I ALMOST KILLED A MAN

I nearly killed a man and every body just stood there watching. A broken head, gee on the ground, blood everywhere and all the girls ran away.

Its astonishing how far a man could go when his pride is hurt. The guy hurt my ego; he effed me up in the presence of girls. Girls. How can you do that to a man? How can you embarrass a gee when the chic of his crush is right there watching? That’s evil. Who does that?

It was senior year in High School. Me and my friends were chilling when I dropped the ‘bomb’ that I had just being effed up the previous night, along with another of my guy who had tried coming to my rescue.
As soon as my friends heard the story, they said “He had no right to do that. Let’s pay him back in his own coin.” And that’s exactly what we did.

It was at a private lesson organised for senior secondary school students. I was a funny guy, in the class. It was ‘cool’ to be funny. People knew you and talked about you.
So one cool evening, the scheduled teacher was running late and I thought I should take his place to make a few jokes. Most members of the class were enjoying my gabs. But not this guy. He hated my guts. He instantly chided me, right there in the class, deflating my mojo. That wasn’t cool. That was malicious. And all malicious people will go to hell.

A wind of embarrassment blew over my face for a minute. As I quickly recovered I jokingly mentioned for everyone to hear “If you have a problem with me, let’s go do it outside…” Of course I didn’t mean it. It was just an escape for me to move away.

The kid took it serious. He came outside and fucked me up before everyone. Before my crush. I didn’t think I could let that slide. I had to prove to him, to my crush, to everyone present that I was not a wimp.

I didn’t know what to do but my friends had a “great” idea…

Next day as he was walking to class, with springs in his steps, my boys spread and jumped him. With sticks hidden in nearby flowers/bushes. Just picture the Rivers House of Assembly fracas (you can see on Youtube). Picture Mohamed Ali’s rumble in the jungle – this time five against one. We were like Chinese ninjas that afternoon.

Everybody just stood watching. Once the girls saw blood, they all ran. Blood – everywhere. I had to stop my friends from doing further harm on him – I was afraid he might die.

Rude boy had been paid back in his own coin. Right before his crush. He was pained by the embarrassment of it, more than the pains from his injuries. And he vowed on his life to get us all whacked to hell.

That’s when it hit us — he was a member of a vicious street gang. Oh boy! Matter just got worse.

A huge fight ensued the next night – same spot. Kid showed up with his vicious gang who were ready to do great wickedness for their boy…

Few days later, my friends were being chased all over town. They couldn’t go to certain places for fear of harm. I decided it was probably the best time for a one or two months vacation. By the time I returned I learned my friends had arranged a superior influence and there had been peace on our own terms.

Life is just exactly like that and I learnt a few things.

Lessons:

1) Not everyone thinks you’re funny

2) Some people would hate your guts for just no reason. “What you think of Stanley Jack?” “Fuck him!” “Why you say that?” “I don’t like him. I hate his guts.” “Why?” “Fuck him, mehn, I just don’t like him!” You get the point.

3) Never rely completely on the advice from your friends – they are too emotionally connected to you. They love you but still won’t give you the best advice.

4) When you grow older you realise that most of the things you took seriously weren’t that serious afterall. So be careful about your thoughts, friends and actions – always think about the future.

5) Never fuck a gee up in public — even if you don’t like him — especially before chics. Never think he can do nothing. You never know what his crazy friend would come up with.

6) Don’t mess with kids. They always have a group. One is always times ten.

7) Your friends will fight your battle for you if they love you. It’s called loyalty.

It’s time for breakfast. Am out –


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

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR — Dont Tempt Yourself

I was going about my business. Walking gently to school. I was late for early morning devotion. It had started raining, not yet cat and dog.

Then a classmate joined me in the street. “It’s raining,” he said. I replied “Yes, it is.” Then he said “Let’s get an okada before we get soaked.” “Good idea,” I innocently responded.
As we looked around for a bike he said to me “We are not going to pay for the service.” I said “How you mean we not paying for the service? Is your friend taking us?”
This kid smiled and said to me “We get the bike, he takes us to school, at the gate instead of paying for the fare, we run away like hard men…” “What? That is not right, not doing it,” I told him.

Instead of reasoning like me, kid looked me in the eye, poked his finger in my face and said “You are always acting like a hard man but you are a coward, really.” Did I hear right? I just had to say to him, “Listen fool. Am not a hard man. I am a nice guy. I make people laugh. Am no coward. Be careful what you ask for. It is not right to do such a thing.”

He was a trader and told him if somebody bought from him and refused to pay would he like it. “Forget that Jack, you just a coward. All talk no action.”

“Hmmm…”

“Alright,” I laid it plain to him, “We are both seniors. We are vying for prefect positions – you for Labour prefect and I, for Social prefect. Screening comes up in a few days, and you sure you want to do this now. Have you thought about the consequences?”

He got quick to chide me “No consequences. We get to the gate and run away. No body even sees us. The bike man can’t follow us. He won’t know what is happening untill we gone. Coward! If you tough we do this.”

“OK, let’s do it. But not at the gate. We will take the bike man right into the devotion. If we do this, we do it right before every student and every teacher at the devotion this morning. Only this way or nothing. And I will allow you a head-start, to run first.”

“Let’s do it,” he said.

So we found a bike. I got on. He got on after me. And we rode right into devotion. Every student, every teacher was present at the compulsory morning devotion. We were late and we dared ride a bike in to disturb the peace of the morning – that was an offence on its own.

He came down. And stood instead of running. I came down next and stood for a second, looking straight into his eyes — the bike man was beckoning now for his money. Next thing he knew I took off like Usain Bolt distracting the devotion. As he attempted to follow, the alerted okada caught him by his pants like an angry police man. Then the whole supposedly pious congregation of students bust in laughter. He was caught. Was embarrassed. He payed twice our fare.

That was the last time he ever called me a coward.

Be careful what you wish for —

*Okada is commercial motorcyclist.

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

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

WHY ARE YOU HERE? (Why go to school?)

Talking to students in a university campus:

Why are you a student? Why are you here? You are here because society told you to come here. Society told you that you needed education and that you will get that needed education in school; and you believed it, because your parents believed it.

You have come to school to study, work hard, listen to uninteresting professors, compulsorily study boring subjects, gain discipline, make friends, do some stupid things, so that you could have a good and or better experience and life after graduation and also be a contributing member of society. That’s why you became a student?

You are here because you want to prepare for the future. You know that a time comes when you would have to work and take good care of yourself and who ever else may be dependent on you, like, family. That’s why you are here?

You are here because you wanted to be a Lawyer, Medical doctor, Social scientist, Economist, Engineer, Architect, to mention a few. That’s why you are here, to be properly educated for that profession?

You want to be rich. Society told you that to get rich you need a job. So you have come to school to study for that first degree to get a job. Then go for your Masters to increase your value and obtain promotions at work. Then maybe you will go for a PhD…maybe. For what? Any personal particular reason you are passionate about or because society “said so”?

The question then is not whether you have gone to school or not, the question is ‘have you come to the right school and are you studying the right subjects?’ That is the question you must first ask yourself. Many have gone to the wrong schools and many have studied the wrong subjects because society and sometimes parents have said so and their life have been disjointed by it.

IF YOU CAN’T ASK THE RIGHT AND IMPORTANT QUESTIONS FIRST AND PROVIDE ANSWERS TO THEM TODAY, THEN DON’T BE SURPRISED WHEN YOU GRADUATE SOON AND FIND YOUR SELF WITHOUT A JOB, HOPELESS, BROKE AND AFRAID OF THE FUTURE. You may have prepared for a world that is already obsolete.

You have today. Don’t waste it. Draw a life plan before you graduate. If all you are expecting after graduation is just a “JOB,” then my friend you are on a long thing.

Understand that everyone who comes into the world comes with a dream. Reach inward to your dream and let it shine…Society lies. Parents are not always right. You may not have all necessary information to make a perfect judgement, but let your dream or passion guide you.

I am, @wealthymotivatr

THREE HABITS OF HIGHLY UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE

Of course every human being on earth wants to be successful.
There is no single person in the world who says his or her dream is to be a failure.

There are many great books that have been written on how to become successful in life. But there a few lessons to be learned from habits that keep many from reaching their potential.

Here, are three key habits that silently prevent people from achieving success.

One,false beliefs:
Many people don’t realize that this also is a habit that people form. Some people believe that poverty is their birthright; that their circumstances are “unchangeable” and therefore they do not even try for a change. What you choose to believe will become your reality.
No matter your situation in life, change is the only thing that is constant. Anything that you can see, feel, smell or touch is subject to change. You can effect change in your situation, today. Believe that.

Two, lack of goals:
This is another negative habit that could prevent anyone from reaching their potential. It is necessary to realize that no matter what you intend to accomplish in this life, you may not be able to do everything at once. It is imperative therefore to have a positive habit of goal-setting. You should have long term, medium term, and short term goals.
You must have little action steps daily that move you closer to your dream.

And, three, inaction:
Inaction is a very negative habit. You know that something needs to be done, but you choose to do nothing about it.
Another word used in describing ‘inaction’ is procrastination. It is actual irresponsibility to postpone till tomorrow that which you can do today. Especially when it is important that it be done today and immediately.

Success in life and business is never by accident. Success is a deliberate and intentional process. Success is for those who do. Be someone who is “promt-to-do” when it is necessary.

Believe positively. Be a goal setter and a goal-getter, be an action-person. Success is yours.

On opportunities!

Some of the setbacks in life are not results of lack of opportunities, but, lack of advantage. Some people fail miserably in taking advantage of the many opportunities before them.
And once the opportunities are lost, their eyes become open. But too late. Opportunity has taken a detour.

Recognize that life will grant you numerous gifts of opportunities to achieve your dream or to live the life you want, how you respond to those opportunities will of a truth determine whether you will enjoy the fruits of it or not.

Be someone who can recognize opportunity. Be someone who takes advantage of great opportunities that could change your life positively for good.

As a matter of fact, be spontaneous!

One killer of opportunity is procrastination. Instead of taking action on a good opportunity, most people procrastinate. Why postpone till tomorrow what you can do today?
Another killer of opportunities is excuses. Some people are experts at giving excuses. They always marshall perfect excuses why things are not working, instead of striving to make them work.
They would have perfect excuses why they can’t take action.
Excuses are bad. They demean your value and rob you of great opportunities. Spontaneity is an attitude that you could begin to imbibe today; why not?
Make a change today. Recognize great opportunities and take advantage of them.