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|7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by childuptojoy(m): 8:16am On Jul 21, 2020|
This write-up was sent to me by one of my lecturers in school and I feel like sharing it on Nairaland
7 REASONS WHY DEGREE HOLDERS ARE POOR?
*MALAM MAMUDA KABIR DUTSINMA*
1. I have a very painful truth to dish out to graduates out there: Your degree or certificate is not the cure to poverty; the cure to poverty is your ability to see and seize opportunities. In this Article, the word P.O.O.R means: Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly.
2. Dear Graduates, if somebody offers you an amazing opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it, say yes then learn how to do it later!, never should you say you don’t know. School rewards people for their memory. Life rewards people for their creativity and ability to solve problems. School rewards caution; life rewards daring. School hails those who live by the rules. Life exalts those who break the rules and set new ones.
3. Being on top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life. The world is filled with poor graduates but rich opportunists! Kevin Ngo once said, “If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want”.
4. Your certificates and degrees are meant to help you garner the experience and expertise needed to fulfill your dreams; they are not your destination! I have watched pitiably many graduates with degrees and certificates languishing in poverty looking for jobs that don’t even exist while people with keen eyes for opportunities reach the pinnacle of success in the most unlikeliest of ways.
5. Do you have a graduate or degree holder around you that is poor? I bet you have as they are everywhere! I have a very painful truth to dish out to graduates out there: Your degree or certificate is not the cure to poverty; the cure to poverty is your ability to see and seize opportunities.
BASICALLY, there are seven (7) reasons why degree holders are poor.
1. THEY DON’T THINK BEYOND THEIR CERTIFICATES
Albert Einstein said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Have you ever heard creativity term “Think outside the box”? One of the major reasons why most graduates are poor is simply because they can’t see and think beyond their certificates.
I have seen engineering students work as bankers. I have seen medical doctors with great skills in web and graphic designs. I have seen lawyers that are very dexterous with finances. The list is endless!
The basic truth of life is that the skills that are needed to be much sought after and become more successful in life are not really found within the walls of the classrooms. Your certificate is just a proof that you are teachable, it does not suggest what you are totally capable of doing. You are full of possibilities when you think beyond your degrees and certificates.
2. THEY PRIORITIZE THEIR CERTIFICATES MORE THAN THEIR GIFTS AND TALENTS
I have often advised some of my colleagues, never to leave their gifts dormant while pursuing and hunting for jobs with their certificates. There must be a complementary balance in the pursuit of your passion and in the search for jobs.
Everybody is gifted for something, but the winning edge comes from our ability to work on our gifts and bless the world with it. The very best way to develop yourself is in the direction of your natural talents and interest. In order to live a fulfilled and impactful life, we need to work harder on our gift than our job. We need to discover our gift, develop it, and sell it. Don’t bury your TALENT with your certificates.
3. THEIR CERTIFICATES PREPARE THEM FOR A WORLD THAT NO LONGER EXIST
It has been found that most of the skills taught in schools are becoming obsolete in the present world. The world has changed a lot, and so are people’s need! It is imperative to know that the present form of university education does not prepare students for the future.
Graduates are becoming endangered species in the face of a changing world. Our archaic methods and approaches of learning are preparing graduates for a world that no longer exist, as we are churning out degree holders every year with certificates that have face value but no intrinsic worth. Most learning institutions are filled up with lecturers and pseudo-educators with lecture notes, methods and approaches that have lost relevance in a changing world.
4. THEY KNOW LESS ABOUT THEMSELVES BUT MORE ABOUT THINGS
Certificates and degrees don’t reveal people to themselves; they at most measure our IQ (Intelligent Quotient). I have often tell people that there is no Recovery without Discovery. A poor man is simply someone that has not discovered himself.
The more you discover yourself, the more you realize the treasures that are hidden deep within you. We carry inside ourselves latent treasures that can only be unveiled through self-discovery.
5. CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES CAN KILL INITIATIVES
Degrees and certificates can close up your minds to ideas while initiatives open it up. If you are not careful, your degrees and certificates can close up your mind. The purpose of education is to keep your mind perpetually opened towards limitless possibilities!
Fred Smith saw an opportunity for overnight delivery of anything anywhere in the USA, and ultra- fast delivery anywhere in the world, FedEx was born. It will be interesting to know that Fred Smith got a grade “C” in a Yale economics class for an idea that the professor belittled as unworkable.
Fred Smith’s company became the first American business to make over ten billion dollars in annual profit. Beginning with just 186 packages delivered the first night, FedEx now delivers in over two hundred countries using over 6,030 aircraft, 46,000 vehicles and 141,000 employees.
6. DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES POSITION YOU TO LOOK FOR JOBS AND NOT FOR OPPORTUNITIES
Our certificates and degrees prepare graduates to look for jobs and not open our eyes to life-changing opportunities. You are not poor because you don’t have a job; you are poor because you are not seeing and seizing opportunities.
Being POOR is simply Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly! What keeps people ahead in life is not their education or degrees, it is simply the opportunity that they seized. Jobs may be scarce but not opportunities.
As long as there is a problem to be solved, there will always be opportunities. It is a waste of our education, exposure, and experiences if after we graduate from school, all we think about is searching for a job. An enlightened and educated mind should be able to see and seize opportunities.
7. CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES PREPARE PEOPLE TO LOOK FOR SECURITY AND NOT TO TAKE RISKS
We must be willing to make mistakes and take breakthrough risks. Taking risks and learning from mistakes help us in knowing what works and what does not! When Thomas Edison was being questioned by a mischievous journalist on how he felt for having failed for 999 times before getting the idea of the light bulb, his response stunned the whole world when he confidently said, “I have not failed 999 times, I have only learned 999 ways of how not to make a light bulb”.
Many graduates and degree holders are becoming progressively poor because the skills required in the modern world to get rich are not taught in schools and institutions. By 2025, we’ll lose over five million jobs to automation. This means that future jobs will look vastly different by the time many people graduate from the university.
Future jobs will involve KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION/CREATION and innovation, and people that are only equipped with skills found in the classroom will definitely be a misfit in an ever-changing world. Skills like critical thinking, creativity, people’s skill, STEM skills (e.g Coding), complex problem-solving skills etc. are central to living a more comprehensive and productive life.
8 THEREFORE, in conclusion, My humble and candid advice to graduates and students in institutions is to think wide, deep and outside the box. Take volunteer jobs, and don’t be afraid to navigate fields that are different from your field of learning. Your future career will require you to pull information from many different fields to come up with creative solutions to future problems.
Start by reading as much as you can about anything and everything that interests you. Once you get to college, consider double majoring or minoring in completely different fields. Trust me, it’ll pay off in the long run.
Don’t limit yourself to the classroom. Do something practical. Take a leadership position. Start a business and fail; that’s a better entrepreneurship. Contest an election and lose. It will teach you something political science will not teach you. Attend a seminar. Read books outside the scope of your course.
Think less of becoming an excellent student, but think more of becoming an excellent person. Don’t make the classroom your world, but make the world your classroom. Step forward and try something extra. Invest in something you believe! Real financial security and freedom is not in your job, but in your passion, gifts, talents, and your ability to see and seize opportunities.
MALAM MAMUDA KABIR DUTSINMA
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by evansjeff(m): 8:19am On Jul 21, 2020|
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Nobody: 8:24am On Jul 21, 2020|
But have you also seen those who see opportunity but couldn't seize it because there's no financial support. All in all, destiny is above all.
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by chatinent(m): 8:28am On Jul 21, 2020|
That mallam is very brainy. I love the part he said about 'seizing opportunities and not rejecting any work.' Paper qualifications truly don't guarantee you'll be rich. Based on my little experience, integrity and seizing your moment does...and not forgetting to always take that one risk for big dreams.
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by popsy2(m): 8:47am On Jul 21, 2020|
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by philipstanley(m): 10:12am On Jul 21, 2020|
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Haywhymido(m): 10:25am On Jul 21, 2020|
Leave story, when it's your time it is your time, evenif you wear wrapper you go follow play for the match, if you dey sing rubbish people go dance, you go blow, if you dey say rubbish for mouth people go like am, you go blow. so forget, it's all about "time" Just find work dey do till then. No permanent rule to follow that leads to success.
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Karlifate: 11:28am On Jul 21, 2020|
Good points by Mallam Mamuda Kabir. It can all be summed by one word: "ego".
Some folks see themselves on top of the world cos they're graduates.
On the flipside, Time & Chance happeneth to all. Just because you didn't make it today doesn't mean you would never make it.
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by mastertunji(m): 11:40am On Jul 21, 2020|
A very wonderful writeup
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by paulolee(m): 11:57am On Jul 21, 2020|
nobody knows how useless a school degree is more than the person that have it....drop that degree and husstle like a drop out..
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by optm(m): 2:44pm On Jul 21, 2020|
This is a beautiful piece. Thank you
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Stillthebest: 4:41pm On Jul 21, 2020|
Nothing guarantees success. Working and hardwork only give food.
Success in it's entirety is phenomenal.
Or haven't you seen someone who is just contacted by a random fellow and asks "can u do a contract thoroughly just because may he or she loves the fellow?
That's the phenomenal of success! Graduate dey poor non graduate dey poor.
Grace and luck supercede all the things you mentioned above.
Late Adefarati was an old retired teacher waiting to die whenever God calls but people left alll the accountants, Medical Doctors businessmen, profs and more then went to him to beg him to come and contest for Gov.
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by ItayNinja: 5:13pm On Jul 21, 2020|
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Lincoln275(m): 10:06pm On Jul 21, 2020|
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by jericco1(m): 10:07pm On Jul 21, 2020|
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Scofieldgee(m): 10:08pm On Jul 21, 2020|
Well said Sir...Are you looking for an opportunity. My signature will guide you.
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Kusheer(m): 10:08pm On Jul 21, 2020|
Last last for this country school no SCAM.......
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by CocoaOla: 10:10pm On Jul 21, 2020|
School don't make you rich
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Righteousness89(m): 10:10pm On Jul 21, 2020|
Whatever you do in Life, Just Seek for God's Grace and Favor!
They will take you to Great Height in Life!
God's Favor will Qualify you where you are not Qualified!
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by ProfAmaben(m): 10:10pm On Jul 21, 2020|
You didn't mention that Hausa connection conquers all.
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Houseofglam7(f): 10:10pm On Jul 21, 2020|
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by MansoryMX(m): 10:11pm On Jul 21, 2020|
What are you trying to say now because one minute y’all will say Education is the key? Of what use is going to school if you cannot practice your profession or make use of your certificate. Hellooooooo! Are you okay, Are you normal. Instead of you to fight for your right as a graduate you are here giving reasons why you are poor as a certificate holder? Na your teeth you wan use invest or go into entrepreneurship? Yes you, I am talking to you! Na wa o??
School has made a lot of people rich in overseas. People who just went for 3years courses, just 3 years! My elder sister was a dropout here in Naija. She struggled and traveled to Florida. Did a 3 years course in nursing. Today she has built more than 4 houses here in Nigeria. The Op, The mod who pushed this rubbish to Fp and all of you in support are all mad. You can’t tell me after going to lectures 4am just to secure a sit to enable me avoid standing outside window for 4 good years in school is a waste. God nova punish una reach for this country o! Una go suffer die. I pray my visa is approved so I can leave abeg. Make una continue to dey justify nonsense. Motivational speaking kee u there! Rubbish
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Nkwomarket: 10:11pm On Jul 21, 2020|
Motivational speakers, Please avoid me
I spent 4 yrs in uni and did Nysc for 1 year, you're here giving me reasons why i should be poor.
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Therebellion: 10:11pm On Jul 21, 2020|
Where's the lie?
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by GoodBoi1(m): 10:11pm On Jul 21, 2020|
Add skills to your certificate
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by gift2xl: 10:12pm On Jul 21, 2020|
Poverty can't stop a willing mind.
|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by frubben(m): 10:12pm On Jul 21, 2020|
Motivational speaker, see dem they have come again. A lecturer that is using his certificate to work is advicing us.
He is collecting salary with his certificate every month. He should take his own advice and statt competing with dem bill gate
Yeye dey smell
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|Re: 7 Reasons Why Degree Holders Are Poor By Malam Mamuda Kabir DUTSINMA by Cumtroller: 10:13pm On Jul 21, 2020|
This Gworo Chewing Fulani forgot the real reason.
Government is the major employer of labour in this country and Northerners constitute 98% of Government employees. In fact, the Government is the North.
The educationally backward Northerners have cornered all the Jobs in the Country. They have placed themselves in juicy positions and allocate the Jobs to their kinsmen.
Even our President does not have a WAEC certificate yet rules a country of over 200m people.
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