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2015 Elections And The Case For Change

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On April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity, Martin Luther King Jnr. delivered a speech titled ‘A Time to Break Silence.’ It was a charge to Americans to follow the path of reason in the protracted Vietnam War. At a time like this, I cannot think of an apt mantra for all Nigerians in today’s political dynamics. Perhaps, since the days of the Social Democratic Party and National Republic Convention two-party system in 1993, there have never been a more closely contested elections as 2015 is brewing up to be. Teething as it might appear, our democracy must be hailed for seizing to be business as usual, where we know the results of elections before one vote is casted. Somehow, there is a real buzz around the political landscape that suggests a watershed in the horizon of Nigerian politics.

Every election is hinged upon pivotal issues. These issues are dependent on the times. In today’s Nigeria, the issues bordering on Insecurity, Corruption and Unemployment are undoubtedly top of…

3 Unconventional Steps Extremely Successful People Take in Life

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1.  Dream (But Don’t Stop There)

Everything starts with a dream.  But if that’s all you do, you’re in serious trouble.

Also, having a positive attitude is an explicit requirement, because a negative attitude makes us more likely to quit — or to never even begin in the first place.

But when that positive attitude becomes a constant habit of fantasizing, things go south really quick.  Yes, that’s right, tirelessly dreaming about success is not constructive.

Again and again (somewhat to our surprise at first), our course members and coaching clients have had the same negative outcomes from over-fantasizing about what they want.  Big fantasies, wishes and dreams detached from real life experience (action) never translates into the necessary motivation to create a more energized, engaged life.  It translates into the opposite — more procrastination.

Why?  The inexperienced, emotional human brain just can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality.

When you fantasize, certain parts o…

16 Ways to Live a Year with No Regrets

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1.Be the leader of your own journey. – There are far too many capable people who don’t pursue their dreams and goals because they let their fears, or others, talk them out of it. They give up before they even try and simply let life’s river flow them downstream. Choose to be stronger than that. Choose to swim upstream when you have to. Choose to do the things in life that move you. Let others lead small lives. Let others argue over small things. Let others cry over small wounds. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands. But not YOU.

2.Embrace uncertainty. – Sometimes what you don’t want is exactly what you need. Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free. Some of the most incredible chapters in your life won’t have a title you feel comfortable with until much later.

3.Take calculated risks. – There is no excuse for being an amateur forever. Life is short. The day is rapidly approaching when the risk to remain perched i…

Life is hard, but you are harder!

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A wise friend once told me ‘Life is hard and you have to stand up to it at all times and never forget that no one owes you a living’ This is perhaps one of the greatest hard truth you will ever hear. It’s 2015 and the ecstasy is still very much in the air. For some, 2014 was a year to remember. However, for some others, it was a year to forget with all its frustrations and disappointments. Whatever side of the divide you are, the good thing is that 2014 is gone for good. However, the thing with life is that unless you set out to actually change it, things will remain the same even if it is a new calendar year. Life is hard. It will not always give you what you deserve. It will not always be kind to you. There will be moments when your dreams will be like a mirage before your very eyes. There will be times when everything will conspire to frustrate you. It’s life. It’s just life. You have to be tough for what is ahead. There are times when you have to be your own greatest motivating …