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Rendezvous ( A Short Story)

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“I don’t want to be poor,” I whined.

“Then stop acting like you want to be,” Mrs Ibe, my mentor replied, taking a sip out of her teacup.

How was I acting like I wanted to poor when I made the opposite clear to her or so I thought?

Seeing my confusion, she smiled and took a more patient approach, of that of a teacher willing to take their student by the hand and teach them the ropes.

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A Letter To The One Who Comes After Me, Part 3

It’s the third of a four part series, #TheLetterSeries.

This week, I tell her about leading, saving and entrepreneurship, and what they will do for her.

Get up to speed on the first and second parts, if you’re yet to. And if you have, let’s roll!

5. Be active in your departmental association.

Run for positions. Lead.

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This occurred to me late. Even when it did, I made the grave mistake of asking permission from others to do so. I laid my dreams at their feet, and they did what people do when you do such – crush it under their feet.

I love what leadership does to people. Both the one leading and the ones led. Good leadership leaves people better.

“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It’s about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell

When you take up leadership positions, you are better suited to identify your strengths and weaknesses. This way, you are better adapted to know what to build on and what to work on.

Leadership gives you exposure. It makes you vulnerable in a good way. It makes you a better person.

Student leadership adds to your credibility. It amplifies your suitability for a role you are applying in school and post-grad.

But if by any choice of yours, you decide taking the lead is not your calling. Please, by no means should you be ignorant or indifferent about the happenings in your immediate environment. Support the ones who are leading. Speak up when you have to. Care enough to do these. It matters that you do.

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” – Woodrow Wilson.

6. Save Some Money.

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Saving as a student can be an uphill task. I know this firsthand. I also know that it is possible. Saving is not so much about how much you put away, but the discipline to consistently put away a predetermined sum or percent. Little drops, they say, make an ocean.

When you save, you would be able to visit places and participate in the activities organized by the associations and fellowship you belong to. These activities are what culminate in giving you a wonderful university (and life) experience.

You meet more people. Travel new places. Learn about others and have others learn about you, too. You see how differently or similarly others do the things you do.

I would love that you live a full life. A life filled with wonderful experiences and beautiful memories. Do not settle for less. If for any reason you do not make the most of these opportunities, it should not be from a lack of finance.

Do the due diligence. Save. You will be glad you were disciplined enough to do so.

7. Learn a trade.

Become an entrepreneur. Make some money – your money, not daddy’s money.

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I hated the word “hustle” because it connoted hardship. I still have not got comfortable with it in my lexicon, but over the years, I have learnt the value of work – to let go of “entitlement mentality.”

Entrepreneurship is the path to financial freedom, and every individual’s financial goal should be some sort of financial freedom.

As a student there are various avenues to create wealth. It’s sad that our country disfavours student employment opportunities such as serving tables, working in shops as some other countries encourage. In these parts of the world, children are introduced early on to work.

This “disadvantage” nonetheless, puts us at an advantage; opens us up to the world of entrepreneurship, what some have defined the route to financial freedom. Contrarily to working for others, if we are open and willing to take up opportunities around us, we work for ourselves.

I would love you to find something you love doing, an innate skill/talent/passion you can develop and derive finance from.

Don’t merely depend on daddy’s money. If you can, your goal should be to liberate yourself from waiting on daddy at ever turn.

Daddy’s money may or may not come through. You know, sometimes, what you deem necessary, daddy may not. This is where your own money comes into play. Whoever said you cannot become your own money boss at a young age. Wait for no one, get to work.


Until next Thursday.

Have you learned anything from #TheLetterSeries so far? I would love to hear your thoughts. And if you find it worth sharing. Please, do not hesitate to share.

Love,

Annie.

Ps: The last part of #TheLetterSeries would be posted next week Thursday. Same day the winner of our month-end giveaway would be announced. I haven’t noticed any entries. Did you try? Did you have any difficulties? I want someone to win the journal.