Yes you read that right, what are you doing with your data? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp and Snapchat… What are you gaining from all these platforms? Better dress sense? How to handle your man? Latest celebrity gossip? Oh the regular Subs on Facebook? I ask against; WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR DATA?
Couple of weeks back an aunt invited me to a program and it was one thought provoking seminar. There were two major speakers Mr Odun Emasealu MD Interior Woodwork Limited and Mr Ola Olabinjo a newly retired banker of all sorts. Now these two men told us their stories and I was amazed. They started from scratch, they started from the very bottom, the odds were against them yet they beat it and made it.
Daily I read on Facebook and other platforms how young able bodied men and women sit to bash the government , saying as how they have failed us and I feel sad, sad because these people are not doing anything to help the economy still they bash the government. Have you thought of entrepreneurship? Have you thought of actually working with your hands? What talent do you have? What do you have passion for? What are you contributing to the country’s economy?
Do you know you can start a business for as low as 5k? Do you know you can ditch pride and actually do some jobs you assumed to be below your level? Many years ago my older brother said something jokingly but I caught it and held on to it. He said “Shit money no dey smell, na shit dey smell”.
On this Social media I have found lots of entrepreneurs that are giving back to the society. I bet you haven’t heard of Purest Nathaniel Enyinnaya. This is a young man who left the banking world and went to learn fashion designing. Today he is going around the nation holding free tailoring classes, he goes from state to state and for 3 weeks he would teach men and women how to sew.
Do you know @Obi-Leather? Dang that man is a genius with leather, the awesome things he makes out of leather, he sources for these leathers himself and make bags and wallet and whatever you can think of. He holds classes for children in his neighbourhood in Lagos and guess what? People still suspect him, some say he can’t just be teaching children without getting money from some NGO’s. He is not a young man, he is old but guess what? He is not lazing around. He is contributing his quota to the society.
I found these men and many money on social media because I go looking for them, the same social media we use in Subbing and Lynching each other. Ask yourself today what you do with your DATA, do you just pay for subscription weekly or monthly to catch up on the newest gossip? Before you buy your next subscription, ask yourself what you gained from the last one.
Dare to tackle challenges even one tiny step at a time.
A psychologist once took a very advanced tablet computer and gave it to a small group of young girls (under the age of 9) living in a refugee camp, and not yet in school. After one week, she found that they all knew how to switch it on, and had found their way to use some of its Apps.
The same experiment, performed with older people over the age of 20, yielded almost nothing!
The psychologist also found that the adults had a lot to complain about concerning a device they had not even learned to switch on.
What was the difference?
The older you get, the more fearful you get to experiment, and try out new things, including new ways to solve old problems.
Every day there are many things you can do to ensure you don’t fall into this trap…
Think about it!
Some of you have heard me say it before: “Big Problems are usually solved by people with the humility to make small starts.”
There are a lot of people who see a Big Problem, but they have no capacity to find a place to start solving it, which usually requires them to make even baby steps, which they often fear to do.
When I see a Big Problem, I enjoy seeing how to start solving it one step at a time.
Chipping away, day after day…
It can be months, but usually some years, and suddenly I’m there: Big Problem solved!
Next time someone tells you about a Big Problem ask them, “How do YOU propose to contribute to solve it?”
And watch how surprised they get!
Somehow we all want others to solve problems we see, and that is why nothing ever happens.
Next month, for example, school holidays start and also our Christian brothers and sisters typically gather in big religious services across Africa…
What I want to say to each of you is this, if you are thinking about traveling and getting together with family: Be careful. Be part of the solution…
These are still dangerous times! Do not let your guard down. If we want to end this pandemic once and for all, YOU have to do your own part, #MaskUp, and keep socially distanced. Last year’s Christmas holidays started a whole new second wave, far more devastating than the first one. This can’t happen again.
Do not take unnecessary risks with your life or anyone else’s!
If you jump out of a plane without a parachute, you will pay the price. If we all jump selfishly into living a “normal” life without taking prudent health precautions… I do not even want to think about how a Third Wave will hurt our people and our economies.