This post was inspired by a Facebook post of Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo
If you chase two rabbits, both will escape
Our cultures today encourage ‘multi-tasking’, success is now being measured in the number of ‘things’ you can do at a particular time. While this may be good, it has it down sides particularly on our achievements. There is a striking difference between a man who spreads all of his strengths doing so many things, and a man focusing his strengths doing a particular thing. While the former may be acknowledged as multi-talented, a jack of all trades, the latter will be acknowledged as a master. Consider a broom, if it’s sticks are spread with one stick sweeping the sitting room, another stick sweeping the bedroom, and another stick sweeping the corridor, how effective will that broom be? We are like scattered broom sticks when we get ourselves involved in more things than we can manage, when we do not focus on our focus, when we spread our strengths and do not channel it towards a purpose.
Why do we do this?
For some people, they easily get lured into new things…a new business for example (never mind that the old business is not stable yet), for others it’s a matter of competition with others (who have different strengths, different purposes from ours).
We need to learn to focus on a thing at a time. We need to learn to focus on our strengths, to stay in our place, our purpose, oour calling. Develop your strengths, grow in them. Focus on those one, two, three things that you naturally and effortlessly excel at.
If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.