Some Lessons from Zuckerberg 

I understand Mark Zuckerberg is in Lagos Nigeria and he arrived yesterday without any fuss or paparazzi. He visited Yaba Silicon Valley and Andela. Except for few posts on Facebook, there is no major press announcement of the arrival of the founder and owner of Facebook. He was in T-shirt, jeans and trainers. Simple! No chains, no tattoos, no weird hairdo, no funny pose, just simple. Well some could argue it was for security reasons, I will punch that argument because he could have sought for state security. 

Can we all pick some lessons from this guy. Especially for our people in the entertainment and showbiz industries, you don’t need all those paparazzi to announce your presence. Let your work speak for you. You don’t need to show us your latest car or house on Facebook or Instagram. We know you are trying to prove that you are rich, we know that, so don’t bother announcing it. 

We don’t want you displaying your nakedness and tattoos, you are spoiling the minds of our youths. They think that is the way life should be lived, not knowing it is all fake and borne out of some sort of complex. Mark is always simply and decently dressed. Same with Bíll Gates. Same with our Dangote. Even in your industry King Sunny Ade and Chief Ebenezer Obey are examples. So? 

We are also tired of reading about your latest ‘lovescapades’. We are tired of reading how you break up engagements and marriages as if you’re changing clothes. Please you are turning marriage to a trial and error affair. Don’t marry if you can’t stay married. If you think your wealth is measured by the number of marriages you have contracted, then go back to school. 

Finally, embrace simplicity. Simplicity is just beautiful. Nothing beats it. Watch Michelle Obama. Look at Oprah Winfrey. They are simple yet adorable. 

This applies to all of us. Stop trying to impress people. Stop being wasteful in a bid to beat the Joneses. Be yourself and be simple. 

God bless us all. 

Good morning! 

The ‘You’ Factor 

No matter what has been written concerning you or what people are saying or have said concerning you, you are the only one that can determine if all those things would be proved right or wrong. Even God cannot do anything for you without your cooperation. This is why the ‘You’ factor is very important. 

You must work on yourself. Build up yourself emotionally, spiritually, physically and financially. No matter your background, whether rich or poor, if the ‘You’ factor is poor, you can’t get far in life. 

If there is anything you must pay greater attention to after God, it is your self development. Everyone gives what each has. You cannot give what you don’t have. “Nemo dat quod non habet.”  Equipping yourself for whatever dream or vision you have is your best investment. 

As a matter of fact, it is out of the abundance of what you have that you can give to others. Get it well, I am not saying you must be rich before you  can help others. I am saying you can’t help others if you haven’t helped yourself. 

When you have loaded yourself well, it doesn’t matter what life throws at you, they become building materials for your destiny. Read. Study. Learn. Work hard. Plan. Prepare. Pray. Seek counsel. Do all that is right to ensure the ‘You’ factor is rich,because at the end of the day, ‘You’ will be responsible for your life. 

God bless us all. 

Good morning! 

You Are Special

There is a way life throws so much mud at someone and the person becomes totally unrecognizable. If you come across someone who is just being pulled out of a deep slimy mud, until the person takes a deep wash of himself, you may not be able to recognise him. His voice may be the only thing you will recognize. 

We sometimes lose our identity as a result of the challenges of life. We sometimes get to a point where we believe there is nothing of value left in us. This is nothing but a lie and a fallacious conclusion. If you clean yourself up, there is a lot of value loaded in you. 

Has life thrown you deep down and you are feeling worthless? Have you made several mistakes and you feel you have gone too far to start again? Have you been written off by everybody? 

Dust yourself up. Wash yourself if you have to. Scrub yourself. Purge yourself. Begin again. You are not worthless. You are valuable, unique and special. 

Stop the lies and face life again. 

God bless us all. 

Good morning! 

Don’t Be Comfortable in Your Comfort Zones

Comfort Zones are killers of progress. They make destinies plateau when there are still more mountains to conquer. They close the eyes of people to new vista of opportunities and limit innovations. 

What are comfort zones? Comfort Zones are the places where you are at your elements. They could be jobs that you have grown to become so good at. They could be skills, vocations, trades, or locations that you have become so used do, to the extent that you don’t want to try new frontiers. They are things that hold us back from taking risks. 

I appeal to you to step out of your comfort zone. You can’t experience life’s best in your place of comfort. “Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone. – Shannon L. Alder

Stepping out of comfort zones will initially rock your world, but will eventually create a new world for you.” Coming out of your comfort zone is tough in the beginning, chaotic in the middle, and awesome in the end…because in the end, it shows you a whole new world !! Make an attempt..”- Manoj Arora

God bless us all. 

Good morning! 

Break the Limits

​”Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash

Live your life as though there are no limits to what you can achieve. Truly there are no limits, except the ones you construct in your mind. There is always a  way round every challenge, and there are always higher heights to be attained. Don’t place any limit on yourself. Break the limits. You are unstoppable. You alone can stop You. 

I leave you with the words of Bruce Lee, “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” 

No matter where you are today, leave your plateaus and go forward again. 

God bless us all. 

Good morning. 

Will It Count? 

There were times I came across some lists of goals or prayer requests I had written much earlier, and as I read through those lists or requests I smiled. I smiled not necessarily because the goals were achieved or the prayers answered, but because reading them much later reveals the inconsequentiality or insignificance of the requests or goals. Some will appear outrightly childish,  some selfish, and some just irrelevant. 

This personal experience has taught me to always weigh my actions, goals and objectives on the scale of materiality in posterity. Materiality in Posterity means ‘will it be material years after?’. I always ask myself questions like, if I don’t achieve this now, will it really matter? Is it that necessary? Will it still be material years later? These questions help me to readjust my priorities and maintain focus on life impacting goals. 

My advice to you today is to begin to weigh your decisions and intentions on the scale of materiality in posterity. If I steal to build, will posterity treat me well? If I lie about my age to get that job, will my body also lie after some years? Is acquiring more cars more material than sponsoring some orphans or less privileged? 

If we do a lot of introspective thinking before acting we will have less regrets in retrospect. Ask yourself before you take that action, ‘will it count later?’ 

Remember this always, ‘Wise men invest in people, ordinary men invest in things.’ 

God bless us all. 

Good morning!

Know Yourself 

Life starts with knowing yourself and what you are cut out to do (self and purpose), and ends with giving yourself fully to that purpose. 

It is not so much about the money, wealth, fame, or swagger. It is about the purpose and fulfilling it. It is about knowing who you are and what you are made for. 

Stop trying to be someone else. Know yourself and be yourself. You are at your best when you deploy your full strengths, skills and passions toward your purpose. The best an imitation can be is a copy. Be original. 

Appraise yourself. Carry out a personal SWOT. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What opportunities are available for you and what are the threats around you? 

When your strengths fuse with opportunities, greatness is birthed. When those opportunities are along the line of your purpose, and you pursue them with your strengths, you are on your way to achieving greatness that will outlive you. 

God bless us all. 

Good morning!