Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Every accomplished individual has a story to tell. Embedded into their stories are how people mocked them when they stepped out to actualize their dreams. Some of them were called lunatics because they discovered what people did not understand. If you want to become a world changer you must learn how to deafen your ears and thicken your skin.
I still remember the misunderstanding I endured and still enduring because am not speaking and writing popular stuff. I have come to understand that people mock what they don’t understand. Others mock you because they envy your position. They love you when you are at their level, and fight you when you’re planning to break out of their level.
Unfortunately, many people have allowed mockers to quench their fire and stop their journey to top. There are potential stars who are crawling in life today because they are afraid of what people will say if they break new grounds. That’s why herd mentality is a major factor in our clime. We just live simple life and avoid great success so that we can be friend with everybody. Lets look at people that succeeded despite the mockery of men.
1.“One of the most prolific inventors in 19th century America, Thomas Edison was awarded 1,093 patents in the USA alone and one of his most famous, influential creations was the first commercial electric light bulb. Far from excited about the prospect of affordable electricity in every home, Edison’s light bulb was met with scorn: scientist Henry Morton of the Stevens Institute of Technology predicted the invention would be ‘a conspicuous failure’ and a British parliamentary committee, apparently determined to keep Old Blighty in the dark ages, concluded the light bulb was ‘good enough for our transatlantic … but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men.’
2. In 1876, Scottish-born Alexander Graham Bell became the first inventor to be granted a patent for the telephone – a historic moment which has seen him bestowed with the title, ‘Father of Modern Communication’ – and set about selling his invention. Bell approached American communications company Western Union and offered them rights to his patent for $100,000, but company bigwigs balked at the proposal citing the ‘obvious limitations of his device, which is hardly more than a toy.’ Undeterred, Bell established the Bell Telephone Company in 1877 and less than a decade later over 150,000 people were the proud owners of telephones in the USA.
3. Sometimes even inventors themselves can be a tad short-sighted about their own creations. In 1901, following a few disappointing experiments with their early gliders, Wilbur Wright proclaimed ‘Man will not fly for 50 years,’ yet just two years later the Wright Brothers would make history when they successfully flew the world’s first powered aircraft over Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Later in 1933 following the maiden flight of the world’s first modern passenger aircraft, the 10-seater Boeing 247, an engineer is reported to have claimed, ‘There will never be a bigger plane built.’
4. In 1899, The Literary Digest magazine had this to say about automobiles: ‘The ordinary ‘horseless carriage’ is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.’ Four years later, Detroit lawyer Horace Rackham was advised by the president of the Michigan Savings Bank that, ‘The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad,’ before he bought stocks in Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company. Thankfully Rackham ignored this advice and in 1908, the Ford Motor Company designed the Model T automobile which by 1918 would make up half of the total cars in America.”~Source: www.theculturetrip.com
If you read the above stories carefully, you will discover that mockery didn’t start today. The wall of Jerusalem which was the source of security for the people was broken down and the people were living in fear. Nehemiah heard about it and decided to return home and rebuild it, and some people who were happy that the city was in disarray started mocking Nehemiah and his men.
Look at what happened; “But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?” So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.” They laughed and despised them in order to weaken their inner drive, but Nehemiah refused to abandon his assignment.
At a point they came to fight Nehemiah and his men just to stop the work, but Nehemiah armed his men and told them to be ready to fight while building the wall. When those men saw that these people were succeeding, look at what they said; “But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish–stones that are burned?” Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”
That was the height of mockery. What did Nehemiah and his men do? Did they sit in the corner to lament about the assault of these men just like some of us would have done? Never! Look at what Nehemiah said; “So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.”
That is the best way to handle mockers. Don’t stop the work, don’t argue with anybody, stay with your assignment. Let your result do the talking for you. Am sure these men were humiliated when Nehemiah and his men finished the work in fifty-two days. You will finished your own work. Your exploits will be so heavy that your mockers will become your servants. Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities!
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