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On certain occasions, I have asked people what their passions are, and it usually comes to me as a shock when many people, including some very educated ones say they either don’t know or don’t have. I have come to a conclusion that a lot don’t know their passions because they don’t really know what it means. In some people’s imaginations, passion may be considered as one bogus and equivocal meaning, mystified in a remote part of man’s brain or heart, but I will quickly point out that that is an erroneous interpretation. Passion is simple to understand and easy to embrace because it comes from within – you don’t learn it, you don’t memorize it, because it is part and passel of you. Just like you don’t make efforts to breath under normal circumstances, you don’t also make efforts to have a passion for something. In furtherance, I would…

Rising From Inferiority Complex To Change Your World If you’re determined to make a difference even when you’re the weakest, you’ll become the bravest. Touching someone, helping someone, or making an impact isn’t the outcome of strength – it is the weak, the unnoticed or the unrecognised and unappreciated, not looking at themselves from the ugly perception of other people, but summoning the courage to rise up from inferiority and being belittled, to jump into the straying ship, and navigate it to safety, in spite of their meagre skills. There are many straying ships, and in it are most people in the demography of youths. There are some other straying ships – those that have given up to deteriorating health conditions. How about the straying ships of indebtedness, suicide, broken relationships, and many more? Imagine the straying ships of failed dreams, hopes and expectations! There are many in the streets…

When you see me dance, it doesn’t always mean that the music is rhythmic. I just want to prove that life isn’t all about melody but harmony. When I laugh, it doesn’t mean I’m always happy. I just have the audacity to say to sadness, you can’t control me. Maturity begins with taking responsibilities for your own actions, status and position. If you always think someone is responsible for your failures, without looking inward, you have no place on the arena of progress. The blame game may offer you emotional satisfaction, but it changes nothing – the only thing that’ll reposition you is defying the odds, without allowing the distractions of others affect your golden pursuit. If you don’t get bitter, but decide instead, to get better, you’ll be greater. Except you build your life, and I mean, your very life, you’ll remain a punching bag to those with upper…

When people don’t like you, sometimes, somehow, you look inwards to do a soul-search, and to see if you’ve done anything wrong, so that you can make amends. If you aren’t careful, you’d become so critical of yourself to the extent of being so self-negative. Sometimes, when you search within and evaluate yourself, you can’t really see anything that should make a rational human being hate you. At this point, you must understand that ‘when people hate you, you’re not always wrong. They just can’t stand you being right.’ Being right upsets some people. Being truthful and wisely honest irritate some people. They just want you to be in their corner, even when they’re conspicuously wrong. Don’t give in to them, and don’t give up on your values. Stand up and be counted, and even if they don’t count you, keep standing!

Some people are dead souls because they aren’t responding to the breath in them. You got to do, to be. If you bank only on intent or dream, without getting up to chase it, you’ll live a hundred years with empty hands. The only thing that does it is work, work, work. Stop talking, start working. Work on your idea. Work on your dream. Work on your expectations. You can’t reach your desired height mere staring at the sky. You must pull your weight. You must use your physical, mental and spiritual energy. You don’t win by mere vituperations. You win by congregating or fraternising all your skills, strengths and resources – all directed towards that goal. You can make something out of nothing. You can beat your background and succeed where the red lines of impossibilities were drawn against you. You can mock failure and say to him, I…

If you tread a road without leaving a footprint, only those who saw you might remember that you were there, if they choose to – and when they die, the memory dies. But if you walk that road and impress an impact, even if people forget you, history will never. Die to make a difference! You weren’t born to make up the numbers. You’re not here, simply because there’s a vacuum to fill up. You’re here because you can continue from where creativity stopped, and make your impact. Your impact may not be a loud bang. It may not be so conspicuous, glittering like the most beautiful ornaments. It may not diffuse with the sweetest smells of roses in the very early hours of the morning. But you’ve got to understand that a difference isn’t about size or intensity  – it’s about the commitment from the heart to change one…

Characteristics of Effective Leadership I have observed many leaders on small, medium and high levels, and to be honest, only a few have exhibited that gene that defines quality leadership – I’m not being critical, but honest. Sometimes, the types of decisions I have seen some leaders make are suicidal, and to add salt upon injury, the way they rigidly defend those decisions are unpardonable. As I regularly observed those in positions where sensitive decisions are made, it began to dawn on me what quality leadership should entail. To be an effective leader, you must fit into one or more of the following categories. 1. A leader is a servant: all the great leaders, dead or alive were servants to those they led. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and encouraged them to do likewise. Mahatma Gandhi lived a simple life and served his people – he was the…

At the beginning of this year, I published an article on positioning yourself for a successful year, and as the year is fast moving forward, I felt it sensible to remind you about the points mentioned in that lovely article. To make something out of the rest of this year, and to make sure that by the end of the year, you won’t be biting your nails, and be counting your pains instead of your gains, follow me, as I briefly talk about the following points. 1. Review the Past 6 Months: You can’t tell where you’re heading to, if you don’t know where you’re coming from. You must be able to assess your journey so far, so that you can strategize for the one ahead. Unequivocally speaking, review the past six months and account for it – accounting makes you take responsibility for the successes and failures, or for your indifference.…

Arsene Wenger said, ‘When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.’ Consistency is power, and it is what inspires success. Without consistency, every dream will die at birth stage. Those who climbed Mount Everest, didn’t do it without pains – they succeeded because despite the agony, consistency made them reach the summit. The industry bests didn’t attain their goals without the power of consistency. The great champions emerged and ruled in their chosen fields because they were consistent. You can’t achieve anything, you can’t become anything, you can’t reach any enviable height without consistency. I am not excited by your dream – I am excited by your consistency. I don’t respect your flamboyance – I respect your consistency. I am not impressed by your persuasive speech – I am impressed by your consistency.…