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The relationship between Talent and Education

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By Munyaradzi Zindi Chikomba

One thing that has confused a lot of people concerning talent is what role should schools play when it comes to talents and the belief that once you are operating in the space you are talented in everything will be glitzy and easy. Your talent is in you not in the stuff you are taught at school. With or without school you carry a special gift in you however the process will always test your credentials and heart. Never be confused to think that you will identify your area once you reach a certain level at school.

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School’s role is to provide guidance, mentorship, and direction to students not to instill or force ideas on students. Schools are areas of amplification because it teaches you how to handle, cultivate, and prosper with your talent. Teachers should play a pivotal role in the talent identification to their students because students spent most of their early childhood and early adulthood at schools. If the parents fail to identify the child’s talent, teachers and school will come in and fill the gap. The problem is that most of our teachers want to force their ideas on students and they don’t allow space for creativity and innovation which are the key components of talent.

If schools were to fully harness the talent at their disposal and allow the students to fully express not suppressing them we will be able to identify talent at the earliest opportune. The talent that is identified at the earliest stage is the talent that will have more time to be cultivated and blossom. Our biggest challenge in Africa is we have people identifying their talents at the age of forty not because they were confused but we send our children to school for the sake of just having our child following the system.

 In some countries such as China, Singapore, and Japan an 18-year-old will be making new technological innovations, back home an 18-year-old may not even know what they are good at and what their talents are. School’s role is to nurture what is already there inside the student not to plant a new seed. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, a school as a noun is defined as an establishment offering specialized instruction (secretarial school). As a verb, it is defined as to teach or drill in a specific knowledge or skill well-schooled in languages or to discipline or habituate to something (school oneself in patience). Schools are institutions where one is taught to use their talents professionally by adding essential skills for example Harare Polytechnic was created to teach and nurture vocations. There are also privately owned such as Trust Academy and Species College which have churned out many talents that we enjoy today. Those definitions should sink into our minds the next time we think of school.

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Circumstances such as poverty, equipment, lack of career guidance may hinder us to pursue talent however we may do what is readily available whilst pursuing our talent in the background. After independence in 1980, the government introduced a very powerful program called Extra Class Education for Living where students were directed and managed in their area of specialty however such programs have been neglected and abandoned. Talent needs management and direction and school is the best medicine for that because it already has structures and courses aimed at that.

Another important aspect that schools can play is taking serious practical subjects like agriculture, Technical Graphics, and Fashion and Fabrics. Our country is in a dire state because we have concentrated more on white-collar jobs in recent years. We are lacking young people who can take up the task at hand of moving the country forward. Of course, we need managers and administrators but not everyone should be in the office so schools should broaden their curriculums to cater to the needs of our country. Currently, Zimbabwe does not need more managers and administrators, it needs young people who can be on the ground doing their own things and contributing to the nation.

What makes it so difficult for young people to pursue their talents is the environment in which they find themselves in. This has a very negative effect on the talents which the Zimbabwean Youth has, the process is gruesome and very long that many give up too soon. A lot of times I have heard that once you identify your talent you are unstoppable, you will fly and no one can stop you. That message is very correct and we can never take away anything from it however it needs contextual meaning because it may mislead many. Yes your talent is where you accelerate better than any other area, yes your talent gives you fulfillment, yes it provides comfort and it gives you freedom because you enjoy it. One thing that hasn’t been talked about is that the process and the ecosystem won’t change because you are talented.

The process is the external factors such as delays, denials, betrayals, lack of capital, and a lot of other things that are beyond your control. Doing the act is very easy and fun but the process makes it difficult because you can’t change the ethics of processing. We have to be prepared for those mishaps and setbacks because if not we will surrender to the process whilst defeating the talent in us.

What never gets tested never knows its capabilities and capacity. For you to break records and barriers you need a test hence be ready for the challenge.

Mentally we need to be strong, spiritually we need to be at the highest level and physically we need to be ready to be pushed and tested to the limits. The process will not just open the gates of success for you because you are talented. Remember you are not the only one with that special talent hence you need to prepare for the trials and tribulations that come with carrying that special gift. Those that have played team sport will tell you that if you want to defeat the opponent you frustrate and mark out of the game their star player. Same as talented individuals the process will mark you tightly because it knows your potential.

You will be tested and you will be frustrated but never be marked out of the game. The moment you submit to the process that’s the moment you accept defeat. It will be easier for you to perform at various stages but for you to get that invitation, for you to get that next dollar to pay for the stuff you need to support your talent, for you to be accepted into new territories and for you to make your big breakthrough. All those are part and parcel of the process and ecosystem you operate in, it does not take that special talent in you. The moment you start to be agitated by the setbacks that are thrown at you that’s the moment your talent grows and matures.

If you think you are talented in a certain area and you don’t get tested where everything just flows you need to reconsider if you are really in the right path because greatness and legends are made in the trial zone. This message is not aimed at throwing shade to school or teachers because they play a significant role in the development of many talents that we enjoy today. They should do more because many talents are going to waste without being identified and natured. If we could identify every talent in each individual, we can have more problems being solved because talents have the power to change the world.

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FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE

14 Ways To Earn Passive Income In 2021

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By: Claire Makoni

Earn Songwriting Royalties

If you love to write music, you can create passive income by recording your songs and then publishing them through a variety of channels. You earn royalties anytime your music is played on streaming services like Apple Music, or Spotify, or played on the radio. You can even license your music for TV, movies, and videos without the backing of a major record label.

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Purchase Music Royalties

Perhaps your talent isn’t to write music. That’s ok, you can still get into the music royalty game by purchasing the rights to song catalogues owned by other artists. Royalty Exchange is an online auction that allows you to bid on existing music catalogues. These are songs that are already earning regular, passive income for their current owners. When you purchase music royalties, you’re buying the future cash flow, which is purely passive income.

Photo Licensing

Photographers can build passive income by selling stock photos online. You’ll need to produce lots of content to earn a decent amount of money, but it can be a nice supplement to other, more labor-intensive work, like wedding or family photography. One benefit to stock photo licensing is that you can sell the same pictures to many different buyers. There is no shortage of stock photo websites where you can sell your work. Dreamstime and Snapwire are just two of the more popular stock photo sites out there.

Record an Audiobook

One of the best ways for content creators to increase their income is by releasing their content in as many formats as possible. For example, if you’ve written a paperback book or even an ebook, you’ll want to consider recording an audiobook version. There is no shortage of people who prefer listening to books instead of reading them. You can record the audio yourself, or pay someone else to do it for you. Once your audiobook is ready to go, it can be available for purchase online for years, making it the ideal passive income source.

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Buy and Sell Domain Names

Buying and selling domain names is a bit like trading on the stock market. The goal is to buy low and sell high, but there can be some risk involved. There are people who earn good money buying domain names that they believe will increase in value over time, with the hopes of selling at a profit.

Start a Blog

Over time, it’s possible to create multiple passive income streams with a blog, through affiliate marketing, or display advertising, for example. But building a blog from scratch is anything but passive. You’ll need to be consistent in creating new content, and spend time promoting your blog. One of the best things about blogging is the low barrier of entry. If you have a computer and a wifi connection, you can get started for as little as a few dollars per month.

Start a Podcast

It seems everyone has a podcast these days, and while many people do it out of pure enjoyment, there’s a lot of money that can be made. As you build a reliable following, you can begin selling advertising via sponsorships to brands that wish to get in front of your audience. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of work involved in finding guests and conducting interviews, but the opportunity to build a passive income stream is there.

Start a YouTube Channel

If you can consistently create videos that people want to watch, you can build an audience on Youtube. This is important because, with an audience, you can begin to make money, by joining the YouTube Partner Program. Most of your earnings will come from ads, which are aired within your video content, however, there are more ways to make money. YouTube can also drive traffic to your website and social media channels, making passive income opportunities endless.

Sell Digital Products/Downloadables

Thousands of people earn passive income by creating digital products that people can download and use. From spreadsheets to productivity tools, calendars, and checklists, the possibilities are endless. Once you’ve created your winning product, you can make it available for download on your own website, or through a third-party platform.

Develop an Online Course

If you have expertise in a specific area, rest assured there’s someone out there willing to pay you for your knowledge. You can create an ebook on the topic, or develop an online course, and then sell it on your own website, or on an online learning marketplace like Udemy. No skill is too small to share with others. You could sell a course on creating a killer resume, starting a podcast, or how to travel hack a trip to Europe. With online courses, most of the hard work happens early on, when you’re creating the content. From there, with an effective marketing strategy, you’ll have yourself a nice, passive income stream.

Run Website Display Ads

If you have your own website, you can sign up to have ads displayed within the content on your site. The most well-known ad service is Google Adsense. Adsense displays ads that are relevant to your site content and that match your visitor’s preferences. When guests engage with an ad, you make money. Also, the higher your site traffic, the higher your income.

Affiliate Marketing

If you have your own blog or website, one of the best ways to make passive income is through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing involves promoting someone else’s product or service, and earning a commission whenever a sale is generated directly from your recommendation. The most well-known affiliate program may be the one run by online retail giant Amazon, but there are thousands of other companies with programs of their own. Affiliate income takes time to build, but if you’re successful, it can be one of the best ways to make passive income.

Dropshipping

Dropshipping is a form of e-commerce where the seller doesn’t hold the product, instead, it’s shipped to the customer directly from the supplier. The seller’s job is to find products to buy at a wholesale price, and then sell them at the retail price, by advertising them through an e-commerce store, like Shopify. When orders are placed, they go directly to the supplier who ships the product to the customer. The seller profits from the spread between the retail and wholesale price. Dropshipping has become very competitive, but if you can find a product that people want, and sell it at a profit, there’s lots of passive income to be made.

Learn to Outsource

If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are you have a tendency to want to control all aspects of your business. After all, no one else understands it as you do, nor is anyone else as invested as you are. But the problem with doing everything yourself is that the money you make becomes anything but passive.

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SUCCESS STORIES

Dr. Vere’s Coat of Many Colours

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By Gilbert Sikanyika

Doctor Kudzanai Vere belongs to the group of African young Turks determined to conquer the world and leave permanent foot-steps on the sands of life.

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I have known Dr. Vere through social interactions over the years and I have come to know him as a pragmatic, hard-working, and purpose-driven person. He sets high goals and when he attains those goals, he sets even higher goals. He places a high premium on his aspirations. He challenges himself to challenge challenges in his life. He does not take “no” for an answer…He knocks, knocks, and keeps knocking until doors of opportunities fling open before him. He is tenacious and aggressive in his daily operations. He does not wait for opportunities; instead, he creates opportunities for himself. He is a workaholic if ever there was one.

He was compelled to stop school in form 4 due to family financial constraints but that could not deter him from pursuing his dreams. He started working as a Receiving and Costing Clerk at Redstar in Nyanga in Zimbabwe and he rose through the ranks to become Branch Manager within a spell of three years. He was arguably the youngest Branch Manager heading a Blue Chips Company when he was only 22 years old.

Doctor Vere has “A coat of many colours.” He is an entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker of international repute. He enjoys developing people in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Personal Development, Practical Business Management, Organizational Development, Financial Literacy, and Leadership Development.

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Just what makes him tick

He gets inspiration from motivating himself and others. His life gets better when he impacts lives in Business related issues. He was born in a family of 10 in a remote area of Zimbabwe in Nyanga. He went to Maereka primary school, Nyatate school, and Mapako High School. He has also attended: Zimbabwe Open University, British College Of Professional Management, Coppetstone University among others. He has:

  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Diploma In Accounting In Business Management
  • Bcom Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountancy
    -Master of Arts in Leadeship and Management
    -Registered Public Accounting
    -Certified Forensic
    -Doctorate in Phylosophy in Entrepreneurship among others.

Dr. Vere is also a notable and versatile writer whose books such as Becoming A Person Of Impact and Exceed Beyond The Ordinary have blessed multitudes of people. It seems he is a “Jack of all trades and master of everything.”

His books have impacted the hordes of people from all walks of life because of the nuggets of life they carry. His presence is being felt almost everywhere and so far so good. Although he never completed formal education, he is a self-made man who has managed to school himself and has acquired a string of diplomas and degrees and was recently conferred with a Doctorial degree in recognition of his teachings and passion for entrepreneurship.


“The whole of my adult life I have been learning business at times passively and at other times actively. I have vast years of business management, ” he said. His ultimate goal in life is to become an oasis of inspiration in Business circles. He is married to a lovely lady Fortune who is the Managing Director of the family business empire. Doctor Vere is also blessed with a wife and five children.

Gilbert Sikanyika is a Writing Prophet based in Zambia

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OPPORTUNITIES

Developers/ Programmers (Graduate Trainees) Wanted X 3 : YPPZ

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Young People’s Program Zimbabwe Youth Association (YPPZ) is recruiting graduate trainees from the following disciplines:

  • Information Technology & Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Sciences

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