Think differently

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Many years ago, people journeyed from one place to another on horses, camels, and donkeys, but the advent of automobiles revolutionized the world of transportation.

 
Many years ago, people used the abacus system for calculations and learning, but the invention of computers revolutionized the world of learning.

 
All these were possible because individuals decided to think differently; hence, they found new ways of doing old things and a vast spectrum of discoveries and possibilities.

 
If you will choose to think differently and find new ways of doing old things, you too can birth innovations without limits.

 

Will you think differently?

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RELENTLESS PURSUIT

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Very recently, I read a news from one of my favorite news websites about a man who has achieved a great feat and it’s worth sharing.

 

Mohammed Abubakar joined the aviation industry in Nigeria some 24 years ago as an aircraft cleaner but that wasn’t his final destination because he had a dream…

 

He obviously couldn’t afford his luxurious dream at the time, but he chose to be relentless in his pursuit towards his dream.

 

He obviously would have had the roughest of times working as a cleaner but he chose not to throw away his tomorrow over the frustrations of yesterday.

 

He kept his dream alive

 

He kept his passion burning

 

He kept his hands diligent and kept taking those little steps of faith towards his greatness.

 

And after 24 years, he rose from obscurity to significance as he watched his dream come true, from an aircraft cleaner to a qualified pilot!

 

Today he is wears a captain’s badge and carries out flight operations for one of the famous airlines in Nigeria.

 

As you read his story and admire his accomplishments, you must realize that “pursuit is the proof of desire”, so never let the pains of the past or present stifle the hope of the future.

 

Dreams come true!

 

You must be and remain R E L E N T L E S S in your pursuit until you watch your dream become reality.

 

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Prolific life and Leadership lessons from the train.

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A few days ago, I had to travel from Abuja to Kaduna to do a training for one of my clients and my preferred means of transport was by rail.

 

 

So I arrived the train station early that morning to catch my train to Kaduna, I got my ticket, boarded the train and at 7am we took of from Idu train station, headed for Rigasa station in Kaduna.

 

 

As I sat back and enjoyed the 2hours 15mins ride, I began to glean prolific life and Leadership lessons from the train and I’ll share with you:

 

 

1. The train is a vehicle with capacity to carry both people and luggage- As a leader, you need to build capacity in order to achieve and sustain your success.

 

 

2. The train has an engine positioned in front which gives vision and direction to the train- Vision and direction are great leadership qualities and are necessary ingredients for success in life.

 
3. The train operates by time and is time bound- As a leader, You must value time and maximize time to reach your Greatness.

 

 
4. The train rides along it’s assigned track or lane- In life, you must learn to focus on your assigned track and mind your lane. As a leader, focus is critical to hitting your goals and targets.

 
5. The train has many stop overs and halts but one destination- on the journey of life, there are many stop overs, but you must know your destination and remain tenacious till you get there.

 

 
6. As the train gets to each halt and stop over, passengers board and un-board- On your journey to success, people come in and go out of your life at various times, you must know the right time to let them come and go.

 

 

7. The engineer who pilots the train must be trained- In life you must have adequate and appreciable level of knowledge to achieve success and reach your greatness. Read, learn, grow.

 
8. The engine carries the fire power that propels the entire train towards it’s destination- Success doesn’t just happen by chance, you must have enough dexterity and fire power that can propel you towards your dreams.

 

 

9. I observed there was a sense of orderliness with the seating arrangements in the train- Every leader needs character. Order is the major difference between a bush and a garden. Order breeds increase and a life void of order will seldom succeed.

 
10. The train applies series of caution to ensure a safe ride- life’s journey may seem rough, rugged and unending but in all, you must learn to wisely apply caution to ensure you safely reach your greatness.

 
11. The train blares it’s horn periodically to signal it’s advancement to it’s surrounding- As we journey through life, you must be critical about the kind of signal you send out to your surrounding.

 

 

12. The train has an entire crew that makes each journey possible- In life, teamwork makes the dream work. One is too small a number to achieve greatness. You must get the right team in order to win life’s game.

 

These are the few lessons I gleaned from my train ride. Learn, unlearn and apply yourself diligently.

 

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Unlocking the doors of success

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In a recent chat with a friend about business success, I pointed out four key factors that will help any young entrepreneur succeed amongst others and I want to share those thoughts with you.

 

1. You must get used to rejection: For many reasons, people out there will hate your ideas, misunderstand, misinterpret and out rightly reject you and your amazing dream and ideas as you journey in the world of business, but you must get used to it. Rejection must provoke redirection and reprojection and never ejection.

 

2. You must be relentless: Recently a friend of mine wrote of how he was inspired by failure and has grown to become a force to be reckoned with in the world of entrepreneurship in his state. This was only possible because he was relentless! Many people fail and fall and quickly give up for one reason or the other, but my friend failed forward and his failure has propelled him to greater heights.

 
3. You must have faith: One universal secret of success is FAITH. Your belief about yourself and your dream plays a critical role in determining whether or not you will rise or fall. Without faith, success becomes largely impossible!

 

4. You must know your game well: Athletes win because they master their games and even in the game of business, Mastery thrives over mediocrity. It is therefore your responsibility to know your game, master it and play to win. And when you become a master, choose to grow your mastery in order to remain relevant.

 

I shared these thoughts spontaneously as I chatted with my friend about how my journey to the world of business has been.

 

There are certainly other factors that breed success but if you’re a young business minded person with big dreams, then I urge you to note these four factors listed above and apply yourself diligently.

 

See you at the top!

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Creative Problem Solving

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Very recently, as I surfed the web page of a popular online news forum, I came across a headline announcing the new invention of a country that would host the Olympics in 2020 and I was curious to find out…

As I read through the news, I was amazed to discover how they had just invented mobile mosques ahead of the Olympic games to help visiting muslim tourists find a comfortable place to pray (5 times) daily during the games period.

This country is a minority muslim country but they realized that a lot of muslim tourists will partake in the games, hence the need for prayer centers for them.

Pheew! Such brilliant discovery..

They discovered a need and took the initiative to birth creative solutions to meet the need.

There are several other needs around us every day!

You must train your mind to see these opportunities and your hands to craft out creative solutions to meet these needs and solve these problems…

By so doing, you create value and get rewarded with wealth all because you solved a problem.

What problems have you discovered and what are you doing to solve them creatively?

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Strategic collaboration

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One of the many lessons I have learnt about life is that all creations were designed to function through partnership because nothing can be fruitful by itself.

A tree doesn’t make a forest, so whenever you get isolated, you miss your chances of fruitfulness.

Strategic partnership exists and functions for a common purpose, with a common vision and by a common strategy and they are guided by these principles:

READINESS: There must first be the mutual readiness of the partners and each of them must be prepared and equipped for the alliance.

PURPOSE: The partners must have a common vision, interest and intersection of purpose that orchestrates the partnership.

UNDERSTANDING: There must be an acceptable depth of understanding that builds the foundation of agreement for partnership because two can’t work together unless they agree. Effective communication enhances understanding.

TRUST: Each partner must build mutual trust and have a reservoir of character, integrity and capability.

FOCUS: There must be a focus on the common interest, the vision and the goal of the partnership.

SYNERGY: Each partner must value their connection and synergize, so as to create a win-win partnership.

INVESTMENT: Partners must be willing to invest in each other and in their partnership.

EXPERTISE: Each partner must bring on board his strength, gift, knowledge, specialty and talent to grow their strategy and partnership.

Successful people everywhere understand that one is too small a number to achieve greatness, so they seek better collaboration instead of bitter competition.

It is therefore your responsibility to find your strategic partners and succeed together!

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Use it or lose it!

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On that day I knew for sure that something beautiful dropped in my mind, one of the brightest ideas ever had just dropped in my spirit and I was excited.

A few days down the line, I realized that I couldn’t remember a thing about this beautiful idea I had celebrated with gross inaction and this wasn’t the first time it was happening to me.

Thinking about this, it got me worried and after a time of meditation, I felt like God spoke to me and said in plain terms:

“If you don’t capture ideas when they come they’ll fly away and if you don’t Nurture ideas when they come, they’ll die”…

So I learnt from that day how to act on my ideas by capturing them and nurturing them to fruition.

I also learnt that inaction paralyzes initiative.

As you read my story, you can choose to celebrate your ideas with action and not inaction.

Capture them by writing them down with a pen and paper, Nurture them by breaking them into actionable steps that will birth the dream, because if you don’t use it, you will lose it!

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