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Tunde is a university graduate; he has been walking on the streets of Lagos looking for a job. This was not the plan; after five years of engineering, these streets could have never been the plan. His parents are adamant about him sending his resume to his rich uncles, but he doesn’t want to be dependent. He wants to work from bottom-up solely with his strengths and not because he knows someone.
He will make it on his own; he just needs to find the right company that will hire him and give him the opportunity he needs to grow. He can do this on his own. His friends are all about starting a business and branching out of engineering entirely. That is not the plan he has for himself; they don’t understand him at all. Now, he has to see an uncle who is to give him some advice, and he is going prepared with the right answers. He will not be swayed.
“Good afternoon sir.”
“Tunde, how are you? You lost so much weight.”
“I am doing fine sir, how is the family?”
“We are fine oo; we are pushing forward in this country.”
“Is mummy at home? What of my cousins?”
“They went shopping; God just said I should enjoy my weekend like this.”
“Haha, make sure you rest before they come back.”
“I will rest, thank you, my dear. So Tunde how has it been after school, how has the journey been? How hot is the sun these days? Haha.”
“Haa uncle, the sun is very hot oo. I have been going from office to office.”
“Is that the way forward? Do you think you can continue like this?”
“Yes! Uncle, I have a plan. I will get an engineering firm with the same goals as myself, and I will start from the bottom get to management level. It may take some time, but it is part of my process, sir.”
“That’s a good one son, are you interested in a game of monopoly?”
“Are you still as good, as you used to be?”
“Yes, I am.”
After thirty minutes of playing, it was clear Tunde was going to lose the game. Tunde had soon forgotten the reason he came visiting in the first place; he had the first real fun in weeks. It was relaxing to laugh and have no one pick his brain on his plans. He knew his uncle was fun, but he didn’t expect this at all. A much-needed break that his mind needed.
“Tunde I will chop all your money today.”
“Uncle, you already have plenty of money now, leave some for me.”
“What was your game plan before you began.”
“Game plan? It is just a game of monopoly; the plan was to win.”
“That is always the plan, but what steps did you have?
“Huh, you have a detailed step by step plan for monopoly?”
“Why, of course, I do?”
“Oh wow, but it is never that serious, is it?”
“Yes o, it is. There are two kinds of wins, accidental wins or planned wins. If you accidentally win without a plan, you may lose tomorrow because you don’t have a plan, you only have an intention to win. When you plan to win, it will be an intentional growth, and if you fail, you will be able to trace the cause of your failure.”
“Tunde, you have great intentions, but you need more than that. Your intention is not your plan; you need a step by step plan to become an engineer. If you accidentally get a job as you keep trying your luck, you will may also accidentally get promoted or worse case you get promoted without having a plan. Write it on paper Tunde, have someone review and give you feedback, come to an understanding of why they gave you that feedback. Don’t just respond in defence. Tunde you are a promising young man with great intentions, get a pen and paper, write your goal on the paper, estimate the years to get to that goal, estimate the resources you will need. Make a timeline from now till then, by next month where do you want to be, continue till the appointed time and itemise what you need to achieve your goal.”
As Tunde was trying to make sense of it all, his uncle got up and said “Ahh, it looks like I have won this game, haha. My bones are old; please let me go to sleep. You can wait for your aunty to return or go and get a paper and a pen.”