“When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?” “Twelve,” they said. Mark 8:19 NLT Is poverty a curse that makes men mad? Here’s a true story, as told me by a second hand witness. Two Nigerians ordered oversized plates of food they didn’t need from an expensive restaurant somewhere in Germany. The waiters thought these were unusual amounts of food but what the heck, if they were this hungry. Surprises awaited them. Moments later, maybe to impress the white man, the men took just a few nibbles from their plates, shoved the food away and motioned the waiter for their bill. “You have to finish the food, Sirs,” the bewildered waiter politely told them. “No, we’re okay, no problem,” they answered, laughing. “But you have to eat the food, you cannot throw this amount of food away” insisted the restaurateur. The two men looked each other in the face, muttering, in Warri accent, “Shooooow?”
As I interact with people on a daily basis both physically and virtually, I perceive there’s one thing we all share in common as humans. It didn’t matter what we do or what we look like, we all want to get some kind of result out of life. We are all seeking for balance. We want our lives to exude an aura that makes the whole world stand at ease when our names of the thought of us comes to mind. Truth is, we can’t get tired of results. Living with Audacity is my response to this quest for results on a personal level. They represent the lessons I’d learned in my journey so far which I’ve been able to distill down into strategies that can help anyone anytime to effortlessly get more out of life.
Be yourself!!! There are people who are not satisfied with who they are. They’d rather be someone else or do something that they are not naturally inclined to doing. But another secret to success in life and work is to live the uniqueness that is [in] you. So, rather than focus on someone you admire, learn to be yourself. You can never execute any work effectively, or even treat anyone else right, until you value and treat yourself right. If you treat yourself well, people will treat you right.
Diversify!!! There is a lot of overdependence on white collar jobs. It has become a crowd mentality. Meanwhile there are lots of other jobs available. As a graduate you can do absolutely anything. It is about the value that you can bring to a job that matters more than what you can take out of it. You can start from anywhere and grow (don’t look down on any position).
Our society has succeeded in brainwashing most of us. It is so bad that we now think of paid employment or securing a job is the only way, the truth and the life. We have been brainwashed to see employment as normal. But there is absolutely nothing normal about securing paid employment.
Everything that you learnt in school will kill your talent. First they will steal your dreams. Sell you the mentality of the proletariat. Then you are dead. Click here to pay for your copy of Good to Go and save your copy. John is a good kid. He graduated from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt. I met him just a few days to his POP. That was three years ago. You want to know what M. John is doing today? NOTHING. Three years ago when I asked him what he plans to do after his POP, his answer after 30 seconds of sudden deep thought: “Ehmmm, look for a job…” For three years he is still looking for a job. And he hasn’t found any yet. Two years ago I asked him if he had any alternative plans since jobs were becoming elusive. He told me he was working on something. 24 months later there is nothing for me to see. So M. John lives with his parents, jobless, broke, …
I was called to National Service in 2013. On the 13th or 14th of February 2014 I proudly and quietly received my discharge certificate. I had successfully committed one full year to the service of the fatherland. I had published ‘WHO TOOK MY JOB?’ a few months earlier and it was time for me to move on to the next stage and challenge of my life. I had the “clarity of mission” – I knew exactly where I was going and what I would love to do with the rest of my life, so, I was GOOD TO GO. Click here to pay for your copy of Good to Go and save your copy. Throughout my service year I had borne a burden in my heart: I realized that even though many National Youth Service Corps members excitedly look forward to P.O.P (Passing Out Parade) and C.O.C ( Collection Of Certificate), only a few are truly ‘Good to go’. In other words, most have no sense of purpose, no clarity of mission, no vision, insecure, …
That is the important question that you must begin to answer; if you are interested in personal success. School could be a wonderful experience; a great time of growing up and learning about the world and about yourself. It could also be the period when the trajectory of your life becomes totally ruined especially if and when your parents are not very rich and you attended the public schools. Nigeria spots one of the world’s worst managed public school system (primary to tertiary) characterized by a deplorable dearth of initiatives, restrictive and regressive educational agendas, delayed or complete non-payment of salaries/benefits, government insincerity and double standards, unmotivated teachers/lecturers, inadequate and deteriorating learning and teaching facilities, outdated curriculum, incessant strikes/industrial actions, poorly trained students with little or no life skills upon graduation. Click here to pay for your copy of Good to Go and save your copy. As I have already told in Who Took My Job? I had a wonderful experience as a student, except that I was not very interested in academics. I was …
Nigeria has one of the highest populations of young people between 18-36 in the world. Thus, the single biggest focus of Nigerian leaders should not be how to consolidate themselves in power, but how to convert her huge youth population from a consumer market to a producer market. We may not be able to achieve that in one generation, but at least we can achieve being a prosumer nation in one generation. A prosumer nation is a nation that consumes what it produces.
It baffles me how jobless and idle people can be, sitting at the corridor of their houses discussing poverty and government with rapt interest. What exactly do they stand to gain? It adds nothing to the wealth and happiness of the world to disseminate the information that you have always been poor and continually been poor because you voted in a man who is too ignorant to know, too intellectually lazy to think and incompetent, leaving the economy of the nation like a displaced pendulum. Click here to pay for your copy of Good to Go and save your copy. If Government can’t provide job for you, go get one, add some employability skills.