My Realised Dream

by Udoka Chiefe on 8th March, 2013 at 10:48 AM CEST

“The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but a wood that needs igniting”.

Who knows the future? Who can say, convincingly so, that they know exactly what is going to happen the very next day, the next week, next month, next year, or even the next decade down the line?

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I read the BBC article titled, “The Future of Technology...Who Knows“ where the writer took a trip back in time to former articles where past global leaders, supposed innovators in their fields failed to think innovatively, to consider the unlikely, to think about the future of technology and business and not of the future of the ‘NOW’. Where, alas, their convention over took their abilities to think of the inconceivable, the unimaginable and the incredible.

“Thinking differently” has apparently driven the last decade to being the most innovative one yet, yielding the mobile phone, social networking and spurred the rapid dissemination and obtainment of information in the form of Google and Wikipedia.

But looking back, looking through the glass of now, one would not seem foolhardy to assume that certain concepts, structures and technologies would be inconceivable to the human imagination, the stuff Science Fiction novels are made of. Conventional wisdom is good, but then we have to ask ourselves, do we use it a little too much for our own good? In the words of the late, yet incredibly great innovator, Steve Jobs, “People don’t know what they want till we show it to them”.

Every single day we hear and read stories of startling innovation, incredible ideas, progressive events and gatherings of like minds put together by young people with a dream and bold vision. Young people who realise that their time is now to shape and mould the world; ensure the sustainability of the environment they find themselves, and break the stereotypes of their upbringing.

I am always inspired by young people like William Kamkwamba who literally saw a need to provide electricity where he lived, read a book about using windmills to generate electricity and just built it – when he was only 15 years old! He didn’t have internet access to make use of search engines, like Google; neither did he have a Smartphone to call for help in the process of building the windmill. Worthy of note also is the fact that he dropped out of school due to poverty. He had no previous technical know-how or expertise - just a book and a will!

In addition, education is key, and with the advances and revolutions we see today in open and free e-learning platforms being offered by prestigious and quality universities, there’s no excuse why we cannot excel, except if we choose not to. William Kamkwamba got his idea from a book, but executed that idea to realise a dream. This says a lot about the world we live in, the world that is gradually unfolding before our very eyes. Yes we have the technology and the expertise, but what about those who live in remote villages, where water and electricity are a luxury? They make a difference! Despite the odds and the lack and the trials and the hardships.

What about you? What are you still waiting for? Ignite your mind!

Udoka Chiefe - Writers Action #9

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milica durutovic

milica durutovic

Excellent text, really likes me.. Especially this : " Conventional wisdom is good, but then we have to ask ourselves, do we use it a little too much for our own good? In the words of the late, yet incredibly great innovator, Steve Jobs, “People don’t know what they want till we show it to them . ”

8th March, 2013 @ 5:39 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

very nice words........ realy amazing...........

very well done!!!!

13th March, 2013 @ 3:15 PM CEST



Very encouraging and inspiring.

14th March, 2013 @ 9:04 AM CEST

Danna Joyce Chavez

Danna Joyce Chavez | Action team

this is truly inspiring! “People don’t know what they want till we show it to them”

15th March, 2013 @ 9:08 AM CEST

Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Great piece, full of wisdom!:) Cheers!

16th March, 2013 @ 2:19 PM CEST

Anthony Wanjala

Anthony Wanjala

Yes ,we may have bigger dreams but our ability and the available opportunies determines how far we can fulfill them.

16th March, 2013 @ 10:53 PM CEST

Anatoliy Biliciler

Anatoliy Biliciler | Action team

Don't want to sound pessimistic but i am sure there are much more failed attempts that we don't hear than the succes stories we hear, even all mighty, money printing nintendo had failed a huge investment, Virtual Boy so before you go taking over the world remember, you are not the first and won't be the last

18th March, 2013 @ 1:00 AM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

Success is very relative. So relative that failure for some is success for others. The best time to start something is 20 years ago, and the next best time is now; the worst time is never. Just do it, fail forward and you'd be a success on your own terms - fulfilled.

21st March, 2013 @ 7:36 PM CEST

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