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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Steve Jobs, Prof Maathai and Osama B. Laden: 6 Things They’ve In Common

This cruel world. Ten years ago, we had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now we have no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash! This is one of the quote in our local dailies. Well, we actually don’t have jobs, no hopes not to mention cash.

The past three weeks have taken our world by surprises, mourning and shocking news when it was announced that Noble laureate Prof Wangari Maathai had passed on and within a short time, another unbelieving news rock the world.
Before than on in May, Bin Laden had just left the world.

The three personalities came from different background and that is not what I am going to narrate to you but I'd rather beat the bush. Our Jobs was a computer tech geek, Maathai was an environmentalist who had won a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts while Bin Laden was known by every beast.

Among Steve Jobs’ things, he co-founded Apple Inc, and helped bring Mac, Ipad, Ipod you name it; Wangari is another reputable individual and Bin Laden was a man of controversy as you know.

So what 7 things do these individuals possess?

I. Vision To Have an Impact On Others’ Lives

Lately after finishing compiling this article, I stumbled upon Dr Wale’s article; Stand By Your Vision , and You’ll Leave a Mark. He tried to narrate how vision can play a major role in people’s lives that if used well, it can build your reputation as well as brand development.

I agree with him and I believe our three actually left a mark and they all possess the same trait. How and why?
  • Mr Jobs commit his entire life just to change the way we live and communicate.
  • Prof Maathai protect our environment for us and generations to come to live in.
  • Osama Bin Laden fought for his people of which he believe was their right.

Truly they had had this vision of impacting others’ life as I can see now the environment is being conserved, Apple products are going viral while governments are being toppled in respective countries which I believe this three have this same role play which they've in common.

II. Speak Out for Others

The moment they came up, their voices and concern for the sake of mankind never part their lives as long as they walked the planet earth.
They suffered, were dismissed and some had their message neither believed nor heard by anyone and still fought their war to have the message get across the four bottoms of the world and the reason is; for you and I, our children’s sake and the generations to come.

I think if they were doing what they were doing for their own sakes, then, they could have done other money making and life satisfying activities.

III. Loved and Hated Alike

Did you know that they were loved and hated at the same time by people? Humans went against each other when these guys were alive as some believe that they were up for a good cause while others on the other side. Well, it’s anyone’s choice to be on someone’s side but I am far from this and I got my different views and version of stories.

What I have to say is that, they all were loved and hated alike in their worlds of technology, politic and socially as well. I don’t want to know what your stand was but I am pointing out what I want you to know.

Their own people had been divided. For instance, Jobs was sacked in the company which he helped co-founded, Maathai on the other hand, was facing her country's people and likewise to Osama who had to declare war on some of his people.

IV. Are Voices In The Burning Bush

In the midst of all, they spoke and they have voices being heard. Their actions and words not only penetrates into vicinity but also to our souls. I have to say that if you want to be an outstanding person, try to forge your own way of doing things and let the rest follow their way.

Their voices have gave many hope and help them trace and find their own voice to air out issues affecting them. The messages which the passed on did bear fruits in helping transform the lives of some precious individuals who at first did not have a chance of their privileges.

Get it clear that I am not praising them for what they did but I am telling you what I see that they have in common.

V. Obstacles Didn’t Stop Them

They say that if you run into a wall, don’t turn and give up. Instead, figure out how to go through it, climb it or find your way round it and how many are able to do that?

Never did they gave up in their pursuit for the goals which they had set for themselves to attain and you can see an example of Steve who after sacking, never stop designing new innovative products. He even said that, sacking him was the best thing that ever happened to him because he got all the time to be himself. That is to be productive and creative as old Jobs of new products.

Unlike you and I, they have done and never allowed whatsoever comes their way instead used obstacles as their climbing blocks to build the foundations that we currently attribute to them. Isn’t it?

If so, then, that is exactly what we are going to do if you want to brand, grow and develop your reputation. Don’t you know that the road to success has detours, road blocks, straight ways, bumps that you need to overcome in order to reach it?

VI. Love What They Dos

If you love what you do and do what you love, you shall be successful with it if done well and this passion is what the three had in common. The reason why many don’t make it to their dreams and visions is lack of passion for it and it is the contributing factor that may determine whether you are going to go backward or forward.

Some individuals out of their hobbies that they engaged in everyday have discovered for themselves great careers and achievements that could not have been possible if they had venture elsewhere.
You do also have what you love to do while you don’t know that you are sitting on a golden opportunity. Why not explore your life for this and others?

The problem with most people is that they actually don’t know what they love. Instead, if you ask, the person will be more than surprise and short of answers. So he or she will hide this by telling this, that and those which are excuses of depending oneself.

3 Lessons to Learn from them

You maybe asking yourself what is the meaning of all these. I have taken these three lessons that we all need to learn from Prof Wangari Maathai, Steve Jobs and Osama Bin Laden. These are:
  • Identify a need and solve it
  • Identify a problem and solve it
  • Find out what you passion for and go for it.

And those are few but important lessons you can learn from these three people. Otherwise, I have to conclude by saying that, we all have what it takes to brand, grow and develop our reputation if you follow the above three lessons.

I want to challenge you this time to speak your mind by leaving your comment. This is the only which I can know your reaction and I am always in a position to get back to you as soon as possible.
So go ahead, have your say below now and not later.

To your success,
Malok Mading –Is the author of this blog
 who writes reviews and general articles. Join me on Twitter or Facebook.

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