The seed of greatness is in all of God’s children! The seed. A seed contains the full life capabilities of a fully matured tree in it; it is full of potential and when located in the right environment it must germinate! A seed does not produce the fruits of its physical environment whether soil, water or sunlight, it produces its intrinsic value, its innate framework, its inner substances. So it does not matter what you are faced with today, just keep in mind the quality of life that is within that seed that is growing in you. From platform to platform, unique opportunity to unique opportunity, challenge to challenge the seed is growing. Contrary winds would drive its roots deeper, supporting winds would stretch its branches farther… so for you no matter the time or season you are winning - the seed of greatness is in you and that seed would produce only after its own kind. Do not use careless words and alliances to dig up your sprouting seed rather with faith, perseverance, diligence and the consiousness of favour, live out a life of greatness on all sides. As the tree extends its roots and branches, the same quality of life is extended. Think about it, you can extend that greatness to all fronts of your life, what is in you is a seed of greatness so as you expand it in your family life, business, finances and other responsibilities, the same greatness runs through all that have to do with you! You can be great on all fronts - the seed of greatness is in you: the quality that makes all things you get involved with great is at work in you today. God, in Christ has put the seed of greatness in everyone of his kids. So next time you are about to take a leap forward in business and life, expect victories because that seed of greatness is about to extend yet another branch! Halleluyah! Thank Him for this great blessing.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I just want you to know today that what you carry in your mind: that vision, that dream, the idea, the possibilities…are all too valuable. More valuable than one man’s idea or one man’s success story. That idea would bring solution to many, joy to many and opportunities to many more. What you carry in your heart is more than a vision, it is another man’s salvation. For you, you may have another great idea but for another, you carry his Heaven in your heart. Today, companies, large corporations, small businesses and sole proprietorships employ people in their thousands, hundreds, tens and less; these ones provide, not only salaries and compensation but also benefits of various quality.
When you think about the child who is excited to have his fees paid at school, or the mother excited about a new house; the man who can have his needs met, the woman who can live her style, when you think of comfort, healthcare, achievements, respect and recognition which is created for many by that great job or partnership, which you can provide some day, that turned their fortunes around, you would realize that you carry someone’s heaven in you. Project yourself into the future and see many others whom in your heart lives their source of wealth and prestige, see these ones who you carry their heaven in you.
Now you know you cannot give up on that dream or let that challenge overwhelm you because you carry heaven in you. Your idea would make you rich, but not you alone, so many others who your leadership style, your partnership offerings and market positioning is rightly suited for their wiring. You are the breakthrough many would pray for, you are the answer many would seek, the solution many would look to; the custodian of life changing collaborations and fortune multiplying partnerships, so hold your picture, you carry heaven in you.
Yes you may think a lot for other people and care enough not to leave them empty but know also that you carry your own heaven in you: the good life, your dream house, your perfect family, the prestige you both desire and deserve…all connected to that single idea, that vision that consumes you today or once consumed you yesterday. Now pick your hopes up, strengthen your vision, challenge yourself with the possibilities of the future and resolve to win; not just to give your best shot but to do what you must, to achieve what you see: that heaven that is alive in your heart.
Friday, October 22, 2010
I love sitting and listening to wise words; I believe great men and women are made by words. On 7th December 2008, I sat to listen to my favourite speaker in all the world: Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (www.twitter.com/pastorchrislive). As always, his words were full of light and power; power to lift, strengthen and excite. Today I want to share some of his words from that meeting with you and I am sure that strength would come to your soul.
You could be whatever you chose to be by the ability of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Gods perfect will is for you to decide. The Bible is a programmer. Know that the extent of your vision is the boundary of your blessing, accomplishment, victories and ultimately, your life. Do not let human judgment destroy your life and you despise no one because it does not matter what people say, anyone the Holy Spirit is pleased to dwell in is clean! And can be anything he wants to be.
When you study the Word of God, you are cleansed. To be cleansed before God is to have his word purify your soul. That word from God that melts guilt, fear, weakness and passed failures, replacing them with righteousness, faith and strength. The more of the spirit of God at work in you, the less the things of this world can affect you.
Are you inspired? I am. Now I am thinking of releasing a journal titled; inspiration that would be loaded with words like these; words so precious; words that make ordinary men great!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Rulers and kings, not of nations and cities but of the jungle where civilization has been turned on its head and morality is foreign and perfectly unnatural. Aba, the local manufacturers’ paradise has been turned into a ghost town ruled by the barrel of guns; reduced to a land of fear, grief, immorality and sorrow. That is what happens when rulers fit only for the jungle begin ruling cities; even the greatest of cities would crumble in the embrace of sudden night. I have heard stories of despicable acts; sons forced to lie with their mothers at gun point, children having their intestines line the streets from radical, uncontrolled shooting by which these beasts in human skin assert dominance over their colonised territory.
You cruel pride of a demonic breed of blood thirsty lion-men with no hearts, I call you this day to reckon; the blood on your hands, the iniquity you have nurtured and your faulty excuses of unemployment would find you out and destroy you accordingly. Though my heart bleeds for your unborn descendants on whom you have placed an irrevocable curse, I also pray that their lives would right your wrongs and give this jungle its brighter days again. We have seen guns, we have seen kidnappings, we have seen violence, not that they are justifiable but they had a reason. In the Niger-delta, they fought for their rights and the dilapidation that embraces the source of the nation’s wealth, in the North many have fought in ignorant defense of religion; with more light and knowledge this should soon be history (because Northerners are very wonderful people), but this evil Pride, you operate in the commercial nerve centre of Abia state, the biggest indigenous manufacturers market in Nigeria, the centre of buying and selling for economic advantage and you chose to abandon both your shops and your schools to bushes where you romance wickedness and invite death and darkness to your own lands. I am amazed at your folly and I still ask you this question; to what end?
Monday, October 18, 2010
After school and national service
You have remained idle and unengaged
Your funds are fast depleting
As your pockets are full of tickets
From cybercafe to cybercafe
Nairalaland, naijahotjobs, career plus
Have made bank thanks to your misery
Yet without the end in sight
You gather like minds to voice old complains
For your old problem that requires new thinking.
When would this day pass?
And though you are wrinkling under the pressures
I pray you not to throw away your self assurance
Even though the job search has gone sour
Yes, Hope comes from time to time
Interview here and test there,
You imagine that this is it.
Maybe you flunk or you are exceptional
Yet the phone call never seems to come
You are looking for help;
Friends, old bosses, hiring agencies,
You seem to always be ready
But they are, for some reason, still getting set.
When you are encouraged by words
You feel the fire of possibility
So you apply more vigorously
Only to feel and see no progress
After zest and activities have run you overtime
You are lamenting and troubled
Just because the job search has gone sour
Will this nightmare ever end?
Yes it will, but I assure you;
Not in your times.
It may not be your most reassuring line
But it is the best truth I can deliver
In a nation with such a population
How do you nurse an expectation
that our little guises of industrialization
Will salvage our labour situation?
Maybe like I did, you may need to wake up.
There would never be enough jobs
Until there are enough businesses
There would never be few job seekers
Until there are many entrepreneurs.
So expect the job search to stay sour
Connect the dots if you may
And see that my words are true.
The question I then pose to you
Is: do you have the energy for this ordeal?
Which is clear to all above you
But you are still blindsided by a few miracles
Few others like you have experienced.
You may doubt your entrepreneurship abilities
Even as you are understanding my direction
But sometimes we develop abilities
Instead of expressing inherent ones.
I do not give you any suggestion today
But I lay the cards before your face;
Keep up the rat race and celebrate eventualities
Or invent a solution provider and enjoy possibilities…
Its up to you and you alone.
You may be full of dreams and handicapped for capital
But your idea is your capital
And negotiation and inventiveness are your best allies
To draw resources to you and change you life
Because, believe it or not
Most of the organizations you show up at
With your strapped resume and flawless suit (or otherwise)
Only started when the job search went sour.
Foot note: “If nobody gives you a job, make one!” - Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (PhD)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
If you are in any battle today, I want you to know that you can win. Whether it is a deadly sickness or a wayward child, you can win! My closest friend lost his mother to stroke, by the time they started to respond to her condition, the infirmity had already eaten deep into her system, at that time she did not need medical care, she needed a miracle. Do not get to that point ever! Tackle any sickness as it comes and do not bow out. Another friend of mine had a similar experience with her father but he pulled through because they took him to the doctors early and gave him a lot of love and support. She said sometime the doctors’ reports were good, at other times it was a complete disaster but they stayed positive and kept their dad positive. They did not mess with his medications and they tried as much as possible to give him a normal life while he was sick. He was not always in bed because that would have given him bed sores and that is so terrible especially for diabetic people. They played with him and gave him much to want to live for, not for once did they show any frustration because of the sacrifices they had to make to give him all the care they did. Yes it was a big drain but they kept the end in sight and today the man is free, agile and very well.
That is how to tackle sickness…tackle it with heart and might, you can win; you would win.
A lot of people deliberate for so long before taking a decision and while that can be a good thing, it is not always appropriate for all situations. You may not know enough about a decision but you should always know enough about what you feel about it. I will share you a story on this. Years ago, when my dad retired from his job at CAT, he went into private practice. Before this, he had used his retirement benefits to help build up my mom’s school - Glory Heights Schools and then the school was not turning over as expected. Also, another investment of his went sour. He bought a generator that he was to be using for rental services but the contractor that was expected to maintain the generator got greedy and bought inferior parts to use in making the generator ready for use, after only two days of use, the generator’s engine packed up and that was it, millions of naira worth of investment was down the drain. We were all hoping for some kind of intervention to really drive his private business. Then in our marketing efforts, sending our introduction letters to several facility managers, we were getting fed up but we did not give up. And good thing we did not because an opportunity came from it; my dad got a call to come carry out a contract worth millions of naira, the pay was good but the terms were dicy. The completion of the job was not enough, it had to be approved and if the approval did not pull through then not a dime was paid. Well, that would not have been a problem except for one thing, my dad had to personally finance the contract and was at a big risk of losing all the money if something went wrong. However, the diciest of all was that if there was a shortage of funds at any point in the contract, it was over, another contractor would be called in and that would be it. Sadly, we did not have the kind of money to finance such a contract and we reached a consensus as a company to forfeit the contract and continue the way we were. But my dad had a different idea, he knew it would be hard work to get the money needed but it was possible. In his wisdom, he was able to cut costs on various aspects of the contract, he took the chance and signed the contract; accepting whatever consequences may follow. It was not really a financially safe decision, it was a risk and the cards were not really in his favour but he followed his gut and today his company, Gosch Technologies is one of the biggest names in generators servicing and maintenance in Lagos, Nigeria, that contract was a door to may others. As a matter of fact we are still reaping the benefits of that daring decision today. Sometimes you just have to go with your guts…period.
It appears that in the rank and file of success, persistence always paid off. Did you ever read about Steve Jobs and how he got booted off a company he founded only for him to work harder, start two new companies - NeXT and PIXAR, in the face of great uncertainty and public disgrace? He kept on doing what he knew best and today, back at Apple, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest inventors of our day. Or did you hear the story of Bill Zanker, founder of The Learning Annex who has so many experiences of the power of persistence, in fact one time, after Bill received a ‘No’ on his request to have Murray Klein of Zabar, a New York food store, speak at The Learning Annex, he (Bill) kept sending him flowers everyday until Murray was tired of the gifts and just had to hear bill out? Bill was creative; he was a possibility thinker and that is true persistence - a solution of doggedness, creativity and tireless activity. Bill said he has used that method several times to convert nos to yeses and you can do the same too.
The power of an idea
Let me bring your mind to something: when you understand the power of an idea; a simple thought, then you know how easy it is to give in and give up. Persistence needs power, drive and excitement to flourish and be fruitful. A simple, ‘let me postpone this’, ‘let me move this’, ‘I really cannot accomplish this’ can veer you off your way and keep you at the same level in life for a long time. Now let me share more on persistence with you from my own personal life.
Stay in the zone
I know persistence pays…every time. In June 2009 I had to move to a strange part of the country to fulfill a national decree that every graduate should do a compulsory one year service to the country. With this development graduates were randomly scattered across the country where they were expected to live for a period of one year and at the same time assimilate the culture of the people there, all part of National integration. Good idea? Yes. However many graduates remain presumptuous, unknown to them it is an experience of a lifetime one that can boost your ego, spirit and resume or chew you up and spit you out. It was for me an opportunity to tap into the power of persistence once again. Let me tell you the story.
When the postings were read, I was sent to Kaduna state. I had never been there nor did I have any relations there. Practically, I was on my own. In Kaduna, you are either posted to the villages or to the city. The village was not the better option of the two by far. And sadly, I was posted there. One night in Pambegua village was enough to stir me to challenge the circumstances that stare me in the face and I was going to change that posting; a task I was prepared to take head on. Pambegua was horrible, no light, lots of bushes, few cars, sporadic phone network…just terrible. Some of my mates that were posted there were going to resign to their fate but I said not me! People were surely going to change their postings and I must be one of them. I resolved that even if it was one posting that was changed It was going to be mine. The next days saw me receive more nos than I had ever received in my entire life, and unlike some super success stories, the nos did not make me any stronger rather they made me weaker and upset. No after no and my hope was dying out but I always did something; I never for once lost faith or used my mouth to state the obvious which was that this case was getting hopeless. Rather I encouraged myself with bible stories and words that strengthen. So you can say; the nos made me weak but my mouth made me stronger. The nos came from other people who I had to meet but my mouth is here with me always so I was never really soul-battered.
Strategy and/or chance
Persistence can pay off through a fantastic strategy ( like that of Bill Zanker) or a chance happening especially after you have exhausted all possibilities. My advice is always this; hang in there. Keep your head up and expect great things. Some people may call that living in a fantasy world but they forget that all the inventions they use in their daily life was one man’s fantasy one day. Why should you leave your own fantasy for another generation to invent? No, by all means fantasize and pull your fantasy into their reality. As for me in Kaduna, no strategy could help me anymore so I just hung in there and kept on going to the secretariat where I knew I could have the posting changed. Mind you all this while, time was passing and serious trouble was looming if time passed beyond a certain date. But right there is another lesson on persistence. In keeping afloat, sticking with the game and hanging in there, you have to keep yourself in the zone of possibility; in the environment that is enabling; share proximity with your aspiration, do not go home and expect. Stay in the zone and expect.
A chance meeting
One girl I did not know and did not know me, was so instrumental. She had a very good rapport with the officials at the secretariat and even that was not about to pay off until we made a very bold move. Bold moves are big moves; make them and you would surely be glad you did. We walked up to the director of the secretariat, a very busy man. That evening he had several high level officials waiting to see him, but we found our way in and spoke with him for less than a minute and his immediate response to our bold move was…no! This was the biggest man to help out in this thing, even if we contacted the president of the country, the approval still had to be done through him! So we had to try again, the same day, he said no but the third time, he signed the papers and I was reposted to the city. Persistence pays!
Remember all we discussed here:
1. Make up your mind to experience the power of persistence in your life and you will
2. People may turn you down but do not turn yourself down with the wrong words; if you must talk, talk yourself up.
3. Whether it is a chance occurrence or a great strategy that pays off, persistence only works for those that remain within reach, assessable; within the zone
4. Take bold steps, they fell really great and they could pay off big time
5. Try, try, try again. One is not sufficient a number to make true impact, once is not sufficient to judge an effort fruitless.
So I am sure you would agree with me when I say: Persistence, my goodness…we need that sometimes.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
He meticulously and skillfully conjures expressions to the delight of his listeners. They applaud as their minds open up to various layers of meaning arrange within his few but well crafted words. Sometimes after seconds of consideration, they break into laughter or nod calmly as they assimilate the thought that has been so well clad in brightly coloured words.
In his design, he delivers effortlessly, the fruits of a tight network of perspectives which deliver illuminating narrations of pure excellence. He looks unruffled: has obviously given much thought to his performance but without sounding rehearsed, he delivers originality, believability and candor.
He stands tall; whether there be a podium or just a position for his feet, he smiles, winks, pruds or even sighs to input emotion into his flawless speeches. He is an orator, a motivator who is full of humour as he is full of intent. He is the artful communicator; a quick thinker, a careful observer and with witty answers, well chosen symbols and real life examples, he keeps audiences, the World over awe bound as they admire the Craft of the Wordsmith.