LIFE 101


Most of the years we spend within the four walls of the school environment were spent learning theories of how things work. How to analyze, solve problems given a few clues [symptoms], calculate, and read.

However, when we finally leave the confines of those walls; we discover that we have spend one-third of our lives not preparing for the present simply because the school curriculum does not make provision for people-skills, time-management, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship, financial intelligence, et al.

We start school afresh once we step into the real world and the courses are very systematic because we take the examinations first, then the lesson; the direct opposite of the school we have been used to. Life is more that just a set of classes and some library of books, far bigger than what we have been made to believe.

Great men/women of the world had just one thing in common; we never hear of their academic excellence- rather, we hear of what they did outside the walls of the school. I am not disputing the fact that school helps us early in life to think, read & write; but after a while, the same school becomes a limitation because they can only push you so far.

When your thinking gets bigger than the school, it threatens to change the curriculum they have been used to; and as such, you will have to conform to school’s standards or set a new standard somewhere else. That is exactly what great men/women of the world have done in times past. While the times have changed, the curriculum haven’t.

This is a challenge to take education to the next level-PRACTICALS! everything written in the books we read were written by some people who tried out these things; it only suffice to say that this generation should lift those writings off the pages and into the history books by discovering new breakthroughs in engineering, computing, biotechnology, agriculture, arts, e.t.c

Research and development is the only way schools can function optimally, it is the bedrock of any developed country, they keep inventing and patenting because it is a culture. Embrace the culture of continuous learning and improvement. Nothing in LIFE is in its final state yet, it can always get better, there is always a new update to download, a newer version to install.

LIFE 101 is this- LIFE IS PROGRESSIVE [never stagnate, keep learning, keep discovering because it is a life-long journey]

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