No Excuse

Steve Jobs was offered for adoption by his biological mother and was turned down twice before being eventually adopted. He never completed college. He rose to become the CEO of Apple before he passed on. Bill Gates abandoned college and took to the street, he is the world richest man today. Abraham Lincoln had an unrivaled number of defeats in politics, yet he became the president of the United States. Thomas Edison failed 999 times before succeeding in making the incandescent light.

The common factor to all of these great men is perseverance. In spite of their setbacks and backgrounds, they persisted and persevered in the pursuit of their goal. They had several genuine reasons to stop trying, but they never gave room for any excuse. Life is what you make of it. If life throws lemons at you, make lemonade out of it. If life throws stones at you, use those stones to build your way up. Success stories are founded on the pedestal of past failures, mistakes, persecutions and resistance.

If you fail in the days of adversity, your strength is little. Proverbs 24:10. Use your adversity as the material for your success. Your story will only be an encouragement to others, if you eventually succeed. So you have got no choice or excuse than to succeed. Really, there is no excuse just get going!

God bless us all.

Good morning Africa!

Good morning Nigeria!

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Your Choices can Make or Mar You

One of the best gifts from God to man is the ability to choose. This is one of the features that separate man from other creatures. God bestowed on us the power to choose from several courses of actions. This gift however comes with great and dire consequences and implications. For every choice we make, there is always an implication or a resultant effect or consequence.

This is why it is important to weigh our options carefully, prayerfully and wisely before deciding on a line of action. Some choices have eternal consequences, some have lifetime consequences, some have short term consequences and some have almost immediate consequences. As a rule of thumb, the heavier the impact, the more careful we should be, in choosing. For instance, a choice of career or marital partner can affect a man’s life either positively or negatively. You don’t take such decisions lightly, yet a lot of people especially in the western world take this lightly. Little wonder divorce rate is on the rise.

Our nation and continents today are at the points they are because of certain choices we have made in the past. You are where you are today because of choices you made yesteryear. If you are not happy about where you are, today is an opportunity to again choose an option  that can take you where you desire. Like they say, again, the Choice is yours, but the consequences may not be yours alone!

Make a wise choice today. Ask God to direct you. Deuteronomy 11:26-28.

God bless us all.

Good morning Nigeria.

Good morning Africa.

Your Life is a Process

Have you been to a construction site before? If you have, you would have observed the state of disarray that often characterizes construction work, especially a building project. You will sometimes see broken blocks, iron rods, used cements, nails, and other building materials littering everywhere. It is usually not an attractive sight.

However, when you visit same site after the building has been completed and delivered, you will find a totally different picture.  It may turn out to be a beautiful duplex, or an architectural masterpiece, and you are like ‘Wow!’ Someone else who did not visit the site during construction will not know the kind of transformation that has taken place.

A lot of times in life, our lives appear to be in a disarray, no form and completely void. At such times, we wonder if we will ever amount to anything in life. In fact,  at such times we hide from people and people also avoid us. I am sure many of us have gone through such periods. Like the building process, this is just a stage in our lives and doesn’t represent our full story. If you persevere and keep pursuing your goal, you will pass through that stage and the world will marvel at the end product.

To survive this phase, you must hold on to your dreams and keep pursuing them, even if not at the magnitude or scale you desire. Just ensure you keep working towards that vision like the site engineer will keep working towards completing the project.

And God has a way of ensuring that all the provisions you need for the vision gathers. The reason we often run out of provision is because we are yet to catch the appropriate vision. So, don’t give up, find your vision, write the vision and make it plain upon the tablet. Habakkuk 2:2-3.

God bless us all.

Good morning Africa!

Are You Living?

It will surprise many to know that they are not living. Most people are just dragging through life and counting days. Most employees have become like automated machines daily dispensing their duties in a monotonous manner without any emotion attached. If you wake up every morning angry at where you are about to resume for work, then you are not living.

Living means finding and doing what you are made for. Doing what you enjoy and enjoying what you do. As a matter of fact, whether you are paid or not, you just don’t want to stop doing it. That is what is called Living! It means emptying your heart into a purpose. It means passionately pursuing your God given purpose. And you know what? Naturally, purpose attracts wealth!

Many of us have become victims of our dependants. We feel obliged to be responsible for our brothers, sisters and parents and so we take up jobs we are not cut out for, only to earn wages that will never make us happy. Nothing wrong in being responsible, but you will be more responsible and happier in the place of purpose. 6 digits salaries will never amount to fulfillment! Even if you are earning millions every month doing what you are not cut for, you won’t still be fulfilled. Your fulfillment can only come from the pursuit of purpose, because it is only therein you can truly impact lives.

I challenge you this morning to find your purpose. Start living!

God bless us all.

Good morning Africa!

You Can Make a Difference

We are often led to believe that our little acts of kindness and love do not count and that nobody notices. In actual sense, they count. Someone is noticing and being impacted. So don’t stop being good, the world needs more of good than evil.

The reason why evil seems to be growing in the land is because good men are keeping quiet. They watch while the evil continues to perpetuate their wickedness. The danger in that is that one day, we will be consumed by the same evil we condone.

It is time we began to speak out against all evils. Speak against jungle justice. If someone has stolen or caught doing anything evil, you have no right to strip that person naked or mob or kill, otherwise you are more evil. Hand them over to law enforcement agencies and ensure justice is done. Even God covered the nakedness of Adam and Eve when they discovered they were naked. There is something called human dignity. Let us respect it.

Don’t accommodate murderers in your environment. Expose them. Discourage those who damage public properties at the slightest provocation, whether in the street or campuses, they are all the same. Being good is not just doing good but speaking against evil too.

So it is time to start doing good and I tell you that you can make a difference.

God bless us all.

Good morning Africa.

Stay Hungry! Stay Foolish!

Nothing is static in life. Even inanimate objects change over time. Nature changes! Time changes! Season changes! 

We had the Stone Age, then the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Jet Age and now Digital Age. For each of these ages, men kept looking for better ways to do things. It was the result of their search that gave birth to each age. Soon the digital age will become history.

You cannot keep carrying out an activity in the same way and expect a different result. That will be foolishness! You must constantly find better ways of achieving better results. Never assume a ‘know it all attitude’. Stay hungry for new information. Search! Read! Enquire! Probe! Never accept things on their face value! 

One of the major reasons why some countries are called Developed Economies (DE) and some others, Less Developed Economies (LDE) is their degree or propensity to search or research. LDEs are largely contented, laid back and keep looking forward to new inventions from the DEs. It is time to reverse that order. Our governments must create a conducive environment for research and innovation, if we are to catch up with the DEs. 

At the individual level, what is your innovate factor? How hungry are you for change? Have you suddenly become second rated in your place of work? Has your business suddenly lost its position in the market and you are wondering why? Check your innovate factor! 

After being acquired by Microsoft, Nokia CEO said in tears, “we didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow we lost.” Not doing anything wrong in itself is one of the greatest reasons for failure. It simply means you are not trying anything new. ‘No risk No venture’ goes the popular maxim. 

It is time for us as a people and as a nation to wake up and put on our thinking caps. It is time for us to become hungry and foolish for new inventions. Never think that that salary will keep coming for ever. Never assume that business will continue the upward trend by just doing things the same way, otherwise you are in for a rude shock! Get out of that sleeping mode! Nigeria has slept long enough, living on oil proceeds. Africa has slept long enough, fighting ethnic matters and corruption. 

Nigeria Arise! Africa Arise! 

Choose to accept God’s gift to humanity, ability to think and decide. 

God bless us all! 

Good morning.