The ultimate objective of this presentation is to let you know that you have the inborn ability or potential to develop a theory, company, product and / or service that will significantly improve or positively transform the lives of at least 1 billion people within 10 years, and thus generate wealth beyond what you could possibly spend in a lifetime, and to encourage, inspire or motivate you to harness that potential. It is basically the least of the true or hidden potential in everyone (and thus, including your good self) and not just some other privileged few. Yes; that is the case even if you have neither ever been told, never felt so within you, nor demonstrated so in anyway over the period. (Please read all that again). Indeed, “It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not.” In another take I’m going to prove that to you, and also show you how to harness or unearth that true or hidden potential already inside of you. But before I do that, I have some bad news for you; it’s the hard truth every student or young graduate needs to hear!
The hard truth I share in this presentation, has a contextual historical background; you may click here to see that; above is the summary. My immediate interest is to share some of the insights I discovered, for the purpose of leading you to the specific hard truth every young person needs to hear. I had to learn them personally, and rather painfully! Thankfully I got the remedy too. How I wish that I had gotten to know about them much earlier! I would have been able to avoid most of the difficulties I have had to go through.
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Now, let me ask you a very fundamental question…
Why are you here on earth?
You never decided to come into this world; no one ever did; well, ordinarily! You woke up one day to realise that you were in this world, and living among a number of people at various levels: home or household, neighbourhood or community, town or city, country, continent, and the world; though the realisation of these various levels happened at different stages in your life. (I share more on why you are here on earth in understanding God’s purpose for your life; you may click here to see that.) Though you were born with certain instincts (for instance the instinct to cry, crawl, imitate, be inquisitive, etc.) much of what you know now, and the things you are able to do, have been by means of elaborate learning processes such as social conditioning, auto-suggestions, etc; both consciously and unconsciously or subconsciously; over a long period of time. The following have been some of your major teachers in those learning processes…
- Family members (especially parents / guardians)
- Religious leaders (especially those of your preference)
- School teachers
- Opinion leaders / Role models
- Mentors / Coaches
- Authors / Writers / Bloggers
These teachers (extractions from the 7 pillars of culture: Family, Religion, Education, Arts & Entertainment, News, Business, and Government; the super-education system) might have influenced you (or taught you) directly in person (home, class, seminar or workshop, etc.) or through the mass media: internet, radio, television, videos, books, magazines, etc.
Now the first part of the bad news is this…
They may be lying to you
Most of these people you interact with in this world will lie to you; even some of those you trust so much, like… parents, teachers, pastors, celebrities, politicians, etc! This may sound preposterous! How can eloquent and noble-looking people like that be lying? Well, whereas a few of them deliberately do it for selfish, parochial or economic benefits, most of them do it out of love or care for you. Nonetheless, and sadly, they will mostly never tell you the truth about life; in that sense they will inadvertently lie to you; not because they really want to, but because they have to! They have been socially conditioned that way, and ordinarily cannot do otherwise. (I give examples further below and in the ‘Why only a few are rich‘ presentation). This starts very early in life, and continues ad infinitum! They will so much consistently lie to you, and you will so much love or buy into the lies you’re told to the extent that you may even find it very difficult or uncomfortable to listen to the truth (objective observable facts) when you are lucky enough to be told the truth at some point in your life. So for instance, if I tell you that finishing school before making the effort to earn income is a dumb idea, you are most likely to argue about it. This underlies most of the difficulties you are likely to be facing in life; you may have to see the 4 popular, very surprising and easily avoidable habits that make life difficult.
In any case, it so happens that even with their best intentions, and efforts, chances are that eventually, you have been inadvertently socialised to underestimate your capabilities and are thus using so little of your true or hidden potential (far less than 10 percent of your true or hidden potential) and chances are that your vision and goals are not high enough!
The second part of the bad news is this…
You may be having a warped paradigm of life, and may thus be in danger
Especially based on what your defacto mentors and role models tell you, and most importantly what they refuse to tell you (for instance they will mostly cleverly, even if inadvertently, hide from you the typical daily difficulties they go through and mostly put up a front that may show to you that everything is fine and dandy) chances are that you may think and / or believe that life is (or otherwise will be) a smooth linear journey, like…
You may be thinking that you have life all figured out since you are schooling (or perhaps graduated successfully) or because perhaps you may be religious. You may actually be surprised to note that there is a whopping lot you are yet to figure out, since there is more to life than you mostly see and hear!
You may additionally be thinking that you have so much time ahead of you, but you don’t! And because you may think that you have so much time ahead of you, coupled with some natural laws such as the ‘pleasure-pain’ principle that may be at work in your life without you knowing, you may be more predisposed to (and indeed more interested in) having pleasure or having fun (mostly without the necessary safeguards against the challenges of adulthood you are yet to experience; so having fun is really not the problem as such). And society (including religious organisations) and the media (especially tv and social media) will urge you on with more entertainment and the promise of pleasure, (society focuses more on Sports, Entertainment, Religion (different from true spirituality) and Politics and make you feel as though they are the most important matters); those are what you will find most people busily committed to; further reasons are presented in the 4 popular, very surprising and easily avoidable habits that are currently making your life difficult, or otherwise may soon make your life difficult. In any case, life (in its truest reality) is much like this…
Life is not funfair, life is warfare! Life is not a dress-rehearsal, or dry run; it is the real deal at any time; life is like war! I believe that you have already had some real life experiences that prove the points earlier made; I can assure you that those experiences may be just a tip of the iceberg, a lot more are ahead, unless you get the right knowledge and preparation that will help you to avoid the otherwise would-be difficulties or better maneuver smoothly through them or around them. And as you will soon get to see, such right knowledge and preparation are usually not part of the prevailing cultural and religious education, and also the formal education system; the short exercise below will illustrate the point.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page till you see a button labelled ‘Squares’ then click on that button to proceed with the exercise; it may take you about a minute. And it will lead you to some very interesting discovery about your education.
Prof Sir William Arthur Lewis says, and I agree with him, that… “Education and schooling are not the same thing. What goes on inside the schools is often not education. And the results may well be that it reduces productive capacity rather than to increase it.” Indeed, the formal education system promises so much, and takes so much of your time and other resources; however, ordinarily the formal education you go through can only harness up to just 22 percent of your true or hidden potential. Truly, education and schooling are not the same thing! And though you may be religious (and that may have some benefits) being religious alone may not necessarily add much as far as harnessing your true or hidden potential is concerned. (More about this later). This may sound unbelievable, but it is the case; you may have to work with it and avoid the avoidable difficulties, or ignore it and learn it through harsh negative experiences later on if that will not be too late. And the onus is solely on you. As we say, “You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” We are available to assist you though.
Below are snippets of some real life issues that majority of people suffer from that you are also likely to suffer from, but that which family, school, society and the media usually don’t talk about so you don’t normally hear about them.
Notable, common and completely avoidable problems you are likely to face in life, especially out of ignorance
First, most people (possibly including you) are not truly fulfilled in life, to the extent that most of the ailments people report to the hospitals with are not pathogenic; i.e. they are not the effects of disease-causing organisms, but largely by-products of the lack of true fulfillment in life! You may click here for a full discussion of this issue.
Second, most people (again, possibly including you) do not know about their true potential; thus they make little or no effort to unearth (or harness) that true (or hidden) potential; they waste their true (or hidden) potential, and consequently go through avoidable struggles and regrets in life. You may click here for a full discussion of this issue.
Third, alarming levels of economic hazards prevail because most workers are highly unproductive, leading to massive under-employment and job losses. You may click here for a full discussion of this issue.
Fourth, there is alarming leadership crisis in most organisations, leading to resentment among workers, and ultimately stress and low productivity. You may click here for a full discussion of this issue.
Fifth, Africa is rich but poor! Irrespective of where you may be in this world, this affects you in unimaginable ways. You may click here for a full discussion of this issue.
The examples above constitute a tip of the iceberg! There are so many of such issues; too many to count; these are being highlighted in a bid to give you insights into the gravity of the problems you seriously should take appropriate steps to avoid, and appropriate remedies have been pointed out subsequently. Please note also that because the above five are broad examples, within each are several possible individual examples.
I know that it is difficult to fully imagine and vividly feel the true effect of something you are yet to experience; it’s like trying to have a mental experience of birth pangs when you have never conceived a child before let alone give birth. Notwithstanding, when you take things forgranted, the amount of challenges or difficulties you may likely face in life in the near future can make you think that some evil spirits or demons may be fighting you; a lot of people (especially religious people) easily fall prey to that thinking. And there are charlatans out there who are taking advantage of such unpreparedness among people and fleecing them, especially via bizarre religious acts and demands; I’m shying away from saying manipulation.
Again, you may already be more interested in having fun, and society and the media will urge you on with more entertainment and the promise of pleasure; but note that you stand the chance of having better fun (and more of it) both at an early age and more consistently for the rest of your life (thus, over a longer period of time) if you get to understand life adequately (if not fully) at an early age. And the onus is on you!
It starts with making a firm decision to steer your life purposefully, and then accepting to receive suitable help in that direction so as to avoid ‘trial and error.’ Thankfully there are some key presentations on this platform (along with the Seers support group) to guide you. You may click here to see that; the material or information you are going to be exposed to promises to help you earn great income as soon as possible (even while in school), or get yourself a high paying employment within 3 months after school or otherwise go on to establish your own successful business, without burning out or undue stress.
For most of our childhood we have little or no control over the teachers that come into our lives, but for most part of your life at this point you have to deliberately choose who your real teachers should be. (More about this later). The future will surely come, and you will be alive; make sure that 5 years, 10 years, 25 years, 50 years or so from now you can say with confidence that you chose your life, you did not settle for chance; chance is noted for delivering hardships to those who sit aloof.
I call growing up into an adult and carrying out the expected responsibilities ‘adulting,’ and trust me, adulting is tough! Don’t allow the silence of the majority on the matter, and quite often utter propaganda, get you into thinking that adulting may be easy and thus lead you into downplaying the caution herein. Again, there are some key presentations on this platform that will fully guide you systematically. You may click here to get the needed help.
PS: *This presentation is intended for every young person of school-going age, and every person who has gone through formal education irrespective of age; the use of STUDENT and young gradate in the title was to keep the title simple and sassy 😉 Kindly share the presentation with anyone of school-going age (including pupils) and any adult who went through the formal education system. Also the presentation is an excerpt from PURPOSE COMPASS :: 7 amazing steps to a truly fulfilling life of productivity; you may click here to see that.