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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KNOW WHEN TO MOVE ON (Why I Stopped Driving Taxi)

I had lost a business; and already dropped out of my B.SC program at the University of Port Harcourt. I was jobless, broke, unhappy and clueless what next to do with my life that was now steadily falling apart. I was in a dilemma.

Dilemma is like cancer that eats out your legs until you have no more legs and can no longer walk – you sit at a spot and expect handouts and any sort of help from family and friends and the government. Dilemma is evil!

If people are willing to give to you, it is a blessing because generally people are stingy and greedy. But when receiving from others becomes your only option, then there is an unnecessary evil lurking at your door step. Move quickly.

So I moved on and did the next
‘unreasonable’ thing – got a car, borrowed some 2000 naira, fueled the car and used it as a taxi.
When I hustle, I hustle hard with all determination. I worked 14 hours a day taking all manner of people to all manner of places through the streets and back-ends of Port Harcourt; places I never knew existed; places I heard dangerous rumors about. I wasn’t sleeping. I was chasing money. Wasn’t feeding properly. Getting lean and tanned. Everyone could see the changes taking place except me. I was moving on and wasn’t looking back. But my body was dying.

Then it started getting dangerous.

During the day, illegal and authorized local task forces where arresting taxi drivers like us for not being registered with the office or “Not being painted” the official Rivers taxi colors. Heck, I was not ready to paint my car; this was just a part time hustle. One time they arrested my car to the Psychiatric hospital. Fined me 25k and detained my car for 24 hours – One whole week’s savings effing gone in a single afternoon – the terror by day.

The terror by night:

One night I dropped off a passenger, at about 2:AM on a Friday night. Making my way back I thought I could make a quick pass through the shortest route to my supposed destination, and that’s when I hit the road block. I tried to turn quickly before anything funny or unpleasant occurred (dangerous stories we had heard about these places at nights) – and that’s when I saw them. Young guys, machetes wielding, sticks and their leader brandishing a gun. At first I thought “What the eff!” My mind skipped to Jeruselem and back in a second.
Then I thought :”Not tonight. No evil tonight. No.”

They looked scary as they all approached closer to my car and rounded me off in military fashion like I was an effing terrorist; at a closer look, they looked like they were going to offer sacrifice to the gods. Oh, they even had a sacrificial lamb, another young guy, who was naked, dripping in his own blood, struggling to walk, weak. I wondered what his offence could have been that night. Did he steal and was caught? Or was he caught in adultery? What could he have done? I couldn’t think much about the ‘sacrificial lamb’ though, as I got interrogated by the leader of the group.

“Who are you?” “What you doing here?” And I launched into an incredible introduction of myself,

“Hello guys, I am Jack Stanley; a pastor from Christ Embassy church. I had come to drop off my senior pastor the next street. We had had an all night prayer meeting.” I had a huge Maxwell study bible in my car, I pointed to it while responding.

“We saw you make a U-turn here, why were you turning back?” “Yeahhh, you are right. I wanted to go through this route as it is the shortest to my destination but I saw it was blocked and I had to turn back.”

While I was explaining I heard one of ‘em say in his local dialect “This guy could be lying, let’s just search him thoroughly or fuck him up at once and move…” As I heard that I thought silently saying a prayer “Not tonight. No fuckup tonight. No wind of evil tonight.”

After looking straight into my eyes (as if he was searching through my soul for my true identity) – eyeball to eyeball, man-to-man, for a few seconds the leader said “Go…don’t come back!” I said “Sure, good night.”

As if that wasn’t enough for one night – I was driving a couple home who had gone clubbing that night – at about 5:30 A.M. and I fell asleep while driving. I hadn’t been sleeping. I had a terrible accident. I was lucky nobody got hurt – it was a miracle. As I slept off – the couple at the back were tired and slept off too – the car carelessly slided to the other side of the road, pulling out entirely a church’s metal signpost; the bumper and windshield destroyed in the process. As I jolted quickly repositioning the car back to my right side of the road I gave thanks that I did not “pull out” a human being.

Thirty minutes later, after I dropped off my passengers I almost ran into the bush – slept off again. I went home and never came out that day again. And never a night service again. Three months later, I stopped the taxi service completely.
It was time to “Move on.”

Life can never be static. Life is always nudging you to move on. Not in an extra dramatic way as I had in a single night.
You have to know when life wants you to move on. Don’t be static. Move on to something positive. Keep moving until you find yourself at a place pleasant.
That’s what a hustler does; he moves on.
Always move…I hear her voice, “Come to bed honey,” she calls
It’s 11:38P.M., my bed calls. Good night…


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