A few days ago, I had to travel from Abuja to Kaduna to do a training for one of my clients and my preferred means of transport was by rail.
So I arrived the train station early that morning to catch my train to Kaduna, I got my ticket, boarded the train and at 7am we took of from Idu train station, headed for Rigasa station in Kaduna.
As I sat back and enjoyed the 2hours 15mins ride, I began to glean prolific life and Leadership lessons from the train and I’ll share with you:
1. The train is a vehicle with capacity to carry both people and luggage- As a leader, you need to build capacity in order to achieve and sustain your success.
2. The train has an engine positioned in front which gives vision and direction to the train- Vision and direction are great leadership qualities and are necessary ingredients for success in life.
3. The train operates by time and is time bound- As a leader, You must value time and maximize time to reach your Greatness.
4. The train rides along it’s assigned track or lane- In life, you must learn to focus on your assigned track and mind your lane. As a leader, focus is critical to hitting your goals and targets.
5. The train has many stop overs and halts but one destination- on the journey of life, there are many stop overs, but you must know your destination and remain tenacious till you get there.
6. As the train gets to each halt and stop over, passengers board and un-board- On your journey to success, people come in and go out of your life at various times, you must know the right time to let them come and go.
7. The engineer who pilots the train must be trained- In life you must have adequate and appreciable level of knowledge to achieve success and reach your greatness. Read, learn, grow.
8. The engine carries the fire power that propels the entire train towards it’s destination- Success doesn’t just happen by chance, you must have enough dexterity and fire power that can propel you towards your dreams.
9. I observed there was a sense of orderliness with the seating arrangements in the train- Every leader needs character. Order is the major difference between a bush and a garden. Order breeds increase and a life void of order will seldom succeed.
10. The train applies series of caution to ensure a safe ride- life’s journey may seem rough, rugged and unending but in all, you must learn to wisely apply caution to ensure you safely reach your greatness.
11. The train blares it’s horn periodically to signal it’s advancement to it’s surrounding- As we journey through life, you must be critical about the kind of signal you send out to your surrounding.
12. The train has an entire crew that makes each journey possible- In life, teamwork makes the dream work. One is too small a number to achieve greatness. You must get the right team in order to win life’s game.
These are the few lessons I gleaned from my train ride. Learn, unlearn and apply yourself diligently.
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