Success? People pursue after success with all they have…, the pathway to success is often tagged problems, only those who are able to withstand the stress that comes with it get to that destination called purpose!
If you run away from the problems, you miss out. If you choose to stay in your comfort zone, you will definitely fall short of attaining success. Because success does stretch the limits of those who pursue after it to very excruciating degrees, and not too many are able to bear...
There’s nothing new on the face of the Earth. Everything there is, everything there was and everything there will ever be has already been. We’re only improvising and reinventing.
This isn’t child’s play at all…, attaining true success is a journey in the direction of sweet, bitter and sour experiences. On this journey, you will definitely meet with lots of detours. You might need to go through the roads never taken, you must learn to walk down lonesome paths, through the streets and alleys that no one ever walked, blaze a new trail and watch your course bloom to flourishing.
In my search for directions, I must confess it’s not been rosy for the best part of my lifetime. I started this quiet early in life, I have only met with stiff challenges and some human elements that thought it rather arrogant for me to trust in God and the faith He has put in me to have endured all the evil I have encountered in my way to finding success and satisfaction.
I wrote this ode as a guide and map for those who might walk along this path to find their way from the backwoods. I titled it, “The Neverlands.”
- Where is this place? What paths lead to this place? The place of the none existential. Nah, I see this place only in my illusions, the Neverlands. And I stood in the middle of nowhere, confused, except for my mind that was working like a clock. I looked long and intense, hoping I could find a path that will lead to The Neverlands but found none.
- In dismayed, I stood there long enough and asking what next I could do. And heard a silent voice say to me, “Go the road less travelled.” I turned round and round until I began to walk seemingly to an unknown direction, where was I headed? Don’t ask me because I had no answer. What was I looking for? Don’t ask me, I don’t know either.
- I kept walking till I got to a place called, “No man’s land” and thought I had gotten to my haven. There, I found comfort and great luxury in No man’s land. But didn’t find that satisfaction I thought I wanted. So, I knew I still had a long way to get to my place in destiny. I kept on with my quest to the blue nowhere.
- Finally, I got to this place of calm, sereneness and then I felt a nudge, “You’re already here!” I watched in amazement because I thought it was some place already made. But the sign says, “It’s all out there for you have to dig it up” And pronto, I got to work, stressing and straining. And here I am in the Neverlands.
- It’s so fresh, a naturally greenland through an arduous pathway. And not too many people walk through this paths. It passes through the woods. What a dangerous adventure that was. It cost me hard work and the troubles I underwent to get here. Wow, how sweet and fresh it smells. Like the fresh fragrance of cedar, sweet and unadulterated.
- Walking through the pathless plains trying to chart through a course for my future. It only left me gawking in wonder and thanksgiving as I lay hold of this beautiful future. And here am I, asking myself where was this place before today? Like it just dropped from the blues but it was there all along and I couldn’t see it.
Exploration is synonymous to success, exploration is actually risks taking. Staying in a comfort zone only leaves you in a state of disadvantage, unadventurous and little minded. Opening one’s mind to opportunities that come our ways because so many opportunities come our ways that we just let them slip away unattended.
The reason most often is that we are always trying to play safe. And playing safe disquiet great potentials. Life is of adventures and those who utilize those opportunities end up on the other side of life – success but those who play safe only patch life at the backwoods.
Walk the roads, never taken!
EXPLORING THE NEVERLANDS:
To create the scripts of your story and build for yourself a life and a future at all, you must be ready to explore the Neverlands to find your own place in the world. But you are not just ready to take that risk because your mind is sounding the warning alarm, “impossible!”
Somewhat, that word “impossibility” is the bogey lurking behind our minds. It is not a lack of hard work, laziness or failures, it’s not a lack of skills either. But it is stopping work at the edge of a breakthrough. Kind you, it’s not everything you try the first time begins to bring you immediate results. You might need to try it a lot more times before you experience some redults. So, keep at it until the answers starts coming. Failure does not come as a result of laziness, not working or lack of stamina or smartness. But the lost of zeal and enthusiasm when it seems success seems far-fetched.
Yes, you’re not the first to have been there, you’re neither the last person to get there, many people have been there before you. Probably, many more will come along that path but no one might be able to do it in the manner you did it, no one might go that path you took. People prefer to follow the status quo, which is the path everyone sees but you took a path none of those who have gone before you dared to go – maybe because it appeared too dangerous, maybe because there were no tracks carved out, maybe they were afraid of that saying, “It’s a road not taken, there’s a bogey lurking around somewhere in the woods…”
It’s somewhat very intriguing when you achieve success where others failed or when you finally record success in a project where you have tried so hard without success. You failed at executing that venture not because you lacked skills but because you lacked the power to stay to the finishing line.
PRIVATIZE THE TOURISM INDUSTRY:
Some weeks ago, I went on a tour through some wonderful picture shots a beloved friend, Dorcas Bentu took on her expedition to some of the beautiful tourists sites in Plateau State, and those pictures left me awestruck!
I could not imagine that we have anything this great and beautiful. Yet, we wallow away in seemingly nothingness and being tagged, “Civil Servants State” as if we don’t have good enough brains, wealth creators and thinkers in the state? How is it that we have all these and have decided to allow ourselves wallow and waste away without turning such beauty into some wealth creating ventures? I have visited a number of such similar beautiful places myself in the past. All are wasting away into nothing but rottenness.
There are countries around the world that are living on tourism only as their source of revenue, they don’t have great technology, they don’t have the natural mineral resources other countries boast of but they have tourism and that’s what they’ve been selling to the world and they’re recording great success in that field, people traveling from other parts of the world just to go and have a feeling of what it’s like to be in such a country.
As I behold nature, the beautiful adulations those pictures exuded, I only could gawk in admiration! But then, an idea stroke a chord in my inside, since we know that Plateau State isn’t such a business minded environment. And since we do not have the political willpower like the core northern states, we can actually sell tourism as our core business. More so that we possess the natural proclivity. With the beautiful landscapes, valleys and falls nature has given us in Plateau State, we can become a tourists attraction in Nigeria and who knows, maybe the world at large.
We will agree that every business in the hand of the government is failing. It’s the same reason why tourism and others have failed in Plateau because government staff do not pay attention to businesses belonging to government. The state government can invest in those beautiful tourism spots, and beauties we’ve been endowed with to bring revenue to the state. There are lots of countries around the world that tourism is their only source of revenue and they are doing so well.
Since government is unable to maintain any public business in its custody, maybe, the best thing is to handle over some of those things to the private sector to begin to run these businesses so we can begin to record or register success.
Walking through the many pictures from beginning to the end in thay collection, I couldn’t find any tracks exploited by the state except for the trails I find out I could create as I walk all through to find my way back to the reality of what could become of us if we look within and put aside our over dependence on the federal government and begin to see to what we can do outside the subventions from the federal government.
I hope our case does not become like the case of that poor beggar who stood out on the street begging for arms at the wake of every day whereas he was sleeping on a Gold minefield till his death only to be discovered by the rich neighbor who bought the little piece of land from his family.
It was a virgin land, entirely covered by tall grown spear-like grasses, birds chirping peaceful on tree tops, everywhere was calm as in a paradise. The grounds seemed not to have been cultivated or they life could remember. The hills and valleys stood tall covering the entire land mass green with some colorful flowers spanning all around.
TOURISM AS A BUSINESS HUB:
“Not all who wander are lost,” wrote J. R. R. Tolkien in the famous The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In fact, travel and tourism are both wonderful personal pursuits and also fulfilling professional career tracks. Everyone tells you to “follow your passion,” right? So, if your passion is scratching those itchy feet, getting more stamps in your passport, getting lost and then found in foreign cities where you don’t know the language, striving to find where the horizon meets the ocean, then pursuing a degree in tourism might just be what you need to turn your avocation into your vocation! Students studying tourism have a variety of specialties to choose from and can focus their studies in several different specific fields.
- Adventure Tourism: Always intrigued by the road less traveled? Does the quote “The mountains are calling and I must go” from American adventurer and author John Muir stir something inside your soul and make you want to buy a ticket on the next flight to anywhere? Then adventure tourism might be the career for you. “Adventure tourism is defined as the movement of people from one to another place outside their comfort zone for exploration or travel to remote areas, exotic and possibly hostile areas,” writes TourismNotes.com. Many students who pursue adventure tourism as their degree are interested in adventure sports such as rock climbing, kayaking, surfing, skiing and snowboarding, mountaineering, and more. “A career in adventure tourism usually stems from building on your own interests in adventure sports,” explains AllAboutCareers.com. You can’t teach surfing, or lead a surfing adventure, if you can’t surf! This seems obvious, but investing time and energy into becoming an expert in your preferred adventure sport will make you a more competitive employee once you’re on the job hunt. This is will even be encouraged in your adventure tourism degree by making certain courses and proficiency in a sport a requirement. Worried about the future of your chosen career in adventure tourism? Don’t be. According to recent data from AlliedMarketResearch.com, the global adventure tourism market was valued at $586.3 billion in 2018, and is expected to hit $1,626.7 billion in 2026, representing a compound annual growth rate of of 13.3% from 2019 to 2026. It adds, “The development of the travel & tourism sector fosters the growth for adventure tourism market demand.” One adventure tourism professional makes it look easy and fun. Studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands, student Ruta Melvere is a professional diver, snowboarding, kayaker, and mountaineer. Ruta advises “Life’s too short not to enjoy it. My mission in life is not to barely survive, but to thrive and to do so with humor and compassion. I believe that any dream needs a plan. My dream is to build a one year schedule of professional trips and expeditions, adventures, that everyone can join.” Ruta is one excellent example of putting your adventure tourism skills into practice to create a lifelong fulfilling career path.
- Ecotourism And Sustainable Tourism: If you are looking to merge your passions of environmental activism and tourism, then you should consider studying ecotourism or sustainable tourism. More and more travelers and tourists are looking for authentic experiences that have minimal impact on the environment. They are often looking for ways to integrate their travels with environmental activism or service projects. This trend will only increase as the world increasingly comes to see the effects and consequences of climate change unfold. Recently, tourism companies are asking scientists to advise them on planning and developing their hotels and services while keeping the environment in mind. Abby Ellin reports in The New York Times, “Eco-tourism has been a buzzword in the travel industry for some time now, with more and more hotels giving guests the option to reuse their sheets or to forego housekeeping entirely in an effort to ‘protect the environment’ [and companies like] Inkaterra are hiring scientists to conduct serious academic inquiry while also offering nature tours, workshops and classes for guests.”
- Leisure And Recreation Studies: The idea of studying leisure and recreation as a potential profession sounds too good to be true, right? However, it is another excellent option for those interested in another side of the tourism industry that appeals to the softer, luxurious, fun-loving side of life. Some jobs that a degree in leisure studies might include park ranger, fitness center manager, sports director, and even an amusement park manager. The definition of leisure studies includes recreation and is defined as “a social science that focuses on how recreational activities impact individuals and communities. By definition, recreational activities are those done to help people unwind and find enjoyment when they are not working. Examples may include hiking, biking, reading, playing card games or attending events in music or the arts,” writes Plexuss.com. As a specialist in leisure and recreation, you will be able to organize appropriate events and activities for a variety of different groups’ needs. Students in the field work to engage communities and build social relationships to promote health. As a leisure and recreation student, you will “practice what you preach”, meaning you will learn how to organize, engage, and teach clients and tourists whatever sport or activity you enjoy, big or small.
- Resort Management: Looking for higher managerial positions in the tourism industry? Specializing in resort management can allow you to gain the necessary skills to excel and rise to the highest positions in a resort, one of the tourism industry’s most lucrative markets. Resort management is the study of how to run an efficient, effective, and successful lodging and hospitality enterprise. Courses you might study in a resort management degree are not limited to the following: microbial food safety, hospitality accounting, hotel rooms division management, beverage management, public relations, and management information systems. As a manager of a hotel, resort, casino, or any establishment that requires high quality hospitality and management, you will oversee daily operations and be the leader and manage a large staff. Catering, meetings, special events, weddings, and more might fall under your purview.
- Spa Management: Perhaps you enjoy the finer side of life. If so you may enjoy working in the spa management side of the tourism industry. Spa culture is ubiquitous in the travel and tourism industry, so there are many career opportunities for graduates in the lucrative, dynamic spa and wellness industry. In an interview with HospitalityNet, Lisa Starr, principal of Wynne Business Span Consulting and Education, says, “Wellness tourism is growing faster than the tourism sector overall — and even faster than the global GDP.” Trends rise and fall in the spa and wellness field and in your spa management program you can assess different case studies and likely intern at different places to gain insight into the field. “Spa managers are responsible for supervising spa staff, overseeing inventory and managing finances. There are varying levels in spa management including spa supervisors and spa managers,” reports Learn.org. A spa manager generally oversees all of the day-to-day operations in a spa, making decisions to prioritize the customer’s happiness and provide them with a positive experience. They manage staff, the overall finances and budget, and make sure the facilities are maintained.
- Tour Guide Training: One very specific and important aspect of adventure tourism, and a sub field that requires both dedication and special skills, is tour guiding. As a tour guide you are responsible for the wellbeing, health, and the overall experience of all the participants in your group. Gaining adequate skills and knowledge to lead groups in specific sports or activities happens in enrolled courses that allow you to develop and hone those skills. You’ll need to figure out your leadership style.
The federal government have commercialized every business that belonged to the government to individuals, why can’t they sell tourism to individuals as well, since they don’t seem to know how to manage anything that belongs to the government.
Yes, those sectors have always belonged to the government but the government is not forthcoming with answers that question their unsuccessful attainments in the areas of business and almost every thing.
“Used to be” is a cliche that has kept lots of potentially successful people in the backwoods of life and not attaining their maximum potentials for fear of being different, not walking a lone path, not bolstering their faith enough to come out of the rut they gave allowed themselves to enter in because of fear.
Robert Frost wrote this beautiful poem, I would to share it with you: “The Road Not Taken”
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED:
Many people are in a rut right now because they have always followed what everyone else is doing or saying. They never wanted to use what they had in the name inside of them. They preferred to go with popular opinions. And popular opinions are majority but they are mediocre prone.
When you go the paths no one has ever been, you blaze a trail other people never dared and you give other something to look up to. Normal is good but spectacular is the best because it’s more celebrated.
People will complain especially when they see something new, something they’ve not experienced before, they question it until they also get used to it being a part of life. We must dare to question the normal norms around us.
This isn’t rocket science, it’s simple arithmetic, you can sell something that’s scarce and in high demand but when you have the market flooded with the same goods, it loses its value and the price falls but have a product that’s rare, it is priced high because there’s high demand for it that the people can’t find to but.
Therefore, if you go the way everyone else has been, there’s little or nothing new to discover but if you go down a road less travelled, you will so much to discover or you will carve a rut and leave a trail for some other people who would come after you to follow.
Go through the road less travelled and leave trails behind to guide people who’d go after you.!