Maintenance Culture

Maintenance culture

Consistent usage of a particular thing encourages maintenance. Our mouths are being used everyday for eating, that is why they are brushed and washed twice a day, or at least once a day. Our whole bodies are being used daily – legs are used to walk, hands are used to carry things, …. That is why we give them a thorough bath daily. What we don’t use, we stand to lose.

It is going to be a better decision, that if we don’t need a particular material or property, we give it out or have it knackered. Have it sold either in whole or in parts. If you leave it without use, you would never think of offering it maintenance, and if you don’t, it would depreciate in value. It can even lead to loss of such property or material. For instance, if you have a house built, and you don’t stay there or rent it out, it would soon become a dilapidated building, and it would soon collapse. Is it not better to have it knackered on time?

Most of our properties need to be knackered. There are many things we owe, that we just leave unused. Non-usage always leads to loss. If you don’t use what you have, you will lose it. If you don’t use what you have, it means you don’t value such. If you don’t need what you have, as said earlier, there are two things you can do: it is either you give it out, or have it knackered.

Somebody is in dire need of what you are seeing as a scrap. You don’t value it, but when you give it or sell it at a cheaper rate for such people, they would place a great value on it, and they would turn you to their gods. There are seeds in what you are seeing as dusts. Sow them, or give them out. What is in your hand is not dust but husk, look for seed in it to sow and you will have a bumper harvest. Most of the time, we think some things are not valuable, and we leave them unused, it would be a surprise to us, when somebody that really needs it is placing a high price on it, because of the great value he attaches to it.

Electricity was not all that stable in Nigeria, therefore you needed to either use Solar panels or an electric generator. There was this man that had an electric generator; solar panels were not popular then. When there was no supply of electricity, he would put on his generator, it is a big generator, and in that area, he and his family always enjoyed light 24/7. He is an electrical engineer, and somebody came to him that he needed a generator, he offered to sell the one he was using at the rate of N 350, 000, and the other man begged him to pay N 300, 000. There was no deal.

A time came that there was stability in electricity supply, and this generator was left unused for a long time. Do you know that you don’t offer maintenance to what you don’t use? Another person came to buy this same generator, the owner said, it ought to appreciate in price, and he offered to sell it at a higher price of N 450, 000, the man said he would not pay any price higher than N 100, 000, the owner was surprised, what he should have sold at the rate of N 300, 000. Besides the unfavourable change in demand of electric generators at such time, the generator has really depreciated in value because of non-usage.

The lesson from this story is that, if you don’t need or use what you have, give it out or have it knackered.


If you are impacted with these write up, get any of these three books for more. Thank you.

The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book, eBook & Audio).

Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).

Virtues for Riches (Motivational Series) by Peter Adewumi (Print on Demand and eBook)


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