I hear the heart breaking words almost on a daily basis; ‘I don’t have a job…. My spouse does not have a job…” Over dependence on formal employment is a major cause of suffering on the African continent, pushing up the levels of dependence beyond manageable levels. Everyone has a personal goldmine, a genius that lays deep within us and like gold, needs to be dug out, cleaned up and made ready for use. Each person’s goldmine is different since we are all unique and we have been shaped by different life situations.
Sam is the 23-year old son of a family friend. He is crazy about soccer. Many are the times the windows of his parents’ house suffer cracks because of Sam’s over enthusiasm with the game. For him, every free moment is a chance to enjoy what he loves most; playing soccer. Just about anything can serve as a ball to him, hence the damage to his parents’ beautiful house. He has been struggling with academics and has already changed courses at the university 3 times and there is no sign that he will graduate in the near future.
A personal goldmine is that something that you do effortlessly, that you can do 24/7 without feeling like you are working.
“Do what you love and the money will follow.” – Marsha Sinetar
“Do what you love and the necessary resources will follow.” – Peter McWilliams
Most of us live our entire lives doing things and working in careers that our parents and friends have told us to do, not taking time to know what our talents and passions are. In some cases children who discover and insist on following their talents are seriously discouraged by people close to them including teachers, parents and siblings. Some are harassed and called disobedient and disrespectful. We have allowed others to tell us what is possible and what is not. Fear has been instilled in us that if we do not follow the traditional career path, we shall fail. We have allowed fear to hold us back and keep us in a life that does not give us fulfillment and happiness.
The job market is shrinking by the day and more and more people are finding themselves pushed out of jobs before they are ready. Many find themselves endlessly chasing jobs that no longer exist. It is time to rise up and give ourselves permission to awaken the genius that is buried deep within us. It is time to mine that gold that is buried somewhere within us, buried by the messages that we have been fed since we were little. The number 1 need in Africa is the need for self reliance. We are sinking under the weight of a culture that is destroying us. A small percentage of the population are in employment and they are being crushed by the burden of dependents who are out of employment. The employed people can barely make ends meet so they are relying on borrowing in order to cope with the unrealistic demands. It is time to tap into our personal genius and let it work for us. Maybe your genius is music or sports. It might be something that is not all that apparent as it could be hidden in plain sight. We will work with you to help you remove all the clutter that has covered your goldmine over the years and empower you to rise up and be great as you lead with your talent. Maybe you used to be a creative writer or an artist and you have no idea how you can monetize your talent. That is where we as mentors come in, to shorten your learning curve.
Are you 100% satisfied with the life you’ve got? Is your job fulfilling or you hold on to it simply because you have to pay your bills? Could you do with a secondary stream of income? It is time to harness your brilliance so that you can live a full life.
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Marc Anthony
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Susan Catherine Keter is Personal Development Mentor with Sagesse Mentors, a network marketing professional and a blogger. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Financial.Literacy.Africa/?pnref=lhc Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanCatherineK