2013 in Review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,200 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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How to Live Your Dreams in 2014

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2014

2013 is winding down, in fact it ends in hours. The year is usually as good as over once we celebrate Christmas – the remaining days go away very fast and so also many dreams.

People lose out in life most often than not because they give up too easily. Those strong quotes about winning and winners usually seem to be enough to change the way we think, but they truly never are. Winning needs one thing most people don’t add to their dreams and wishes; it’s action.

If people get rich by just dreaming, I’d be one of the richest young black people in the world today. If people achieve great feats by just dreaming, my name would be on everyone’s lips. But it takes more than dreaming to achieve everything you want.

The new year is just hours away and we are all making resolutions…don’t be in a rush to do this. Sit down and think about why you failed in 2013. Make up your mind on whether you want to succeed in 2014 and how much success you’d love-be true to yourself- then make those resolutions.

There are so many people looking for jobs today, but are not ready to get a job. Are you surprised? Okay, let me break this down. You want a job but you don’t have a CV; how does that work? You go about with smart phones and all you have on your memory cards are a thousand and one songs by those guys who have made it. Why not spare some kilobytes for your CV and copies of your credentials so that you can send it to people who may want to help you without wasting time?

A brother was speaking to colleagues at work sometime ago and they all complained about not getting promoted as at when due. They wanted to leave, but they all had one problem; they were not ready to leave.

The man asked them if they had updated CVs highlighting their qualifications and experience, training and all; none could produce one. In fact, one of them confessed he did not know how to prepare a CV, I’m talking about a bank worker on the level they call ABO. Are you surprised?

Don’t be surprised. There are so many job seekers out there who can’t prepare a CV or write a cover letter or an application letter. I get calls often from people who need to write application letters, and even letters to ask for salary increment … that means such people are working already. You want to ask how they got there in the first place.

So my friend, as you go into 2014, you have to position yourself for the success you hope to achieve. Learn everything you need to be eligible for all you want.

One last word; you can’t keep talking about wanting things, you have to go get them. Remember what we discussed about action? Action is very important. You can dream all you want, if you don’t act, you may never achieve those dreams. It’s just like having a beautiful car that runs on fuel without fuelling it; it won’t take you anywhere.

Start that business in 2014. Leave that job and get another (you may want to get another before leaving o! wisdom). Register that company in 2014. Marry that girl in 2014. Buy that land in 2014. Apply for that job in 2014. Apply to that school in 2014 (stop dreaming of studying abroad without applying…look for the application fees and apply). Bury that bad habit in 2014.

You sure can’t leave out the place of prayer; prayer works.

I wish you the best in the new year.

@ScotorJay

My Life So Far In 300 Words

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My name is Niyi. I was born 26 years ago into the family of Aderibigbe, a middle class family living in Oyo town. Welcomed by four older siblings, my parents were happy I had a lot of shoulders to lean on.

I was very brilliant and aced all my classes until my fourth year in primary school when Lanre Ogunronbi had to contest for my top spot. He got it twice, but I was determined the third term to win back my place, and that I did. Lanre was good with numbers, and I was good with grammar. So, he scored highest in Mathematics throughout primary school, and I was the best in English Language. I didn’t lose this even in secondary school as I ended up as the best student in English Language.

All through these years, I wasn’t quite sure which path I should follow, as I was good at almost everything, but my brilliance made my parents encourage me to study Medicine. After four failed attempts, I settled for Zoology which was the best University of Ilorin could offer me at the time. I knew I was doing the wrong thing, but I didn’t have the guts to opt out and follow my dreams.

Graduating with a Third Class Honours opened my eyes, and I was suddenly ready to follow my dreams and take full responsibility for whatever happened next. Nothing short of extraordinary has happened ever since. I’m happy, I’m fulfilled, and I earn a respectable income because I followed my dream. A lot of people still find it hard to see the sense in what makes me happy in what I do, but who cares? I am a writer! I’m proud to call that a profession anywhere and I earn a living from it.

Survival!

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Obalende

It’s 6:17am in Lagos, Nigeria. The hustling and bustling starts this early. Obalende is already busy with human and vehicular traffic. The ‘businessmen’ are also out early to get their share from the big pay they believe comes with suit and tie. The ‘businessmen’ are calling out to passersby to patronise them; the puff puff sellers, the bread sellers, orange sellers, and yes, I saw roadside pharmacies too, with drugs displayed on boxes. I wonder if these guys in suits&ties actually buy drugs here.What are these men saying ‘Fisebililahi’ selling? I can also see a guy with a message hung around his neck; ‘I am deaf and dumb’. They all are businessmen; they chose the right time to come out. Most of them will leave the streets at 9 or 10, to come back at 3 or 4 when their customers will be returning home. There is only one thing in their minds, both the businessmen and the guys in suits&ties, it’s survival!

Nelson Mandela’s Notable Quotes: Wisdom From Madiba

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Nelson Mandela, former South African president has died at the age of 95.

The widely respected leader inspired countless individuals with his life and the words he said.

Here are some of the words of the Nobel Peace Prize winner the world will never forget:

1. “Difficulties break some men but make
others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul
of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed
with the hope that he will rise even in the
end.”

2. “It always seems impossible until it’s
done.”

3. “If I had my time over I would do the same
again. So would any man who dares call
himself a man.”

4. “I like friends who have independent minds
because they tend to make you see problems
from all angles.”

5. “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all
for the freedom of their people.”

6. “A fundamental concern for others in our
individual and community lives would go a
long way in making the world the better place
we so passionately dreamt of.”

7. “Everyone can rise above their
circumstances and achieve success if they
are dedicated to and passionate about what
they do.”

8. “Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world.”

9. “I learned that courage was not the
absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The
brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.”

10. “For to be free is not merely to cast off
one’s chains, but to live in a way that
respects and enhances the freedom of
others.”

11. “Resentment is like drinking poison and
then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

12. “Lead from the back — and let others
believe they are in front.”

13. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge
me by how many times I fell down and got
back up again.”

14.”I hate race discrimination most intensely
and in all its manifestations. I have fought it
all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so
until the end of my days.”

15. “A good head and a good heart are
always a formidable combination.”

16.
“If you talk to a man in a language
he understands, that goes to his
head. If you talk to him in his
language, that goes to his heart”.

17. “If you want to make peace with your
enemy, you have to work with your
enemy. Then he becomes your
partner.”

18. “There is no passion to be found
playing small – in settling for a life
that is less than the one you are
capable of living.”

19.
“After climbing a great hill, one only
finds that there are many more hills
to climb.”

20. “There is no easy walk to freedom
anywhere, and many of us will have
to pass through the valley of the
shadow of death again and again
before we reach the mountaintop of
our desires.”

21. “There can be no keener revelation of
a society’s soul than the way in
which it treats its children.”

22. “In my country we go to prison first
and then become President.”

23. “We must use time wisely and
forever realize that the time is
always ripe to do right.”

24. I detest racialism, because I regard
it as a barbaric thing, whether it
comes from a black man or a white
man.

25. “A good leader can engage in a
debate frankly and thoroughly,
knowing that at the end he and the
other side must be closer, and thus
emerge stronger. You don’t have
that idea when you are arrogant,
superficial, and uninformed.”

26. “Money won’t create success, the
freedom to make it will.”

27. “There is nothing like returning to a
place that remains unchanged to
find the ways in which you yourself
have altered.”

28. “Does anybody really think that they
didn’t get what they had because
they didn’t have the talent or the
strength or the endurance or the
commitment?

29.
I dream of an Africa which is in
peace with itself.

30. Let freedom reign. The sun never
set on so glorious a human
achievement.

31. “If there are dreams about a beautiful
South Africa, there are also roads
that lead to their goal. Two of these
roads could be named Goodness
and Forgiveness.”