Think Again

 Iheme Ogechi Linda
Benin City, Nigeria
Gone are the days when men work because they have to feed their families and farther away are the days when people take up jobs because they have to make ends meet. Today, we the young generation have to embrace jobs that give us pleasure and satisfaction. Until we do this, our potentials will not be maximized, our inner strength will remain untapped and our names will leave the earth’s surface without any impact.

Using Nigeria as a case study with over 150 million people, above 60% of these persons are youth and contrary to expectations, majority of them walk around blaming the next person for the country’s backwardness. Many graduate from school looking for jobs and others think of their qualification in school as the only way forward. It is my dream that many youth will think again.



Here is a new trend—“making money while developing the community”- this is called SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Today, many youth want to make money (good desire) but are not interested in making the world a little better than when they found it .In order to synchronize making money with developing our community, it requires that we think of gaps that exist in the community and think of how to fill those gaps i.e. solving the problems. In most instances, the solution you come up with makes the life of the people in your community better and rewards you with money – ‘killing two birds with one stone’.


Many people think that being a social entrepreneur requires them to forget about their academic qualifications but rather it requires you putting into practice both your learning in school and your passion in life. For instance ,a young lady who is passionate about taking care of the people in the community and happens to have read Dentistry in school, need not go take a nanny’s job ,instead, she can think of creating an organization that take basic health care to rural places. When you put together both your academic qualifications and your passion, a great profession emerges. Since people have different passions, we can both study the same course but have different professions .Enough of job monotony!


When you are doing something you are passionate about, you will forever enjoy it i.e. your work (job) becomes a source of pleasure and satisfaction. Imagine being paid for your hobby.


SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP has a lot of advantages, including that the person is self-employed, satisfied, creates jobs for others, above all, there is an impact on the community.


Oh youth, please think again! Our talents cannot just waste because of “white collar jobs”!





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  1. Impressive! the message is so true - not many understand career beyond the mainstream view, and this has left many areas so saturated thereby lowering demand and pay. It is conceded that entrepreneurship and credit flow are mutually exclusive, yet the youth would have to begin by resolving to think differently and in the right direction. When this recipe, i.e, thinking differently and in the right direction is present, the second - credit, can easily be overcome.

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  2. Impressive! the message is so true - not many understand career beyond the mainstream view, and this has left many areas so saturated thereby lowering demand and pay. It is conceded that entrepreneurship and credit flow are mutually inclusive, yet the youth would have to begin by resolving to think differently and in the right direction. When this recipe, i.e, thinking differently and in the right direction is present, the second - credit, can easily be overcome.

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  3. Great idea there Ogechi Linda

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  4. Talk talk talk! Talk is cheap! Any1 can write this but the reality on ground isn't as linda iheme puts it.success in life is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration,they re lots of pple that startd NGOs ,businesses and are no were today! Youths are tired of all this articles and motivational speeches.its either ur article,seminal seeks to empower others instead of motivate or inform or u just shut up! ....ramon

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  5. just as the saying goes, " ask not what your country can do for you but, rather, what you can do for your country". make service an important goal in your life because it is the most fulfilling investment of time. remember, in the twilight of your life, when all is and done, the quality of your life boils down to the quality of your contribution to others. leave a rich legacy for those around you to savour. THANK YOU MEMBERS ALL FOR THE VARIOUS RESPONSES THAT YOU HAVE PUT FORWARD. I REMAIN ODOI PASKARI the DEBATE CONTROLLER

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  6. The need for youths to realize that becoming independent even while in school it's of paramount importance. Looking at your target population and taking advantage of their real needs is the key to success.

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