8 Chapter 7: A Final Note: There Is A Future For You
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 discussed in the chapters of this book.
Make a fast start: Begin today. Quit the lamentation; fresh
graduates who spend today lamenting the mistakes of their
campus days will spend their future lamenting the mistakes of
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. Be a winner: 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 do not.
More often than not, in the real world, it is not those with better
academic performance that gets ahead with ease, but those who
better maximize their inborn ability. In the real world, outside
the field of academics, something much more than college
degrees and good grades is required; your inborn ability
(dominant potentials, hidden talents, or whatever it is labelled)
matters much more than academic degrees.
This is not to discredit the educational sector, neither is it to say
pursuance of a degree is a waste of time and energy. Far be it. The
importance of education cannot be over-emphasized as some of
it has been discussed in previous chapters. But the truth still
remains that things are not as easy as they look outside there.
However, this truth does not dawn on students until they get out
of the enclosure of their university compound where everything
they need is provided free of charge by either their parents, an
uncle, an aunt, a guardian, an aristo, or a scholarship board.
Fresh graduates' over-reliance on paper qualifications must be
disabused. Our purpose for being educated must not just be
limited to simply acquiring a high grade certificate, but also to
improve our God given abilities and develop our inbuilt
If this is our purpose, then the inability to get employed in a big
organization after graduation will neither paralyze our
effectiveness nor leave us in the class of people called
unemployed. This inbuilt ability is in everybody and can only be
improved on by getting educated, but can never be replaced by it.
Your certificates are not really evidences of what you can do, but
what your lecturers feel you are good at. All students know this!
Therefore, if your purpose for going to school is just to acquire
certificates, then you can as well forget it; because it will not
make much difference in your exploits in life if you really do not
discover what it is you can do to make life more meaningful for
you and others around you.
It is gross inadequate for any graduate who is physically fit to
parade himself as unemployed simply because he did not make a
first-class degree. It is a misconduct of the highest order. The
wealth you need lies within you and not in your certificate. The
school system is just to furnish you with all the needed qualities
that will guide you through life. It in no way guarantees your
success. Your potential does.
This is the sincere truth. Everyone cannot leave school with a
first-class certificate. All cannot graduate with a 2:1. Our
expectations will be sharply cut off if we hope that someday,
everyone will. It is so natural that some people graduate with the
lower grades which have been looked down upon by our society.
What are these ones to do? Are they to resign to fate and accept
life the way it is? Are they to accept failure as destiny, believe
misfortune is their lot and withdraw from the struggle to be
excellent in life? No. Life must still continue; not as a
continuous loser, but as one, ready to prove that the school
system is not strong enough to permanently place an everlasting
mark of enigma on any student.
Research has shown that ninety six percent (96%) of graduates
that succeeds in life succeed outside the area of their academic
qualification, most times in a field that has little or no
relationship with their majors on campus.
Do not let what your lecturers teach you to do hinder you from
fulfilling the prophetic destiny your creator has designed for
you. Do not be imprisoned by your certificate. Do not be
encaged by your degrees. It is not by man's awarded degrees, it is
by heaven's ascertained decrees.
Education is not the reason why God sent you to the world. The
school system is just a transitional phase of your life. The beauty
of this phase is only in the fact that it makes you fit for anything
you find yourself doing after school.
So, take a step, look for something to do after school. Do not wait
for anybody to offer you something. They will most likely offer
you what they should offer someone who graduated with the
kind of academic degree you graduated with - a third-class job,
and you will always be at their mercy since they will always
think they are doing you a favour for giving you a job.
If you think you are a first-class material in any other field aside
academics, and the school community has not given you an
opportunity to prove yourself, and worse still, no one is offering
you the kind of job you want with the kind of pay you desire,
then, offer yourself something. Be an entrepreneur. Start up
something and keep at it. Before you know it, the world will
come to celebrate you as a first-class material in that little corner
MAKE IT HAPPEN: YOU CAN DO IT
Take your life in your hands; you can do it. You can enjoy life in a
way that is beyond the scope of your third class experience. You
can be blessed by God in a way that can never be limited by your
academic ability. You can enjoy life as He intends.
Is life fair? Life has never been, to be candid. Everyone who has
made it, as well as everyone who has failed will give this same
testimony about life. Life can never be fair, because it is not
designed to be (at least the devil will ensure that) until you decide
to make it so. If you sit reluctantly under an apple tree and expect
enough fruits for a meal to drop on your laps, you will wait for
eternity. You have to take the bull by the horn to make things
Appreciate those little ideas that run through your mind. So
much potential are in those little ideas of yours. Every big
establishment today was once a small dream in the mind of
someone. You cannot say, what you see as a small dream today
may be the major change the world is craving for. It may be what
will put your name in The Guinness Book of Records. Do not toy
People do not usually talk about how we start but how we end.
So, be willing to start anyhow, but make sure that, come what
may, you start up something.
Do not waste time learning the 'tricks of the trade'. Instead, learn
the trade itself. Learn how to go about it. Design a game plan. Set
a goal and plan how to achieve the goal. Make the game plan
realistic and workable.
As it has been emphasized earlier, you will also need enough
determination to follow through on every of your plan. It won't
come your way that easy. You must be prepared to work hard.
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off NOW. So,
you choose which is better for you.
Strive always to be better than you are per time, but be contented
with whatever you get. Do not always attribute what you get to
your poor academic result. It will always give you reasons to be
sad with yourself, to be mad with your lecturers, and to hate
God. It will make you desire to get more in any way possible,
right or not.
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You are not the only one who is not pleased with what he makes.
Even many of those who graduated alongside with you who
earned better degrees are not too satisfied with what they make
too. You may think they are, but, at every level of life, people
always naturally want more than they already have. So, be
satisfied with whatever comes your way. Only do not let this
satisfaction keep you glued to one spot. Endeavour to be better
by the day so you can earn more in days to come.
If you will need to do some professional exams, go for an
additional degree, or add some post graduate diploma, do not
delay. Each time you increase your knowledge base, you
increase your total value and your take home pay becomes better
Your net-worth today is not your self-worth today; it simply is
what your clients or your boss can afford to pay you. Keep
developing yourself on daily basis. Someday, sometimes,
somewhere, you will meet with someone who will look at what
you can offer and decide to pay you what you are really worth
without asking for what you graduated with. One encounter with
the right person may change your life for life! However, you will
not sit down and expect the right person to locate you. You will
need to keep doing what you will need to do to be rightly located
by the right person.
The future belongs to fulfilled dreamers and not dreamers with
aborted dreams. Have you forsaken any dream because you did
not have first-class written on your certificate, now is the time to
revive those dreams. They must not die in your hands. You have
what it takes to cause their dry bones to live. They still can, if you
will do your part. Put the keys mentioned above to work and you
will see life being restored back to your dream. Apply the
principles, and your life will be transformed for better. Whatever
thing you faced in the past which drained life out of your dream
cannot pose any threat on your way again. You now have in your
hand what it takes to shine on earth and reign as Kings, having
dominion as dreamers.
Dreamers are rulers. Get up and rule the world. It is your time. It
is your turn. It is your season. We all are waiting for you.
BELIEVE IN GOD'S ABILITY TO HELP YOU
At this point, all you need is God. He is the only one who can help
you out. Depending on man will further jeopardize your future.
You may know men who matters in the society, but you also need
to know God that matters most in the universe. He is the only one
that cannot let you down. You need Him more than you need any
This is the sincere truth: All that you need to live a fulfilled life
on earth is here on earth, but the earth does not yield its harvest
except heaven is involved, and for heaven to be involved, you
need to have a relationship with the God of heavens.
Friendship with others is important but friendship with God is
the most important friendship. You need others quite alright; this
has been emphasized earlier on. However, you need God much
more. Men can connect you to other men who may choose to
either help you or not. But when you are connected to God, and
He decides to connect you to men, they have no choice than to
This is a crucial decision to make, and this moment is the best
time to take this all important decision. Do not let the excitement
of living a first class life become a barrier to your deciding for
God. You need Him more than all other persons put together.
When men make you, they can decide to unmake you. But if
your making is from the Lord, no one can pull you down.
Give your life to Him today; He can still make more sense out of
the mess of your life.