Friday, 18 May 2018

29. Money


Oh yes, let us talk about money today.

Money - one of the reasons why we study to get that qualification; that drives us to work; that gets us so passionate about holding those big positions that the world has already taught us are high-paying positions.

The fuss about money is understandable. I mean we need money to live in this world, right? We need to be able to afford to live. We need to be able to buy food, clothes, afford a house to live in, afford a car that will take us where we need to get to and back any time (more especially when public transport disappoints us at times). We just want to be able to afford anything we want and need without limitation. Trust me - I know. I've been in financial trouble long enough and was so close to being in poverty. It's frustrating.

But here is my concern: the danger of running after money.

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If you recall from my blog post #16 - Quitting, you will remember that I mentioned quitting the journey to being a chartered accountant. I'm sure, like many others, you probably think I'm crazy, because that is one of the most respected positions - mainly because of the financial benefits that come with it (over and above the expertise).

Here's the thing: If I continued with post-graduate studies and the 3 year articles to eventually become a chartered accountant, I would have limited myself in terms of the things I wanted to do with my life. I would have restricted my 3 years to the life of a trainee in pursuit of being a chartered accountant. I would have been miserable, and I'm not talking about anyone else, hey? I'm talking about me, because I know the person that I am and what I want in life. There are so many things I want to do with my life, and restricting myself from doing them is exactly what would have made me miserable.

The other issue I feel very strongly about is how efficient we are expected to be in these high-paying positions. I've witnessed, from personal experience and observation, that high-paying positions can be demanding and stressful, both of which are not good for anyone's health. It took 2 anxiety attacks before I could realise that the money I was earning at the time is not worth more than my health and life. I was simply not trained and equipped enough to handle the job.

I am now a trainee accountant (not to become a chartered accountant but a professional accountant), and it is such a huge privilege as I have exposure to so much experience. I am learning at a pace good enough for me to understand the work of a professional accountant. It is the kind of work I was passionate about ever since I was exposed to Accounting in high school. It is the job I had always wanted. I am also doing what I've always wanted to do with my life on the side - pursuing and investing on my artistic side as an editor, writer and sketch artist.

You see, there are things that make me who I am that I have realised I cannot neglect, because they are part of who I am, they make me who I am - my unique self. I would not have been satisfied with my life if I limited myself or waited some years until I become the chartered accountant that I don't aspire to be. If I continued, who knows how many more times I would have failed, and while that happens, I would have been losing my years, and how then would I have had the time to perfect my editing and writing, my sketching. They are very much tied to who I truly am and my purpose, and when I live my purpose, joy and happiness are guaranteed forever!

Big money will come in due time. The trick is to embrace and enjoy the process of getting there, understanding and appreciating the value of money and life.

P.S: You can check out my other work on my EditorScoop blog. You can also check Mpilo Publishing on Facebook and on Instagram (@mpilopublishing).

Thanks so much for your time and consideration. I trust you enjoyed that, but most importantly that it shed some light.

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Until next time. Take care.

Friday, 11 May 2018

28. Tme: one of the most precious resources




I was waiting on a train around past 6 am! Yep! We make time, even for selfies. See, if we can make time for selfies so early in the morning, surely we can make time for anything we put our mind into.
There's this very common saying that "time is money".Ok, it's emphasis on how important time is - I get it. I really wonder, though, if we realise how precious the time we are given is.

Consider this for a minute: regardless of how you spend your time, you will never be able to get those minutes/ hours back. You can't take that time you didn't spend doing something productive, and add it on the days that you need it the most.

The most fascinating thing I discovered about myself quite recently is how much I always want to keep busy, and how when there are things I need to do, I do them as soon as possible. I'm so fast,  every time there is something to do, I jump to it as if I'm the only person that can do it, as if I cannot do it another time, as if my life will end tomorrow.

There are so many things I'm doing in my life: if I'm not engaging in church-related duties, sleeping or eating, I'm doing my full-time job, and even in between there are other things I do when I allow myself.

Here's a glimpse on what I do on a daily basis: on my way to work and back (on the train and taxi), I'm reading a book or the bible. If I'm not reading, I'm preparing for a social media post on the spot for this blog on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Student-talk-blog-For-learners-and-students-496094020519505/) and Instagram. If not that, then I'm preparing a post on the Facebook page of the new freelance business (https://www.facebook.com/simthaservices/ ) and on the Instagram account (@mpilopublishing). After work when at home, I'd start a blogpost, start/ finish off a sketch or edit written work for a client. Most of the time when at home, I'd rather just chill with my mom and brother, more especially when supper has been prepared and ready. I cannot be busy during that time, because that is the only time, other than weekend, that I spend with them. Otherwise, I'd be busy doing any of the things I've mentioned above.

Where do I have the time to do all these things? I'm sure you can tell from what I've just shared that I actually make time. I've realised that when I want to do something, I make time for it. As much as there is time needed to relax and rest, I understand that there is no room for laziness.

I trust you enjoyed that. If there's one thing I'd really love for you to get out of this blogpost is the fact that you can do anything that you put your mind to. You can have control over your life.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

27. Employability: a qualification alone might not be enough - part 2

The result when we steal a moment to take a picture: either early morning or during lunch - CAN'T POSE because inside office, because serious environment (lol)!

On the first blogpost about employability , I shared the fact that there are graduate attributes and skills that we ought to have as students over and above our academic knowledge. There is one other thing that greatly contributes to employability that was not addressed: training.

It is very fortunate that there are courses that incorporate training/ work experience in which the knowledge gained is applied during tertiary studies. However, there are other courses that do not incorporate training during studies, and students are expected to complete training after completing tertiary studies instead. The most unfortunate thing in this case, which I had witnessed and experienced, is the fact that employers expect results. It is as though they forget that as graduates, we come straight from tertiary and are not familiar with the work environment and its demands.

When graduates undergo training, they are still learning. It has to be understood that patience is needed from both the trainee and employer: there has to be patience on the side of the employer in that the trainee should have freedom to ask anything and as much as needed, because they are still learning. There has to be patience and respect on the side of the trainee as well, in that the graduate must understand that the employer is also running a business and that he/she must deliver to his/ her respective clients.

It boils down to this: what is favourable to both the trainee and employer. The trainee most likely wants to gain as much experience and understanding of what they are doing as much as possible so that he/she becomes efficient and excels in the field of work. The employer most likely wants to run the business and succeed. Where do we find the balance?

What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks so much for your time and consideration. Until next time. :)