Of Value and Relevance… My experience..

'Worth' highlighted, under 'Value'After signing some transaction papers to seal a deal in one of my meetings during the course of the immediate past week, I headed out of the meeting venue and picked a cab to get me to my next destination.

As I sat back and enjoyed the ride, feeding my eyes with all I could see both left and right ways, I soon realized that we were approaching my destination.

I quickly reached into my pocket and brought out a few notes, which included a 500 naira bill that would be a part of my cab fare.

Taking a closer look at that particular bill, I discovered it was a counterfeit note.

As I payed my fare with another note and alighted from the cab, It dawned on me that I couldn’t spend the first note anymore because it was useless!

It had lost all It’s value and relevance.

Now, this explains why many people and things quickly lose value and relevance in life.

If you must remain a person of value and relevance, you must be GENUINE and ORIGINAL, because counterfeits are always short-lived.

#LifeByDesign.

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GREATNESS is NOT for the fainthearted

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Very recently, I read a story about the procedures of final selection of soldiers to battle in the army of ancient Israel and the high point for me was when the commanding officer makes an open announcement:

“IF ANY IS FEARFUL AND FAINTHEARTED, LET HIM TURN BACK AND GO HOME”

Once this is done, certain adjustments and selections are made, the troop is dispatched and led to the conquest.

It quickly dawned on me that GREATNESS IS NOT FOR THE FAINTHEARTED!!!

That’s why the commanding officer ensures he gets rid of mediocre and cowards who easily give up and turn their backs in battle from his troop.

Indeed the battles of life are not for the weak and easy-to-give-up kind of people, but for the brave and the strong hearted.

If you must conquer, you must confront, if you must win, you must stand strong and not back out. You must realize that Victory, Success and Greatness is NEVER for the Fainthearted.

You must possess the it’s-not-over-until-u-win attitude.

You must be Strong, Courageous and focused.

Will You Evolve or Regress?

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Irrelevance has always been and will always be the final destination of a person, thing or place that lacks continuous improvement.

This is why products are rebranded and even places are facelifted in the process of time.

Manufacturers always develop new and improved models and versions of their products, to meet the trend and ensure effective competition in the market.

If you are a product and the world around you is your market, what are you offering them and how relevant are you in today’s market?

If you must remain relevant to your world, both now and in the future, you MUST constantly improve by transforming yourself.

Let your good be better and your better best.

It’s your responsibility to constantly evolve into a better you.

If you’re not UPDATED, you’ll certainly be OUTDATED, and so will you EVOLVE or REGRESS?

The choice is yours!

#Transform #Evolve #Update #Improve #BeRelevant

Wisdom from the ANTS

time-to-change-tennessee-s-mental-health-laws-an-ode-to-ants-adhd-wfzMi8-clipartOne of the wisest men to ever tread this earth is the explicitly intelligent and wealthy Jewish King named Solomon.

His wisdom, cutting across almost all facets of life can be found in some of his literary works.

After a careful study of the ants, be wrote in one of his books:

“take a lesson from the ANTS, learn their ways and become wise! Though they have no Prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they work hard all summer gathering food for winter, but you lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- then will poverty pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”

Four (4) wisdom-lessons from the ants in this story are:

  1. A- Attitude of Initiative
  2. N- Nature of Integrity
  3. T- Thirst for Industry
  4. S- Source of Insight

Ants are entrepreneurial in nature, and through personal leadership, they maximize their lives and take action to create solutions that ensure abundance, because poverty and scarcity will always take advantage of those who love to rest, sleep and relax when it’s time to work.

#ChooseToMaximizeYourLife

Fly With Eagles!

Bald Eagle in mid-air flight over Homer Spit Kenai Peninsula Alaska WinterGoing through the process of the first quarter of this year, there has been a lot to learn, to do and to be grateful for.

Among the things I am so grateful for are my networks and associations.

I’m privileged to have great friends!

During the weekend, I travelled in the company of one of my friends and big brother from Port Harcourt to Yenagoa in Bayelsa state and from there we journeyed to Owerri in Imo state, where I spent the larger part of Saturday night with two other friends in that city before returning to Port Harcourt on Sunday.

At the end of my time out with my friends, I was refreshed, challenged and encouraged as we shared ideas on various issues bordering on almost all areas of life.

Indeed like Dr. John Maxwell will say, true friends:

  1. Are deeply committed
  2. Speak the truth always
  3. Refresh each other
  4. Sharpen each other

In this new season, you must be mindful of your friends because the company you keep will always determine your pace in life.

If you want to soar, don’t company with chickens or pigeons, fly with eagles!

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UNLEASH Your Talent

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A certain master endowed his servants with talents and took a journey. These talents are symbolic of the great treasure, gifts, strength and ability placed within us by our Creator.

After a while the master returned and it was time to receive their accounts of stewardship. The first servant maximized his talent and multiplied his wealth, the second servant did likewise and they were duly commended, but the third servant had a different story to tell.

He was scared to maximize his talent because he never understood the potential of his talent and consequently buried it.

The master asked him “why did you leave your talent dormant and untapped?” He called him lazy, wicked and unprofitable for refusing to maximize his talent.

For many people who are like this fellow, you must realize that:

  1. Everyone came loaded with (at least) a Gift/Strength/Talent.
  2. Every Gift/Strength/Talent is God-given.
  3. Every Gift/Strength/Talent is given to make you productive, make you a Blessing and make you profit.
  4. Every Gift/Strength/Talent has the potential to Multiply.
  5. It’s an act of wickedness and slothfulness, to choose NOT to maximize your Gift/Strength/Talent and profit from it.

It’s your responsibility to UNLEASH your talent and choose to bless humanity!

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Profound Life, Leadership & Business Lessons from the Tower of Babel

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Nimrod was a mighty and prosperous man who lived many years ago and had an idea, to build a mega city with a skyscraper that would reach to heaven.

He shared his dream with his people and soon, they organized themselves and mobilized resources for the construction of this mega city, primarily to settle there and make a name for themselves.

Nimrod and his mega idea can be likened to the famous ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Al-Maktoum, and his mega idea of transforming Dubai by implementing nearly-impossible ideas.

Looking through the story of the tower of Babel, I discovered certain profound lessons from their successes and failures worth sharing:

THEIR SUCCESSES

  1. VISION: They had a dream/vision
  2. LEADERSHIP: They believed in their leadership and in the dream
  3. GOAL: They were united with a common goal
  4. MUTUAL AGREEMENT: They had a common language and a possibility mindset
  5. PLANNING: They understood their needs and had a workable plan of action
  6. TEAMWORK: They valued and practiced effective teamwork
  7. FOCUS & ACTION: They took actionable steps and focused on their plan of execution

THEIR ERRORS

  1. PURPOSE: They misaligned themselves from divine purpose
  2. COMFORT: They let their state of comfort impede their sense of progress
  3. PRIDE: They let their quest for fame to breed self-centeredness and this led to their failure.

Now, we can learn from their successes, note and avoid their errors and build the capacity needed to bring our dreams to fruition.

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reference: Genesis 10:9-10, 11:1-9