365 THINGS YOUTH #3. Figuring out how to do things on your own

As I said in the previous post, people want someone else to show them how to open an email account. Ask Google for that.

Figure out how to do things on your own.

These have benefits. It teaches you how to research. The best knowledge will not come from school, a mentor or someone showing you how to do something. It will come from you doing stuff on your own and consulting other none human sources (the internet or books) first before a person.

It teaches self-reliance. You become competent to solve your own problems – if you can solve your own problems then you can solve other people’s problems. Solving problems is a skill someone can pay your for.

Importantly, it makes you a better student. When you test things on your own, you discover things/tools and new ways of doing things. Then you can go ask someone else to help you, you can uplift them with what you discovered on your own.

When the teacher feels uplifted, they reveal a lot more knowledge.

365 THINGS YOUTH #2. You need to have an email address, and you need to know how to send a proper email

Don’t be caught saying:

  • “I do not have an email address.”
  • “I haven’t checked my emails in a while.”

You have to:

  • Check your emails 3 times a day: At least in the morning, afternoon and at 4 PM – if not later.
  • An email has a heading and body.
  • No fucken shorthand typing.
  • And use proper grammar. Use Grammarly. Do not ask what it is. Find out for yourself. 

Oh, and an email address has to be clean: maloma7@gmail.co.za is better than maloma1987554@gmail.com.

MBA and chartered accountant led corporate South Africa has failed to innovate products and thus failed to create jobs

We were grooving at Thibo Cafe in Mamelodi. A beautiful and bald-headed lady approached us. She said this to my friend Tshiamo: “The way you dance makes me horny. And you are nicely dressed, Sir.”

She went back to her table.

The topic as hand here is something I’ve been wondering about. It seems to me corporate South Africa has a group think and their groupthink is status per these mentioned qualifications.

The outcome is that since democratic South Africa they have failed to produce globally consumed innovations.

This is inspite of South Africa being the biggest economy in Africa for many years until Nigeria took over.

We do not have a Tesla. We do not have any proprietary lead in manufacturing like China, Turkey or Vietnam. We’ve been falling off.

There is no economic growth because we are not producing anything interesting and useful that the world wants.

Let me rant.

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365 THINGS YOUTH #1. You have to Google shit you want to learn yourself

365 Things Young is a series of short posts dedicated to young people.

It is a list of things young people around the world need to be able to do, so to survive and thrive in these new economies: To incite in themselves skills, intelligence (for Industrial Revolutions), innovation, creativity and productivity.  It is written either by me, Tiisetso Maloma, or by a named guest contributor. Sometimes the posts rant, and sometimes they are soft.

Here goes the first one.

#1. You have to Google shit you want to learn yourself

You cannot be asking people how to create a CV, a business plan, an email account, etc.

We are no longer in that age.

Google how it’s done, and do it yourself.