Monthly Archives: May 2014

Listen More, Say Less!

“We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say.” – Zeno of Citium …

As the Greek philosopher Zeno once stated, it would be wise of me to listen more often than I speak, for how can I truly expect to share something without first understanding it. Yet as a parent, my children generally expect me to be able to explain unknown concepts and ideas to them in a way that makes sense. And as such, I often times feel obligated to talk and to have all the answers to the questions asked me.

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Wisdom is the number one gift for a Godly success

“No shortcut to wisdom. No tollways to be wise.” – Toba Beta …

Wisdom does not necessarily come with age, nor does it come from having a whole world of information at our fingertips; wisdom cannot be bought, nor can it be willed upon another. Wisdom can only be gained through our own discovery–through trial, error, and our eventual understanding.

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Broadening Our Horizons

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Christopher McCandless

Life is filled with a plethora of wonderful things for us to learn. Yet in spite of this truth, there are even more things that we will never know–and this is a good thing, for so much what others try to impress upon us is really not of much use to us on a personal level, and often times completely useless to us as human beings. It is therefore to our benefit to seek out new adventures that inspire the individual within us, and broaden our horizons with new encounters and experiences.

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FULL TEXT: President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2014 Nigeria Democracy Day broadcast speech

Fellow Nigerians,

I greet and felicitate with you all, today, as we mark 15 years of uninterrupted democratic governance in our beloved country.
Our dear nation, Nigeria, has certainly come a long way and made notable progress since our first Democracy Day on May 29, 1999 when the military finally relinquished power and handed over to a democratically-elected government, marking the true beginning of a government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Continue reading

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Learn Something New Or Work On Improving Yourself Regularly

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” – Phil Collins …

There are two things I can draw from Phil’s words: first, by teaching others, I will come to learn and understand things that can only be understood through the act of giving and teaching another. Second, to be able to accomplish this, I must first learn. This is a very important truth that speaks volumes to how important self-improvement is throughout our lives.

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Find Happiness In The Work You Do

“So much of unhappiness, it seems to me, is due to nerves; and bad nerves are the result of having nothing to do, or doing a thing badly, unsuccessfully or incompetently. Of all the unhappy people in the world, the unhappiest are those who have not found something they want to do. True happiness comes to those who do their work well, followed by a refreshing period of rest. True happiness comes from the right amount of work for the day.” – Lin Yutang

There are many people who link unhappiness to not having enough to do, or to having a lot to do but not getting any joy out of it. A person who works on an assembly line, for example, may have plenty of work to do every day, but may put into his or her work the bare minimum of effort necessary to get by. And this is understandable–after all, how creative can one get while working on an assembly line, doing the same work every day?

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If You Fail, Try Again…!

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett …

I have to admit, it took a few times reading this before I felt comfortable with it, and by then, it had already grown on me. I feel the meaning of what Samuel says here is most apparent in its latter half: “No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” There are times in my life where I feel like I am just beating my head against the wall–that it is another day, but the same old thing. But if I look at in perspective, that is not the case. I will experience many failures in life–most likely multitudes more than the number of successes. However, it is through my persistence that I will find success; with each failure comes progress. Continue reading

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