‘I’m a man who believes that everybody should be driven by passion, who believes that God has called you to impact your generation. And whatsoever talent God has given you is a blessing because it is by His grace, you are who you are.’
–LARRY IZAMOJE,FOUNDER AFRICA’S FIRST SPORTS RADIO-BRILA FM
A lot of individuals have been sold out of their destinies and ‘talked’ out of their passion because they were told by naysayers to be ‘realistic’ and get a real job. To the often short sighted naysayers a ‘real job’ is the regular, run of the mill kind of job(Lawyer, Doctor, Banker, Architect,Accountant)….For these individuals any career path that is not built around these regular careers is not real…and not worth pursuing .According to Japheth Omojuwa in his piece titled:’For Bloggers only Pt1:
‘Nigerians are a unique people. We have a box in our heads of what a real job should or should not be. I have read tweets and comments from people who say things like “go and get a real job.” I checked the profile of one of those, and I found out he worked in a bank. That’s a real dream job for many Nigerians. I am first to admit that blogging is not a real job, but I never wanted a real job so I am fine. I could decide to work from my toilet seat on a Monday morning if I so desire. I could even decide not to bother at all after all I pay folks to post materials on my blog. I know a blogger who turns in at least N4 million per month. I don’t turn in that much every month but I am not in anyway far from that. Not only can I afford to take care of my own bills, I cater to the bills of numerous others. Last year blogging took me to four continents, made me earn money in at least 5 major currencies and I still do and will always do!’
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong in pursuing these careers as long as It’s in harmony with your strength zone(a combination of your gifts, talents, and competencies),but discouraging someone who is called to be a blogger, comedian,photographer,
Ali Baba ‘s father initially didn’t support his pursuing comedy as a profession .Hear him:
‘My dad felt that the best career for me was law. I wanted to prove to him that comedy is better than law. I am a graduate but I chose to pursue comedy because I had a dream. As soon as my dad realised that I was hell bent on pursuing comedy, he disowned me. In fact, he stopped sponsoring my education. In 1990, I moved to Lagos to pursue comedy as a career. But my uncle threw me out of his house. I moved to the Bar Beach where I lived for a very long while. At the beach, I met Lati Kekere who was nice to me. He is still my friend to this day. He gave me a tent to sleep and I paid N5 per night in those days. My father and I were not on talking terms for 15 years. My decision to follow my heart was responsible for that. People will tell him, ‘your son, Ali Baba is always on TV. He is making a lot of money. Why don’t you forgive him’, But he would reply, ‘Ali Baba is not my son. I have no child by that name.’ The time for reconciliation came in 2005. I bought him a Mercedes Benz SLK and took it to the village along with my friends. We moved in a convoy of cars. He was surprised when I told him, ‘dad, this is your car,’ and for the first time in 15 years, he finally recognised my success when he shouted, ‘Ali Baba! Ali Baba!!’ That was my happiest moment.’
It’s been said that evidence terminates argument and results automatically stops insults. If you are passionate enough about a career path, and are willing to pay any price for its pursuit…congratulations! you are already on the path to greatness. You must marry patience, competence, and character if you desire to rise beyond the ordinary. There is nothing called a real job. A job is a job as long as it adds value and solves a problem. I will read your success story.Ditch your limits!
Kehinde Ajose is a Talent development strategist, publicist, and webblogger who helps individuals and enterprises to discover and develop their talent solutions in order to create wealth and become a winning brand.