It is so easy to miss it. seriously! you just think you already know and that you have heard it but trust me, you can miss it. I do not need a prophet to tell me that i should build a life writing because it is easy, it comes to me effortlessly and i enjoy it but like most people, i was thinking white collar job is the "best thing". while this is true for those who enjoy their jobs, how about the rest of us? How many people genuinely enjoy their jobs? How many people will stay in their jobs now, if they employer told them they would no longer pay them?
Do What you love, it is one way to cope in this country. The politics is full of intrigues and i do not see how that puts food on my table.....this country, man must survive. People are clamoring for wages but honestly why isn't FG responding? NLC will continually battle and politics will remain. People really have to stop waiting on the Government and get their lives started. The plight of people is understandable but the whole thing helps me to see only one thing, we need to build our lives around what we love, something we enjoy.
What am i saying?
Look at Genevieve Nnaji, it does not matter what happens with the minimum wage drama or the economy, as concerned as she she is, she still has her life going on. Nothing like strike affects her. She will always be doing movies and she cashes in on it. What about D'banj, Tu Face, Beyonce? these people are stars, they will be shows, people will pay for their services. The shoe cobbler down the road, will get customers to pay as long as he makes good shoes, we will continue to wear shoes and that restaurant owner, we will continue to eat food. How about that dude on that white collar job? with all his qualifications, he is sackable (if English permits), the employer just needs only one reason and the cash flow stops, the undergraduate running around town for the job may be ambitious but that other dude who is learning how to make clothes will fair better believe me. The point is doing what you enjoy makes you a possible brand and you walk with it inside of you, nobody takes that away from you. Fela Durotoye is a brand, just like Beyonce, Rhianna: these people will do what they are doing even if you take away whatever you want. Beyonce will sing and Fela will talk.
With the way things are going and all the grammar we hear about economics, i wonder what happens to the unemployed? it is understandable to keep faith and hope but it is to look within and do what you enjoy. Do it so well and people will eventually pay for it. The struggle for white collar jobs is very huge and the pressure to get one is overwhelming. If people can do the Maths on what they are paid per hour on that "gorgeous Job" we will start considering what we are worth. this is no longer news but we still do not believe in what we can do, we limit what we are capable of. Many people do not see how they can make a life doing what they love. The world around here has no place for delayed gratification. There are loads of talents wasting with people stuck behind the desk, limited as cubicle dwellers and just afraid to take the step. People running after qualifications to work for someone of lesser or no qualifications. The world over has people discovering this secret. Do what you love. People are dumping their huge paying jobs for a simpler easy lives, a chance to focus on the important things in their lives! Do not get too busy to enjoy the simple things in life, too important to reach out to others, to occupied to live a life.
People spend time doing things that frustrate them, running after a job that they cannot get fulfillment from; they chase vain things and later in life they discover they have been running another man's race, struggling all their lives on the wrong course. We fear failure so much that we do not want to try things out, we just let things die inside of us and just pretend it is okay. People just choose to live in denial and just find a reason to stay a little bit longer.
Don't get lost in the rat race!
Imagine how much you could achieve doing what you love, putting just half of the effort you put in those frustrating and unproductive things in things that comes effortlessly to us? it is amazing. it is not easy to start but consistency and branding is key. If you love what you do, it will not be like work. There are boundless opportunities in Nigeria but because we believe in having qualifications for the white collar jobs and we want cash in on things now, that is why it looks hard. we are chasing money, while money is chasing us, we never get past hand-to-mouth living. we just run after cars, big houses, living choice areas while slaving on the wrong direction.If one in every 5 unemployed graduate should just consider building a life doing what they love, beginning now, you will see things change.
Have you wondered what Genevieve would have become if she was working a white collar job with the qualification she has now or D'banj, Tu Face, Beyonce, Rhianna, Nicki Minaj, Jay Jay Okacha, Kanu Nwankwo,Beyonce Knowles, Wayne Carter (Lil Wayne) Lionel Messi,Mercy Johnson, Adebayor Manu, Usian Bolts? the list is endless. What if you could bring those crazy imaginations in your head to life? what if you could make it happen? and what if they gave up because of they difficulties they were facing? they are mega stars and right now someone's life is changing doing what he/she loves. While the rest of Nigerians are complaining about what Government did or did not do, about things we cannot do anything about, some people are making huge cash doing what they love, they are living a life and they are not under any pressure of being sacked, missing on the important things in their lives. They are busy building a life they will not be able to live with their dreams fading before their eyes. A life like an assembling plant, doing the same thing over and over, no creativity, no use of initiative allowed, no adventure, a boring life!
There is so much we can be, if we let ourselves be, if we give our dreams the chance to be, if we could just take that chance. you never know. while you are there criticizing those stars, they are making their cash and i mean serious cash. Do not get caught up in the rat race, go get a life. Stop waiting for that big Oil job. People do not want to start small, so they go for the money but when they start, they feel it is okay, half way into it, they discover that their lives are entangled in the rat race. They are in a fix, messed up unfulfilled..... you deserve better, tell yourself that and run with it.
Make sure, you don't die Miserable, You can be more. Enjoy