Keep your Coins, What I want is Change

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*****A man cannot change unless he is willing to change*****

The greatest battle that mankind has ever faced is the battle of the mind. Empires, Nations and Terrific Leaders have all been made and broken by this power element. The first step required by someone who is on a quest to greatness and success in life is the reorientation of the mind. You cannot change an individual by changing his externals or his environment only, as the greatest change occurs when the mind of that person is reorientated. Once this battle is won, there is no limit to what that individual can achieve.

I have heard several times from citizens of my country and citizens of other countries likewise about their rage and discouragement in the government, wherein they complain that the government is not doing enough. When I try to find out from them what they think the solution is, they simply say the government should give a certain amount of money to the citizens like a million Naira each or say sixty thousand Rand, claiming that this will solve the problem of poverty. There is nothing as totally absurd by this blatant ignorant solution of these feeble minds. May I state it to you that the problem we are facing as a Nation is not as a result of poverty, yes damn right nor is it even that of corruption (this is where it gets interesting as I can sense all the political activists and analysts in the house gradually rise to defend their beliefs and convictions, cool down and relax your mind, haha, lol). Now back to the matter, the main problem we are encountering as a Nation such as the likes of corruption and poverty are actually products of a non-oriented and unchallenged mind. They are products of the power element otherwise known as ‘The Feeble Mind’. Martin Luther King Jr, whom I consider one of the greatest Reformers in the history of mankind once said “A Nation that continues to produce soft minded citizens has already sentenced her own citizens to death”.

We are a product of our mindset and only portray that which we are actually made up of. That is the reason we have Leaders who mess up so much and have brought the country down into a dark abyss. All these so called ‘bad leaders’ are all products of their own mindset which is their power element.
Let me briefly share with you a story of a certain 19 years old garbage man. He was homeless and stricken by poverty, fortunately for him he won 15 million dollars from a lottery. Some years later, this man became broke and homeless again after spending the money on booze, drugs, gambling and women. So my question to you is; how come the man ended up broke and homeless again? The answer is simple. The money only changed his externals and allowed him to live a lavish lifestyle for only a deceitful period of time. The man himself wasn’t changed and the money certainly didn’t change who he really is, a man who lacks purpose, a feeble minded person whose mind hasn’t been challenged and reoriented.

The first step to actually solving a problem is knowing that there is one. Once you acknowledge that you really need a change, I want you to know the change has already started. Get appropriate books which are educative, enlightening and entertaining at the same time. These kind of books really expose you to the world of knowledge beyond that which the ‘classroom’ can cater for. For some people it might require you to watch inspirational movies which is going to challenge your mindset and thus inspire you to be a better person in whatever you want to achieve. Also try to associate yourself with purpose minded individuals as the change you really desire can be ignited fast through this medium. The legendary wise man was totally right when he quoted that ‘A man who walks with the wise shall become wise’.

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University Education, Do I Really Need It?

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-Helen Keller upon enrolling in a tertiary institution and after spending some time there as a student commented that she was so overwhelmed with school work that she didn’t have time to engage in solid thinking-
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If you are in school, college or in a University and you think in your mind that the reason you are there is so that after you graduate your life will make meaning, or you will become successful due to the degree or the certificate that you will earn there; then absolutely you are mistaken.
I have come to define University and most especially a West African University as ‘An Institution which enslaves youth for about 4 to 6 years and during that period they are made to believe that they cannot do nor achieve anything until they are released from this prison of the mind’’. What makes a man goes beyond the certificate that he gets from a College or a University no matter how prestigeous that college or University is. It is now clear to me that Informal education is one of the significant ways that makes a man. Education is all around us and most importantly WITHIN us. It is not to be sought out in any man made institution. I know of great achievers whose works or achievements were not attributed to the University or the Institution they attended.
Now am sure some of you may start misquoting me and reading the ‘’thinking-within-the-box mind set’’ to what have just said. Yes you are to obtain your college degrees and university certificates, but this is just for you to avoid societal prejudice hence to have a good platform before the society wherein you can display your enormous gifts and contribution to the human race. Never for once think that you are in school to make a living. If you get carried away by this thinking you might actually be trying to make a living in life rather than to make a life.
Education is all around us and it is simply exposure and knowledge as the old saying says that ‘knowledge is power’’. Let us imbibe the right mind set and start thinking outside the box. We should be a nation of thinkers and not followers of thinkers as a friend of mine use to say. We are nurturing youths who are now merely followers rather than innovators and concept starters. When was the last time that you as a person sat down all alone to think deeply and to come out with ideas and concepts on how a particular thing around you should be done better, instead we are just wallowed in that prison of timidity and complacency allowing other people to come up with ideas for us. I think the problem is in people not wanting to sacrifice the time, energy and passion to engage in solid thinking. Martin Luther King Jnr once said; that one thing that people find it hard and difficult to do is to engage in serious and solid thinking. People don’t just want to sacrifice to do this
I truly and honestly don’t believe in formal and standardized education, and I will stand and defend this belief anywhere. The only time that I can begin to believe in Nigerian educational institution will be when a proper institution will be built and created to allow the imaginative thinking of students, an institute which will allow students to dream big, one which will culture inventors and innovators rather than old world and old regime followers, an institution that allows students to experiment with ideas and imaginative thoughts rather than following what the old and present generation has laid down and an institution which is built with a proper Research & Development unit.
Balogun Oluwafemi

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