Like I mentioned in my weekend post, Chee wrote about what she learned/observed at the Evening with Wole Soyinka event. I got her permission to share, so enjoy :)
I met Professor Wole Soyinka yesterday, and in less than 5 minutes I made some serious observations. I did not speak with him, nor did I get a PROPER picture with him, but my mind was definitely at work while he spoke, and I started to think what makes him sooooo different from any other person I have ever met. I guess I would call this:
10 THINGS I OBSERVED (AND AM ARTICULATING), OF THE TIME I MET PROF. WOLE SOYINKA
- If you want to make a difference in life, you are called to STAND OUT not fit in. All of us trying to be a copy of a copy of a copy are diminishing our worth.
- Fame (and fortune) will seek you when you are servicing a need that has not yet been met in society.
- You have to unashamedly stand for what you believe in.
- The mark of a great leader is by how many other leaders he helped build, not by how many followers he had. #inspiresomeone
- Don't be afraid to be controversial. That's probably the only way you will be heard.
- Human worship is a sin, give honor to whom honor is due, but they ain't God tho!
- Professor Soyinka can probably beat me in a 100m race. At 81, he looks really strong.
- You will never know about something you don't know, until you seek to know. Have a healthy curiosity.
- Wisdom and knowledge are two very different things. Seek to have both.
- Above all, celebrate people while they are alive. Waiting for them to die before you celebrate their worth is almost an insult; in my opinion.
BAM! I think I wholeheartedly agree with everything she said.