Great people think and live beyond themselves. Make life easier for the people who will come after you. Make investments for your grandchildren; buy real estate for them if your funds permit. Don’t just buy cars, invest in assets that appreciate in value. For some odd reason, people define success in terms of the cars they drive. Think and look beyond yourself. Don’t think only of yourself, think of the generations to come. Don’t just live for today. This article focuses on the family as examples of leadership in the run-up to the 2023 general election.
Giving value to future generations. Leave the world better than you found it. Make your family better than you found it. Everything you do now, someone will have to pay for it. It might not be you, but someone will have to pay for it. There are some people who are currently paying off debts incurred by their deceased spouses. Children have to deal with the indiscretions of their parents. Our beloved country, Nigeria, as a parent to over two hundred million people, is not a good example of visionary and fantastic parenting.
“SOMEONE is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” (Warren Buffett). Future generations will not be able to meet you but will be able to connect to your heritage. Everyone must at least affect up to 3rd Generation and beyond. Proverbs 13:22 says that a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children. Inheritance can be material or immaterial or both, which should make life easier for future generations. Unfortunately, we have not accepted the consequences of profligacy, wastage of wealth and plunder of resources. What legacy do we plan to leave behind?
US President Donald Trump says he is a billionaire thanks to the foundation his grandfather Friedrich Trump built, which father Fred Trump inherited to influence his life. Much has been written about the Trump family. A writer named Glenda Blair spent 12 years on her in-depth story, The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire. Donald Trump has inherited more than money from his immigrant grandfather, as the wills of some of New York’s wealthiest families come to light. His paternal grandfather – who came to America at 16 with little more than a name he later changed – lived a true life of rags to riches, leaving his widow and three children a modest fortune upon his death, according to new records. It is a very good example of NATION-BUILDING.
Similarly, values are the principles that help you decide what is right and wrong, and how to act in various situations: Core values are the core beliefs of a person, organization, or nation. These guiding principles dictate behavior and can help people understand the difference between right and wrong. Core values also help nations determine if they are on the right track and achieving their goals by creating an unwavering guide. There are many examples of core values around the world, depending on the context. As we approach the 2023 general election, we must focus on shifting values.
Moreover, the desire for a transformational leader who can guide us through the storm to the promised land should supersede questions of ethnicity or religious sentiments; it should be more of a personality transcending the narrow confines of feelings, emotions and religion – a barrier breaker with a sound mind and an unbreakable spirit. These are the leadership qualities and team members that should emerge from the next electoral circle. Therefore, future campaigns should be ones of serious engagement and issue-based campaigns, not sentiments of religion or ethnic jingoism.
On the other hand, our vibrant citizens and stakeholders need to wake up and smell the coffee. We need to move from consumerism to productivity as well as personal development. Simply put, personal development refers to any activity you do to improve yourself, in areas that apply to your brain and mind. Personal development or self-improvement consists of activities that develop a person’s abilities and potential, build human capital. Personal development is an ongoing process that involves expanding knowledge and improving personal skills. It allows people to assess their skills.
Finally, let me conclude this article which aims to encourage Nigerians to do more introspection and honest assessment. No nation built on deceit, dishonesty, fraud and flamboyance will progress technologically and economically. Hence the need for advocacy for the restructuring of the mind. This is the way to go. Let us rebuild our beloved country, Nigeria.
Richard Odusanya is a social reform crusader and the organizer of the AFRICA COVENANT RESCUE INITIATIVE ACRI