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Why Your Academic Papers are your Biggest Enemy

 This message goes out to you all who have graduated, those who will graduate soon and later and all that are sponsoring them (parents, guardians and NGOs). The biggest lie that you have been told is that if you have the academic ‘papers’, you stand a greater chance of making it in life. You really need to think again, because that advice is as outdated as Nokia 3310!

Makerere University Students in a Past function organized by The Innovation Village
Makerere University Students in a Past function organized by The Innovation Village

The Unthinkable!

We see most guardians and parents and everyone sponsoring children to learn doing the unthinkable: stopping their investment in their education immediately they graduate! The push is to go out there and get a job. And do you know what the sponsored students do? They do the most unthinkable thing on earth: They stop learning! Somehow someone has told them that learning has to be official, it has to be examined and it has to be certified!!!

While we understand the burden of education, we also need to understand that the market is looking for more than just a paper.

Beyond the Papers

Attitude is vital in all aspects of life. Positive attitude for knowledge while in school as opposed to negative attitude could lead you to learn more and be able to understand and apply the knowledge in future. When you’re positive and curious you find a lot of interesting things to learn and do.

Thomas Edison said “I have not failed; I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” I love his attitude: he wasn’t limited by his failure. If we all possess that kind of attitude and stop giving excuses then I believe our nation will not remain the same. We shall have a lot of innovations. A lot of our good people give up pretty so soon. Young men and women have given up pretty soon for various reasons; we have lots of school dropout that many of them even forget how to read and write!!

[blockquote author=”Thomas Edison”]”I have not failed;

I’ve just found 10,000

ways that won’t work.”[/blockquote]

Relentlessness

Prudence Ukkonika the producer of Bella Wine is another good example. She relentlessly worked and made Bella Wine from nothing to now a household brand and a multi-million business. Her revenue is close to Half a Billion Shillings. She also exports her wine to other countries. Prudence had to go back to school to pursue a BBA and majored in management so as to manage her business well. She went to study or get knowledge of what is relevant to what she discovered later in life, which is business. Having same mind with her son, he also did BBA and majored in accounting. She is ever doing research and upgrading her product. Her story was reported in New Vision and Monitor newspapers, the leading local dailies in Uganda. She was also featured on NBS Tv in Uganda.

The relentless always win. We’re born with the universe’s best computer inside our head and should spend much time feeding it with useful information. The mind if put to it will handle. I learn this from neuroscience, neurogenesis and neuroplasticity.

Talent won’t mean much if there is no discipline, positive volition but above all endurance.

Academic Papers
Makerere University Students in a Past function organized by The Innovation Village

On to Self Education

[blockquote author=”Kayondo Moses”]”Having certificates does not translate to having knowledge. Seek knowledge and let certificates be a secondary issue”.[/blockquote]

Ordinary people spend a lot of time on things that don’t build them or on things that they have no influence about while extraordinary people spend much time building themselves interacting with great minds through books. No wonder they even have big home libraries. Most successfully people I know have positive attitude to learning always.

From Taxi Conductor to Bank Manager

A friend of mine told me about his friend who had really a rough time while going through school. He didn’t have money for school fees and upkeep. There was virtually nobody in his family circle well off enough to help him further his studies. So he resorted to manual labor, including working as a taxi conductor while at university to pay his tuition and other needs. But notice the driving principle behind him getting the manual work: To pay off school fees! This could teach so many who are looking for jobs just for the sake of getting a pay. This man had a purpose that propelled him to do whatever was deemed necessary to have it done: Get an education.

To cut the long story short this guy became one of the Stanbic Bank Managers in Kampala. His endurance paid off. He is now and inspiration to many.

Knowledge is power, I like this slogan ‘The advantage of knowing’ I believe it; you always have an advantage when you know. Knowing brings liberty, progress in an individual’s life, family, community up to the national level.

Literacy can be a great vessel to take you from hopelessness to a place of hope and light.

You just have to know how to use that vessel. Many have used it. Having certificates does not translate to having knowledge. Seek knowledge and let certificates be a secondary issue. A lot of folks have papers but very little knowledge. Their focus is just to get through the system and get the paper, that is why we have a lot of schooled but with no purpose in life.

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