The legacy of our Founding Father of peace has been fulfilled; the legacy of his successor of stability has been fulfilled. Now it is our third President and our task to lead our nation towards prosperity – to economic well-being.
Worldwide studies revealed that the one thing which is the most important in making a difference as part of a leader’s life is vision. It also revealed that less than 10% of people have a clear vision for themselves. Hellen Keller said: “Is there anything worse than blindness? Oh yes! A person with sight and no vision”.
Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion. E Paul Harvey said: “A blind man’s world is bounded by the limits of his touch; an ignorant man’s world by the limit of his knowledge; a great man’s world by the limits of his vision”.
Another said: “Give a clear vision that we know where to stand and what to stand for, because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.” After my family and I travelled the world for nine months, I realized the one thing that distinguishes us as Namibians from all other Nations is that we have vision.
The vision imparted in us as a nation is unique. Peace, stability, prosperity is part of it. Yes, we have Vision 2030 and the Harambee Plan, but even better; the dream that we should be an example for Africa and Africa should be the hope of the world. The words attached to it differ but, the overall message is the same.
We as normal Namibian citizens, can see something, we can see a picture of the future of a country Namibia, which is the hope for Africa. That’s why we should do the following: We will honour, respect and pray for our government, we’ll work hard in unity with one another, we’ll join hands as business, government and church leaders, we’ll be severe on corruption, we’ll accept responsibility for the outcome of prosperity, we’ll unselfishly take action - we can see the picture of all Namibians being economically well. Benjamin Zander said: “Vision is about shared energy, a sense of awe, a sense of possibility”.
True vision will always move people to a better place, it will formulate the future, it will create conflict and it will defeat passivity. Joel Barker said: “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”
A wise leader said that there are a few vision killers. Leaders who become comfortable with point A (why will they move?), if we are not deliberate or diligent enough, and if we are not brave enough. Kirbyjon Goldwell said: “Excuses are tools to nothingness”.
As Namibians we are hugely advantaged – we have a dream, we have a vison, but for too long we waited for others, we have waited for the church; we felt the government should do everything and we remained passive.
We are nearly 30 years old as a nation. The government created peace and stability; it is us, as individuals who should break the passivity.
Jack Welch (CEO of General Electric) said: “Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion.”
Take action, there where you are. Do your job well and with excellence. Stop tolerating mediocrity. Stop all forms of corruption around you. Talk about your dreams and look like-minded people up. Offer your help to others who already are busy with doing something about the need that stirs your heart. Start with yourself and break the passivity.
Today, my take home message is – the Namibian dream is in all true Namibian hearts and minds – that is unique, but it’s time to be sick of passivity!
Lead deliberately and diligently – there where you are!