Thursday, March 24, 2011


Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him-1 Sam 16:18(KJV)

One of the young men spoke up, "I know someone. I've seen him myself: the son of Jesse of Bethlehem,

an excellent musician. He's also courageous, of age, well-spoken, and good-looking. And GOD is with

him-1 Sam 16:18(MSG)

You read well, ‘jack of all trades, master of ALL; not none as we have known it. "Jack of all trades, master of none" is a figure of speech used in reference to a person who is competent with many skills but is not outstanding in any particular one. Let me give a little tilt to that. Words are powerful, creative and efficacious. They have the power to control our lives. Proverbs/adages (words) of old are not exceptions. Man is a unique being who has a lot of potentials and has the capacity to do a lot. Let me quickly lay a foundation and see if I can submit all the thoughts in a single piece. I have come to realize that something is common to the RICH/POOR, MIGHTY/SMALL, LITERATE/ILLITERATE, WEALTHY/NON-WEALTHY, SERVANT/KING-it is called, NEED. Everyone seems to have a need at certain/all times. Believe me, the rich also cry. And you see, success/greatness/breakthrough is a product of meeting a need, solving a problem and/or becoming a solution. Your greatness and mine is tied to meeting a need. You need a lift? Then meet a need. This is a profound principle. If you grasp this a lot of issues will be resolved in your life.

Can I ‘unusually’ do a little sermonizing on this forum? lol. The scripture above, is the story of King Saul and how he was rejected by God and David anointed in his stead. Scriptures tell us that while David was anointed, the spirit of God came upon him and an evil from God troubled Saul (mind you, God permitted the evil spirit-He doesn’t have one)-1st Sam 16:14. Interestingly, when Saul’s servants realized that their boss was disturbed, they asked for permission to get someone who is cunning (skillful) in playing the harp (lyre)-1st Sam16:16.Please note that all they requested for was a SKILLFUL harpist. Skill! Skill!! Skill!!! Skill, my dear. The harp (lyre) is musical equipment. This simply shows us how powerful the tool of music is or could be. It is the food of the soul as some will say and that’s why we need to be careful on the kind of songs we listen to. (Anywayz, that’s not my focus today, perhaps some other time). Now one of the servants made a profound statement: ‘Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse(David) the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him-1st Sam 16:18’. After making that statement, Saul requested for David. You see, though all they needed was someone who had skill on the harp, this servant stated other attributes that David had (jack of all trades). See, no other servant could make any other statement. Me think that some of the servants could have said they had cousins, brothers or relatives who could play the harp as well. However, because of the other attributes mentioned about David, everyone shut up and perhaps concurred to get him. The truth is that everyone could have been playing such an instrument but one person was needed and that person had to have a different or more skills other than just playing the harp and so David was one-he was a man of war, a man prudent in matters, a comely person, a valiant man and God was with him. Gbam! Kindly note that the (our) world is competitive and it will take those with that ‘little extra’ to stand out. Your extra skill, your extra idea, your extra confidence, your extra your extra grace-those will bring you on board. No wonder I heard someone say one time that extra-ordinary people are just ordinary people who do extra things. Cest finis! The king (president, governor etc) will soon be desperate for an answer and many folks will submit their ‘CVs’ but what will get you the offer is that extra you’ve got . This is applicable any/everywhere even in the job market. Abi? Now I’m getting somewhere.

This is the point; discover your primary skill (your place and purpose) then build excellence, strength and expertise around it but don’t stop there, develop other attributes because your skill may take you to the top, it will take other factors to sustain you. You’ll realize that the David who played a harp in chapter 16 of 1st Samuel was seen at the battlefield (a war) in the following chapter. What is the correlation? One needs to be versatile. I should ask, after the B.Sc, what next, any professional skill, any plans for masters any self-development training. Do you feel disadvantage? But have you asked yourself any edge you have. The truth is that there is no degree you have, no skill or innovation that you’ve got that someone else doesn’t. What will stand you out/differentiate you is the little extra you put in. That stood David out and will do every other person. This even reminds me of a song about Jesus:

‘Bread of life sent down from glory,

Many things you were on earth a Holy King, a carpenter,

You are the living Word’

Many things!!!Hmmmn…many things. I’m not asking us to loose or dissipate energy o but what I believe is that the human being is complex and can do a lot. Jesus also spoke of a parable about a man who was going to a distant country and gave 5, 2 and 1 talents respectively to his servants. This simply shows that a good percentage (66%) had more than one talent (ability), only 33% had just a talent. I belong to the 66, how about you? Discover your place, build on it, become an authority and expert there in but don’t stop there-be VERSATILE. No wonder the saying; know everything about something and something about everything. Joseph in the bible needed more than dreams and interpretation thereof to become the prime minister, he needed economic sense to manage resources.

Let me stop here with a research conducted by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) several years ago. It was stated that through technology, the workplace is changing, and so are the skills that employees must have to be able to change with it. The research confirmed that there is a strong link between work force basics and the competitive life cycle of any new strategy, technology, product, or service. Deficiencies in basic skills undermine the cycle and cause delays, defects, and customer rejections. The research revealed that the most effective methodology to provide training in workplace basics is the applied approach, which links learning outcomes directly to job performance. The study identified 16 basic skills that the workplace of the future would need in the employee of the future: 1. Foundation Skill: Learning how to learn 2. Reading Competence 3. Writing Competence 4. Computation (mathematics) Competence 5. Communication - Listening (interpersonal skill) 6. Communication - Oral (verbalize thoughts) (interpersonal skill) 7. Adaptability: Creative Thinking (and conceptualize) 8. Adaptability: Problem Solving (and organization) 9. Personal Management: Self Esteem 10. Personal Management: Goal Setting/Motivation 11. Personal Management: Personal/Career Development 12. Group Effectiveness: Interpersonal Skills 13. Group Effectiveness: Negotiation (resolve conflict) 14. Group Effectiveness: Teamwork 15. Influence: Organizational Effectiveness 16. Influence: Leadership (and shared leadership)

I’d like to stop here. I’ll expound on some taking a clue from David in my later piece. 6 skills were mentioned and there is a seventh…until later in the week. Cheers.

Be all YOU CAN!

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