Friday, November 21, 2014

From Homeless To Harvard... #StartSmall #DreamBigger

When I was learning how to drive in Lagos, I met an interesting young man who also came to learn. While the purpose of my learning was for the 'pure' fun of it :-), his was to beat the unemployment crisis in the country. His goal was to learn, submit application and be paid to drive others. He was preparing to be ready.
Today, I met another young person. Her story is different. She serves as a cleaner in some big corporate firm. In addition, she makes extra income by helping busy staffs in the company buy lunch. And yes, the demand is high. She is running a one-man delivery company already. She might not know it yet.
You'll be blown away by the wisdom some young people are applying to beat the unemployment crisis or talented but broke syndrome in Nigeria.  It is no longer fashionable to sit and beg for money or sponge off people, every time. Being young in Nigeria should not be an excuse to be poor and unemployed.

Get up and create your own solution-- START SMALL!!! Welcome to a future, where begging is not an option. Don't make begging and pity-party a choice if you can.

"Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!" -Pope Francis.
"Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You’ve heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts. We want you living in a way that will command the respect of outsiders, not lying around sponging off your friends."1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
And yes-- try watch the movie "From Homeless to Harvard" when you get the chance. Lizzy Murray's story? Amazing-ness! Maybe some of us should try to share ours more often... it will reduce the sense of entitlement some young people like to carry around.

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