Availability of white collar jobs for the unemployed in most developing countries like Nigeria is rapidly disappearing; though higher institutions continue to churn out graduates into the already saturated labour market year after year. It is also a fact that one of the social-economic maladies plaguing Nigeria today borders on unemployment of youths across the country.
However, as an American inventor, engineer, and businessman, Charles Kettering once posted, ‛‛there exist limitless opportunities . . .This may perhaps have inspired Danfod to write 8 secrets for limitless possibilities, a 143-page motivational book to spur readers to discover themselves and bring out their best. Just as Socrates, Plato, Shakespeare and other sages who have passed through this planet all talked about importance of self-knowledge, ‛‛Man, know thyself’’.
Although there exist limitless opportunities in the face of daunting economic and social challenges, many needs to be guided to discovering such opportunities. That is why Danfod’s work is timely at a period Nigeria is trying to chart a new cause for her economic development.
The book is written by Daniel Ofodum, a motivational speaker from whose name the pseudonym was coined, and is borne out of the need not only to make the reader harness their creative power to transform their lives but also out of a desire to turn their misfortunes into good fortune and but smiles on their faces.
The author has quoted like mind writers to buttress his points. For instance, he began by quoting David Oyedepo on page 1 when he said, “you are either running with a vision, going on a mission, or burning with passion…If you do not belong to any of these, life is reduced to a burden”
Made up of eight chapters, the 8 Secrets….inspires readers from the introductory page to the end, Danfod tries to inculcate into the reader the fact that man, like God who is also a spirit, has power to create and attain any height he desires so long as he can see beyond the circumstances around him.
The author teaches lessons of life in a straightforward manner, using everyday occurrences which come in the form of eight fundamental principles or law of concentrated power, among others. In a confident, authoritative style, the book teaches self-reliance, self-motivation and self-help-values that are of the essence in a time of economic recession and mass unemployment just as it is now, especially in developing countries.
Through self-help, creativity and the application of the secrets of limitless possibilities, people, the author argues, can create more value, employment and wealth rather than wait for government or struggle in the bloated job market searching for non-existing job, as no government can provide employment for all its citizens. The author notes that the cause of poverty and lack is the inability to discover one’s purpose in life and be committed to its pursuit. He also avers that everything an individual needs, or aspires to, begins with vision, dreams, in-depth thought and a desire to realize goals with a single-minded determination that nothing can stop. Citing the story of Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea football club, as an example to buttress this point, the author narrates the club’s journey to winning its first UEFA Champions League title, which was Abramovich’s dream from the moment he took over ownership of the club.
Danfod employs succinct one-liners, anecdotes and true-life experience of renowned men and women to illustrate the efficacy of laws of limitless possibilities. The work is also a penetrating analysis of some notable role models such as Nelson Mandala, Aliko Dangote, David Oyedepo, the Wright brothers, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Kanu Nwankwo, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Oprah Winfrey and Rhonda Byrne, the reader is taken through their rags-to-riches stories just to show that greatness, success and accomplishment in any field of endeavour is attainable.
In the third chapter, The Law of Concentrated Desire, the author relates his own experience and how he achieved an intense, unwavering desire to pursue his studies in the United Kingdom, as things began to fall into place to help fulfil his desire despite the seeing odds stacked against him.
Although Danfod delivers his message in a manner akin to that of a gospel minister, 8 Secrets…has a broad approach to issues and goes beyond religious colouration. It is also neutral, focuses on success and showcases the possibilities and creative powers that are within the reach of individual, and organisations. The individual, the author says, can make use of infinite Power, Universal Intelligence, invisible Force or Supreme One to achieve infinite possibilities. Some of the role models cited in the book are not affiliated to any religion, though they all invariably applied the Law of Concentrated Faith which brought their Concentrated Dreams to reality. Moreover, the author is consistent in his missions to ensure that men and women of this generation live a life of limitless possibilities.
No doubt the publishers, Revolutionaries International, did an excellent job on 8 Secrets…, the author’s third but only motivational book. The aesthetic quality, graphics, legibility of characters, crisp printing and brevity also add to the book’s appeal. However, as a Nigerian writer, late Justice A.P Anyebe once said no book is hallelujah although, there are areas where a better job could have been done, In his bid to pass the message and ensure that his readers understand better, the author sound repetitive in some places, not withstanding I believe all that will be taken care of in subsequent edition of the book.
In all, Danfod’s work is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit. As Francis Bacon rightly observed some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested, the work belongs to the least class of books. Interestingly interested persons could get a copy at Community bookshop at Ajamin Plaza, Area 3, Abuja to enter into a world of limitless possibilities.