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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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.

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KNOW WHEN TO MOVE ON (Why I Stopped Driving Taxi)

I had lost a business; and already dropped out of my B.SC program at the University of Port Harcourt. I was jobless, broke, unhappy and clueless what next to do with my life that was now steadily falling apart. I was in a dilemma.

Dilemma is like cancer that eats out your legs until you have no more legs and can no longer walk – you sit at a spot and expect handouts and any sort of help from family and friends and the government. Dilemma is evil!

If people are willing to give to you, it is a blessing because generally people are stingy and greedy. But when receiving from others becomes your only option, then there is an unnecessary evil lurking at your door step. Move quickly.

So I moved on and did the next
‘unreasonable’ thing – got a car, borrowed some 2000 naira, fueled the car and used it as a taxi.
When I hustle, I hustle hard with all determination. I worked 14 hours a day taking all manner of people to all manner of places through the streets and back-ends of Port Harcourt; places I never knew existed; places I heard dangerous rumors about. I wasn’t sleeping. I was chasing money. Wasn’t feeding properly. Getting lean and tanned. Everyone could see the changes taking place except me. I was moving on and wasn’t looking back. But my body was dying.

Then it started getting dangerous.

During the day, illegal and authorized local task forces where arresting taxi drivers like us for not being registered with the office or “Not being painted” the official Rivers taxi colors. Heck, I was not ready to paint my car; this was just a part time hustle. One time they arrested my car to the Psychiatric hospital. Fined me 25k and detained my car for 24 hours – One whole week’s savings effing gone in a single afternoon – the terror by day.

The terror by night:

One night I dropped off a passenger, at about 2:AM on a Friday night. Making my way back I thought I could make a quick pass through the shortest route to my supposed destination, and that’s when I hit the road block. I tried to turn quickly before anything funny or unpleasant occurred (dangerous stories we had heard about these places at nights) – and that’s when I saw them. Young guys, machetes wielding, sticks and their leader brandishing a gun. At first I thought “What the eff!” My mind skipped to Jeruselem and back in a second.
Then I thought :”Not tonight. No evil tonight. No.”

They looked scary as they all approached closer to my car and rounded me off in military fashion like I was an effing terrorist; at a closer look, they looked like they were going to offer sacrifice to the gods. Oh, they even had a sacrificial lamb, another young guy, who was naked, dripping in his own blood, struggling to walk, weak. I wondered what his offence could have been that night. Did he steal and was caught? Or was he caught in adultery? What could he have done? I couldn’t think much about the ‘sacrificial lamb’ though, as I got interrogated by the leader of the group.

“Who are you?” “What you doing here?” And I launched into an incredible introduction of myself,

“Hello guys, I am Jack Stanley; a pastor from Christ Embassy church. I had come to drop off my senior pastor the next street. We had had an all night prayer meeting.” I had a huge Maxwell study bible in my car, I pointed to it while responding.

“We saw you make a U-turn here, why were you turning back?” “Yeahhh, you are right. I wanted to go through this route as it is the shortest to my destination but I saw it was blocked and I had to turn back.”

While I was explaining I heard one of ‘em say in his local dialect “This guy could be lying, let’s just search him thoroughly or fuck him up at once and move…” As I heard that I thought silently saying a prayer “Not tonight. No fuckup tonight. No wind of evil tonight.”

After looking straight into my eyes (as if he was searching through my soul for my true identity) – eyeball to eyeball, man-to-man, for a few seconds the leader said “Go…don’t come back!” I said “Sure, good night.”

As if that wasn’t enough for one night – I was driving a couple home who had gone clubbing that night – at about 5:30 A.M. and I fell asleep while driving. I hadn’t been sleeping. I had a terrible accident. I was lucky nobody got hurt – it was a miracle. As I slept off – the couple at the back were tired and slept off too – the car carelessly slided to the other side of the road, pulling out entirely a church’s metal signpost; the bumper and windshield destroyed in the process. As I jolted quickly repositioning the car back to my right side of the road I gave thanks that I did not “pull out” a human being.

Thirty minutes later, after I dropped off my passengers I almost ran into the bush – slept off again. I went home and never came out that day again. And never a night service again. Three months later, I stopped the taxi service completely.
It was time to “Move on.”

Life can never be static. Life is always nudging you to move on. Not in an extra dramatic way as I had in a single night.
You have to know when life wants you to move on. Don’t be static. Move on to something positive. Keep moving until you find yourself at a place pleasant.
That’s what a hustler does; he moves on.
Always move…I hear her voice, “Come to bed honey,” she calls
It’s 11:38P.M., my bed calls. Good night…


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

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

#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