“Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.” – Mark 10:43b-44

What does it mean to be great? The world most often defines greatness through one’s accomplishments. Think back to ancient history when Alexander the Great conquered the known world by the time he was 33 years old, only to weep because there was nothing left to conquer. Later, Thomas Edison would have over a thousand patents to his name. Or, what about Einstein and his amazing discoveries in quantum physics?

Still others might argue that real greatness is all about power. In Jesus’ time, Caesar Augustus was considered truly great because of all the power he held. In the modern world, you might look at the Oval Office where Presidents of the United States sit as a place of true power and influence. But is power what really defines greatness?

In reality, anyone can become great. Perhaps not according to the world’s definition – or even according to your own definition. Jesus tells us how: “…whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.” Jesus – the greatest man to ever exist said that He didn’t come to be served; He came to serve. This heart of service eventually led Him to trade His life for our salvation.

The greatest man (Jesus), was also the greatest servant. And that is what He calls us to do. No personal accomplishment, patent or scientific discovery, worldly power, and not even a President – nothing in this earthly world can be considered truly great in the eternal. Follow the footsteps of Jesus. Serve your fellow man. That’s the only lasting road to true greatness.

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Be Inspired

When Omotunde "Adaku" Adebowale — a graduate of Law from Lagos State University, left Law School, she wanted a career in the media industry. She approached many media outfits, including Channels TV and even Galaxy TV, but she was rejected.

In fact, Channels TV rejected her because she could not pronounce "Arthur" — the name of the man who interviewed her.

Galaxy TV rejected her because she was "fat" and had "an ugly face" for TV.

Her parents wanted her to be a lawyer and were disappointed with her new choice of career that might fetch just a meagre income for her. But she never gave up on her dreams and started practicing pronunciation of words and names.

She practiced law for three years but on realising her ambition, she enrolled at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Training School in Lagos, performed well, and was immediately given a Contract Employment with Radio Nigeria where she stayed for nearly two years before moving on to WAZOBIA FM.

When asked in an interview by 'Nonye Ben-Nwankwo of “The Citizen” which was published on March 1, 2014, how she got on radio, she said:

"I am not on radio because I couldn’t find another job. It is just passion-based. I enjoy entertaining people. 

I wanted to do what I was passionate about and not just about what I read in school. I was once with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria. When I heard about Wazobia, it became a challenge for me. I wasn’t even sure I could do it but I went for the audition.

It was a tough one (the audition) because a lot of people came for it. By the time I was auditioned, it was almost over.

I was invited four months later. That was how I started. It wasn’t easy at first because I had to go through the teething problems.

Some listeners criticised me. But every criticism I got made me stronger.

The more you do something, the better you get at that thing.''

Adebowale hails from Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State but she's always mistaken for an Igbo lady due to her roles in movies, especially the "Adaku" she portrayed in Funke Akindele's “Jenifa's Diary” which she played perfectly that got many viewers arguing whether she's Yoruba or Igbo.

When she hit stardom, Galaxy TV who had rejected her beforehand because she was "fat and ugly" tried to recruit her but she replied to the management that they couldn't afford her pay.

Omotunde Adebowale is now a Nigerian Multi award-winning Radio and TV Host, Comedienne, Compere, Dramatist, and Actress. She was an On-Air personality and a Newsreader for CoolFM and WazobiaFM (known as Lolo1 of Wazobia) until July 10, 2019, when she left the station.

So, be good at what you do. Be consistent. Be successful and they will chase after you.

Credit: HistoryVille

Passion is a strong desire that can get you to do amazing things in life. But passion without a corresponding action yields no worthwhile results.

Find your passion. Don't give up!

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James Allen, in his book As a Man Thinketh says, All that a man achieves or fails to achieve, is the direct result of his thoughts. 

Do you believe that? If you do, you will place a high value on good thinking. It will become a priority in your life. Success doesn't come by accident. You don't stumble into it then figure it out afterwards.

Whether you are a business person, doctor, a minister, pharmacist, engineer, a teacher, a parent, or whatever, your level of success will increase dramatically if you place a high value on good thinking. The better your thinking, the better your prospects in life. 

Playwright Victor Hugo said, A small man is made up of small thoughts. People who don't develop and practice good thinking usually find themselves at mercy of circumstances or other peoples thoughts. They are unable to solve problems. They find themselves facing the same obstacles over and over. And because they don't think ahead they're habitually in reaction mode.

Old German proverb says, Better an empty purse than head. Good thinkers overcome difficulties, including lack of resources. And generally, poor thinkers are at the mercy of good thinkers.

Capital isn't so important. Experiences isn't either. You can get both these things. Whats important is ideas. If you have ideas you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you can do with your life. Solomon writes, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverb 23:7). And the good news is its not too late for you to become a good thinker. Start today to think, to unlock your potentials, it is possible. 

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Written by: El Smak EloSina

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