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By Patrick Achitabwino:

We keep on waiting for the right moment and most conducive environment to do business. We keep on waiting for the right moment to invest, the right moment to go back to school, the right moment that those in power can listen to us, the right moment this, the right moment that.

Little do we realise that the right moment will never come. Any moment you are in is the right moment to advance your ideas, to lead to fruition the innovations that have been laying idol in your brain, to stand for any public office you crave for. Yet we have always been waiting for the right moment

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Speaking at the conference of construction workers on January 24, 1946, Mahatma Gandhi said the following words of wisdom: “I will not wait till I have converted the whole society to my view but will straight away make a beginning with myself.”

We turn not to realise the impact that we, individually, no matter how small we are or perceived to be, can make towards changing the societies we live in. A single person can bring change. There is no doubt about that. Even the greatest change the world has ever seen gets started with a single person in such moments that were never right enough.

A single person called Confucius has impacted heavily on the Chinese society. One single person, Thomas Edison, revolutionised electricity. One single person, John D Rockfeller, made kerosene light lamps in peoples’ homes. One single person, Andrew Carnegie, revolutionised steel that saw sky scrapers being built and changing the course of housing in the world. One single person, William Kamkwamba, brought electricity to the people of his village through a windmill and we famously call him ‘The boy who harnessed the wind’.

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Let it be on record, that all things we treasure at the moment were brought upon by possibly one single person, in a very challenging environment. Alan Axelrod was right: “Even the greatest change begins with a single person, and that that change begins the moment that person begins it.”

His words of wisdom go on to proclaim: “If you mean to make a difference in the world or in your company, you cannot wait for others to begin the change, and you cannot even wait for your own changes to become widespread, let alone universal. Begin the project, no matter how ambitious, with yourself. Begin now.”

It is imperative to take note, however, that people will not agree with you. It is all because life wants you to be average. It is all because life has confinements that were set by others which you are attempting to break. By deciding to do the unthinkable you will be considered mad, you will be called many names, many people will disassociate with you. Don’t care about that. It is all because you are operating at the highest frequency such that their ears cannot grasp your knowledge. At best, opt out of argument with them. Any argument, even if you win it, consumes time and energy. Arguments are spanners in the wheels of advancing with your ideas and project. The wise have it that refusing to argue takes from your opponent the power of argument. Practice the art of depriving your opponent of a target.

The lesson is very simple: Keep your eyes on the ends, least you allow means to interfere with and obscure them. Focus on the results and there will be less and less time for dispute. Leave argument to your rivals. Invest your time in creating excellence.

Come to think about it. When a radio had been manufactured, Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer of British Post Office ridiculed it when he said: “The Americans have need of the telephone but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.”

Lee DeForest, an inventor, lambasted the television when he said: “While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.”

Ken Olson who was the president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation discredited the future of computers when he said: “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”

Ask yourself: Can the world do without the radio, the television and the computer? Those that never waited for the right moment went on with their ideas and they defied what was considered to be conventional thinking. Don’t wait, your time is now. Time has already been waiting for you.

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