the fact that Destiny is never only a destination but a journey. Life unveils its nakedness in part and until you catch a glimpse, you will get lost in the practical aspect of it and its functionality.
I understood in my High school days that there is a space between Yes and No. I understood that the space involves a lifetime, and a path. It would have been better if one could adjust the creator’s Pendulum hanged in the Life Library; it would have been a perfect car race game if we could write a script to create a program to give acceleration to the reverse pedal. Sorry, it was never so from the beginning and it will not be in your own time. Choice will take you to where you desire if you will take responsibility and face the consequences of your actions. It is your choice to let school face through you or you pass through school.
The kind of Choice you make determines the atmosphere and speed in which you will make your movement. Some can make you either soar like Eagle, Run like Leopard or walk like snail. I discovered in my short year of existence that Choice is what distinguishes a Leader from a Follower in a short period of Time. Let’s take a case study of Nigeria and Singapore. Nigeria got her independence in 1960 from British Government while Singapore got her independence from Malaysian Government after being expelled in 1965. It was a choice on the part of the leaders of these nations to either plant or hunt this new field into a ranch or a desert. But the Lee Kuan Yew led government decided to plant good crops and add beauty to a chattered and less-feed nation, turning her per capita income from $500 to $55,000 after 50years of existence. It was recorded that Mr. Lee Kuan Yew understood the power of Choice , and that lead him to pick Dr. Goh Keng Swee, the architect of Singapore’s economic Miracle, and Mr. S. Rajaratnam, Singapore’s Philosopher par excellence to change the course of their nation. Whereas in Nigeria, We have not experienced a visionary leader with a Master plan for TRUE Nation Building other than Politician with the thought of FIXING things in aspiration for another election. It is all based on choice; it fuels men and women to draw out ideology to guide their actions. It was recorded that this exceptional team in Singapore implemented three policies: Meritocracy, Pragmatics and Honesty which drive both the leaders and their people in experience an interesting journey of Development and Fulfillment for all.
I will conclude on this note, you have a choice. Live or Die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. Every time you didn’t surf the internet is a choice. Every time you say I want to sleep a little is a choice. Now stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.