Hard work pays with the currency of joy while street life pays with tears

By Paul Ojeka

Joining some clandestine groups instead of activating the spirit of hard work and perseverance leads to a highway to the grave. The young ones who pick up arms and engage in robbery have no reason for their antisocial behaviour.

Girls with youthful energy and beauty who dream away their time in profligate social lives at the red light crescent have no reason for their satanic exploits of prostitution. After all, a couple of days back, some bevies who participated in the Calabar Miss Climate and African Beauty smiled home with some clean cash – such award was borne out of their distinguished feminine qualities – beauty in character and physique. We have the Genivieve, Agbani Darego et al who have made it through hard work.

I know of a chap who confined himself in his bush village, engaged himself in agriculture – this he did in pain, in the rain and sun. He did not doubt his brain, neither did he feel that his hands are too weak to sit down and expect his saving grace to come down from heaven or from the works of the hands of his parents who were non-existent.

Even though he had kith and kin in big places in the city as army generals, accountants, successful business men, he refused to allow the prevailing winds of unfavourable socioeconomic condition to send him to the streets. By dint of hard work and determination, his small animal rearing business got enlarged; his food crops farm which boomed that year, put money in his pocket.

In this case, why must he dream away his time on the streets in the guise of rejection or crying over the darkness instead of lighting a candle? His dream which was almost aborted by poverty in pecuniary terms became a reality. From the funds he got as return on investment in his farm inputs catapulted him to pursue his first degree. While in school, his struggle to overcome all the forces that stood left, right and centre continued.

He was committed to his academic pursuit. With every passage of day, he ensures that he does at least one thing to improve himself or add value to the life of at least a student. Sometimes, he will assemble some of his mates and engage them in a “mini-self-help-teaching and learning encounter”.

At the end of the day, he was earning money from this service which he initially felt was a voluntary service or a hobby. Here, it is obvious that he discovered a means to activate the power of plus factor in him which enabled him to realize that everybody has various means of wealth creation within and not on the street or in any charity organisation.

Guess where this hard working lad is today; he has climbed to the upper rung of the social ladder. A person who would have remained on the street constituting nuisance to the society, and maybe would have got his legs broken by security agents, now swims in an ocean of affluence.

In a nutshell, hard work and perseverance is the key to success and not STREET LIFE.

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