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The benefits of Self-awareness If you are a star but only focus on your dark side of life, you will blend with the night, and be lost in the night. The only stars that give light in the night are those that know that they have the power to shine. The power you are unaware of cannot make you anything, or bring you anything. I have met a lot of people with unbelievable level of intelligence, but one thing that most of them lacked is knowing who they are. Let me quickly point out that intelligence is nothing if there isn’t self-awareness. Self-awareness isn’t arrogance; it is the ability to know your originality so that you won’t feel inferior when you encounter other people’s personalities. No matter how high anyone you meet might be, being conversant with your identity will give you an element of positive ego, so that you…

When it comes to assets, what most people consider valuable are the tangible ones, especially when it is pecuniary in nature. The intangible assets that don’t produce instant physical results are disrespected, disregarded or considered not to be called assets by the generality of people. Why I don’t blame such ignorant reasoning is because I was once like that. As a hardcore science person, I once wondered why universities offered some so called humanity courses; I simply felt it was a waste of useful resources. In my rigid thinking, I assumed what isn’t seen shouldn’t be given much attention, until I began to notice how the unseen affects the seen. The causes of certain mental health challenges are unseen but the roles psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and many more play to bring sanity to those who need it is immense. If they weren’t there, our world would be chaotic. Climbing a…

For a few, they get instant hits when they come out of their cocoons to showcase their talents, but for many, they struggle and struggle until they almost give up – many do give up indeed. Last year, as I watched the Man Booker Award on BBC, the winner, Marlon James, said he almost gave up writing 10 years ago. Why? Because there wasn’t recognition; no one seemed to notice that he was a great talent, but his determination to drive on, later made him win a worldwide recognized literary award. As I read the book, “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” written mainly in Jamaican Patois, I may not have liked it, but it won anyway. In my opinion, what made it win aren’t the contents, but a collection of the hard work and determination that have been put into his talent years before. I believe that life has…

As the year comes to an end, goal setters are beginning to look back to assess what 2015 was like. The statistics will determine if it’s been successful, static, or retrogressive. The outcome of the assessment becomes the baseline for setting next year’s goals. In addition to baseline, it tells you what and what should be done. And as individuals, families, and companies have their Christmas and end of year parties, behind the fun, there’s rumination resonating in the heads of business-minded people and leaders. The written and unwritten data are staring them in the face, reminding them of the realities of what the year has been like. These realities will inform their decisions on the actions to take to make the coming year worth celebrating. To assess the achievements of 2015, asking yourself the following questions will bring you to a logical conclusion. 1. What were the goals?: It…

One fact that many strategists and consultants hardly tell their clients is that there is a page in the chapter of every business or pursuits where the excellent formulas don’t work no matter their records of success. At that stage, many who believe only, in the culture of success, with the inability to wrestle failures, wobble. There is a time that, in spite of your astuteness, all your tactical proficiencies will amount to nothing. In your pandemonium, life will become a conundrum. Until you understand that success is a journey through the stormy sea, you won’t be able to cope when challenged by the unexpected. Those who don’t understand only see the designer suits won by those who fought their ways through unbelievable odds; they only hear the great speeches delivered by those that, behind the scenes, have fought the dragons and won. Those who won only made it to…

The word ‘Success’ scare a lot of people because, their definition is centred on some misconstrued and misguided interpretations. Most people’s mental figuration of success is pecuniary in nature, and for some, it is either in the hub of fame or power. Due to this misconception, many people that have succeeded in various areas of life, career, business, or education do not celebrate themselves because they do not consider their so called infinitesimal achievement as success. I know a man that had terminal cancer. To him, if he was given $1B as a gift, it wouldn’t be success. Success to him is the ability to beat cancer. Do you know what? He succeeded, because he actually beat cancer. There is another man I know. He was a stack illiterate person. He had nine children, and his desire was to give at least half of them, quality University education. Out of…