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BOOK: 22 Lies You Were Told About the University

Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding… ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. These are words of wisdom straight from the lips of the greatest men who ever walked the earth – King Solomon and Jesus Christ. Lies and myths have the capacity to make you perpetually underproductive. Unfortunately, as Africans we grew up with a lot of myths and folklores that curtailed our adventurous affinities. Africans have myths and toxic tales for just about anything from as simple as sleeping position to as unconventional as management philosophies. So university experience is not an exception, I have compiled here 22 notorious lies you were told (and may have probably believed) about the university. I have also made deliberate attempts to clarify them so that you can have the freedom you need to exploit the opportunities the university education offers.
In many of my speaking engagements with undergraduates, I usually tell them to compare their Admission Letter with the Certificate of Returns issued to a presidential aspirant who has just won the popular vote in an election.

Only you can determine your continued success. The President’s time starts to tick from his first day in office as much as yours starts to tick from your first day on campus. And the President (like most undergraduates) has four years to leave a print on the sand of time and determine his (or his party’s) continued success.

Dedicate the next four years of your life to discovering, developing and deploying your talent.

Meet you at the Kings’ Banquet. Proverbs 22: 29




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Employ Disruptive Innovation


In their book Employ Disruptive Innovation, Jeffrey H. Dyer, et. al. identified five capabilities demonstrated by the best innovators as: (1) Associating: drawing connections between questions, problems, or ideas from unrelated fields, (2) Questioning: posing queries that challenge common wisdom, (3) Observing: scrutinizing the behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors to identify new ways of doing things, (4) Experimenting: constructing interactive experiences and provoking unorthodox responses to see what insights emerge, and (5) Networking: meeting people with different ideas and perspectives. The authors explain how Disruptive Innovators generate ideas with these skills. Applying the skills disruptive innovators use to your job search can help you unearth more, and better, opportunities. Here’s how:

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