It is easy to fix everything and everyone but yourself.
Remember to take time to relax. Watch that fatigue; that tired and exhausting feeling. Stop eating junk because you are too busy trying to meet deadlines. If you break down life doesn’t stop because of you. So stop and take care of yourself.
How to take care of yourself
Go play golf, tennis or watch a movie if you like the work load can wait.
Rest and yes sleep is good and necessary to be able to perform optimally at your tasks.
CEO time to take a break; your company will not crash before you get back.
Spend quality fun time with family, friends and loved ones.
Build meaningful relationships now because that is all that will be important a few years from now.
People slum and die often this days don’t add to the statistics.
Two young ladies made an impression on me this week. I will call both of them Janet and Rose (not real names) respectively. Janet is a cleaner at an organization who needed this job badly at least from what I observed but she had an attitude problem. Often I hear of complaint that she spoke rudely to her supervisors each time she is queried for coming late to work or not doing her job well. I wondered how long she would last on this job.
Some time ago I remember having a conversation with Janetabout not limiting herself to this cleaning job. I encouraged her to think of furthering her education. A few days ago I heard that Janet simply announced that she was no longer coming to work again as a cleaner…I was flabbergasted! Not that she didn’t have a right to leave this cleaning job but I knew it was about her not being ready to get her hands dirty to climb her ladder of success slowly but surely. I wondered what lay ahead, she may get pregnant again as she already had a baby whose father is nowhere to be found.
Never be ashamed or too proud to start small. Small things become big.
Rose on the hand is a Diploma student who came on Industrial attachment to the same organization Janet worked in as a cleaner. While Rose was a student Intern she was up and doing learning all she could. Everyone spoke well of her as she was dutiful and respectful. Rose just finished her Industrial attachment and it coincided with Janet’s announcement of leaving.
What was baffling for me was that Rose quickly applied to be a cleaner to replace janetin the same organization to enable her to earn some money to further pursue her education!
Why I’m I surprised? It is not too often that I see a student willing to be a cleaner, washing toilets, sweeping offices and getting his/her hand dirty with dignity.
Many young people want to start from the top of the ladder of success instead of climbing up steadily like Janet.
I feel sorry for Janet and wonder what her life will eventually turn out to be. She is ill-equipped and ill-prepared for a life of independence with little or no education or skills. And instead of settling down to working her way up, she wants things to move fast. And as I observed her from afar, she has a lot of unserious men flocking around her and she is really enjoying the attention.
Getting our hands dirty in a good way, is a good thing. Humility brings exaltation and promotion. There is dignity in labor. Work is a good thing…It is a gift…It is a channel of blessings.
Low-income earners like market women, Okada riders, taxi drivers, Vulcanizers, cleaners and so on have more children than they can cater for.
Not too long ago an Okada man picked me up while on my way to the office. We got talking about the economy and how life can be difficult. I asked him about his family and he said that he had two wives and 7 children or more …I can’t really remember the number now. I didn’t want to alarm him but I quickly calculated how much he earns doing his Okada business.
It will not be enough to care for his large family. I then asked him about whether his children were enrolled in a school at least a government school. Well, he said he was trying his best to send them to school.
I shook my head and wondered if the circle of poverty will ever end in his family. If he can’t equip his children with the required skill and education to put them on a better pedestal in life then they all remain a struggling poor generation. This should not be so and can be stopped.
Do you knowthat those in the upper class and even middle class have fewer children? Imagine a man/woman is a multi-billion naira/dollar business owner and has only two children or four. These children will have more money than they can spend and if they are properly groomed and disciplined they will keep multiplying that money!
The Way Forward
I will say, educate as many people as you can about the need to raise a family commensurate to their income and ability. I have people who work for me like my housekeeper, and I also meet others like our mechanic, petty trade shop owner on my street. Hopefully, I can keep educating them about this “suicide” mission of having a large family with little or no money.
One way to end the circle of poverty among low income earners is to educate them about benefits of planning their families and having only the number of children they can cater for.
In my experience some of these people don’t know that they have a choice in the matter; they don’t know that there is something they can do about it.
Benefits of FP
• Mothers can rest between births and therefore are healthier
• Children born can receive proper care and nutrition while they develop. It is difficult taking care of a 3 months old baby when the mother becomes pregnant too soon.
• Income can be managed better with fewer mouths to feed
• Children can go to school and attain higher education.
• Fathers and mothers can have less stress in managing the resources of their family.
• Fewer fights in the family when the resources can go round.
Fola shares the story of an 85 year old woman whose children seem to have abandoned. She has 5 children who can not be found except for 2 sons who still won’t take her in. Thankfully the state government took her in. The gist is that this woman now 85years old is troublesome and so couldn’t live with anyone. She has had 5 husband’s none of whom are available or willing to take care of her.
This woman’s story got me thinking.Our attitude, character and choices will have an impact on our lives even at old age. I am not judging this old woman… I mean every one of us have a fair share of lives upside and downside.
I read the story of an old man who died leaving not so much in terms of silver and gold for his children but left a lot of integrity, honesty and kindness behind. His daughter was particularly mad with him for not been like other fathers who left great riches. She ended up landing an inclusive big package job with a company owned by someone whom her father had shown great kindness to when he was looking for a job. She is earning a 7 figure salary now.
The In-betweens of Our lives matter. What we do now will affect our tomorrow.
So many interesting thoughts on what people would do with their Million Naira/Dollar. My thoughts went racing as I was blank at first.
Then I sincerely said to myself what would I really do...sometimes you don’t know what you would do until the money drops. And the person sitting by me said you have to know now before it arrives.
Someone said she would cry….
Interesting Answers Below that I would like to share with you:
* Give people back their face – Meaning people who need facial surgery because of previous scars
* Food Shelter for the Poor
* A big factory to employ many people and travel to many places.
* Save lives
* Travel around the worldto assist people impoverished and set up a Foundation
* Exotic Holidays
* Help the voiceless * Free Health Care for All
* Set up a football Academy for young upcoming talents in Nigeria
* Chill out and not do anything for 10years.Then engage in motivation speaking not necessarily for a fee.
* Travel the world with my mom – This one got all the men in the hall protesting.
* Send my daughter to a better school– Why just your daughter someone asked. Because I don’t have a son the man said.
* Change companies and make them work better.
So what would you do with your Multi-million dollar or Naira?
What I would Do: Travel Around the Globe/Start a Foundation that will cater for less privileged women, girls, and children.