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.

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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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

THE HUSTLER’S EYE AND OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

Power has changed hands as they say in Nigeria.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am, @wealthymotivatr

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