LET US LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES – Wale Adegbuyi
Mistakes has different names but whichever one is given to it, be it inadequacies, deficiency, limitations, weakness or even failing, the key thing is there can never be an ideal situation. Can there be a perfect situation? Practical No! even scientifically it is proven and in business world, “ceteris paribus” when things are to be fixed, meaning “all things being equal” it’s a way of telling the partner that the thing will work as planned only if all things are equal and naturally thing will never be equal. This is enough a lesson for us all to know that, mistakes are part of life, but failure to learn from mistakes is the crime that deserve no forgiveness.
Let’s look at an innocent child, he’s careless about anything, they make natural mistakes without worries, but when corrected you never see them do it again, that is the way life should be, from such logic we can actually develop a lot of new thing and make the world go round. Several scientists never got it right at first attempt. Albert Einstein did his research about a thousand and one times but he ended up illuminating the world and several other people have over the years learnt from his wealth of knowledge. One of the foremost American presidents Abraham Lincoln, attempted several things in life but never got it right but he ended up becoming a president and revolutionize America.
“You know who you love, you never know who loves you, therefore, do the right thing and let your conscience place you on the path of posterity”.
The Chinese economy was a weak one in the sixties the very moment they learnt from their failures, the system was revolutionize and ended up being one of the best economies of the world today. So mistake is not a crime it is refusal to learn from mistakes that is deadly. It is unfortunate, that what lead to the woos and backwardness in Africa today is because we don’t believe we made mistakes because we will rather shift blames on economy, parents, boss, siblings, environment, government, the people and some will even say God the creator of the universe, because we failed to realize our mistakes, which all we needed to do is convert the mistakes to success and move on in life, moment we accept that we are wrong then the way to success is already opened.
The country has successfully produced 13 presidents/heads of state, yet no one has ever accepted to have made mistakes that lead the country to a ruin we are wallowing in today, each time they assume office they blame their predecessor for the failure of the system, yet they have not being able to make any meaningful impact and when asked they simple tell you “it is the system”, what is the definition of systems, is the system spiritual?
Nigeria is where we are today because we refuse to learn from the past mistakes, if our past leaders after their years of misrule, accepted their mistakes and advise their successors to look into the areas where they considered they made errors, their successor would have learnt and as well caution themselves on the path to follow to make the country great. The exaltation of our failed leadership has brought us woos in Nigeria.
the resent leadership is even the worse of all the leaders, because despite obvious facts that they have failed, they keep passing the bulk to everyone around them, so funny is the gullible electorate who will fight publicly to defend a failed leadership, unfortunately, he hasn’t paid his house rent, his children tuition and he’s not responsible to his family, because he is either laid off due to poor economic policy or he has no job at all due to poor investment environment, yet, whenever issue arises he name tagged contenders that they are members of opposition parties whose his supported leadership has stopped from free money.
The sayings that “Youths are the leaders of tomorrow” is on the reverse in Nigeria, because the people ruling from the beginning of Nigeria are still ruling just because they failed to accept responsibilities.
The worse now is blaming the youth for their failures, because shame has caught up with them, they couldn’t find content to blame past leaders again, it is now the youth, the pathetic scenario is blaming a dead man’s (Ghadaffi of Libya) action for the insecurity of a nation under a trained retired military man. If Ghadaffi boys couldn’t disturb the closest countries to it, why Nigeria? I guess there is a complicity here, we therefore need to query our leaders who imported criminals to our nation and asking us to relinquish our God given arable farmland to terrorist to graze their cattle.
The most unfriendly and terrible thing that has happened to us, is to find it hard to criticize constructively, because some people are natural loyalist to failures. They will defend their pastor, imam, and priest even when the obvious is very obvious.
Let us wake up and return to the drawing board, let us blame ourselves individually and do the right thing. That man you defend doesn’t love you, he is only using you once he’s true with you, you are off your feet or once he can find a substitute, that ends your relationship and every excuse will be available to throw you off balance.
You know who you love, you never know who loves you, therefore, do the right thing and let your conscience place you on the path of posterity.
Let us learn today from our mistakes and move our lives and the nation forward.
Adegbuyi, Adejare Olawale