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STARTING OVER

It’s a lesson you should heed,
Try, try again.

If at first you don’t succeed,
Try, try again.

Then your courage should appear,
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear,
Try, try again.

Once or twice, though you should fail,
Try, try again.

If you would at last prevail,
Try, try again.

If we strive, ’tis no disgrace,
Though we do not win the race;
What should you do in that case?
Try, try again.

If you find your task is hard,
Try, try again.

Time will bring you your reward,
Try, try again.

All that other folk can do,
Why, with patience, should not you?
Only keep this rule in view,
Try, try again
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This poem, try, try again written by William Edward Hickson encapsulates what I want to write in today’s blog post. As we stand on the brink of a new year at my end here. Well, China and Hong Kong have started celebrating with fireworks marking the New Year as I write. Samoa and Kiribati (officially the first country to enter the New Year) are way ahead

Don’t know how your year panned out to be? Don’t know whether you achieved all your yearly goals? Every December 31st presents two classes of people: the fulfilled and the unfulfilled, the happy and sad ones, the filled and the hungered ones, the hopeful and the hopeless, the joyful and the mournful ones

What really matters is you are here! Be grateful and thank God for the chance to live again! Start the new year tackling those same projects which perhaps might have been a source of pain. Pain is not an indication to give up all the time, sometimes, it means you have to go back to the drawing board, look at it from another angle, draw pragmatic and realistic steps, pray and then start it all over again

I pray for you today that you will enter the new year with a great deal of fortitude and hope to pick up the pieces that remain. It pays never to give up

Happy new year & enjoy the celebrations

Till I come your way again…

Peace & Love

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This Christmas

Hello, as we all know, tomorrow is Christmas Day! Whether you are a celebrant or not, a believer in it or not, the day arrives with festivities, food, friends, family and fun as it has been characterized to be. For some, it is also a time of rest; others, a time to make more money on that particular day. Christmas is known as the day Jesus was born to the Virgin, Mary which ushered his entrance into the world

Tomorrow, as we celebrate, let us focus on love. Christmas is a time of love and loving one another. Let us learn to forgive one another and not hold on to grudges. Practice releasing all grudges and saying, “I forgive you” before the year is over. Do not carry forward every hurt, betrayal and pain you suffered at the hands of cruel people over into the next year. Please drop it- it makes your baggage heavy and the rest of your journey from now on a tough one. Travel light from now on. Free yourself off emotional clutter! Let us choose love

As we celebrate, let us focus on hope. Christ’s birth into the world heralded hope for mankind- he was promised to be the end of all sin for mankind and save people from their sins. It was hope to the people of his day that there was a remedy to sin which I truly believe. Be hopeful; let go of all pessimism- a negative outlook in life and a negative attitude. Start to see the good in the bad. Practice seeing the bottle half full than half empty. I have come to realize with time that life is what you will make of it- it depends on your viewpoint. Be a can do person! As we focus on the fun aspect of this celebration, focus on changing your attitude to a positive one. Hopeful people are grateful! Cross over in to the next year with an attitude of gratitude! Christmas promotes a fantasy of miracles; it is even seen in the movies that are shown during this season but in reality, there is such a thing as a miracle that is far removed from a fantasy. Hopeful people experience a miracle. Change your outlook and attitude and see what it takes to experience one. Miracles do exist! They only happen exclusively to a kind of people- them that are hopeful!

Finally, in this season choose to embrace the gift of Christmas- Jesus Christ. Choose to know him personally. He is as real as the person sitting next to you. Choose to believe in God and serve Him. Man was not created for things but for a higher purpose of serving a God for a much greater purpose. I don’t know your religious inclination or how you perceive life as you are reading, but to me life is bigger than what we see and there is more to it than chasing the next buck. Make a quality decision to know God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about Jesus, I volunteer to help and answer all questions. Jesus is real and he is the reason for this season. Have a greater perspective of this spiritual side of life by worshiping God. Go to church this season and learn about Him and find out about the true meaning and purpose of this celebration

Have a merry Christmas and till we meet again…

Peace & Love

NB: Today’s blogpost is dedicated to the memory of my grandmother whose undeniable legacy was her heart of gold, hospitality, love and her faith. Rest In Peace, Maame

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When an expert says “No!”


Hello, I haven’t blogged in a while. Been taking these intermittent breaks because before this year, I gave myself a target of writing 30 blog posts, which I must admit, I am close to that goal hence “my no-show” of late. Are you looking forward to Christmas with excitement? What do you have planned? ¬†Anyway…

One of our favorite TV programs to watch when I do have the time is Shark Tank. The last time I viewed was three weeks ago and that is the inspiration behind today’s post. The program is basically coming to meet a group of millionaires or business minds to pitch your business idea to them for money to invest in and in some cases, a percentage of your business for their expertise and connects, so there are these entrepreneurs- some aspiring and others, seasoned, who walk through the doors in the view of our living rooms (averages 5 million viewers) being scrutinized rigorously before one or more of the “sharks” invest. Like every good show, there is the element of suspense that makes it nerving to watch at times. Some succeed, others are turned away because they don’t have a good business plan or the business will not be viable according to those experts

I thought about this when my wife and I were rooting for this particular guy who got turned away. I immediately asked her, “what will you do when an expert says no?”. It was an interesting dialogue that day. There comes a point in our lives that nobody will believe in our dreams, ideas or business ventures we are planning to execute. We will be subjected to the scrutiny of an expert in a field we plan entering; his opinion will be less than unsavory and a big fat “NO”. What do you do when all odds are stacked against you, do you freeze like a cold turkey and abandon it?

What do you do?

Man has an innate desire to succeed and excel in life and most times, we wish our family, friends and even our mentors who could be the experts will join in on the bandwagon as we push forward to break boundaries. It is idealistic, but you and I know that in this world, it is not always realistic. Let us learn as we apply these pointers:

Am I passionate?– most successful entrepreneurs who have “made it” give this common advice. If you gather ten successful people from all walks- entertainment, fashion, politics, sports, business… and ask them to share their secrets to success. I bet you, this point will be the common denominator among the ten views. Do what you love. If you are passionate about it, then you love it. Don’t ask, “where can I make the biggest revenue?” but “what am I passionate about?” At least, that is a start to something. Some years back, I watched a Kevin Hart interview and he narrated how nobody believed in him. Prior to making it big time as a box office movie star and one of the bankable comedians of his era, he said he had 17 years of rejection and a whole bunch of “NOs”. The story that stuck out for me was when he auditioned for Saturday Night Live, the comedy sketch program responsible for launching out the careers of Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, just to mention a few. In the middle of his audition, he was stopped by Lorne Michaels who told him he wasn’t funny, had the wrong height and was not going to make it as a comedian; he should look for another job. He said he left the place in tears and drove back to Philadelphia from New York. Well, the rest is history… If a “Lorne Michaels”, an expert, tells you, you are a long shot away, will you fold up? Lorne is an expert and an authority in the world of comedy. Let us choose the things we are passionate about. Passion kept Hart in the face of rejection. Had he not made it in the 18th year? Would he have given up? Personally, I doubt it!

Do I have the requisite knowledge and skills?- almost everything in this world is scientific i.e. systematized knowledge, where you can learn something and break it down to a technique or a science. Almost all endeavors have become technical. Thank God for the internet- because this is where it becomes an invaluable tool and resource for knowledge and education. In this present century, not having a degree or attaining formal education is not a limitation. There are books available and a wealth of information on the internet for anyone who wants it. Any venture you undertake requires knowledge and skill. The expert maybe right at times because you don’t have the skill set and based on your answers too, your shallowness was evident. It is said, 80% of graduates after school never pick up a book again to read or upgrade. Constant learning gives you a leading edge in your venture

Keep working– don’t rest on your laurels. Keep working and grinding. Work on your dream, that business and in due time, you will reap a harvest of your expectation. Sometimes, I wish the cameras could follow all those rejected on Shark Tank. I want to believe, some are doing well irrespective of the pushback. A passionate, knowledgable and skillful person who is hardworking has no limits. No need to prove people wrong because they didn’t believe in you, rather focus on being your best you – break every ceiling; visual or imaginary and rise to where you belong- the top

Don’t take “NO” for an answer from no one if it is possible and in sight. Personally, the most important “NO” is from God but if he hasn’t said it and there is a way around it, I am going all in! Best believe- it is possible!

Will like to read your take on this one and please share this article if you were encouraged

Till, I come your way again…

Peace & Love