I was in the Dar Es Salaam airport awhile ago and saw this statement which claimed to be a Swahili proverb: ”Where there is a purpose there is no failure.”
Do you agree with that statement? I don’t. A lot of people have a purpose or a goal. They have something that they want to accomplish. However, having a purpose does nothing for a person without execution!
I was in a large group a number of years ago and we decided to form a committee to discuss an issue that would affect us all. But after the decision to form the committee the chairperson was ready to move on to the next agenda item and no one had been assigned to convene such a committee. I raised my hand and pointed that if we didn’t appoint a convener we would come back the following year and nothing would have been done. (Of course, I was then appointed to formulate the committee. This highlights another leadership fact that often the person who raises an issue gets appointed to chair or work on the committee!)
The point is the group had a purpose and we would have utterly failed to accomplish it. Why? There would have been no execution. Simply put, “Without execution there is failure.
So we should say, “Where there is execution of purpose there is no failure.”
When we make plans to do something we also must put in the mechanisms that will insure that we accomplish our purpose.