IF I HAD KNOWN WHAT I KNOW NOW…

So I read this article online last night where the writer said ” Some people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are destined to be entrepreneurs and nothing will stop them.” When I read that I took a pause to think about it – I mean…me, what I am destined to do? Like every human being is destined for something, right?

I am a proud Nigerian who currently resides in Nigeria(my location is not static – that’s one thing I have in common with “V.” the author of “The Mafia Manager” ) so I brought my thoughts back home to think about some of our own very successful billionaire entrepreneurs. I thought of the Chairman of the Dangote Group – Aliko Dangote, Forbes richest black man worth some 19 or 20 billion dollars. I thought about Folorunsho Alakija, the richest black woman in the world (founder of Famfa Oil) and about Mike Adenuga the Founder of Consolidated Oil (Conoil) and Globacom – Nigeria’s 2nd largest mobile telephone carrier (most of Mike Adenuga’s wealth/asset are privately held if not I believe he could give the industrialist Dangote a run for his money).

I thought about these Nigerian billionaires because following the spirit of that article I read I reasoned these men and woman must have been destined to be entrepreneurs and that’s why nothing has been able to stop them since and I doubt if anything will. Yeah!

Now I had to ask, what am I destined to be?
Well you know the answer to that question…Don’t tell me you don’t know! I have been talking about my destiny since ‘God-knows-how-long’.

Actually the article that inspired this writing stated that the author had started atleast 5 companies and invested about 70,000 dollars in some 30 ventures. Ok.

So I thought what have I done? Not like I was comparing myself with the guy. I don’t do that. But some comparative analysis isn’t out of point my friend says. I have done some 5 or more ‘businesses’ at different times even though I have not yet put in 70,000 dollars in 30 ventures.

But hold on, why haven’t I yet been able to put 70 or more thousand dollars in 30 ventures? Thinking about it I think I have need for speed like Tom Cruise. I need to redeem my times, work smarter, faster and more. My goal is not to put 70,000 in some 30 ventures (that’s no big deal).

I feel as if I had known the much I know now I could have began earlier, stayed on my hustle and done bigger and more successful things…I know most people reason the same way. Or is that we are not just destined to know the right things at the right times? Why do we always have to look back thinking “If I had known what I know now”?

Now one thing that piqued me in the article is the notion that some people are “destined” to be entrepreneurs. That absolutely means some people are not? So some people are destined to be employees for life! I don’t think so. People choose.

Entrepreneurship is a choice. Who makes that choice? YOU. Not your parents, not your environment or some ‘supernatural’ omen. YOU! These other “things” may nudge or inspire you in that direction but becoming or not becoming an entrepreneur is YOUR choice.

I am not Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or Dangote, but I know that with a steadfast vision, passion, determination to not give up, knowledge (the ability to learn and not be bored by the process of learning), confidence and opportunity any person can become a successful entrepreneur like them mentioned above.

But if you feel your “destiny” is not entrepreneurship. You are on your own. Go find out what your destiny is. And once you have found it, put your whole life into it and make sure it shines like a diamond.

Oh, and I know that I am destined to be an entrepreneur and nothing can stop me.

Hahaha…

Yeah, I remember I still have that wine in the cooler…I need to go chill in my pool right now with my gorgeous girlfriend.*

“Juliet sweetheart, pls., come over here…”

Later guys.

* As if I have a girlfriend and a pool in my house.

Stanley G. Jack
MD, Stanley Wallstreet Limited
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Stanley is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!
Follow him on Twitter:@wealthyJACK

THEY DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT YOU!

“At the end of the day, one of the greatest educations you learn as you grow up is that most people around you won’t help you. You are responsible for you.” So says Robert Kiyosaki. He is right.

MICHAEL JACKSON, the late acclaimed ‘king of pop’, did a song by that title, “They don’t really care about us.” He was correct.
Mr. Jackson knew what Robert Kiyosaki knows: No body gives a fawk abat you.

Especially now not even your government.

(I apogize, this is gonna be a long post. If you don’t like reading long letters you might as well stop here and now)

I believe it was in same spirit of “Nobody cares abat you” that that American said “Don’t ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”
Imagine that? “…Don’t ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”

Huh!!

And this phenomenon is global; governments across the world don’t care about their citizens or the future of the youths. Politicians are speaking falsehood up and down – left, right and centre. They are stealing and or wasting public resources under many guises. Political leaders have become grossly incompetent; concerned now only about their political survival. Government owes the citizens certain infallible obligations; isn’t that right! Isn’t that supposed to be right?!

Aren’t we supposed to have leaders and administrators who sincerely care about education?

Where are the good ones? Where are the leaders who care?

These are serious times…indeed.

Nigeria; a special country (with special problems) – blessed of God with natural and human resources. We are fawkingly blessed. We know that. The world knows that. Yet our problems are enormous and gets complicated everyday. Our politicians and national and local leaders are myopic and grossly incompetent. Our national sins are gross – let’s not even begin to ‘wash it’ here; this page will overflow in the wetness.
The evil that we do in the name of politics and governance heaps to the high heavens.

No one fawking gives a damn as long as they vicariously profit from the malaise. It’s a ga-darn conspiracy – to keep the people blinded, poor and deprive them of necessary, proper and affordable education, while they can fund their kid’s studies “Away” using ill-birthed resources. Yeah, this is Nigeria; that’s how we roll.

Any reasonable people and country understand that the future of a people or a country is in its brothers and sisters or fellow citizens (especially the youths) getting the properly deserved education.
And so the biggest and most profitable investment a person/people/country can make is in education. In Nigeria, education is the least investment.

Education; in Nigeria, that’s the first thing the government strategically denies you.

What is wrong with our system?! Something is terribly wrong. Something has got to be terribly wrong.

How can a country move forward and lay proper foundation for its future and take advantage of and play a vital role in local cum global medicine, technology etc when its higher institutes are shut down every now and then for the incompetence of and obvious deceit of so-called ‘leaders’?

Must ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) always be on strike? In Nigeria that’s a usual thing.

I studied in India. I spent just three short years for my BCA – Bachelor of Computer Applications). In my first semester, I got an email from my Faculty. That email informed me on every thing I needed to know, do or get for the duration of my program. I mean, classes, tests and exams, holidays and everything in-between. And that schedule was never broken. No strike.

In Nigeria the day you get an admission to study in a College or University is the day your frustrations begin. The first lesson in seriousness that you will get is the lesson on “Who’s the boss?” The system is the boss and you are just a fawking peasant and they are doing you a favour letting you study in the “Hallowed Manor” – campus.

Second lesson: never mess with any chic the professor likes – the prof. is boss and you don’t want to spend seven years for a four years program.
They impose irrelevant things on you and you can never question.

While you are surmounting these challenges, the government decides to play politics with your life, refuses to honor simple agreement as it backs out of a properly agreed upon terms of engagement with the greedy and selfish professors and schools management council.

Then you are fawked; ASUU declares strike. “Go home!”

Do we have real leaders in Nigeria? Do they really care about our future? No they don’t. No body cares about the future who does not take education seriously. Anyone who takes education seriously would never allow the system to close down on a strike.

President Jonathan; I was wishing he would be different having being part of the academic system as a teacher. But no they are all the same.

Strike is an evil visited upon students for no fault of theirs. This has got to stop.

If you are a young person (student), or you have or know somebody who is, please be kind enough to remind them ‘…the government does not care about you’. The school system/professors don’t care about you. Only about themselves. Selfish fawkers.

Don’t expect anyone of them – politician or professor, to do anything better except it is in their interest. And then not because of you. Because of them.

Dear Student, Uncle and Parents, what should you do? Is there anything that you can do to help the situation? Should you be able to do anything to help the academic situation where and when everyone is asked to “Go home” for no fault of theirs other than that they accepted to be students in Nigeria?

Should you support ASUU and enforce an “Egyptian type” protests to force the Fed. to honor and execute a simple terms of agreement it willingly entered into with these egotistical class of homo-sapiens?

Should ASUU just go back to the classroom whether the Fed is good or not with the “bone of contention” agreement?

The answers to that will be as diverse as the population of Nigeria.

Maybe you should just not ever let your kid(s)/wards school in Nigeria again. Just take them to Ghana or Togo or maybe India. No academic strikes there.

Really?

What if you don’t have the resources to have your kids study abroad?

Don’t ask me…use your head, time and resources (read, money) wisely; just take care of yourself. That’s all.

They don’t give a fawk about you. Don’t expect them to.

Anybody who expects the system/government to take care of them wants to die young. Do you want to die young? God forbid!!!

Good education is no longer for the poor. Yeah? Can you imagine!!
Where is the voice of the National Association of Nigerian Students in all of this? — Don’t even ask me that question!

So to all those students in Naija who are hoping to finish and get a job and begin life ihave a question for you: do you want to really postpone your life for years in pursuit of a degree? Who knows how long these strikes may take or how often in between before graduation day!

A government that is unwilling to fight corruption because it is benefiting vicariously from it, a government that is unserious about road construction and infrastructure, a government that is selfish and egotistical can never and will never give a fawk about you. They have nothing to offer you. This is the kind of government we have in Nigeria.
All our leaders care about is to fight shamelessly in Parliamentary chambers and winning elections so that they can grant themselves oil blocks.

What should you then do?

Start living your life – degree or not. Graduate or not. Start living your life now. Don’t wait for a piece of paper. The system is messed up really and has nothing great to offer you. If there is something you would want to be or do, be and do it now. Begin today. Look inward. Identify your talent and start working on it to make it better. Why wait?

I don’t know what else to tell you. Just know that they don’t care about you – whether you get a good education or not is none of their business.

Ahh, hold on, I have one advice for the student: Be a student, Think and Act like a CEO. That’s who and what you are. You are a student; but you are the CEO and boss of your life and future. Not the government. Not the professor.
The government and professor may make your academic life miserable, but in all other areas of your life try to make them extremely irrelevant.
Begin working. Don’t wait for graduation day.
Keep that in mind and take care of yourself. That’s all…for now.

Oh, I just remembered I need to make an important phone call. OK, bye!

Stanley G. Jack
MD, Stanley Wallstreet Limited
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Stanley is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!
Follow him on Twitter:@wealthyJACK

#TheHustlerzInspiration

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” — Robert Frost

I say to you: when the troubles of life mount against you, as if you now have the whole wild and wide world on your head, it is not the time to get complacent or have doubts about your future.

In fact it becomes the very moment to stay “fired up” on your #momentum; to believe in yourself more than ever.

“Your opinion of yourself becomes your reality. If you have all these doubts, then no one will believe in you and everything will go wrong. If you think the opposite, the opposite will happen. It’s that simple.”
– 50 CENT

Stanley G. Jack
MD, Stanley Wallstreet Limited
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Stanley is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!
Follow him on Twitter:@wealthyJACK

WHY DO YOU NEED A DEGREE? WHY I WENT TO SCHOOL?

Well, what am I gonna answer you now!

I don’t even know if this is gonna make sense (but who cares? Am the boss here. So I can say whatever I want, however I want whether I make sense or not).

For one, I know I went to school not to get a degree — obviously I have no use for that overrated piece of paper.

Most people (especially parents and those young people who are scared to death about money and life) would say ‘you go to school so that you have something to fall back on’ if other things don’t work. “Fall back on”?…I don’t wanna fall back; I would rather fall forward!

Except you have a specific need or use for that piece of paper, you don’t need a degree. You don’t need it to succeed in life. The use most people have had so far for their degree after graduation is to decorate the wall at home or office. Degree – a piece of paper that says you went to a particular place and spent a particular number of years reading a particular subject. Ok.

A person can be very educated without going through the traditional school system. For me personally, I think I went to school because everyone I knew was going to school. My family sent me to school early (at 7 or so) when I could have had no resistance. You are beat up if you resisted going to school. And in fact we laughed at those kids who were not willing to go to school and whose parents always had to beat them up.

I am glad though that I attended school. I had much fun in school. And I learnt to read and write. Anyone who can’t read and write is BLIND. And great is that blindness! I will advice kids to make sure to go to school – it’s a good experience; you meet great friends too who could be really helpful when you want to run for political office. And that includes meeting the spouse of your life…OK.

However while I was learning in high school, I knew I would never have the need to use my certificate or degree to search for a job. And that’s one of the major reasons I never really cared much about grades as long as I passed my exams – that’s beside the point that I actually find reading school books boring.. I understood early enough that academic grades were never really a measure of my intelligence. I am smart. I am very smart. U don’t believe me? How would I know how to spell intelligence correctly if I wasn’t smart?
Successful entrepreneurship had always been my dream. Again, you see? How would I know what my dream was if I wasn’t smart. (What’s being smart gotto do with what I am writing now? I haven’t figured that out yet…)

When I think of making money or more money, I think of something, an enterprise to begin; a product or service to offer. I look for something to expand.
That’s who I am. That’s how I think. That’s how smart I am. (Pls., somebody tell my alter ego to stop talking about being smart!!)

I wish people who want a job “good luck.” I don’t need a job. And I don’t need good luck. Good luck is for people who can’t control and predict life – their life. If I cannot predict my life then I am not in control of my life. And I want to be in control. I was created to be in control. I saw that in Genesis. We believe that God created man, and in Genesis it is written that man should “be in charge,” that is, in control. Control is power. And I lose that power once I go under an employer.

Aside control I don’t think I want to live a life that is based on “thinking small.” Call it ‘To cut your coat according to your size.’ When we were kids some parents bought their kids oversized clothes and shoes so that they could ‘grow into’ it and wear it for a very long time. That’s actually a wise thing. Because if you love a particular shoe or clothe you should be able to wear it for a very long time if you want to. That’s love and appreciation.

I don’t want to cut my coat according to my size (one-size-fits-all kinda way of life). Especially as it concerns life. I want to live a “tailor-made’ life with scalability. I want to think BIG and live large. Some people are comfortable living small and not make an impact in life. Are you like that? Not me.

Some people are comfortable surviving in a job even when it is clearly obvious that it is inadequate. I can’t be that person. Others would take sh*t from unreasonable bosses just to keep a job. I can’t be that person.
In life everyone is at liberty to make their choices. If you choose a degree for a job – good luck. If you choose a job over entrepreneurial freedom – good luck to you.

However, I still believe that every person can think BIG. You are already thinking; why not just make your thinking big at once? A job is a nice thing though – someone is got to work it, but you should consider – is that job or life you are heading for going to make you happy? Will it help solve your financial challenges?

People work not because they love their jobs or bosses. In fact most people hate their job and think their boss is the devil’s cousin. But they work because they need money to take care of life. If they stop working the little money stops showing up. They offer their services to their employer in exchange for money to run their life and family and needs. In other words, they do ‘something’ for their employer so that the employer can take care of them even though that no matter how nice the employer is, whatever s/he can do for you is never enough. And soon you are looking for another job or a raise – God help you if you don’t get FIRED asking for it.

That’s life. Nothing is free. You must exchange something for something. Why not exchange your services then for freedom? Working for yourself and keeping and expanding your own profits to suit your needs and something to live behind for your kids?
The Bible accounts that a godly man leaves an inheritance for his kids. Now your kids can’t inherit your job – no matter how good you are at it. They can inherit your businesses.

Actually most people would love to start their own businesses. That’s a fact. If only they would just stop dreaming and start doing. Some of them think they are inexperienced, not connected, and lack the money to begin with. These excuses have no bases. A mirage.

People who have started successful enterprises know that actually no one entrepreneur knew what he was doing when getting started. They just throw themselves in the ring and start fighting until they win. It is the determination to stay in the fight and learn the process. You don’t need a connection in business before you start. You build your connection – network, as you go along. Yeah, you may need some startup capital; but just enough with the little you think you have now. Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad) says that the most important job of an entrepreneur is to raise funds. You don’t need your own money to start. You need to know how to get money from other people to start your business.

They may be your family and friends and some investors, but learn to ask and receive from other people to do what you dream to do. You may just say to them “Hi, I am smart. I want to change the world. Will you give me a million dollars?” As simple as that. What happens if they think you are stupid and say “No”? Find another person. Keep your dream and start learning why people say yes or no when you start asking them for money and help – but don’t stop.

So be a seeker of knowledge. Search out information to aid your startup. You already have all the resources to begin on your dream. Success begins with learning. So learn as you go along.

Never limit yourself in your thinking if you really dream to accomplish something. Lose your shyness. I have realised that some people are very shy and it silently affects whatever they do or want to do. They reason too much of what others would or might say/think that it cripples them. If you want to do or build something reasonable and or achieve your dream, you have got to build first your self-confidence. Believe in yourself and let others think and say what they want or will. People are entitled to their opinion, how that opinion affects you or not is totally your choice.

You can’t control the thoughts in someone’s head so why worry about it?!
Just be yourself and do your thing – whatever that is. And good luck with that degree you’re chasing.

I am, @wealthymotivatr

Author of “WHO took MY JOB?” – coming soon.

THE HUSTLER’S AMBITION

And then she asks “Why are you so quiet? Don’t you wanna talk?”

Oh, I wanna talk quite alright. I can talk massive . I can jump up and down and play the music so loud (as I do funny and unreasonable dance steps) that my neighbors be praying for PHCN to work their usual to have some peace.

But more and more here I am gulping down Richard Branson’s “BUSINESS STRIPPED BARE – Adventures Of a Global Entrepreneur” or Akio Morita’s “MADE IN JAPAN” or just sitting down alone/quietly while indulging myself in fantasies that carry me far beyond my present status and location. I see me as a leader in business and politics. I visualize in great detail exotic places I would love to dwell and holiday around the world, the cars I would love to drive, my new Embraer Jet, my wife (how fair and pretty), how I would love to raise my kids, the very outside world that I would love to explore and take, soon.

Right before me I see my legacy – then I realize that I am right here, in this small town, in Akwa Ibom state, in the name of NYSC. Then I smile and say to myself “This is a life of freedom and possibility.”

But these are not mere fantasies – they are real; they are destined to happen. I see them clearly, most often now than usual.

Then she asks “Now why you smiling…?” “I have seen the world. I have seen the life. It is impressive. It is inspiring. I keep seeing it.” Just 20 words I said to her in 45 minutes… She lifts both hands in the air as if in frustration and walks away with her friend. She obviously has no idea what I am talking about. But that’s no problem — I know who I am and I understand perfectly what I am talking about and that’s all that matters.

“Your sense of who you are will determine your actions and what you end up getting in life.
Your sense of self-worth comes from you alone – never the opinion of others. With a rising confidence in your abilities, you will take risks that will increase your chances of success.”

When I reach out or in to my spirit, this neighborhood would not confine me. I’ve got the world in my pocket (oh, you may read ‘Blackberry’.) 🙂

What are you feeding your mind? What are you thinking about and what do you see with the eyes of your mind? I thought you saw the world — your world. Was I right?

I understand that Life will deal many options on the table before you — good, bad, ugly and indifferent options. Sometimes you will think you have no choice but to pick from or accept Life’s options dealt you, but, at such moments I remember that I can always create my own options. I always have a choice.

To have a choice is to have freedom. Freedom to choose is power. And am not given up that power for one of Life’s “good options.” I want a perfect option. Pefect is better than good and if it does not exist yet, I wanna create it then drop my closed-fist hard on the table as I say (imagining that Life is sitting across the table) “How about that sucker?”

That’s why I dream wide and wild. My fantasies become realities…when I walk with her, hand in hand across one of the sexiest beaches of Brazil she will understand those “20 words in 45 minutes.” That’s all.

Share your thoughts, you may…at the comments section. Let’s reason.


Stanley, is the managing director of Stanley Wallstreet Limited, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

And author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!

Connect with him on Twitter:@wealthyJACK

THE HUSTLER’S EYE AND OPPORTUNITIES

The world has changed. It’s no longer 1960.

Today we observe a world where kids are more aware than their parents (if you want to be able to predict the direction the world is going, look at the world through the eyes a child – as in fashion, technology, religion, entertainment, etc) . Expanded desires – people wanting more. Insatiable human (natural and man-made) needs.

People are now able to tell that the job or opportunity they once thought perfect is not perfect after all. There’s need for more – more every thing. More clothes. More houses. More foods. More friends. More toys. More money. More swag (whatever that means).

People used to gain more by working hard. Now people who work harder earn lesser and people who work the less earn the more.

Power has changed hands as they say in Nigeria.

It’s no longer about being educated and having a job. It’s no longer about having a fancy degree. Every person now has one fancy degree or the other. A degree no longer makes a difference. Even dogs and cats now have degrees.

It’s a different world now and the rules of living, interaction, play and money have changed. All the tools needed to live our lives just exactly as we would want to are now at our disposal. Our interaction with family and friends are no longer limited by space or distance. (Clap ya hands 4 technology)

Steve Jobs and Apple, and the others have changed forever how we play -music, movies, data sharing, etc.
As Robert T. Kiyosaki rightly observed, “In the Digital Age, the richest people are entrepreneurs.” That’s right. We are in the digital age. And if you are not yet online (Social media. E.g Facebook, Twitter etc) then you are on a long thing. The question even is no longer about just having a presence on social media. The question now is how is how are you going to use social media to enhance your business and or personality? How do you make the profitable-best of social media.

Some people are happier when they are interacting online. And become bored at “log-off.” The real world is no longer just the physical. The real world now includes the virtual world..

Employees used to do so well, now they are an endangered species. As you read this note, thousands have lost their jobs and thousands others are about to lose theirs in your city. That’s the digital age at play. Technology changing the old and establishing new rules.

If you care to notice, the hip-hop-young-money culture has over taken what I call “old-mentality-money.” 16 and 25 year-olds are having fun and making a hell of a money for themselves (in the billions of dollars), while the 40-50 year-olds are losing their jobs and going broke.

In this new world, there is a good advice from ‘The 50th Law,’ (a book by the rapper 50 Cent and Robert Greene). The advice is, “Let others depend on their MBAs…and their connections…” You instead “..rely upon that hustler’s eye that…” can bring you from “…the bottom to the top in just a few years.”

You need the hustler’s eye. The eye of an eagle.

A hustler’s eye sees things for what they truly are. Reality. “By focusing your attention on what is going on around you, you will gain a sharp appreciation for what makes some people advance and others fall behind. By seeing through people’s manipulations, you can turn them around. The firmer your grasp on reality, the more power you will have to alter it for your purpose.”

Some people hate change. They fight it. Some others embrace change as an inevitability and therefore profit by it. Fight change and die. Embrace change and live. Reality is no longer thrust upon you. You can now create your own reality with tools of technology already existent and imagination.

Your chances of success with your small start-up business has been multiplied geometrically by technology. If you have ever dreamt of starting a small business, do not hesitate any longer. Whatever life you dream to live is now possible than ever. There are more opportunities in the world now than ever for the young man or woman who believes in the beauty of his or her dream.

You can dream and achieve. ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ used to mean ‘No Way.’ Now impossible means ‘I’mpossible.’ I am possible. You are. Live like a man. Success is right in your heart my friend. You carry a dream within your spirit. Now go be a man and make the world a better place using your “Hustler’s eye.” That “Hustler’s eye” sees opportunities and privileges where others see nothing or only chaos.

I am, @wealthymotivatr

The writer is the author of “Who took My Job?” – coming soon.