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Minding Your Own Business

The other day, I was talking with an upwardly mobile lady. An upwardly mobile lady is one who is doing quite well in life, has a good job, a good lifestyle and has planned out her life in a way that Wycliffe Oparanya, our minister of planning , would envy. However, my friend thinks that am favouring the above lady, and as he points out, an upwardly mobile lady should at least own the keys to a Toyota Vitz. Anyway, as a few of you may have realized, that wasn't the point.

The upwardly mobile lady told me that contrary to popular opinion in a certain secondary school, she did not reach such great heights while others slept. Matter of fact, she told me that they were wide awake, otherwise who would she have bought breakfast from in the morning and who would have ferried her to work? she told me that she had reached to this great heights by minding her own business. It is at this point that I raised a very strong objection. I was of the opinion that those had reached such great heights through the combined business of many people.

You cannot achieve such great heights if everyone decided to mind their own business. For example, if those in the great heights of the government decided to mind their own business, we would be in chaos. Unfortunately, they occasionally decide to mind their own business, while others are always minding their own business. In the beginning of 2008, they decided to strictly mind their own business, and any one who was considered not part of their business had a high mathematical probability of being slashed to death,shot to death or cremated alive without an opportunity to choose which method they best liked.

Then there are those who always mind their own business. How do you think people ended up in the Mau forest, or the Government decided to that Volkswagen Passats were the cars most close to gods of economics

The results of people minding their own business can be very tragic. If the owner of the matatu decided to mind his own business and maintain it with cheapest and most likely to fail parts, and the driver decided to mind his own business of putting alcohol first, and the traffic police mind their own business like they usually do, you might be a dead end.

That reminds me of a picture that appeared in the papers the other day. A North-rift 14 seater matatu had most of its body ripped off, and 5 out of the 14 souls were the only ones lucky enough left to tell a story. the story is that a trailer driver was minding his own business, and he decided to overtake another trailer. As he was minding his own business and overtaking the other trailer, the matatu was coming from the opposite direction. The road happened to be raised several metres off the ground, and the result was that the trailer and matatu swerved off towards the side of the road, and the trailer ripped off the front and side of the matatu. I have also seen a bus full of passengers leave the road to avoid a lorry driver who decides to make a side turn as the bus overtakes. the lorry driver returned to his side of the road and continued minding his business, and the bus passengers were left to mind theirs.

There is also the case of a few countries like Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of Congo that happened to have been blessed with lots of business in terms of mineral. As a result, several people minding their own business decided to invest in a few high powered fire arms and square out whose business will mind over the business. There is also the peculiar case of Somalia, where they am still not sure whose business triggered a never-ending war.

Then there is Bush, who decided that a certain Saddam Hussein would make a very good input in his business. Right now, there are several people in Iraq minding their own business, and the business includes blowing themselves to the next world with the highest possible scorecard in terms of casualty.

And Ladies and Gentlemen, that is whys you should be wary of people who mind their own business. You might not end up appearing as crucial assets in their business, but as a liability to be ridden off.

Mind other peoples business, and you will reach to great heights. P.s. when it comes to minding your competitors business, please undercut them, and always make sure that you mind business of those who hold favours.

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