It is a wonderful time writing to you. As for Nigeria, this
moment is quite critical because we are all waiting for the announcement of the
winner of the Presidential elections. My passion for a greater Nigeria is
summed up thus that the person who would take the nation to a greater height
emerge. Lest I forget, I greeted you in Igbo language, South-South region of
As a small boy in the Royal Ambassadors, we had a mentor
that we look forward to; he was one of the person who showed many of us the road
to Lagos, in fact, he accommodated us before we came of age. He leaves Ibadan
on Sunday at 3 pm, on one of such trips, expectedly, there was a need to clean
the car. My mentor started it, this is against the typical idea of the Yoruba
tradition that believes that the younger person does the task. He told me that
in his workplace, the attitude is called “Do-It-Yourself.” After this
experience, I have learnt to do many things myself!
Waiting-for-Others is the lazy way of delegation. There are
many tasks that are assigned to the ranks by the officer that does not take
anything from the officer to get it done personally. At times, the junior
officer feels insulted but he has no choice but to swallow the bitter pill. We
just thank nature for not giving the ability to send people on “defecation”
errand. That’s the height of it.
Do-It-Yourself is the way of getting involved! Anybody who knows
how to do it spends less because he won’t give it all to the artisans. There
are a lot of home tools that can be procured and used to get some simple tasks
done. There are people that fix their electrical cables themselves; paint their
houses themselves and many more. Many of these tasks can be learnt after
watching someone doing it once or twice.
As we build ourselves; as we learn to conserve our limited
funds; as we build our career; as we proceed in our daily activities, there are
simple tasks that can be done ourselves.
However, the fund we would spend might not be much but these activities help
the brain; get one engaged during the weekends, exercise the body and shows how
creative one can be in resolving issues.
Learn to Do-It-Yourself!
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