Does True Love Exist in the Office?

LOVE 1:

That day was different. Or should I say she felt different that day? Well, whether she felt or the day was different, there was a difference with how she felt and the day too… πŸ˜πŸ’ž

Yes, it was her birthday. She hardly slept well the previous night. Her mind racing. Her heart pacing. Her love πŸ’ waiting. You know how you feel when it’s your day and he has not shown up. You know it right?

She could only just play her love movie in her imagination. No director. No producer. No list of cast. The videographer and every crew member existed in her mind.

She got to the office and boom!? He left her the nicest flower she ever received in her life. (Don’t give that look now as if you’ll not at least begin to melt if you were Ms Zawadi, a Kenyan working in Ghana.)

She looked back as if to say, who did this? But no one was looking forward as if to reply, I did. She closed her office door and took a deep breath. Was she confused again as she was between should I take it or who must have done this or can Mr Right be in this office and never said a word to me?… Hunnn?!

It was exactly 07:44am and she had 10mins to waste before resuming work. Everyone, but this secret admirer, forgot her birthday.

Abdul, like the fiance of Bill Gate’s daughter, is from the land of the Pharoahs. At this time, he wasn’t willing to let Israelite, not Israelites if you understand, go. Why? Love.

Ms Zawadi got a flower and a date request to meet Abdul at Simret Ethiopian Restaurant and a finishing touch at Pinocchio Galeto – one for local dishes and the later, lots of ice cream.

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That night was coming too slow. You know what I mean right? You just can’t wait to get there.

From Pinocchio Galeto to Lululu Lalalato. I don’t know why that means too… lol. They started dating a week after that experience. Like a Judit Polgar and a Sven Carlsen (both chess masters), they used the office space as the chess board to play the game of love. Hmmm…

Down the lane, nine months later, they got married. Did I say nine months? A year and six months I beg your pardon.

The duo did it so well that some love birds in the company had to ask them how come both of you did this so swiftly without any spill over?

I’ll share their response later. However, let’s see another experience.

LOVE 2:

She knew they had this spark between them. They always disagreed during meetings. It was like a rivalry. Elna (beloved) and Emeka were friends (like my students will tell me, they were friends but not friend friend or they say she’s my bestie but not my sidie…) in school before graduating from the University of Capetown, SA.

Emeka was employed in the company two years before Elna joined. He knew she was coming for the job. He helped her. She needed an inside information on how to prepare for the interview. Although, he wasn’t part of the panel, his heart was already panelled to solar Elna or something like that… In essence, the guy was falling.

But was he ready for office romance?

Elna knew she wanted the job. She braced herself and came in. As former classmates, they got close but I don’t know, somehow they started going South.

Before you begin to judge them, have you found yourself in that situation where you like πŸ’• someone but the reaction sometimes is not cool. You know you’re falling but you see nails on the floor and yet you still want to fall on a smooth floor.

Let me ask, is love really smooth? Would there be rough times when you love? Can it be a test?

Or do you want Steve Harvey to run an interview on four guys on a live show with you before you choose the right guy to date? (I actually saw that show last week and even before Kelly choose Angelo, I already loved the dude but my love for his charisma is not a guarantee for a lasting relationship).

Elna wanted to be loved just like every lady or most ladies hunger for. It’s not bad. I don’t think so. Who wouldn’t want to be loved?

They started dating few months after she resumed work. It felt good and rough just like Zawadi and Abdul experienced. Love’s journey can be rough too. That’s part of the process. However, I think there’s a time equation in love.

Two years later, they broke up. Elna left the company with shame. Emeka was lucky he was so good that they couldn’t allow him go. He felt he could handle the trauma. Just like Elna couldn’t, he also couldn’t.

He went into depression for about a month. He had to apply for “sick leave.”

Most times guys think they can fall in and fall out. Well, you ain’t seen nothing yet. I know that ladies are soft. Some are hard. But I think every woman deserves a gentle touch and a…

Elna cried on the last day of work. The Uber driver that came along to pick her was so embarrassed but had to do business instead of try to clean up what he didn’t throw away.

This “couple” couldn’t keep their relationship intact. She was to report to Emeka every week and then receive appraisal from him.

Now, imagine if he gives her a faulty appraisal, will she allow him get a full hug that week? I don’t think so. What he will get is a h, not even a capital H. A small h that’s not bold. Lol… 😁

So, the “chairman” kind of started to do appraisingnalizationism (again, I don’t know the meaning). All I know is that I must get my full hug… πŸ™†

Where do you think they got it wrong? Where do you think the first couple got it right? Can you fall in love in the office and keep it? How?

Somehow, if permitted to give a different title to this, I’d say, Can I Handle True Love in the Office?

My next post will be on how to manage this love when you see it in the office. For me, I believe one can find this love in the office. Do you believe?

Africa and the Future of Work: Three Things Employees Should Focus on in the Reskilling Revolution.

If we do nothing, our current skills crisis will only exacerbate the growing divide between the world’s rich and poor. In such a world it will be impossible to achieve peace, environmental sustainability or prosperity.

Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director, New Economy and Society at the World Economic Forum.

The World Economic Forum 2020 was a success as global leaders gave their views on what the next step should be for workforce in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

And one of the key decisions taken is to make sure there is stability in the labor market with the introduction of the Reskilling Revolution.

The Reskilling Revolution is a target to reskill over a billion people in the next decade to maintain relevance and productivity in the market.

Why?

There’s a disruption that’s ongoing in the global workforce system and if key stakeholders remain mute on these moves that’s driven by innovation, joblessness and chaos will be the order of the day.

Therefore, a need for reskilling.

As part of the Reskilling Revolution, the US agreed to reskill over 15 million people to match up with the demands of economic changes, according to Ivanka Trump (so smart lady.. I couldn’t help but notice her dexterity during the session).

In Africa, what are we doing about this? (I was not happy when I noticed no African was on the panel.)

Hmmm… So, yes, what do we do? What will be the role of the employee on the street? What should graduates coming out of schools focus on?

If you are not aware, it’ll be fit for you to know that technology is driving the economy because tech is a very fast tool in helping to solve several problems in our world today. Thus, the economy goes where tech goes. And so far, education is yet to catch up.

According to Saadia Zahidi, MD, World Economic Forum, these three factors are vital for this revolution:

  • Right Education
  • Right Skill
  • Right Job

Right Education

This begins but does not end with degrees. We are in a world where the relevance of degrees are being questioned not just by employers but by problems in the workplace.

It is not the employer that’s saying your degree is not relevant. It is the problem you’re not able to solve that’s questioning your four years in college.

It’s time for learning outside the formal structure. It’s time to connect with other people and see what they are learning. It’s time to use YouTube. It’s time to get on edX and learn something entirely new after your PhD.

Education is no longer a four year program but an everyday program.

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Right Skill

Don’t just get to school, get a course, study and graduate. You must know what skill is relevant in that course relation to the present day reality.

I believe that schools in Africa will catch up with this revolution. But while we wait for the system, we need to evaluate the necessary skills needed in our course of study and begin to give it attention.

And for the graduate who works, you should do an inventory to know what you’re lacking, so you can upgrade your skill.

For example, the social media skill is becoming increasingly important in the market place. Traditional advertising is not as effective as it use to.

Today, every employee is a marketer – take it or leave it.

Right Job

With the right education and right skill, you’re almost assured of the right job or opportunity. Why? If you don’t get the job, you can set up a business that solves the same problem.

Again, it’s important to look at the job you want and then go for the right education that will produce the right skill for the right job.

Personal Assessment

Check the job requirements in your industry a decade ago and today. Which of the today’s skills are you lacking? What books can you begin to study or blogs can you begin to read or videos on YouTube do you need to listen to or what course can you take on edX…?

The options are limitless.

The change is here. Only the reskilled can survive.

I’ll close with the words of Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS, during the session Strategic Outlook: Africa at Davos:

… we are also showing that we are learning but learning too slowly. The world is not waiting for us. Poverty is increasing. Climate change is worsening the situation.

To get more insight, read this Which of tomorrow’s jobs are you qualified for?

Are You Asking This Question: How do I Become a Thought Leader in my Field?

The drive behind the Nicheployee blog is this: to help African employees, who love their chosen field or career, but want to build a niche in that field, to build that niche… or what you’ll call personal branding for employees not entrepreneurs.

And that’s why I want to share five posts from experts that can help you understand how to be a thought leader in your field.

According to Wikipedia, a thought leader is an individual or firm that is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought and often rewarded.

So what does it take to build this resilience? Do you know how to build this thought leadership in your path?

These posts will direct you more than I can… Enjoy!

Let me add one more…

One more thing, if after you read this and you’re taking no step, I’m sorry that goal will not be attained.

So, try to apply at least one of the ideas!

7 Ways You Can Access the Minds of Role Models Who are Far From You.

It’s hard to improve when you have no one but yourself to follow

John Maxwell

We have always confused the two words – mentor and role model. We mix them together always but in clearer terms, a mentor is someone you have physical access to and who can guide you on something while a role model is someone you admire from a afar.

The question now is, how do I access men and women who are far from me but inspire greatness in me?

I’ve been learning this first hand and I feel I need to share what I’ve experienced so far.

The first key is…

  • Get Their Books

This is by far the easiest to do. Thanks to Amazon both for the ebooks and hard copies.

Few days ago, I was going through a post online and I saw list of books to help you become a better writer. Instantly, I had to visit a site where I get free ebooks from. As I did, I saw most of the books I needed and sure I downloaded them.

Just like that! πŸ‘Œ

I might not see the authors, but I have their ideas at my reach.

  • Search And Follow Their Blogs

I love Jeff Goins because I can access his blog on writing secrets.

Go to google homepage or any browser and type the blog of (the name of the person you’re looking for).

Is the blog important?

I bet you. For some of them, they write and post weekly. So, you can harvest their thoughts from there just with a click. It’s amazing!

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  • Subscribe To Their Youtube Channels

If you’re not the text person like me, just hit youtube.com and then search for the person’s name. If you see their channel (not always for all) you can subscribe and get notifications every time a video is uploaded.

Simple!

  • Download Other Videos About Them from Other YouTube Channels.

This is option two to the previous.

Whether you subscribe or not, you can also download their videos from other channels.

For this option, you don’t necessarily need to find their channel. What I do here is I search the person’s name and download the videos I see that interests me the most.

  • Podcast

Try this again: Go to Google and type podcast of (the name of the person you’re looking for) or podcast by (the name of the person you’re looking for).

And boom!… instantly you’ll see results. Sometimes you might not see what you want but most times you will if they have done any.

Podcast can help if you feel getting the video is cumbersome. And you can listen to podcast on your way to work without the feel of missing the video graphics.

  • Register For Their Online Training Or One On One Mentoring Session

Webinars? Yes. Live sessions? Yes. I’ve done this countless times. This can be so transforming. You get to listen to the person in real time. You read it well – real time and even ask questions.

I’ve followed a live webinar by Robert Kiyosaki, Brian Tracy and the author of Secrets of the Millionaire’s Mind, T. Harv Eker and mhen, it was phenomenal!

  • Follow Their Social Media Handles

I like to follow especially their Twitter and Facebook handles. For Instagram, I also do but not as quick as for Facebook and twitter.


Access has been granted to anyone that wants to improve, whether you want to learn from Uganda or Libya or Zimbabwe or Togo, you have access.

And what does this mean?

No room for mediocrity. No one has an excuse to do things without global standards. You might not get there one day but you can start the journey with any of these.

I hope you’ll start to learn from your role models today through any of these means and if you have other means, you can also share with us.

Africa and the Future of Work: What Does the Future of the New Economy Holds for the African Employee? – II

Lets revisit the 7 professions again:

  • Care Professions
  • Data and AI
  • Engineering and Cloud Computing
  • Green Professions
  • Marketing, Sales and Content
  • People and Culture
  • Product Development

So, the question is, “What skills do I need to develop if I’m going into any of these?”

1). CARE PROFESSIONS

Focus here is on health – the general wellbeing of the human body. And it’s no longer just the medicine and surgery feel. Other important opportunities are showing up as our world evolves.

Emerging Jobs

Respiratory therapists, Exercise Physiologists, Fitness Trainers and Aerobic Instructors amongst others.

Skills Needed

So, if you find yourself in this field, then the projected skills needed are: Respiratory Therapy, Care Giving, Sterile Procedures, Transcription, Radiation Treatment, Medical Dosimetry 😁, Vital Signs Measurement, Simulation, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Radiologic Technology.

2). DATA AND AI

Data security and how AI will enhance human life have been part of the series of discussions held during the WEF 2020 which is closing today.

From the report, this is a summary of expectations for the new economy in this field:

Emerging Jobs

AI Specialist, Data Scientists, Data Engineer, Business Intelligence Developer, Big Data Developer, Data Consultant…

Skills Needed

Data Science, Data Storage Technologies, Development Tools, Artificial Intelligence, Software Development Life Cycle, Management Consulting, Web Development, Digital Literacy, Scientific Computing and Computer Networking.

These skills are in particular, important just like the next you’ll read. Why? Tech related.😐

3). ENGINEERING AND CLOUD COMPUTING

If you think clouding is not important then you’re far. I was checking in on the future of app development few days ago, and this is one of the key mentions, cloud computing.

Emerging Jobs

Python Developer, Cloud Consultant, Technology Analyst, Frontend and Back end Developer, JavaScript Developer… (In the Nigerian Ionosphere, I think we have some of these already. I also hope same thing is happening at South Africa , Egypt and Rwanda or Kenya

Skills Needed

Development Tools, Web Development, Data Storage Technologies, Software Development Lifecycle, Computer Networking, Human Computer Interaction, Digital Literacy, Technical Support, Business Management and Employee Learning and Development.

4). GREEN PROFESSIONS

There is a huge gap here especially for Africa. And we need this so much. I see entrepreneurs coming in to optimize this system so that jobs can be created. And if you’re in school, you might want to consider a course in environmental sciences.

Green is the future!

Emerging Jobs

Wind Energy Project Managers, Green Marketers, Solar Photovoltaic Installers, Sustainability Specialists, Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors, Biofuel Processing Technicians…

Skills Needed

Digital Marketing, Wind Turbines, Landfill Gas Collecting, Social Media, Equipment Inventory, Solar Installation, Health and Safety Standards, Microsoft Power BI, Electrical Diagram/Schematic and Email Marketing.

5). MARKETING, SALES AND CONTENT

We are doing good here but more needs to be done. Can we start Content Development as a course in our high-schools?

Emerging Jobs

Social Media Assistant, Growth Hacker, Chief Marketing Officer, Content Specialist, Marketing Consultant, Ecommerce Specialist

Skills Needed

Digital Marketing, Social Media, Business Management, Digital Literacy, Advertising, Product Marketing, Video, Graphic Design, Leadership and Writing.

6). PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Another sector that needs real attention. For me, I’m thinking of learning a new language soon.

Emerging Jobs

Information Technology Recruiter, Human Resources Partner, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Business Partner and Human Resources Business Partner.

Skills Needed

Recruiting, Hunan Resources, Business Management, Employee Learning and Development, Leadership, Project Management, People Management, Compensation and Benefits and Foreign Languages.

7). PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Still in the tech sphere.

Emerging Jobs

Product Owner, Quality Assurance Tester, Agile Coach, Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Product Analyst, Quality Assurance Engineer, Scrum Master, Digital Product Manager, Delivery Lead…

Skills Needed

Software Testing, Software Development Life Cycle, Development Tools, Project Management, Business Management, Data Storage Technologies, Web Development, Manufacturing Operations, Digital Literacy and Leadership.

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As you get to the office this morning, don’t just take a normal look at what you’re doing. Ask yourself vital questions like Am I getting ready for this coming revolution? What skills do I need to develop to become more competent in my field of work?

Remember, it is no longer a one man show. Globalization is bringing us together and somehow, it is the fittest that gets the most.

The future is reskilling.

For Parents: Please begin to use this to check if your child is given the necessary training to thrive in this future. I can assure you that few colleges are doing this let alone high-schools.

Africa and the Future of Work: What Does the Future of the New Economy Holds for the African Employee? – I

The World Economic Forum will be coming to an end today and so many global issues have been the focus of discussion from economic growth to the future of work to climate change and tech disruptions.

Concerning the future of the new economy, a report was released, titled: Jobs of Tomorrow: Mapping Opportunity in the New Economy.

From this research, we’ll get to understand what this new economy will be and it’s implications for the African employee.

Things you need to know about the new economy:

  • We will continually need adoption of new technologies
  • Human interaction will remain key in the new economy
  • The new economy will see a greater job need in what the research calls the seven professions of the future

From the study, there’s an expectation that 6.1million jobs will be created in the next three years from these professions. The two major trends of the jobs of the future will be: adoption of new technologies and continuing importance of human interaction.

Indeed, the future of work shows demand for a broad variety of skills that match these professional opportunities which includes disruptive technical skills, specialized industry skills and core business skills.

THE 7 PROFESSIONS OF THE FUTURE

As stated earlier, these professions hold a promise for being the most potent in the new economy. They are what will drive the growth that’s needed to sustain the system at large.

These emerging professions are:

  • Care Professions
  • Data and AI
  • Engineering and Cloud Computing
  • Green Professions
  • Marketing, Sales and Content
  • People and Culture
  • Product Development

“In the aggregate, over the coming three years” says the research, “37% of projected job opportunities in emerging professions will be in the Care Economy (or profession); 17% in Sales, Marketing and Content; 16% in Data and AI; 12% in Engineering and Cloud Computing; and 8% in People and Culture.”

This means the Care Profession will still lead in this global need. I agree with this so much because the tech disruption in our system will call for a need to address the effect on humans of the disruption.

Although there are about 10 skills needed for each profession target, the summary of these skills are sub-divided into five different clusters:

  • Business Skills
  • Specialized Industry Skills
  • General and Soft Skills
  • Tech Baseline Skills
  • Tech Disruptive Skills.

The next post will be a breakdown of emerging jobs and the 10 skills needed for each profession.

How Can Conferences and Trainings I Attend Affect my Personal Development?

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I attended a meeting in Lagos, CM2014. It’s an annual Easter Retreat organized by Dominion City Worldwide in collaboration with Golden Heart Foundation, founded by Dr. David Ogbueli, for anyone who wants to experience real life transformation.

I think the 2020 version will be held from 10th till 12th April, in Abuja, Enugu and Lagos respectively. My first encounter with that event, has been instrumental in the direction of my career.

Amongst other reasons for this transformation, the top for me is this: I came out with a personal action plan which I started off few weeks after the conference. And since then, my life has taken a firm direction.

Still in line with this, I can remember a post I wrote titled Does Motivational Books and Stories Really Work? and the premise of that was the way most of us think about motivational books.

I’ve heard folks criticize authors and say all manner of things about them yet I’ve seen those who have profited from these same books – myself inclusive.

So what’s the jinx?

Well, same thing with conferences. A lot of us, as employees, will be attending so many this year. In particular, the World Economic Forum, 2020 is coming up and the world is getting ready to be there.

Perhaps, yours might be other events. But the question is: Why do we attend meetings and results don’t show up in our lives? Why?… Year in, year out?

This is the truth of the whole matter… From personal observations…

The speakers inspire us 100% but once the program is over, that power to inspire us begins to reduce.

Thus, the question:

How can I retain that inspiration until I get results?
Like I said earlier, the inspiration vibe dies down with time but personal observation makes me assert these:

1). If You Have A Plan Before Leaving The Conference, You’re Able To Access 30% Of The Inspiration To Move.

This is so real to me. I’ve tried it. I’ve seen it. In fact, after service yesterday, my Pastor told us to do this same thing as we were asked to write out something that we’ll focus on for the week.

I’ve also overheard my boss saying something like this: I don’t write down what the speaker says during a meeting. I only give attention to what what he’s saying is inspiring me to do.

That’s the point!

2). If You Have A Video, You Have 20% Of The Inspiration.

If you’ve gone for training sessions for employees or other kinds, you’ll see folks record with their phones and take home or if the organizers have a good media team, you’ll be lucky to get the video.

However, it’s 20% you will have. It’s not as bad as having nothing though.

For several events, which I didn’t attend, I take the video and I just get to move on each time I listen to it. I use the YouTube site to download personal development videos but I’ve seen a distinction between videos and audios.. And that will lead me to the next.

3). Audio Gives Us 15%

Trying to conserve data, I’ve had times when I downloaded YouTube videos as audio. And after a while, I regretted doing that. I felt it would have been better to get the video than the audio.

Have you experienced that before?

Currently, once I see a video I need for my personal development, I get it. I don’t really do the audio thing. However, because of mobile space, I convert to audio in my phone then leave the video in my PC.

But when it’s an important video, I leave it in my phone.

Thanks to YouTube offline video option, where you can see a video offline after downloading into your phone.

4). Just Notes Is 10%…

Here lies the majority… Although, not in all cases. I wonder how some persons go for important meetings without notes. Thanks to evernote app.

Writing alone gives us access to 10% inspiration. Yes, 10%. If you harness it and make a decision with a plan, you will gain more than 10%.

5). Imaginations Of The Conference Is Very Volatile… But It Stays At Less Than 10%.

Remember, it’s my personal observation. While this might be less that 10%, if mixed with any of the above, the result can be dramatic.

In fact, anyone who has the emotional energy of an event has the event. Yet, how I wish emotions alone can produce tremendous results. Personal development is beyond emotions.

Events don’t really change us. “They” give us the opportunity to change. What we do after the event is what brings about the change we need.

What conferences will you be going for in 2020? Or which have you gone for already?

We can use this formulae:

Hear. Meditate. Decide. Plan. Act.

Next time you attend a conference, don’t just listen. Make decisions and plan. Or at best, get the video if you think the conference is worth it.

The more of these you combine as an employee, the greater the changes you’ll experience.

Lastly, remember that building a personal brand as an employee, cannot be wished into us. It has to be built deliberately.

Friday Book Review with Chuks | Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

Going through Steven Pressfield’s book is making me think deeper. He resounds the principle of work again and again and also… emmm…

I think you just need to go through the content yourself so I don’t spoil your taste.

(How’s the new year? That’s a view from the back of the office, towards a farmland… There have been serious weather fluctuation. Suddenly, we woke up and it’s the harmattan breeze again πŸ˜”… I’m in Enugu, Nigeria. What about you?)

So, how do I Turn Pro?

The Points!
  • When we are afraid to pursue our true calling, we pursue a shadow calling instead.
  • The shadow way of living is the way an amateur lives.
  • The more time we spend living this shadow life, the farther we go from the real thing and it gets more difficult to get back to it. (I feel this happens to most young folks. We hide under school, work and degrees. We deceive ourselves whereas we know what we are capable of doing. Yet, for fear and perhaps, to make some persons happy – which might not be bad – we opt for a lower life).
  • Habit is what differentiates the amateur from the professional.
  • Turning PRO starts with a single decision but must be sustained with consistent action.

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Turning Pro is not for everyone. It’s free but requires sacrifice.

When you Turn Pro, your life becomes easier not without challenges (you enjoy the bullets because you know you’re meant for the war).

There’s an unconscious voice that we hear that tells us what our Pro is. Yet, most people ignore it.

The fear of the amateur is the fear of success… the fear of living up to what is meant for him or her.

The amateurs get their identity from others. They are scared of standing out, as being unique.

The Quotes…

“Practise before you need it so that when you do you will have it.”

“Turning Pro is free but it is not easy. You don’t have to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind.”

“Sometimes when we are terrified of embracing our true calling, we’ll pursue a shadow calling instead. That shadow career is a metaphor for our real career.”

“The amateur life is our youth. It’s our hero’s journey. No one is born a Pro. You’ve got to fall before you hit bottom, and sometimes that fall can be a hell of a ride.”

“Resistance hates two qualities above all others: concentration and depth. Why? Because when we work with focus and we work deep, we succeed.”

The amateur prizes shallowness and shuns depth…

“Professionals don’t wait for inspiration, they acts in anticipation of it.” (I pimped this one).

“The Pro will share the wisdom with other professionals – or with amateurs who are committed to becoming professionals.”

“Our intention as artists is to get better to go deeper, to work closer and closer to the bone.”

Questions?!

I need to be Michael Jackson now or William McDowell who both sang songs describing how I feel now:

Speechless and I’m at a loss for words respectively.

Going through the book is just an experience. But let’s see…

Are you a Pro? (And this has nothing to so with whether you’re working with Access Bank or Glo or you have your startup).

Remember he said, it’s not for everyone. Someone will read this and just open a new tab. No problem! But if you’re a Pro, you’ll know.

To close this, think about these few questions:

  • What is making you scared of living that life that’s so visible in your mind?
  • Are you scared of even listening to that voice? (I know that it speaks to everyone. Yes, it does.)
  • Who will live that life if you don’t?

5 Reasons Nigerian Graduates Don’t Practice What they Study in School.

Don’t get it twisted. One of the most hard working youngsters in the world are Nigerians. Check out how widespread we are. I know the average human on earth sees Nigerians as negative. Yet, we rule.

See these examples yourself: banking guru, Jim Ovia (founder of Zenith Bank), media master, Jason Njoku (founder of Iroko TV),

So, you’ll be missing out of the thrill when you think there’s no benefit the average Nigerian youth (graduate) has for the nation or the continent to the world.

Yet, the other side of the coin that I see and don’t think it’s good is the fact that more than half of Nigeria graduates don’t practise what they studied in school. This might be a global phenomenon but let’s see the flavor in our national context.

Why do we not practice what we study?

  • No Personal Vision for the Career Path.

(We just want to make a living.) I spend time with secondary school students and I have a feel of what is being taught in terms of career. In fact, from my own experience, we were groomed to just move from class to class (although thanks to my teachers and lecturers) until it’s time to choose career.

The idea is that we will figure it out. And most don’t. We just conform to any of theses: medicine, law or engineering. Anything else is stupidity. Thus, from highschool, there’s little effort placed on finding a vision in life.

I’ve had students ask me, Is it bad that I don’t know what I want to study in college? With a sense of understanding for where they are, I say yes but instantly I start that journey for the student.

Recently, I posted my first video on a YouTube channel (dedicated to giving highschool kids insights on how to choose a career).

What do we see today?

We wake up one day. Discover we’re in SS3. Register for JAMB and WAEC Exam. Kpam kpam kpam, we gain admission. During holidays, we spend time doing something else. School starts, we feel a huge load. All we see is the glamor in the career so before graduation we’re seeing ourselves with an official car.

Is it bad? Not really.

After graduation, we go for service. If there’s money, we go for MSc. No money, we look for jobs and hustling start.

Very few get to follow a path with a vision. A vision that transcends the economic situation of the country. All we hear is there’s no job.

While I know the government is meant to provide jobs, I also know that if there are no jobs, it’s our responsibility to create one.

A personal vision for the field of Agriculture is what will make a graduate of Agriculture start a poultry farm or any business that’s connected to agriculture.

My Suggestion: While we make our government responsible for their roles, let’s begin to choose careers with a mindset of bringing changes and not stop at making a living.

  • No Easy Opportunity.

I would blame the government (from previous administrations inclusive) more for this mishap. I was thrown off balance the day I heard that there’s a federal job but for you to get it, you’ll need to pay several thousands. I was pained.

So, a father pays N500,000 or more for a 4 year course of his daughter and when she’s done, he’s asked to pay for her to get a job. Are we moving forward or what?

And some of our parents accept it. It’s horrible.

The second blame on this for me is the mindset we build in school that says: after graduation, look for a job. So

  • Lack of Patience to Follow and Build Mastery.

If the message on the hood is that I can’t wait to learn from anyone, then it’s a dangerous one.

I can attest to the fact that the entrepreneurship vibe is becoming a flu. While there are fields that don’t need much time for practising, mastery is needed to deliver good value.

I heard Mr_Brainbox, Cofounder Blueprint Afric said something like that if he knew what he knows now, he’d have gone to work for someone for a while before moving to run his business.

My generation does not want to follow. We want to start without serving.

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  • Insufficient Presence of ACCESSIBLE Models in those Fields.

I respect all professionals who have built pedigree over time in their fields. I salute. Yet, I’m thrown off balance when I see a Professor who wants to make life difficult for another student coming in to study for his Masters.

I’ve heard stories of how the big lions in several industries don’t want to allow the younger ones come up. I don’t know why. Although, I’m aware of the mindset of my generation. It can be discouraging for a master to teach a student who is impatient, lacks respect and does not want to work.

What is the need of knowing so much without transferring the knowledge to the next generation? Why have some of us made it look like no one will advance without you?

Even in the work environment, you see where employers find it hard to even train employees. I’ve heard complains about this severally. What I say sometimes is this: if some employers were privilege to hoard the information on the internet from some employees, they will.

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  • Urgency to Make Money.

Victor AD (an indigenous artist) sang a song and said if we no make money wetin we gain o (if we can’t make the money, then there’s no need). Thoughts like this, without a balance, makes our best brains waste. They are entangled in online frauds. Everyone wants to hammer. (I like money. It is important for life on earth. But where should that priority be placed?)

My 18 Best Quotes on Goals.

I love quotes. They simply simplify the whole idea. Enjoy it!

When you set a goal, you expose who is disinterested in you.

Mike Murdock

Until you set goals, there’s no reason to value time.

Mike Murdock

Your goals and dreams will never happen if you don’t Sow Labor Into Time.
Brenda Diann Johnson

Create your desired outcome. No one else will do it for you.
Tom Abbott

If your goals aren’t big enough to scare you, they’re not important enough to get you to do the work.
Richie Norton

A goal is a goal when it is set outside your comfort zone.

Sukant Ratnakar

Once a Goal is reached all the hard work don’t seems so hard but worth it. Then, we can laugh of pass struggles.
Maria Boria

The vitality of youth is to employ all your might to pursue your visionary goals.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Goals are meant for today. Dreams are meant for tomorrow.

Anthony T. Hincks

Edward: You know what the difference is between a dream and a goal? he used to say to me. A plan.

Jodi Picoult

There is no telling how many miles you have to run while chasing a dream.

Unknown

We should set our goals; then learn to control our appetites. Otherwise, we will lose ourselves in the confusion of the world.

Hark Herald Sarmiento

We spend too much time keeping up with celebrities. They’re living their dreams, what about you? Are you where you want to be in life? Get off the couch, turn off Ferris

u dobt get . you create . and start achieving your goals.

Bianca Frazier

Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.

Timothy Ferris

You don’t get time. You create time.

Sanhita Baruah

If we write our dreams and goals down, we dramatically increase our odds of realization. If we share them with others, they become potent and alive.

Kristin Armstrong

If you are not able to see your goals, they will take longer to achieve, and sometimes “longer” is “never.

Honoree Corder

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.

Bill Copeland

For me, I feel and know that 2020 is a blessed year. And that’s why I’ll take actions in line with my goals.

What about you? Don’t quit until you win!

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