I should say this in this my blog because the situation is getting out of hand in real terms. As we know unemployment is rises every day in this country and no matter what the politicians try to do for the economy, it seems not to be getting better. The only people that seems to be having some benefits from democracy and some good government policies are the entrepreneurs in different sectors. Even people who have jobs already can’t seem to hold on to those jobs. I feel that the reason for the rise in unemployment and the rise in the number of people not able to hold on to their jobs is as a result of diminishing capacity- similar to the law of diminishing returns in economics. Let me explain; as the world is filled with more and more technology, there is now more than one way to get a particular thing done. The world is advancing in almost every area every single day and for those who can’t keep up, those are left behind. It is called NATURAL SELECTION in biology- the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring. The theory of its action was first fully expounded by Charles Darwin, and it is now regarded as be the main process that brings about evolution. Most often this is what we the lay people call survival of the fittest.
Everywhere you find yourself is an avenue to learn and better yourself. Sharpening your skills is the only way to survive in this harsh and ever changing world. There should be no place you step into that you can’t learn something from. As a young person and fresh graduate; either a university graduate or a you just finished secondary school, you should constantly build your personal capacity by constantly looking for opportunities to learn and practice what you already know. If you are working in an office or any establishment, you shouldn’t just be working nine to five for the pay at the end of the month. You should put yourself in position to learn enough to be able to start such company anywhere in the world; learn to lift technology.
The Chinese and Indians spent a better part of the 20th century being servants and working menial jobs in the western world but as the 21st century dawned, we see these same Asians ruling the world’s economy in technology and manufacturing. They spent those years not just working for pay but gathering experience and building capacity; capacity to build and manage similar systems in their country.
How Then Do You Build Capacity?
You can build capacity anywhere you find yourself. You can do it the old-fashioned way by reading books and more books about what you want to spend your life doing like I already said in one my previous posts titled Educate Yourself. And this is a simple way because if you don’t have access to the kind of books you need, you have a mobile phone which is the remote control to access the unlimited resources available on the internet.
Another way is that if you are already working in an establishment no matter how small, all you have to do is observe. Just open your eyes and observe how things are done don’t just go to work and do your job and get paid at the end of the month, get close to the bosses, ask questions (some employees might be skeptical about you but if you humble yourself most bosses don’t mind teaching you what they know). Your watch word when you go to work every day is to learn something new about that office that day. Observe and document what you observe. Interact with everyone from every department, make more friends in and around your working environment, don’t stop gathering information. Only then can you build your capacity to raise and manage similar facility and be self-sufficient in your income or rise higher in your career. You shouldn’t ask for a promotion in your workplace except you know you have the capacity to handle the bigger office. Do you have what it takes? If not, build your capacity every day.
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