𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐈 𝐔𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐌𝐢𝐝 𝐓𝐞𝐫𝐦 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤 𝐓𝐨 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐎𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐌𝐲𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐓𝐨𝐨 𝐂𝐚𝐧?
By: Kazeem Abolore
I remember last year, all the midterm breaks were spent in my school. Let me put it right. I spent all the midterm breaks in the school where I work. No, I was not doing the extramural lesson. I was either using it to work on my book, The Power of Attitude in Teaching or using it to create my online courses or even using it to train some people, virtual or physical. I know that I am a special breed. I like to work. Work that moves me closer to my dream. But why do I like to work that much? Why do I have to work when I am supposed to be resting? The answer is here already.
Let me bring you to something that made my attitude and disposition to work changed in the book, The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason.
In the book, Clason shared the story of three characters – Sharru Nada – a wealthy man and one-time partner of Arad Gula, Hadan Gula – the grandson of Arad Gula, and Arad Gula – the grandfather of Hadan Gula and a one time slave.
In the story, he narrated how Arad Gula rose from being a slave to becoming not only a wealthy merchant but also a partner of his employer – Nana-naid. Arad Gula would later become the luckiest man in Babylon by his disposition to work. He did also bequeath wealth to his grandson, Hadan Gula.
Long but the summary and probably the lesson of the story can be found in this part of the story which goes thus:
“Some men hate work. They make it their enemy. Better to treat it like a friend, make thyself like it. Don’t mind because it is hard. If thou thinkest about what good house thou build, then who cares if the beams are heavy and it is far from the well to carry the water for the plaster… Remember, work well done, does good to the man who does it. IT MAKES HIM A BETTER MAN”. That summarizes the reason why I like work.
The book that made me work during a midterm break last year, the online course that didn’t allow me to spend a few hours with the family and the training that made me slept outside of my home turned out to be my most important and rewarding investments. They brought to me the opportunities I have always wanted, opened doors I never thought of and brought people I had only wished to meet close to me.
This is not a sermon but writing to impress upon you, teachers, especially that midterm is not only for rest but also to work on your PERSONAL WORK no matter how small. If you could work 7:00 am to 6:00 pm five days of the week for a person, why can’t you spend two hours building something for yourself? If you could wake up at 5:30 am every day for your salary, why can’t you sleep a little bit late working on what can pay you on the side?
During the midterm break, I will be doing a series of training online and offline. On Thursday, I will be at Scholars Circle to train the staff on How to Be More Than a Teacher. On that Thursday evening, I will be here on a group to train them How to build your audience from scratch.
On Friday, I myself will be attending training somewhere in Egbeda. And on Friday evening, I will be teaching some teachers how to make at least N1,000 per day. Saturday, I will go for a site visit where I will take some teachers to the land they want to buy. Then I will spend the Sunday with my family. So, you see, it is not that I don’t rest at all. I only ration my time well.
What would you be doing with your midterm break?
Remember, work well done, does good to the man who does it. IT MAKES HIM A BETTER MAN”.