You have probably heard about a secondary school student who builds small aircrafts from scrap. Well if you haven’t, see the link to direct you to it, below:
After listening to the young man, I got the following lessons from him. I am positive you will also learn from him.
Oghenero Rejoice is a young senior secondary school student from Delta State Nigeria, although he was born and raised in Kaiama, Bayelsa State. He is currently a student in a state-owned Kaiama Grammar School based in a remote riverine community in Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Although he grew up in the slum he did not allow that to deter him from having a dream and working earnestly to realise that dream. Never allow your environment outshine your dream.
Believes in himself
He never allowed his race or complexion to deter him from building an aircraft. Even though he got some discouraging words because of who and where he came from, that did not stop him from believing in himself, that he could do anything. You have to believe in yourself first, before others can believe in you.
Oghenero Rejoice did not give up his dreams. He was patient enough to wait for more than a year even when the aircraft was giving him tough time to put together. He was patient enough to pull through. Why the rush on so many things. A lot of persons are very anxious to get things and when it seems like those things are not coming through, they give up. Patience is a virtue that everyone should strive to get.
He has passion for what he does. Right now, all he is interested in is making impact and affecting lives positively. Passion drives so many things. Have passion for what you do, if not, it may be difficult to succeed in it.
Have regard for mentors
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” — American Columnist, John Crosby
We need people who will motivate us to keep working. Someone we can always look up to in every area of our lives. Oghenero has respect and regards for mentors. This was evidenced when he talked about his pastor in church as well as Thomas Eddison, an American inventor, who invented the light bulb.
Commitment and Consistency
It is not enough to have a dream or passion, it is more worthy to be committed to that goal which you have and consistently work towards achieving it. The young man was dogged enough to actualise his dreams.
Oghenero Rejoice was determined to succeed. He had to go into petty trade of selling sachet water just to raise money to get the needed materials.
Having talent or skill is awesome, but it should not stop at that. Build on that which you have. Develop a curious mind to know more. Read books, engage in research. Ask questions. Being curious will make you to be vast in your field and other areas of interest. Rejoice Oghenero did not stop with the talent or skills he acquired. He kept searching to know more.
Have people who believe in you
When people believe in your goals and dreams, your goals become easier to achieve. Relate with people who will encourage you when you feel weak and unmotivated, to continue. These are true friends and families. Do away with people who mock and are sarcastic about the small positive steps you take.
Those one are dream killers.