I had heard so many good things about her. Yet I doubted. I could not believe what they said. I wanted to see for myself. So I decided to go and meet her.
From her I learnt that:
• You can find strength in shortcomings
• There is some amount of pride and arrogance everyone needs
• Out of nothing, you can create something – it only requires vision, diligence and integrity
• That excellence and quality can be a standard
• That no matter what anyone says or does, you can be the best
• That when things begin to work out for you, even those who mocked you will respect you
• We are given sufficient to make us who we should be, it is how we make use of what we have that counts, not how much we have
• Once people know you are a good leader, you will have no problem being followed.
Okay okay, I am rambling. Do you want to know who she is? See the pictures below…Click on them to see larger view.
I had a vacation to Dubai. It was fun, exposing and enlightening. Best I have ever had and the best place I have visited so far (because I like the temperature). I thoroughly enjoyed myself. “She” is Dubai.
So I said,“It was a true report that I heard in mine own land. Howbeit I believed not the words until I came, and mine eyes have seen it: and behold, the half was not told me…” [Paraphrase of 1 Kings 10: 6-10]. And I spent all the money I carried with me there – it finished in their mall.
To explain the lines above:
1. You can find strength in shortcomings – In Dubai there is a lot of sand. Instead of complaining that their land is desert, they turned an area into a recreation /tourist site – The Desert Safari. Amazing! My heart was in my mouth all through the ride on the sands.
2. There is some amount of pride and arrogance everyone needs – it was as if they believed money can buy anything. They have an artificial ice rink in that hot (38degC)land? They have something like Disney Land? They have a Zoo? By the time I saw that they are capable of almost anything, I was looking forward to seeing a polar bear in their zoo.
3. Out of nothing, you can create something – it only requires vision, diligence and integrity. The place was once a desert. The rest is self explanatory.
4. That excellence and quality can be a standard – OMG! The quality of their buildings and structures left me dumbfounded. The underground tunnel…the palm jumeria…If you see the exceptional treatment they give visitors, you would wonder if they are constantly on training. Then if you go to their fast food joint, you will see efficiency in service. 1 person attends to 1 customer in 3 minutes. Their bus stops have AC!!! Their metro is a tourist attraction. Excellence exudes from everything they do. They are very organized. I won’t talk about their first-rate schools or hospitals in this post.
5. That no matter what anyone says or does, you can be the best –oh yes, they have the biggest, tallest, most innovative of things there…they aim to be the best at all times.
6. That when things begin to work out for you, even those who mocked you will respect you – like me for example.
7. We are given sufficient to make us who we should be, it is how we make use of what we have that counts, not how much we have - Reminds me of the parables of the talents. The more you use what is given to you, the more you get. Everyone wants to invest there.
8. Once people know you are a good leader, you will have no problem being followed – and ultimately, you have more people doing good.
Ok, I am not trying to market the place to you, but it is worth visiting for a vacation (among other things, my female counterparts understand). As I landed Nigeria, it was back to hold up and electricity issues. That is why I started listening to a friend who had been talking about “Light Up Nigeria”. Please feel free to join the group as Nigeria is transformed to a better place in that area.
It is not too late to see a change in Nigeria. Let us all take out time to pray that the kingdom of God will be established in Nigeria. Let us continually pray for our leaders, and those in authority. And let us not forget that tiny drops of water make the ocean - if individually we do what is right and good for Nigeria, collectively we make Nigeria a great place.
And if you hear that there is position for Minister of Tourism…nominate me :-) I have great plans for Nigeria, ever since I visited Dubai.
Have a blessed weekend ahead.