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.

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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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.

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.

A DEGREE, YOUR FUTURE, SUCCESS & HAPPINESS

I graduated with a First Class there; 2’1 here; up till now I have no use for my degree(s). The only real education had been the experiences. I had fun; I like fun.

A foundation built on degree(s) is a false foundation; it will soon crumble like a pack of cards, like a house built on sands – the waters of economic instability will wash ’em away, faster than was built. It doesn’t matter what job you have or what position you are at, if a degree made you, that same degree will unmake you because degrees expire. And soon will yours.

ASUU is in the 6th month of its national strike and struggle with the Federal Government of Nigeria. The government is now trying to muzzle them back to class; most students are praying the matter resolved so they could go back and finish their programmes and obtain the much anticipated degree(s).
Six months’ been wasted doing nothing. No body told these students that 6 months was more than enough to start a life, to build a dream; to lay a good foundation for the future. They trust in a degree. Don’t.

They have a simple plan – go to school, get a degree, get a job. And it’s just what most of their parents expect of them. The same parents who followed same path and are now facing unprecedented financial challenges that they have no idea what to do about.

Plan the foundation of your life outside of whatever degree or school you attend(ed). Life does not actually recognise fancy-designer degrees.

Be a person of recreative/renewable value independent of a degree. And make the world a better place. There, will lie your relevance, wealth and happiness. The earlier you recognise that your degree is useless, the better for you.


Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!

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I Just Wanna Be Successful, Rich, And Happy – That’s All

Why can’t things be a little more easier? Why can’t I just have a job? Why can’t I just have that admission into the university? All my friends are getting married. Why can’t I just find that significant other who would love and care about me like I would? Why can’t my spouse understand that I love my job? Why is my boss a sadist? Why can’t I…why why why?!

That’s the tone of despair and frustration. And that’s absolutely the story of many folks out there.

We started out with great dreams. We had goals, built up hope and even others had expectations of us. Yet, life decides to play a hard-ball game on us; or so it seems. We have tried every thing and we still haven’t arrived at our dream destination in life. And it seems others just get it all easy. They try little and everything descends on their laps – just like that. We are even smarter than them. It’s frustrating!

Most have graduated many years ago and still today without work. Our relationships aint just working. Money is an issue, we seem to be perpetually broke – and in debt. Why is everything so difficult? Nothing we try ever works out. Why is life playing so impossible?!

I don’t know. I wish I can just give you the answer.

I have been working hard. I have put in decades and still here – at the bottom.

I need to move up. You too.

I need to be happy. Even you.

I just wanna be rich. You too, right?

I don’t know what it is you want out of life. Success, happiness, power, love, I have no idea. But I believe you have been working hard at it, and nothing seems to be working…It feels like giving up – seems the easiest thing to do anyway.
But then I figure, giving up is for losers. No body wins by giving up. No body got rich and happy by giving up. No body finds love by giving up on relationships. And so I keep pushing. Maybe if I don’t give up and keep working hard things would just turn out great. But then, hard work don’t necessarily put you ahead in life. O’boy, I need a break…so I put in more work.

What time is it already? It is quarter-to-achieve-yo-dream! Yeah, right.

I need a drink – sex on the beach, please. Hold on…

Woww, that sip felt cool.

There’s a gorgeous chic a feet away from me with a glass of margarita in her right hand as she clutches her gucci purse under her left arm. Why is she smiling at me with her sexy owl eyeballs? That’s a message…I think. That’s a sign.

I got a big day tomorrow. A huge deal to close that should make me a heaven lot of money. Yeah, I can’t give up. Neither should you. Stay on the hustle and may heaven smile on you.
Do have a great week and make sure you go out there and WIN – your dream.


Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!

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HOW 2 MAKE TIME STAND STILL FOR YOU

I remember when we were kids, we used to dream all kinds of noble and great dreams. Some of my friends/play mates would say they wanted to be SuperMan after watching the film. Some others said they wanted to be Policemen because we had a police-officer neighbour whom all the kids in the neighbourhood feared. And so forth.

Then we grew up and became different things apart from all what we had “wanted” to become when we “grow” up. Aside the (occasional loss of) interest, we grew up and realised that we didn’t have all the time to do all the things we had thought, dreamt and proclaimed; so we just forgot about the dreams.

Aren’t dreams for doing?. They are to be achieved and not forgotten. But there’s a little problem – we don’t have all the time to really do everything; often times, we make time our biggest opposition instead of getting time as our biggest ally.

One thing that remains dynamic and once lost is forever lost is time. Time is always moving – and fast. However, you can still have all the time in the world to do whatever and everything that you might ever dream to do or accomplish.

Get your goals straight and start doing something about it right away. If you are serious about accomplishing your goals/dreams and you are serious enough to do something about it right away, time would stand still for you untill you finish. If you are lazy and a procrastinator, time would leave you behind. Time is a spirit; and time respects doers and despises procrastinators.

Are you a doer or a procrastinator? Are you a talker without action? Think about it; deep down in you you know the answer to that question.

You may not have all the resources to accomplish everything you are set out for, but if you are an urgent doer time will respect you and call out the whole puzzle to fit in for your goals. That’s why they say that time settles all.

What do successful people (and billionaires) have in common? They make time work for them instead of against them by starting early – your early is today.

Start today and make time your biggest ally, instead of your biggest opposition. Time opposes procrastinators. Since the beginning of ages, time has always and will always zoom miles away from lazy folks who talk and don’t do. But time will always stand still for doers. All you need to do is become a doer and you will have time stand still for you. Isn’t that wonderful?


Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!

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HOW TO BE A FAILURE

When a person begins to think that he has “arrived,” he stops working hard. He stops striving to be the best in what he does.

And once a person stops striving to be the best he begins to decline, he loses his (first) salt. Then, very soon, he becomes a failure – a “used-to”.

The world is filled with multitudes of “used-tos”. ‘I used to be…’, ‘I used to do…’

Success in life is not about where you have been or what you have done. It is about where you are now and what you are doing, now. Success is a “Present” tense term, not a “Past” tense term.

Strive and keep striving. Treat both your successes and failures are past events and focus on the present and the future.

Meanwhile, success is an action word. So keep “doing”.


Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!

Follow him on Twitter:@wealthyJACK


Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!

Follow him on Twitter:@wealthyJACK