The Conscious use of Influence 2 | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

I think that the culture and tradition that we have neglected in a great way addresses how we should consciously use influence on our peers and on the younger generation. In those days, traditions and cultures or professions were handed down from one generation to another generation. It was so profound that a particular family was known for a kind of job and that job also determined what name they bore from one generation to the other. If you come down to the South Western part of Nigeria which comprises the Yoruba people, you would hear names like Ayan , Ode , Ogun ,,,
If anyones name started with Ayan (which would sound as dodo in musical notes), you would easily say that the person is from a family of drummers. If it was about 20 to 30 years ago, you would rightly presume that the person can beat a certain type of drum very well. This presumption will only be based on the fact that fathers would teach their sons whatever they were capable of doing and sons would take it up as a profession. When the sons begin to procreate they would also teach their grownups how to do what their fathers taught them. That way, the family did not only have a culture and tradition to hand down to another generation, it also had a profession to hand down to the next generation.
When you hear the name of a family beginning with Ode (which in musical notes would sound like re re) then you can safely say that it was a family of hunters. Way back in the days of heavy tradition and culture, these were the people who primarily hunted for a living and as well protected the people in the community. They hunted with dogs and with time brought in their young men to learn how to hunt and as well brush up shooting skills either with the gun or catapults as the situation may demand.
It is very obvious that this is no longer in place today and one way it is affecting us is that we are no longer consciously affecting the lives of other people around us or even our children by transferring some of our skills to them. Im not necessarily saying that children in the twenty first century have to do exactly what their parents are doing but I need to draw home the point that there was a conscious effort on the part of people in those days to train others how to do exactly what they were able to do.
I strongly believe that there is no such thing as success where it cannot be replicated especially when given the chance to do it. There are different levels of success and one of them is to grow up to that level where you can practically transfer your skills to younger people. Theres no glory in the fact that you can do something and you are the only one that can do it! If you continue that way you will never be able to build a successful company because a part of the success in any company is not in just thinking about what next to do but in knowing what has always been done to keep the company running.
Either as a company or as an individual, it is very important for you to influence someone around you through transfer of acquired skills. The reason we still have doctors today is because some previous doctors transferred their skills to younger ones. We still have pilots to fly planes today because the older pilots transferred the flight skills to new pilots.
If you look back in 5 to 10 years or more and you cannot point to anyone whose skills have been brushed up or has learnt a new skill through you then you are not conscious of your potential influence! Influence someone today by transferring skills.
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1 Comment

  • Ayotunde Okunowo

    True as steel!. Happiness is never decreased by being shared. Nobody is a good one, who has not successfully raised himself in others. A good note we have here!

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