Monthly Archives: August 2011

GIVE UP THE CENTRE STAGE

The current world’s economic, social and political systems are eye openers. The resultant downturns has pulled many into a state of self-preservation, selfishness, greed and covetousness but the message this week is simply “let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others”. In other words let us all give up our ‘centre stages’ Now that’s easier said than done because we all tend to be preoccupied with one person – ME INC!  Have you noticed when you ask someone, “How is it going?” They are likely to start by sharing a recent success, failure or may be even another hardship story in the brew. This should not be the signal to jump in mid-sentence, blow their light out and say listen, “Think that’s something? Let me tell you about… while you treat them to a litany of your opinions and self-made achievements.

 We cannot afford to be preoccupied with self. We must learn to “Get over You” Vacate the centre stage. Learn to focus on others. Practice the saying, “Enough about me. I want to hear about you. How is your business… wife… health… family… walk with God?” Stifle the urge to interrupt and just listen! Listen with your ears, your eyes, your mind and your Spirit. Try to understand the feelings behind people’s words. If they are celebrating, rejoice with them and if they are hurting then, act real “mourn with those who sorrow”. The litmus test of an enduring character is our ability to celebrate others, or share their burden as though it were ours. There is no better way to serve, encourage others in a depraved world like ours where love, recognition and acceptance have become a rare commodity.

This week we must all think deeply about the value we can add to others, offer support where necessary. This life is not all “about us”. No one owes us anything as we can’t be the centre of our universe but we sure owe others. We owe them our genuine love and support which may sometimes not be reciprocated; we owe them our forgiveness; we owe them value, loyalty and service. We can make a deliberate attempt this week to teach someone all that we know, show them the way out of a seemly difficult situation; help them chart a business or career path for their future, and in watching out for their interests, we can also in return continually be enriched in love, peace, joy and fulfilment.

 Ayo Daniels

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STEVE JOBS RESIGNS FROM APPLE

Steve Job signs out

“(Reuters) – Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs on Wednesday resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage.”

Apple shares dived as much as 7 percent in after-hours trade after the pancreatic cancer survivor and industry icon, who has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since January 17, announced he will be replaced by COO and longtime heir apparent Tim Cook.

Analysts do not expect Jobs’ resignation — which had long been foreseen — to derail the company’s fabled product-launch roadmap, including possibly a new iPhone in September and a third iteration of the iPad tablet in 2012.

“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come,” he said in a brief letter announcing his resignation.

The 55-year-old CEO had briefly emerged from his medical leave in March to unveil the latest version of the iPad and later to attend a dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for technology leaders in Silicon Valley.

Jobs’ often-gaunt appearance has sparked questions about his health and his ability to continue at Apple.

“I will say to investors: don’t panic and remain calm, it’s the right thing to do. Steve will be chairman and Cook is CEO,” said BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis.

Apple shares slid to $357.40 in extended trading after a brief halt. They had gained 0.7 percent to close at $376.18 on the Nasdaq.

Analysts again expressed confidence in the Apple bench, headed by longtime company No. 2 and supply-chain maven Cook.

“Investors are very comfortable with Tim Cook even though Jobs has been a driver of innovation and clearly an Apple success. Tim has shown Apple can still outperform extremely well when he’s been acting as CEO,” said Cross Research analyst Shannon Cross.

“I don’t know if it’s a health issue. I don’t know if it is a shock. Most likely it was going to happen at some point. Why today versus another day? I don’t know.”

Steve n co founder Wozniak during Apple early days

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A HUMBLE BEGINNING

“18 years ago I did not know what life will be like for me. I remember going to the market to go and hawk tomatoes after school hours. I was not even sure of going to a University because of funds. I found Christ in my final year in Secondary School and strange things happened thereafter. I worked permanent Night for 5 years to get a BSC in Electrical Engineering Unilag  full time. I worked for 3 years after which I started my own company in 2004. God has been good to us as a company and to me as an individual for the past 7 years. May 2010 I started a program at the Prestigious HARVARD Business School and by God’s grace February next year I will be an Alumni of HBS. My going to Harvard was a trip of Faith, seating in a class with global business men and a top class model like Tyra Banks really humbles me. I had to work permanent night to go through University, but now am attending a program at the most expensive and, prestigious school in the world without sweat. I cannot compare the beginning with what I see today. HE ALONE BE GLORIFIED.”

As I opened this mail, I was amazed, after reading it, the content gave me random feelings, I was happy and excited and also I was weak to my bones. The motivating factor of this man is his low points in life, imagine one who has to go through 4 years working and going at the same time, this would tell you how dedicated some people are, 98% would back out during the turbulent times during the 4 years, because trust me, this is so difficult, commitment in doing things would only get you to the next level, I have seen some things in my life, and I must say the patience I have gotten cannot be compared to what this young man has, a colleague of mine said a lot about the fellow that sent the mail and I quote “This chap is so brilliant that he was a benchmark then in school”

Where are you in life today? What do u aim to do in life and how are you planning to achieve them? Do you back down at the face of strive? The face of turbulence? Nothing good comes easy, there always a time when you would be faced with life’s most torturing events that would make or mar you, those defining moments, you choose between your future and now, those who hold their faith up always succeed. This mail is a wakeup call for me and all of those reading this post.

Where we would be years from now? Doing the same things you did before or stepping up in your game. I see people learning to climb up the ladder with experience and motivation from people and events around you.

See you on top

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TENDER GRAPES!!!

Your relationships with friends, colleagues, spouse, and siblings are exposed to the virus that will always try to infect when we permit it. This virus is out to suffocate life out of your relationships and rob you of the attached fulfilment. King Solomon said we should “take out the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes. Your relationships at whatever level can be compared to a vine with tender grapes. The little foxes seek to spoil the vine and take out the tender grapes of our bonds with it’s added value accrued over time. For the vine to survive, the tender grapes must therefore be protected from the foxes. This therefore suggests that our relationships cannot be left to chance, just like the vine cannot be left unprotected from little foxes. Some of the dictionary definitions of the word tender are – loving, affectionate, compassionate, susceptible to pain or grief. Your relationship has the potential to produce the love and affection that you desire; it also has the ability to be grieved. Little foxes in relationships may differ, for some it may be the normal day to day busyness which suffocates and dry up the affection in our lives while for some others, it may be unresolved conflicts that have opened the door to resentments, bitterness, hatred, discords and sometimes alienation by others.

 We all have the responsibility to protect the tenderness in our relationships with friends, colleagues, business associates and neighbours from things that could gradually contaminate them. Your relationship’s tender fruits are to be enjoyed. We must learn how to savour, defend and nurture our tender grapes so we don’t miss out on opportunities relationships offer in life.

 

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THE GARBAGE TRUCK

This classic was sent to me by three separate friends in the last week and like one of them encouraged that he believes this can become handy for someone here. We begin this week with these questions. How often do you let other people’s overbearing attitude alter your mood? Do you let an appalling driver, a rude waiter, an offhand boss or an insensitive employee or colleague, neighbour or even total stranger ruin your moments? No matter our justifications to these questions, the true mark of a matured person is how quickly we can all get back on track from these supposed distractions and focus on what’s important in our lives.

 David J. Pollay explains it this way … ‘Sixteen years ago, I learnt this lesson while sitting at the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here’s what happened. I hopped in a taxi and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car’s back end just by inches! The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean…he was friendly. So, I said, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’ And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck’. ”Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You’ll be happy you did. ‘I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, ‘I’m not going to do it anymore.’ Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. Love the people who treat you right. Forgive and live with the ones who don’t. Believe that everything in life is working together for your good and in your favour.

 The lesson here is straight up for all; never allow the garbage truck of life to run you over by other people’s attitudes, strong opinions, narrow-mindedness, discriminations and insensitivity. We all have just one life to live, live yours purposefully and don’t allow anything to steal your joy and strength.

 

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LOOK WELL BEFORE YOU JUDGE

The classic story is told one day of a lady dressed in a faded grey dress and her husband dressed in a home spun suit, walked timidly without an appointment into Harvard University President’s outer office. For four hours, the secretary ignored them hoping they would finally become discouraged and go away. But they did not. Finally the secretary disturbed the president, “maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they will leave” she said to him. The couple wanted to erect a memorial for their son at the university. But looking at the way they were dressed, the president was like no way, otherwise this whole place will become a cemetery if every parent that had their child here would want to erect a statue. “Oh no, “the lady explained quickly, we do not want to erect a statue. We thought we would give a building out. The President rolled his eyes, a building! Do you have any idea how much buildings cost? We have over $7.5 million in physical buildings here! When the lady heard this, she walked up silently to her husband and said “if their buildings are worth $7.5 million, we can definitely build our own university. Mr and Mrs Stanford got up and walked away to California where they established Stanford University as a memorial to their son.

 In life we have the tendency to judge people by their outward appearance which can be misleading. We tend to treat such people badly because we think they can offer us no good, thus we lose our potential good friends, employees, customers, business opportunities and relationships that have the tendency to add value to our lives. Don’t trivialize opportunities to hold up the mirror of life for someone, walk through doors of relationships because we should never underestimate the potentials such hold for us in the now and in the future.

 

 

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101 WAYS TO ANNOY PEOPLE

Hello guys, how has your month been? its been a work filled weekend and I just sighed from my weekend table filled with work I stumbled on this interesting piece and would love to share it with you all.

Enjoy

1. Sing the Batman theme incessantly.

2. In the memo field of all your checks, write “for sensual massage.”

3. Specify that your drive-through order is “to go.”

4. Learn Morse code, and have conversations with friends in public consisting entirely of “Beeeep Bip Bip Beeep Bip…”

5. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.

6. Amuse yourself for endless hours by hooking a camcorder to your TV and then pointing it at the screen. <

7. Speak only in a “robot” voice.

8. Push all the flat Lego pieces together tightly.

9. Start each meal by conspicuously licking all your food, and announce that this is so no one will “swipe your grub”.

10. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 98 copies.

11. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.

12. Sniffle incessantly.

13. Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.

14. Name your dog “Dog.”

15. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions “to keep them tuned up.”

16. Reply to everything someone says with “that’s what YOU think.”

17. Claim that you must always wear a bicycle helmet as part of your “astronaut training.”

18. Declare your apartment an independent nation, and sue your neighbors upstairs for “violating your airspace”.

19. Forget the punchline to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a “real hoot.”

20. Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying everything they touch with Lysol.

21. Practice making fax and modem noises.

22. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and “cc:” them to your boss.

23. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.

24. Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of ignorance.

25. Erect an elaborate network of ropes in your backyard, and tell the neighbors you are a “spider person.”

26. Finish all your sentences with the words “in accordance with the prophesy.”

27. Wear a special hip holster for your
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ON A LIGHTER NOTE…Vol 12

NEW BRIDE TELLS HER HUSBAND

The bride tells her husband, “Honey, you know I’m a virgin and I don’t know
anything about sex. Can you explain it to me first?”

“OK, Sweetheart. Putting it simply, we will call your private place ‘the
prison’ and call my private thing ‘the prisoner’. So what we do is: put the
prisoner in the prison.

And then they made love for the first time.

Afterwards, the guy is lying face up on the bed, smiling with satisfaction.

Nudging him, his bride giggles, “Honey the prisoner seems to have escaped.”

Turning on his side, he smiles. “Then we will have to re-imprison him.”

After the second time they spent, the guy reaches for his cigarettes but
the girl, thoroughly enjoying the new experience of making love, gives him
a suggestive smile, “Honey, the prisoner is out again!”

The man rises to the occasion, but with the unsteady legs of a recently
born foal.

Afterwards, he lays back on the bed, totally exhausted.

She nudges him and says, “Honey, the prisoner escaped again.”

Limply turning his head, He YELLS at her, “Hey, its not a life sentence,
OKAY!

 

 

 

 

 

ADVANTAGES OF BEING A WOMAN

1. We got off the Titanic first.

2. We get to flirt with systems support men who always return our calls, and are nice to us when we blow up our computers.

3. Our boyfriend’s clothes make us look elfin & gorgeous. Guys look like complete idiots in ours.

4. We can be groupies. Male groupies are stalkers.

5. We can cry and get off speeding fines.

6. We’ve never lusted after a cartoon character or the central female figure in a computer game.

7. Taxis stop for us.

8. Men die earlier, so we get to cash in on the life insurance.

9. We don’t look like a frog in a blender when dancing.

10. Free drinks, Free dinners, Free movies … (you get the point).

11. We can hug our friends without wondering if she thinks we’re gay.

12. We can hug our friends without wondering if WE’RE gay.

13. New lipstick gives us a whole new lease on life.

14. It’s possible to live our whole lives without ever taking a group shower.

15. We don’t have to fart to amuse ourselves.

16. If we forget to shave, no one has to know.

17. We can congratulate our team-mate without ever touching her butt.

18. If we have a zit, we know how to conceal it.

19. We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there.

20. If we’re dumb, some people will find it cute.

21. We don’t have to memorize Caddyshack or Fletch to fit in.

22. We have the ability to dress ourselves. Continue reading

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CREDIT DIRECT LIMITED rewards staff

Saturday 30 July 2011 would be remembered for a long time by staff and management as Credit Direct Limited, Nigeria’s leading provider of unsecured credit to Government employees rewards her top performing staff in the first ever team bonding session held in the Head office 48/50 Isaac John street, GRA Ikeja, Lagos state.

The forum was aimed at building rapport with Directors, management and Staff, where the crew would interact, bond, unwinds, motivate and mentor upcoming professionals in the company.

Despite the rain, the HR team led by Joseph Osodi, put together a fantastic event, an outdoor venue designed with the company brand colours. Akinwande Ademosu MD/CEO during his opening speech congratulated the team on the journey so far, the business has seen so many challenges and we have come around all with success, no one thought the business would grow to what it is today, but thanks to the dedication and will power of the management and staff, we have achieved a feat.

Adeshina Ogunyinka Head of Finance also briefed the house on the company so far. How we are fairing in 2011. The high point of the year and the issues on ground.

The event came fully alive when one of the Directors of the company Mrs. Yemisi Edun entered; she is the financial controller of the First City Group. She adorned a simple sleeveless gown with heels, accompanying her was her daughter. She took the stage and applauded the efforts of the team by achieving what most people believed was impossible. Starting from a single office space in 2007 to over 27 outlets in 15 states with over 350 staff, CDL has become a flagship in the group and a benchmark in the industry.

Prizes and awards were presented to top performing staff for quarter 2; they all excelled in their various departments. Prizes like Air-conditioning set, Water dispensers, Refrigerators, Blackberry phones, DVD players, certificates and cash rewards were given to over 18 outstanding staff.

Credit Direct Limited, a member of the first city group was founded in 2007 as a micro lending company with focus on the unbanked civil service population in the country. The company has its head office in Lagos state, and is managed by Mr. Ademosu Akinwande as MD/CEO, who has turned a mere office space into over 2 billion Naira Profit Company. The company has operations in over 17 states, with 42 outlets and still growing.

Among those present were Head of Human Resources and Admin Joseph Ukpong, Head Operations, Regional Head Sales for West and Eastern regions, and others.

Clips from the event.

The Arena

Akinwande Ademosu giving the opening speech

Some of the reward for staff

L-R Head, Finance Sina Ogunyinka, MD/CEO Akin Ademosu, Director Mrs Edun

 

Cross section of staff at the event

Branding Executive Joseph Osodi during the event

L-R, Reg. Head Sales Wole, Director Mrs Edun, Gold prize Winner Oladipo Segun and the MD

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SOLID RELATIONSHIPS!

Dear loved one,

 

The making of a solid relationship will always result in 5 things which becomes the litmus test for the relationship:

Mutual Enjoyment: People in solid relationships learn to spend time together just for the joy of being together and value added friendship and commitment. Unfortunately the busyness of life causes us to forget what a joy this can be in our lives.

Shared Experiences: Helen Keller said of herself, “I may have been blind, but I had 20/20 vision when it came to relationships: “My friends have made the story of my life in a thousand ways, they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation.”

Trust: Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The glory of friendship is not just in the outstretched hand nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when we discover that someone else believes in us and is willing to trust us.” Paul wrote in one of his classics “Love never gives up”

Reciprocity: All relationships will experience ebb and flow. Sometimes one person is the primary giver and the other party a recipient or vice-versa. But a solid relationship will always be two-sided. Friendships are like bank accounts, which when we continue to draw on without making deposits can lead to bankruptcy.

Mutual Respect: How do you build mutual respect in relationships? When you don’t allow your differences to take priority over the synergy in the relationship. When in spite of the pressure in relationships, you can still treat people with patience and kindness to preserve the relationship.

A true friend loves at all times irrespective of whatever may be the outcome of life. We must all work to build solid relationships that will endure the test of time. Time is an asset to our friendship relationships. We must walk the talk by loving others unconditionally irrespective of our perceived impressions about them. Life is too short for an experiment in resentments, bitterness and un-forgiveness. Do you desire people’s friendship, and then show yourself friendly!

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