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The Dangers of Having Many Good Options in Life | A Common Sense Lecture

The great French writer, Voltaire, once said: “Common sense is not so common”! Nothing can be further from the reality we see on the ground!...

The great French writer, Voltaire, once said: “Common sense is not so common”! Nothing can be further from the reality we see on the ground! 

Tapiwa Zuze

Suppose you give US$ 2,000 to a high school dropout who was considered dull and unimaginative, you are likely to see him buy a stove, a frying pan, cooking oil and other essential materials to start a fast foods business. He will be so dedicated waking up early in the morning and sleeping late at night just to ensure his humble business stays afloat. He does not have many options in life to consider lest he goes broke and sinks deep in abject poverty. 

Check him in three years’ time, the same young man would possibly be married, owning a plot worth thousands of dollars, driving a good second hand truck that serves him well in his business errands, owns some decent home assets and gadgets, and living happily with his young family.

On the other hand, if you give US$ 5,000 to a university graduate chances are high that you will see him buy the latest iPhone or Samsung phone probably worth US$ 2,000, several pairs of skinny jeans, take his numerous girlfriends out, becomes a party animal, take selfies and post them on social media. The list of escapades goes on and on. He is a person of high class and has many options in life.

Check him in three years’ time, the same graduate will probably be buying spaghetti on credit from that high school dropout who started a fast foods business, paying rentals or worse still living in his parents’ house.

The fundamental question to ask is:


The answer is NO!

Tapiwa Zuze

Education does not breed any of the above. In fact, the real problem that most educated people have is that they fail to understand the basic dynamics of life and continue living in their artificial world. Their level of thinking usually takes them into the world of artificial goals and ambitions, which may never come to pass because of the circumstances surrounding their lives.

Because of that pompous attitude, they usually look down on many opportunities in life that are meant to take them to another level. They become so much consumed in feeling their own “status” and see anyone doing menial jobs as “down and uneducated”.

Even in today’s world, unemployment is so high among the educated elite because most of them cannot afford to lower their perceived statuses even for a moment in order to restart with a winning formula. Instead, the uneducated ones are becoming far more innovative and connecting their dots of success through doing some menial jobs.

One day we will wake up seeing that school dropout employing the educated guy as his own business manager.

That is the damn reality of our society today. 

Tapiwa Zuze

With or without educational qualifications, let’s learn to embrace the societal changes and adapt as we go. Be humble; it’s just for a moment. 

With thanks! 

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Tapiwa Zuze

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