So I’m watching Billionaire Femi Otedola’s interview with Forbes’s Peace Hyde on the day he lost a billion dollar and when asked by Peace to introduce himself, this is what the billionaire said:
Femi Otedola is a guy that came into this world and did not know how he came and the guy that believes that you don’t compete with Destiny.
Femi also said something that struck in my mind which I honestly believe to be true
“You cannot compete with destiny, so it was my destiny to make billions every month and lose billions as well. I said to myself ‘I was not going to have friends and enemies, I was only going to have competitors.”
I keep many older successful friends and In my many interaction with them, one thing I have always asked them is this, “how did you become a billionaire and this successful?”
The answer is always this: I cant explain how, “it was just God and destiny at work”
The day I understood the role destiny plays in shaping the man/woman we become regardless of the environment we are born in is the day I stopped worrying myself about tomorrow .
See, it is good to have plan, set goals for your life, write your goals down where you hope to be when you are 40 but I tell you my brother, my sister, God and destiny have the final say.
You can be the architect of your own destiny but at the same time.. no matter how hard you try, there is no escaping what God has determined to be your fate..
When you understand this, you will realize that going to Church every Sunday, paying tithe, worshiping your priests or pastor or praying 5 times daily as a Muslim can not make you as wealthy as Dangote if fate, opportunity and destiny did not come in agreement to make it happen.
Those religious piety can take you to heaven no doubt but it may not change your present situation in life or make you an overnight celebrity.
Ask Wizkid or Davido how they became the superstars they are today, the answer is that they dont know but they had dreams just like other young artistes of their generation but the difference between those artistes and these 2 superstars is that their hustle just clicked, just like that and the other artistes unfortunately did not achieve the kind of fame these 2 have.
It does not mean that Davido and Wizkid are smarter, it is just life and the funny way it works.
Let me tell you this for free, there is a level your education or smartness will take you in life, if you want to understand this very well, check the brightest students of your university days, check where they are today and what they are doing, then see that apparently, that student who was average back then in school has out shined him/her and living the baby boy/girl life today.
Life does not have any principle or formula to be successful,any body telling you otherwise is lying to you.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 explains this very well when it said:
“I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all”
When you understand this thing, you worry less about the outcome of your life, taking each day as it comes, one day at a time.
Dont get me wrong, it is good to be ambitious, have dreams, goals and work hard but at the end of the day, how far you go is not tied to your 1st class brain or being too spiritual rather destiny, opportunity and mother luck. have the final say.
But ofcourse, you and I know that we are never going to stop trying and giving in our best, because even though destiny plays the roles, we can actually be the pivot of destiny, you know what guys, never stop believing in the beauties of your dreams.
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