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WHATCHA LOOKING FOR?

What you’re looking for is contained in what dominates your thoughts, words and actions” – Tope Akinyemi

In recent times, i have met with and spoken with a few people, males and females alike and i discovered one thing that seems to be getting more rampant by the day; many people don’t know what they want in life. They lack a picture of their desired future, and this reflects in the quality of their daily decisions.

What business does a person who says he wants to own his own business and retire young have with sitting at home and complaining about the economy, instead of investing time in building the skill set, knowledge and network needed to do well in business? He must be looking for a joke. A person who spends hours, days and months investing in developing a skill is looking for something.

Every guy wants a good home; a homely, no nagging wife and lovely children, but some guys go ahead and have relationships with ladies who even within the course of the relationship exhibit none of these attributes. I’ve noticed a number of guys who go for ladies who are clearly more independent and more exposed than them, hence they’re constantly under pressure to match up and overtake; maybe this is good for some, especially men who are laid back; but everyone needs to know what he/she needs in life.

Many ladies are very materialistic and demanding, so materialistic that it could be irritating and some guys who don’t have the financial muscle to handle such still go ahead to have a relationship with such girls to prove a point; what point? that you’re man enough? is it not obvious? What are such men looking for? rest of mind in marriage? i doubt it. A lady who is in a relationship and who has marriage in mind with a guy who regularly beats her up must lack a picture of her future. She doesn’t want a “good” guy because he’s not romantic but this other guy is so romantic, takes her out, buys her things even though he beats her once in a while. Does such lady see the big picture?

What you’re looking for is in you, and when you express it, you send a message to people around you. We get what we deserve in life, either by our action or the lack of it. Can you eat your cake and have it? A lady who dresses “baring it all, or leaving some to the imagination of guys is looking for something, either consciously or unconsciously. Someone says who we associate with is a reflection of who we are and what we want from life, either presently or in the near future. A person who constantly surrounds himself with people who exert negative influence on him is headed somewhere which has been made obvious by his choice of friends.

A person who rubs palm oil on his body and sits close to an open fire is surely looking for something, na wahala. I think we all need to sit down, ask questions and determine what we want in life, and most of all, allow it to show by the things that dominate our thoughts, words and actions.}

FOSEMYCIN!

The above is a slang which stands for excellent academic performance. To “fose” means to do very well academically. Last year I started my masters programme and it’s been extremely hectic combining school with work and family.

At the time of my last exams (i had 8 papers to write), my son was 6weeks old; in the course of the semester, i had to make some trips and could only make one lecture, shortly after i came back from one of my trips, i put to bed and barely 2weeks after, i was told that the exam timetable was out! I had tons of assignments that were outstanding, i had no note, textbook or materials to read and exams were about 10 days away.

Meanwhile, i decided to get copies of all materials and began by first doing my assignments which formed the continous assessment; that took me about 1 full week, some involved extensive research and writing; it was hectic, moreso, i had to combine all that with taking care of a newborn baby as well as my 3yr old daughter and the home generally. By the time i started reading, i was waking up an average of 4 times every night. It took a serious toll on my health; at times, i felt dizzy all of a sudden.

Then the exams came and i wrote them; they were not as tough as i felt they would be. I remember however one of the exams that was meant to last for 2 hours, the lecturer came and said the paper would last for 3hours. I had to take permission to eat something and take a drink because i was beginning to feel dizzy. On another exam, the lecturer
told me to leave the exam hall as he had never seen me before; my classmates pleaded on my behalf before i was allowed to write the paper.

Finally, last week, i was told that 10 out of 16 results were released and i went to see my faculty advisor to check them, and men! I fosed, i had a better result than most of my classmates. I was relieved. I was glad. Glad that i didn’t defer the semester, i had actually gone to meet the Faculty Advisor and told her of my intention to defer but she advised me
against it. I never thought i would ever be able to cope with exams given my current circumstances. My class rep asked me about one of my courses where i had an A how i was able to do it; he asked me what i wrote that made me get almost all the marks.

My husband supported me, assuring me that all i needed to “fose” was a little effort. The Ogunfayos and Mogajis also prayed with me, encouraged me by calling and sending text messages. Thanks for believing in me and for nudging me on. I thank God most of all for strength through that period cos the timetable was chocked – i had 2 papers per day and i didn’t break down. He’s my source of strength.

Now, i’m in the final semester of my Masters programme, i have over 2 months to be through. I’ve got my project and a few courses to contend with. I was even given my most dreaded lecturer as supervisor. I believe all things are working together for my good; i’m going through. This too will come to pass!!!}

STEWARDSHIP

I was in Church on Wednesday and the message bordered on Stewardship and the display of faithfulness as a character in managing our God given resources. The parable of the talents was the case study for this discussion. The interesting thing about this story is that the boss gave the talents out to his servants based on their abilities to manage the resources but there was a bottom line requirement that cut across all of them – Faithfulness.

He that is faithful in little is also faithful in much; and he who is unjust in what is little is also unjust in what is much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” – Luke 16:10-11

Many people complain of lack and or inadequate money and hold on to that as an excuse for not paying their tithe, offering or giving to the poor and needy; they therefore eat their seed and rob themselves of God’s harvest. These people are usually consistently never having enough and complain always. It’s a mindset that needs reorientation, there is a need to see whatever resources with us per time as a tool for attaining abundance.

Another group of people lack financial management skills, they spend all they earn whether little or much; they fulfil Parkinson’s law which states that “expenses rise to meet income” and never put a cap on their spending, it becomes so bad that they run into debt. I’ve seen a couple of people, young and old, who, on seeing their current state, you won’t believe how many millions have passed through their hands. They need to take responsibility for this act, learn about financial management and bounce back again.

Nigeria has not yet seen wealth, all that has been happening has been scratching the surface. God is keeping the real wealth for those who will use it for His cause and His will. Will He find you faithful? Can He boast of, or count on you?

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to FAITHFUL men who WILL be ABLE to teach others also” – II Tim 2:2.

God places a premium on character over ability; a man of character can develop a skill or ability to do something but character is what will either keep a man up or bring him down. To be faithful is to be trustworthy, reliable, dependable….All that we have was given to us by God – Material things, Talents, Children and we will give account on how we managed these resources. There is NOTHING that we have that we were not given.

Here are practical tips on how to manage your finances:

1) Have a daily, weekly, monthly and annual budget and be disciplined enough to follow it.

2) Keep a record of your daily expenses – This reveals your excess spending and helps to curb them.

3) Avoid having too much loose cash on you to avoid overspending.

4) Avoid impulsive buying – plan ahead before making purchases.

5) Avoid debts especially bad debts i.e. owing on depreciating assets which on completion on payment, the value would have reduced.

6) Depending on how regularly you make money, invest as you earn, always invest a percentage of your income.

7) Don’t live above your means; avoid being under pressure to spend on especially on doodads.

8) Get counsel/mentorship from people that are living in financial freedom.
More practical tips? You can attend a series of seminars on financial empowerment every sunday starting from the 24th February; send me your details if you’re interested and i’ll reserve a seat for you.

Ciao!

Don’t be POOR!

Hello All,

I’ve heard it said before that the word “POOR” is an acronym which stands for “Passing Over Opportunities Repeatedly”. There are various amazing opportunities which i would like to share with my readers. Pls find below a detailed description of the many opportunities being offered by Generis Solutions in the course of this year which if you take advantage of will give you a leap in the direction of your goals for the year.

180 degrees Seminars

There’ll be a string of personal development seminars this year. There will be different features every week for the span of 40weeks. At the end of 40weeks, everyone that has 10units will be given a recognized certification in a range of personal development topics for each of the modules of 10units. These seminars will features series on Financial Empowerment, Business Development, Finding Purpose, Self Awareness, Public Speaking, Making Money Online, Stock Trading, Forex Trading, Networking to Millions, Business Financing, Social Skills Development e.t.c. The seminars will be featuring the best of facilitators from within the development industry. These seminars will cost N1000, per session but will be discounted for New Nigeria Club members. The first Unit – Introduction to Financial Empowerement will kick off on Sunday the 24th of February. (It will feature seasoned professionals making money with stock, forex, real estate, integrity, networking, intellectual property, public speaking e.t.c.) Attendance is on a first come first serve basis and it’s strictly by registration. To register send a mail to topsiesuzie@gmail.com with your basic contact details and 180Degrees as Subject of mail.

Mentorship Session

Mentorship Session will take place on the 16th of March, 2008. This mentorship or guidance session will be with Gbenga Sesan, Niyi Adesanya and Myself (Adeolu Akinyemi), the theme will be -Taking Responsibility. It will be an opportunity to discuss together and share experiences on how we can all take responsibility for our lives, and then some other issues around us. It’s usually a 2 hrs session. We’ll be hosting participants in a hotel this time around and there will be slight refreshment. The fee per head is N1200 to take care of overhead costs. New Nigeria Club members are also welcome at a discount. If you are interested in attending this as well, or you want to register your friends, please send your details as well as your friends’ to topsiesuzie@gmail.com with mail subject as Mentorship Session.

Billionaires in Training

For all who have no clue how to plan for their retirement, for those who don’t have clear strategies for becoming financially free. This is an opportunity for you to engage in one of the greatest eye opening opportunities into financial freedom. It’s a 6hrs plus course that is designed to give you an opportunity to network with great minds from different industries, make new friends and move from zero financial intelligence to hero financial intelligence in one night. This is one session backed up with an interesting board game that will keep you awake all night with your adrenaline firing on all cylinders. You will not only gain mastery over your financial future, you will have a ball while at it. The testimonies we have gotten from participants of this course have been so extreme, we’ve had people practically thanking us for the opportunity of showing them their lives. You can’t afford to miss this. Facilitators include a number of seasoned investors and myself (Adeolu Akinyemi). The training comes with buffet, cocktail, breakfast and accommodation. The event will be taking place from 8pm on Friday the 28th of March till noon on the 29th of March at Elomaz Hotel. Couple N50,000, single N40,000. NNC members discount applies. To Register please send me a mail indicating your interest in BIT, and providing me with your basic contact details. This current class already has 20+ participants. Hurry while seats still exist.

HR MBA (Human Resources Methods Become Action)

This is our 4th season of HR MBA in our desire to establish a center of excellence for HR. We have had sponsored candidates from a variety of companies and industries. Ranging from Oil and Gas, to Banking and Financial Services, Manufacturing, Services, Consulting to NGOs. The learning opportunities have been exceptional, with seasoned HR veterans facilitating different aspects of the course. Our lectures have been taken by Human Resources Directors in multinationals, General Managers, Senior HR Managers, Senior HR consultants from leading consultancies and Human Resources experts. The HR MBA spans a 4 day tenure of Saturdays and Sundays. This HR MBA Season will be holding on the 29th and 30th of March and the 5th and 6th of April, 2008. We have already secured the alignment of our seasoned facilitators and have an 1/2 filled class already. This course costs a token of N80,000 per participant with discounts for companies sponsoring up to 4 people and above. Non-company sponsored participants and NNC members enjoy a discount. If you are interested in Registering for this, send me a mail indicating your interest and providing me with basic contact details.

Team Effectiveness

If your department or company wants to go for a retreat to bond better together, and you have been considering any other company, it’s because you have not experienced us. Our prices are not particularly the cheapest in the market, but our services are quite in a class of their own. We ensure we give our clients more value than they paid for, and leave them with experiences they’ll relive all year long. We’ve done Team Effectiveness/Team Bonding an obscene number of times for a number of units, and we enjoy it. If you are thinking about having the time of your life… try us. You can send me a mail via contact me to indicate interest, you can facilitate our meeting with your decision makers. We are adding Billionaire in Training as a special feature to all our Team Effectiveness Workshops till April ending.

New Nigeria Club

The New Nigeria Club is waxing stronger, and we just bagged to additional worldclass endorsements. We got the support of two new New Nigeria Icons that have global reputations for excellence, integrity and leadership. I’m also proud to announce to you that we are living up to our declarations of our objectives. We’ve covered so much ground and done so much work. 3yrs from now, the side of history we will occupy is a function of our positions today- whether we were hearers or doers. If you want to join and have only not understood how, pls go to www.newnigeriaclub.net and click join us, you can use beulah as your sponsor. You can contact me from this website about how to pay, so I can help you pay online. The New Nigeria Club is being seen by key leaders as the biggest effort in Creative National Development ever. Do join us today.

There’s Good News! All New Nigeria Club members are entitled to up to 20% discount for all the opportunities above.

Have a great weekend and i looking forward to my best year so far in terms of self development and financial freedom. What about you? Don’t be POOR!var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);

QUOTES ON PATRIOTISM

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Hello All,

I believe we had a nice weekend. To kick off this week, I have some quotes on Patriotism to keep our minds on our envisioned Nigeria.

  • Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
  • A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
  • Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
  • A politician will do anything to keep his job, even become a patriot.
  • Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.
  • He loves his country best who strives to make it best.
  • There is nothing wrong with Nigeria that cannot be cured by what is right with Nigeria.
  • Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own.
  • A man’s feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes must survey the world.
  • Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.

This week, don’t litter your environment, don’t jump queues, obey traffic rules; be Patriotic. Keep these up till they become a habit, then you can correct someone around you who is doing otherwise; spread the word, let’s give Nigeria a whole new culture. The evidence that we see a new nation reflects in what we do. Let’s do things right; one step at a time, and we will see the Nigeria that we desire. It’s in our hands!

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