By Mitchell Aghatise
In a recent interview, Gbenga Oyebode MFR said that while growing up, many people said he was in a hurry in how he set about his goals. Between the ages of 20-35, he finished law school, had worked in New York and Houston, got married and he set up a law firm, today he is the managing partner of one of the eminent Nigerian law firms and also, he is on the board of MTN Nigeria and Access Bank of Nigeria, however I took something from his life and we are going to examine this together today.
Before we continue, I feel it’s in order to congratulate us all on being alive to see a new year? This begs the question however, what really is new, have we left old habits behind are we ready to actually seize these days and pursue our dreams?
A lot of us (yes that includes me) always say, tomorrow I would set my plans in motion, next year I will start studying for that degree, next month I will have my company registered, next week I will get a plan to dazzle the market, tomorrow I will get in contact with the relevant people and one of the most common indeed is in five minutes I will get out of bed! But as is most times the case, when we get to those points in the future there is always the urge to still push it forward! If we all lived in the utopia that our minds have created in the future, then indeed the world will be a better place, but that is not the reality and that future has not been built, I dare to say it will never be built unless we seize today, seize every passing minute to work towards it, because indeed there is hardly anything we can do about tomorrow, but there is everything you can do about today
So back to our example at the start, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode will not be where he is today if not for the will to seize his own day, indeed if the obverse was the case, maybe he would have come into 2013 saying by February I would go and get my law degree, but that would have been a terrible conclusion because that would have been an unacceptably late delivery on those dreams! And although it’s said at times that the greatest thing is a dream whose time has come! I contend that the most frustrating thing is a dream or an idea whose time has passed… My question to you, will you seize the opportunity when it presents itself?
Mitchell Aghatise|| is passionate about politics and people advancement especially in his home country of Nigeria, he is presently the president of Elevation Networks Leicester.
Mitchell Aghatise believes very much in the latin maxim ‘carpe diem’ and is of the opinion that If you don’t seize every day, then you are the architect of your own misfortunes. He enjoys creative writing and has a poetry blog do get in touch on twitter @mr_mitch_a.