The Thing That Matters [Entry 65]

Young people wouldn’t mind having a grand portrait of themselves before the wrinkles start popping in. It’s only an idiot that will ask music super star, Wizkid if he attended school and scorn him because he didn’t. Of course aspiring doctors, engineers, accountants,… need their precious degrees to achieve their dreams.

There are diverse ways to equip young people for dream actualization, which are broadly classified into two: formal and informal education. Many young people are enthusiastic about making it big at a very young age but imagine having to study a five year course in a Nigerian University where ASSU strike is prevalent. One thing that is commendable about learning a trade like tailoring, is the flexibility of the duration; what might take one student a whole year to learn, might take another student just six months.

Many gifted youths snob the university because it gives them with little or no control of their time. Mark Zuckerberg must have perceived, as a young Harvard student, that his ambitions transcended course outlines. Why can’t highly intelligent students be allowed to skip a year or two so they can graduate as quickly as possible, as long as they can pass the final examinations? There are young people who can learn at an extremely fast rate.

Once a young person starts showing lack of interest in school it’s usually not intentional. They might have made the decision to study a course in the University because for some reasons doing so will make their parents proud, so that people won’t begin to question their intelligence when it seems like everyone else are leaving for the university. Sadly, people think the University is the ultimate citadel of knowledge, there is so much pressure on young people to pass through the system so as not to be discriminated against.

Yes, it is not any easy feat to stack up degrees, it’s also not an easy feat to establish oneself in a trade, it’s not easy to develop a God given talent into a lucrative career. As long as we don’t neglect the power of knowledge, we can really good far in the achievement of our individual goals. Knowledge can be found anywhere.

The Thing that matters, even so much more than finding fulfilment early in life, is to be contented with life. One simple truth is this; laziness is a product of frustration. A lot of young people are frustrated with life because they made hasty career choices that are conflicting with their abilities. If more and more youths take the decision to pick up something they truly are interested in, we would see how diligent, vibrant and contented they will become, as they ease themselves into becoming worthy leaders of their tomorrow.

 

This article was written by Deborah Ikhenoba; connect with her on IG here

 

 

96 thoughts on “The Thing That Matters [Entry 65]

      1. Where you see your talent should be your main focus in life. Talent should not be neglected, not everything can be learned in school. In advance countries, from what I heard,they start developing a child early in the area the child is good at. If it’s table tennis, they start training early, if it’s music they start it early.

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  1. Very true….Nigerian parents and the ‘Nigerian society’ needs wake up to this fact….school is not meant for everyone…..it’s high time they knew and save us and themselves the stress and money…..thumbs up debby🖒

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  2. This is the absolute truth.This common mentality of Nigerians have to be changed.Nowadays if you are through with secondary school and you are not yet admitted into the university people now see you as being inferior not minding the trade you want to engage in.A graduate of pharmacy and a person who learnt tailoring for two years are not to be compared. After learning tailoring the person may open a shop and start earning compared to a graduate who will start job hunting. This common mentality needs to be erased

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  3. Where you see your talent should be your main focus in life. Talent should not be neglected, not everything can be learned in school. In advance countries, from what I heard,they start developing a child early in the area the child is good at. If it’s table tennis, they start training early, if it’s music they start it early.

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  4. success in life does not necessarily mean going to the university, but what a person feels free doing,gains joy and also puts smiles on other people’s faces

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    1. I’ve not read a truer write up in a while.This is absolutely what every person out there should be advised on. People should be encourage to go after other things they have passion for or feel they can do well in rather than be made to go to school as though that’s the only way out.
      We need more enlightenment.

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  5. no offense but I believe dat education still matters even though one want to venture into what dey love doing days not a part of education because to me nowadays it degree also matters

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  6. Truer words have never been said.This should be encouraged. People rather make them attend colleges and universities should also be advised to pursue careers outside the normal field. People’s passion should be encouraged and supported.This will help not only by making them happy but also in eradicating the poverty.

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  7. Degree is very important but our Nigerian youths should also be encouraged to build on their passion. Footballers, sprinters, comedians, they all should be encouraged

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