“The wealthiest place in the world is not the gold mines of South America or the oil fields of Iraq or Iran. They are not the diamond mines of South Africa or the banks of the world. The wealthiest place on the planet is just down the road. It is the cemetery. There lie buried companies that were never started, inventions that were never made, bestselling books that were never written, and masterpieces that were never painted. In the cemetery is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential.”
Recently, I watched a movie called, “The boy who harnessed the wind”, directed by the famous British-Nigerian Actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
More than half of the movie was in Chichewa, a local Bantu language of Malawithat I absolutely don’t understand.
But what made me watch this movie, was because it depicted the true story of William Kamkwamba.
William Kamkwamba was a young schoolboy in Kasungu, Malawi, whose poor family struggles to pay his school fees.
Unfortunately along the line, a drought made it impossible to farm their land, leading to a devastating famine forcing Williams out of school.
But Williams had a thirst for science—and a desire to teach himself, and so he negotiated with a young teacher, to allow him to use the school library to learn more about electricity and wind power.
Eventually, Williams was able to convince his father, to use his bicycle and construct a windmill, which powered a small pump, that drew water from a well, for irrigation.
His idea worked, and as a result, his family was able to resume farming despite the drought, which saved them from starvation and more importantly, opened more opportunities for Williams.
William’s story eventually spread through a TED talk he gave in 2007, leading to a lot of people pledging to finance his education.
Today, at 33 years old, William Kamkwamba has received a BSc in Environmental Studies from a school in the United States, and he has built more windmills and artificial irrigation systems in his village, directly pulling a lot of people from his community out of abject poverty.
William’s story is just one out of thousands, which illustrates the incredible power within us, which can be unleashed to save us from most situations if we let it.
I do not care about your past, because each of us has a past and at least one valid reason to fail, but nobody cares about your excuses.
Williams and many like him would have resigned to their fate because he had a valid reason to fail. Imagine growing in a village without electricity and even clean water. Poverty surrounded him, and it seemed there was no way of escape. Heck! He even had to stand up to his father, to allow him to dismantle his only bicycle, based only on fantasy and hope.
Williams, and many like him, have a reason to fail, but they choose to tap into the unlimited resources within them and generate ideas that not only deliver them from the shackles of poverty but also lifted their community along with themselves.
I know your excuses are valid, but I also know that you have 1000 times more power within you, to fight whatever is facing you today….and win!
So I challenge you today, to shake yourself out of your despair and confusion. Look yourself in the mirror and challenge yourself to find a way out of your situation.
Once you find a way, bend down and work your ass off, and don’t stop… until you win!
If only you will do this and stop complaining, I can guarantee that you will never loose.
Cheers and have a blessed week.
Engr Emma Okoro