Real dreams, real leaders

Real dreams are very powerful! Also, real dreams have brought us to where we are on earth today and only genuine dreams will take us beyond here. Great companies started with dreams alone. Great edifices and buildings began with dreams on the inside of some dreamers. Also, mouth-opening expressways, world-class swimming pools, and shopping precincts began with dreams. Nothing of significance happens without dreams, real dreams!

For a dream to be authentic, its existence should be to solve at least a problem, so only problem-solving dreams are authentic. In other words, it is inauthentic if it does not solve any problem. Joseph’s dream in the Bible was to preserve posterity. Over the years, I have met with too far many people, who told me they were dreamers, but when you look at what they called dreams, you cannot really see what those dreams are breathing for. A genuine-dream breathes to solve problems!

Apart from the issue of a dream breathing to solve problems, let us swiftly look at what a dream does when it enters a dreamer’s heart. When a genuine dream enters your heart, everything begins to change about you. You will become disciplined almost immediately. You will become focused. You will become hard at work. You shall become passionate about knowledge and start building a functional library. On the condition that these—and more—do not happen to you, claiming that you have a dream is fallacious and fictitious!

Genuine dreams are everything and I feel sure that they have their source in God, the creator of the heavens and earth, but today, real dreams and dreamers are becoming scarce like an eagle. In the corridors of power in Nigeria are many ‘leaders’ who are void of genuine dreams for the poor man. And when people get to varied leadership positions without true dreams, they grab everything they can get; instead of giving to the people they have been elected to serve.

I opine that genuine dreams are neither copied nor cooked up! It is not something you just sit and fabricate. Dreams that change things and move humanity forward are usually very intuitive and instinctual in nature. “Joseph” did not cook up his singular dream. And it was not a spin-off and byproduct of selfish ambitions like we are having today in Nigeria and on this continent. His dream was not about building houses, raising new families and buying new cars. You know all those things people call dreams today. Am I saying that all I mentioned are not good? No! But the truth is; you don’t need to have a dream to achieve all that. True dreams are for higher purposes!

Taking this crucial issue further, in Africa, we have dreams to consume, not to produce. This is one of the major reasons we are very poor on this continent. For the status-quo to change, we need real leaders with real dreams to emerge. Men and women who have dreams to produce cars and build world-class companies need to start emerging like the “Innoson Motors” and other industrialists in other varied fields of business.

What sense does it make when we keep dreaming of buying what other people produce? We need real dreamers with real dreams that will lead to many emerging world-class companies, solving our problem of unemployment. We need politicians with real dreams of solving our national problems. We are sick and tired of problem creators!

Now, it is one thing to have a real dream, but it is another thing to be able to communicate and articulate it in a way that will make relevant people buy into it. Many real dreams have failed to see the light of day because those who had them did not know how to articulate them—wooing, courting and enticing relevant people that would invest in them. This is the major problem many dreamers are having today.

Joseph, in the Bible, did not know how to communicate his dream. When you do not know how to communicate your dream (s), instead of people to buy into it, they will resent, hate and envy you. At the time Joseph was talking to his brothers, I am sure; he too did not understand yet the real meaning of his dream. His dream had nothing to do with him ruling over his brothers as we are having in Africa today. His dream had nothing to do with sun and moon bowing down to him. This is why you are not allowed to communicate what you do not understand, if you do not want to make unnecessary enemies for yourself.

It was en route to the end that Joseph got to understand the real meaning of his dream. That said, it is imperative I let you know that every real dreamer needs to know that it is very important to understand the real meaning of their dreams before jumping out, talking to prospective investors. Remember, you cannot perfectly talk about what you do not understand.

Furthermore, how do you make people buy into your dream (s)? People do not buy into your dream (s) because it looks good and sounds interesting. Many people do not understand this. What’s it then? You need to excellently tell them what is in it for them, not what is in it for you alone. If you share with them on what’s in it alone for you, they will kick against it, instead of buying into it. This is why a lot of dreams are yet to see the light of day in this day and time. Lastly, people invest in what you have got to offer, not because they like your face, but because of what is in it for them. Till I come your way again next week Monday, see you where real leaders are found!

 

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