10 Lessons in Pursuit Of Purpose (P.O.P)
By Brian Maregedze
It is undisputed that 2020 has not been an easy year, at least to the majority of people globally. Although the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) has been a serious challenge, the question on our purpose as humanity on earth equally demands important moments of reflection. There are at least 10 lessons l found intriguing and worth sharing after reading Ralph Kadurira’s 2018 publication, 109 Pursuit Of Purpose (P.O.P) Aphorisms published under Mind Blowers Publishers. Ralph Kadurira has four other books to his name. With high school learners in mind especially those writing and preparing for public examinations in Zimbabwe, philosophical and biblical teachings can be drawn from 109 P.O.P (Aphorisms);
1. Everyone is uniquely designed for a purpose
It is under uncertain times that hope is lost. Why are you here on earth? Why are you alive? From a functionalist entry point, Ralph is noticeably clear that everyone is uniquely designed for a purpose. This is so because purpose goes beyond financial gain but guarantees a life full of meaning.
2. Discover your purpose
Everyone must discover her/his purpose. It is that which you already have. What you only need is to DISCOVER your purpose. It is not going to be easy for you to sacrifice and do what ever it takes to succeed be it academically or in extra-curricular activities if you don’t know purpose. Reading Ralph Kadurira’s books is vital in the quest for a #purposedriven life.
3. Be passionate about what you do
Citing other writers on passion, it is noted that, “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”-Steve Jobs
With passion, one can courageously move mountains. The struggle may be there, but it is all confronted with zeal and burning energy. Candidates writing the public examinations under the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) undoubtedly are uncertain about the prospects of excellent results. Writing examinations under Covid-19 compounded by a long year without having proper learning environment isn’t an easy task.
4. Constancy of purpose
Under the principle of constancy of purpose, long-term thinking and improvement is vital in the life of every learner. Gesturing towards the greater good and results must be upheld. 2020 may have been a challenging year but remaining in touch with constancy of purpose is crucial. By being consistent in continuous study and sharing knowledge, it is possible to excel resoundingly.
Efforts have been made before to stall the public examinations in Zimbabwe but with no success. Instead of listening to gossip and rumours on whether the public examinations in Zimbabwe are still to be written or not, FOCUS in reading, revising and making sure you know all your material is vital. Ralph Kadurira is very apt when he notes that, “purpose will not allow you to engage in unnecessary talk.” As you pursue your purpose, don’t allow yourself to be drawn into social media fake news but rather FOCUS on your GOALS. More notable is that those the purpose driven don’t have time to fall for distractions. Beyond public examinations, those who pursue purpose remain FOCUSED.
6. Be responsible!
It is easy for some learners in 2020 to say that they are likely to fail due to the pandemic, lack of resources to learn, lack of access to resource persons in the form of classroom instructors among other reasons. However, it must be acknowledged that it is your RESPONSIBILITY by all means to fight and win. The Zimbabwe crises have manifested variously over the past two decades, but important decisions must be made in life, that is, to exit your excuses and BE RESPONSIBLE.
7. Eat that frog!
Instead of ONLY being a planner and a schemer, ACT on your plans. Many at times learners write and read the timetable daily but without being faithful to the timetable. Whenever one is studying, it is easier to read, revise on familiar topics rather than to take up challenging topics. As such, Brian Tracy wrote, Eat that Frog! to promote an action driven plan in everyday life. In 109 P.O.P, it is a recurring theme to take up challenges and be ACTION oriented.
8. Law of attraction
If you ACT on that which you love, it is possible to find volunteers who support your cause or your purpose in life. The story of Mind Blowers Children’s Fund started by Ralph Kadurira is a typical example. This initiative had other supporting hands because Ralph was equally able to take ACTION in offering a giving hand to those in need. You are responsible for changing the course of your LIFE if you take the right steps.
9. Associate with the RIGHT people
Reading P.O.P closely, the power of association is related to the biblical story of Mary and Elizabeth who shared similar purpose. Reading the biblical book of Luke is instructive on the story of Mary and Elizabeth. Away from the bible, the power of association is made clear. Who do you play around with? Association comes with influence for the better while to some, it may result in catastrophic life decisions. In 109 P.O.P, Bishop David Abioye is cited saying, “Association is vital to every man in pursuit and fulfilment of destiny. Who you follow determines what follows you. Where you stand determines how and what you view.”
10. Don’t settle for less
Aiming higher and chasing excellence is key to pursue and unlock your purpose. Obstacles may be there but always aim to bring the trophy home. So, what are you waiting for? In Pursuit of Purpose!!!
Author, historian & columnist