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Schooling Does Not Always Guarantee Upward Mobility

There is strange thing happening in different parts of the world right now…in places as far as Nigeria and Japan. Students are disenfranchised. They are graduating from college only to find out that they can’t find a job. It isn’t that these student haven’t attained the right grades or are less qualified. It is simply that there are much fewer positions available than there are prospective candidates.

When this happens, the students, who have sacrificed so much; who bear the dreams of financial and societal progress for their families, start to feel a mix of betrayal and hopelessness! Here is how young people are responding in different parts of the world:

In Nigeria, many students, after trying as hard as they can to find a job but cannot, simply resort to using their smarts to steal from others (both home and abroad).

In Japan, the graduates do whatever they can to position themselves as the best candidate and end up working for “black companies” (companies that exploit and severely overwork their employees so much that it has led to instances of people dying on the job due to work exhaustion).

In South Korea, the graduates live “Hell Joseon”, a term used to describe the anxieties and discontentment the youth feel concerning the lack of upward mobility in society regardless of ability or work ethic.

In India, there are ever increasing episodes of suicides amongst students who cannot cope with the failure to attain perfect exam grades.

To turn the tide and change what is happening across the globe requires the following:

First, we have to give equal weighting to education and enterprise (the weighting has shifted crazily towards education). The reality is this: Everyone who has an education needs an enterprise (business) to find employment opportunity. Without enough enterprises, it puts undue pressure on students to be perfect to be chosen for fewer and fewer job opportunities, and it gives companies the upper hand to set employment conditions.

Second, we must stop teaching our children that businesses are evil and that the people that run them are evil. Why would anyone want to start a business and become successful only to be deemed as an evil or terrible human being in the end? When the end of owning a business is opprobrium, it is no wonder that people shy away from starting them. Perhaps this is part of the real reason why so many businesses fail…it could be that the owners are sabotaging their own efforts due to this societal conditioning!

Third, we must incentivize people to start businesses AND let people know of the incentives. This is something that is prevalent in places like the U.S but few people know about. For example, many people in the U.S do not know that companies generally pay a lower tax rate than individuals.

Consider what the bible says: The great God who formed everything gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages (Proverbs 26:10). In other words, God just doesn’t want us to pull in a wage or a salary, He desires for us to be owners. This way, we are not so foolish and so sin against ourselves and society at large.

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Unleash Your Superpower

Super refers to ‘God’ while power refers to ‘ability’. Therefore, you superpower is your God-given ability. It is that gift that you have. It is something you have an natural affinity to do. It is effortless and it comes naturally to you.

The bible says that a mans gift makes room for him and brings him before great men (Proverbs 18:16). This means that if you want to become a person of influence, then you must not neglect your natural talent.

Today, too many people bury their natural talent and simply use their training. In fact, this is encouraged in many places around the world especially if the society does not have a market or an infrastructure that supports the gift.

While location was a limiting factor a number of years ago, it no longer is. With the advent of social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube etc), all that is required is a phone that has internet connectivity and access to an app store. With this, anyone can showcase their talent to anyone in the world.

So, if is not access to local markets, there must be something else that stops people from unleashing their superpower. What is it? It is nothing other than fear – fear of failing, fear of the unknown, fear of disappointing, fear of rejection.

Fear is the ultimate dream killer…and it is not of God. Indeed, the bible tells us that God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)

Therefore, an effective way to get rid of fear is to silence every other voice other than that of the Spirit of God. It is to realize that the power does not belong to us but it belongs to the Spirit of God living in us. Our job is to obey (go forth) and it is the Spirit’s job to accomplish.

We need to get out of the way and let the Spirit of God operate within us. When we do this, the Spirit of God is released and our superpower is unleased.

So, what is your superpower? Don’t listen to any voices that tell you that it is silly and no one will care. Remember, that even the gift of laughter have changed the hearts of men and saved lives before. It is your job to love others by making it available in the market place. And it is the God’s job to accomplish more than what you could ever have imagined through it.

So stir up that gift and let the world see your superpower.

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Seize Today and Rule Tomorrow

I always thought lazy people do not work hard! But then I read this saying from King Solomon (arguably the wisest king that has ever lived): The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be put to forced labor – Proverbs 12:24

As I digested it, I could not help but notice the following: It seems that diligent people end up telling people what to do, and lazy people are the one’s that end up doing the work. Moreover, the work that lazy people find themselves doing is not easy but it is laborious (hard).

As I thought about this some more, I came to realize that hard work and laziness are not mutually exclusive. I came to realize that the diligent man is the one who commits to do what he needs to do at the right time to be successful. Conversely, the lazy man is one who does not do what he needs to do at the right time but procrastinates. As a result, the lazy man ends up working harder than what he ever bargained for, and the one who was committed ends up living a life of royalty.

Lazy people end up working harder than the diligent over time

Therefore, we see that timing is important. This is how my mom put it me when I was growing up: If you work hard now, you won’t have to work as hard tomorrow. But if you don’t work hard now, you will have to work much harder than you’d like tomorrow.

If you want to rule in life, you have to seize today. Take an inventory of how you spend your time, energy, and resources. Do you spend your time daydreaming or do you spend it thinking of your dreams? Do you spend your energy people pleasing or do you spend your energy pursuing purpose? Do you spend your resources on frivolous pursuits or do you spend your money on assets that will dividend for your future? Only you know the honest answers to these questions.

Do the right things at the right time, and you will end up having more time to do what you feel is right

Now, consider that this concept is not simply true for finances, but true for every area of our lives. Any area in which you are lazy atrophies and dies, but the area in which you are diligent grows and thrives. Think about relationships. If you don’t work on your relationship today, you will have to work so much harder to save it tomorrow, or work so much harder for much longer at your job just to make the alimony payments. Think about health. If you don’t work on being healthy today, your health will work on your wallet and become a burden to other people tomorrow.

Therefore, sow the seed of diligence today. Do not slack off in any area of life. Seize today and be the very best you can be. Then you will find that life rewards you instead of ripping you off.

Exercise: Think of an area of your life where you know you have slacked off. What are the joys waiting for you tomorrow if you committed yourself to strengthening that area today? Write down what you will do different starting right now. Then like Nike, Just Do It!

If you don’t rule your life today, life will rule you tomorrow

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