Ignite the Power of Hope and Conquer your Fears

Father, I place to your hands, my friends and family,

Father, I place to your hands the things that trouble me

Father, I place into to your hands the person I should be

For I know, I always can trust you  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBfRNrvvUfc

We sang these lines repeatedly every night as we prepared to go to sleep during the 2020 pandemic (COVID -19).

One of the nights, I decided to ask my seven (7) year old daughter what the second line of the song meant to her. I asked her what are the things that trouble her. Her troubles were so minute that I knew they were things I already had solutions for even before she was born. They were things that could be settled in the next moment or the next day. I laughed because I knew she had no trouble.

Immediately, it occurred to me that this is the same way I have fears and concerns that were already taken care of by God. He tries to communicate this to me now and then, but my worries have overwhelmed me so much that I can not see that He has solutions to all my fears.

At this point, my internal conviction of the existence of God ignited my hope and gave answers to all my fears during the pandemic.  Hope and fear can not occupy the same place, Hope can be a life-supporting source that has enormous power and it is all we need to deal with the uncertainty of life knowing that change is the only constant thing in life.

The power of hope comes from self-awareness and when this is revealed, our lives are transformed.

When we are in a difficult situation, our natural mind either chooses to hope or worry. For me, I can choose to see love even when there is conflict. When you see life through the lens of hope, everything can change.  Hope is a quality that exists in consciousness when a situation is hopeless, that means we are not seeing clearly. The way to heal any situation is to activate hope.

School shootings are big scary things that shouldn’t happen. Plane crashes are big scary things that shouldn’t happen. Murders are big scary things that shouldn’t happen. Most of us are not going to die from those things, but we all worry about them anyway.  

 Your attitude is not complicated by self-doubt.

Hope is realistic because it is based on the consciousness of infinite possibilities.

For many, hope is a constricted demand like a child who wants a certain toy and won’t be happy till she has it. But the Universe does not work according to our wish list. The force of evolution unfolds through an unrestricted vision giving us what we need and not the next ego demand.  The part to fullness is unpredictable by nature but this does not make it untrustworthy .it makes it interesting and beautiful.

Uncertainty is neutral and great things emerged from it as the new lessons, discovery, and innovations. It all depends on our reaction. Without the inner strength of hope, self-doubt makes us disconnected from our true selves.  Uncertainty can bring out the best in you. Either you win because the situation turns out well or you have found something you have healed and improved.

 There are many ways to confront our worries and concern. Find out where the worries are coming from and address it from the root. You become what you believe and not what you wish for, want or expect. Your belief is a strong force of building your hope in uncertainties.

Work on your beliefs during this period, avoid negative news, put your mind to rest and engage in meditations.

We shall overcome!!!!

Covid-19 Pandemic; a time for reflection

I felt a little pain the night before and I thought about the pandemic. the kind of feeling I do have whenever I am air bound. What if I do not have another chance to make amendments and realign with my purpose and creator?

I appreciate every day and make use of my time judiciously considering I may not have a second chance to make amendments. These are moments you have to communicate and realign with your creator, yourself and your purpose.

As the days and months go on, the unknown qualities of the pandemic may be alleviated. But in the meantime, we need spiritual practices to lessen the impact of fear and uncertainty. These practices will help us with reflection on our lives not intended to sugarcoat or minimize the very real dangers of this global health emergency. But they can help us deal with the associated stress, accept what we cannot change, and build up our resilience. Here are a few practices for you to try.

Embrace your fear. Fears seem to come in bundles. A fear about catching the coronavirus may be accompanied by other fears — of death, losing a loved one, isolation, financial problems, and more.

Accept uncertainty. When we are worried or distraught, it helps to realize that something is not certain. In regards to the coronavirus, there is a lot of uncertainty.

Take a respite from negativity. It is important to stay informed about the pandemic, but constantly reading or watching the news may water the seeds of worry and despair inside you and negatively affect your immune system.

Receive what comes.  Tomorrow builds on the understanding that our worries and dreams are derived from our thoughts about tomorrow and “Tomorrow, after all, does not yet exist.”

Practice as You Take Preventative Measures

See that life is good. “The Bible says, ‘Taste and see that life is good.’ This statement stands up to fear and laughs in its face. . . . Say it to yourself.” [M

Wash your hands.  Those moments are perfect for reciting a mantra or short prayer.

Stock up on medicines and other remedies to reduce your symptoms or help you cope. As you do so, add intercessory prayers to your regime.

Check supplies of food and household goods. As you shop and store these items, say a prayer of gratitude for the chain of supply that brought them to you: the farmers, manufacturers, truckers, stores, delivery services, etc. Use this moment to remind yourself of how dependent you are on the services of others.

Listen to your body. If you are not feeling ill, it can still be helpful to survey your body and see what it has to tell you. How do your head, nose, throat, chest, abdomen, legs, and feet feel today? What can you learn from your body by giving it this extra attention?

As You Practice Social Distancing and If You Are Quarantined

Because it may be up to 14 days after exposure to the virus before symptoms show up, the CDC is recommending that everybody practice social distancing (avoiding crowds, staying six feet away from other people); this can break or slow down the rate of transmission from person to person. Those who think they may have come in contact with the virus are being asked to self-quarantine for two weeks. Many retirement facilities are requiring that anyone who has traveled by sea or air stay home for two weeks upon their return. So these are good times for some practices around your house.

Bless your house. Many people host a blessing ceremony when they move into a new house, and for Christians, Epiphany is traditionally a time to do a house blessing. If you are going to be spending more time in your home because of social distancing or quarantines, make your house feel special by doing a ceremony.  Be grateful for your bed.  Appreciate the things around you. The objects, tools, and appliances in your home will come in handy during an extended stay there. “Before going to bed make a list of these objects. Reflect on the efforts it took to invent, design, manufacture, package, and ship these objects so they might make your life a bit easier or more enjoyable.”

Listen to music and Watch sad movies. In difficult times, it is important to express our emotions, including our sadness and despair. The spiritual traditions honor the “gift of tears” and have found ways to ritualize it. One of our rituals is to watch movies that draw out our feelings of connection with others in their suffering and pain.

Accept your situation. Rather than adding to your stress by complaining or asking why you had to get sick, try affirmations and prayers to be at ease with your situation. Here are two possibilities:

Recognize your unity with others. As we are instructed on how to navigate our daily lives and minimize the risks to ourselves and others during the pandemic, one truth becomes clear: We are all in this together. What each of us does — and doesn’t do — can have an impact upon the spread of the virus. It’s about seeing the connections, the interlocking webs of energy among people and things, and residing as much as possible in that place of no separation.” At the end of each day, spend a few minutes in self-assessment, identifying those moments when you were reminded most forcefully of your connection with others.

Welcome the sweet fragrance. Let your thoughts focus on the way time passes, and remind yourself that with courage and goodwill, a sweet fragrance will come even from the difficulties that you currently find yourself in.

Sources : www.spiritualityandpractice.com

IT’S UP TO YOU!

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Will Smith, in the movie, After Earth said; “You have to remember, fear is not real. It is a product of the thoughts you create. Danger is very real but fear is a choice”. This choice as he meant is the price you have to pay. You won’t fulfill your purpose without pain. So many factors would rise as obstacles, unending dangers would surface but, you’ve got to soil your hands with your sweats because the harder glory comes to you, the greater your fulfillment is.

Richard Branson is a quintessential entrepreneur who started a magazine when he was sixteen, a mail-order record business when he was twenty, opened a chain of record stores when he was twenty-two and then went on to create Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, Virgin Express, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Money, Virgin Hotels, Virgin Fuel, Virgin Cruises and Virgin Galactic.

In all of these, growth was evident because he took a series of steps that ordinarily looks like failure. Virgin Records which was his second investment only lasted for a few years before finding itself in a financial struggle. He took a step to sell it at $1 billion, an action with a lot of consequences.

In his words, “it was mentally traumatic” but he didn’t let that stop him. He used the spoils from this sale to begin Virgin Radio which eventually led to V2, his second record label. Branson had more Virgin ventures rolled out and in due to their failure in the market, but those failures only paved way for more successes. Never for a moment did he go into his shell; rather, he learned from every single failure of his and used it as a stepping stone to future success. In his book, Screw it, Let’s do it, he highlighted his perspective to consequences by concluding “But what is worse: making the occasional mistake or having a close mind and missing opportunity”

Commitment is a tested parameter that makes for success. You can’t be too careful when it comes to taking the bull by its horns, you either keep standing or fall. And when you fall, you stand back again. When you go after your heart dreams, visions and goals, life will test you to see how badly you want them. There is a place of trials or testing for every dream. So when they come, don’t give up. If you are willing to make a strong commitment to your dream and you decide to meet all challenges with a determined attitude, then life and problems must allow you passage into your promised land.

Nothing else would have explained Branson’s tenacity if not commitment. Let me make it noteworthy here that, “no great thing was ever achieved without commitment”. Some will complain of time, money, background et al, but then “you only have time for what you are committed to”. You have to start acting now by setting your priorities right towards achieving your goals. Your dreams will remain dreams without anticipation towards achieving the same. If you don’t anticipate your cravings, then you would be open to pressure being unfulfilled.

These are a few things to do to align your commitment to success.

1. Always finish whatever you’ve begun. Don’t be those who start and not finish!

2. I will do it tomorrow practically makes one do nothing. Don’t procrastinate!

3. Give your dream all attention! Inventors shun distraction in their pursuit of a breakthrough.

4. Take risks, but then, risk is relative so don’t be stupid.

Remember, your success is on the crux of how bad you want it. It’s up to you!

WEAVING THROUGH SELF-ACTUALIZATION TO HELP HUMANITY THRIVE

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Maslow, in his theory of need, subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans’ innate curiosity and developmental psychology, some of which focused on describing the stages of growth in humans.

The main focus of this article revolves around the concept of esteemed needs. Esteem needs are ego needs or status needs which make people develop an interest in getting recognition, status, importance, and respect from others. There are people in which the only activities that gives them any sense of contribution or value is by engaging in a profession or hobby that ultimately rewards with the desired recognition.

Most people have a need for stable self-respect and self-esteem and Maslow’ theory has captured the two versions of esteem needs: a “lower” version and a “higher” version. The “lower” version of esteem is the need for respect from others. This may include a need for status, recognition, fame, prestige, and attention. The “higher” version manifests itself as the need for self-respect.

Studies have shown that, at certain stages in an individual’s life (both general life and career), One hits a stage where it is almost impossible not to fall into either of these categories as one struggles to define the motive and purpose behind our actions, intentions and needs.

Last week, the Match for Africa 6 was hosted in South Africa courtesy of Roger Federer’s foundation. In the presence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Trevor Noah, Bill Gates and all the Cape Town Stadium, the crowd raised $ 3.5 million, and the new record of 51.954 was recorded for a single tennis match. Beyond the media hype and buzz, this was a rare effort from a billionaire player who founded his foundation in 2003, and has since raised $40 million and hit its goal of educating one million children in Africa by the end of 2018.

As an accomplished player, Roger Federer has worked hard to have his name on top the list of the movers and shakers in sports. Even as he currently holds the position of the highest paid tennis player in the world, he has somehow found purpose in not just establishing a foundation but one that impacts positively on the haves-not in the society.

Akon, the successful and accomplished Senegalese-American musician also made a massive decision to carry the weight of charitable giving for his home community. His foundation, Akon Lighting Africa, provides education and training to African workers in installing and maintaining solar panels. A school has been created to teach young members of the community the power of solar and how to properly maintain the equipment needed to harness it. Famous player, Didier Drogba, has also made a positive mark in his home country, Ivory Coast. From playing a spearheading role in ending a five-year civil war to establishing his foundation which aims at providing financial and material support in both health and education to people in Africa.

Moving ahead, giving back to the poor and the society at large, should be a core part of the lives of billionaires and celebrities. On September 3, 2018, we published on this blog, the importance of making impact with our surpluses and as much as the tendency for the growth of esteem needs in man. Its imperative to always understand that our humanity lies in raising others. This is what our society should replicate and live for. If you become an accomplished businessman, celebrity or billionaire at any level, endeavor to give back to the vulnerable in the society. Enough of giveaways aimed at feeding recognition and popularity. Ensure to do more and encourage others to do things that would touch lives of others with the amount of wealth amassed. Indeed, a man should not be taught how to spend his money, but for the sake of generations and the inequality life is made of, humanity should be at the forefronts of our hearts. So while our esteemed need of having a degree of influence is being satisfied, the esteem needs of those who don’t have is also met. This way, we make humanity thrive.

DON’T GET DROWNED IN THE NOISE

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Marcus Aurelius once said, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” This statement has never been less valid.

Purveyors of negativity might have brought their naysaying character at your dreams and goals, you might have been schooled several by critics of doom on why your already articulated plan would never work, never let their callousness humble you to their myopic opinions. People will always talk, but there is a need for you to always know that you are not to please anyone with your decision except you.

However, while Aurelius’ position resonates, he forgot to mention that sometimes, everything we think is not always correct and well-grounded too.

 It’s okay to align with the positivist and self-development perspective of ‘if you can think it, you can do it’, the truth howbeit is that you can’t overrule the realist nature of human to think wide, wild and sometimes wrong. The issue of what we hear, what we see and what we think are practical yardsticks that influence the decision-making prowess of a man.

A lot of times, we subconsciously fall into societal or peer pressure when making cogent decisions and we think it’s our mind and brain signaling such. Sometimes, we tailor our actions and inactions around what we see or what we hear without fact-finding or caution of doubt. Sometimes, we are elated by oratories, podcasts, and motivations without understanding that short bursts of inspiration that do not give specific sets of behaviours to focus on mindset shift and creating change is fickle no matter the goosebumps. You get bugged with the “trust your guts and intuition” mentality forgetting that there’s a place of self-efficacy.

Trusting your guts and intuition doesn’t mean they are right [at the time], your thoughts may just be wants and not needs. Have you thought of why you always say, “I want to have this, I want to buy that, I want to do this?” It is because you don’t need them. If you do, despite the ability to get those things, your mind will keep asking; “do you really need this?” It is noteworthy to state that in this clime, people, most times, do things out of societal demands, peer pressure, etc. You need to sit down and understand why your needs are your needs and why your wants are your wants. Don’t take to people’s opinions and regret later, by then, it will be you and your problems.

Taking decisions amidst what we hear, see or think requires using more than just discretion, we need to understand that some decisions will give you the short term benefit of ‘now’ but on the long term basis, will be a disaster and vice versa. By so doing, you’ll set yourself up for limitless progress.

Here are some tips for maintaining your sanity even amid the noise.

  • Believe in yourself.
  • Seek knowledge; read books, research contents, meet people, go places, consult professionals.
  • You need critical thinking to comprehend the consequences of whatever decision on your need. The holy book itself recorded that “knowledge will do you no good without understanding”.
  • Know when to draw the curtain.

FOR ONCE, BE ACCOUNTABLE!

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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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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

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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!

Creative Expression

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Expression is an inbuilt art and science that impacts our lives every day. Whether we like it or not, what we express is a result of what we think and this is pivotal to determining how we live. One of the aspects people enjoy most about their life or career is the ability to be expressive in dealing with things around them.

Your expression can be anything, it is either revealed through your passion, talent, way of doing things or interests. This fluidity called expression helps an individual to then be able to navigate his/her thoughts until he/she arrives at the point of creativity. This is why I call it an art and a science.

Expression is borne out of creative thinking. That is why most of the time, men become what they think because their expression is fueled by a drive to be better, a drive to begin a movement, a drive to start a business, a drive to learn a skill, a drive to win. This drive is hard work and perseverance and this is how innovations come forth. Sometimes, it’s as a result of an intentional determination towards a cause. Sometimes, it’s just accidental BUT birthed through hard work towards another goal entirely. You’ve most probably heard of that saying “Life happens when you are busy making other plans”, yes, life happens but NOT without MAKING. That itself is an expression of some sort.

You can be who you should be without an expressive mindset. You can’t change anything without expression and in the same vein, you can’t innovate without an expression. Kira Campo once wrote, “This link between expression and innovation is readily observed in those who devote considerable time to their creative practice.  For example, in order to begin a new painting, an artist draws heavily upon well-developed skills of observation and reflection.  An artist must also have an overarching plan for how to proceed before a single mark is made, and yet most artists relish the moments of spontaneity that arise as they work.  Is this a gross oversimplification? Yep.  But it helps to illustrate how these steps map to innovation and problem-solving.”

There’s the need for us to begin to understand that we do really need to develop thinking skills, that’s the amplifier of expressions and in the long run, innovations. Great inventors and business gurus used the power of their minds to push forward the much-needed technology in this century. Bridging is critical to the transfer of thinking skills. However, the arts & science of things is a great starting point.

Two great innovators of their time respectfully had their postulations about expression and creativity. First was Albert Einstein who wrote, “Logic will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere”. Steve Jobs in one of his interviews said, “Creativity is the ability to connect with things from the mind”. No doubt, expression, creativity, and innovation are interwoven truths that make for impacts.

Below are the few things you can do to augment or make better your expression level;

  • Prune your mind. The development of thinking skills starts first with thinking right.
  • Read books, watch documentaries, play psychological games e.g.; chess, scrabble…
  • Get a mentor. You can’t understand certain things unless you get them firsthand.

I hope this has been helpful to your intellectual cravings.

IMPACT THAT OUTLIVES

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People have come and left this world, yet their names aren’t forgotten. Some of them lived in the dark ages, but their works of light remains even after them. The roads to a lot of relative advantages we enjoy this day way were paved by heroes and heroines in their classes and calibers.

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Mother Teresa died more than two decades ago, yet her deeds of activism and the lending of her voice to causes bigger than her and the world at that time made her being remembered. She grew famous for humbly ministering to lepers, the homeless and the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta (otherwise known as Kolkata), India. She was conferred a Nobel peace prize in 1979 and then proclaimed a saint by the Catholic Church in 2016.

Mary Slessor was one foremost culture changer. She was not but put her life in line to fight against this practice of infanticide of twins in the 19th century. Can you imagine the generations she practically saved from ruin and destruction even on arrival? There are deeds that outlives one indeed.

There was Fela Anikulapo Kuti who in the face of oppression and tyranny kept his voice night in every possible way to kick again bad leadership and authoritarianism in Nigeria. His songs were reflections of his innermost intent and he’s been remembered until this day. He’s basically one of the few Nigerian legends whose post humus birthday are being celebrated followed by Nnamdi Azikiwe.

Impact is not accidental. It is an intentional action geared towards blessing and influencing a generation. These ones and many more bared the pain, time, inconveniences, pressures, failures and still went on to leave a mark that would outlive them. These kind of legendary acts is everywhere including innovations and inventions. The list is endless, Plato, Aristotle, Albert Einstein, Isaac Watts, Steve Jobs, the men who built America and the ones who liberated Africa; likes of Kwame Nkrumah, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nelson Mandela, Patrice Lumumba, Walter Rodney etc. We have legends in science, art, music, football, business, politics, military, missionaries, et all. They all had one thing in common, they lived a life different from the norm. They challenged existing statuesque without looking back just as we have living legends in this 21st century whose works and innovation will surely outlive them.

Today we remember a lot of people for their works, services and inventions, I put it to you without mincing words, what will you be remembered for? What do you want people to say about you? Have you lived a life worth emulation and respect? How have you impacted your close cycle? How have you impacted your coworkers? How have you impacted your family members? Have you impacted your society? What is your legacy?

We have a lot of the so called celebrities in the present world who are just living life of shadows and the wave of social media, pressures and unnecessary life expectations are making young people lose their gaze on what’s worth living for. You may have heard of these quotes, “You haven’t really lived until you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you” and “You haven’t really lived until you’ve found something worth dying for”. I call them basic mottos of living a life that blesses generations.

I put it to you again, what do you want to be known and remembered for? If you desire an impact that outlives, your legacy should be every lives you’ve touched.