I have really not been active on this space for a couple of months. However, I feel I need to share this to set you on the right foot in 2020.
Over the past few months, I have had a major observation and it is a fact that we disregard process in Nigeria. Well, it may be the same, but I can only speak of that which I know.
Process can be used interchangeably with structure and I have discovered that we really do not care about following process to get things done which is why we really do not do amazing stuff or make big wins.
I really cannot point out if our total disregard for process (structure) is due to laziness, or ignorance or fear but I can tell you that if you learn to pay attention to structure, it would help you get things done faster.
Let me give a quick example; I have received hundreds of messages from fellow youths personally and via social media platform on their wish or quest to become professionals in their skills.
Matter of fact, the questions are centered on how they can make good money.
Now, I’d tell you that as Nigeria is concerned, money does not grow on trees; not yet.
So in order to make money, you need to go through a certain process or a structure set already. Structures vary in locations and instances anyways.
Most times out of few, I always recommend that these fellow youths learn certain skills.
To make money, you need to have a job, to have a job, you need to have a skill, to have a skill you need to learn it.
The responses I get most times are what baffles me. Let me give you a few of the responses;
Me: you need to learn a skill to have good money
Person 1: I don’t have data ooooo
Person 2: I don’t have time oooo
Person 3: It is hard oooo
The list is endless. Well, while I am aware that the economy is hard to purchase data, or to create time to learn a skill, it is just the process to having a skill.
I mean, you cannot be paid $4000 as a software engineer if you don’t know software engineering and you cannot obviously know software engineering if you don’t devote time to learn it.
Now let me paint a very common example and I am pretty sure a lot of job seekers are guilty of this.
I have also been privileged to discuss with job seekers on their quests to get jobs and I pop up questions like;
What job platforms are you following and when last did you check up on them?
Do you have an updated CV or Resume?
How often do you google for new jobs?
Do you actively disturb your uncles to connect you with jobs or even friends?
I always get replies in the non-affirmative which indicates that nothing is really done actually.
Let me be honest with you, from observation, I have discovered a subtle delusion that comes to not following structures (processes).
Just because you wish to get a job, there’s a feeling that you are really active in seeking for it whereas you’re literally not doing anything.
I have been there and I tell you, time will keep going and you would feel very comfortable because you actually feel you’re doing something.
You’d wake up in the day with the bugging thoughts of getting a job, sit on whatsapp all day and because you’re aware of the fact that you need a job, you think you have spent all day doing something.
What structures does to you is that it reveals inactivity. It helps you realize that you are not doing anything.
Just like a chain reaction, structure helps you understand that there’s obviously no way your Resume can be concrete if you don’t have good certifications and to do that, you need to take courses either online or offline.
Structure gives clarity!!! It helps you identify where the problem is exactly.
You’d be able to figure out that you didn’t get the job because you don’t have good job experiences or perhaps you have not built a certain skill.
The second law of motion (my updated version): to every reaction, there has been a coordinated action.
This simply means to get a desired result, there must be coordinated sets of actions. Remember, I said coordinated.
This does not just apply to getting jobs but in business and other activities as well. The law of karma (my definition) states that whatever you do, you get the reward.
When people win grants and fundings, it’s not because their names fell into the list. It was because they applied for it.
The reward for applying is the win. Sometimes, you may not get the win. Matter of fact, the result for the following process is not a win in the real sense, it is clarity and opportunity.
It means following processes enables you to be aware of the purposed consequences of you action, you have a prediction of the outcome and it becomes an opportunity.
In 2020, learn to respect processes (structures). It would do you a great help.
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