What I’m about to tell you is no fiction; it actually happened! And I will spit it the way it happened, with the hope that it serves as an apt hors d’oeuvre to effectively usher you into the real meal of this piece. Hence, if you don’t mind, let’s quickly step into Chinonso’s dinette and have a taste of his hors d’oeuvre—no time!
When I was in primary school—precisely in my class five (actually, I attended three different primary schools and this gossip is about the third one)—we had a horrendous tragedy that shook the entire fabric of our school. Sure, it had been for a long while, but what happened that fateful afternoon will forever remain indelible in my memory. My third primary school was situated in one of the busy streets in Apapa, Lagos State; and it was co-educational in arrangement. Back then we had this empty, dilapidated, open-roof hall where able-bodied and soccer-loving male students habitually gathered to play football. Of course, the rule was that while others chased after the round piece of leather, a couple of others served as spectators or critics while waiting for their own turn. Well, that afternoon in the hall, as usual, we were having a swell time and the ongoing soccer match was slowly approaching crescendo—and everything was just OK! But then within a split second, we heard a bang, like a bag of beans that was dropped from a two-storey building. Immediately, the game stopped! When we rushed out to see what it was, lo and behold, we saw our Head Prefect lying lifeless on the ground, with blood gushing out from his head! Our Head Prefect was seated on the wall of the hall as he watched the ongoing game, but somehow lost his balance and toppled over, hitting his head to the ground. Unfortunately, to cut a long story short, he didn’t survive that drastic fall—he died!
Without sounding hardhearted, let me avow that our Head Prefect’s untimely death was due to one reason: He sat on a wall. Alas, sitting on the wall has caused several deaths, including that of a nineteenth century character popularly known as Humpty Dumpty. Just like the tragic demise of our Head Prefect, Humpty Dumpty ‘died’ because he too sat on a wall. If you wish to be reminded about how it happened, then go ahead and chew the following nursery rhyme:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Okay, at this juncture, before I dish out the real meal, let me ask you a very critical question:
- Are you currently sitting on a wall? If no, please check again and be really sure.
(Hint: Don’t rush. Take your time to reflect on the above question)
Here comes the real meat…
Several potentials are being wasted today simply because the carriers of these potentials continue to sit on the wall. The sad truth is that the world is currently littered with the debris of shattered dreams of wall sitters. Rather than step out and join in the game of birthing their great dreams, these individuals sit on their wall of excuses, fear, or limitations until one day it becomes too late! Now, whilst these persons sit on such limiting walls, they somehow find solace in criticizing, praising, or admiring those in the game while their limited time ticks on. Interestingly, these individuals abound and they come in different shapes, sizes, colours, and affinities: educated and uneducated, rich and poor, slim and fat, young and old, sinners and born-again, just to mention but a few. Hence, are you one of them? Do you carry a great dream and you have continued to sit on the wall of inaction? If yes, then, just like the tragic story of my Head Prefect and Humpty Dumpty, let me inform you that your great dream is on the brink of death! Thus, if you don’t step down from that wall and join the game, the truth is that you would have yourself to blame. Listen, whatever has kept you on that wall hitherto is putting a hold on your success. And it’s up to you to put a stop to that NOW! Please, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Wishing you the best!
Chinonso Ogbogu is a management consultant, conference speaker, personal development coach, writer, blogger, and a radio personality. He is the radio host of the popular SuccessMatters™ and the author of the newest, upcoming book, “THE VOICES.”