We have a new breed of losers amongst us. Sadly, it often includes you and I. I worry about us Africans in particular – the many Mr. or Mrs. Excuse I’ve met. They infamously host the most glamorous Annual Pity Parties you’ll ever attend, and unfortunately we all attend one every now and then. Did you know that before your time is done, there’s a version of yourself that you are supposed to meet? – a real, walking, talking, powerful and greater edition of YOU! However, you have to cross a wobbly, uncharted and intimidating bridge to meet that superior self. That bridge is the reason why many little engines that could, ultimately did not.

We live in the most empowered times today. We can do greater things faster and more efficiently than ever before. Yet,  the majority of us are still stuck in the “copy and paste” workforce queue, where you pay for institutional education, apply for a work position, hope to scale up and press repeat. You do not create. Sure, your degree and job are great – they help you pay your bills, take your kids to school, make your parents proud and be a good person until you die; fantastic. But, until you create something (even within your job)…. you will never meet the bit of God in you. Everybody has it; it manifests as a talent. You are sent here with an ability to leave your mark in the world, but all this means nothing at all if you are unable to wake yourself up from a world of intent into a world of action. Your faith is too small. You are too soft.

“We can do greater things faster and more efficiently than ever before. Yet,  the majority of us are still stuck in the “copy and paste” workforce queue”

I can hear the backlash from Mr. and Mrs. Excuse already – “We don’t all have the same responsibilities, some of us have sacrificed to make…”, “Sometimes it just feels like life is targeting me, it’s really hard”, “It takes a lot of money”, “We don’t all want the same thing” – sure we don’t, but we all want something. That person you imagine when you dream exists… but you have to cross the bridge to meet them. This is about giving your gift to the world; it’s a duty to yourself that you must fulfill in order to live a full life. The world could be one person, it could be a million but if you are not creating an impact on somebody somewhere then you are just another ticket, copying and pasting somebody else’s talent. Time will bring you in and spit you out, and nobody will remember you.

“That person you imagine when you dream exists… but you have to cross the bridge to meet them.”

Suffering, poverty, loss, depression and the unexpected are all common mishaps that life will dish out to everyone. Never be so arrogant as to think that life turned all its attention just to target you out of the whole universe. We need to be stronger than that. We need leaders in our continent, in our communities and in our homes. You are soft if you give up on something you believe in, you are soft if you settle for less than who you think you are and you are softest when you walk away from something you already created. Watch Mr. Excuse run from his newborn child or leave the love of his life over a fight instead of actually fighting it over so he can stay. Or watch Mrs. Excuse chant about the independent woman but never follows through on her ambition because it’s still a mans world. They’ll never meet their extraordinary self. Out of ALL of us, when was the last time somebody African innovated the world? Think about that.. then man up / woman up. Stop being soft.