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Be Somebody!

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It was said of Abraham Lincoln that when his mother was about to die, and he was by her sick bed she said to him “Be somebody Abe” and Abraham Lincoln took those words to heart. Little wonder he strived all his life and never gave up in spite of the number of times he tried and failed until he became somebody.

Many of us today need to be told those same words because we have settled into being “nobodies”. Or in the words of Zig Ziglar we have become wondering generalities. God created you to make impact, to become somebody in this world. He never intended anyone to be and die in mediocrity. It is time for us to do an inner inspection of our gifts, talents, skills, abilities given to us by God that we have allowed to become dormant.

Take a look at your life are you living at your best? Is the person you are right now, the best you could have been given the amount of investment made on you by God? Are the results you are producing now the best you could have produced given your talents and creativity? Continue reading Be Somebody!

Rejoice, not Complain

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“We can complain that the rose has bushes, have thorns or we can complain that thorns have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

Like the thorns are always parts of the rose flower, so are problems part of life. There isn’t a life without some form of problem or the other. But some of us have made it habitual to complain about our problems. We are always seeking friends, family and church to complain to. In my country today many people are always seeking for prophets and “prayer warriors” to eliminate problems, failing to understand that a problem free person is a dead person. Continue reading Rejoice, not Complain

35 Powerful Quotes On Success

1- Life is a combination of lock; your job is to find the right numbers, in the right order, so you can have anything you want. –Brian Tracy

2- If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves –Thomas Edison

3- Believe nothing. No matter where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense –Buddha

4- You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself –Jim Rohn

5- Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses –George Washington Carver

6- All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. –Wayne Dyer

7- The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it. –Lou Holtz

8- Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose. –Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D

9- The indispensible first step to getting the things you want out of this life is this: decide what you want. –Ben Stein

10- The greater danger of most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it –Michelangelo

11- If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise –Robert Fritz

12- You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

13- Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can

14- You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You weren’t an assembly – line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman. –Max Lucado

15- I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.—Henry Ford

16- The phrase I can’t is the most powerful force of negation in the human psyche –Paul R. Scheele

17- You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That’s what makes you a winner. –Venus Williams

18- Every negative event contains in it the seed of an equal or greater opportunity. –Napoleon Hill

19- When life hands you a lemon, squeeze it and make lemonade. –W. Clement Stone

20- If you want to be happy set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. –Andrew Carnegie

21- If you are bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals – Lou Holtz

22- The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. –Mark Twain

23- Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone –Robert Allen

24- Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. –Charles Kettering

25- Things may come to those who wait, but only those things left by those who hustle. –Abraham Lincoln

26- If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it. –Jonathan Winters

27- No man ever became great or good except through many great mistakes. –William E. Gladstone

28- You can never learn less; you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I have made so many mistakes. –Buckminster Fuller

29- Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step. –Martin Luther King Jr.

30- For every failure, there is an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. –Mary Kay Ash

31- I have lived a long life and had many troubles, most of it never happened. –Mark Twain

32- Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. –Frederick Wilcox

33- Authority is 20% given and 80% taken..so take it! –Peter Ubeberroth

34- Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. –Robert F. Kennedy

35- If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all. –Michelangelo

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Quit Waiting. Take Action!

A man goes to church and prays, “God, I need a break. I need to win the state lottery. I am counting on you, God”. Having not won the lottery, the man returns to church a week later and once again prays, “God, about that state lottery….I have been kind to my wife. I have given up drinking. I have been really good. Give me a break. Let me win the lottery.”

A week later, still no richer, he returns to pray once again. “God, I don’t seem to be getting through to you on this state lottery thing. I have been using positive self-talk, saying affirmations, and visualizing the money. Give me a break, God. Let me win the lottery”.

Suddenly the heavens open up, white light and heavenly music flood into the church, and a deep voice says, “My son, give me a break! Buy a lottery ticket!”

So many of us are like this man. We pray attend success seminars, read books, but we fail to take action. We wouldn’t do the work necessary to bring us success.

While for some others, they don’t take action because they are afraid to fail. Successful people on the other hand, realize that failure is an important part of the learning process. “No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes” –William Gladstone(Former British prime minister).

There are also the others who are waiting. Waiting for the right moment, the right person, the big break. Folks, success don’t come to those who wait. As Abraham Lincoln said, the only things that come to those who wait are the things left behind by those who hustle.
If you want to be successful at anything in life, take the advice of Jack Canfield, quit waiting.

Quit waiting for;

Perfection
Inspiration
Permission
Reassurance
Someone to change
The right person to come along
The kids to leave home
A more favourable horoscope
The new administration to take over
An absence of risk
Someone to discover you
A clear set of instructions
More self- confidence
The pain to go away

Get on with it already!

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WE ALL ARE IN DEBT

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother”. Abraham Lincoln
“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labours of other men living and dead, and that I must exert myself in other to give the same measure as I have received”. Albert Einstein

As you think about what those two great men said, you will realize great wisdom in their words.

Who isn’t indebted? We all are. First we are indebted to God for creating us and this amazing planet that we live in.

We are indebted to our parents because they are responsible for bringing us into this world.

We are indebted to the doctors, nurses, midwives and other hospital personnel for they part they played in making our
arrival safe.

We are indebted to the school and educational system we learned how to read and write, which are critical to our lives.

We are indebted to the pastors, priests and other religious leaders who taught us the essence of life by instructing us in the character qualities that are important to us.

We are indebted to the people whose messages, blogs, and websites have been encouraging as well as informative.

We are indebted to our country and our leaders, and others who have committed their lives to service.

When you look at your life, you will discover notice that the list is endless. We have a huge debt, and one way to repay it is to express thanks and gratitude to the people who make our lives worth living.

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FAILURE IS YOUR GREATEST FRIEND

6065631472_192ab9ddc6Growing up I was made to fear failure, and so in other not to fail at anything I wouldn’t even try doing it. But come to think of it who has not failed? If you haven’t failed at anything then you haven’t attempted anything worthwhile.

Anyone who has failed knows that with failure come tremendous opportunities for improvement. Failure is there to make us better, wiser, smarter, and more cautious. Failing gives us the information to do better. Most of the greatest inventions we celebrate and use today came after years of trying to solve a problem and failing. I am a great lover of football, and anyone who is conversant with the game knows that even the world’s best players fail to score at times when their teams need them most. But they do not allow those times to overshadow their careers, but rather they learn from those moments and improve on their game. Great minds and Scientists of history often spent most of their lives failing. Yet their ability to learn from their failures created the world we are enjoying today.

Here are a few people who failed at various times in their lives. Let these famous people remind you that failure should be embraced and seen as a first step towards achieving success;

1- Albert Einstein: Most of us take Einstein’s name as synonymous with genius, but he didn’t always show such promise. Einstein did not speak until he was four and did not read until he was seven, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped, slow and anti-social. Eventually, he was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. It might have taken him a bit longer, but most people would agree that he caught on pretty well in the end, winning the Nobel Prize and changing the face of modern physics.

2- Abraham Lincoln: While today he is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of our nation, Lincoln’s life wasn’t so easy. In his youth he went to war a captain and returned a private (if you’re not familiar with military ranks, just know that private is as low as it goes.) Lincoln didn’t stop failing there, however. He started numerous failed business and was defeated in numerous runs he made for public office.

3- Oprah Winfrey: Most people know Oprah as one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the richest and most successful women in the world. Oprah faced a hard road to get to that position, however, enduring a rough and often abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for tv.”

4- Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

5- Bill Gates: Gates didn’t seem like a shoe-in for success after dropping out of Harvard and starting a failed first business with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen called Traf-O-Data. While this early idea didn’t work, Gates’ later work did, creating the global empire that is Microsoft. (List source: onlinecollege.org)How do you make failure your best friend? The only way to overcome failure is persistent action. When you are confronted by failure, you have to act. It is usually at this time you will find breakthrough solutions you would never have considered otherwise.