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10 OF THE 50 MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS I’VE LEARNED FROM LIFE

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1. “Prioritize your assignments, even if the whole world rest on your shoulders; take it one by one”

Scale of preference produces order. Order brings peace. Peace is a great achiever. The world is full of responsibilities. Every responsibility appears very important, even if some of them actually aren’t. As a man wakes up in the morning, he’s inundated with too many tasks and deadlines. Some of these deadlines can make you dead if you don’t know how to prioritize. Prioritization arranges your responsibilities in order of importance, so that you can work on assignments that matter most, before heading for those that matter least. Prioritization will take burdens off your shoulders; live a life of priorities. In family, business, profession, academics, and your calling, live a life of priorities.

2.”You don’t need to do a big thing to prove your worth. Your value is written in your small fruit”

Everyone cannot be big; we all have our various sizes. Everyone cannot do big things; we all have our various abilities. Your determination to use your small ability 100% is what gives you maximum reward. Your willingness to use every gift, strength, and might within you, to pursue your purpose of creation is what makes life reward you differently. Your seed may be small, but the value it yields when planted on a good soil and properly cultivated is unbelievable. You don’t need to do a big thing to prove your worth. Your value is written in your small seed.

3. “Don’t be in a hurry to display the edifice; make sure the foundation is deep”

There are beautiful buildings whose foundations are shallow. When there is a storm, easily, they collapse. Impatient builders don’t dig deep foundations before erecting the building. The foundation holds the building. Whatever holds the building makes the building. If time and other essential resources are not put into a foundation, the building will come down. Don’t be in a hurry to display the edifice; make sure the foundation is deep.

To build a vision, you must spend time laying a solid foundation. A solid foundation is a deep foundation; a deep foundation is a strong foundation. A vision with a strong and deep foundation is an evergreen vision. An evergreen vision is founded on posterity. A vision of posterity goes from age to age. So, as you build the vision, spend quality time to lay a great foundation.

4. “If you can think through, you can scale through”

Thinking is the key to success. If you can think through, you can scale through. If you can think through, you can come up with ground breaking strategies. Quality decisions are made by those who ponder over ideas before executing the plans – plans that are pondered upon hardly fail – plans that are thought upon hardly miss their targets. Great ideas are products of great thoughts. Creative ideas are products of great ponders. Learn to ponder. Learn to think.

5. “You can’t grow without confrontations. If you remain in the shell, you will keep living theoretically”

There is a time to be in the shell; there is also a time to step out of the shell. A seed that wants to be fruitful must burst out of the shell when in the soil; otherwise, it will remain lonely. To expand, you must get out of the shell. In the shell, lessons are learned. Outside the shell, lessons that have been learned are utilized. It is the utilization of learned lessons that makes you outstanding. The world need to hear what you heard while in the shell. If you remain in the shell, you will be irrelevant to the world. Outside the shell, you will be confronted by pressures, but the pressures are meant to take you to the place of pleasure, so don’t be bothered by the measures. In spite of the pressure outside, you must understand that you can’t grow without confrontations. If you remain in the shell, you will keep living theoretically. People in shells know too many things that they’ve never put into practice. If you don’t use it, you can’t perfect it. Step out of the shell.

6. “If you don’t know how to pull out, you will be overdrawn; depending on overdraft makes you a debtor”

You can’t always be on stage; otherwise, there will be no time for rehearsals. If you continuously sing, you will lose your voice. There is a time to pull out, and a time to be on stage. If you don’t know when to stop, you will be overdrawn. When you’re overdrawn, you’re overused. Being overdrawn makes you a debtor because you will depend on overdraft.

Every man must realize when his energy is going down. Every man must realize when he has crossed his limit. If you don’t pull out when the ovation is high, you will get mocked when your strength is gone. In leadership, you must realize when you should temporarily take a break so that you can reinvigorate. Understand that if you don’t continuously develop yourself in order to become better, you will end up becoming obsolete. Sometimes, take the backstage to get acquainted with the updates so that you can maintain your relevance. If you don’t know how to pull out, you will be overdrawn. Depending on overdraft makes you a debtor.

7. “The word in you is the world around you; environments are interpretations of inner symbols”

Your level of information is your level of reformation. It is information that shapes your environment. Wherever you are today was shaped and determined by the thoughts of your heart. Wherever you will be tomorrow will also be shaped and determined by your thoughts. Your words form your thoughts; your thoughts form your world. The word in you is the world around you. Environments are interpretations of inner symbols. The prints in your heart are the words in your heart. Your prints determine your outcome. Mind what you say within; mind your words.

8. “For every quote you write, life gives you a scold. Don’t drop the pen because of the cold; fill the scroll”

Your quotes can save or shave. Every good quote saves; every bad quote shaves. When your quote saves, hell breaks loose. Hell scolds those who save. For every quote you write, life gives you a scold. Don’t drop the pen because of the cold; fill the scroll. The scroll you fill contains the information that will change your world for good. Put your thoughts on the scroll so that people that will come after you will learn the lessons of the old. There is wisdom in the lessons of the old. Somehow, they teach the young how to exercise restraint. Be bold to be a printer; type your quote on the scroll. You were created to make an input.

9. “Rigidity never applies common sense in decision making. It sticks to shallow convictions in spite of glaring evidences”

Perceptions in life may differ but there are certain truths that are basic. Anyone whose perception is different from basic or standard truths is deemed insane. In spite of basic or standard truths, some people, out of rigid idiosyncrasies, still differ. Such people end up making wrong decisions. Rigidity never applies common sense in decision making. It sticks to shallow convictions in spite of glaring evidences.

Flexible people are willing to learn. They look into the inner crevices of the subject before accepting or objecting the information, decision, or strategy. Avoid rigidity; imbibe flexibility.

10. “People who are not up to date get disgraced when opportunities relate”

The knowledge of yesterday may not be relevant today. What you studied yesterday may not be useful today. The certificate of the past can be tendered for an appointment, but the knowledge may not be so useful today. Every day, the world is moving on. Every day, the depth of knowledge is being broken. Except you keep updating yourself, you may end up irrelevant in a field you were once an expert. People who are not up to date get disgraced when opportunities relate. There are people who deliberately dodged huge opportunities because they didn’t have what it took to take advantage of what they were offered. Updates make you celebrate when privileges come your way. It is grave danger to live in the world of immense opportunities without enjoying the goodies that come with them because someone did not do an update. To be in the vanguard of successful people, you must do what successful people do – successful people update themselves regularly with cutting edge information.

Ken is a leadership Motivation, Strategy and Personal Development Writer, Blogger and Speaker. He writes for a number of magazines and blogs. He is also a mentor and published author of several books.