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Take Immediate Action

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“The universe is wider than our views of it.” – Henry David Thoreau

Are you fond of procrastinating and shifting your dreams and responsibilities to some later day? Think about this message from the scriptures; “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” There is a cemetery in the district where I live, and each weekend someone is buried. And every time I notice this many thoughts and questions run through my mind; did the individual who is buried achieve his/her dreams? Did they accomplish what they set out to do? Were they happy when they died? Etc.

Folks this life is momentary. If you have dreams and goals now is the time to begin them. Today is best time to begin all those worthy plans and dreams you’ve been contemplating on. You’ve probably heard the saying that delay is dangerous and procrastination weakens purpose, why don’t you get up now and seize the opportunity while it is still within your reach? You may wake up tomorrow and realize that everything is gone. I have missed some opportunities in my life and I can tell you it was really a painful experience for me when I realized what I had lost by failing to take action.

Bill Gates one of the richest people in the world was asked during an interview on “Larry King Live” what his secret of success was, and if luck had any role to play in it. And replied thus, (in Paraphrasing) Larry maybe luck had a role to play in it, maybe I was at the right place at the right time, but you know I wasn’t the only one there. Others were there at the time too but the difference was I had a bigger sense of vision. And he went on to say, “Larry” I wasn’t the only one with a bigger vision but what made the real difference was that I took immediate and massive action. Continue reading Take Immediate Action

EXPRESS YOUR GENIUS

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“I have said, ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High”. – Psalms 82:6

A god is a genius. God made everyone of us a genius, but its amazing how so many of us are living far below our potentials because we don’t know and do what we want with our lives.
Growing up my parents would always tell me; you have to come tops in class. And when I fail to do so, I would be asked; the boy or girl that came tops, how many heads does he or she have? He is just like you. Yes all the geniuses around aren’t any different from us. They are humans who know what they want to do with their lives and do it.
Tiger Woods, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Aliko Dangote, Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal…they are expressing their genius. They are living the life they were born to live. They cannot do anything else – little wonder they are so successful!
Folks genius isn’t only found among the great. You have genius in you. You have unique talents, abilities and values that only you can bring into greatness. You have a destiny that only you can fulfil.

Learn how to express your own genius by studying and following these characteristics of people who are expressing their genius today:

1- Passion: they love what they do. Even if they weren’t getting paid, they would do it for free. Ask yourself; What do I love to do? What activities give me satisfaction? What are my hobbies? What is my secret ambition?

2- Talent: people who are expressing their genius are good at what they do. Call it talent, ability, or genius – they’ve got it in them. Ask yourself: What am I good at? What do I get complimented on? Where have I excelled in the past? Where have I been successful?

3- Values: they value what they do. Doing what they do is extremely important to them. Ask yourself: what is important to me? What do I stand for? What won’t I stand for? What would I risk my life for?

4- Destiny: people who are expressing their genius have a sense that they are doing what they were born to do – making their own contribution. They know their destiny. Ask yourself: What was I born to do? What does God want me to do? Where can I make a difference? What is my unique life mission?

So many people have died with their potentials in them because they didn’t know they’ve got it.
Discover your genius and begin expressing it. Don’t die with your song in you!

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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.