The Attitude of a Brick Layer - a guide to achieving a Billion Dollar Vision
By Malama Simukwai.
“I have a dream, that one day we will be free.” In the great words of Martin Luther King Jr, most people I have met dream big and not only do they dream, but have great visions and goals.
Unfortunately having a big dream and a great vision isn’t it enough. The question we must ask ourselves is, what are we doing to achieve the dreams that we have? we need to realize that in life what matters is the small things and not the big ones.
As magnificent as the Great Wall of China is, we need to recognize and appreciate the building steps that were taken to erect it; and that its fortress was built brick by brick. Our lives are very similar to a puzzle, so that, as much as we have the bigger picture of where we want to go in mind, we should never forget the impact that the small things we do have on the overall bigger picture. So do not neglect the small pieces.
It is the coming together of the small bricks that make the $USD1billion - billion dollar - vision as great as we imagine. So even though Martin Luther King Jr. had a great dream, what brought the dream to reality was the small efforts he made towards it.
So it is vital then that we must make sure everything we do adds up to the bigger picture that we have. This is what I like to call the ‘bricklayer principle’, which essentially states that every small brick that the bricklayer puts downs adds up to the beautiful house we admire. It seems like common sense but we need to be reminded that, we must never go a day in life without laying down a brick that contributes towards the future we want.
Everything you watch, listen to, every friend you have, literally everything you do must add up to the future you want to create. Each piece of the puzzle has a great impact on the overall picture, so your focus should be on mastering how each piece adds up to the overall goal.
Many people want the cake but don’t invest in knowing how to bake the cake.
We should all understand that it’s the small ingredients that make the cake you dream of. No matter how beautiful you visualize that cake you will never have it if you don’t work the ingredients one by one.
We all admire great athletes like Tiger Woods but what we don’t realize is that it’s the small things like; going out to the golf course every morning and practicing his swing are what got him to be the best at what he does. Did you know that he hits over 3,000 golf balls daily to perfect his shots?
It’s the small efforts that Christiano Ronaldo made when he stayed back after training to practice how to hit a free kick, the small efforts Aliko Dangote made when he started selling imported vegetables, the small efforts that Nelson Mandela made when he preached the message of love to every person he met.
Always remember that life is governed by the bricklayer principle, with you being the bricklayer and your vision being the architectural design. Every brick that you lay adds up to the bigger picture. So go out and start working towards your dream, it starts now!
The bible in Zechariah 4: 10 says "Do not despise these small beginnings?"
Malama Simukwai is a Top Business and Property Analyst at Urban Africa Group. He is contactable on: