I remember how back in my undergrad days (can’t remember what level now) the network giant MTN sponsored a program where Les Brown, one of America’s foremost motivational speakers, was invited to speak to us undergraduates.
And without a doubt, he did a hell of a job of it.
Well, he wouldn’t have done any less for a service fee of $50,000.
Yes, you heard me clearly. He earned $50,000, back in 2010, to tell us good stuffs.
But that’s by the way…
He did his thing and did it like the master motivator that he was…
He provoked the emotions of many as he recounted his grass to grace story. Even the seemingly hard guys soon became teary-eyed.
But before we could call for a pity party, he had begun got to throw the classic punch lines at us, getting us all psyched up:
“If I can make it, you can make it… Don’t see a problem, see a challenge… 😎Believe you can do it, trust in yourself…Focus on the process not the destination…If you can think it, you can achieve it”, bla bla bla
By this time, the room was up in smoke (not literally). Majority of the students in attendance were already getting fired up to go take over the world. We all couldn’t wait to leave the auditorium to go pull up mountains and pull down the sky.
Such was the excitement Les Brown’s pep talk created.
You could tell that he was visibly impressed at the ‘commotion’ he had created as he bade us farewell and left the podium, $50,000 richer.
Hardly had he left the podium than the anchor came up to tell us a class act was about to take on the stage. The program was about to come to an end with a performance by a star artiste.
Ladies and gentlemen, make some noise as I present to you Nigeria’s No 1 rapper, the one and only MI!…
The last words had barely left his mouth than the audience (students freshly inspired) jumped off their seats and rend the air with a deafening scream…
Then came in the Mr Incredible (MI) himself, doing his hit track at the time.
The song was Anoti.
And trust me when I tell you that he brought the roof down with it.
Boy! The ‘just ignited’ students were doubly ignited. Some even made to run onstage just to touch the helm of MI’s garment. The bouncers had a hell of a job restraining them.
Think about it…
Just some minutes ago, this lot were being stimulated by Brown’s powerful speech. But before you could say Jack, they were gyrating away to MI’s brand new beat with careless abandon.
In no time, the bulk of them had danced $50,000 worth of Les Brown’s motivation away.
They left the auditorium more pumped up with MI’s hit song than with Les Brown’s fair speeches.
When all is said and done,
Motivation is an internal process which only the person can control. Others can influence, encourage, or inspire. Only the receiver can motivate themselves to action. Jean-Pierre