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Go get the eighteenth duck


“SOME beautiful parts of life can’t be discovered without getting lost,” once noted Erol Ozan. Sometimes you need to be lost for you to discover yor ways. Rarely do you discover your ways before you can be lost first. What a lesson.

Motivation: STEVE NYAMBE

Self-transformation: The starting point

Trying to change a person will result in you losing him. On the other hand, any effort to change anyone will not produce anything fruitful. It will yield nothing except just to go and hit a solid wall. Period.

Why can’t you try this? There is another thing for you to do. That is to engage in this powerful gear of self-transformation. Which is none other than changing yourself. That’s the thing that will change everything.

Nothing will ever happen without you changing yourself. You change your thoughts, you change everything. If you don’t change your thoughts you will always remain were are. This is a key requirement of life.

Shalom Aleichem once said: “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich and a tragedy for the poor.” Just be poor in your pocket, but not in your mind. The mind is the nest of all good and bad things.

One type of a person being hunted

To be precise, life is always hunting for only one type of a person. Even organisations has vacancies for such. They have places to accommodate such individuals. Their brilliance is always sought after.

These are the solution providers. The winners. The classical masterpieces. The situational masters. The true life meaning extractors. Those who can deduce meaning and bring it to organisation’s table for it to benefit at the end.

These are the people who add value. These are the engine lubricants for great organisational growth.

Growth and solution provision is their best friends.

They enjoy playing around value addition. They just add value and nothing else.

When odds are down they always multiply growth by their presents. Their presents always brings a shining moment and leaves a legacy. A legacy that will leave for years to come.

They are the architects of life when anything rises.

The two fears of babies

Human psychology states that children are born with two fears. That is the fear of fall and fear of noise.

All other things which people fear later in life when they are now grown ups are learnt. They are learnt and acquired through day-to-day interactions. It’s these usual daily routines that tend to define many. So don’t be afraid.

The old man and his inheritance

A poor old man died in a certain land. But before his death he had a will written. This old man was very poor. He just had seventeen ducks which were also included in this will.

The will was to outline how his “wealth” was to be distributed among his three sons.

So after his death the will was taken and opened. It indicated that of his seventeen ducks there were supposed to be shared proportionally using the following ratios.

The eldest son was to get half of everything. The second eldest was entitled to a third. While the youngest was to just get a ninth. Nothing was wrong with this arrangement. The only challenge arose when the sharing was now being done. Its mathematical side.

To equally divide seventeen by half without leaving a remainder was an uphill task. It was just impossible. Let alone finding the other third and a ninth of seventeen.

It was a task that the three sons could not resolve, as this combination of odd and recurring fractions had troubled them.

After sometime of analysis without yielding any results, they then thought of engaging someone to assist them. They settled for one wise old man.

The wise man came and the story was narrated to him. He listened carefully to the narration. He took the will and checked its contents. Yes, it was just a difficult task.

“We are made wise not by the relocation of our past, but by the responsibility for our future,” advised George B Shaw.

Get the eighteenth duck

The wise man then proposed that the situation needed another extra duck to create an even number situation.

He brought in that extra one. Thus, the total number was now eighteen.

After this, the mathematics was now easy. This made it easier for the wise man to give the oldest son nine ducks. Leaving the other two getting six and two ducks respectively.

Now when you add nine, six and two you get seventeen. This meant the wise man had one duck remaining after sharing this inheritance. Resulting in him smiling and taking back his duck.

This is a true reflection of life. Life sometimes requires you to find the eighteenth duck. That is the only solution to your life. You have the ability to find the eighteenth duck and solve the problem. When you get that eighteenth duck, everything will be resolved. It can be done.

Be blessed.

Steve Nyambe is a motivational speaker and leadership coach. He can be contacted on +263 784 583 761 or his email: leadershiptouch@gmail.com

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