If you are not informed you will be deformed! Information is the key to success in life, business or leadership. What makes you a leader is not the big title you hold but the information at your disposal that puts you ahead of your followers. Leadership is about positive influence, leadership is about helping others attain greater height than they could have without a competent leader. As a leader what you know is your edge. Knowledge is power, the difference between the rich and the poor, the wise and the foolish s what they know.
From time immemorial money does not grow on tree but money is a servant to men who are committed to knowledge and people who spend time researching in order to be competent and capable of providing solutions to the needs of their society. Once I heard a parable that broke my heart and makes me want to cry. It goes thus “if you want to hide anything from a black man, put it in a book.” I wondered why such, a demining parable could ever be in existence but true enough, Africa needs to take a new turn. We need to be consistent in our commitment to learning.
As a leader this is a call for you and I to make a decision today to be passionate about knowledge. Read books, not only to pass exams but for knowledge that will distinguish you in due time. In the Holy Scriptures I heard God say, “My people perish for lack of knowledge!” It is important to note that they did not perish because of the devil or generational curses but lack of knowledge.
Lack of knowledge makes people despise information that could be the essence of their success in future. Lack of knowledge makes leaders abuse power, forgetting that history will judge what you did with the opportunities at your disposal and how you used it. Lack of knowledge makes leaders steal from their own country to build another man’s country.
I believe the world will be a better place when we all commit to learning, when we build in our children and youths the right orientation and values that builds a great nation. When we as a people prioritize education and become a living example of the innovations we desire to see. Africa has stayed long enough in the darkness of mediocrity, dependence and underdevelopment. Our challenge is not resources many times, but information and knowledge on how to maximize what we have for the betterment of our unborn generation.
Take a moment and imagine a nation where we spend more on education more than we spend on allowances or embezzle for selfish gains. Imagine a nation where we build more libraries and research centers than we invest in ammunitions and prisons. That would be a nation committed to learning and development.
We all have a role to play in this matter. As a parent how much do you value knowledge, how many books do you buy and read in a year? Do you spend more on other things than you spend developing your mind? These are foot for thoughts, something we all should think about so we can duly commit to learning.
Information is power, and there can be no transformation of the mind without the right information and knowledge. When you are informed, you will be reformed and molded for success. Great leaders all over the world are people committed to learning. This is why there is no end to learning. The day you stop learning is the day you begin to die and fade out. No matter who you are learning is part of life and there is always something new to learn.
One truth you must know as a leader is that nobody was born to be more intelligent or knowledgeable than you. Your brain has enough capacity to retain and process information as anybody else in the world. In fact science has proven to us that we all have the same number of brain cells regardless of color or race. But what you invest in your mind determines how you are perceived, addressed and many times your result in life. If you ever desire to be great in life and become that great leader everyone will respect and honor then it’s time to love knowledge with a new passion.
I believe in you and I believe in our great nation, that is why I hate the saying that Liberians don’t like to read. This is not the best and it will take us nowhere, but we can partner together today as progressive minds and leaders to change what used to be in history by building a reading culture and have an insatiable passion for knowledge.
(Ezekiel Moses is a, Writer, Consultant, a Creative Artist and Broadcaster. He is a sought after motivational speaker who has impacted many people, young and old over the years. He is a Branding, Marketing and Adverts specialist and Best Seller Author. For further enquires please call: 231 7755 97336, www.changeentertainments.blogspot.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)