Scrolling through my Instagram feed late August, the poster for this conference caught my attention and i was like “OMG!!! Fela Durotoye & Steve Harris live in the flesh” I was so gassed. I had to be in attendance.
Amazing conferences like this usually happen in Lagos so you can understand my excitement when I discovered it was holding in port Harcourt.
Talk About Coincidence
I don’t believe in luck or coincidence. Everything does happen for a reason. I didn’t know who Jimi Tewe was prior to that day. When I discovered I was following him on Instagram I was shocked but excited at the same time. I mean how else would I have found out about an event this wonderful.
I went with my friend and honestly, I left there a different person. What excited me the most was that these were hardworking Christians whose lives are completely yielded to God so there was a blend of biblical truths with earthly manifestations.
The wisdom shared in this conference is something everyone should know. Being an awesome person, let me bless your life as mine was:
A. K. A “Mr Ruthless Execution”. If you’re just seeing this name for the first time, what rock have you been living under? Read all about him HERE.
Desire for success isn’t enough, you must become uncomfortable with your status quo. If the results of the people you surround yourself don’t inspire and intimidate you, you need new friends.
Your mind is standing in the way of your progress. Wherever you are right now in your life, you caused and allowed it.
We all want to blow but what’s the mechanism by which you’ll blow? You have to be hungry enough to pursue success. How bad do you really want it? Poverty can be a blessing because it opens your eyes.
Managing The Seasons Of Your Life
Your clock’s ticking and you won’t remain this age forever.
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” – Psalms 90:12 KJV
Going by this scripture, let’s assume that your life is a week of days where each day represents a decade.
We’re all living in a particular day we’ll never get back so how do we manage the seasons of our life?
Monday (0-10): The Season of Discovery
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 KJV
Michael Jackson was already a pop star at age 5.
Tiger Woods had gained recognition at age 3 on an American show.
His father started teaching him how to golf. When he was 4, he’d wake up at 4a.m to play golf for an hour everyday before school. When he was 6 he’d wake up at 4a.m to play golf for 2 hours everyday before school.
By age 18, he was World Amateur Champion and at 19, World Number 1 Professional. That’s 16years work experience but some of us have 16years work experience in sleeping.
What were your gifts as a child? What do you do for fun and time just passes by?
Tuesday (11-20): The Season of Practice
This is the time to display and make mistakes with your gift, that which comes naturally to you. Talent is God given. Skill is diligence, discipline, and developed talent. Business is profit.
The interesting irony is how can you practice (Tuesday) what you’ve not discovered (Monday)?
The story of David and Goliath. What the soldiers saw as an obstacle when they looked at Goliath was what David saw as someone that was too big too miss. He knew he could kill Goliath (1 Samuel 17).
David wasn’t old enough to join the army, he wasn’t qualified. He had an incredible skill that nobody could vouch for. Your youth is meant for competence development. You want to blow without a track record.
How’s that possible?
If your gift has not made room for you, make room for your gift. David kept talking about his gift until he got the attention of the King.
For every carpenter, each problem is a nail. To every footballer, every problem is a ball. For every warrior, every adversary is an enemy. To you what is a problem?
Wednesday (21-30): The Season of Performance
This is the time to naturally display your competencies but how can you perform what you’ve not practiced, and how can you practice what you’ve not discovered?
Your degree doesn’t guarantee you a job, your performance of your skill does. If you have a gift, you have to constantly refine it.
You haven’t practiced your gift, worked on your gift, and built your gift, therefore nobody will trust you. David wasn’t qualified but had a track record of performance.
Thursday (31-40):The Season of Mastery
This is when you’ve become a master of your gift but how can you master what you’ve not performed, how can you perform what you’ve not practiced, and how can you practice what you’ve not discovered?
Don’t hit Thursday and not be a master.
- It’s possible to be having the results of Thursday while you’re still in Tuesday. It’s also possible to be in Thursday and have the results of Monday. It all depends on speed.
- Some of your gifts are time-bound, for example: footballers.
- When people mention your name what will come up? “File not found” or “sorry did you mean…”
- Success is intentional not everything comes by prayer and fasting.
Everything God has given you is fit and designed for your purpose. Stop looking for certifications for what God has designed you to do naturally, when all you need to do is refine those gifts. A diamond is a diamond even when dirty but then it has to be refined to reach maximum potential. Don’t do anything because it’s in vogue.
Fish don’t take fishing lessons but there are diving techniques to catch pray that must be cultivated over time. Birds don’t go to flight school but there’s a process of learning to fly.
God doesn’t give you gifts for nothing. A farmer has his machete and cutlass. What are your tools for your trade?
Friday (41-50): The Season of Mentoring and Multiplication
This is the time to pour yourselves into others. How can you mentor and multiply what you’ve not mastered, how can you master what you’ve not performed, how can you perform what you’ve not practiced, and how can you practice what you’ve not discovered?
Sadly we live in a part of the world where people say things like “Don’t share your secrets with other people”, “Hide yourself, don’t let people see how you do things”
If you want to know how good a coach is, go and look at his players
Saturday (51-60): The Season of Recreation
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” -Genesis 8:22 KJV
In the words of Warren Buffet, “No matter what you do, if you got 9 women pregnant at the same time, you can’t have the baby in one month”.
Process can’t be skipped. Some things will take time. Start thinking about the next phase of your business, the next dimension of your value chain. Rebrand and recreate yourself. Oprah has moved from talk show queen to a network owner, still the same industry but a different value chain.
Sunday (61-70): The Season of Rest and Rejuvenation
This is your time to enjoy the fruits of the day before. You have no business working on the weekend, money must be working for you at this point. Don’t go into the twilight years of your life being a gateman (using power to do things you’re not supposed to be doing). If you live past Sunday, you’re on a public holiday.
Whatever day you’re in, you can accelerate your season.
- Start walking with people whose results inspire and intimidate you
- Don’t get upset and intimidated by their success
He who walks with the wise shall himself be wise. Who you walking with?
That’s it from the stables of Steve Harris, I’m currently in Wednesday afternoon with the results of Tuesday morning. Clearly, I have loads of catching up to do. Time to buy my running shoes.
What day are you in and what results do you currently display?
Don’t miss out on Olori Ajayi’s session: Understanding Where You Are In Your Life