Adamu was a young promising footballer who dazzled his fans with the in-depth understanding of the game.
For some reason, the coach knew Adamu needed a bit of maturity before he broke into the first team; hence he never included Adamu in his first team.
Because of Adamu’s flair with the queens’ language, Adamu became a toast of the journalist and media personalities. He will be called upon to give his opinion about how his team had played, he was always apt in criticizing the strikers in his own team and the opposition as well, and how they failed to take begging chances and kept fluffing their lines. Adamu made it to the bench of the first team finally, and continued analyzing games and winning the admiration of the media.
Soon the journalists started questioning why Adamu was never given a chance to play but always sat at the bench. The coach, Atsu, a man of considerably fewer words explained that Adamu needed some maturity before he could get his chance to move from the bench to the field. This explanation was not received well by the media and they started piling pressure on coach Atsu to give Adamu the chance to play. Finally, Adamu had his chance, his role as a co striker in the 4-4-2 formation of his team.
The first 3 matches had passed without Adamu even hitting the post once.
Everyone started getting concerned except Adamu, who believed he had the perfect explanation for his poor display. According to him, it was more because of a stiffer display from tough opposition than ineptitude from his side.
Adamu though he could always explain away his non performance. After the seventh match, he could not even boast of a single shot on target. The patience of the coach and his supposed media allies had run out. He became the mockery on the front pages of the dailies, with all kinds of caricature making fun of him.
The was even one headline which read “Adamu’s mouth can play better than his legs”
He was eventually dropped from the first team and even lost his place on the bench.
Many of us may find ourselves in situations like Adamu at one point in our lives, where we will clamor for promotion and titles when it is still not time.
We will lobby and pull strings and when finally we land the supposed role of our dreams we come to the painful realization that we are still not yet ready for that job. In essence we get promoted into incompetency.
We see the same cycle in our politics, where a party in opposition seems to have the perfect binoculars in identifying what is wrong with the ruling government. They rant about the supposed incompetence’s of their opponents and promise sound practical solutions when given the opportunity, only to start churning out excuses when they get the chance to be in government.
As a nation, we are lopsided with more critics than doers, we have experts who know all our problems, but very few who can roll up their sleeves and provide real solutions.
At the work place, subordinates chastise the “incompetence” of management on a daily basis; some even go to the extent of mounting protests and petitioning that the management be removed. The subordinates may get their wish, but will discover their lot never improved in any way.
So to conclude I will say that make sure you develop yourself, hone your skills, and get the right level of mentorships and feedback till you became ready to provide solutions.
The fact that you can identify what is wrong, does not automatically make you a better than your leaders.
Providing solutions requires a much higher level of thinking and competence than just identifying problems and making noise.
Don’t become a casualty of your own impatience. Take your time and grow.