In a time when access to information, the ability to adapt, and a shrewd management of one's time have become key factors in the pursuit of success, many Ghanaians still consider certain things that help people in these endeavors as luxuries.
YEN.com.gh put together a list items and activities many Ghanaians still perceive as luxuries that have a huge impact on people's pursuit of success in the 21st century.
Internet connection - access to information and online services
The internet has revolutionized many aspects of Ghanaian life. Formerly where one physically had t go to a store, eatery, or fast food joint to make a purchase, the internet has enabled people to purchase their heart's desires in the comfort of their own homes. Internet connection has also greatly improved our access to information, giving many access to information that could only be gathered if one were to go to a library - or the original publisher - if it wasn't for the internet. Although Ghana was one of the first African countries to connect to the internet, many Ghanaians still consider internet access as a luxury they can do without.
A car - access to reliable and convenient transportation
Though many will argue that mass transportation also has its benefits, there are particular advantages to having a personal vehicle that make it a necessity. A personal vehicle gives one the freedom to go anywhere at anytime, even to places that are either impractical, or unreachable via public transport. If one is good at avoiding traffic situations, having a car can greatly decrease one's travel time and also allow one to travel in relative comfort, both very important factors in this day and age.
Quality (tertiary) education
Ghanaians are well aware of the benefits of a good education, although many hold the opinion that - even today - a secondary education and one's "wildness" is enough to reach success. Most of the time, this is not the case. We live in a time when the job market is saturated and competitive, and the ability to provide a good educational background and credentials can sometimes be the difference between one getting that much awaited appointment letter, or having to apply for another job opening.
Vacation - The ability to take time off work and go on holiday
Though many Ghanaians are unable to take extended time off work due to the nature of their employment and/or financial constraints, many more still believe taking time to - actually - go on holiday is a luxury. This is not the case. Studies have shown that going on vacation has positive effects on various parts of people's lives including stress reduction, extended life expectancy, happier mood, and a reduction in the risk of suffering from cardiovascular disorders.
Smart phones - mobile access to information and online services
Somewhat an extension of the first point, smart phones - as always - continues to become more relevant with increased performance capabilities and features. Just as access to online information and services is relevant, access to services and information on-the-go is equally important in a fast changing technologically driven society.
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