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The seeds in the soil that made it into plants died. They just didn’t die, they decayed, yet, they came out of the ground because they fought. Coming out of death and decadence did not mean it was the end of trouble, because they were welcome by the scorching sun, the down pouring rain, and the freezing winter. They didn’t realise as they fought their way out of isolation that they will have to endure the cutting edges of the farmers’ tools – they call it trimming. They survived. Their determination to survive made them bear fruits – it made them give food to millions of hungry people. They became part of man’s ability to inhabit this planet called earth, and because they strived, they thrived. Every mind gets to a stage where it goes from elastic to inelastic, and just when you think you’ve had enough, it will go…

Early this year, one professional gave me her dissertation to read through and make corrections, if need be. I don’t like reading dissertations because most of the ones I’ve read are riddled with grammatical nauseating errors, including some doctoral papers. To give her the benefits of a doubt, I picked it up to look at the first two pages. I usually do that in order to make a decision whether or not it’s worth reading. My God, it was worth the read. She wrote in such a flawless way that I advised her to go into lecturing. In spite of my praise for her work, she didn’t believe in herself. A fortnight ago, I saw her filling out a job application form, and I asked what role it was, and the position. According to her, it was one step above her current position, and so, I encouraged her to go…

A fortnight ago, my son went for a football trial and hurt himself – he sprained his ankle. The mum and I took him to A&E the next night as it was getting swollen. X-ray was done. Thank God, no bone was broken. The situation meant I had to adjust my schedules in order to drive him to school, as he was on double crutches. It wasn’t convenient, but I’m talking about my son. I have a habit, which I acquired from my late maternal nanny – I always admonish my children, especially when, sometimes, I have the time to drive them to school – they mostly go alone, especially my son, because his school is fifteen minutes walk from the house – my daughter’s is about an hour on foot, so she goes on the bus. This morning, as I took him to school, I spoke to him about…

10 AMAZING FACTS RELATED TO SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE When I write an article, I usually begin with a quote, a story, or a poem. Most often, I prefer using another person’s quote, so it can corroborate what I’m saying – to make an interesting read, you need a bit of other people. So, in doing this piece of content, I went online to search for a quote, but couldn’t find what would reflect exactly what I had in mind – I went from site to site, page to page, but still couldn’t find what would provide that energy to the readers, and as I did, something came out of my heart. My heart said to me, “I won’t hit the ground running, but I promise to put one foot down to test the grounds I’ll be walking, and then decide if it’s the place to run or not.” It made no…

15 Ways to Identify Idiots – 15 Things I’ve Seen Idiots Do Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, idiot was formerly a legal and psychiatric category of profound intellectual disability in which a person’s mental age is two years or less, and he or she cannot guard against common dangers. And more interestingly, this original profiling still holds for certain people, considering the way and manner they respond to issues of prime importance. If you want to know how people think, and how they respond to issues, be close to the social media. The coming of the social media and digital technology has exposed how people see things or how they perceive and react to stimuli. Sometimes, you’re agape as to how people see yellow and call it purple even if they don’t have colour blindness, and when you point them to the right direction, they’ll come up with some twisted logic…

I was once a student – I am still a student, and will ever be, because I learn always and from everything I see. In my opinion, everyone is a student because one way or the other, we all learn or are supposed to learn. Learning isn’t only confined to the classroom – life itself is a teacher – only babies don’t realise that, but unfortunately, some so called adults are actually babies. The way they make their decisions, and the way they take actions coupled with their reactions to stimuli is pathetically penultimate to jejune mentality. Without further ado, let me dive straight into what makes a bad student. 1. A bad student hates the teacher: you may not like the subject, but never hate the teacher even if there are multiple reasons to. I must be honest, some teachers don’t deserve being liked for so many different reasons,…

Some days ago, it was reported on the mainstream media that eight mountain climbers were missing in the Indian Himalayas. The eight climbers include four Brits, two Australians, one American, and one Indian. And a couple of days ago, it was sadly reported that five bodies have been found. The goal of the mountain climbers was to summit Nanda Devi; India’s second highest mountain. The cause of their misfortune was as a result of avalanche on the 25000 feet mountain. Climbing a mountain is a big risk – you need the right skills and characters to get to the peak, and while at the peak, you also need those attributes and qualities to stabilise your position at the top, and in spite of the skills and character, the unwanted do happen. On your way up, a lot of things happen – attractions and distractions – if you lose your focus, you can fall,…

This morning, I was reminiscing – thinking about my childhood – how I grew up, and the people that were around me. I thought of them and the results they combed out of life. As I pondered, I matched their outcomes side by side their successes, and only a few passed the test. I began to question their characters and the decisions and indecisions they made. I question characters when people don’t take advantage of the opportunities around them, and what people don’t see as opportunities, I do see. It was not an opportunity to be born poor, but to me, it triggers the anger not to remain poor – the trigger is an opportunity. It’s not an opportunity to grow up in an environment where there isn’t a provision of a basic, quality education, but to me, it instigates a hatred for ignorance – the hatred is an opportunity. It was…

The easiest way to describe a goal is to use football as illustration. In a football game, there are goal posts, which are the target points, and there’s a ball. The drive of everyone on the pitch is to kick that ball into the net – the moment the ball goes into that net; a goal is scored. No matter how much ball possessions you have, or how much attempt you make on target, if the ball doesn’t go into the net, you do not score – no goal is achieved. To score a goal, there are five steps to follow – these are five steps to success in life. These steps can basically be applied in all hemispheres of life. Talent Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania says: “Talent—when I use the word, I mean it as the rate at which you get better with effort. The rate…