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One thing many people want to avoid is mistakes. Most of us want to avoid failing or dabbling into error because mistakes, errors and failure come with a heavy price. Mistakes can be costly. Mistakes are painful. Mistakes bring regret and guilt. Nobody likes to face embarrassment or be embarrassed and mistakes seem to be […]

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One thing many people want to avoid is mistakes. Most of us want to avoid failing or dabbling into error because mistakes, errors and failure come with a heavy price. Mistakes can be costly. Mistakes are painful. Mistakes bring regret and guilt. Nobody likes to face embarrassment or be embarrassed and mistakes seem to be an open door to embarrassment so why make mistakes.

“Everyone hates to fail. We assume, rationally or not, that we’ll suffer embarrassment and a loss of esteem and stature. And nowhere is the fear of failure more intense and debilitating than in the competitive world of business, where a mistake can mean losing a bonus, a promotion, or even a job.” Richard Farson and Ralph Keyes

Much as we might want to avoid mistakes we will at one point or the other make mistakes. Making mistakes is inevitable and unavoidable in life.

Mistakes are common to man.

“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever met someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” Chris Hardwick

As long as we are in the flesh we are bound to make mistakes.

“We are human. We are not perfect. We are alive. We try things. We make mistakes. We stumble. We rise again. We try again. We keep learning. We keep growing. And we are thankful for this priceless opportunity called life.” Unknown

The person who will not make any mistake will not achieve anything.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Many times, the bigger the project, the bigger the mistakes that are likely to be made. We live in a world where mistakes, errors and inadequacies are prone but we are not our mistakes.

“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.” – Steve Maraboli

We must, therefore, not be afraid to make mistakes but learn to make the most of them. Mistakes, errors and failure are part of life and they need not incapacitate us.

“Mistakes are inevitable. The comeback is more important than the setback.” Unknown

 

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Luck or right positioning (1) https://tribuneonlineng.com/luck-or-right-positioning-1/ Sun, 29 Sep 2019 02:42:25 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=249070 Tribune Online
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Life does not give us what we want but what we demand, neither will life just drop what we want on our laps by luck. “Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson Many people think luck is a very important ingredient to success in […]

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Life does not give us what we want but what we demand, neither will life just drop what we want on our laps by luck. “Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many people think luck is a very important ingredient to success in life but we must have a right perspective of luck.

“Psychologist Richard Wiseman argues that luck is the outcome of human interaction with chance: Wiseman speculated that what we call luck is actually a pattern of behaviors that coincide with a style of understanding and interacting with the events and people you encounter throughout life. Unlucky people are narrowly focused, he observed. They crave security and tend to be more anxious, and instead of wading into the sea of random chance open to what may come, they remain fixated on controlling the situation, on seeking a specific goal. As a result, they miss out on the thousands of opportunities that may float by. Lucky people tend to constantly change routines and seek out new experiences.” Dennis Whittle

One of the greatest sources of failure and frustration in life is wrong positioning and not necessarily being unlucky. When someone is wrongly positioned, he cannot be reached by those who need him and, he too, can never maximize his potentials. A good illustration of wrong positioning is the common Yoruba saying that says when a hen flies and perches on a rope – both the hen and the rope are inconvenienced. Wrong positioning leads to serious inconveniences. If we are going to make our lives count we must be properly positioned.

Positioning is a responsibility we have to shoulder personally and this will demand doing whatever it will take.

“Smart people put themselves in the right places all the time in hopes of finding opportunity. They do that because, while it may be hard to know when the time is right, we can make educated guesses about which places are right.” Joe Grimm

Proper positioning starts with right mental positioning, that is, have a right mental attitude. Attitude is the settled way we think – the way we see things. If our thinking is warped it will wrongly position us and constitute a hindrance to us. When we have a wrong attitude we will attribute opportunities and success to luck. People do not succeed by luck. Luck, as is commonly said, is when preparation meets opportunity.

“We can make ourselves luckier by changing our outlooks: Wiseman saw that the people who considered themselves lucky, and who then did actually demonstrate luck was on their side over the course of a decade, tended to place themselves into situations where anything could happen more often and thus exposed themselves to more random chance than did unlucky people. The lucky try more things, and fail more often, but when they fail they shrug it off and try something else. Occasionally, things work out.”

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Would a movie on your life sell? https://tribuneonlineng.com/would-a-movie-on-your-life-sell/ Sun, 15 Sep 2019 02:51:07 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=245129 Tribune Online
Would a movie on your life sell?

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The article below was written by me about nine years ago and the content are still as apt as ever. Enjoy. I boarded an Amtrak train from Newark, New Jersey en route Baltimore, Maryland in the United States of America. Since I knew it would take me two hours and thirty three minutes to get […]

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The article below was written by me about nine years ago and the content are still as apt as ever. Enjoy.

I boarded an Amtrak train from Newark, New Jersey en route Baltimore, Maryland in the United States of America. Since I knew it would take me two hours and thirty three minutes to get to my destination, I settled in, surveyed my environment and prepared for the ride. I saw people with their laptops enmeshed in whatever they were doing (since the train was powered by electricity, it had electric points/sockets by every seat where you could plug in your electrical device, so, powering your laptop was not an issue). Some passengers were busy watching movies on their portable DVD players, while some busied themselves playing games. Others who had company were engaged in chit chat. Others just found solace in sleeping off or watching through the window the changing view as the train sped on.

I did not have my laptop with me, so, I had to think of how to wisely spend the travel time. Right in front of me, I saw a pocket with two complimentary magazines, so, I took one called Arrive. Arrive had great articles that took my time from stories on the latest technology to the mind-bugling mansions of the rich and powerful in New York, to the cozy travel destinations of choice around the world etc. Towards the end of the magazine, I came across a very familiar name – wow, it’s a story on Fela, our own Fela Kuti. I adjusted myself in my seat and read with rapt attention about my fellow kinsman. It was a review about the Broadway musical, Fela.

Much as I do not subscribe to many of Fela’s ideals, style and way of life, the review I read in the magazine provoked some questions which I want to pose to you too.

What will be written about you five years after you are dead and gone? Will your life and times be worth doing a movie on? Will your life and times ever be the basis of a bestselling book? Where will your influence reach during and after your lifetime? Will it be possible to read a story about you in a magazine on an airplane or train in a far away country? How significant is your life? How much influence does your life wield now and how much will it wield when you are dead and buried?

As we begin the final few weeks of the year, we need to pause and think about our lives. We must be careful that we are not living and coasting along without making any serious impact with our lives. We must not fall into the common error of having motion but no movement. We need to analyse what we are busy with to ensure we are not like the man in the rocking chair,  a lot of motion but he is at the same spot.

We need to look at the many months gone by this year and see if we have spent our lives wisely and profitably in the execution of our dreams and visions.

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The power of vision (II)

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Last time we began looking at the power of vision. Vision is the the picture which shows the potential of purpose. It is the mental picture of the preferred future state based on purpose. “Vision is a mental picture of the future. It is an idea of what the future can hold, but has not […]

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Last time we began looking at the power of vision. Vision is the the picture which shows the potential of purpose. It is the mental picture of the preferred future state based on purpose.

“Vision is a mental picture of the future. It is an idea of what the future can hold, but has not yet happened.

Vision is the thing inside of us that guides us. It creates a desire to grow and improve. Vision embodies our hopes and ideals. It gives us a sense of purpose. Visions brings us flashes or glimpses of what is possible.”  Chantal Bechervaise

Lack of vision leads to abandoned projects because not having a vision means one cannot see the preferred future so the likelihood of giving up when the going get tough is very high. A man with a vision sees the light at the end of the tunnel so he keeps plodding on till he arrives at the destination his vision has shown him.

A man with vision is propelled by his vision. All he sees is the possibility of what is ahead- abandoning ship midstream is no option. A man with a vision is more likely to be relentless in his pursuits than a moan without a vision.

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welsh

Vision propels action. You cannot see a glorious future and not want to do whatever is necessary to see it come to pass.

“A vision is a mental picture of the result you want to achieve—a picture so clear and strong it will help make that result real. A vision is not a vague wish or dream or hope. It’s a picture of the real results of real efforts. It comes from the future and informs and energizes the present.

A vision inspires action. A powerful vision pulls in ideas, people and other resources. It creates the energy and will to make change happen. It inspires individuals and organizations to commit, to persist and to give their best.

A vision is a practical guide for creating plans, setting goals and objectives, making decisions, and coordinating and evaluating the work on any project, large or small. A vision helps keep organizations and groups focused and together, especially with complex projects and in stressful times.” John Graham

Vision generates focus and eliminates distractions. When a man or an organization has vision they harness all their resources towards executing the vision. Whatever does not further the execution of the vision directly or indirectly is discarded. Vision create boundaries. A man of vision is not likely to just “ scatter” his life in many things but disciplines himself to do only things that relate to his vision. The vision determines his priorities. Everything we do must revolve round our vision. Our vision must be central to our lives. We must work the vision through meaningful pursuits so our impact in life will be great.  Our vision must not be limited. Vision expresses the potential of our purpose and potential, many times, is unlimited – we can go as far as we see.

For our lives to count we must have a global vision – we start small but we see and think big. This will demand hard work.

“What is your vision worth to you? If it’s not worth very much, you will abandon it. Your vision aims and defines your impact. Like light, your vision will be the mark you make. Focus all of your energy and direction and your life will cut steel like a laser. Little focus makes little impact. Maximum focus, maximized impact.” Mike Henry Snr

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The power of purpose https://tribuneonlineng.com/the-power-of-purpose/ Sun, 11 Aug 2019 07:42:29 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=233785 Tribune Online
The power of purpose

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Every human being is created for purpose. No human being is designed or destined to be an aimless, purposeless being. We are all created purposefully to achieve certain set objectives. Living oblivious of purpose is foolhardy and a great gamble. Purpose is the anticipated outcomes God wants our lives to fulfill. When we do not […]

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Every human being is created for purpose. No human being is designed or destined to be an aimless, purposeless being. We are all created purposefully to achieve certain set objectives. Living oblivious of purpose is foolhardy and a great gamble.

Purpose is the anticipated outcomes God wants our lives to fulfill. When we do not walk in purpose our lives becomes miserable. We will become restless. We will perpetually in motion moving from pillar to post in search of what will give us fulfillment and satisfaction. When we are out of purpose we will always be dissatisfied with whatever level of success we attain. No matter the accolades and achievements we record we will always feels unfulfilled and frustrated. A life lived outside or oblivious of purpose will have no defined direction. He will just be drifting through life aimlessly.

Purpose answers the “ why “ of our lives. It explains the reason for our existence. Purpose defines for us where our life is designed to be headed.

“The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.” Terry Orlick

Purpose makes us see the destination where we are going with our lives. Purpose gives direction .

When we discover purpose our lives becomes focused. We know we cannot just do anything but only the things we are created to do. Purpose will give meaning to our pursuits. We will live purposefully . . . We will look at life always from the angle of purpose.

When we discover and live in line with purpose we are propelled by purpose. We will have drive . . . Nobody need push us to do things, we will be self motivated.

“If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows much more easily.” Jack Canfield

Purpose makes life interesting so a man who lives in line with purpose will never be bored or discouraged. He is always seeing the glorious future of his purpose so whatever he goes through is never comparable to what he is seeing. He will always see light at the end of the tunnel.

When we discover and live in line with purpose whatever distress, difficulty or problem we encounter will not discourage us as we will see them as simply a part of the process to achieve our purpose.

“To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment.” James Allen

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” Viktor Frankl

Purpose is always discoverable in God. There is no product that a manufacturers will not have a purpose for.

 

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Leadership is who we are plus what we do https://tribuneonlineng.com/leadership-is-who-we-are-plus-what-we-do-2/ Sun, 04 Aug 2019 02:24:02 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=231634 Tribune Online
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The issue of leadership is what we cannot ignore or take with levity. Leadership is too critical an issue for us not to get it right. When we talk of leadership what most people do is to point fingers at those in the helm of affairs not realizing all of us are leaders. We are […]

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The issue of leadership is what we cannot ignore or take with levity. Leadership is too critical an issue for us not to get it right. When we talk of leadership what most people do is to point fingers at those in the helm of affairs not realizing all of us are leaders. We are all leaders in different ways and in different sectors.

“While great leaders may be as rare as great runners, great actors, or great painters, everyone has leadership potential, just as everyone has some ability at running, acting, and painting.” Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus

We all have a dual role in life – we oscillate between being followers and being leaders. A boss in an office is a leader but a follower under the governor of the state. A class captain in a class leads his fellow students but is also under the leadership of the school principal. The school principal leads the school but is under the leadership of the school board.

Both the leaders and the followers are important. The leader cannot lead without people following him and the follower without the leader might never reach the desired destination.

“In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” Harry Truman

“To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.”  Joe Namath

Leadership and follower-ship have different roles and we must be adept in both.

“The difference between followers and leaders is that followers need leaders to help them follow what leaders themselves are following. This relationship takes the form of a shared response-ability to a shared calling. Both find each other in a true fellowship to create the world responsibly.”  James Maroosis

Leadership is about exercising influence. Leadership is about affecting people’s beliefs and actions with a view to getting things done.

“I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal.”  Ben Carson,

If all of us get the issue of leadership right life will be better for all of us.

Leadership is primarily “who we are” before it becomes “what we do.” Not balancing this well will eventually lead to leadership failure. Most leaders give undue focus to the duties of leadership and ignore the engine that powers their activities – their personal development . It’s a disaster waiting to happen when a leader is not personally developed and does not have leadership life in him.

When a leader is developing personally and growing it is then his leadership will really be effective and enduring. It is who he is that will power what he does. To successfully carry out leadership functions a leader must have his leadership life – who he is- in good shape.

Leadership life is developed consciously by the  leader through personal growth. A leader  must grow and keep growing.

 

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Beginnings and endings (1) https://tribuneonlineng.com/beginnings-and-endings-1/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 05:30:22 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=229888 Tribune Online
Beginnings and endings (1)

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Life operates within the timeline of two major points. There are always beginnings and endings. People enter the world at birth and exit at death. Careers are started and terminate at retirement. The year starts in January and ends in December. There are always welcomes and goodbyes. There is matriculation and graduation. There is opening […]

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Life operates within the timeline of two major points. There are always beginnings and endings.

People enter the world at birth and exit at death. Careers are started and terminate at retirement. The year starts in January and ends in December. There are always welcomes and goodbyes. There is matriculation and graduation. There is opening prayer and closing prayer. There is planting season and harvesting season. There is good morning and goodnight. Life is a series of journeys, events, encounters, experiences which oscillates between beginnings and endings. As one segment of the journey ends another segment starts and if our lives will count we must learn to successfully navigate from beginnings to endings.

Beginnings comes with different attitudes and approaches. Beginnings are very important.

“Life is a succession of beginnings. Every day, every hour, every moment in life, every one of us is confronted with new beginnings. Most beginnings appear small and insignificant, but if we think about it, nothing could be further from the truth, because everything that is starts with a beginning. The oak tree begins as an acorn, the flooding begins with a few drops of rain, the life-changing invention begins with an idea, the body begins as a cell, mastership begins with the decision to grow into a master, a book begins with a first sentence. Beginnings may appear small and insignificant, but in reality beginnings are the most significant things in a man‘s life.” Gloria Excelsias

For many beginnings  are always very glamorous full of fun and excitement while for others it’s not what they want to get involved with.

Some beginnings are always looked forward to. The beginning of a marriages comes with a honeymoon. The promotion to a new position is something we all relish. The birth of a baby always comes with joy. When a business starts it comes with great expectations.

“New beginnings are exciting! They become exciting to us because they offer the promise of hope, the anticipation of change in our lives, and the prospect that our dreams will indeed come true!” Squire Rushnell,

For some beginnings come with fear and trepidation.

“The fear of failure is a common motivation killer. People don’t try something new because they fear they will fail at it.” Cary Bergeron

Many people avoid beginnings . . .They hesitate and procrastinate. Some have the phobia of beginning.

“Although you literally took your first step when you were several months old, each time you want to make a change in your life you must take a first step that puts you in that new direction.” Susan Caplan McCarthy

Whatever we do will always have a beginning and beginnings  are very important. Beginnings usually deal with foundations. Beginnings also are very crucial as if the beginning is not right the likelihood of a successful ending is very unlikely.

Far too many people start well but very few reach the finish line well.Many fall by the wayside. Many start projects and abandon it midway.

We must be fully committed to finishing well whatever we begin. Finishing well is never a piece of cake . . . It demand a determination to go through and complete the process of getting things done to a logical end.

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Beware of burnout https://tribuneonlineng.com/beware-of-burnout/ Sun, 21 Jul 2019 02:44:52 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=228063 Tribune Online
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Life is demanding. Life doesn’t give us what we desire but what we pursue and in the pursuit of life we expend a lot of resources. We daily spend time and money in a bid to achieve things. We expend our emotions and physical strength daily. We make demand on our mental abilities. All these […]

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Life is demanding. Life doesn’t give us what we desire but what we pursue and in the pursuit of life we expend a lot of resources. We daily spend time and money in a bid to achieve things. We expend our emotions and physical strength daily. We make demand on our mental abilities. All these have a toll on us and if care is not taken we will depreciating and gradually become ineffective.  We will get tired physically, emotionally, mentally and life will become a drag and a liability. Care must be taken that we don’t burnout.

Burnout is a luxury we cannot afford to get involved in. Symptoms of burnout include mental exhaustion – we just can’t seem to think our  way through even the simplest of problems. When we burn out we get easily irritated, we snap and get into emotional crisis.

“Individuals experiencing burnout view their jobs as increasingly stressful and frustrating. They may grow cynical about their working conditions and the people they work with. They may also emotionally distance themselves and begin to feel numb about their work.  Chronic stress may lead to physical symptoms, like headaches and stomachaches or intestinal issues. Burnout causes people to feel drained, unable to cope, and tired. They often lack energy to get their work done. Burnout mainly affects everyday tasks at work—or in the home when someone›s main job involves caring for family members. Individuals with burnout feel negative about tasks. They have difficulty concentrating and often lack creativity.”Elizabeth Scot

Burnout will lead to cynicism . We begin to feel what we are doing no longer matters. We just become disillusioned and seem not to be bothered about anything again. Our attention span becomes reduced and our minds begin to play games on us as it will seem to lose the ability to focus well. We begin to find it difficult  to concentrate.  We begin to become pessimistic . . .life no longer has meaning and we just want to float along not caring about the consequences.

To deal with burnout we need to find time to rest. We need to get invigorated regularly if we are to keep going. If we will not burnout we need to consciously take a break regularly to get refreshed. When we just keep going without taking a break to refresh we will get exhausted and our output will begin to diminish.

“Burnout is not the result of doing too much; it is the result of not getting enough rest.” John Patrick Hickey

We must take a break from our regular schedule just to refresh. We must also ensure we rest our body and mind through adequate sleep.

“Research suggests that having fewer than six hours of sleep per night is a major risk factor for burnout, not least because poor sleep can have negative effects on your job performance and productivity.

 

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Last time we began talking about the poser of reading books. Life is dynamic – things are changing fast and knowledge is being added to life to at an alarming rate. If care is not taken one will be left behind and swept off one’s feet by the new things that are happening. We must […]

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Last time we began talking about the poser of reading books. Life is dynamic – things are changing fast and knowledge is being added to life to at an alarming rate. If care is not taken one will be left behind and swept off one’s feet by the new things that are happening. We must be alert and open minded to receiving information. To stay relevant we need to power our mind with right information and we cannot overemphasize the importance of reading  books in our bid to have an equipped mind. Reading is a critical tool to help us make our lives count.

As long as we are alive we must see reading as a necessary thing to do but this will only happen if we know the value and importance of reading.

Knowledge is changing at a very high rate and one way to keep up is through reading. Reading relevant books will keep us up- to- date by giving us access to knowledge. Knowledge is power so we must acquire knowledge.

Secondly reading will give us access to insights, answers and solutions. Reading opens us up to tap into the insights that the author has discovered and documented in a book.

“A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” Abraham Lincoln

Virtually every problem has an answer in a book.

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.” – Socrates

The third benefit of reading is that reading stimulates us mentally. When we become mentally lazy we rob ourselves the power of creative thinking and hinder our problem solving potential.

“Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.

Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind. Doing puzzles and playing games such as chess have also been found to be helpful with cognitive stimulation.” Catherine Winter

Reading exposes us to new ideas, concepts and ways of doing things. It opens us to new vistas .

There is no way we can talk of anyone being an expert without the person having a vibrant relationship with books. Reading books aids our ability to think. Our thinking skills are developed and sharpened by reading. Reading aids and improves our memory and fuels our imaginative processes.

Our vocabulary and speaking abilities are enhanced by our reading. What we read puts contents in our minds and the contents of our mind is usually revealed in the quality of our speech.

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Leadership life time waster adversity setbacks

Life is dynamic – things are changing fast and knowledge is being added to life to at an alarming rate. If care is not taken one will be left behind and swept off one’s feet by the new things that are happening. We must be alert and open minded to receiving information. To stay relevant we need to power our mind with right information and we cannot overemphasize the importance of reading  books in our bid to have an equipped mind. Reading is a critical tool to help us make our lives count.

A man who doesn’t read will soon be out of date and completely irrelevant in his chosen field. We must not fall into the danger of thinking that reading ends when we finish school. Reading is a lifelong endeavour – we should never graduate from the school of reading.

“Many people do not realize the power in a book. This is the power of the written word. Due to this lack of awareness, many of us have not read a non-fiction book since leaving school or university. Unfortunately, however, I hate to break to you that one of the secrets of developing yourself is that whatever answer to a problem that you are looking for, it is in a book somewhere that you have been unwilling to track down and read!

A book, especially a non-fiction book, exists to take a singular, contained set of wisdom or ideas out of the head of the author and share it with readers. Plainly put, a book is a medium of transfer for knowledge, wisdom, or ideas. That is the purpose it serves.” Rick Matsokotere

We must not be careful not to abandon reading or just engage in idling away in frivolous reading but we must use reading as a tool to better ourselves.

“When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or the directions on your instant oatmeal packet?

If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out.” Catherine Winter

As long as we are alive we must see reading as a necessary thing to do but this will only happen if we know the value and importance of reading.

Books form a veritable source of providing us with knowledge and understanding. Reading the right books will open us up to acquiring requisite knowledge needed for enhancing and effectively executing our life purpose.

“People have always received life-guiding wisdom from certain types of nonfiction, often from “self-help” books. But all sorts of books can carry this kind of wisdom; a random sentence in a thriller will give me unexpected insight. In fact, novels and works of narrative nonfiction can do something extraordinary that most self-help books can’t: They can increase our capacity for empathy by engaging our imagination as they introduce us to new perspectives.

TO BE CONCLUDED

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The power of reading books (I)
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