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How Much is Too Much?

When driving, people may ask ‘How close is too close?’ before it becomes an accident.
When drinking, they may ask ‘How far is too far?’ before they become nuisances to their surroundings.

In life one question we keep asking ourselves is ‘How much is too much?’. True, everything in moderation is the principle but one thing you can never have enough of is KNOWLEDGE! You can never get to the point of ‘too much’ knowledge or acquire too much of a skill. Take my four friends for example – This is what is:

Kola – A student who’s been working for someone in events management for the past 3 years. He works overtime and extra hours without pay but he loves decorating.
Onyinye – Another student in secondary school who loves teaching but at the moment is idle at home stuck on televison and spending her parents money.
Sherifat – A skilled writer who’s also a student. She writes in her spare time but really makes no money out of it?
Oscar – An 18 year old computer whiz – anything computers he’s your guy! He’s so into them that he chose to study a computer related course in school but again he’s broke and stuck at home this summer.

Now we have these same four people with what could be:
Kola: An interior decorator who does contract jobs and is also a student at XYZ University.
(Improved on his interior decorator skills and became an entrepreneur at 21)
Onyinye: One of the youngest public speakers in Nigeria and also one of the most influential who is in her second year in senior secondary school.
(She developed her teaching skills and went on to learn about public speaking)
Sherifat: A well sought after script writer and popular magazine columnist who sponsors herself through school and is about to release her first book.
(Researched different writing styles and went ahead to develop on them – The key was diversity)
Oscar: The foremost web designer and software programmer around. You have to book him well in advance because everybody wants him.
(Went above and beyond computers. The world is a global village and he decided to develop himself where his strengths lie)

These are the same four people with a difference – their skill level! The moment you understand that you have something to offer you become productive. The definition of success is doing what you like and making money out of it. It’s q simple formula:
(Knowledge + Increased capacity + Good character) – Inhibition = Success
We all want to be successful … Not so? That’s the first stage DESIRE. CAPACITY and OPPORTUNITY are the other two. There are many opportunities in the world today to improve on set skills so grab them and if the desire is there, the capacity will follow.
Finally I put it to all of us that we should make our priority learning what we’re passionate about not being passionate about what you’re learning. The latter is good as well but it’s easier to give your best when you’re doing something you love!

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