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Dedication

To all the final year students in all of our campuses and higher institutions of learning whose minds are made up not to accept the status quo but to look beyond the ordinary in order to make an impact in their generation.




INTRODUCTION

Your days on campus will soon be over. You once matriculated as a freshman into this institution. Then it looked as though the journey will take an eternity before you graduate.


Everyone was calling you by the name ‘Jambite’, and you were wondering what the next few years of your stay on campus will look like, as though it will never end. But now, you can see the end of the road from where you are standing.


This is the best time to begin to think beyond what you can presently see today, and start projecting into the unseen so as to have a balanced stability when you finally find yourself in the unknown future.


Look Beyond School; YOU WILL SOON BE A GRADUATE!






CHAPTER 1

YOU WILL SOON BE A GRADUATE


Starting college is a major transitional stage in one’s life, but leaving college is a greater one. The day of convocation, which marks the end of this stage of your life coincidentally marks the beginning of another. It launches you forth into the larger world outside there; a world in which you have to find your own footing for yourself, a world which accommodates the survival of only the fittest. Such a world should not be entered unprepared for.


The convocation ceremony is a bridge between the artificial campus life and the real world. It is a link between the imaginary future students build for themselves while on campus, and the factual world outside there, where, irrespective of your desires, only what you deserve is all you get.


You will soon be a graduate, and the whole world will rejoice with you for a job well done, whether you pass out, as it is commonly said, or you fail out, which nobody dares say! Everybody comes to rejoice with you, at least, for going through school successfully and not dropping out on the way. That makes you a graduate, and it is worth the celebration.


For you personally, if you must be sincere with yourself, the convocation day is always a day filled with both excitement and nervous apprehension. The convocation ceremony will soon be over. The music will soon fade. The dance will soon stop. Your guests will soon leave. The hall will soon be locked. And you will soon be left alone to do just one thing - decide what your fate will be!


Decide your own fate! This is one thing some students have never given a second thought all their days on campus. They have dined and wined, lived and relived, but never for once thought about life after graduation. They have been carried away with the hustling and bustling, academic pressure, social life, and religious activities of the campus so much so that their future had never really mattered a bit to them, or so it seem. They have always thought that things will sought themselves out when the time comes. “We will cross the bridge when we get there”, they seem to say.


If you are one of those who had earlier given the issue of your future this deliberate consideration, you may have little or no problem deciding where you go from here. But if you are one of those who just woke up and found the convocation gown on them, there is still much job to do if you want to live a fulfilled life.


What you eventually become in life, to a large extent, will be determined by how serious you take the issues that have to do with your future while on campus. It has nothing to do with what course the school offered you to study, or whether your lecturer likes your face enough to give you a pass mark.


If you had accepted responsibility for your future while on campus, it becomes easy to attain it outside campus. But if you had taken the issues of your future with levity, life will be glad to dribble you for a while on its field of play.


Immediately after the convocation, all you have been day dreaming about the future will either become a trip to the dreamland, like Alice in wonderland, or a nightmare, all depending on what you did or what you did not do while on campus.


LOOK BEYOND SCHOOL

If your future must be bright, you have to start painting it with bright colours yourself. No one will paint it for you; not your lecturer, he is more interested in his pay than your life; not your parents, they can only assist you this far; not your friends, they have their lives to live. Only you can paint your life the colours you like by doing what you have to do when you have to do it.


A survey was carried out in each of the seven continents of the world among a random selection of one hundred young men of age twenty, and followed up for forty more years until they were sixty years old and the statistics below was verified:-

1 - Financially wealthy

4 - Financially independent

5 - Struggling to make headway financially

36 - Died unheard of

54 - Financially broke, dependent on relatives, & welfare/charitable org.


This statistic is staggering. This is why you have to plan for your future. Start today. Do what you have to do today while still in school. The earlier you start the better for you. Do not wait till tomorrow before you do what you should do today. Do not wait till you get out of school before you do what you are supposed to do while in school.


In another related survey, it was discovered in the fifties by Dr. Edward Banfield of the Harvard University that the longer students plan for their lives, the higher they rise in the society. Those who plan for ten, twenty, thirty years will rise higher than their mates who presently do not see beyond the four walls of their campus.


In order to build an enviable future, you need to start planning for it right from school days when all of your other peers have not yet started giving it a thought. With this, you give yourself a stronger edge ahead of all of your mates. You come out prepared, polished, and furnished enough to face the challenges of both the labor market and the future.


Many students who go through school without planning ahead for the future, graduate with good grades, and then decide that since they are unable to get a job, the next thing to do is to dabble into businesses they have little or no background in, with the thought that their degree/certificate will make up for their lack of preparation. It seldom does! Some of them may succeed, but just as you would expect, a whole lot of them will likely fail. Why? They are not prepared to face the future.


Every student’s desire is to live a comfortable and meaningful life when he leaves school, but very few of them prepare for this. Their spirit is willing, but it never occurred to them that only proper preparation prevents poor performance.


Do not just graduate with a degree alone, no matter how excellent. Arm yourself for the future. A word is enough for the wise.


THE PHASES OF LIFE

It is important we recognize each phase of our life and the role they play in our progress. The lifetime of any man can be divided into three major seasons -

01 Year - 20 Years - Learning Period

21 Years - 40 Years - Earning / Early Investment Period

41 Years – 60 Years - Upper Investment / Consolidation Period

61 Years – 80 + Years - Investment Returns / Resting Period


The first twenty years of one’s life is meant to accumulate enough knowledge and experience to give you a better leverage for success later on in life.


In the next twenty, you should begin to put the experience you have acquired to work, start earning money and investing the returns gradually.


At the next twenty, you should start withdrawing progressively from active service and reinvest the returns from your investments so as to make more money. This will lead you to an early retirement without stress.


How old are you today? If after assessing your age, and judging by the above data, you discover that you have outgrown your present status, then you need to get up and plan how to move your life forward. You can not afford to live your life the way others who still have age on their side live theirs. They can afford to waste more time, but you can not, or else you will waste much more time and will regret it later on in life.


So, do not delay: Do it now.


NO HOPE IS LOST

If you are already a graduate or you are in your final year, and you are both wondering and lamenting why you have not thought of a concrete way to plan your future earlier than now, it is not yet too late. The situation is not beyond redemption. It can still be salvaged.


What has happened in the past is not as important as what can still happen in the future if you are willing to take the necessary steps. Make a fast start: Begin today. Quit the lamentation. Fresh graduates who spend today lamenting the mistakes of their campus days will spend tomorrow lamenting the mistakes of today.


Get up and do something. You can still rise up to this challenge. Do not fold your hands and watch things deteriorate the more. Make things happen. Losers watch things happen but winners make things happen. Do something about your life before it is too late. You are the best person to chart the course of your life the way you want. Nobody will if you don’t.







CHAPTER 2

COLLEGE DEGREES VERSUS INBORN ABILITY

The world is changing by the day. Socio-economic issues are experiencing transformation by the minute. But the educational sector is not! The school system is meant to prepare the student for the real world. But to be candid with ourselves, does it really fulfill this task?


In the real world, outside the field of academics, something more than college degrees and good grades is required. Your inborn ability, dominant potentials, hidden talents, or whatever it is labeled, matters much more than academics degrees.


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