Monday, April 24, 2017

The creativity of a lot of persons has been crippled because instead of looking at academics as a means to an end, it became their end. Sitting idly for years at home in search of a white collar job and becoming so full of one's self to take on a blue collar job becomes the high wall that most job-seeking graduates erect around themselves. We don't see possibilities but only limits.

Who said you can't flourish in a trade?
Who said you can't carve out a niche for yourself?
Who said you can't be an exporter of crayfish and earn in foreign currency?
Who said . . . . . ?

I listened excitedly as a lady told me that she was working as a fashion designer after her graduation from the higher institution. This occurred after years of scouting for a job without success. As at our time of discussion, she was about resuming for her Master's degree.

Nobody wants to fail or be tagged a failure. But when you choose to have the right attitude, failure or any form of  delay is a great teacher. This can only happen  if you have the right attitude. Unemployment, occasional setback and failure should not stiffen the creativity in us.

I experienced academic failure when I was in secondary school (read story here). 

"Failure has a way of interfering suddenly with your routine and provides you an opportunity to discover new solutions."

Although I've developed a strong flair for academic certification, expanding my mind to see opportunities beyond obtaining degrees has kindled a fresh flame that lied dormant before. While most of us canvass for basic academic qualifications, I am of the opinion that we should look at life, in pursuit of our dreams beyond certificates.

Think, plan and act beyond academic certificates. Live for impact. Be proactive and make the best use of your time.

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Grace A. John-Ugwuanya is a human development strategist, public speaker, an author and Biomedical Researcher. She helps individuals breakout beyond certificates and become a better version of themselves. She is also the director of Amara's Hub Concepts, an event management, content writing and capacity building service provider.

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