The Audacity of Hopeful Optimism– Ifeanyichukwu Uke

By Ikenga Chronicles February 14, 2016

The Audacity of Hopeful Optimism– Ifeanyichukwu Uke



—By Ifeanyichukwu E. Uke

When I first saw this picture above, I was moved by its audacious positivity. While onlookers might see a glass of water relative to this child as half empty, this child, through the lens of hopeful optimism saw the same glass of water as half full. Was it not, David Deutsch, a renowned theoretical physicist that opined that optimism is the beginning of infinity?  True to it, this level of audacious positive predilection, without a doubt, exudes the prelude of this child’s brightest future. Let’s face it! The inscription has the right frame of cognition; the attitude is fierce enough to elicit intrinsic urge for greatness. More so, with such audacious propensity, a positive mindset and a measured encounter with providence, why not? History would bear undeniable witness that many people arose from their abject-ridden conditions to mouthwatering fame.

Truth be told, rich and affluent background is not the only ladder to stardom or successful and wealthy fame. One could climb out of abject poverty into “filthy” wealth or fame with the help of determination, constancy, providence, even simple luck, or if you may, destiny. If you are in doubt, let us take a cursory look at some of the wealthiest and famous people that rose to fame and wealth from abject states. Some of them were literally homeless, while some had a rough beginning.

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Oprah Winfrey had a very poor beginning, being born into a poor family in Mississippi, she beat all odds to become a billionaire and one of the most famous and powerful people in the world. Who would have thought that Oprah, a once poor girl from the deep-end of Mississippi would be so powerful that her singular pronouncement almost bankrupted the entire cattle-rearing industry? She is so powerful now that any book she touches automatically becomes a bestseller.

Okay, if you have experienced poverty, you can attest to how stressful that could be. Imagine being poor, and even being bullied for being poor. That was the humbling beginning of the French business tycoon, Francois Pinault, the brain behind Kering conglomerate, which prides on high-end fashion houses including Gucci, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. It is very interesting to note that Mr. Francois Pinault had to drop out of high school in 1974 because he was mercilessly bullied for being poor. Somehow, without education, he managed to earn himself a spot in the Forbes Billionaire register with solidly over $15 billion net worth.

How about Billionaire Leonardo Del Vecchio? This dude and his 4 siblings were sent to the orphanage because his widowed mother was no longer able to care for them. He worked odd factory jobs to fend for himself and his siblings–he even lost part of his fingers working factory jobs. Today he is one of the world’s biggest sunglasses and prescription eyewear makers. His brand names such as RayBan and Oakley are household names in sun and prescription glasses world. Today he is over $16 billion happier.

The fact remains that there are countless of these testimonies out there just like Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Leonardo Del Vecchio, Francois Pinault, President Barack Obama and a host of others. So why not this unsung yet determined child? This child might have appeared to be in his lowest abject stage, but the beauty of his healthy cognition and outlook on life is what makes him perceive the stars from his abject state, and not even the dark clouds could stop him reaching to the stars and becoming all that he wants to become including the president of any country he qualifies to run for.

I agree with Winston Churchill when he contended that only a pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; however an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty, which is what this child and his picture represent- a true audacity of hopeful optimism.

Uke, who is the Chief Coordinating Correspondent, USA for Ikenga Chronicles writes from Dallas, Texas, USA.

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