The At­ti­tude of a Brick Layer - a guide to achiev­ing a Bil­lion Dol­lar Vi­sion

Zambian Business Times - - LIFESTYLE -

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:

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