Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Anytime am speaking in a capacity building seminar, I usually tell my audience that, how sharpened you are will determine how high you will fly. Two friends who grew up in the same neighbourhood and went to the same school, but parted ways will never be at the same level if they meet in ten years time. Their levels will be predicated on the depth of insight they gleaned when they parted ways. The depth of insight at your disposal, will determine your rating in life.
King Solomon said; “Remember: The duller the ax the harder the work; Use your head: The more brains, the less muscle.” If your business or profession is not growing, it simply shows that you refused to sharpen yourself. Unfortunately, we usually look for a seer to tell us who is manipulating our businesses in the village. A business man that refuses to go back to school or enroll in a coaching program to sharpen himself will keep investing in mustered seed and anointing water. If you refuse to grow, your business will not grow. Your organization can never grow beyond your capacity to manage!
I shared this powerful story in my book, Increasing Your Capacity for Exploits; “John the woodcutter worked for a company for five years but never got a raise. The company hired Bill and within a year he got a raise. Then John resented Bill’s getting a raise after only a year and went to his boss to talk about it. The boss said, “You are still cutting the same number of trees you were cutting five years ago. We are result-oriented company and would be happy to give you a raise if your productivity goes up.”
John went back, started hitting harder and putting in longer hours but still wasn’t able to cut more trees. He went back to his boss and told him his dilemma. The boss told john to go talk to Bill, maybe there is something Bill knows that you and I don’t know. John asked Bill how he managed to cut more trees. Bill answered, “After every tree I cut, I take a break for two minutes and sharpen my axe.” When was the last time you sharpened your axe?”
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, when was the last time you sharpened your own axe? “If the axe is dull and one does not sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength. But wisdom is profitable to direct!” No matter how strong you are, if you fail to sharpen your axe, it will be very difficult for you to cut down success trees. You can even embark on fasting and praying (which is good), but it will still be very difficult for you to successfully cut down trees because you failed to do your own part.
It’s like a student who chose to fast and pray for exam success without reading his books. It’s also like the Nigerian Olympic Committee whom am not sure has invited athletes to camp for 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, but chose to pray and fast in order to defeat athletes from other nations that have engaged in serious training for the past four years!
Success doesn’t jump into people, somebody must set it in motion. Even miracles are not accidental occurrences, they are supernatural interventions that are predicated on the desperate faith of men. When last did you attend a seminar or conference in your areas of telling? When last did you read a book to learn how to grow your idea? Have you ever interview a successful individual and grab some secrets that will help you?
You must understand that the world is moving on a breakneck speed, if you want to remain relevant, you must upgrade your knowledge. It’s very easy to attribute every challenge we face to the devil, but if you take a critical look at your challenges, you will discover that ignorance played a major part! If John was an African, am sure he will attribute Bill’s success to occult powers. But when he swallowed his pride and asked Bill the secret of his success, his life changed. Dear friend, when last did you sharpen yourself? To be continued. See you at the top!
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