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In the journey of life, we all have goals and desires we wish to accomplish. In other to bring the desires and goals into fulfilment, you must sharpen your skills. I mean those abilities lying inside you. It has been well said, "until you believe in yourself and your ability (skill) you won't believe in your future". This book gives a detailed and practical approach on how you can sharpen your skills and work your way to success in life. The book will also teach you how to become an outstanding entrepreneur. Therefore, make no mistake about your skills. There are so many things you can engage yourself in that would, in turn, increase your financial status into an incredible position; most of which lies low in you. Fortunately, by reading this book you are on the right track. The Part A was creatively written to let you understand that there is nothing you cannot achieve if you believe in yourself, while Part B consists of detailed information on the latest money-making skills and businesses for everybody. Every chapter of this book contains imaginable solutions to the disruptive challenge of lives. You will certainly agree with me as you read through the pages of this book over and over again. Then you will come to know the true magnificence that awaits you as your skills are sharpened.
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A Panacea for Unemployment
Ugoaru Chinaeme B.
Copyright © 2018 by Ugoaru Chinaeme B.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In the journey of life, we all have goals and desires we wish to accomplish. In other to bring the desires and goals into fulfillment, you must sharpen your skills. I mean those abilities lying inside you. It has been well said “until you believe in yourself and your ability (skill) you won’t believe in your future”.
This book gives a detailed and practical approach on how you can sharpen your skills and work your way to success in life. The book will also teach you how to become an outstanding entrepreneur. Therefore, make no mistake about your skills. There are so many things you can engage yourself in that would in turn increase your financial status into an incredible position; most of which lies low in you.
Fortunately, by reading this book you are on the right track. The Part A was creatively written to let you understand that there is nothing you cannot achieve if you believe in yourself, while the Part B consists of detailed information on the latest money making skills and businesses for everybody. Every chapter of this book contains imaginable solutions to the disruptive challenge of lives. You will certainly agree with me as you read through the pages of this book over and over again. Then you will come to know the true magnificence that awaits you as your skills are sharpened.
Ben Okeanu Jr.
(CEO OKB Chambers)
To my lovely parents;
Mr. DANIEL UGOARU and Mrs. ANNA UGOARU
To my awesome siblings; Anthony, Dominic and Gift
To youths who want to make impact and change the world better than they met it.
And to those who dedicate their time in empowering the youths.
I wish to express my profound gratitude to God Almighty for his guidance and protection throughout the course of writing this book. I express my heartfelt gratitude to my lovely parents Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Ugoaru for their indefatigable assistance, support and encouragement. My special thanks go to Mr. Akinsimoye Samuel O. and Mr. Ezeome Stanley who took pains to edit this book.
I cast a vote of thanks to my benefactor and father in the Lord Rev. Fr. Prof. Obiefuna Boniface on whose incomparable, uncommon and extraordinary benevolence made this book a reality. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to my uncles especially Mr. Bright Ugoaru and Mr. Joseph Odimba for their support. I extend my regards to Mr. Ben Okeanu for his assistance in the course of writing this book.
I am deeply indebted to all my friends as well as tutors for their moral, educational, spiritual and social support. I appreciate greatly the help of Comr. Obi Innocent, Uzoechi Esther, Hon. Ifeanyi Dike, Obota Solomon, Aunty Uche Ofia, Onukwe Chijioke, Austin Ijeoma, Odo Kingsley, Udeabor Chijioke and others that may have not been mentioned, for their various contributions in bringing this book to light. May God reward them all in abundance.
It is very refreshing and motivating to come upon a book like the one in your hands. This book titled ‘Skill Sharpening: A Panacea for Unemployment’ is an inspiring effort by the author to meaningfully contribute to the empowerment of Nigerian youths. I make bold to say that the publication of this book is in tandem with the vision of entrepreneurship which among other things is to create employment for the youth. Therefore, this book comes to the limelight in a good time particularly, now that there is urgent need to provide solutions to the bewildering problems of unemployment and economic recession in the contemporary Nigerian state.
I commend the author Ugoaru Chinaeme for his creative and inspirational sagacity in writing this book. The contents of this book are well structured to prove the fact that the author is conscious of the problem of youth unemployment in Nigeria and that, he is passionate at offering possible and plausible solutions targeted at stemming the tide. This, however, is premised on objective study of skill development and sharpening. The author did a good job by interrogating youths and their practices in contemporary society and bringing out the templates for preventing, managing and resolving unemployment problems.
Two themes paramount in this book are like two legs on which we humans walk in life. The first is a sense of personal worth, which is the backbone of human identity and the essential foundation of success and happiness in life. The second is a sense of personal responsibility. We either accept a personal responsibility for our lives, by owning our actions and reactions. Or we blame them on others. Owners get in touch with their own inner spaces. Blamers suffer a kind of human exhaustion in their persistent avoidance of responsibility. They seriously limit their potential, self-knowledge; they never get to know themselves.
I recommend this book as a toolkit for sharpening skills especially for youths as they face the challenge of unemployment. It is highly recommended to all both for its inspiring significance, its literary contents, its relevance to Nigerian society and the human interests that it engenders. Don’t let the riches of this book be lost.
DR. IKENNA UMEANOLUE
Department Religious and Human Relations
Faculty of Arts
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
Albert Einstein, the greatest thinker that ever lived, was told by a Munich schoolmaster that he would “Never amount to anything much”. Yet this man rose to be great in life! He used criticism and failures as bridges to – and not barricades to – success! A man lost his job after being queried by his boss in the office. Next morning, his body was found hanging on a tree near the factory. He committed suicide because he thought he was a failure! He could not separate failure from mistakes as events from himself as a person. Never forget that failure is not a person; failure is an event! Elbert Hubbard confirms it further: “There is no failure in longer trying”.
Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it! In addition, life can be great, if you are. The way you see life controls the way you experience it. Life is neither sweet nor bitter, it is neither good nor bad; it all depends on how we live it. The quality of a man’s life is determined by his everyday living – you create your world. The summation of your thoughts, words, actions, reactions, inactions, relationships, beliefs and activities, make up your life.
Life becomes worth living when you live it worthily. There are many people looking for beauty and willing to cross the wildest ocean, climb the highest mountain and pay the highest price to have fulfillment in life. We need not to pay such an exorbitant price. The only price of meaningfulness in life is to sharpen the abilities in you (your skills), and be the best of who you are and what you do.
Life is the soil, we are the farmers, and our actions are the seeds. Life is interesting for those who are interested in living. It is boring for those who are bored of living. The giver receives whatever he wants in life. The peaceful man enjoys all the peace he desires in life. The diligent man reaps the fruit of his labour; the humble man gets all the labour he needs. That’s just what life is. Life is what we make it to be for us. It is a choice and not a consequence and will always remain so.
You have this book because I looked around the world, and saw it was covered by unemployment and scorched by fierce poverty. I developed the mind to find the cause and proffer solutions to mitigating it. I therefore found one law, the law of skill sharpening and enterprise culture for one to be able to work his or her way to success. And I taught of writing this book which will help students/youth, whether rich or poor learned or unlearned to find within themselves the source of all success, all happiness, all accomplishments and all truth. The thought remained with me, at last became substantial; and now I send it forth in the world on its mission of developing the inbuilt skills of youths as a panacea to unemployment
UGOARU CHINAEME B. (SOLICITOR)
SHARPENING YOUR SKILLS – THE BEST YOU CAN GIVE YOURSELF!
As patriots, it is good we assess behaviours for an uncommon impact on the well being of our youths. Anything that is beneficial to our future such as skill sharpening, decency, discipline, hard work, etc., it is good to recommend them. Likewise, when a thing is harmful or deadly to our future such as unsharpened skill, indecency, indiscipline, etc., it is equally good we discourage them, and as much as possible, put an end to such acts.
Let us look into the actual meanings of skill:
❖ Skill is the learned ability to carry out a task with predetermined results often with stated time, energy or both.
❖ It could be defined as an ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carry out complex activities or job functions involving ideas.
❖ The simple definition of skill is the ability to do something that comes from training, experience or practice. It could also be referred to as “developed attitude or ability”.
❖ Therefore, the ability to expand one’s competence, excellence in performance, expertise and dexterity in skill acquisition is termed sharpening of skill.
Classification of Skills
› Personal Skills: These are also known as foundation skills. They are skills required for daily needs majorly based on one’s thought and personal qualities, which are marketable.
› Motivated Skill: These include those things that one loves doing (that is, things one enjoys doing naturally).
› Transferable Skills: These are also called functional skills. They can be transferred from one occupation or person to another. These skills are applicable and more relevant in the world of technology or computer literacy because they are useful in more than one kind of job.
However, I want you to consider discipline as refining fire by which skills and talent become ability. I seriously doubt that there has never been an undisciplined person who turned a champion regardless of his/her field of endeavour. Sharpening your skills will make you to be intellectually awake. It will keep filling your mind with those things, which stimulate you intellectually. Read, study and discover more about the world in which you live through sharpening your skills. Every day is filled with possibilities if you sharpen your skills. As you are sharpening your skills, you are at the same time working hard on your personal presentation. Remember an axe man never loses time to sharpen his axe. Take time to hone and re-hone the abilities in you. “There is no labor a man can do that is undignified if he does it right” (Bill Cosby). When you are in a tough situation, ask yourself the question: How can I use this situation or condition to my advantage? Find out those skills/abilities you are good at and work on them, they are the raw materials with which you can discover your talent.
What a sharpened and an unsharpened skill can result to:
✓ Unsharpened skill crawls while sharpened skill will bring out your personal best (PB)
✓ Unsharpened skill turns life into a burden while sharpened skill turns burdens into smooth life
✓ Sharpened skill will accelerate you to your top gear in life while unsharpened skill will keep you crawling in life.
It is time for you to make the right choice. Do you choose to accelerate your top gear or to keep crawling? Do not envy the abilities or skills of others. Make use of your own abilities by sharpening them. Everyone has skills inbuilt in them, waiting to be sharpened. You cannot estimate how far you can go until you have discovered and begun sharpening your skills. Remember, you are born naked but not empty.
How to Sharpen Your Skills
It is a tough road to the top but the result is well worth it. There has never been a truly successful person who has had it all handed to him or her. You have to slug it out. At this juncture, I want you to have the mindset of ‘I am personally responsible for my own success or failure’. God Himself emphasizes this “But remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth...” (Deuteronomy 8:18, NIV). Hence, stop putting the blame on others. I want to let you know that God has endowed you with great skills. It is now left for you to make good use of the skills by sharpening them. My dear, believe in yourself for you have a unique skill. You are marked for greatness. So, stop incapacitating your skill, ability, talent and person as a whole. To sharpen your skill, you have to learn how to be lateral in thinking, which means giving solution to problems through an indirect and creative approach. My dear, I want you to snap out of seeing the problems; instead, sharpen the skill (potential) in you. Self development is very essential in sharpening of skill. It has been well said, “Until you believe in yourself, your ability and skill, you will not believe in your future”. My dear, listen; if you keep on telling yourself that the reason you have to crawl down the road of life is the tough deals you have received from others, you will never get anywhere. Do not hesitate to start small and end big. Do not neglect the little things of life. Often, it is not the wrong start but the wrong stop that makes the difference between success and failure, sharpened skill and unsharpened skill.
No quitting in sharpening your skill. You have to persevere. To quit when you are ahead would be silly. To quit when you are behind is even sillier. The trouble with most of us is that we stop trying in trying times. Few people travel the road of success without a puncture or two. It is always too soon to quit. If you encounter difficulty, do not change your decision to go but change your direction to get there. Failure is delay but not defeat; it is an opportunity to retry. As I said earlier, quitting is not allowed in skill sharpening but perseverance. I mean, you have to persevere.
Let us consider some great men who persevered despite challenges, who instead, sharpened their skills:
› Plato wrote the first sentence of his famous Republic nine different ways before he was satisfied.
› Cicero practiced speaking before his friends every day for thirty days to perfect his elocution.
› Noel Webster laboured thirty-six years writing his dictionary.
› Gibbons spent twenty-six years on his “decline and fall of Roman empire”.
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