True leaders are clearly those that leave entities better than they found them
1 weeks ago, 15:52
There are two people in my life whom I look up to as fathers. One of them saw an opportunity in 1974 to buy huge tracts of land for very little. This land was in the forest.
It was so far away that going there was like travelling out of town. People made fun of him that he had lost it. Why would anyone in their right senses go out and buy so much land in a place that seemed to have been forsaken by intelligent people?
There was no speculative information about the place and no developers were looking in that direction.
Today that same place has become a leafy suburb and dwelling place for the rich and famous and that father of mine is a billionaire many times over. He does not have to lift his fingers to do anything.
He is settled and his children and grand children are settled simply because of a decision that was made in 1974 which at the time looked foolish.
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My other father was allocated land by the Nigerian government in 1975. He did not have to pay much. He was required to just foot administrative charges.
He, however, did not see any sense in even paying for this and so he let the opportunity pass. Today the same land fetches in the neighbourhood of one million dollars per plot.
Mark Zuckerberg saw an opportunity that in his own words did not look like a business opportunity. He just wanted to be able to connect with other people and share experiences.
It turned out to be the business opportunity that has built one of the greatest companies on Earth and which in the process made him one of the richest people. Did he have foresight or was he just plain lucky? Is foresight something that can be learnt? Is luck predictable?
Is luck as simple as it has been described as when opportunity and preparedness meet? Is there something that a business leader can do to activate luck or foresight?
I do not have an answer to any of these questions but what I do know is that there are some people who seem able to see into some unseen crystal ball.
These people are the pioneers and they set new standards. They are the ones who have a record of firsts not by benchmarking but rather being the ones who create benchmarks.
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They are the descendants of the pioneer pyramid builders in Giza. Descendants of the builders of the wonders of the ancient world and they continue to build the modern world.
A look at the most innovative people on Earth appears to suggest that they did not set out to be innovative. They just had a different way of thinking and looking at the world.
For instance, most people have what I call finality thinking. When they look at anything they see final states. In reality, however, there is nothing around you that is final.
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