8 LESSONS LEARNT FROM OBAMA’S HISTORIC VICTORY
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”
-MARTIN LUTHER KING JNR
This is king’s most quoted line put into use today by many dreamers in diverse fields. King had a dream and out to accomplish it .These prophetic word are now a surprising reality as America and the rest of the world witnessed the crowning of barrack obama as the first African American president to preside over the Whitehouse. I will be sharing with you inspiring lessons drawn from this iconic personality.
BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAM
Dreams are the prophecies of the future. Barrack obama strongly believed in his dream of leading America, despite being a junior senator from Illinois , who started out from the lowest rung of the ladder. You’ve got to have faith in your dreams and earnestly desire its coming to pass. What you believe is what you become.
YOUR BACKGROUND CANNOT STOP YOU
Barrack obama grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British. Its not where you are coming from that stops you from achieving your dreams, its allowing your flaws, and fragilities to stop that actually inhibits your potential. George Bernard Shaw said:’ People are always blaming their circumstances for where they are”
LEARN TO START SMALL
Its no longer news that obama started from the grass roots. After working at a business international co operation(a company that provides international, business information to corporate clients),obama moved to Chicago in 1985 where he worked as a community organizer with low income residents in Chicago. Whatever is your dream, either to write a book, become a superstar in your field, make more money, be willing to take baby steps towards its accomplishment.
HAVE A MESSAGE
Obama’s message is simple and aspirational.Over and over he painted a picture of a future that excited and invigorated people. The conviction displayed in his message can be drawn from his campaign slogan-Yes we can! Change we need. Every word he utters is targeted towards this profound message of hope.Whateveryou do in life, its very pertinent for you to have a clear message and be able to communicate it distinctively. Brand your peculiarities and be proud of what you project.
An African proverb says:” A tree cannot make a forest” .People is more important than project and that is what obama leveraged on. From the start obama had support from the media which chose to downplay controversies involving him. He also leveraged on the support of well meaning friends and supporters. In the end no one could dispute that obama’s relational skills made a huge difference. People won’t go along with you until you get along with them.
JUST DARE IT
Obama dared the impossible and decided to dance to his own drum beat. He dared to follow the road less traveled .All of the men that have made a difference in our world all dared greatly. we live in a world where every one prays for the volunteer to go first. Daring means challenging the impossible and that is what obama did.
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
This is the major lesson to be learnt .Years back, people say a black man can never preside over the white house, today it’s a reality. Impossible means im-possible .All you need to is to believe ardently in your pursuits and be willing to take action.Obama wasn,t just talking about his dream, he also walked his talk. Great dreams are dreamed with open eyes to make them come true. The world is waiting to read your own success story.Yes you can! Go and rule your world.
Ajose Kehinde is Nigeria’s youngest career coach/motivational speaker who is a student of Lagos state university studying English. He is reachable @ 08024212530 or firstname.lastname@example.org