THE PROBLEM OF LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

“Knowledge is power”. – Francis Bacon.

Imagine a brand new Toyota car, possibly the latest model. This car has not been used for more than 2 weeks. The engine together with other parts of the car is working effectively. This car is set to embark on a seven-hour journey. Just when the driver was about to ignite the car, he noticed that the tank was empty.

The above illustration shows the problem that results from lacking knowledge. The car represents our mind, the fuel represents knowledge, and the seven-hour journey represents the journey to success. If our mind lacks fuel(knowledge), it wouldn’t move an inch in this journey even if other requirements are met. This shows just how instrumental knowledge is in succeeding. If it is really important for success, what then are the demerits or problems that come from a lack of it?

A person who lacks knowledge would not grow. According to Wikipedia, knowledge is the familiarity with something such as skills that contribute to understanding. As the world becomes more sophisticated each passing day, it becomes very important to learn some skills which would help us understand it. The learning of these skills is a form of knowledge acquisition. A person who lacks knowledge would undoubtedly not keep pace with our ever-growing world.

In addition, a lack of knowledge impedes problem-solving. The late Governor of Oyo State once said; “Life is about solving problems. As you solve a problem, another one comes up.”

How true those words are! Knowledge is important in solving problems. The knowledge gained from scientific studies has been used over the years to solve problems involving agriculture, health, housing, communication, transportation and so on. So, another problem that emanates from not acquiring knowledge is the inability to solve real-life problems.

It is also quite important to point out that knowledge makes us more intelligent. The more knowledge we gain and apply in solving problems, the wiser we become. There is an asymmetry between leaders of the world and the intelligent folks – they all strive for knowledge. The heights reached by great men is majorly a result of knowledge acquisition. Unarguably, knowledge is important to be intelligent.

In conclusion, the acquisition of knowledge is very imperative. Lack of knowledge results in not keeping pace with our ever-growing world, inability to solve life’s problems and also being unintelligent. Looking forward to your comment in the comments section.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beatrice and Emmanuel are post-secondary school students. They are dedicated to success in their academics and future careers. They are members of the B2SL Success Hub.

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KNOWLEDGE AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” – Nicolaus Copernicus

Perhaps you must have read that knowledge is the currency of destiny that determines your purchasing power in the marketplace of life. Knowledge saves you from unnecessary frustrations in life. Knowledge also informs the way you respond to certain situations and circumstances in life. Today, we live in a knowledge-driven world. Therefore, wherever you find yourself, you can only be as relevant as the knowledge you have. The interesting thing about knowledge is that anybody can achieve academic success with it. This is because knowledge is what drives our experiences in life. This includes all that you have ever been taught, all that you witnessed or saw, heard, read, or even perceived. 

Academic success has to do with your learning progress and achievements in school/classroom-related activities. But it is important to also note that your academic success is largely dependent on your capacity to acquire, retain and recollect information that is regarded as knowledge. The acquisition of knowledge is also one of the major reasons we go to school. Academic success makes us fulfilled learners or students. 

As students, one of the major reasons we go to school is to acquire functional knowledge that will benefit us and society at large. Former United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan once said: “Knowledge is power, information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” The question is: Do you make use of every situation or circumstance you find yourself in to learn something new or add to your knowledge base? Always bear in mind that everything that happens in and around us adds to the information we have. The pursuit of knowledge is a life-long experience in which academic success is a foundational part.

With academic success being important in our quest for life-long success, we, therefore, have to give our all in acquiring the knowledge needed to achieve it. You must not get confused with the narratives around the country that kind of look down on academic success. Never believe this lie as we are here as B2SL to show you how possible academic success is so you can keep taking your studies seriously.

Please use the comment section to let us know what truly think about academic success in times like these where it seems as though academic success is not worth it. You are also free to ask questions if you have any via the comment section.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Henry Ibrahim is the Content Creator at B2SL. He loves working with young people to help them discover their purpose in life. You can contact him at Ibrahim@b2sl.org.

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STRIVING FOR KNOWLEDGE

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin

According to the Oxford Dictionary, striving means to make a great effort or fight vigorously to achieve or obtain something. After going through the definition of strive, you should by now have an idea of what it means to strive for knowledge. Since knowledge is something you can not do without to achieve success in your academics, career, and life in general, it, therefore, means you have to put in all the effort needed to get knowledge. Knowledge doesn’t just drop on people’s laps, it must be consciously fought for vigorously.

In a computer age like this with knowledge accessible via the internet, it is now possible to get all the knowledge you need with a push of the button on a phone. With so much access to tools for knowledge, there is, therefore, no excuse for not succeeding. Knowledge has never been available around the world at this level. It is therefore on you to take full advantage of this.

The story of Sean Parker, the first president of Facebook, comes to mind at a time like this. In his childhood, Parker was an avid reader, which was the beginning of his lifelong success on Facebook and other businesses like Spotify (an online music streaming company). He was very much given to his school books and many other personal developments and career development books via the internet. He took full advantage of the knowledge that was available to achieve his dreams.

Nothing of real value can be achieved by anyone who does not strive for knowledge. Striving for knowledge will not always be fun, but it will always be worth it years later when you achieve your dreams. Therefore decide today to strive for knowledge like Sean Parker so you too can be among the high fliers in a few years from now.

I would love to hear about how you are striving for knowledge. It will also be great if you have any pointers on the topic. Looking forward to seeing all of that in the comment section.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charles Adimah is an entrepreneur and the Project Manager of B2SL INITIATIVE, where he manages the vision. He is a great believer that a prosperous Nigeria is a product of successful Nigerians. You can reach him via email at charles@b2sl.org.

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THE UNENDING CYCLE OF KNOWLEDGE

“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes”. – Peter Drucker.

According to Wikipedia knowledge is familiarity or awareness, of someone or something, such as facts, skills, or objects contributing to one’s understanding. From the definition, you can see that the ultimate purpose of knowledge is understanding which helps to shape our decision-making. So where does all of this begin from and where is the endpoint? Acquiring knowledge began for you a long time ago if you are reading this blog post. What have you done with the knowledge acquired so far and are you looking at acquiring more or are you tired of knowledge?

With the cycle of knowledge being unending, you will need to improve on your level of knowledge across academics and life in general. Improvement here means you can not relax on what you have known so far and done in the past. This is because there is always something more to know and understand so you can do things better and better at all times. The person who appreciates the unending cycle of knowledge will always be hungry for improvement as seen in successful students and career persons all over the world.

The knowledge that is not challenged over and over again can be mediocre. You can’t say you are focused on acquiring knowledge constantly and be scared or feel uncomfortable when what you know is challenged one way or the other. You cannot say you are very knowledgeable in a particular subject like Mathematics, English, or Economics and be scared to write exams or get uncomfortable when difficult questions are thrown at you. Such challenges will only make you get better and work harder to acquire knowledge.

The volume of knowledge you have will ever be on the rise as you go for more. Whenever you stop going for knowledge, it’s as good as someone who is dying already. Therefore, going for more knowledge should always be your number one drive as this will constantly help fuel your path to success.

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WAYS TO BOOST YOUR BELIEF

 “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to do it” – J.M Barrie.

 

Belief, as we already know, is a strong feeling of confidence that we have, most especially in ourselves. A person with belief knows their worth and value while a person with disbelief will constantly look down on themselves and settle for the lesser results when they deserve something better.

Most, if not all, humans have but one general inclination, that of doubting if they could achieve a task even before embarking on it. A student preparing for an examination may begin to doubt if he would be able to pass. But the power of belief cannot be overemphasized. Attesting to this, Theodore Roosevelt, a one-time president of America once said; ‘Believe you are there, and you are halfway there”. Since belief is instrumental in achieving any feat, it is then important to ask; How can one boost one’s belief?

First and foremost, never get intimidated, rather turn any intimidation into a challenge. Many times, we do not believe in our ability to achieve something simply because we know others who we think are superior to us. A student preparing for an examination may feel overwhelmed because other students in his class are better in certain subjects than he is. This may make his belief begin to dwindle. To boost his belief, he needs to see the intimidation as a challenge that would prepare him to study better and be a better version of himself.

In addition, one cannot just dismiss the power of belief that comes from attempting mini tasks. A footballer who doubts if he would score many football goals in a football competition may decide to first of all practice playing football matches with others. As he does this, he may eventually come to see that he has the potential to score goals. This in turn will boost or give him the confidence needed for the main match.

Be positive. The journey to success is not problem-free. Do expect to cross hurdles. When faced with a challenge, most people keep dwelling on the negative side of that challenge. Do focus on the positive part of the challenge, always realizing that each time you subdue a mountainous problem, you come off stronger.

Benjamin Franklin, An American Polymath, and Political Philosopher once said ” You can do anything you set your mind to” which means we can believe in ourselves if we want to but know that believing in yourself doesn’t mean you won’t encounter problems or challenges on your way to success, only that believing in yourself makes you strong and ready to be able to overcome them.

We look forward to your contributions and questions on the topic for the week so we can talk more about boosting on achieving success.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Beatrice and Emmanuel are post-secondary school students. They are dedicated to success in their academics and future careers. They are members of the B2SL Success Hub.

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WORK ON YOUR BELIEF

“Just as no one can be forced into belief, so no one can be forced into unbelief.” – Sigmund Freud.

If you want to get better at anything, you must work hard because success does not come by wishful thinking. You may not think you are capable enough or have the necessary skills to achieve your goals, but the good news is that you can work on improving your belief and self-confidence. The feeling of inadequacy is not peculiar to you; some of the most successful people also felt the same way, but they worked on their belief system over time even when it didn’t feel like they would succeed.

Successful people work on their mindset by speaking positively about their ability to succeed. People around you and your mind will always want to tell you that you are not good enough based on one or more failures in the past. If you believe that to be correct and keep quiet, the consequences will be negative. You will need to talk down such thoughts by sometimes speaking out loud that you are very much capable of achieving success. Don’t let anyone make you believe that you cannot understand that subject, complex topic, or a new skill.

Successful people can speak up inside and outside when unbelief creeps in because they have learned how to work on their beliefs by reading lots of books and articles like this one. You, too, can follow their step by consistently reading things like B2SL weekly blog posts and other books to help you build your confidence and stay motivated for success.

It’s imperative to note that wherever you are presently is not new under the sun. Other people have been in your shoes in the past and still went on to be successful in their different life pursuits. You can keep working on your belief by reading biographies of successful people. You can see their struggles when they were like you and how they overcame them. Studying other successful people will consistently help you fill your belief bank as their stories will always relate to your journey as they have with mine.

Like our quote rightly says, no one can force you into believing. You will need to consistently work at it yourself because it lies primarily within your power to make it work.

How have you been working on your belief? I will love to get more points from you in the comments section so others can learn from you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charles Adimah is an entrepreneur and the Project Manager of B2SL INITIATIVE, where he manages the vision. He is a great believer that a prosperous Nigeria is a product of successful Nigerians. You can reach him via email at charles@b2sl.org.

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BELIEVING DURING DIFFICULTIES

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walter Disney

It is appropriate that we talk about belief as we begin the second month of this still brand-new year. Perhaps you must have made some decisions and resolutions in the first month, so believing through whatever it may take you to accomplish those goals is what will help you achieve those goals. Be assured that there is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can hinder the firm resolve of a determined soul.

Believing is the act of accepting something as truth. It is conditioning your mind to agree with the possibility of something. In the process of working on your dreams, you will incur a lot of disappointments, a lot of failures, a lot of pains, setbacks, defeat. All you need to do is continue to believe and set your eyes on what you want to achieve or be. Don’t even allow someone’s opinion of you to become your reality. The expression of belief in your dream is the only life you can give to it. You cannot accomplish any worthwhile endeavor with ease. There will undoubtedly be many reasons to stop dreaming and believing in yourself and what you can do. Still, history has proven that such moments are usually indicators of how close you have come to the manifestation of your dream. 

You might have resolved to up your grade or master a course that gives you trouble. In following through with this commitment, you may eventually find out that you don’t have good textbooks, missed some classes, or still may not understand what the teachers teach. The instinct here is usually to back out and consider an alternative. But remember, life itself does not give us what we want or need, but what we deserve. Do you have the courage to demand from life the destiny you deserve? That can only be possible if you truly believe that what you deserve must surely come to reality someday and with the required effort put in place. 

 Walter Disney lost his job for not being creative enough. However, he never stopped believing in himself and his dreams. Walter found the Walter Disney company, a multinational media conglomerate. He once said: “All the adversity I have had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. You may not realize it, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you”. 

My dear friends, keep believing and acting on your dream. All you need is time. I hope to hear inspiring stories from you on how you handled difficult times that might’ve threatened your plan and goals for life. 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Henry Ibrahim is the Content Creator at B2SL. He loves working with young people to help them discover their purpose in life. You can contact him at Ibrahim@b2sl.org.

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BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS

“The thing always happens that you really believe in, and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright.

Australian female tennis star Ash Barty recently fulfilled her childhood dream when she won her third grand slam at the Australian Open. Barty said she would hit the ball against the wall every day for hours after school. She started playing tennis at the age of four and has played in many championships worldwide. At the age of 12, she was playing against adult males. Barty has won three grand slam titles at the 2019 French Open, Wimbledon 2021, and 2022 Australian Open. Barty’s success story today all started with a dream.

It isn’t easy to find anyone who became genuinely successful without a dream in any field of human endeavor. The question that should agitate your mind most is, ‘do I have a dream?’ Do I have something worthwhile to commit my time and energy to become successful? This question is not as easy to answer because we all have different strengths and abilities, and if we try to focus our strengths on our lesser capabilities, failure is not far away. The good thing about this is that dreaming is free for everyone, and you can start right away! For example, you can dream of becoming president of your country, a celebrated sportsman, famous inventor, entrepreneur, philosopher, etc. The list is endless.

Dreaming alone is not a guarantee for success. Most times, you will have many limiting beliefs and negative thoughts and opinions that will creep into your mind telling you that you cannot achieve your goals. Most of these thoughts will come from past experiences, especially in your childhood. For instance, if you grew up in an atmosphere of encouragement and support, you are more likely to have the self-confidence to try new things. But if you grew up in an atmosphere of constant criticism and a lack of opportunity to try things out, you will likely believe that you cannot succeed. It would help if you believed in your dreams.

Luckily, it is possible to challenge and overcome your doubts and succeed. You need first to agree that the things you dream about are possible even if they don’t make sense to you immediately. Usually, your mind will flash thoughts that are possible. If you want to succeed, you must believe in those dreams and start working towards them. You may see yourself creating an app to solve problems, starting a movement for the betterment of humanity, engaging in a societal cause, etc.

The year is still fresh, so it is an excellent time to re-evaluate if you have dreams in the first place and then if you believe in them at all. If you take this step, you will surely be on your way to success.

We’ll be happy to hear your comments or questions in the comments section below.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Besidone Ebule is the Project Director at B2SL, where he works to encourage personal development and build success networks. You can contact him at bessy.ebule@b2sl.org.    

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CAPITALISE ON YOUR STRENGTHS

“Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it was stupid”. – Quote attributed to Amos Dolbear.

Hey guys, I hope you have started 2022 on a clear and focused note. This week, we are going to look at capitalizing on your strengths. I also hope you will be dedicated to your goals enough this year to achieve them.

I love the quote above because it suggests that everyone is a genius in some way, including you! You don’t have to undervalue yourself or have poor self-esteem because you believe you are not good enough. Instead, you should identify your strengths and capitalize on them so you can shine to the world. Have you ever wondered how easy it is for birds to fly or fish to swim? Have you ever wondered why monkeys like bananas or dogs like bones? It is always fascinating to see how different species shine in their natural environment.

 Have you ever wondered how Ronaldo or Messi became so skillful in football, how Tiger woods became so good at golf, or how athletes like Usain Bolt can run so fast? How about the other boys and girls in your class who seem to have a unique ability to understand certain subjects? I remember once in Junior Secondary School when our Mathematics teacher introduced simultaneous equations. He asked if anyone knew how to solve it. My friend raised his hand, went straight to the board, and solved the equation. The whole class stared at this boy in disbelief because not one of us knew anything about a simultaneous equation. He became the teacher’s favorite student, as would be expected. If you give me a simultaneous equation to solve today, I will still need to consult a Junior Secondary Mathematics textbook to find examples to guide me! But because I cannot solve simultaneous equations does not make me useless or stupid.  

Our society often pressures us to conform to pre-set ideas of success. E.g., you must be a lawyer, doctor, engineer, IT specialist, etc., to succeed. Some of you might already be facing pressures because of the choice of course to study. However, irrespective of the pressures you face from society, you can only be you and succeed at conveniently doing things you can do. You must realize that you can successfully do just anything in this world. So you have to look at the areas you are good at and focus your energies on them for you to be outstanding. The only way you can do that is to analyze yourself, note your abilities and strengths, and then capitalize on them.

Don’t waste your time trying to do everything or what others do. Don’t go into singing, coding, or medicine because you see others succeeding. Like the quote above, if you ask a fish to climb a tree, it will never do so even if you provided ladders. The fish will fail to rise and lose self-confidence because it is not in its natural habitat. In the same way, there are vocations or professions that you should avoid because they are going to make you lose confidence and become miserable. Focus on what makes you look like a star so you can shine brighter.

If you are finding it hard to determine what you are good at, ask those around you, or reach out to us to assist you, and we’ll be more than happy to work it out with you.

I will be happy to hear your comments or questions in the comments section below.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Besidone Ebule is the Project Director at B2SL, where he works to encourage personal development and build success networks. You can contact him at bessy.ebule@b2sl.org.

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BE DEDICATED TO YOUR GOALS

“By doing something repeatedly, one’s mind becomes sharper. It teaches dedication.” – Shriya Saran.

Who can believe we’ve already started a new year? Well, that’s how it is with the passing of time! We wish you a happy and prosperous new year from B2SL. 2021 was indeed a year with many milestones, and we are so glad that you made it to the new year. If you feel like you did not reach your goals in 2021, don’t worry about the past, this new year offers another opportunity to strategize afresh and conquer. We hope to inspire you to succeed in 2022 with your permission.

Our value focus for January is dedication. It is a good time of the year to talk about it because most people usually write new year’s resolutions in January or promise to follow through with their dreams, goals, and vision. You may have heard of the practice or even engaged in it yourself. Sadly, the statistics have revealed that over 90% of people who make new year resolutions ditch them before the middle of February forever. If ten people made a new year resolution, only one would stick to it! The question then would be, did you keep the ones you made last year? If not, how do you intend to keep the ones you may have made or will make this year?

Resolutions or goals are not bad because they give you a sense of direction and tell you if you are on track to success. Imagine if you had a game of football without a goal post! The players would just be running around the field aimlessly for 90 minutes without achieving anything. In the same way, when you have goals you are chasing, such as finishing a book, gaining admission, learning a new skill, etc., they help you to be focused. A person who has a goal is better than a person who has none. So, we encourage you to have achievable goals and write them down. However, you must understand that success is more than just writing down on paper.

For you to achieve any goal, you must be dedicated. The Cambridge dictionary defines dedication as the willingness to give a lot of time and energy to something because it is crucial. Most people underestimate the process of success. Whether learning a new skill, going to university, or completing a book, the process is the same. It would help if you committed time and energy to achieve them. 

As you start this year 2022, don’t just shoot aimlessly; instead, ensure that you have goals that you are willing to spend time and energy on. That is the only way to succeed. If you follow this principle, you will be smiling at the end of the year.

What are your goals this year? Are you ready to give them time and energy? If you are not prepared to do that, we advise you to reconsider your plans.

We are always here to help at B2SL. Let us know if you have any issues, comments, or questions about this topic in the comments section below.

Happy new and prosperous year once again.

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