Several years ago, I heard Bishop David Oyedepo say: “The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery.” There is no gainsaying the wisdom in that statement or assertion because the knowledge of self is the pathway to the fullness of life. It’s a truism that there is an innate desire in man to make progress. Nevertheless, very few get to the zenith in their careers or vocation due to ignorance.

Mastery of the skills needed in your vocation is the gateway to opportunities and invariably prosperity. The youths often complain about the lack of job opportunities but employers also have reservations about the lack of skilled personnel. There is a need to increase our capacity to profit from the opportunities available in life. It’s pathetic when those seeking career transitions can’t even state in unequivocal terms the skills needed in their desired organisations. How about those interested in starting new businesses who haven’t read books on these businesses or conducted feasibility studies on their desired sectors?

Quite a number of people blame the government for their failures; however nations are elevated by men who take charge and channel their energies towards the advancement of the state. The United States of America remains the biggest economy in the world because of men like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg, and not primarily the government. Apple’s valuation is close to a trillion dollars, an amount that quadruples the GDP of many African nations. I am not trying to alienate the role of the government in the society. I believe the government should act as a catalyst for sustainable progress by providing the framework, policies and infrastructure necessary for the citizenry to make progress. However there is the inherent danger of waiting for the government to put these things in place before we pursue our goals and dreams.

Vision is one of the determinants of greatness in life. Abraham the Patriarch of faith brokered a truce which led to the relocation of Lot courtesy of the fight between his herdsmen and those of his nephew. “The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever”. (Genesis 13:14, 15). It is your vision that determines your possession.

A visit to the book of Jeremiah reinforces the importance of vision. The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.” Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”(Jeremiah 1:11, 12). It is your vision that determines your output in life.

One of my favourite passages in the Bible revolves around a group of committed men and women who attempted to build a tower to heaven. We can question the motive behind the tower of babel but their resolve, doggedness and vision should be applauded. Furthermore, the vision was big enough to get the attention of God. “Look!” he said, “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.” (Genesis 11:6). Nigeria is a nation that boasts of some of the biggest places of worship in the world; we’re often perceived as a religious nation with ‘the faithful’ making yearly pilgrimages to Mecca and Jerusalem. Therefore it is not out of place to hear constantly, ‘God will help us’. However God is incapable of helping a visionless man or society. Visions must be crafted by mortals and backed by providence to see the light of the day.

Kunle Olabode writes from Lagos, and blogs on