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Actions are like wheels, they move us. Once taken the effects cannot be calculated accurately immediately. Inaction also has a proportionate effect as action, only that it is retrogressive while action is progressive. Action comes in two shades: positive action and negative action. Both of them have overwhelming consequences upon life. Positive action helps you realize your dreams and makes you who you want to be in life. Negative action throws you off course, derails you and leaves you with sorrows and regrets later in life. In this article we will focus on positive action – those decisions and risks people take to see their dreams come alive.

Dreams are pulsating and energizing particularly after you have conceived them. People excitedly talk about their dreams and visions a lot after their conception. They would share their dreams with whoever will listen to them. But have you noticed that a few months down the line the dreams are still just ideas written on papers. And sadly, a great percentage of the ideas people conceive never materialize beyond the paper stage. Some don’t even get as far as the paper stage; they remain and die as thoughts in the mind. They are hardly given life by acting on them. Yet the mind is the fountain of all creations. Nothing has ever been created or invented that did not first exist as a thought in the mind.

Just a little above twenty per cent of the people on earth actually make meaningful contributions to human existence on this planet. These twenty per cent are those who do just more than dream dreams. They push barriers, challenge status quo; they go against popular opinions and ask questions others would rather not ask. They live by the Latin aphorism carpe diem – seize the day! How about the eighty per cent? Answer: they are spectators! They are consumers! They are those who have convinced themselves that they have good enough reasons to fail in life. They are those whose speeches are filled with so much negativity that they can’t think possibilities. They are too afraid to act on their dreams. They look for the easy way out of life. They are the world’s best critics. They find so much fault with everything in life that they think of themselves inadequate and incapable of taking on any task challenging in the least bit.

 The twenty per cent are not afraid of failing. I have seen people with great ideas who waited for their ideas to reach perfection before putting them to action, until; sadly they died or lost interest in the ideas.  Some waited too long until some others got a whiff of the same idea, acted on them, only for the world to celebrate them as geniuses. The twenty per cent start companies, make amazing inventions, produce amazing songs and carry out life transforming researches. They refuse to let fear rob them of their dreams. The following were once ideas, dreams or visions written on pieces of papers. Today they have been given life through action, and a great many people have benefited from them that many amongst us cannot remember what life was without them. Here they are: Facebook, the internet, mobile phone, refrigerator, air conditioner, goggle search engine, automobiles, Microsoft windows, Viagra, etc. Dreams come true. Yes they do!

Action is that principle in life that takes a man into his dream and makes it his reality. It is so powerful and essential that no other principle can compensate for it. Not even Faith! Action perfects faith and brings its unseen realities into materiality. Action gives faith expression! Action is that element of life that takes you from where you are to either where you desire to be or to where you loath to be. If you paused for a moment and thought on that, you would have realized that your present state is the sum total of all the decisions you have made or chose not to make from the time you could say dada. Actions are like wheels, they move you.

So many years ago, it should be well over sixteen years now, a young football talent sort of dropped out of the blue. Many people whom he impressed wanted to know his story. It turned out this young man had a good job with a leading bank in Nigeria. However he wasn’t satisfied with that. He strongly felt there was more to him. He believed he could play football, but he had a job. A job everyone wanted. And one day after being sick of the job and watching his talent rot, he resigned and went back to playing street football. It was crazy, people laughed at him and family members cursed him. At some point he felt he had made a terrible mistake. He had no local club to play for or any means to get to Europe; he had left his well-paying job on the gut feeling that he was meant to be a footballer and not a banker. Eventually a local club spotted him playing on the street and offered him a contract. While he played for this local club he was invited for trials in Turkey. He got the contract in Turkey and went on to win a few awards in Turkey, got invited to the National to play for Nigeria under Bonfere Joe. Playing football this young man made much money than he would have counting money and paying cheques in banks all his life. I hear today he lives in Jos and flies around the globe doing businesses.  His name is Patrick Paschal Onya.

If you choose not to write that book, it will never be written, if you choose not to start that business, it will never be started, if you choose not to write that song, it will never be written and the world will never hear it. If you choose not to sing and let your sonorous voice be heard, no one will know you had it and the talent will go to the grave with you unfulfilled. If you choose not to do that which you alone know you can do, it will benefit no one and you the least. If you choose to do nothing about becoming that doctor you have for so long dreamt to be, you will never be a doctor. So when are you going to start living? Most of us have ourselves as our most heinous enemies; we talk ourselves down long before any other person gets the chance to. We sample people’s opinions and if we don’t fit into them, we dump ourselves into the nearest thrash bag and go weeping.

Jack Ma, founder of and China’s richest man said people tried to talk him out of starting which is now China’s largest venture capital firm. They actually told him it won’t work. It worked and today he is China’s foremost billionaire. This man, Jack Ma, was rejected from thirty (30) jobs including KFC before becoming China’s richest man. His e-commerce company, Alibaba, attracts a hundred (100) million shoppers a day. Ma is worth an estimated 20.4 billion US Dollars. Walt Disney was told by his board of directors that his ideas were grotesque, impossible, foolish and unrealistic. Walt Disney went on with his ideas and pursued them in spite of obstacles, and today Walt Disney is a multi-billion Dollar global conglomerate. When Walt Disney opened Disneyland on July 17, 1955, he created a unique destination built around storytelling and immersive experiences in family entertainment. More than 55 years later Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has grown into one of the world’s leading providers of family travel and leisure experiences and attracting millions of guests from all over the world each year. Chimamanda Adichie had her naysayers, who thought she was merely a copycat, and would get nowhere with her writings; today she is celebrated the world over. The difference between the twenty per cent and the eighty per cent is that the twenty per cent don’t just talk, they don’t just dream, they do! I am convinced that if a thorough search was made in the minds of the men and women who die poor daily, greater ideas would be found amongst them than those the twenty per cent have given the world.

There are two kinds of people on earth, those who make their dreams happen and those who work for those who make their dreams happen. On which divide are you? The power of doing (action) lies in bringing into reality opportunities you never thought were possible. A woman many years ago began mixing a secret formula in her kitchen, started her business in a tiny store in Dallas; and much later that action morphed into Mary Kay cosmetics, a multi-national beauty care company. The woman is Mary Kay Ash. Many years ago a young man began fixing broken laptops and PCs for people and turned his father’s back yard into his business office and today that effort has given birth to Dell Computers. The young man was Michael Dell. The power of action (doing) took a young man without formal education and made him the owner of a onetime 4th largest computer making company in the world – Blue Gate Computers. He started from his apartment and turned some agberos like himself into computer nerds. There are opportunities that you can’t imagine right now which will come from people you haven’t heard of, if you will commit your dreams to action.

I had the privilege to spend some time with Waje, J Martins, The Bracket, Wizbouy and Flavour when their music careers were still fledgling back in the eastern part of Nigeria. Believe me when I say this, it didn’t look like they were going anywhere with their careers; but look at them now. They chose to do. They chose to take actions about their dreams, and when they did, opportunities sort of dropped out of the skies. Yes there were some tough moments, but they held on. Tuface Idibia and his friends back at Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) believed they had talent, so they pursued it. But they were broke and could not pay to produce their demo. However they found a man to do it for free for them and with that they got a contract. They believed and they took action and their action gave birth to Plantashion boyz and Plantashion boyz gave Nigeria and Africa Tuface Ididbia (2Baba).

If you don’t do anything about your dreams, ideas and visions today; you will sit before your TV tomorrow to watch those who did. You will live in neighbourhoods you should have no business living in and fight for seat on commercial buses you should have no business getting on. I remember Funke Akindele years ago playing a supporting role on I Need to Know, a TV series sponsored by UNICEF to answer teenage questions and to help them get through peer pressure. She wasn’t the star on the series, but she had a dream, believed and took action. Look where it got her. The part I like most about taking definitive steps (action) to realize one’s dreams is the power it releases into one’s immediate circumstances and the changes that follow after. If you discover you are on the wrong path in life and that life hasn’t yielded its best to you, you might want to check your choices, decisions, inactions and actions. It’s all in there, just like hips don’t lie, actions don’t lie!


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