Your certificate is not the solution to poverty; the solution to poverty is your ability to seize opportunities. The ACRONYM for the word P.O.O.R is: Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly.
School rewards people for their memory, but Life rewards people for their creativity and ability to solve problems. School rewards caution; life rewards daring. School hails those who live by the rules. Life exalts those who break the rules and set new ones.
I always tell my students that being on top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life. The world is filled with poor graduates but rich opportunists! “If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want”.
I have seen many graduates with degrees and certificates languishing in poverty looking for jobs that don’t even exist while people with keen eyes for opportunities reach the pinnacle of success in the most unlikeliest of ways.
Below are reasons why degree holders are poor.
- THEY DON’T THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” You always have “Think outside the box”to think outside the box? One of the major reasons why most graduates are poor is simply because they can’t think outside the box.
The basic truth is that the skills that are needed to become successful in life are not really found within the walls of the classrooms. You are full of possibilities when you think outside the box.
- THEY BURY THEIR TALENTS
Never abandon your talent while pursuing and hunting for jobs with your certificates.
Everybody is talented in his or her own ways, 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 fulfilled and impactful life, we need to work harder on our talents than our job. you need to discover your talent, develop it, and sell it. Don’t bury your TALENT with your certificates.
- THEY PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR A WORLD THAT NO LONGER EXIST
Most of the skills taught in schools are becoming obsolete in the present world. The world has changed a lot, and so are people’s need! The present form of university education does not prepare students to be independent, rather they prepare them to look for jobs.
Most learning institutions are filled up with lecturers and pseudo-educators with lecture notes, methods and approaches that have lost relevance in a changing world.
- THEY DO NOT KNOW THEIR POTENTIALS
Certificates and degrees don’t reveal people to themselves; they at most measure our IQ. 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. We carry inside ourselves latent treasures that can only be unveiled through self-discovery.
- CERTIFICATES KILLS INITIATIVES
Certificates can close up your minds to ideas while initiatives open it up. If you are not careful, your certificates can close up your mind. The purpose of education is to keep your mind perpetually opened towards limitless opportunities.
Mark Zuckerbeck saw an opportunity old time friends can meet with each other after a very long time, and so facebook was born.
- THEY LOOK FOR JOBS AND NOT FOR OPPORTUNITIES
Our certificates prepare graduates to look for jobs and not opportunities. You are not poor because you don’t have a job; you are poor because you are not seizing opportunities.
Jobs may be scarce but opportunities are not.
As long as there is a problem to be solved, there will always be opportunities. looking for job is a waste of time and energy.
- THEY ARE NOT RISK TAKERS
In order to be successful in life, you must be willing to take risks. Taking risks and learning from mistakes help us in know better.
The skills required to get rich are not taught in schools. In years to come, we’ll lose over 3 million jobs to automation.
Future jobs will involve KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION/CREATION and innovation, and people that are only equipped with skills found in the classroom will definitely be a misfit in an ever-changing world. Skills like critical thinking, creativity, people’s skill, STEM skills (e.g Coding), complex problem-solving skills etc. are central to living a more comprehensive and productive life.
In conclusion, think outside the box.
Don’t limit yourself to the classroom. Do something practical. Take a leadership position. Start a business and fail; that’s a better entrepreneurship. Contest an election and lose. It will teach you something political science will not teach you. Attend a seminar. 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 in your passion, gifts, talents, and your ability to see and seize opportunities.