A – Z of Business

A is Action. You need to do and not to talk or dream. It is time to stop dreaming and to start doing. The age of doing only started with the cave man. The age of dreamers only ended with Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. We are in the age of dreaming and doing. You must have definitely dreamed enough, could you start doing? Because when a dream has been dreamt for too long it becomes a nightmare.

B is Believe. Believe in yourself. Believe in your business. Believe in your staff. Believe in positivity. Belief is key to getting unscathed to your destination. It brews confidence and keeps you calm in the midst of storms and believe me you will seeof lot of these. Believe is also infectious; you share it around to staff and clients. So share it.

C is Creativity. To be above par you have to better your neighbor. Creativity is doing an ordinary thing in an extraordinary way. Do not settle for monotony. Tweak and experiment. Find better or more interesting ways of old things.

D is Distraction. These may come in as better offers and excellent business ideas but they could derail you from what you have in mind. Put all your eggs into a basket and watch that basket, Mark Twain said to hammer in the importance of not being distracted. Continue reading “A – Z of Business”

VERY INTERESTING CONVERSATION

An atheist Professor of Philosophy was speaking to his class on the problem science has with God the almighty.  He asked one of his new Christian students to stand and the following conversation ensued;

Professor :   You are a Christian, aren’t you, son?
Student    :   Yes, sir.
Professor :    So, you Believe in GOD ?
Student    :    Absolutely, sir.
Professor :    Is God good?
Student    :    Sure.
Professor :    Is God all powerful? Continue reading “VERY INTERESTING CONVERSATION”

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!

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Thank you.
I’m honored to be with you today for your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. Truth be told, I never graduated from college, and this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today, I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months, Continue reading “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!”

MAXIMIZING STRIKE PERIODS AS A CHRISTIAN STUDENT. by Friday Osarenkhoe

… if anyone will not work let him not eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but as busybodies. 2Thess 3: 10b – 11 

Strike is an ill-wind that blows no one any good. The period of strike is always a period of breakdown in society; economically, educationally, administratively and even morally. When civil and other public servants are on strike, economic and administrative functions are grounded and sometimes totally paralyzed. This paralysis is also evident in the educational sector when teachers are on strike too.

The traumatic effects of strikes are often times unimaginable because all sorts of ills and negative attributes are usually exhibited by various segments of the society. Continue reading “MAXIMIZING STRIKE PERIODS AS A CHRISTIAN STUDENT. by Friday Osarenkhoe”

What Does Twitter Really Say

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Twitter began like a joke but is now graduating to being a big deal. It was conceived by Jack Dorsey et al and was launched on March 21, 2006 under the social media and microblogging platform. Facebook came two years after and put twitter in the backburner. Facebook ranks second on the Alexa rankings of websites the world over while twitter ranks 11 up from 12 as at June this year. However, I am of the opinion that twitter is bidding its time and that time is now and at the present pace at which it is on it will soon overtake Facebook in appeal and usefulness if not in number of visitors and revenue. With twitter came information; crisp, concise and immediate at the snap of your finger. Twitter gives us 140 characters to express ourselves explicitly but more importantly succinctly and if you cannot do so in this hurried world of headlines-news-only then you may move over to other social media sites. On the other end of the stick you have, at most, 140 characters to decipher and understand a tweet; if you have mental or psychometric problems then you will also have to move over. Twitter is shrinking an already shrunken world and is helping to translate the ‘global village’ into a ‘global street.’ And soon we will be talking about a ‘global house’ or even a room. Continue reading “What Does Twitter Really Say”

The President Who Ruled From a Wheelchair

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Ever heard of the acronym- FDR? Or of the caption – The New Deal? Or of the president who ruled from the wheelchair? FDR does not mean Federal Reserves neither does it mean Fixed Deposit Ratio. The New Deal is not the name of a musical group or of an award-winning western movie. The phrase – the President who ruled from a wheelchair- is not a folklore nor a parable, all these are facets of one man; his name, his policy and finally his disability.
Born January 30, 1882 in New York to a pleasant and aristocratic family, the young Franklin entered into politics in 1910 at the age of twenty eight when he was elected a New York senator. In 1912, he was re-elected despite the fact that he could not campaign because of a bad case of typhoid fever that kept him bedridden Continue reading “The President Who Ruled From a Wheelchair”

Summary and quotes of Jean Jacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract

Rousseau's The Social Contract.
In summarising this political masterpiece, the four-part division is maintained and is referred to as Book I through to book IV. Book I seeks to make us understand how man graduated from being self-serving to being civil, why there was a need for the change and what political benefits necessitated it.
Book II tries to expose what kept sovereignty, its alienability, indivisibility and limits. The source of power of every sovereignty, which was in its laws as agreed upon by all was also examined and who the lawgiver was and how he came about with its different but important systems. Finally the people, their motivation and composition was glimpsed at.
Book III demystified government, its forms, institutions, preservation, classes and intersections. It also went further to show why different government are suitable for different countries and people.
Book IV explains the indestructibility of the general will and its motivations. It also ran an expose of the roman government, its build up, mainstay and peculiarities.

Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote the timeless piece “The Social Contract” in a bid to stoke the embers of self-rule and freedom in France and in the French Continue reading “Summary and quotes of Jean Jacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract”

Rape: The New Scourge

Normally, I don’t pick up strangers along the road especially women because they tend to think that your act of kindness is their right by virtue of their sex or worse still that you have an ulterior motive; whichever is not acceptable by me. But on this fateful day it was different. My defenses were down either because of the late hour or because of the way the girl swayed painfully when she walked I don’t know but I put my foot on the brake pedal and stopped beside her. “Care for a lift?” I asked. She could only manage a nod after a brief hesitation and subsequent resignation. I guess she was more afraid of what she was running from than she was of me. I stretched across and opened the passenger side door for her. My car is a jeep; a Nissan Xterra and it is really high off the ground but it was not high enough to make her struggle into the car seat as if the lubricants in her body were all dried up and her bones were in direct contact with each other. “High fever.” I reasoned. It was the sickness that makes your body as stiff as that. “Do you care for the air-conditioning?” I inquired, after we had gone a little way off, wondering if the state of her health would permit such cold temperature that the air-conditioning of the car offered. But I didn’t get a reply. Briefly taking my eyes off the road, I spared a glance at my passenger and saw that what was beside me was only a body without the spirit inside of it. “Are you okay?” I asked, this time getting real concerned but as before I didn’t get a reply. I could now see that she didn’t hear me. I had to touch her. She jerked out of her reverie and almost out of her seat. “Are you sick?” I asked and this time got a reply which was a shake of her head. By now I had driven to a safe enough place and parked my car near a spot where a mallam sells suya. “Where are you going to and what is wrong with you?” “I don’t know where I should go to.” For the first time I heard the voice of my passenger. Since the answer was not what I anticipated I restated the second question. “What is wrong with you? What happened to you?” Pause. Like she was thinking whether she should tell me. Then… “I have just been raped.” Continue reading “Rape: The New Scourge”

Biggest Spenders, Biggest Losers, Bad Investment?

The 2013/2104 football season has begun in Europe could be termed as the year of uncertainties and indefiniteness caused by the radical and widespread managerial changes that ravaged some top clubs in the top UEFA leagues. I don’t think any football season as ever witnessed such number of new faces in the dugouts. As commonplace now, the financial fair play is being thrown in the back burner as clubs are spending big to realize their objectives, but I will, in this article, x-ray these changes and what they portend for the huge investment being dished out by clubs.
We will start our sojourn in the English Premier League which is inarguably the most prominent with however gradually declining standards. The top three teams with automatic Champions League tickets all have new managers. The 2012/2013 EPL winners, Manchester United were forced to get a new helmsman when the legendary, as-old-as-the-club-itself, Sir Alex Ferguson decided to call it quits with coaching paving way for the hitherto unknown, “silverwareless”, David Moyes. Continue reading “Biggest Spenders, Biggest Losers, Bad Investment?”

Beyond the Convention of Education.

Gone are the days when we leave Secondary school and crown ourselves with the title of ex-students, also awarding to ourselves the certificate that guarantees our gallivanting around the streets like big boys without a care in the world for the future. After all, we will soon be going back to school, to the university, where freedom is liberal and independence surfeit. The hiatus between secondary education and university education can take between a year and 6 years for some people; for me it took 3 years; a time almost allowing for me to graduate if I had entered directly into the tertiary institution. When we finally gained admission, we were local champions in our neighbourhood, having finally entered the coveted walls of the university, polytechnics or even colleges of education. Our lifestyles, modes of communication, dress-codes and in totality behaviour radically changed within a few months of becoming students. However, maybe it is just me; because I have grown up or the prevalence of tertiary school students around now, the hype that used to surround secondary school students who have entered the hallowed gates of the university has greatly reduced and I hope that crucial matters may be clearly seen now that the dust has cleared and the smoke is settling down.

As I said in the above passage, I wasted 3 years waiting for admission before I finally got admitted into a polytechnic which culminated in another wasted academic period in my life (this is a vitriolic discourse for another day.) while waiting for admission, I tried to read voraciously so that my O’ level papers will be complete and so that I could easily pass JAMB whenever we met again. Reading was the only meaningful thing I did in 3 years! Of course, I looked for work, but my frailty and young face was an obstacle towards achieving that aim so I resigned myself to nothing. If my opinion is sought, the years after a child’s graduation from secondary school could turnout to be the years for future fecundity and not for present prodigality. Parents and students alike wish for a seamless entry into tertiary institution from secondary school but this may be a huge waste of time in that we allow our worldly-wise, but business-foolish children from one controlled environment into another semi-controlled environment. The period after secondary education should be the period where our kids are taught real-world experiences.

When kids drop their pens after their O’ level exams, the seemingly ‘wise’ ones go to look for work while waiting for JAMB to get their acts right. The foolish ones patrol the streets and every social place trying to live up to a new image they cut out for themselves. However, the ones who are really wise don’t get a job but they learn a job. Some parents and their wards think this is demeaning. “How can my child go and learn tailoring or hairdressing?” they query. That vocation could be the best and cheapest investment you may hand over to your child considering the level of unemployment and decay in our academic system. When you equip your wards with a vocation you have taught him/her how to fish and stirred up in them an extant sense of responsibility that is dying out in our kids below 20. The best time to make money is while in school. Ask Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and a host of other young entrepreneurs. They made their money while under the four walls of school and discovered that they could make their mistakes anonymously too without shame of being found wanting. Your kids can too.

The education that is being passed to our kids are as archaic as the Walls of China even on subjects that are daily evolving such as computer science and engineering. The lecturers don’t know beyond what they were taught in 1980 (which was already outmoded as at then) and which is what they are transferring to your wards now. They will graduate “left-handed in old age”. Also, the incessant strike actions that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) constantly engage in to improve their lot and not that of their students is not a guarantee of a good life for your wards. Finally, there are no jobs out there and the competition is going to be biting in the next couple of years because 50% of Nigeria’s population is below 25 years. In ten years time, these 25 years and below kids will be out of university and will be jostling for the few places available for employment that Nigeria’s private and public sector have to offer. Do you want your kids in that cutthroat, red ocean of job-seekers? Definitely no!

A child with a vocation will go to the university and build on it. He has a focus and vision but will need the certificate and most importantly the relationship he will forge in school to enhance his vocation. Vocation differ and include arts, handiworks and skills. What are you giving to your child today? Running off to school to run off into the ever-expanding labour market may not be the ideal legacy for your child. Besides how may salary earners do you know that are rich if they did not dip their fingers into the messy pots of financial impropriety? Think of the future of your child beyond the conventions that reigned supreme during your time. Times have changed and we will do well to change with them.