I’ve been quoting a number of authors and books before. In this delicious piece, I will quote the Book of Daniel which is found in the Bible – the Holy Book for Christians.
As a man of faith, I’ve been praying that I receive a deeper ability to solve difficult problems. I couldn’t quickly find a better example of someone with this ability than Mr. Daniel Belteshazzar – one of those great governors in ancient Babylon. Below is the king’s address to Daniel in the Book of Daniel 5:13-16.
“So you are Daniel, one of the Judean exiles whom my grandfather the king brought from Judah! I’ve heard about you, that a spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, discernment, and extraordinary wisdom. Take note that the advisors and enchanters were brought before me to read the writing and explain its meaning, but they were unable to do so. However, I’ve heard that you can provide meaning and interpretation, and that you can solve difficult problems. If you are able to read the writing and report its meaning, you will be clothed in purple, have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom.” (Daniel 5:13-16)
Did you hear that, O inspired leader? Did you know, by the way, that:
- This was after a referral (word-of-mouth recommendation) from the queen herself in verses 10-12
- His name came up after all other potential problem solvers had even failed to do anything about the challenge at hand as in verses 5-9?
- This problem had been created by this national leader (the king) himself as seen in verses 1-4?
Someone here needs to join me in once again looking at the qualities that Daniel had and then make a plan of action to pull up our socks, try to measure up and put our act together:
- Filled by the Spirit of Go
- Having insight
- Rich in discernment
- Possessing extraordinary wisdom
- Ability to provide meaning and interpretation
- Capability to solve difficult problems.
Friend, realize that the promised remuneration was:
- Being clothed in purple,
- Receiving a gold chain placed around the neck,
- Elevation to being “the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”
Ha! You can’t believe Daniel’s response:
“Let your gifts and rewards be given to someone else. However, I’ll read the writing for the king and tell him the meaning.” (verse 17).
And the amazing story continues… But now let’s have a little flashback to know how Daniel came to be put in such a place when he was a foreigner in exile, far away from home: When an advert was put out there for people to work in State House, the minimum requirements were as follows (Daniel 1:4):
- Young men without physical defect
- Handsome in appearance
- Skilled in all wisdom
- Quick to learn
- Prudent in how they used knowledge
- Capable of serving in the king’s palace
- Able to learn literature and language
Daniel met all these requirements – and was hired! Would YOU? Remember, dear leaders, that this was also accompanied by a highly revealing decision: “Daniel determined within himself not to defile himself…” (verse 8).
The result of this was that “God granted Daniel grace and compassion…” (verse 9). Not only that but also “…knowledge, aptitude for learning, and wisdom. Daniel also could understand all kinds of visions and dreams.” (Verse 17). We are told that after the probation period, “in every matter of wisdom or understanding that the king discussed with [him], he found [Daniel] ten times better than all… in his entire palace” (verse 20)! Who doesn’t want that? Give a handclap to Hon. Daniel! No wonder, later, the king could declare to Daniel,
“Truly, your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and the Revealer of secrets, because you were able to reveal this mystery” (2:47).
But wait a minute! Verse 48 says, “Then the king promoted Daniel to a high position and lavished many great gifts on him, including making him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and chief administrator over the advisors of Babylon.” Wow! That sounds like State House’s Chief of Staff! Promotion comes from diligent work, excellence and solving difficult problems.
Don’t rush to leave before you realize that he then “requested that the king appoint” his other 3 godly friends as “administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained in the royal court” (verse 49). He remembered to pull/lift up some like-minded comrades around him.
He didn’t just celebrate his personal rise but ensured he had the right team to work with! How are you doing in this area at your current level? No wonder those 3 boys proved solid even when they were thrown in fire in chapter 3 for their insistence on serving the right, One true God! This forced the President to write a national memo to all districts about the God of Daniel (chapter 4:1—). Now, that’s high level influence.
It was after all this that later he was labelled by the new king as a man who could SOLVE DIFFICULT PROBLEMS in chapter 5:16. The critical question is: What’s your resolution / action points after reading all this?
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Live. Love. Lead.
Samuel A. Bakutana is the Chief Executive Officer at Inspired Leaders International. His telephone is: +256782163416 and you can interact with him via Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead
I BELIEVE. I BELIEVE. I BELIEVE.
I strongly believe I am more than capable of causing exponential, positive change wherever I find a fitting platform, helping many to breakthrough in life — the only reason why I believe in others, often reminding them thus: #YouWillManage!
I do believe I can unstoppably germinate in whichever soil I land on – be it rocky or loam. I truly believe, just like an eagle, that I can always successfully soar above the storms of my life regardless of the at times tough turbulence along the flight.
I undoubtedly believe I am being very useful to this earth, udeniably beneficial to my country, and progressively profitable to my family. I, without debate, believe I am an intelligent, handsome, sociable, inspiring, multi-gifted, loving, empathetic, principled, bold, multi-skilled, observant, and visionary results producer.
I believe I am intentionally touching many lives of young adults, deliberately making a focused difference among thousands of leaders, and affecting the affairs of millions of professionals on my continent… and beyond. I believe I can excel in my work, be exceptional in my faith, and produce outstanding results in my treasured relationships!
I believe I am the most effective leadership consultant, the best organizational trainer, and the most practical inspirational speaker from East Africa alive today. I believe I can make very many mistakes and learn many lessons from them; I can fail several times and succeed from it all; and I have the ability to fall many times but rise up more times each time!
I do really believe I was born at the very right time, in exactly the right country, to do the right work of my life: this blood-warming work of empowering and inspiring leaders through training and resource development for personal, institutional and social transformation. I believe I have the hard but possible task of living an exemplary life, the responsibility of loving people authentically and the noble duty of leading myself and others relationally!
[Live. Love. Lead.]
I believe this year is going to be ridiculously amazing, next year is going to be exquisitely productive, and the year that follows is going to be exceptionally profitable. I believe I add a lot of unrivalled value in the lives of those in my life, a friend worth keeping for those I choose to be friends to, remaining humble as I grow stronger at all fronts.
I believe I am a believer: a thinking believer in commonsense, a fruitful believer in relationships, a repentant believer in Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Yes. I believe I can be (and I going to be known by the end of my life as) a very loving husband, a responsible dad, and an influential citizen.
I believe. I believe. I believe.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
Samuel A. Bakutana
Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead
Will you bring out the best of you or die average? Will you dream big – just like leaders in every endeavour? There is something better than “three keys” – a key for the car, a key for the office, and a key for the personal house! There is more to life than a vacation, a debt-free retirement, or an army of grand children. There is more to life!
To Dream Or To Have A Dream? I meet dreamless people in my travels in different countries! But also, we often confuse mere dreamers and people with dreams! Dreamers talk much and do less; those with dreams may talk less but do much. Dreamers shout thunderously and hit an ant! They hatch up earth-shaking plans but act on none. In contrast, people with dreams may say nothing or say something without fanfare but if you observe, you see their dreams strongly in motion, affecting those around them.
Understanding Your Dream: A dream is a powerful force. I have often referred to a dream as three things:
- A treasure you shouldn’t lose
- A test you shouldn’t fail
- A trust you shouldn’t betray
Great men are stirred up by their dreams. Martin Luther died because of his dream. Mother Teresa is known for her dream. I am daily stirred up by my Vision Plan 2050 – a simple yet inspiring embodiment of sweet dreams in my heart. I take the dream seriously and ignore discouragers. But every day, I wake up and go out to make it happen.
Your Dream is Your Life: A dream lost is destiny foregone. Losing the dream in your relationship is losing the relationship itself. Lose your business dream, and your business is lost. Lose faith in your country, and you have lost the country! Lose your marriage dream, and your marriage is gone! Your dream is your life. It is God’s deposit of greatness, service and a huge difference inside you!
So, be purpose-filled, dream-obsessed, and vision-consumed. Don’t ask people to wish you a good night. Instead, look back every evening and see a day well invested into your dream. George H. Lorimer said, “You have got to get up every morning with determination if you are going to go to bed with satisfaction.” Invest your days into your dreams.
Believe Your Mind, Not Your Eyes! I too have a dream. I don’t consult my eyes. What I look at is what is but what I see in my mind is what could be. I go for what I see with my eyes closed. Today’s circumstances make me want to lose energy, dampen my spirit, and lose my courage for the pursuit. But I stubbornly insist on my dream. I ignore the voluntary discouragers who demand no payment for pouring ice on my dream!
So, carry on, like Robert Service says. If you are to live, live for something big. Give up who you are today and go for who you could be. To lead, get dreams big enough to shake mountains, pull Heaven and change Earth. Act on them now. Every day, look back to a day well invested into your dream. Remember, today is the remaining day of your life; tomorrow may never be yours. Invest it in your dream today. Don’t settle for second best today. This is my story. This is my song. This is my belief. Why don’t you join in the orchestra, and let us harmonize life beautifully?
I hope you have already secured your copies of my latest book “YOU WILL MANAGE: The 7 Keys to a Life of Perpetual Victory, Unstoppable Success and Doing Impossibilities.”
| Live | Love | Lead |
Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 10 books (the 11th comes out this month). As a regular Inspirational Keynote Public Speaker on national and international platforms, he delivered 98 electrifying talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, 171 in 2015, and he already given more than 182 inspirational, high-impact presentations in 2016 to a diversity of result-oriented audiences in public and private sectors – e.g. faith centres, education institutions, government, multi-national NGOs, etc! Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amutusam) , Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/SamuelBakutana), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-a-bakutana-56ba046b?trk=hp-identity-name), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!