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.

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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THREE MOST IMPORTANT ABILITIES IN LIFE

Anybody can be a lawyer, doctor, engineer and so forth. You simply go to school, finish and receive a certificate that declares you so – a professional. That’s great!

While I was still somewhere in my second year at the university, my family kept suggesting – “Finish your first degree. Then your Masters. Then your PhD. And then become a lecturer in a university. It is a safe, secure job and pensionable. And pays well too.” Then to sort of cajole my entrepreneurial spirit, “And you can always run your businesses on the side.”

I love my family. They love me too. They care about my future. I understand that.
I might get a PhD, but what for? To become a lecturer? I don’t think so. And that’s absolutely not what this post is about today.

Now, let’s get to today’s business; there are two things that seem most important to everyman – a secured or guaranteed economic and political future. Everyman is economic and political. Everything a man does is to secure these two primordials. Some men are willing to betray, kill, steal, lie, cheat on their family and friends, for the material guarantee of their economic and political future.

And that’s even why most people go to school. Some people say they go to school because they need a degree; why do you need a degree? Towards securing your economic and political future. That’s all.
Really. Everything else (if any) comes after.

But do you really need a degree to be economically and politically established in life? Do you really need to be a doctor, engineer or lawyer? Do you really need to spend good 3/4/5 years in school (an enclosed and limited environment) in pursuit of a piece of paper? What is the power and purpose of a degree? To show that you are truly educated and smart? Or to show…what could it be?

I don’t really believe that piece of paper is necessary. I don’t really think young people should waste anymore of their time and put their living on “hold” and be bored to death by uninteresting professors churning out out-dated theories because he confidently knows the students don’t even know any better.
Except you really loved to, need to, for a greater relevant reason, other than to secure your economic and political future, a degree is useless.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from attending college/university for a diploma. Go to school. Finish. Get your Masters. And maybe your PhD.
But, if all you are doing it for is so you can get a job upon graduation, then you are doing it for the wrong reason.
Besides, you can get a (read: create your own) job with just three simple yet important and powerful skills that you can master without having to waste years in college. They are so simple that most folks neglect or shy away from them. Yet, their potency is unquantifiable.

I’m simply talking about the skills of Reading, Writing, and Public speaking. If you can only master these important skills – you can become and have anything you want in life. Lack these skills, and you disadvantage yourself in an ever competitive and brutal world and a piece of paper won’t help you.

In my book: “Who Took My Job?” (To be released in October, 2013), I had written about these three important abilities and what they can do for you.
Most people are reading, but the wrong things; writing, but the wrong things, talking, but not really speaking. There’s a significant difference between ‘talking’ and ‘speaking’.
Every human being can talk. But public speaking is a learned skill.

The conclusion of the whole matter is that if you can read, write and speak, you can read, write and speak your way out of any unwanted situation (whether it is poverty, death etc) to every desired situation (happiness, riches, power and everything else you can dream of).

Whether you attend college or not, whether you get the finest degrees or not, you surely need to train yourself in the skills of Reading, Writing and Public speaking, then you are set for life. Lack these, and your degrees are useless, irrespective of their origin.

Most people can already read and at least write something. What has been lacking most is the “sharpening” that can produce powerful and best results.

Read more. Write more. Stop talking but, speak more. Consciously, with the aim of getting better. Your words need to be heavy weight and you will be perceived powerful, smart and influential. Then, you’re made.


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

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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

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.

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