It Always Starts Small


Starting small has always been the way to start things. I have read a lot on many things and have realised that many of the things we see today as big businesses, revolutions, policies, etc. started in very small ways. When we see democratic institutions like America, France, etc. and companies like Amazon, Shell, Walmart today, you can be overwhelmed on its sheer size. But they all started out as small entities as compared to the giants of their time. They believed, launched out and hoped for the best with the knowledge that failure lurked around the corner.

You can only start big when you have it all figured out. But rarely do people have it all figured out. Starting small enables you to recover from the mistakes that you are bound to make despite your best effort. When you start big without experience, it is like driving into problems in a Bugatti. You will fail fast and burn all the cash; thereby confirming the words of John Daymond, the founder of FUBU.

Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase. — Job 8:7

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. — Publilius Syrus

Let’s get to another thought; humanity. God started the world with two people; Adam and Eve. Today, I heard we are about 7 billion. I read a report somewhere that said about 60 billion people have walked through the surface of the earth since creation. That is what Malcolm Gladwell calls “an epidemic.” Think through it; an epidemic always starts with one person/thing. Then it multiplies uncontrollably. So, with two fellas, God got all of us down here.

The gospel suits this definition of an epidemic. It started with Jesus and 12 other guys. Now, it’s world over. Imagine if Jesus didn’t start the work that the Father sent Him here on earth for whatsoever reason.

I met a reverend gentleman in the remote village of Ifetedo, Ife South, Osun State, Nigeria, where I did my Youth Service. I asked him what gives preachers like him the guts to start a church even in remote villages. He told me about the burning desire in his heart to preach the Word of God. He said that a statement by Bishop Oyedepo jolted him into reality when he was in a dilly dally. “You start by starting” was the statement. Really that’s the slam dunk, the home run — you start by starting.

As I go on in life, I’ve gotten to realise that people will support an on-going adventure. When next you really want people to be part of something, then you must go to them with what you have done so far. They can help you from there. People like supporting an ongoing concern.

Simple steps of starting. A little here, a little there. And then keep at it always. As it is famously said, “You don’t just go up, you grow up”. Growing takes a lot of time, but you must start. You are bound to make mistakes as a newbie. Let me say it again; you will make mistakes; lose money, etc. but you wouldn’t know what you know now if you did not step out. Robert Kiyosaki once said that he has never met a rich man that has not lost money, but he has met many poor people that have never lost money. You get the drift of the gist.

The co-founder of Paga, Tayo Oviosu posted this on Twitter. It was heart-warming to read. Paga started small, and somehow, they have been able to get this type of result. Success seems to get easier when you have mastered the ropes. Incredible and kudos to the team. As you can see, it takes about 40 months to be an overnight success.

You start by starting. The rest is no more in your hands. Will it be blissful all through? I don’t know, but I also know that you will be at the same spot in 5 years’ time if you do not start today.

I remember a quote from Oswald Chambers devotional (every Christian should read it), My Utmost For His Highest. He said that our lives as Christians is an experiment in the hands of God and that experiment CANNOT fail. You can take that to the bank.

I can’t promise how the journey will pan out, but I can say that you can glean a thing here and there. You can build on that. You can even decide not to go further, but at least you now know why you are taking that decision.

Remain blessed.

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