One sunny Friday afternoon, I took an excuse from the daunting tasks on my desk, and turned to the solitude of the common room. I occasionally retired to the common room to meditate while I listened to some classic information about greatness from a few of my senior colleagues. But this fateful day, it was Stephen I met sipping a drink and reading as he plopped on a couch near a corner. I had liked him from the first day I joined the company, and he was the speaker that addressed the new entrants on “Living for Purpose.” He spoke with confidence, poise and authority. When I inquired about him, I was told that he was one of the brains behind The Peak Conglomerate, as he had helped the multinational company win multiple local and international awards, through his innovations and selling skills.
I was elated to meet him in the common room, and I greeted, “Hi, Stephen!” He stretched out his hand for a handshake with a broad smile, and said, “Good afternoon, Tunji.” The attendant, Mariam, brought out a bottle of chilled soda and poured some for me in a glass, as I asked him to tell me the secret of his success, if it was something I could emulate. There, he told me about numerous principles to success, but specifically told me that his personal study about eagles had helped him a lot.
“Eagles?” I questioned.
“The next time you visit a library or bookstore, get a book about eagles!” He advised, “There are a lot of great and successful lessons to learn from them.”
That day, he told me some of the distinct features of eagles and how a man that aspires to be great in life can study their attributes for success.
“Thank you, Stephen.”
“You’re welcome, Tunji.”
Eagles are unarguably the most magnificent birds in the world. You have possibly read about them. They are distinct, and live at the summit – mountain tops or peak points of the trees. This helps them to separate themselves from distractions in order to concentrate on their goals and aspirations. If you want to be successful in your chosen field, career, business, vocation or skill; you have to distinguish yourself from the crowd. That is just one of the many qualities of eagles.
Another beautiful trait of an eagle, is the capacity to use the winds to its advantage. When there are strong winds and heavy storms that would naturally make other birds of the air panic and shiver, eagles would, in contrast, glide through the storms and rise above obstacles of the winds. This gives them pride and makes them strong. In the journey to accomplishments, there would be various emotional, financial, professional, material, marital and spiritual challenges daring to limit you, but you should make up your mind to utilise them for your growth and progress.
“In an eagle there is all the wisdom of the world.” – Lame Deer
“The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror.” – Joyce Meyer
“All birds find shelter during a rain. But eagle avoids rain by flying above the clouds. Problems are common, but attitude makes the difference.” – Abdul Kalam
Biodun Busari is a creative and content writer with a penchant for political, social and economic matters in the society. He is the author of a motivational book – The Election Goldmine and a novel – After the Dark Clouds. He is a Geography graduate from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Biodun lives in Lagos.