Stop Looking For Money; Look For Problems To Solve & Be A Solution To Other People’s Problem
“Your salary is the bribe they give you to forget your dreams”-Anonymous
I have really observed that there is something inherently wrong about our education in Africa. In this part of the world, graduates are flawfully wired to look for jobs instead of looking for opportunities. The purpose of education is to equip us to see opportunities and be a solution to the avalanche of problems that abound around us. What keep people ahead in life is not their education or degrees, it is simply the opportunity that they seized. Jobs may be scarce but not opportunities. As long as there is a problem to be solved, there will always be opportunities.
Dani Johnson once said, “No matter what economy we are living in, there’s ALWAYS opportunity’’. Real financial security and freedom is not in your job but in your passion, gifts, talents, and your ability to see and seize opportunities.
The illusion of salaries, jobs and pensions have stagnated the pursuit of many for excellence and impactful adventures.It is a waste of our education, exposure and experiences, if after we graduate from school, all we think about is searching for job. An enlightened and educated mind should be able to see and seize opportunities.
The establishment that you’ve applied for job actually came by because someone sat down to look for solutions to societal problems.
Victor Chaslessaid, “The sure way to miss success is to miss the opportunity”.
I normally tell graduates during some of my training sessions that they are not unemployed because they can’t find a job; they are unemployed because they can’t see or are blinded to the opportunities that abound around them!. Unemployment has little or nothing to do with job vacancies; it is a function of whether we are sensitive to the opportunities around us or not. I have at several fora, reached out to people in government that we need to re-define the meaning of unemployment in order to solve the nagging menace. Unemployment is not the inability to find a job, but rather the inability to see opportunities and productively maximize them. It is a gross waste of human resource and latent potentials when gifted and talented individuals spend a chunk of their life looking for jobs.
Many years ago, two young men went to India to invest their resources. They both saw the Indians walking barefooted, some did it out of tradition and others out of poverty. The two friends pondered deeply on the prevailing situation, and eventually they made their choice. One said: “Business will be bad here, let’s change location.”
The other gave it a thought and said: “No, let’s change the situation.” The more optimistic young man started producing cheap plastic shoes that the Indians could buy.
This young positive man, Thomas Jacob Hilfiger, became a multimillionaire in dollars and owner of lifestyle brand, Tommy Hilfiger Corporation. H. Jackson Brown, Jronce said, “Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity”.
The job that you are looking for is out there ‘dressed’ as opportunities!. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.”
The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity. People get ahead in life through the opportunity they seize. Life is full of amazing stories of people who identified and seized the opportunities in common life situations to impact the world. Excuses will always be there for you; opportunity won’t!
In his famous book, ‘OUTLIER’, a book that changed my perspective about success, the author, Malcolm Gladwell, made a ground- breaking revelation about the core secret of success. He made us realize that success is not a function of intelligence, talent, or resourcefulness, but our unequal access to opportunities. The story is the same for Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Serena Williams, Jackie Chan, LupitaN’yongo and all; they were all mysteriously selected and positioned for opportunities that were unavailable to their colleagues.
Talent is good and intelligence is important, but opportunity is EVERYTHING. In summary, if you want to be great, don’t look for $100, look for 100 opportunities!. In his words, Gladwell said, “Success is the result of what sociologists like to call ‘accumulative advantage’.”
Colonel Sanders at the age of 65 believed that his mother’s fried chicken recipe could be successful as a restaurant meal, and the idea of KFC was born! Michael Dell saw the opportunity for inexpensive computer and Dell computer was born. Fred Smith saw an opportunity for overnight delivery of anything anywhere in the USA, and ultra- fast delivery anywhere in the world, FedEx was born.
Albert Einstein said, ‘’Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.’’
We are in serious need of youths that can think differently. Youths that will proffer solutions to the avalanche of problems that have beleaguered the nation. I want to emphatically encourage the Nigerian youths to have a major shift in their approach to national problems; the problems that abound around us are an invitation for us to be creative, dynamic, and impactful.
Every problem introduces a man to himself. Our greatest opportunity will ultimately come from our nagging problems. Our problems are not meant to stop us but rather give us direction.
Nigerian youths must never be deterred by the tough economic situation in the country. The purpose of every difficult time is to put a demand on our creativity, initiative, and problem-solving capacity. Thomas S. Monson once said, “Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty.”
The geologists believe strongly that sustainable wells must be drilled in the dry season when the water table is at the lowest. Rainy season normally gives a deceptive and unsustainable water-table level. This is also true about finding opportunities in difficult times.
You are not poor because you don’t have a job; you are poor because you are not seeing and seizing opportunities. Being POOR is simply Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly! .
The Nigerian youths must stop complaining about the Nigerian environment, they should start looking for opportunities and problems to be solved.
In Bill Gates’ time, there was just only one computer in his high school. Sometimes he did some menial jobs in school then, just to have access to the computer. Today he has pioneered a revolution that ensured virtually everyone in a family has a Personal Computer (PC) or a laptop or a tablet. Gates didn’t wait for the perfect condition; he created his own. Steve Jobs made up his mind to redesign mobile phones in such a way that they would be able to perform the work of a PC. He once said that his mission was to put the PC in phones. Today, there is virtually nothing that your PC does that you can’t do on the mobile phone. Gates and Jobs weren’t complaining about their environment, instead they designed a better one.
The change we are seeing in the world today didn’t come from people that were complaining about their environment; it came through people that decided to create theirs. We must put a stop to the nagging victim’s mentality among the Nigerian youths. People with victim mentality always believe that their problems are not their fault, and always see themselves as victims of life’s situations. They believe strongly that someone, something, or a government is responsible for their predicament. They are not capable of being honest with themselves and accepting responsibility for their lives. They are unable to see how their own steps, actions, inactions, and negligence have brought them to where they are presently.
General Douglas Mac Arthur said, “There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity”.
Most of our youths are thronging out of the country for the wrong reasons because of their victim mentality. The Nigerian environment has nothing to offer to people that see themselves as victims.
Monetize your hobbies;pursue your passion and not pension;be a solution to people’s problem; design a product that meet the needs of others, and the whole world will come looking for you!.
Stop looking for money; look for problems and solve them; money is the reward you get for solving someone’s problem.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it, say yes- then learn how to do it later!”- Richard Branson