Adamu Danjuma
4 min readSep 6, 2019


Your Time, Your Dime

“If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.”

— Sir John Templeton

“Let every man do that which is right, strive with all his might towards the goal which can never be obtained, develop to the last breath the gifts with which the gracious Creator has endowed him, and never cease to learn. For life is short, art eternal.”

— Ludwig van Beethoven


I believe everyone is a genius. Studies have shown that every human is endowed with a sophisticated brain that has the ability to work more than a thousand interconnected computers. Whether you are a man or the opposite, your brain has more than 100 000 000 cells. What matters today, and will matter most tomorrow, is not your brain, it’s how well your brain operates to solve a problem or tackle obstacles.


Like Dr Mahfouz Adedimeji rightly asserted, there are three types of people:

1. Those who make things happen

2. Those who watch things happen

3. Those who wonder why things are happening

Which category do you belong to? Which category do I belong to?

There’s nothing permanent about these categories. However, it’s instructive to know that: Everyone is brought to this world into category 3. At a later point in time, one can move to category 2. If he or she is able to use his/her brain and resources judiciously, he/she can easily move to category 1, the category of those who make things happen!


Among countries, you’ll find the above mentioned categories, anyway. What was China 25 years ago? Who is China’s Jack Ma today? What was Dubai (UAE) 30 years ago?

One thing every person has in common is time. How do you use yours? Out of 24 hours you were given yesterday, what have you done? The answers don’t really matter. What matters is the usability of your time. You can spend money and get some later, tomorrow, next week… When you spend an hour, it’s gone forever. You can’t, unarguably, work and regain it at all. Talking about the importance of time and accomplishing one’s goal, Earl Nightingale has the following to say: Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. And, on goal setting, Maxwell Maltz has the best words: People who say that life is not worthwhile are really saying that they themselves have no personal goals which are worthwhile. Get yourself a goal worth working for. Better still, get yourself a project. Always have something ahead of you to look forward to work for and hope for.


Discover what you are passionate about. To quote one of our Lecturers, I will say: know exactly where your genius lies!

Moreover, Anna Quindlen advised that “When you leave college, there are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life.”

Work hard. Don’t limit yourself to what you know or what you are learning or doing: you can go as far as your mind let you go. Your degrees don’t necessarily determine what you can become in the next 2, 3, 5, 10…20 years.


Our world has become more globalized than ever before. It’s believed that many people around the globe are job seekers. Few are solution providers. To crown it all, Artificial Intelligence(AI) is taking over. In this crucial moment, what you and I can do to change the world matters a lot. Your skills, for instance, might be what is needed to proffer a long lasting solution to a pressing issue in your community.

To be successful, Jeffrey J. Mayer advised that: you’ve got to have a dream, a vision, a burning passion, a magnificent obsession. This dream, goal, obsession has to become your prime motivator. It takes enthusiasm, commitment, pride, a willingness to work hard, a willingness to go the extra mile, a willingness to do whatever has to be done in order to get the job done.


On this note, let’s continue to be grateful to God Almighty who made human beings the most valued among all His creatures. I will leave you with the following words authored by C.E. Flynn:

A man is as great as the dreams he dreams, As great as the love he bears;

As great as the values he redeems,

And the happiness he shares.

A man is as great as the thoughts he thinks, As the worth he has attained;

As the fountains at which his spirit drinks

And the insight he has gained.

A man is as great as the truth he speaks,

As great as the help he gives,

As great as the destiny he seeks,

As great as the life he lives.

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Adamu Danjuma

Author of Les Larmes d'une Plume Esseulée, Adamu is a multilingual speaker & an emerging poet-writer. He's passionate about journalism & literature.