A man visited his friend, and while they were talking, he noticed that his friend’s dog was constantly whining.
At a point, the whining became annoying, and he asked his friend, “ why is your dog whining constantly like that ?”
“Oh, don’t mind that dog” his friend replied, “He is lying on my foot mat, and there is a nail in that foot mat, so the nail is wounding him and making him uncomfortable”.
“Then why didn’t your dog leave the foot mat, and go lie somewhere else?” the visitor queried.
“Well, he likes the foot mat, and he is lazy, so the pain is not painful enough to drive him to look for a more comfortable place, so he prefers to bear it, and whine instead”.
Now, many people are like this dog. They feel tightness in their chest, but it is not painful enough, so they never go to the hospital, until they suddenly drop down with a heart attack.
They have a terrible job, that can barely support their family, but the pain is endurable, so they will rather whine and complain all day, than actively search for an alternative or complimentary source of income.
They know they are getting overweight; it is making them uncomfortable, but is bearable, so they whine and complain about not having enough energy, but do nothing about it, until they are suddenly rushed to an emergency room for diabetes or for other associated health risk.
And then our youths have totally mastered the art and science of whining. Sorry guys, am on your side, but I have tell you the truth.
Visit a newspaper stand, and you will find youths who are more knowledgeable than a professor of economics, and who know everything that the president should do, but ironically are not doing anything in their own life.
Don’t you know that you are the president of your own life. The Chief Executive Officer of your domain? What decisions are you taking about your own economy? The advice you are dishing out to the government to create more jobs, are you also giving it to yourself? You are a government unto yourself.
I am a core believer in the principle of personal economy. I know all about the national economy, and GDP, but I am a believer in personal economy. Even in the worst recession, you will still find people with very high personal economy. In fact, in this very recession, many new millionaires will be produced (Hope you will be among them).
At the same time, even when the economy is booming, you will still find poverty everywhere. There are many honest entrepreneurs in Nigeria today, who are richer than thousands of people in the United states, even though The US economy is far better than the Nigerian economy. So in as much as the macro economy is important, your personal economy is what should matter to you.
So I want to challenge you to stop whining, and start acting. If there is a nail in the foot mat you are lying on, get up from that foot mat, and look for a better place to lie down.
And most importantly, no young man or woman should be idle. I say it boldly, that any idle youth, should be ashamed of himself or herself. Don’t tell me there is no job. God created you with two hands, two legs and a brain, so you could do something with it. You cannot carry such powerful gifts, and tell me you that you couldn’t do anything with it. Your creator will be so disappointed to have blessed you with so much.
There was a point in my life that I had nothing. Then computer was new, so I saw an opportunity. I learnt how to repair it, and with this new skill, I quickly picked myself up. I don’t wish to bore you with the long story, but I say it so you will know that I understand what it feels like to have no money in your pocket. Yes I have been there before, and I have been in even worse position.
What can be worse than not having money , is owing money. Yes, I remember the day I knelt down and asked God, If only you can deliver me from this debt, I won’t ask anything more of you..lols..But I had to buckle down, and use my skills to deliver myself, and then proceed to make more millions. What you are asking God, God has already given you. You just have to sweat it out.
Pride they say goeth before a fall, and if you are too proud to find something to do with your hands, shame awaits you. Sorry for sounding so negative, but the truth is very bitter. Now, forget that certificate, that is swelling your head, it is only a piece of paper. There are more than 100 businesses you can start today with little or no capital, but so long as you hold onto your certificate and pride, you will not have the humility to bend down and work yourself out of poverty.