Dubai is widely known as the Middle East’s capital of excess; an emirate state where money and opulence reign supreme. Dubai’s unfathomably high skyscrapers, reaching into the clouds, are matched only in size by its vast, sprawling shopping malls and its residents’ bulging bank balances. It’s renowned as a playground for the rich, a place where entire communities of ex-pats enjoy the trappings a tax-free haven can offer.
While it is known today more for its fast cars and life of luxury, it was not that long ago that the city was as familiar with camels and dhows as it is now with Ferraris and indoor ski slopes.
Everything changed for Dubai with the DISCOVERY of oil in the Gulf in 1966, bringing a soaring economy and an army of traders who flocked to the emirate to settle there. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events. The city has become iconic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
As of 2012, Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world and the most expensive city in the Middle East. In 2014, Dubai’s hotel rooms were rated as the second most expensive in the world, after Geneva. Dubai was also rated as one of the best places to live in the Middle East. Today of all the surnames people have given money such as “blood money”, “illegal money”, “clean money”, Dubai also boasts of one, “Arab money”. Today everybody including Christians are praying for Arab money.
Truth is today a whole lot of people are like Dubai back in the 60’s when they hadn’t tapped their innate potentials. Many are living in abject poverty, stack unemployment etc. When they could be employers of labour, some rely basically on aids from others to survive.
Myle’s Munroe of blessed memory once said the graveyard is the richest goldmine as there are a lot of untapped potentials buried there. And he prayed this prayer “May I die empty”. Sounds weird yeah? But if you don’t die empty doesn’t it mean that you were totally of no use to humanity. There are a lot of things in you to help humanity become a better place.
Let’s imagine the likes of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers etc didn’t do anything with what was in them, how would it be today. The slogan for PEAK Milk remains “IT’S IN YOU”. And yes, its in you.
The word EUREKA is a Greek term meaning “I have found it!”. You have to discover purpose. Discover who you truly are. You have to be able to confidently shout EUREKA!.
That white collar job that puts food on your table but doesn’t put joy in your heart isn’t who you are. The fact your friend made it in a particular business doesn’t mean that’s what’s best for you. Your degree neither is the real you. Who you are is INSIDE of you, you have got to DISCOVER. Don’t waste your lifetime trying to earn a degree and secure a job as an employee when you could be the employer.
To be frank, this process usually takes a while. It took Dubai over 50 years to be where it is today, plus, Rome they say wasn’t built in a day. So you have to be patient with yourself, take your time.
You must have heard this a hundred times, that there’s something in you that brings you joy anytime you do it, you just find fulfilment. Well its the plain truth.
So many people that have made it today started out as nobodies. You could be on that list tomorrow if you believe. So many people have inspired me, the likes of Otunba Gadaffi, the CEO of DMT(the popular Nigerian mobile toilet). His slogan is “shit business is serious business”. He has successfully turned human waste to wealth. How about the man who gave out over 45 billion dollars to charity, Mr Mark Zuckerberg. Worked for no one and today got thousands under his payroll. I could go on and on but I want to be able to write a second edition with YOUR NAME in it.