All successful men and women in Africa have one thing in common: optimism. In this optimism, there is one story of hard work, risk taking and sacrifice to tell. Have you tried reading their stories, asking them how they came to where they are or how they became successful in there job ?
If you visit all the freelance and micro job sites online, you will find out that millions of the members are from US, UK, Australia, India and many other developed and developing countries. One thing they all hold in common is self employment.
I recently got a post on the Network Africa Facebook page on the level of unemployment in Nigeria, where ”OVER 75% OF THE YOUTHS ARE UNEMPLOYED AND UN-ENCOURAGED; OVER 60% OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION LIVE BELOW POVERTY LEVEL; ONLY ABOUT 20% FEEL COMFORTABLE ON THEIR OWN WITHOUT THE GOVT; THE REMAINING 20% CONTROL ALL THE RESOURCES OF THE COUNTRY FOR THEIR OWN PRIVATE AND SELFISH INTERESTS” which I think is almost the same in all parts of Africa.
The only gap between richness and poverty is change. The fact that you can explore all the possible and available means to change your situation from bad to good without waiting for the government or anyone.
Below are some ideas to help you take care of you current unemployment situation;
1. Always feel positive about yourself. Control your feelings by separating negative feelings from positive thoughts. This is the first step in solving poverty problems. Only after you have cleared your mind with unnecessary thoughts can you start thinking straight towards success.
2. You are unemployed, you are poor, you have a problem, that is the truth and you cannot hide it. But treat this problem as a challenge and opportunity for self-improvement, then think of what you can do to solve it.
3. Free that scapegoat attitude. Are you pointing your finger or blaming the government for not giving you job? Take responsibilities and challenge yourself. You can do it without the government, it may only take you more time and effort, but if you make the right choice, you will be there soon.
4. Write your problems down and how you wish to solve them, placing priorities on the pressing ones. The Law of Probability will allow you to evaluate how far you have thought of resolving your problems.
5. If you cannot read or write, think about them, keep them in mind and work towards them. But if you can, Keep a journal and treat it as a “secret friend” who is always willing to listen to your grievances. Write your feelings freely.
6. Try searching for job, regardless of what you studied or what you want to do, you can sacrifice your choice to look for any available opportunity, make some money, then switch to your dream career.
7. Create a job for yourself if you cannot find any. Take action, start something regardless of how little it is. Just do something by yourself. Start with the talent you have and the things you can do. Work with some friends who are in the same situation like you, put your ideas and efforts together, you might come up with something productive.
8. Get a training. Get some skills or education if you can, it will help you brake away from poverty
9. Try making money online. Try these websites and the opportunities they offer. Have this in mind, the websites suggested bellow have their transactions in Pounds and dollars, so even if you make one dollar a day, the currency will give you more money if you are in Africa;
- Freelance websites like www.elance.com, what can you do? Create a profile on Elance or freelancer
- Micro job sites like www.fiverr.com . what can you do? Sell it on Fiverr for $5,
- Blogging- set up a free blog with www.wordpress.com or www.blogger.com , write articles or short stories on the things you like and monetize them through AdSense, affiliate links and more.
- Video blogs- If you have a good camera phone, you can start with video of little interesting and funny things that happen around you or some tutorials or how to cook, post them on www.youtube.com and make some money from them through Adsense.
- Facebook Marketing. If you can teach others, or know what others do not know, or can post funny jokes and photos, create a page on Facebook, invite your friends to like your page, grow more likes on your page then market affiliate links on it.
“How much percentage in a class of 30 students would agree to you that Mathematics is a great subject? You might answer “around 10 to 35%” and that is all. True, most kids today are not thrilled to solve Mathematical equations not because they do not know the processes involved, but because of the lack of interest in it.”
In a similar way, our daily activities do not mean 100% joy and 0% problems. At times, we have more problems than joy. Fortunately, some Africans are talented and skilled in handling problems right, and we have some who have succeeded with solving the problem of unemployment and poverty by setting up their own business. Want to know their secrets?
The above tips will help you optimize those positive feelings of yours. Say you are already consumed by some unemployment problems. Here are the 1-2-3 steps in doing your problem solving:
1. Why are you unemployed? Determine the root cause of the problem. If you think it is difficult, ask hundreds of why’s and what’s and you will soon find out the cause.
2. Think, Strategize, and act for resolution.
3. Develop a strong desire to solve the problem.
4. Review the situation for you to avoid repeating the same mistakes committed beforehand.
It is the duty of the Government to care for the citizens and provide them with job and their basic needs. But when a Government fails to meet up to these needs, what do you do? Fold your hands , wait and die in poverty? No, we must do something positive for ourselves.
Know that there are many people out there who need these ideas, and who don’t believe they have more potentials and the ability to achieve more than what others can give them. Help us share these ideas by sharing this article on Facebook and your social media profiles. Like us and give your comments if you have more ideas for us.