Hello Becca Diaries Friends (BeDafs). I have the honour to introduce the Guest Writer for this week, Ibrahim Abdullahi, a great friend who will be sharing a story on Focus.

Meet Ibrahim

Ibrahim Abdullahi is a staunch Horse Racer and a Geospatial Analyst with a strong bias for inclusive and equitable quality education. He Leads NO BOX with the vision to ensure every child attains excellent education.

As Co-Founder and Geospatial Lead at NBE Consults, he serves organizations and individuals. He is currently driving young people in making use of Geospatial technologies in engaging in projects, mapping Educational Inequalities to achieve Inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, among other SDGs.

The Story of Focus

As Jawaharlal Nehru once said;

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism:  the way we play it is free will.”

For most of us, we find our calling by trial and error and for some it comes like a divine light. This is not necessarily an insight that pertains spiritualism, but about precision of sight, vision, passion and our acts as they drive one another. To really understand my point, you will have to take a deep breath and digest the story here.

So, I was trying to say something about Focus.

A friend of mine used to work in a fabrication lab in the overseas as a laser master. His work was to help people cut their material with a laser cutting machine. The machine is a $10k machine with about 6 laser masters. As he related, what’s not funny about the machine is that it’s just 75watt (75 watt-not a mistake). This same machine that the masters were warned never to mess with.


There was a warning that once the machine catches fire, they should run first before calling 911, for such an expensive machine, running sure meant a whole lot. It is no surprise then when he told me afterwards that they have a name for it: “The Death Machine”.


The electric bulb would most definitely not be far off from 100 watts, quite significantly higher than that of the so called “Death Machine”. But it’s kind of harmless in a lot of ways than it is harmful. More so, you are almost certainly not going to be running off if it bursts or go calling 911. Lol! Here we have 112, (whether it works, is a topic for another time). That’s not the focus of our story for today.

What’s the difference between the two you might ask?

Impact! They work differently

A 75 watts laser machine points its light at a single point. While a bulb shares its light to a wider range. However, a 75watts laser machine can cut someone into two.

“We use it to cut woods, acrylics, and other strong materials” .

My friend said

You can’t use a 100watts bulb to cut anything, well not in conventional manner anyway. Perhaps, “Jazz” might help. Anyways, you can’t!

Do remember that…

We are all created differently with various capacities and sometimes, it might appear that others have more capacity than we do. Level up, if need be. But you have what it takes to do what you want per time, just FOCUS!

It goes without saying then that when you’re not focused, your work will always be shallow, lack spice and be incomplete. You are sure to be depicted as an unserious entity and even though some people will give you the benefit of the doubt and maybe even for a couple of times, see you as a work in progress or the moonlights’ shadow, you really need to take yourself seriously

So, yes!

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism:  the way we play it is free will.”

Jawaharlal Nehru

It is true that some of us might not have dealt with the best cards as the first Prime Minister of India said (as captured above) but, we own those cards, as well as the responsibility to play them the right way.

Thanks for reading.


Rebecca Maulome Padonu is an enthusiastic writer with a soft spot for factions. A RubyWrites 2016 finalist. She has completed several freelance writing projects, including BBC Media Action’s Drama series, Story Story (series 32 & 33).

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