Friday, 1 May 2015

THE UNCOMMON RESOURCES

Life is more than just sitting down, stretching hands and legs doing nothing. Not too long ago, I was critically examining how humans have been orchestrated by the great power of Almighty; in mind and body. In that aura, something out of ordinary was dropped in my subconscious. This is unusual, I said to myself. Fortunately, I was at the acme of alertness and as such, I got hold of it. Times without number, I have heard people speak about vast resources of nations in diverse scope. You hear things like the natural resources, mineral resources, and agricultural resources (all these resources are common resources), to mention but the few, which amplifies the economic value of a nation. There are resources inherent in each and every individual of which man has remained insensitive to. They are enormous than mere perception can behold, gigantic that imaginations cannot comprehend. These resources are peculiar and uncommon. Uncommon in that, man has not been able to recognize it and effectively exploit it. These uncommon resources are known as “mind resources” which can also be referred to as “the gold mine of the mind”.

Mind resources, are the giant in a man. The mind resources are the greatest asset of man. They are innate and unlimited. It is the seed planted in every man regardless of the race and gender which is expected of man to harvest and manifest. But today, how many persons are really harvesting and manifesting it? It will interest you to know that those who have discovered this gold mine of the mind can only mine not more than 25% of it in their life time. Even at that, as little as 1% of these resources exploited make a big difference. These uncommon resources effectively tapped into are gateway to effectively utilize and maximize the common resources. The problem the society is facing today is not necessarily in the exploitation of these common resources but the exploitation of the uncommon resources.

However, it should be noted that, when you are living your dream, you are exploiting your uncommon resources. When you are fulfilling your God given purpose, you are exploiting your uncommon resources. When you are being creative and maximizing your potentials, you are exploiting your uncommon resources. When you are always trying your best possible to alter the status quo of the society for a better living, you are exploiting your uncommon resources. These categories of persons are great asset to the society, the nation and the world at large. One of the purposes of existence is to fully exploit these resources of the mind and manifest it.

The first step towards exploiting these uncommon resources is self discovery. In our society today, we have many youths who don’t really know themselves but claim to know themselves. This reminds me of the words of a great philosopher named Socrate; “Man know thyself”. He is not foolish to have said such. He saw what was imperceptible to the ordinary man in his days which is now a reality in the 21st century. Knowing yourself is a genuine knowledge (in the wisdom of Socrate). Self discovery is awareness of purpose and the assurance that you can be all you can be. There’s a lot about you that you lack knowledge of. The earlier you accept this fact and begin to seek yourself out the better. When you have discovered yourself, you are invariably telling yourself that you believe yourself and recognize the rare deposit in you, and that you are ready to exploit it. A self discovered man is a purpose driven man. That’s why; you have to discover yourself to become uncommon and extraordinary. It takes an uncommon man to exploit uncommon resources.

I have come to understand that, what the ignition does for a car, that’s exactly what self discovery do to a man. It sets ablaze mediocrity and comfort zone, and triggers man to maximize his potentials. You don’t need to be a gold miner to be able to excavate these uncommon resources. The most important tool in this mission is self discovery. Self discovery to these uncommon resources can be likened to “force” in Newton’s first law of motion which states that, “an object will continue to be in its state of rest unless acted upon by an external force”. Self discovery brings you to your purpose. Researches have shown that, unpleasant situations/challenges most times reveal a man to himself. What this implies is that, there’s a greater you in any situation you find yourself. Why not take advantage of those challenges rather than cry out your eyes? Challenges have the power to shape a man’s future and discern his destiny.

Effectively exploited mind resources, breeds creativity and idea that creates a better world. Did you know that, seminars, empowerment programs, skill up programs, name it, featured in assorted forms, are all working towards achieving the same purpose? That purpose is, “how these uncommon resources can be exploited in toto”. Big organizations/companies are looking out for people who can exploit their uncommon resources and also motivate others to do same. It was John F. Kennedy that said, “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resources”. The world will become a better place to live in, if and only if these resources are astutely exploited. Some of the challenges we are encountering today as individual and as a nation are actually the result of unexploited resources of the mind. Majority of those persons with unexploited resources are can of warm to development. How I wish they could discover themselves and realize that their mind is a fundamental resources.

Furthermore, there are people who have tapped into their mind resources and are emitting impact in the world today. This sect of people ends up changing the world. Bill gate of Microsoft is a concrete example. He has been able to tap into his uncommon resources and still tapping into it. Today, his idea and creativity is making a better world. What about the young and vibrant CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg? They are the fathers of information age because they understood the power of their innate resources. I can’t stop appreciating these rare breed of humans. Maybe you are thinking you are still very young to irk your life with societal challenges. Have you forgotten Malala Yousfzai who won a Noble Peace Prize for her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education at 17years of age? There’s greatness without limit in you.

Finally, your mind resources require a do-it-yourself approach. Not even your closest ally can exploit these resources on your behalf. You have to take responsibility. Don’t be that man who has barrels of crude oil deposit in his garden and still leaving a critical poverty life. It is an abuse to creativity, innovation and development not to exploit these rare deposits in you.

There are great resources in you-Discover them.
You have a gold mine in your mind- Exploit it.
Never forget that you are an uncommon breed with uncommon resources.


ACHA HARRISON