Getting Your Hands Dirty in a Good Way – Story of Two Young Ladies

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 Janet about 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 janet in 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.

Adebisi Adetunji(C)

Money is a Seed with Potential to Grow into a Tree

How do you see those Naira/Dollar notes that flow through your fingers? It is more than just a paper you transact with. It more than just using it to acquire things.

How you view money will determine your attitude towards it. Your attitude towards money will in turn cause it to grow or disappear no matter how much passes through your hands.

While growing up we all don’t get to go to a school where we are taught how to manage money and make it grow. Like everyone else we learn the lessons along the way stumbling and making loads of costly mistakes.

Earning more or making more money is not the issue but how to manage and grow money is the thing. How do we grow our monies to become a tree that will sustain us at retirement? I am also talking about Money that will be a legacy for those who will come after us when we are gone. Now that is the kind of money I’d like to have!

More money can mean more frustration if you do not know how to keep planting some of it as seeds.

How to achieve successs at planting your money seed:

  • Don’t spend all you make or earn.
  • Save an amount daily no matter how small. A N100 or 1 dollar daily is a great way to start.
  • Don’t spend all you have in acquiring things, invest and be disciplined now so you can enjoy your tomorrow.
  • You don’t have to make a statement trying to be like everyone. Plan… Plan.. and spend less than you earn.
  • Have a target amount you intend to save.
  • Decide the time you want to have achieved this. For example, 1-5 year plan.
  • Have a purpose for saving. What do you want to do with the money you are saving.
  • When the money comes rolling in invest in the lives of others. Give back to the society.

These points are my personal Lessons drawn from reading chapter 1 of the book: Multiple Streams of Income by Robert G. Allen.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)