FOR ONCE, BE ACCOUNTABLE!

Happy new week friends,

I look forward to sharing with you Brilliant and Excellent tips for attaining your goals, fulfilling your Purpose and making the world a better place.

When Steve Jobs said “What you build should change the world”, he wasn’t just giving a motivational speech. These words were a direct statement to his mentee, Mark Zuckerberg whose Facebook indeed changed the world and the way we live. These two innovators developed a relationship when Facebook was still in its infancy, Mark found the need for experienced-based insight and advice to ensure Facebook’s insatiable hunger for growth is nurtured. Zuckerberg talking about the nature of his relationship with Jobs said that the bond they shared went deeper than breaking bread with the then President of the United States, Barack Obama. “I was moved Jobs respected me for not selling out. I know that’s one of the ways in which we saw eye to eye on the kind of what we were trying to do in the world. He gave me advice on developing a management team that was “focused on building as high quality and good things as you are,” Zuckerberg said.

           The story of these great minds shows greatly the importance of mentorship, but much more how worthy it is to have someone you can always be accountable to. Mark’s tribute -Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you- after Jobs’s death shows the kind of space he’s leaving behind in his heart. He developed an accountability mentality in his relationship with Jobs so much that he was able to share his work progress and the overly elusive steps which Jobs breaks down for his thanks to his experience. This is not enslaving your intelligence, instead, putting yourself under tutelage for fewer errors and more productivity. For once, be accountable too!

           There’s a saying, “if you want a shortcut to success, get yourself a mentor.” While that’s true, I’ll add this “And if you want to be fulfilled, create a model of accountability with that mentor because that’s what shapes you to be you.” You should understand that to be accountable doesn’t just mean being subjected to giving an account or having the obligation to report, explain or justify something but to be trained and refined by it. You basically can’t separate mentorship from accountability.

           Great world individuals today had mentors; Bill Gates was mentored by the investor mastermind, Warren Buffet, Dangote was mentored by his grandfather, Dantata who was a successful businessman in his time. Barbara Walters mentored Oprah Winfrey. Also, one of the most influential people in American civil rights history, Dr. Martin Luther King, was mentored by another American civil rights icon – Benjamin E. Mays. These and many more highlights the importance of being trained, influenced, accountable and impacted.

           One great advantage of having and being accountable to a mentor is that while you are at the point of friction, staggering or about to fall, they make you stand on their shoulder while they help and teach you how to clear the path. However, mentorships come in all shapes and sizes, and great mentorships are not premised on the fact that the mentors need to be rich, famous, or even fulfilled yet. You just need to identify a thriving individual and together you could even do more.

           These are practical steps to take towards getting a mentor and aiding your accountability.

  • Identify someone thriving in his or her field.
  • Read about them including their principles and approach to whatever appeals to you.
  • Listen to them speak, pay attention to their views on sensitive societal issues.
  • Sometimes, mentors start off being a role model. But not all role models can mentor you.
  • Be open to criticism, keep them abreast of your major steps and understand your method of communication.
  • Watch how you bend to realities and how resistant your skin is to the storm before you.

CHANGE; THE BEGINNING OF GROWTH

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I look forward to sharing with you Brilliant and Excellent tips for attaining your goals, fulfilling your Purpose and making the world a better place.

Friedrich Nietzsche in his book, ‘The Will to Power’ wrote, “Every major growth is accompanied by a tremendous crumbling and passing away.” These words remain relevant ever since the 19th century because, at every stage of human life, our growth has had to do with some sort of breaking up and rebuilding.

Without opening up the possibility of change, one can remain in the medieval shadows bereft of clinical or intelligent headway. You’d observe that everything is as a result of a change, and advancement, a rethink, review or retreat. However, you can’t lay claim to growth without changing one or two things about what you’ve been doing, neither is change justified if not for growth, development or a new level of impact.
Dwayne Johnson, popularly known as “The Rock” is a successful example of one who tested the right waters and knew the exact time for tremendous passing away. The Rock transitioned careers not once, but twice. He was briefly a backup linebacker for the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders. He ditched the football career and then considered a professional wrestling career like his father and grandfather. After wrestling at Jerry Lawler’s United States Wrestling Association as Flex Kavana and winning the USWA World Tag Team Championship twice with Bart Sawyer in the summer of 1996, Johnson signed a WWF contract at 24, which catapulted him to stardom. When asked to make a comment on “The Rock”, Kelly Cryderman wrote, “While Dwayne Johnson was not a Calgary Stampeder for very long, losing that opportunity kicked off the rest of his life.”

He crossed over into the movie industry and stamped his imprints within few years. Over his acting career, ‘The Rock” has become one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. He began his acting career on television while wrestling. In his first television acting job, in 1999, he played his own father in an episode of a ’70s Show called “That Wrestling Show”. Nearly a year later, he appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Tsunkatse” as an alien wrestler who fought popular character Seven of Nine. While Johnson was away from WWE, the company continued to sell “The Rock” merchandise, and he continued to be featured prominently in the opening montages of their television shows. Last year, he topped Forbes list of the highest-paid actors in the world with $89.4 million.

This and more is what moving along the borders of change and growth can beget. The Rock had a successful Wrestling career, yet he knew he wasn’t done with impact yet. So he had to push for growth by changing the course of his ship. When asked what his secret to success is, his reply was, “Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.” Indeed his mantra is a fruitful one. Change is inevitable, but knowing how to make positive changes that would work for you lies in understanding that growth and fulfillment are the result.

Here are few things to keep in mind in order to make change a catalyst of your growth;

  1. Understand you strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Pay more attention and develop your recessive traits.
  3. Learn, unlearn, relearn.
  4. Anticipate “the next phase” always by thinking outside the box.
  5. When something new surfaces, think before you act.

Vision 2020

Happy new week friends,

I look forward to sharing with you Brilliant and Excellent tips for attaining your goals, fulfilling your Purpose and making the world a better place.

Will Durant once said, “Nations are born stoic, but they die epicurean.”

Stoic because people could endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining –a point whereby they are consumed by the passion to breakthrough so much that they don’t bend.

Epicurean because months/years down the line, they are devoted to sensual enjoyment especially that which is derived from fine food and drink –a foundational attribute of merrymaking.

 Since individuals and organisations forms a society and nation, Will’s statement can be said of us also. As we attain achieve our goals, attain little height or become more prosperous, the tendencies for loosening up is always over the bar. We become a little less careful . . . a little more relaxed about our spending and how we use our time. The irony of diminishing returns set in and then, we are stuck again doing the same things we did to pull through success. Year in, year out, this scenario unconsciously plays itself out subtly in the life of the undisciplined so much that it is now a norm. Only the wise can contain this and slow the slide.

         

   2020 is here and one of the prevalent ritual or reality is the appraisal of the previous year. While this is interesting owning to the fact that whatever we ended the year with is either as a result of our actions or our inactions. Our recklessness is revealed because we have to plod the road we’ve been through again that’s why more than anything else more focus should be on sight and vision so as to avoid aimlessness and prepare adequately [this time] for the rainy days.

            I was reminiscing about the power of vision and how it navigates one towards the fulfilling of goals and dreams, then I discovered that sight is an underrated propellant of visions and dreams. Without sight, there is no vision and without vision, there is no goal not to talk of a clear knowledge of what the future holds.

            This time last year, a lot of people were preparing New Year resolutions with aims of achieving several things in 2019. However, resolutions are only productive if you open your mind to see an opportunity from a different perspective. That’s where “sight” comes in.

         

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   You might have failed or performed below bar in whatever you initiated or had in mind for 2019, however, seeing anew is learning from those failures through a meticulous analysis of why those plans of yours failed. By seeing anew in the year 2020, is to use a different approach to evaluate why you couldn’t meet up with your resolutions, plans or standard and then develop wiser ways to achieve them through learning from 2019 mistakes and experiences.

As you begin your 2020 journey, below are few things you should work on.

•    Procrastination

•    Low self esteem

•    Fear of failure & change

•    Over-promising and under-delivering

•    Complacency

Wish you a prosperous new year!