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Start by reading as much as you can about anything that interests you. Once you get to college, start minoring in completely different fields. Trust me, it’ll pay off in the long run.
Don’t limit yourself to the classroom. Do something practical. Take a leadership position. Starting a business and fail makes a better entrepreneurship. Contest an election and lose, will teach you something political science will not teach you. Attend a seminars. Read books outside the scope of your course.
Think less of becoming an excellent student, but think more of becoming an excellent person. Don’t make the classroom your world, but make the world your classroom. Step forward and try something extra.
Invest in something you believe. Real financial security and freedom is not in your job. But it is in your passion, gifts, talents, and your ability to see and seize opportunities.
There are many reasons that makes graduates poor, some of which are:
• They always think about their qualification
Albert Einstein said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think”. One of the major reasons why most graduates are poor is simply because they can’t see and think beyond their certificates.
I have seen medical doctors with great skills in web and graphic designs. I have seen lawyers that are very dexterous with finances.
Your certificate is just a proof that you are teachable. It does not suggest what you are totally capable of doing. You are full of possibilities when you think beyond your degrees and certificates.
•They value their certificate more than the talents they have
You should never leave your skills while pursuing and hunting for jobs with their certificates. There must be a complementary balance in the pursuit of your passion and in the search for jobs.
Everybody is gifted in one way or the other. But the winning edge comes from our ability to work on our talents and bless the world with it. The very best way to develop yourself is in the direction of your natural talents and interest. In order to live a happy life, you need to work harder on your talents than your job. We need to discover our gift, develop it, and sell it. Don’t bury your talents because of your certificates.
• Their certificates take them to a place that no longer exist.
It has been found that most of the skills taught in schools are becoming obsolete in the present world. The world has changed very rapidly. It is imperative to know that the present form of university education does not prepare students for the future.
•They know more about things forgetting about themselves.
Certificates and degrees don’t reveal people to themselves. Keep in mind that there is no recovery without discovery. A poor man is simply someone that has not discovered himself.
The more you discover yourself, the more you realize the treasures that are hidden deep within you.
• Degree certificates usually kill initiatives.
Degree certificates close up your minds to ideas while initiatives open it up. If you are not careful, your degree certificates can close up your mind. The purpose of education is to keep your mind perpetually opened towards limitless possibilities.
• Degree certificates will make you to search for jobs and not opportunities.
Degree certificates prepare graduates to look for jobs and not open eyes to life changing opportunities. You are not poor because you don’t have a job. You are poor because you are not seeing and grabbing opportunities.
Being poor is simply passing over opportunities repeatedly. What keeps people ahead in life is not their level of education. 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 an opportunity. It is a waste of our knowledge, exposure, and experiences if we graduate from school and think about searching for a job. An enlightened and educated mind should be able to see and seize opportunities.
• Degree certificate prepare you to look for security and not to take risks.
We must be willing to make mistakes and take breakthrough risks. Taking risks and learning from mistakes help us in knowing what works and what does not.
Many graduates and degree holders are becoming progressively poor. This is because the skills required in the modern world to get rich are not taught in schools. This means that future jobs will look vastly different by the time many people graduate from the university.
Skills like critical thinking, creativity, complex problem solving skills etc. are central to living a more comprehensive and productive life.
My humble advice to graduates and students in institutions is to think wide, deep and outside the box. Take volunteer jobs, and don’t be afraid to navigate fields that are different from your field of learning. Your future career will require you to pull information from many fields to come up with creative solutions to future problems.
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