Friday, November 05, 2004

What's all this timidity about?!!!!

I don't know if l am angry at people because of their thought processes or just plain angry at the educational system. Yesterday and indeed lately, l have been talking to friends about jobs. My latest discussion was with a friend of mine who l consider learned. She has good papers that would get her a good PR job. Right now though she is adding an undergraduate degree to her qualifications. I like it that she is very focussed about school. Now am helping her get another job because she has learned that she cannot pay her school fees with her current salary.

The conversation went like one of my mini motivational speeches. She calls and tells me to Get her a job. I tell her,"You know l think l will become a job bureau because l have all these jobs either forwarded or offered to me that l do not want." Then l tell her of some jobs that l have in  some of the lists and she says,"you know you have to have papers to get there." Okay FULL STOP!!! This is where l agree but mostly disagree with a large number of people.

You know its good to have great papers. But what do these papers do for you if you don't have daring courage to walk in to an office and say that you can do this or that job? The Kenyan economy, and indeed most in third world countries,do not allow for one to be timid.

Timidity just gets in the way of great opportunities. I watch my friends who have papers from here to the heavens yet they cow back when they think they have to go out and fight it out. Its abit discouraging when you think about it. So question for you:why do you have the papers if you can't go out and grab whatever it is you think your papers can help you get? What is this timidity all about?

Talking to a another friend of mine the other day was actually an eye opener on this very issue.He is a college lecturer, plus he has all these neat qualifications.The scenario:I float an idea about him doing some project with some organization. He then turns to me and says why don't you introduce me? I am thinking, Hey!! this director will not eat you up just tell him what it is you want and you will get what you want. I was amazed.Here was a guy l thought and still think as one of the most brilliant human beings l have ever met. Yet, just breaking through this timid wall is so difficult. My wonder has been Why the fear? Why the timidity?  What is this monster that seems to eat at us?

These papers sometimes give us a sense of false security. One thinks because they have papers that the world will smile and indeed think you deserve a job. You seriously have something else coming. A comment l read and l paraphrase...don't think that because you are a vegetarian and that you don't eat meat, that the lion will have mercy on you when he comes hunting. If you want to see where this quote works well come to Kenya. Its the best to be on earth but it also has its problem. Doesn't every where else?!!!!!

But at the end of the day, l hope we (as third world inhabitants) can all learn how to be strong enough to face challenges, outgoing enough to meet up with anyone on this planet and sell an idea to them. Ask God for the courage to do these things. A friend of mine once gave me advice when l was in a state of fear of meeting an influential director. He said,"Hey just go in and ask. The worst thing that he can do is say NO." And that is what l will tell you today. All they can say is NO. So just ask and commit the rest to God.Remember this quote from John Mason's book The Impossible is Possible.....In times of adversity, you have don't have an obstacle; you have a choice.
 

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Ill just blame it on the colonialiists....they make it seem almost like if you do not have all their qualifications you cant breath. Well i for one stick with you-papers or no papers EVERYBODY should be aiming higher for both personal and collective betterment......seriously africans..can we catch a clue and stop being stepping mats.

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