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Success by Luck?

Most of us believe the wrong stories about how to become successful. We are buying into these lies like; “you don’t need to work so hard”, “you need fortune or good luck to smile on you” “just stay positive, pray and believe” and so on and you will become successful. I guess that’s one of the reasons why so many youths have given into playing the lottery to get rich.

Agreed there is a certain amount of randomness to life, but more often success and failure are all about making choices and repeating them most of the time. Our society always like to use certain labels to describe successful people, we are told they got lucky, they had a miracle, they didn’t work that had, they just prayed and believed but while all that may be true, successful people didn’t just do only that, they made good choices and decisions.

Unfortunately today many of us are not willing make the right choices and decisions yet we want to be successful. We consider the right choices as being too difficult a sacrifice to pay now. Many of us are not willing to delay gratification; if come across little money, all we think about is how to spend it. Successful people understand that they have to spend their time on things that matter, always focusing on their dreams and goals. They face their responsibilities and hold themselves accountable. They are always willing to step out of their comfort zones and face their fears even when it will be much easier to stay where they feel safe. Continue reading Success by Luck?

Stand Up For What is Right

Several years ago three young men who were among the ruling class of the most powerful nation on earth at the time, stood up against the decision of the most powerful ruler on earth even when the consequences were dire; their crime was considered treason and as the constitution at the time stated, they were to be put to death without trial yet they were unfazed and held their grounds even in the face of death.

In the book of Daniel we are told about the trio of Shedrach Meshach and Abednego who told the king, to hell with his laws and the position they occupied if it meant they had to compromise, concede or sell their faith and their belief in God. They would rather face death….a gruesome one at that than bow to a graven image. They believed their God would save them but if for any reason he didn’t they still wouldn’t bow.

How many of us can stand by our resolves and true conviction? In today’s world many of us Christians are entering into agreements, contracts against our moral code because we are guaranteed dollars and power. We join the rest of the world in accepting behaviours that clearly contradict our calling and purpose. We join associations where our faith is outlawed and suppressed in the name of gaining good social standing. Continue reading Stand Up For What is Right

Are You Living At Your Best?

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Yes. Are you living at your best? Is the life you are living the best you could have lived? Are the results you’ve achieved the best possible for you? Is what you are doing now the best you could have done? Think about this for a second. I am not saying you should compare yourself to others, and what life they are living. I mean, compared to your potentials, your talents, your capabilities, your education, are you living your best life?

The truth is, so many of us are not living at our best. Instead, we settle and become comfortable with the level we are “because we are afraid to climb the mountains of life. The steepness and ruggedness discourages us, so we stay in the midst of the valley and never learn the mystery of the hills. We do not know what is lost by our self-indulgence, what glory awaits if we only have the courage to climb, or what blessings we will find if we will only ascend the mountains.”

Folks we should never be content with mediocrity when greatness is possible. Many of us are content to live a life of perpetual struggle when it is possible to live at our best. We exist, yet we don’t truly live. Many of us are surviving, when we should be thriving. Continue reading Are You Living At Your Best?

You Want To Be Great? Endure!

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A boy once asked his father, “How many times do I have to try again after I have failed?” and the father replied, “Son, until you succeed.” The Chinese have a saying that “defeat is the mother of success” – After you fail once or twice, try again. It will increase your determination, and strengthen your endurance.

What makes you great in my opinion isn’t the number of houses you own, the luxury cars you drive, the wealth you possess, or if you always grace the cover pages of leading and influential magazines. But rather in how you overcome life’s challenges. A truly great person is someone who has understood the challenges of life, endured the hardships, and tolerated the abuse and criticism of others.

You see, “everyone knows how to thrive and survive in the good times. It is the trying times that separates the one who has substance from the one who merely possesses the image.” Maybe you are reading this and thinking, “But do I have to fail?” “Can’t I have a stress free life like others?” “Must the beginnings always be rough for me?”

If you are thinking that, you are not alone. I have often felt that way too. There had been many times in my own life, when I wished there was a magic formula or something I could do to take out all the negative experiences in my life. I always thought how wonderful my life will be, if I had no challenges and live a stress free life. But the fact is the absence of challenges and negative experiences will make us “dull”.

In this life, we all face storms of some sort. We will have the bad times and enter rough phases in our lives. But even in the midst of the tragedy, sorrow and adversity, we must find a way to be positive and optimistic. Truly great people understand that hardships, loss, sorrow and disappointments are part of life, and so they try to find a joy, humour, gratitude, and beauty in the midst of their darkness. Continue reading You Want To Be Great? Endure!

40 Oprah Winfrey Quotes on Life, Love, and Purpose

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Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist. Oprah is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which has been ranked among the highest-rated program of its kind in history. Oprah has been dubbed the “Queen of All Media”. She is among the most influential people in the world alive today.
Here are 40 Oprah quotes on Life, Love, and Purpose:

1. Whatever has happened to you in your past has no power over this present moment, because life is now

2. When you don’t give yourself the time and care you need, your body rebels in the form of sickness and exhaustion

3. Be loving to yourself and others will see that love reciprocated. This rule works every time

4. The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you

5. I make sure to use my life for that which can be of goodwill. It has fortified me spiritually and emotionally

6. If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think
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10 Dr. Steve Maraboli Relationship Advice for Men

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Dr. Steve Maraboli is a life-changing Speaker, bestselling Author, and Behavioural Science Academic. His empowering and insightful words have been shared and published throughout the world in more than 25 languages. Here 10 carefully selected quotes to inspire you have better love relationships, and take charge of your life;

  1. Many people make the mistake of expecting others to treat them in a more loving and respectful way than they treat themselves. If you don’t love yourself, stop expecting others to. If you don’t respect yourself, stop expecting others to. If you don’t forgive yourself, stop expecting others to. If you don’t keep promises to yourself, stop expecting others to. If you are not being faithful to your dreams, your goals, and your resolutions, stop expecting others to.”
  2. Only insecure Boys will belittle a woman. The greatest way to “Man-up” is to empower women.
  3. Just because you are available for a relationship doesn’t mean you are ready for one. If you are not comfortable enough with yourself or with your own truth, when entering a relationship, then you are not ready for that relationship. Don’t make the other person suffer for your own lack of integrity or inability to embrace the truths of your life.
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What are You Willing to Do In Order to Be?

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As a young boy in primary school, I was always asked by teachers in the various classes I progressed into, and by other adults (relatives or family friends) what I will like to be when I grow up. Then I would give them answers of things I fancied back then based on the books I read, or the people I regarded as my heroes….(every child wants be like the adults they loved. So please be good examples to kids)

Right now as an adult, I still hear people tell me what they will like to be, or aiming at becoming; you want to become a writer, actor, actress, speaker, preacher, Entrepreneur, and so on. While we have figured out what we want to be, many of us haven’t figured out what we have to do in order to be those things we desire.

It’s very crucial to know what you must do, just as the Bible tells us in Luke 14:28-32; Continue reading What are You Willing to Do In Order to Be?

13 Ways to Prove Love

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Often when people enter love relationships, or take marriage vows, they often promise to do a lot of beautiful things. Couple promise to stick to each other in good or trying times. They promise love, respect, endure, and tolerate one other. Yet some of these marriages and relationships end up crashing. Is it that there wasn’t love in them? Or we just don’t understand what love means?

There are many definitions of love, but as a person of the Christian faith, I believe this scripture spells out clearly what true love is:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Here are the characteristics of true love according to the Bible ; Continue reading 13 Ways to Prove Love

35 Inspirational Quotes from The Psalms

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I find the book of Psalms, to be one of the most inspirational, motivational, uplifting, encouraging, and comforting books of the Bible. Here are 35 inspirational quotes from the psalms. I pray that you are blessed by them:

1. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. –Psalms 37:4

2. The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. –Psalms 4:18

3. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. –Psalms 34:18

4. He fills your lifetime with good; your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.-Psalm 103:5

5. The Eyes of all look hopefully to you, and you give them their food in due season; You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. –Psalm 145:15-16

6. A lamp unto my feet is your Word, a light to my path.-Psalm 119:105

7. From the earth’s end I call you as my heart grows faint. You will set me high upon a rock : you will give me rest, for you are my refuge, a tower of strength against the enemy. –Psalm 61:3-4

8. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come. –Psalm 23:6

9. I was hard pressed and was falling, but the Lord helped me. My strength and courage is the Lord, and he has been my savior. –Psalm 118:13-14

10. May the Lord give strength to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace! –Psalm 29:11

11. Therefore, LORD, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation. –Psalm 12:7

12. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe. –Psalm 4:8

13. May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us– yes, establish the work of our hands. –Psalm 90:17

14. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. –Psalm 37:23

15. I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food. –Psalm 132:15 Continue reading 35 Inspirational Quotes from The Psalms