GUIDELINES (JUNE EDITION) – THE WORTH OF VALUE
WRITTEN BY EMMANUEL ALAGBE
Value is worth, that is, the quality of an entity or product. Value is not abstract but a reality, it is the degree of quality of the content of the container.
What you have inside of you is your content while you are the container, the quality of your value is the quality of your outward result. It is high time we had the right perception of value.
The life of every human being contains countless values. No life is void of value, the value is our various content. The misconception of value is rampant among us Africans.
In the western region, successful people are mostly seen as fortunate people whereas their success is the external result of their value content. In fact, rumors of black power is carried about most top seat occupants. Their source of wealth have become bone of contentions among the poor. All these cock and bull stories must end in smoke and the reality of life must be faced.
If two cars of the same model and size but with different engine capacity are driven on an express road, for example, a six cylinder and four cylinder cars, the one with six cylinder will be faster even if it is smaller in size, why? Because of the power the engine carries. A four wheel drive car will climb a hill faster than a front wheel car because it has propeller and back axle. Your speed in life is directly proportional to the capacity you inhibit.
Your physical appearance, gender or age cannot limit your greatness. Little progress in daily endeavor is the external result of the internal value. A lot of time a person wastes on miniature things is not the problem, it is as the result of lack of discipline from within. A lazy person is only reflecting the weakness from within, it shows there is no strength in the container, and the content is fragile.
It takes process to get value, a good or productive habit that is cultivated can become a value. You can’t become a professional writer overnight. It takes acquiring knowledge, even if you have the gift, it must be developed, when consistent learning is cultivated, it later becomes a value because it will start producing results.
An engineering student who studied for five years may not be able to hold a spanner if all he did was to study textbook from cover to cover. His grammatical eloquence does not grant him knowledge about CAD designs. Many lives are full of bruises because well ironed shirts and trousers are worn with idle hands. Wigs and Brazilian hairs are used to cover empty brains.
Put a full stop in blaming your village people when your life is contradictory. Have you dedicated your life to your creator? Hope you don’t only pray when you have challenges? Have you even made up your heart to please God?
Stop running from pillar to post if your life is not right with your maker. It is disheartening to see poverty stricken people falling into the hands of dubious religious leaders. Instead of working with the little amount you have to get more money, you still hand over that little amount to them for consumption.
At this level of economic disaster, I don’t think there should be any undergraduate that should not be capable of practicing his or her profession independently. It is no more a story that the nation is immersed in the pool of unemployment, every student is already aware of unemployment even before gaining admission, it will be foolishness on every student’s part if unemployment is catching us unaware after the youth service.
Many have run businesses which put them on Forbe’s list, while some businesses have run bankrupt. Quality should be considered first. Put all your effort in becoming the master of your profession. Ask yourself, if I am to own a company, can I employ a person like me? Although, some businesses encounter retarded growth not because of bad quality but lack of business strategy. Many have no business plan. No intelligence of gathering customers, no package, they don’t even customize themselves. The worst part is that, they believe the successful competitors are using charms.
In conclusion, this is a wakeup call to every youth that your attitude to challenges and problems is a result of your inward rigidity. Stop envying successful colleagues, build your inner value because achievement is the litmus test that proves the quality of one’s content.
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