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

THEY DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT YOU!

“At the end of the day, one of the greatest educations you learn as you grow up is that most people around you won’t help you. You are responsible for you.” So says Robert Kiyosaki. He is right.

MICHAEL JACKSON, the late acclaimed ‘king of pop’, did a song by that title, “They don’t really care about us.” He was correct.
Mr. Jackson knew what Robert Kiyosaki knows: No body gives a fawk abat you.

Especially now not even your government.

(I apogize, this is gonna be a long post. If you don’t like reading long letters you might as well stop here and now)

I believe it was in same spirit of “Nobody cares abat you” that that American said “Don’t ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”
Imagine that? “…Don’t ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”

Huh!!

And this phenomenon is global; governments across the world don’t care about their citizens or the future of the youths. Politicians are speaking falsehood up and down – left, right and centre. They are stealing and or wasting public resources under many guises. Political leaders have become grossly incompetent; concerned now only about their political survival. Government owes the citizens certain infallible obligations; isn’t that right! Isn’t that supposed to be right?!

Aren’t we supposed to have leaders and administrators who sincerely care about education?

Where are the good ones? Where are the leaders who care?

These are serious times…indeed.

Nigeria; a special country (with special problems) – blessed of God with natural and human resources. We are fawkingly blessed. We know that. The world knows that. Yet our problems are enormous and gets complicated everyday. Our politicians and national and local leaders are myopic and grossly incompetent. Our national sins are gross – let’s not even begin to ‘wash it’ here; this page will overflow in the wetness.
The evil that we do in the name of politics and governance heaps to the high heavens.

No one fawking gives a damn as long as they vicariously profit from the malaise. It’s a ga-darn conspiracy – to keep the people blinded, poor and deprive them of necessary, proper and affordable education, while they can fund their kid’s studies “Away” using ill-birthed resources. Yeah, this is Nigeria; that’s how we roll.

Any reasonable people and country understand that the future of a people or a country is in its brothers and sisters or fellow citizens (especially the youths) getting the properly deserved education.
And so the biggest and most profitable investment a person/people/country can make is in education. In Nigeria, education is the least investment.

Education; in Nigeria, that’s the first thing the government strategically denies you.

What is wrong with our system?! Something is terribly wrong. Something has got to be terribly wrong.

How can a country move forward and lay proper foundation for its future and take advantage of and play a vital role in local cum global medicine, technology etc when its higher institutes are shut down every now and then for the incompetence of and obvious deceit of so-called ‘leaders’?

Must ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) always be on strike? In Nigeria that’s a usual thing.

I studied in India. I spent just three short years for my BCA – Bachelor of Computer Applications). In my first semester, I got an email from my Faculty. That email informed me on every thing I needed to know, do or get for the duration of my program. I mean, classes, tests and exams, holidays and everything in-between. And that schedule was never broken. No strike.

In Nigeria the day you get an admission to study in a College or University is the day your frustrations begin. The first lesson in seriousness that you will get is the lesson on “Who’s the boss?” The system is the boss and you are just a fawking peasant and they are doing you a favour letting you study in the “Hallowed Manor” – campus.

Second lesson: never mess with any chic the professor likes – the prof. is boss and you don’t want to spend seven years for a four years program.
They impose irrelevant things on you and you can never question.

While you are surmounting these challenges, the government decides to play politics with your life, refuses to honor simple agreement as it backs out of a properly agreed upon terms of engagement with the greedy and selfish professors and schools management council.

Then you are fawked; ASUU declares strike. “Go home!”

Do we have real leaders in Nigeria? Do they really care about our future? No they don’t. No body cares about the future who does not take education seriously. Anyone who takes education seriously would never allow the system to close down on a strike.

President Jonathan; I was wishing he would be different having being part of the academic system as a teacher. But no they are all the same.

Strike is an evil visited upon students for no fault of theirs. This has got to stop.

If you are a young person (student), or you have or know somebody who is, please be kind enough to remind them ‘…the government does not care about you’. The school system/professors don’t care about you. Only about themselves. Selfish fawkers.

Don’t expect anyone of them – politician or professor, to do anything better except it is in their interest. And then not because of you. Because of them.

Dear Student, Uncle and Parents, what should you do? Is there anything that you can do to help the situation? Should you be able to do anything to help the academic situation where and when everyone is asked to “Go home” for no fault of theirs other than that they accepted to be students in Nigeria?

Should you support ASUU and enforce an “Egyptian type” protests to force the Fed. to honor and execute a simple terms of agreement it willingly entered into with these egotistical class of homo-sapiens?

Should ASUU just go back to the classroom whether the Fed is good or not with the “bone of contention” agreement?

The answers to that will be as diverse as the population of Nigeria.

Maybe you should just not ever let your kid(s)/wards school in Nigeria again. Just take them to Ghana or Togo or maybe India. No academic strikes there.

Really?

What if you don’t have the resources to have your kids study abroad?

Don’t ask me…use your head, time and resources (read, money) wisely; just take care of yourself. That’s all.

They don’t give a fawk about you. Don’t expect them to.

Anybody who expects the system/government to take care of them wants to die young. Do you want to die young? God forbid!!!

Good education is no longer for the poor. Yeah? Can you imagine!!
Where is the voice of the National Association of Nigerian Students in all of this? — Don’t even ask me that question!

So to all those students in Naija who are hoping to finish and get a job and begin life ihave a question for you: do you want to really postpone your life for years in pursuit of a degree? Who knows how long these strikes may take or how often in between before graduation day!

A government that is unwilling to fight corruption because it is benefiting vicariously from it, a government that is unserious about road construction and infrastructure, a government that is selfish and egotistical can never and will never give a fawk about you. They have nothing to offer you. This is the kind of government we have in Nigeria.
All our leaders care about is to fight shamelessly in Parliamentary chambers and winning elections so that they can grant themselves oil blocks.

What should you then do?

Start living your life – degree or not. Graduate or not. Start living your life now. Don’t wait for a piece of paper. The system is messed up really and has nothing great to offer you. If there is something you would want to be or do, be and do it now. Begin today. Look inward. Identify your talent and start working on it to make it better. Why wait?

I don’t know what else to tell you. Just know that they don’t care about you – whether you get a good education or not is none of their business.

Ahh, hold on, I have one advice for the student: Be a student, Think and Act like a CEO. That’s who and what you are. You are a student; but you are the CEO and boss of your life and future. Not the government. Not the professor.
The government and professor may make your academic life miserable, but in all other areas of your life try to make them extremely irrelevant.
Begin working. Don’t wait for graduation day.
Keep that in mind and take care of yourself. That’s all…for now.

Oh, I just remembered I need to make an important phone call. OK, bye!

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