Real quick, picture this:
You get home from work, tired as hell, so you just hit the bed and pass out.
Then you wake up, and find yourself in a pride of Lions somewhere in Southern Africa.
Yes… some “Daniel in the Lions’ Den” ish.
What would you do?
I can already hear my people saying:
“Omo, my leg go reach the back of my head… I go take off!”
As is your right… I mean, they’re your legs and it’s your life.
But before you do an Usain Bolt, let me finish the scenario.
You’re in the midst of a pride of lions and you’re freaking out but for some reason, none of them is trying to make you their next meal.
So you move over to a lake and take a look at your reflection, only to see a lion looking back at you in the water.
How’s that for a plot twist?
Whether you prefer to call them Lions, or tigers or giants…
Let’s face it.
NO matter what hustle you’re good at, there’s undoubtedly going to be somebody far ahead in it than you.
It’s a fact.
And if you don’t already know that, then you might need to examine the people you hang out with, start going out more and start making some new friends.
The Eagle- chicken… or is it Chicken-eagle?
There’s this old story about an eaglet (an eagle’s baby) that was raised among chicks.
He adopted the behaviour patterns of chicks down to their fear of anything that moves too quickly.
One day he’s hanging out with the chicks and suddenly, an eagle flies overhead.
All of them immediately run and hide.
He asks one of the older ones:
“What animal is that? He looks so graceful, and free.”
That one responds:
” That’s an eagle. Don’t worry about him. You’ll never be able to fly like that.”
So the eagle lived the rest of his days as a chicken. And died like one.
So was the eagle a dumbass?
Clearly he should have known he was a bit different.
He should have noticed he had certain gifts, like larger wing span, better eyesight, stronger sense of smell and a hunter’s instinct.
But he didn’t. And I don’t blame him.
And neither should you because we do exactly the same thing when we choose to play small, be average and hang around people who don’t challenge us to “change our level.”
Be Phenomenal or Be Forgotten
It’s pretty easy to shine when you’re playing Tennis against your baby sister.
Imagine playing Serena Williams… now that would be a real challenge, wouldn’t it?
You’d have to step up your game, not make any foolish mistakes and after she finished whooping your ass, your “hand go definitely strong”.
Which brings me to something that happened recently:
I’d recently joined a Business community on Facebook and the amount of knowledge I saw there, I, Mr. 500 Naira Writer, was humbled.
The content made me tell myself:
“You know nothing (John Snow).”
And for a while, I held back. Then yesterday, something hit me.
I was about to write a status update that went like this – Do one thing you are scared of each day.
Then my inner BS detector hit me up and said “You haven’t posted anything on that group out of fear… How can you tell others to do it, when you haven’t.”
Yesterday was Video Tuesday, and I’d never done any online videos ever… well, at least not that kind of video.
I’m usually dancing instead. Follow this link for more info.
So here I was, feeling like an antelope in a pack of Lions and I just decided: “Screw it… let’s just do it.”
And so I did, half expecting negative feedback.
I was happily surprised… I got a lot of likes, comments and so much positive feedback that I’m now considering vlogging on the side, but that’s another story.
So What’s My Point?
You won’t know you’re a lion till you’re in the pride of Lions
Sometimes you don’t know you’re a Lion, cos you’ve not looked in the right mirror.
Or maybe you know you are, but you’re comfortable hanging around sheep…
Or maybe you want to be a Lion but don’t know how.
To all these 3, I have one thing to say… actually two things:
One, the man at the top of the mountain did not fall there.
The Lion was once a lion cub. He became a lion by honing his hunting skills, and growing each day. And with time, he became one.
I saw this quote from John Obidi that cemented it for me.
Two, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!
Make a conscious decision to believe in your capabilities. Trust yourself. Believe that no matter what happens, you’ll be okay. Believe you can do anything and take action to make it happen.
Don’t be like the eagle who listened to the opinions of chicken.
You’re a Lion. But the only way you’d be able to act like it is if you surround yourselves with lions and lionesses, people who challenge you to be a better version of yourself.
The world deserves your best. So you’re really doing noone any favours by living average and kicking it small.
Be the Lion you were born to be. Not a bloody hyena.
Keeping it 500,
Author: Tomi Joshua
Tomi is a case.
A bit brash, at first blush. But ultimately, he means well. There are very few things he won’t say or do in the presence of tolerant company (especially when it could make for a good story later).
Tomi is a Doctor, writer, certified inbound marketer (Shout Out to HubSpot), Digital Hustler, and online business addict.
He is most likely to be found dancing to the beat of his own drum, even in accapella.