Some everyday useful stuffs

Wake up

Turn off alarm

Check phone //no, instead// Smile and speak to the day

Wake your family //no, instead// Have your personal devotion

Personal hygiene

Drag your feet till you’re about to be late //no, instead// set and kickstart a schedule for your first four hours at work

Get stuck in traffic //no, instead// get something done via your phone

Settle in when you get to the office //no, instead// tick two things off your to-do list by the time you get to the office

Share your blog: A different approach

I have seen a number of networking events here that seems to promise exposure for participating bloggers. For one reason or the other, I’m not persuaded by the system used to carry out the exercise. I’ve never participated in one so I’m not sure how effective it is. But the setup makes me curious about the true aim of the exercise. So this is going to be different, here’s how:

1. Go to the comment thread

2. Describe the kind of blog you’d like to follow

3. Describe the kind of blog your blog is

4. Reblog this post

5. Come back later to see blogs you might find interesting

That should do.

Think about it

Talking about your problems doesn’t make it go away, it only makes you accept it. Seek answers, search for a solution. And when you find the right solution, make it work. You are not the only person in the world, don’t be a stumbling block to another person.

80% of what you do today makes up less than 20% of what your life will look like in 10 years. Meanwhile, there is a 20% that will produce 80% of your life in 10 years. Spot that 20% and don’t blow it. They are simple everyday moments. Live to be fulfilled.


Global tendencies and you

I find the recent developments in the world, on a global scale, very interesting. The spotlight is on politics and governance again. And all kinds of reactions have been triggered in the hearts of people based on some people’s perspective of what is happening. My passion is people, and even of one person reads this, it’s worth it for me in every way. So, my information here pertains to you, the individual, not a body of people or the government.

When someone talks to you before you accept what they say, ask yourself ‘who are these people and what do they want?’. Initially the purpose of the news media is to bring to the people information from the top decision makers of the world. But with the advent and rise of the internet and social media, their role gradually changed from that of providing information to analyzing information. There is just one problem with analyzing information, anybody can do it. It doesn’t require any special techniques because there is no regulation or body of knowledge that shapes it. What am I trying to say? There is no more professional in “journalism”. Every one of them is now an analyst and analysts have opinions. Journalism has evolved into a form of activism. And now they use their coverage to exact their influence over the world. I don’t believe it’s a crime to say what you like but if you enforce your opinions in your expression of what is happening, you’re doing the world a disservice.

Protests can change the laws of a country but it cannot change the hearts of men. And I hope you know that activism produce protests. And protests produce civil unrest. And one moment of foolishness can birth a war from the unrest. I remember a placard I saw one time about people protesting against rape. It says, ‘don’t tell us how to dress, tell them not to rape’. Hahaha, very funny! Tell who? And who should do the telling? Refuse to be stupid in your life. Your own life is in your hands. What I’m trying to say here is, the argument can sound so right and the reality is very foolish. Live wisely.

These are crucial times in the history of various countries in the world. An end has not come to globalization, instead the concept now has a new forward. And I think the new forward is much more exciting. It’s an era of responsibility and to be honest, it’s about time. When change comes, you don’t stand up to fight it instead you look to take advantage of it. The problem with a lot of investors who seem cornered by the new forward is that they’ve been gambling. As for you, never be bothered that things are not going your way. Life doesn’t work by the figure-everything-out model, rather it works by the one-step-at-a-time model. If you are truly relevant today and you stay informed and adaptable, you’ll always be relevant.

In closing, change is bound to happen. There can’t be progress without change. If you don’t move, nothing will move in your life. Your life is not in the hands of any government. I get surprised at how people look up to the government to play the role of God in their lives. If you have a problem, no government will solve your problem because governments are not made to solve problems. Governments organize society; that’s their job. They can be compassionate in one or two things, but they are not meant to be a compassion-giver or care-giver. I’ve said it before here; people are the ones supposed to solve other people’s problems. Not government trying to do something to help some people. Make up your mind to be part of the helpers, not among those needing help. 

Wisdom is not often in high sounding ideas and loud arguments, rather it’s more often in simple communication. This is just to add value to the life of someone and I hope it does.

Peace with prosperity be with you

The secret of prosperity (2)

Prosperity does not just mean wealth in abundance. Prosperity is also seen in the quality of wealth. The quality of wealth is what the wealth means to you, what you can do with it, how you got it, etc. The quality of wealth is often what gives you social capital. And there are some entries that only social capital can give you. Plan to be prosperous, not just to have excess money. The first thing with being prosperous is learning to put money in its place. If you haven’t read the first part of this post, you should now (before going further).

The second thing you need is to live according to what you learn in the new life. This includes things so diverse that it cannot be expressed in written form like this. But I’ll show you some patterns in that line of thought. Your decisions are going to start going against conventional wisdom. You’ll be making stand alone decisions; decisions that separates you from the crowd. You’ll need to be and you’ll have to be so crazily patient. Let no man deceive you, prosperity does not come by hardwork. Some even make it sound nice that hardwork in the right direction is what produces prosperity. But that is just as wrong. Hardwork is a word that goes with poverty and being average (that is, striving to make ends meet). Hardwork is not something that is enjoyed but something endured. That cannot be the way to prosperity. The way to prosperity is relevance. And the concepts that go along with relevance are right association, opportunities, favour. These are the lines into the life of prosperity. Follow this way and make your life that of ease. 

The secret of prosperity (1)

There are many ways to get wealth. Myriads of people have used many ways through the years that we have seen. Some of them have chronicled their methods to enlighten others. But there’s something that I’ve noticed; all wealth are not the same. There is wealth that takes away the health of a man. There is wealth that takes away a man’s sanity. There is wealth that literally drives a man wild and makes him (or her, of course) lose focus of the important things in life. There is wealth that breeds anxiety. There is wealth that conditions the life of a man to continuous struggle. There is wealth that takes away the value and respect of a man. There is wealth that reduces a man’s life to a game of hide and seek. When the world makes you wealthy, it takes something more important away from you (like what is listed above or other variants of it). And for me, the purpose of wealth is lost if you lose a vital part of yourself in getting it.

Many do not know that it’s possible to be very wealthy and free because of the way they’ve been made to see the society. Let me tell you today, it is very possible to be very wealthy without losing any important part of your life. There are two things involved. The first is breaking away from the lordship of the god of this age. And that includes accepting the lordship of another master. Fortunately, there is only one true source; the living God revealed in the man Jesus. Why Jesus? Because he has a life for you to live. Money seems to be the god of this age. People go to places they don’t like to do what they hate just because of money. How money exercises lordship over people’s lives! The only way to break out of that cycle is to embrace one who has a better life to offer you. And not just identify with him but sit to learn what he really has to offer. And then, the lordship of money will gradually lose a foothold in your mind. When money cannot push you here or there anymore, then you are ready to prosper God’s way. 

Words for life

Hi. It’s been a while. Been busy. Been making impact in the lives of people around me for sure. I hope you’re making progress too in your life. This is an excerpt of a letter I wrote to someone recently. I believe you can learn something significant from there.

I am very pleased to be writing to you. I really appreciate your understanding and your patience that you have decided to hear me out on matters pertaining to your life. I hope the discussions we’ve had before now means something to you. Like I previously said, I talk to you because I consider you a friend. I believe it would be unjust to be pregnant with words for you and to hold back. I talk to you because you are intelligent and also because you have a great future ahead of you.

My concerns about the circumstances surrounding your life now is you. As I have mentioned before, timing is a very important fragment of life. Anyone who understands timing and gets it right always will almost never have a regrettable decision. You are at a crucial point in your life; a very important defining moment. Your decisions in the next 2 – 3 years would determine the next 4 decades of your life. The purpose of having these conversations with you is not to force you to change or to drive you in another direction, rather it is to make you better informed for decision making. I want to give you materials to think with, so that you can have more information to process before you make your decision. This is so that you would not look back and say you didn’t have enough information to process your decision before you made it.

I’m going to be sharing a lot of things in this piece of writing. I believe it’s something you need to read again and again and again for it to really soak in. The question we want to answer is, ‘what more can I do?’ I hope these words mean more than words to you.

Reality of today’s world

We need to lay a foundation in understanding, so we need to talk about this. You are a part of life on earth. You live in an age of systems and there is a system in this world. Society is built on understanding. To lack the understanding about the operations of the society is to be programmed for a life of poverty (that is, a life at the mercy of others). The true meaning of poverty is a life that contributes nothing to the wellbeing of another person (or people).

In today’s world, living has a structure. Many because of democracy have delegated critical part of their life to chance and emptiness because of the false hope they feed themselves about the world’s reality. For example, the government is not saddled with the responsibility of creating jobs for anybody. It is not one of the functions of the government but because people dictate what governance is in democracy, they create these lies for themselves. When people say government should create jobs, ask yourself, what will or should those people be doing? They should just have buildings and offices filled with people who will queue up for salaries at the end of the month? Good life as a member of the society is based on the exchange of value. But many people will rather claim rights, cry for entitlement, etc. People expect the government to play God and get burned by it (i.e. their expectation). But even in the flames, they would not admit responsibility.

You need to know all that so that you can know the understanding someone is talking from when they are talking with/to you. You are responsible for your own life. And your life is going to be an expression of what you know. I know my views are correct because if you believe them, they put you in a position of control. But many would have their life out of their control, so that they can have someone to blame for their failure in life. In life, nothing good (remarkable and sustainable) comes by chance. The default choice of life is never good; it naturally tends to failure. So if you are going to be successful, you’ll have to be proactive.

The world has nothing to offer you. That is a fact you need to come to terms with. Life’s big question is, what do you have to offer the world? This is the reality of the world. And it is more glaring in today’s world than ever. Don’t be carried away by the looks of New York city or the glamour of London or the trends from Dubai, if you don’t have something to offer the societies of those places, it can be as hell as the harshest places on the earth. If you run an NGO, it means you depend on money from other sources. That makes you a taker, not a giver. You don’t make money, neither do you create value. Instead, you create an establishment of dependence. And the hallmark of poverty is dependence.

For clear understanding, there are two kinds of people; assets and liabilities. Assets are people who add value to the world by creating something that improves the wellbeing of another person. Liabilities are people who live off the value that the assets have created. You know one critical problem with the world? Too many liabilities. Liabilities slave themselves (aka work) to live the quality of life they want and desire. Assets think of how they can improve life and go ahead to create something. People actually choose what they become. But they don’t choose by claim or words, the choice is made by the knowledge and information they have. Contrary to what many would say or think, everybody in the world can be an asset. In fact, everybody is supposed to be an asset.