6 SIMPLE STEPS TO REDEFINE 2015 AND KICK IT INTO HIGH GEAR

Just yesterday, it was the first day of 2015. The New Year we had been waiting for had arrived; we celebrated. Drank wine and ate chicken.
Speedily the first quarter of 2015 is gone. It’s April. And it’s time to take yourself more seriously. Has the year been dulling you? Here is 6 simple steps to redefine 2015 and kick it back into high gear for better productivity.

1. Write out clear (actionable) goals. If there is something or anything that
you have ever wanted to achieve or accomplish in your life, 2015 is the year to do it.
My main goals for 2015 are rather simpler. I have the draft of my second book almost done. I let it sit idle for months. Why? I have no idea. Maybe other priorities. Maybe just laziness. But now I have to really finish it. I have let my tummy add some weight that I know I really should shed. I should hit the gym. Six packs coming soon. I know I have been saying that, but I mean it this time. I should watch my eating habit and cut down on TV time. Instead network more. Read more. Write more. Inspire more people.
You cannot absolutely accomplish anything if you do not know exactly what you want. 
This is the time to specify and start doing.

2. Change is coming; protect yourself
And I don’t mean the APC kind of change. I mean the PDP kind of change where they had to lose after being accustomed to winning for 16 years straight. Make no mistakes about it, 2015 has some surprises for you. And one of such will be that bad stuff will happen that you did not expect, from quarters you least expect.
When bad or unexpected things happen to some people, most do not know how to respond or react, so they hide and or give up. That should not be you this year. Be prepared for change. Change does not mean the end. It simply means setback (maybe), opportunity for more and greater success; it could mean anything.
So in all you plans or goals for 2015, try to have plans A, B, C, and D if possible.

3. Persistence gives birth to success.
It is not about the changes or challenges that come your way but about your staying power. Persistence.
Learn to get stronger with each and every day and the opportunities or unplanned changes or obstacles thrown your way.

4. Network more.
Who you know is truth. Success is a network game. Who you know and or mingle with matters. Surround yourself with people that you can learn from, people who motivate you. People who are smarter than you. You search them out. People that you can learn from.
Most of the times you don’t have to know or meet these people personally. A great book does magic. Read more.

5. Stay focused.
Eyes on the prize. Stay determined and focused on your
goal and do not allow nay sayers distract you. Once you are distracted you lose momentum. Then you fail.

6. Direct deposit to your savings account.
Everyone should have a savings account. Rains fall; sometimes cat and dog. But you don’t want to be caught without an umbrella.
Some people deposit money into their savings account…then they immediately drain it. Auto-spenders. I am guilty.
One of my goals this 2015 is to concentrate on building my savings accounts. And that also includes putting my spending habit on check. It is not wise to earn N100 and spend everything immediately. Put some aside. And let it build up.

I compiled these 6 points because I believe that they should help you stay motivated, as you practice them, then generate more energy and run faster. The year has not even gone half and some people have already achieved over 55 percent of their goals for the year. 2015 is yours for the taking.

Stanley G. Jack

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SIX LIFE AND SUCCESS LESSONS FROM THE PRESIDENT-ELECT, GENERAL MOHAMMUDU BUHARI

A BIG congratulation is in order for ‘The peoples’ General’ Mohammudu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate who in the past twelve months fought a good and cheering democratic fight and was on Tuesday March 31st returned by INEC as the president-elect, of Nigeria; he shall assume office on may 29th 2015.

Congratulations also to every Nigerian who made commitments to make that electoral victory happen. By demonstrating that ‘power’ belongs to the people through the ballot you are the true heroes of Nigeria’s democracy.

GMB’s victory at the polls after previously three unsuccessful attempts holds a great lesson for us all.

Here are six important lessons that you can draw from the General’s dream of becoming Nigeria’s democratic president, and his eventual election.

1. PERSISTENCE GIVES BIRTH TO SUCCESS
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence,” says a young Nigerian, Jide Ogunsanwo (@ogunsanwojide). Life doesn’t get any easier. You have to learn to get stronger with each and every challenge or obstacle thrown your way. So never give up on a beautiful dream that inspires you because of prior failures.

And do not forget that it is never too late to achieve your dream because you can begin now. GMB failed three times and only succeeded at the fourth trial to become Nigeria’s elected president. You are closer to your success and you don’t even know it. Don’t give up.

You deserve what you settle for and earn what you choose to fight for. The choice and tenacity is yours, only. No one can stop you until you decide to give up.

Go out there today and do something about your dream. Take it one step at a time. Learn from each of your failed attempts. Keep pressing forward. You won’t know how close you are to victory or success until you obtain it.

At your lowest moments when you feeling exhausted and ready to throw-in the towel, just tell yourself ‘One more time.”

2. DO THE JOB YOU WERE HIRED OR PAID TO DO. DO NOT EQUIVOCATE
President Goodluck E. Jonathan was elected to provide a new direction and leadership for Nigeria and he accidentally or intentionally failed to do so. That is why I have always maintained that GMB did not win. GEJ lost. Nigerians won. Don’t get that twisted.

The 2015 presidential election was not for GMB to win, it was for GEJ to lose. And he lost. Nigerians massively voted for GEJ in 2011, and they expected him to provide leadership which Nigerians hoped would be translated to stopping Boko Haram militants. Fighting corruption. And effective handling of the economy.

Instead, GEJ waited until only six weeks to the elections to demonstrate any serious offensive against  Boko Haram. He surrounded himself with elements who were perceived more by Nigerians as representing corruption. In the minds of Nigerians, their dear country was heading for the pit of hell and they were ready to go to civil war using the ‘Permanent Voter’s Card’ as weapon of mass dismissal to rescue Nigeria. Jonathan and most PDP candidates were all summarily dismissed at the polls across Nigeria.

People are getting wiser every day. They will surely decipher your double-coated words or body language. Don’t think you can or should deceive anyone.

GEJ relied on the votes that came from areas he won in 2011; but times changed and he didn’t take notice. One rule of continuous success is that you should never rely on yesterday’s achievements for today’s glory. If you do you will live in the past and become outdated and summarily dismissed, with ignominy and with immediate effect. Then someone else will take your place.

Democracy in Nigeria has matured and Nigerians believe that if GEJ cannot provide effective leadership then he should make way for someone who can.
One of the signs of great leadership is the ability to read the peoples’ mood; then adjust accordingly, where and when need be. Jonathan went dancing in Kano when 59 boys were murdered in Buni Yadi; a grave mistake. A great leader would never do that.

Someone said that “The difference between excellence and mediocrity is commitment. President Jonathan was not committed to effective leadership and that played to General Buhari’s advantage at the polls.

Stay committed to effective leadership in your life and work because that commitment is the energy you would need to defeat the next obstacle coming your way.

If you have a job, remember that you have been hired to accomplish a specific task, to solve a specific problem for your employer. You must know and do your job or get fired. Do not equivocate. Remember this when you send in that next job application.

3. WHO YOU KNOW IS TRUTH
Make the right friends. Do not hire mediocres to work for you then expect an excellent result.

Success is a network game. It matters who you associate with. Don’t mingle with anyone who will be a liability to your dream. Don’t hire a mediocre to do a great job.

In politics as in life, who you know is truth and Jesus Christ said that the truth (your connections) shall make you free; that is to say that no man is an island, who you know or associate with will go a long way in helping you become who or what you want to be.

Never hire a lousy brat to speak for you and expect to be taken seriously. From Reno Omokiri to Femi Fani Kayode to Doyin Okupe, all GEJ’s associates were liabilities to his ambition.

According to the one who goes by the moniker ‘Onye Nkuzi’ (@cchukudebelu), “Jonathan never projected an image of a man on top of his game. His team was pathetic, he didn’t have leadership instincts.”

4. YOUR CUSTOMERS CAN KILL YOU
Treat them nicely. Give them what they want. Don’t make up excuses or blame anyone for your incompetence.

If you desire to serve a particular people or market with your goods or services, understand who you are dealing with and serve appropriately. People won’t buy mediocre products when they know that they deserve and can get better. Your competitors are waiting like hawks to take advantage of your mistakes.

5. NEVER UNDER-ESTIMATE YOUR COMPETITION
Under-estimating General Mohammudu Buhari was President Goodluck Jonathan’s biggest undoing. He did not stop there, President Jonathan also underestimated Nigerians and their passion for change. Don’t be like that.

6. STAY FOCUSED
Once you are distracted you lose balance and momentum. Then you fail. Maintain focus. Eyes on the prize. This was General Mohammudu Buhari’s biggest silent weapon: eyes on the prize. He remained steadfast in the face of opposition and public ridicule. That is the definition of character. Stay focused on your goal. And don’t let the nay sayers distract you.

Stanley G. Jack

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IT’S MY BIRTHDAY: MY PERSONAL MANIFESTO

Whoah! What just happened?

I woke up this morning to the sound of a little bird singing to me a happy birthday song. And it was beautiful. Wow! It’s my birthday. My family told me that I was born 18 February 1983 at around 6:45 PM in my village. Yes. That means I am 32 years young, muackrackers.

I remember just like yesterday when I was only but 11 years young and started an oil and gas company (lol, oil and gas company. Yeah, right) selling kerosene in coke and beer bottles to poor people in my village who couldn’t afford much. I remember when one morning 11 years ago, when I woke up and realized I was the brokest guy in Nigeria with only 100 naira to my name, then I cried a little and next thing I knew I began a home delivery laundry service from my home because I didn’t know what else to do (grew and ran that business successfully for about 16 months). When you don’t have money the next most valuable thing you have is creativity. Always leverage on that. I remember when my dream was to be a lawyer and how I got bored  and ditched the whole idea of law after obtaining a Diploma. I remember how I fucked up my Political and Administrative Studies course in the University of Port Harcourt and had to drop out at 300 level.
I remember as a teenager how I would stay up all night dreaming how I was going to change the world. Oh, and I still do.

As you begin to grow up into adult life, life happens and sometimes things don’t execute as you envisioned them or when you envisioned them. You go broke. Sometimes you wonder whether you are still on the right path or whether you should consider a detour. But deep down in the coolest place of your heart, you know that giving up is not a option. Because you are not looking at where you are today but where you are going. And no matter how the road to your destination seems far and rugged you know you are getting closer with every little step.

Many years ago I made a decision that I don’t just want to be another guy who was born and lived in Nigeria. I wanted to make an impact in peoples lives with every little thing that I can offer. Especially young people because I believe that I understand them. So I wrote and published my first book WHO TOOK MY JOB? and currently working on the sequel titled GOOD TO GO: HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN 30 DAYS IMMEDIATELY AFTER POP, which should be released in a few months.

I believe that if there is anything that you ever dream of accomplishing you must begin today. The weather will never be right. The resources will never be enough. The product will never be perfect. So you do your thing, and iterate.

In the past 6 months I have been speaking to Corps members in Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Rivers and other places and I believe that GOOD TO GO will give a lot of them direction and focus.

I remember many things today. But it is not what I remember today that counts. What I want to count is what I want to remember today in 5 years when I will be 37. So I want to share with you a peep into my personal manifesto. As important as manifestos are to the successes of a political l party, so I believe it is to your personal success. Therefore I highly recommend that you learn to do your own personal manifesto.

Here are little of mine.

1. MARRIAGE. In the past year my mum, sisters and aunts keep asking me “When are you getting married?” Every passing month the question intensifies. So now that I have turned 32 I have begun collecting CVs of ladies since 2 weeks ago. I am now open to be filled. Pls., apply. This is not a joke. Lol.

2. WORK OUT MORE. I have no idea where this pot belle that is growing emanated from. Sexy muackracker like me should have no pot belle. I have begun exercising. Six packs coming soon!

3. READ MORE. The more information that you have the more options and or choices you obtain. If I take away your ability to choose you become powerless and subjected to my whims and caprices. Choice is power. Expose your mind. Read more.

4. FOLLOW MY INSTINCTS. This is an aptitude that most people neglect to their own loss. God put it there in us for us to use. Sometimes you cannot explain something but you just know that it is the right thing to do.

5. HAVE FUN. I want to do things that make me laugh more. And also make others laugh. Laughter can make you rich and help you live younger and healthier. The lack of it can kill you in your sleep.

6. EAT WELL. Some how I have no appreciation for so called ‘fine foods’ but I like to eat well. Some people slump and die at 65 because they failed to eat well when they were younger.

7. IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS WHAT OTHERS THINK OF ME. Imagine the other day someone said I was…Life is too short to be bordered about whether people think you are not funny, too short, too tall, too broke, too dark skinned, etc. However, it is also my business what people think of me. Imagine I was out there dancing azonto at the bus station. What would people think of me! C’mon…lol.

8. Repeat after me, DON’T BREAK ANYBODY’S HEART. Just the other day this girl said to me with tears in her eyes ” You are mean. Do you even have conscience? You break my heart, Stanley. I trusted you!” I couldn’t utter a word. What did I do? I ate her peanuts without her permission. Don’t do it fam.

9. DON’T BE A WORRY WART. Worrying has never helped solve any problems. Instead they compound problems. So the first step toward a solution is to stop worrying. Then you can think well.

10. REST WELL. The only time most people rest well is when they are dead. You will now see ‘REST IN PEACE’ written over their grave. That’s nonsense. What has a dead man got to do with rest? You need rest as a living being. When you are feeling down just rest, until you begin feeling high again and then do your best.

11. MOVE. Always move. Don’t be stagnant. Stagnation is death. Keep making progress no matter how little.

12…

Hold on I hear someone calling my name…

“Sweetheart, pls. come to the table…”

Oh, it’s Nne. “Please give me a few minutes. Let me finish this manifesto.”

12…

OMG, she is still calling…she wont let me finish this thing.

Umu alobams, e be like say we go finish this thing next time. Let me go before another person accuses me of being insensitive.

Thank you for all your wishes. God bless you all.

“Babes, please get the wine I need a drink first…are we going swimming today?”

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY: MY PERSONAL MANIFESTO

Whoah! What just happened?

I woke up this morning to the sound of a little bird singing to me a happy birthday song. And it was beautiful. Wow! It’s my birthday. My family told me that I was born 18 February 1983 at around 6:45 PM in my village. Yes. That means I am 32 years young, muackrackers.

I remember just like yesterday when I was only but 11 years young and started an oil and gas company (lol, oil and gas company. Yeah, right) selling kerosene in coke and beer bottles to poor people in my village who couldn’t afford much. I remember when one morning 11 years ago, when I woke up and realized I was the brokest guy in Nigeria with only 100 naira to my name, then I cried a little and next thing I knew I began a home delivery laundry service from my home because I didn’t know what else to do (grew and ran that business successfully for about 16 months). When you don’t have money the next most valuable thing you have is creativity. Always leverage on that. I remember when my dream was to be a lawyer and how I got bored  and ditched the whole idea of law after obtaining a Diploma. I remember how I fucked up my Political and Administrative Studies course in the University of Port Harcourt and had to drop out at 300 level.
I remember as a teenager how I would stay up all night dreaming how I was going to change the world. Oh, and I still do.

As you begin to grow up into adult life, life happens and sometimes things don’t execute as you envisioned them or when you envisioned them. You go broke. Sometimes you wonder whether you are still on the right path or whether you should consider a detour. But deep down in the coolest place of your heart, you know that giving up is not a option. Because you are not looking at where you are today but where you are going. And no matter how the road to your destination seems far and rugged you know you are getting closer with every little step.

Many years ago I made a decision that I don’t just want to be another guy who was born and lived in Nigeria. I wanted to make an impact in peoples lives with every little thing that I can offer. Especially young people because I believe that I understand them. So I wrote and published my first book WHO TOOK MY JOB? and currently working on the sequel titled GOOD TO GO: HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN 30 DAYS IMMEDIATELY AFTER POP, which should be released in a few months.

I believe that if there is anything that you ever dream of accomplishing you must begin today. The weather will never be right. The resources will never be enough. The product will never be perfect. So you do your thing, and iterate.

In the past 6 months I have been speaking to Corps members in Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Rivers and other places and I believe that GOOD TO GO will give a lot of them direction and focus.

I remember many things today. But it is not what I remember today that counts. What I want to count is what I want to remember today in 5 years when I will be 37. So I want to share with you a peep into my personal manifesto. As important as manifestos are to the successes of a political l party, so I believe it is to your personal success. Therefore I highly recommend that you learn to do your own personal manifesto.

Here are little of mine.

1. MARRIAGE. In the past year my mum, sisters and aunts keep asking me “When are you getting married?” Every passing month the question intensifies. So now that I have turned 32 I have begun collecting CVs of ladies since 2 weeks ago. I am now open to be filled. Pls., apply. This is not a joke. Lol.

2. WORK OUT MORE. I have no idea where this pot belle that is growing emanated from. Sexy muackracker like me should have no pot belle. I have begun exercising. Six packs coming soon!

3. READ MORE. The more information that you have the more options and or choices you obtain. If I take away your ability to choose you become powerless and subjected to my whims and caprices. Choice is power. Expose your mind. Read more.

4. FOLLOW MY INSTINCTS. This is an aptitude that most people neglect to their own loss. God put it there in us for us to use. Sometimes you cannot explain something but you just know that it is the right thing to do.

5. HAVE FUN. I want to do things that make me laugh more. And also make others laugh. Laughter can make you rich and help you live younger and healthier. The lack of it can kill you in your sleep.

6. EAT WELL. Some how I have no appreciation for so called ‘fine foods’ but I like to eat well. Some people slump and die at 65 because they failed to eat well when they were younger.

7. IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS WHAT OTHERS THINK OF ME. Imagine the other day someone said I was…Life is too short to be bordered about whether people think you are not funny, too short, too tall, too broke, too dark skinned, etc. However, it is also my business what people think of me. Imagine I was out there dancing azonto at the bus station. What would people think of me! C’mon…lol.

8. Repeat after me, DON’T BREAK ANYBODY’S HEART. Just the other day this girl said to me with tears in her eyes ” You are mean. Do you even have conscience? You break my heart, Stanley. I trusted you!” I couldn’t utter a word. What did I do? I ate her peanuts without her permission. Don’t do it fam.

9. DON’T BE A WORRY WART. Worrying has never helped solve any problems. Instead they compound problems. So the first step toward a solution is to stop worrying. Then you can think well.

10. REST WELL. The only time most people rest well is when they are dead. You will now see ‘REST IN PEACE’ written over their grave. That’s nonsense. What has a dead man got to do with rest? You need rest as a living being. When you are feeling down just rest, until you begin feeling high again and then do your best.

11. MOVE. Always move. Don’t be stagnant. Stagnation is death. Keep making progress no matter how little.

12…

Hold on I hear someone calling my name…

“Sweetheart, pls. come to the table…”

Oh, it’s Nne. “Please give me a few minutes. Let me finish this manifesto.”

12…

OMG, she is still calling…she wont let me finish this thing.

Umu alobams, e be like say we go finish this thing next time. Let me go before another person accuses me of being insensitive.

Thank you for all your wishes. God bless you all.

“Babes, please get the wine I need a drink first…are we going swimming today?”

HOW EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE SAVED MY LIFE (A Lesson Learnt) – Part 2

*This is the second and final part of this article; if you haven’t read the part one, you may read it here https://wealthymotivator.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/how-examination-malpractice-saved-my-life-a-lesson-learnt-part-1/

I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT highly of myself – there’s nothing worse than being caught cheating; I felt the greatest punishment was to be shamed before my course mates, and my girlfriend was sited next to me. I quickly resolved that it was more honorable to ‘fail’ ‘gracefully’ and come back for the re-sit the next session than be shamed for malpractice – malpractice!

I walked out (not like Morpheus as I had planned but like a chicken beaten in the rain), without writing a thing on my answers script.
I learnt a great lesson that day that has stuck with me till today and I have resolved to tell my kids and grand kids this story over and over again to teach and remind them of that important lesson – which is, do not, for whatsoever reason, be caught unprepared. Be always ready. Do your due diligence.

Of course we already know it that success in any endeavor – life and work – does not just happen; it takes preparation and action. You can only act rightly when you are properly prepared. For that examination, I wasn’t and I failed.

Understand, for everything that you will ever want or desire to accomplish in life and whatever work you may do, there are certain courses of action that you would need to take to get yourself ready for success. If you’re not prepared you will fail, no doubt. And if you’re not prepared you’ll know it.

In life, sometimes, you will get ideas, thoughts, inspirations, on the right course of action, make a move while you still can; learn all that you can and or need to, because judgment day will come when you will no longer have the time to do anything but face the gavel.

The lack of preparation will cost you more than the lack of capital or so called ‘experience’.

When you are really prepared, you can stand in the day of trial and defend your honor, proudly, with your shoulders high.
Robert T. Kiyosaki, said, “The future will be very bright for those who prepare for it today.” Myles Munroe said “Your future is bright, whether you get there is up to you.” Read, research, ask questions, do what you have to do, get ready.

Opportunities will come, challenges will rise. If you’re not ready you’ll give up in the day of trial, which would mean that your strength is small, which would mean you were not properly prepared – you’re not ready. It pays to be ready. Don’t do what I did – you can cheat in an examination but you can’t cheat in life.

*Do you have any lessons that examination mal-practice taught you? Or any other? Please, do share with us in the comments section.

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Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@WhoTookMyJob) and his next book “GOOD TO GO: How To Succeed In Life & Work After NYSC”, out in June 2014.

HOW EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE SAVED MY LIFE (A Lesson Learnt) – Part 1

*This is the first of a two-part essay; be sure to read the next instalment.

I WILL BE VERY FRANK with you here, and not try to bullshit you, in no way; during one of my examinations, many years ago, in my second semester of my Diploma in Law programme, I walked into the arena, as bold and poised as Don Corleone in the movie ‘The Godfather’. As far as I was concerned this particularly exam was already a walk-over, done and dusted and at a 100% grade. We were sitting for ‘Constitutional & Administrative Law’ by barrister Felix.

Few minutes into the exam my boldness and Don Corleone’s poise suddenly dissipated, my heart began beating faster than I could spell my own name; I began feeling like a smuggler who had wraps of cocaine concealed in his pants and here standing before the smart immigration officer who had detected and arrested the two others in front of me. The examination arena became uncomfortable and I had started sweating – like a Christmas goat. My God!

I looked at the exam papers before me, seeing that I was ‘familiar’ with every question in it was no consolation – it rather made me feel worse. I looked at the answers booklet, it was empty – I hadn’t written a single word on it except my examination credentials.

Something significant had happened the night before; at about 10:PM, I had picked up the course materials. As I opened the books I instantly and ‘miraculously’ began feeling like Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from Jehovah on Mount Sinai – I mean, I was getting strong inspirations and conviction on some particular topics – my spirit and mind and all my body language were in sync, saying to me (sort of) “Jack, read these places. Don’t dull now. They’re coming out for the exam tomorrow.” For some inexplicable reason I chose to not heed the ministration of that still voice; instead I cut out tiny pieces of paper and copied out these topics that were ‘jumping’ at me.

The lecturer for this course was a jovial personality until he chooses to really get serious. We liked him more when he was jovial. The morning of the exam, in my socks, and under the lining of my belt and wallet were tucked different pieces of tiny papers containing possible answers to anticipated questions, so that I knew where to touch for each item.

So that as soon as I starred at my question paper and to my uttermost amazement, they were as exactly as I had written them out in these tiny pieces of paper I now had on me. With these tiny pieces, all I had to do was root them out one after another and literally ‘pour’ them unto my answers booklet and then the examination would be over and I would walk out of the arena feeling cooler than Morpheus in the movie ‘The Matrix.’

Then I got the biggest shock; five minutes into the examination, two of my course mates had been apprehended cheating, with ‘exhibits’ – to nail them, their scripts torn apart, and disgracefully they were thrown out of the examination arena. We all knew what that meant – automatic failure and ‘carry-over’. Not only that, if they got charged to the Examination Disciplinary Committee, they were facing expulsion. What an embarrassment.

Now, there I sat, paralyzed with fear and inaction. I kept thinking how in the world was he able to pick out the two smartest cheats, in the whole of the arena, in just five minutes of start time? How? Was he using some supernatural influence? I couldn’t understand it. Would I get caught if cheated too? I couldn’t tell.

A very simple examination, this was, yet I couldn’t write a word on paper because I didn’t do what I was supposed to do the night before – I didn’t read. And now, I couldn’t bring out my ‘bullets’.

To be continued…

Please drop your comments. Thanks.

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Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@WhoTookMyJob) and his next book “GOOD TO GO: How To Succeed In Life & Work After NYSC”, out in June 2014.

SOMEBODY GIVE ME A JOB!

I got to know Fred few months ago when he was just about to be discharged from the National Youth Service. I asked him what he would be doing after service; he said, “look for a job”. It’s over six months, and he’s still not engaged with work – waiting for someone to give him a job. He had being brainwashed.

Our society has succeeded in brainwashing us that we need work in someone else’s business after graduation, instead of creating our own work and building our own businesses. It did not start today. Many years ago before the amalgamation of what they called ‘Southern and Northern protectorates’ in 1914 by the British colonial lords, every people who occupied the spaces that made up Nigeria were naturally entrepreneurs. For instance, the people of the Oyo Empire, the Benin Kingdom, the Kanuri Empire, to mention a few, had already established for themselves a civilization and entrepreneurship-based economy. They farmed, produced and paid royalties or taxes to the ‘Landlords’ or the king – everyone and every family worked for themselves.

When the British colonial masters arrived and defeated these native people through the superiority of their boats and weapons they changed the prevalent economic order and established a different kind of civilization and economy, one based on employee-ship.

They built factories, schools, churches and other businesses. They needed cheap labour to run and grow these establishments; it is interesting to note what they had to do – train the ‘primitive natives’ with just enough information and expertise to be dependent and never self-reliant — just enough to be able to do the jobs as the white man required. Those natives who gained British education were promoted as the most-refined, best and most intelligent and superior human beings among their kinsmen; everything and everyone else were regarded as crude and barbaric. Soon, everyone began believing in the theories and superiority of the white man; then no matter who you were, you worked for the colonial masters as an employee one way or another. Cheap labour and loyal employees were what they wanted and what they succeeded in instilling into those who went to school. Those natives who studied and chose their own paths were labeled ‘rebels’ who must be disciplined.
Nigeria was established as a base of cheap labour and raw materials for the British and foreign industries. After ‘Independence’ from British (and colonial) rule in 1960, our political leaders inherited a system and economy designed not to ‘empower’ and ‘liberate’ people economically but a system of servitude – where most people are only educated enough to serve or do the work required for a fixed amount of money that would never be enough. It has been a long time, and people have forgotten how to be entrepreneurs – productive and self-reliant. The mentality had been formed and perpetuated – to go to school and prove how a zombie you can be by taking orders and doing as you are told (slaves without creative thinking). Then you get fired at the caprice of your employer/master.

Today we have a society where most people, like my nice friend, Fred, think the only thing they can do is seek a job as an employee upon graduation from College or University. That is the effect of the brainwashing. And we have become worse for it. Young people graduate and many months or years after can’t find or create their own jobs. It is pathetic (!) and there needs to be a change. We need a re-building of our mentality, a re-orientation; one that is geared towards self-reliance, individual value and productivity.

When people seek employment it’s not necessarily because they love the job or their boss; they need the money that comes at week or month-end (this is the carrot which keeps the donkey working harder until its back breaks).

In less than six days thousands of Batch “A” ’13 Corps members across Nigeria will be ‘passing out’ from the National Youth Service. My question is, will you be asking “Somebody give me a job!”? If nobody wants to give you a job, create one for yourself and become a job-provider for others.

I say, think differently – your target should be to create and own your work. Kill the brainwashing.


Culled from the book “GOOD TO GO: How to succeed in life and work after NYSC” by Stanley G. Jack, coming out in June. All rights Reserved.

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Mum! Help! There’s a Snake in My Room

I was in the secondary school, my first year, and I was 11 years old. I had gone out with some friends and got home late, tired and feeling sleepy. As soon as I had supper I hit the sheets the fastest I could. In the middle of the night, at about 12:30AM, I opened my tired eyes to discover that I had a snake in my room. It had coiled itself on the cane—sitter. How in the world did it get there I had no idea. Sleep disappeared from my eyes. I jumped off the bed and ran out the fastest way my scared mind and legs could carry me and locked the door outside.

Knock, knock, knock – “Ma, ma, ma!!! Open the door, there’s a snake in my room”. I was scared and breathing heavily. I didn’t want to go back to my room that night. I passed the night in my mother’s room; couldn’t sleep again, I kept thinking and permuting how a snake could have gotten into my room. How? I couldn’t just wait for the break of dawn so I could get some older person to kill this unlawful intruder. But what if it succeeds in hiding somewhere in my room that I become unable to locate it in the morning? That was the scariest possibility.

As soon as it was morning, and the sun was out, I walked gently– tip toed, like a criminal in a night operation, opened my door the gentlest way possible without making a noise. I was now carrying the longest stick I could find that could kill a snake from a considerable distance. As soon as I opened the door, tip toed toward the snake and raised the stick I was carrying to kill it…that was when I saw it – I couldn’t believe my eyes. I hit it a couple of times then picked it up with the edge of the stick and took it to my mother. “Ma, look at the snake that intruded my room last night!” My mother looked at me as if I had spoken in Hindi, as if it was a joke…then almost at the same time, we burst out in laughter. It was my black belt all along, not a snake. My tired eyes had deceived me in the night.

When I got to the room tired and sleepy I had thrown my clothes around the room in many directions and my black belt fell on the chair and coiled itself like a snake. I couldn’t stop laughing. Often I tell the story today, and we always have a good laugh at home.

It Was Just a Mirage!
Life will play that Snake-in-my-room trick on you many times, circumstances will come at you, and challenges will rise against you. You will be scared, no bullshit. Your first natural instinct will scream “Run, baby, run!” Your mind and even certain people will audaciously say to you to give up, but if you toughen up and look closely you’ll discover it is all a mirage; it isn’t real.

Challenges are a fact of life and all they want to do to you is to scare the shit out of you. Fear will make you blow things out of proportions — a man can never think straight at moments of fear.

Yes, problems do arise and things will not go as planned. But success would require that you be fearless; bravodo is a virtue; have staying-power, to persevere and not give up nor give in; to not allow yourself be intimated by internal or external fear and that’s how you will win many of life’s battles. You should win. Be fearless.

*This article original appeared on http://www.omojuwa.com

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2015: The Biggest Show-down In Nigeria’s Political History (or not?)

Between July 1967 and January 1970 Nigeria was at war; our country men were killing each other with guns and grenades. Men died in the thousands at the frontlines (including my uncle, Blessing Frank Jack) fighting a course that most of them did not even understand and women and children starved to death at home and in the bushes in Biafra. It was a terribly bloody and devastating civil war (one of the worst wars ever fought in world history), which should never have happened in the first place – the war could have been avoided.

If the Biafran civil war could have been avoided, why then did it happen? Simple: because of the ego (massaged by sycophants) of two men; one at the Federal level and the other at the Regional level – Gowon and Ojukwu.

It is 2014, 34 years after, two men (again) have risen, their ego driving them – in like manner, one at the Federal (President – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan ) and the other at the State level (Governor – Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi).

One year before the war, aids and supporters were making all manner of inflammatory statements and employing all manner of desperate propagandas (it is happening again, 34 years after).
The same calibre of propaganda machinery employed by both sides, one year before the Biafran war, is being employed by the APC/PDP today, one year before the general elections. Both sides are showing signs of high desperation in attempt to cultivate public sentiments.
For both sides it is fight to finish, as defeat is perceived as total irrelevance or demise.

My mother, Margaret, jokingly tells us of the war that Ojukwu said “To keep Nigeria one there must be attack,” and Gowon responded “Attack must be done,” and then there began the war.

GEJ’s men have declared “PDP will rule Nigeria for decades” – 50 years? And RCA says “Only a fool will vote for GEJ.” Now the ‘armoury’ is being stocked for the BIGGEST show-down in Nigeria’s political history.

For political (and personal) gains, the rule of law has been despised, state institutions such as the Police and other Law Enforcement agencies have been ‘hijacked,’ judicial processes are been abused, bomb scare, Boko Haram, accusations and counter-accusations, have being injected into the political-propaganda machinery; we had the worst civil war in world history, now, we are going to have the world’s biggest/fiercest political battle. We no dey carry last – ever!

In all of these things, one thing is certain – Nigeria will never be the same again after 2015 (for better or worse). And history will hold these two men (The President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the Governor of Rivers, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi) to account whichever way the pendulum swings. May there not be the re-enactment of the 2007/2008 Kenyan political situation on our lands. We don’t want the repeat of the political violence that followed the 2011 general election. Amen! Or, do we?

*This article originally appeared on http://www.omojuwa.com

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Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@WhoTookMyJob) and his next book “GOOD TO GO: How To Succeed In Life & Work After NYSC”, out in June 2014.