No one came into this world and with a blueprint for living life. That’s because life has multiple twists and turns. For one thing, one does not possess a natural gift for a certain job. There is no such as targeted natural gifts. They simply don’t exist. There are only areas of interest which one can concentrate and achieve mastery through series of attempts.
The likes of Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, Aliko Dangote were not born CEOs or investors. These people achieved greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work and commitment over the years.
But that’s not the kind of greatness I want to talk about today.
Let’s talk about people who were not born millionaires and they never had a stash of money locked up somewhere to compel the world into knowing who they are and identifying with them. These are people who understood that intelligence isn’t necessarily achieved in the four walls of an ivory tower. It is rather a combination of an innate motivation to serve people and the drive to live your life never for yourself but always for others.
Great people have a voice
It didn’t matter if what they had to say sounded strange or ridiculous. They always have a habit of speaking up regardless. It didn’t matter if two people or a thousand people gave them an audience, they would scream in loud voices, over and over again until the world had no choice but to listen.
To become great, you must never stay quiet. You must never sell your voice. You must hold on to your ideas.
Great people don’t hoard opportunities
Over the years, the people who lived extraordinary lives were people who understood that everyone can be great if they are only given a shot at life.
For them, it was never about a person’s background or their present circumstances. It was always about creating equal opportunities for all.
The people who live great lives respond to a call
In 1946 Mother Teresa received what she describes as a “call within a call.” In response to that call, she had to abandon teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta aiding the city’s poorest and sickest people. She later received Vatican approval for Missionaries of Charity, a group of religious sisters who took vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and to give wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor.
A call is what gives your life a direction for greatness. It could be a profession or a hobby, an activity you just find pleasure in doing. It must not be a grand scale. You can always start very small as long as you stick to that burning desire in your heart.
Great people have always been selfless people
Our lives were never meant to be lived for our own satisfaction alone. You were born so others would benefit from what you have, no matter how little.
If you want to live a great life, then you will have to understand the essence of selfless service without complaints. We all love a good time and there is nothing wrong with giving yourself a little treat. Just make sure you don’t get too comfortable while others have nothing.
You may not provide all that is needed but you can show someone the way.
Great people never expected immediate rewards
It takes patience and a great deal of endurance to become a great person. It is a strenuous labour done in secret without praises and mostly a ton of discouragement. Everyone needs a little motivation in cash or kind to push a good cause but it is best not to expect such rewards else you might lose sight of the goal ahead of you.
The world is in a search for extraordinary people. Go beyond the normal!