The saying “No man can go beyond his thoughts” has proven to be true in the lives of many Nigerians. And no matter how gifted, talented, educated, or skilled a person is; that person can’t progress beyond his or her mentality.
Here is a list of mentalities you must drop if you want to succeed;
Cannot start small mentality
It is not uncommon to hear Nigerian youths talking about not wanting to start small. Some believe that starting small is time-consuming. These youths do not see the benefits that starting small can bring; they yearn for the fruits without the growth process. If one could search their hearts, you will find that they know the price to pay to reach their goal; but the issue is that they are unwilling to start small.
“Hey, if you feel three years is too long to dedicate to grow a business or career at twenty-seven; remember that you will still be thirty years in three years’ time with little or nothing to show for it. So it is better to be thirty and have a three-year-old business or career; than to be thirty wishing you had taken that bold step three years earlier.”Olufemi Akinyemi
Starting anything isn’t always easy, because the start is where the power lies. The foundation of any building needs time and energy, and the greater the time and resources you put into it, the stronger the building.
The “if you are not talking money” mentality
This mentality has caused the derailment of many young minds. It is the reason behind their nonchalant attitude towards training, seminars, boot camps and conferences. They think attending these events is a waste of time.
They forget that;
“Knowledge is power. You can’t begin a career, for that matter even a relationship, unless you know everything there is to know about it.”Randeep Hooda
What they fail to understand is that life is a transaction. You can only exchange value for value.
The “Salary is the money they pay you to forget your dreams” mindset
This is a growing mentality among young Nigerians. Many young Nigerian workers don’t put in their best because they feel that working for others is tantamount to forgetting their dreams. And that is why many of them run out of paying jobs and leap into entrepreneurship without realizing what it truly means and the skills necessary to survive as an entrepreneur.
The Entitlement Mindset
The deadliest mindset of all is the entitlement mentality. It is the state of mind that you are owed something when most people around would beg to differ. Until you get rid of it, you will have difficulties achieving what you want to achieve and it’s unlikely that you will maximize your true potential.
If there is only one mindset you must drop as a Nigerian youth to succeed in life, it is the entitlement mindset. You must learn to develop and rely on yourself.
If there is one statement that comes to mind often, it is; “Accidents don’t just happen, they are caused by a series of unfortunate events, each of which is associated with one or more cause factors”.
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.Mark Twain
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Culled from: ExpertsNG