By Barbara Zelu
“I never let schooling get in the way of my education” Mark Twain.
Yet this is the tragic experience of most young Africans. Most of us have allowed school to get in the way of our education. All we know is all we are/were taught in class. Most of which we gladly make straight A’s in, nevertheless we can not compete with these grades at the global market place.
For the young African to be able to live a dent in history, or better still live a decent life without unnecessary debts, we ought to take our destiny into our own hands. I repeat we, must take our destinies into our own hands!
Our heavy dependence on our educational system to spoon feed us with information should be a thing of the past. Let’s start educating ourselves outside of the four walls of the classroom keenly in our areas of interest and passion.
Being on top of your class doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be successful in the real world. No wonder Robert Kiyosaki authored a book titled “why the A students would work for the C and B students“. And he couldn’t be wrong with his title, because the A student is obsessed with making top of the class and cramming materials most of which are not relevant in the real world.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against making good grades in school. I myself was a studious student. All I’m saying is, don’t let the school get in the way of your education. As Albert Einstein stated ” Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Is sad to say that Africa is full of youngsters with great academic credentials and merits, yet, have nothing to show for it in the global space.
Lets take our time to invest in ourself, because the greatest investment you can make is the one you make in yourself.
The knowledge acquired becomes your asset, no one can take it from you. You can use and reuse it how you deem expedient . As young Africans, lets be bent on blazing new trails, challenging the status quo and decide to be standouts from the lot wherever we find ourselves. We have all been uniquely created to contribute our unique quota to the progress of the human race. Greatness is in each and everyone of us. All we need to do is to unleash that greatness from within.
Take your time to invest in yourself, because the greatest investment you can make is the one you make in yourself. The knowledge acquired becomes your asset no one can take it from you. You can use and reuse it how you deem expidient.
For the young African to be relevant in this 21st century and to be able to compete on the global market place; we ought to be equipped with some key skills and information. And the following 3 books will help equip you and set you on the path of greatness. These books are for everyone. Whether you are or were on top of your class, average student or bottom of the class or dropped out of school, these books will make a champion out of you.
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. In this book Malcolm demystified all the myths surrounding outliers. Myths such as they were created to be outliers. He used the likes of Bill Gates, the Beatles, Steve Jobs, Micheal Jordan etc to explain how any one from amateur can become an expert in any chosen field by using the 10,000 hour rule.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki; Robert expanded on how to make your money work for you, mindset of the rich and the poor. Also elaborated on some qualities of a successful business man.
- Self Improvement 101 by John C Maxwell ; He explained how to identify your strength and build up on it. John shed light on how failure is not fatal, but its just a twist in your learning curve. He also explained how you can continuously unearth your potentials by doing more of what you’re uniquely good at and less of what everyone one else is good at.
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