Thursday, May 31, 2007

Money & Value

Money Is A Reward For Service Rendered.
People Pay For The Value You Add To Their Lives.
You Want To Increase Your Earnings?
Then Increase The Value You Give To People.
Equip Yourself To Be Able To Render Service And Make Yourself Indespensible.
Make People Thirst To Have More Of You.
This Brings About Repeat Business

Monday, May 21, 2007

Something About Life


Getting started on this actually was to an extent difficult for me, as I thought of what to title it. I guess something will come up before the last sentence.
There’s something about life which I have come to discover, and it’s important we all settle it early enough. It became clearer as I was discussing with a friend of mine yesterday. I decided to write about it when today, another friend of mine mentioned the same issue and we started discussing. What then is it?

I have come to discover a mystery in life – that at a point in life when we lack a particular thing, we long for that thing ceaselessly, we think of what we’ll do with it and always have an urge to enjoy it. But when we eventually get it, especially in a huge measure/quantity, we tend not to know what to do with it again. In no time we exhaust and explore (at least to the best of our limited knowledge) that opportunity.
For example, when one has not started working, he longs so much to find a good job so as to keep busy and earn a living. He desires this so much so that he feels that he can do any type of work. But it’s funny that when he finally gets one, in no time he becomes worn-out and exhausted and he’s looking for something else to do. If she/he is not careful, he will eventually misbehave.

A friend of mine manages a Cyber Café business and he has 24/7 access to the internet. Let me take you back to just one month before now. This same guy had no job and because he loves surfing the net, he invested a minimum of 600 minutes (at # 1/ min) every week in net surfing. Even though his finances were dependent on his brother, he still invested that much in browsing, transportation not included! But today, after just two weeks as the manager of an internet café, he doesn’t know what else to do on the net.
I am sure there have been times in your life when you wished you had more time to yourself. But eventually when you got more spare time, you couldn’t find what to do with it. Can you relate with that?
Even as regards money, you’ve always wanted more, but when it comes, there’s a problem of what to use it for. It happens in all areas of life. You might then be wondering “why does this happen?”. I’ll explain with three points.


We Fail To Plan
It would be surprising to know that 8 out of every 10 persons have no plan for their life (immediate or long term). This is a major reason many people fail even before starting out. A life that has no plan/direction goes anywhere. Like Dr Myles Munroe says, ‘If a man doesn’t know where he is going, any road will take him there’. That is absolutely true. It is better for your plan to fail than for you not to have a plan at all. I’ll rather be a failure at something than a success in nothing (at least I tried!). Those who never try are most likely those who never planned at all. Those who never try always become nothing and are always insignificant.
Planning for every phase of our life is paramount. Since time is the measure of life, then time wastage is life wastage. Don’t waste your life!


We Never Put It On Paper
Another reason for the mystery of life discussed above is: many who plan plan in their head alone. This is wrong and is no different from not planning. Your plans should be written out. This helps you to keep on track and also helps your memory. Remember, the faintest ink is better than the brightest memory, and the shortest pen is better than the tallest brain. It’s that simple!


Purpose Is Yet Unknown
I once heard Dr Myles say “ where the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable”. Abuse is a combination of two words ‘Abnormal Use’. Many of us abuse our lives simply because we do not or have not yet found out why we are here. The question of purpose is an important one. Check
www.pastortea.blogspot.com for more on purpose. Until we discover the purpose of our existence, we won’t stop living a wasted abnormal life.

Many people who are misbehaving today are doing so because of these reasons. Someone who has never considered these three points before and who recently landed a job that increased his salary from $1000 to $5000 a month would misbehave. Since he never had a (i) WRITTEN (ii) PLAN and he really doesn’t have a (iii) REASON for living, then he must misbehave.
The crux of my post today is that we must prepare adequately for the ‘better days’ which we are expecting. We would be the better for it and the world will remember us generations to come.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

GOOD INVESTMENT

Do Not
Hire Excellent People
To Do
Excellent Work
With
Average Tools!

Friday, May 4, 2007

ENJOYING EVERY PHASE OF LIFE

There are phases in the life of every living being, and there are special features and characteristics peculiar to every stage; if their peculiarities are not maximized, they cannot be enjoyed again.

The Butterfly, representing how every living being has its own stages of development, has four stages: Egg, LArva, Pupa, Butterfly. Each of these stages has its own peculiarity. To go to the next stage, the egg needs to completes its own course, and likewise the other stages.

Every stage/phase of life is important as no two days are the same, no two opportunities are the same, and no two individuals are also the same. It is thus paramount that one maximizes the various stops and points in every phase.

I remember there was a time when I was in the elementary school. That phase of my life was one which was primarily governed by my parents, tutors and other grown-ups. Whatever happened in that phase did not really depend on me, but whatever I did or failed to do cannot be recovered or reversed. That was a phase.

There was also a time when I was in the High school (or Secondary School as is known here). This stage was jointly managed by me and my parents. Though I had a bit of freedom, they also still had a great deal of influence over me and my decisions. Then I met a lot of different people, learnt from different types of tutors, and made decisions that would affect my future; positively or negatively. At this stage, which also coincided with adolescence, a lot of my friends took liberty for freedom as they engaged in all sorts of personal and social vices; I won’t blame them now, they were just enjoying that phase.

My days in the University were also very interesting. It was a stage in my life where a lot of things about me were exposed to me. I discovered in myself a great deal of abilities and talents. I met a lot of people who I know will rule the world in our days. I participated in all sorts. In the true sense of it, I had control (90%) of my life and I could do anything I wanted with it. It’s a phase I’ll never forget.

Finally and presently, the stage I’m in now is also peculiar. After the compulsory one year National Service for every Nigerian graduate, my life is completely a factor of what I do with it. What I do now or fail to do now will determine what I’ll meet in the future.

What I am really driving at is this: there are peculiarities to every phase of life and if you fail to enjoy that phase, exhibiting certain behaviour in a higher phase would be seen as immaturity, lack of focus, underdevelopment, etc. For example, there were times in my high school days when I used to join other young lads of my age to play soccer on the street, especially on days when movement is restricted. Everybody could understand then that it was a phase when children played a lot and displayed a lot of youthful exuberance. But if today I choose to do the same thing, I’ll be a disgrace to adulthood, and everything that is me.

Another example is this. In my university days, I participated in a number of the many student protests against the University Authorities. Many times we postponed exams for selfish reasons, we stopped movements in the school by force, we took over the power house of the school, took over the school gate, did a lot of lecture boycotts, etc. All these were peculiar to that stage, and anyone that did not participate then would have missed a great part of ‘education’. Although today am counting the losses caused by the delays and interruptions of the academic calendar due to our protests, I still feel good I did those things then. I possibly cannot do them now, I’ll look miserable.

During my National Service, I was involved in a number of projects and community development activities. The Nigeria Christian Corpers Fellowship which I belonged to also carried out a number of life-changing outreaches to the very rural communities, where a lot of humanitarian activities were done. I’m happy I did. Who knows, I might not have that sort of free time to do all that again. So, enjoying it then was the best option. This is what I mean by Enjoying Every Phase Of Life.

Lesson:
Whatever phase of life you find yourself, enjoy it. Do everything possible to make your impact felt at every stage of your life. Enjoy the leisure times, the hard works, the people you meet, the trying times and challenging periods, the moments of joy and increase, and so on. You cannot have it exactly the same way again- if at all you have that opportunity again.

Life is Good, enjoy it, but make sure you are making positive impact.

Train Your Staff

Growing Employees Make Growing Companies; Train Your Staff.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

TEAM WORK


It is better to train ten people to work than to do the work of ten people,
but it is harder.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

TEAM WORK


In a team, coming together is the beginning,
but working together is success.