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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Seeing It, Saying It and Feeling It!

You need a picture of your desired future upon which to concentrate your attention, and once you have selected and paste this picture where you’ll be able to see it daily, your view of it will grow clearer and you’ll definitely get closer to your future.

Do you know that Albert Einstein was considered an absentminded child who had a delay in learning how to speak compare to normal children? His parents were told that he didn’t have the mental capacity for an academic career and that he would only cope in a trade school. He refused to allow these setbacks to hamper him from dreaming of the kind of future he wanted for himself, in fact, his major breakthrough , when working on the theory of relativity came to him while daydreaming about what it would be like to ride a beam of light to the end of the universe.

Remember, the same basic principle which Einstein used, can be liken to the process of re-living a strong memory from your past, but in this case, it is the opposite, meaning that you can run the movie of your future in your mind.
So Live Your Chosen Future in the now By Seeing It, Saying It and Feeling It!

This motivational article is credited to Solomon O'chucks Nwokoro, a Nigerian motivational speaker.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Develop Your Soft Skills(3)

This the concluding part of develop your soft skills and it is my hope that you will enjoy this articles to the betterment of your Career.

Soft skills help you grow beyond money motivation.

Get rid of the tech-only approach. How serious are you about your influence, impact and career growth? Your technical expertise doesn’t stop you from developing leadership and motivational skills. And how far can you go without a positive, can-do, can-bounce-back mindset? When facing challenges, stop being a moaner, instead develop some backbone. Grow beyond money motivation. You can be self-motivated and also motivate everyone around you.

Oracle superstar, what really is the big deal in understanding how the business works and how you can enhance value? Cisco authority, don’t you know it is myopic to be selfish when it comes to sharing knowledge with colleagues. Uncaring attitudes don’t encourage team building. Java expert, you don’t have to turn nasty simply because the client is difficult.

Developing professional ethics is vital to your career.

Stop negative conduct whether deliberate, due to ignorance, or because of an unsupportive environment. No matter your environment, you can’t afford to be ignorant, insensitive or unprofessional simply because you feel you are a technical guru. IT “Hot stuff”, swallow your pride, dig deep and identify your soft skills gap. Then make a conscious effort to close the gap. Nobody is perfect. But that’s no excuse to empower your weaknesses. Developing your tech skills while actively cultivating poor soft skills is akin to moving one step forward, two steps backwards. It burns and wastes what you hold dear –time, money, resources and your future. Poor soft skills devalue. Period!

Control co-worker’s perception of you as a professional and an expert in your field.

If you are perceived as being difficult and unfriendly, of what value are your Linux skills when no one is ready to work with you? Are you doing your best in your area of specialization? But to people that interact with you - colleagues, clients, instructors, managers - what is their perception of you? A great asset, a fantastic contributor, just someone who does IT stuff, or the techie from hell? It’s a hard fact of life, but this book will often be judged by its cover. Most importantly, it’s not just about succeeding in work or business. What is the essence? To grow as a professional, to grow in business, you must also grow as a person.

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Develop Your Soft Skills(2)

These following three ideas are all pointing towards your soft skills development.

1. Soft skills empower you and create opportunities.

In my opinion, the main benefit of soft skills is empowerment. How does your tech skill translate to value? How do you create opportunity? Soft skills are useful for creating and taking advantage of opportunities – jobs, career and business. No matter how great your tech skills are, when job (and or opportunity) hunting, your marketing skills should be first-class. Otherwise others who may not be as capable as you, but who have better marketing skills might beat you to the jobs or work you want. There are opportunities in IT. But there are also challenges and competition. In such a competitive environment, perception often reigns supreme.

If your technical competencies are similar to those of other candidates how do you differentiate yourself? You claim to be a technical wizard. The problem however, and this is a big however, is how do I know if you are good if you can’t sell what you have - yourself or your ideas? Your certifications and previous work experience are important. But the issue at stake is this: can you convince the interviewer or clients that you will solve their problems and deliver value?

2. Soft skills not only improve your career, they also offer personal growth.

Interestingly, the acquisition of soft skills also empowers you by allowing you to build flexibility into your future IT career plans. How? Most soft skills are regarded as transferable skills, e.g. communication, project management, business and team work, which are needed in nearly all aspects of life, not just for your career alone. You need to grow not just as a techie but also as a person.

3. Do you have more tech skills than sense? Work on communication and leadership.

As an IT professional, you have confidence in your technical abilities. But is your technical masterpiece built to last? Tech skills are important, but such abilities are no guarantee of career fulfillment. There is no way you can sustain an IT career with just tech skills. You get the job done but what is your impact? What is your influence? What really is your aim in acquiring that certification? Is certification an end in itself? No it’s for opportunity, for career growth. It’s good to acquire skills, but please be sensible. Unfortunately, many of us seem to emphasize having more skills than sense.

Having the required interpersonal skills provides a must-have foundation for career growth. They give you the ability to take advantage of challenges and opportunities that will come your way. When you empower yourself, you stay ahead of the crowd.

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Develop Your Soft Skills

Technical skills have little value if you have poor soft skills. Don’t get me wrong, your tech expertise matters. But don’t be fooled by your tech skills. King of Linux, champion of Oracle? You’ve got it made, right? Give me a break! Tech skills alone are no guarantee of success.
You’ve got all the hot technical certifications with solid work experience. You’re the programming guru or the 900-pound gorilla of Network administration. You’re on your way to becoming an outstanding IT achiever? Don’t make me laugh! Excellent tech activities, rapid knowledge acquisition, tons of certificates are not the same thing as growth.

Tech skills alone don’t lead to recognition, promotion, and most importantly: opportunity. Tech skills are important but so are your soft skills.

How well do you communicate with your colleagues, management, clients or your employer? Are perceived as a contributor or just another techie?

1. Certification is not an end in itself. Tech skills do matter.

In fact, to succeed in IT you definitely need to have solid technical skills with a good grasp of the fundamentals. To make any headway you need to be solid on the ground with hard tech know-how. And the IT industry requires you to fortify yourself on a continuous basis with up-to-date tech knowledge and concepts. Training, certification, the Internet, books, is all opportunities available for lifelong learning. But what about your soft skills? As you build up your tech expertise, what effort are you making to develop your non-tech abilities? Certification is not an end in itself.

You need soft skills to create opportunity for yourself. What is the use of tech skills if nobody knows you’ve got such skills? The essence of education is opportunity. The essence of your technical ability is opportunity. Use soft skills to cultivate opportunity. Use soft skills to grab opportunity with both hands. It’s wakeup time - keep the right perspective: your value, not just your technical expertise, is your power.

2. Soft skills help advance your career.

Let’s look at specific ways in which soft skills can help IT professionals advance their careers. To bring value to organization and clients, IT staff are getting more involved in many non-tech activities to carry out their IT tasks. Your interpersonal skills should be top notch to deliver results with your colleagues and people in non-IT areas you must work with. As a project manager, how do you motivate other members of your team? You may need to work and interact with accountants and customer service staff to develop the company’s new business software. Network professionals have to enlighten other staff on the applications of the new wireless network and the implications of the company’s security policies.

The server room is no longer a hiding place. And no matter how “good” you think you are you will not get the marks you feel you deserve if can’t communicate well with colleagues or clients. In fact, the perception might be that you are not competent. But when you interact better with the people you have to work with, your performance tends to improve and they go away with a positive impression. And the meaning of positive impression is more opportunity, more responsibility.

To have a total grasp of developing your Soft Skills check on the my next post titled "Develop Your Soft Skills (2).

Be Patient

This is a true story which happened in the States. A man came out of his home to admire his new truck. To his puzzlement, his three-year-old son was happily hammering dents into the shiny paint of the truck. The man ran to his son, knocked him away, hammered the little boy's hands into pulp as punishment. When the father calmed down, he rushed his son to the hospital.

Although the doctor tried desperately to save the crushed bones, he finally had to amputate the fingers from both the boy's hands. When the boy woke up from the surgery & saw his bandaged stubs, he innocently said, " Daddy,I'm sorry about your truck." Then he asked, "but when are my fingers going to grow back?" The father went home & committed suicide.

Think about this story the next time someone steps on your feet or u wish to take revenge. Think first before u lose your patience with someone u love. Trucks can be repaired.. Broken bones & hurt feelings often can't. Too often we fail to recognize the difference between the person and the performance. We forget that forgiveness is greater than revenge.

People make mistakes. We are allowed to make mistakes. But the actions we take while in a rage will haunt us forever.

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You can determine your destiny

Man sows a thought and reaps an action. He sows an action and reaps a habit. He sows a habit and reaps a character. He sows a character and reaps a destiny.

Since man made his own destiny by his own thinking and acting, he can change his destiny. He is the master of his own destiny. There is no doubt about this. By thinking right and working hard, he can become the master of his destiny.

A rogue is not an eternal rogue. Put him in the company of a saint, he will change in no time. He will think and act in a different way and will change his destiny. He will become saintly in character.

You can make your destiny. Use the power of thought. Think rightly, think nobly. You will have only to think, and act. By right thinking, by right desiring, by right acting, you can become a sage, a millionaire. You can attain the best of your wish through good thoughts and action.

Man is not a helpless being. He has a free will of his own. God has installed in you everything you need to succeed. You are the architect of your own fortune and destiny, so be a good architect.

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Don't Give Up

Whenever I sit down to meditate on how the world is been run and the activities that goes on, on a daily basis, I begin to wonder why we do the things we do! Welcome to tomorrow, welcome to the future!

Do you know that We tend to become what we focus on for long? Most people don’t believe in themselves, they don’t believe in a brighter future. The truth is that what you believe in will surely unfold itself in your future. The future is an inevitable experience that must surely come to pass. But we have all what it takes to design it the way we want it to be.

It’s interesting to know that all what we do today is for the sake of tomorrow. If you take your time to think about it, every single action we take in life is driven by the need to create a better and a secured future.

If you hope to one day in the future become a successful entrepreneur, career diplomat, or whatsoever your endeavors maybe, and what you’re seeing presently doesn’t look like it, then you are not there yet. Until you look like it, please don’t stop but just keep keeping on until you get there.

The easiest way to know what the future holds for us is to go to God. He can unfold our future to us just like He has done in time past. We should anchor our lives on the one who holds and knows the future. Come to think of it, our interest in life should be to the future because that is where we are going to spend the rest of our lives. Besides, there is no future in dwelling in the past.

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Ten Don'ts to Greatness

To be a great person in life entails a lot self discipline and determination. In order to be moving in the direction of greatness the following steps will go along way in getting you to the top:

1. Don't admire people for their wealth but for the creative and generous ways they put things to use;

2. Don't let weeds grow around your dreams;

3. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship;

4. Don't dismiss a good idea simply because you don't like the source;

5. Don't trust your memory; write or jot down important things;

6. Don't discuss your personal problems with just anyone that comes your way;

7. Don't be thin-skinned. Take criticism as well as praise with equal grace;

8. Don't believe all you hear;

9. Don't mistake kindness for weakness; and

10. Don't let the person down, just know that someone will always be looking at you as an example of how to behave.

Monday, February 15, 2010

5 Super ways to be outstanding in life2

4. Energy-not Effort

The human brains loves busyness. It is happiest when it is exhorting you to work harder and keep your nose figuratively closer to the grindstone. Trying to work harder pays more than being smarter as it is tiring and depressing. It is better to put more energy into the key places which can generate different outcomes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said " The exceptional life depends not working harder, but on different, even opposite, actions from habit and the world".
To condition your brain to stay calm and think clear do the followings:
1. Do opposite of what people normally do;
2. Toughen up mentally by regularly putting yourself underpressure to deliver consistently high quality result;
3. Aim your full attention on the future and let go of the mistakes of the past; and
4. Try stretching your strenght  and make unexpected friend.

The following tips will also help you in expending your energy for results:

i. It is not really how hard you work that counts. What matters is how effortlessly you get the right things done;

ii. Learn how to excel under pressure;

iii. Streamline so that you can focus on what adds most value;

iv. Make a leap forward by doing nothing at times; and

v. Be prepared to stay hungry and foolish.

5. Impact-not intentions

Most people have lofty aspirations, well meaning promises and good intentions about what they hope to achieve in the future. But until one turns those wishes into reality it is in there and now your intentions are just passing thoughts.

You have to focus on your impact, not just your intentions and get into the habit of tracking how much impact you are generating. Good measurements overcome brain ruts and allow you speed up your progress towards your open-space goals and targets.

Take the followings as an effective measurement system:
i. This will involve hourly measurement which are them summarized daily and weekly;
ii. Defines in some detail the types of changes you need to achieve your open-space goals;
iii. Allows you to start each day by glancing at your measures so you know where you are at present;
iv. Incorporates a daily review session where you can assess what worked that day and what did not; and
v. Track moment by moment changes.

Claude Bernard said "It is what we think we know that prevents us from learning something new"
To really impact your life you should note the followings:
1. Intensions are fine but in the final analysis, what counts is the measurable difference you make in living your values;
2. Learn how to make change stick;
3. Always remember whatever you measure counts and;
4. Always stay close to your soul.

To read the begining of this article check (Part-1) of this material.

5 Super ways to be outstanding in life ( Part -1)

To surpass everyone's expectation in life you need to take everything you do very serious. Instead of trying harder every-time.It is better you start something different today. Though, many people may think it is impossible but all you require is combination of skills and talents.
With the following skills and your God's endowed talents you can make it in life:

1. Direction-not Motion

The human nature try as much as possible to work against change, especially one is trying to change an attitude the brain struggles and even resists. To consistently bring out your personal best performance you need to engage the part your fore brain which is good at envisaging the future. Do the following to engage your fore brain:

i. Visualized where you need to be heading in life rather thinking about your current demands;
ii. Visualize clearly and vividly hoe best your future can be;
iii. Think of the best path that can take you there
Iv. Evaluate all your abilities and passions then think about which one can move your life forward; and
v. Once you are through with these steps above, go to work on making your dreams a reality.
If you can manage the direction in which you are heading you will be surprised on how the world will start celebrating you.
Robert H. Goddard said, "It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yestaerday is the hope of today and really of tomorrow"
As you are heading in your desired direction take note of the following:
1. "Good" and "Great" are the enemies of "possible", never settle with what others label as "good" or "great";
2. Whatever you guide always grows; guide your direction and your possibilities will continue to grow;
3. Whatever you automates always accelerates; and 
4. Make the most of unexpected twists and turns.

2. Focus- not time

The human brain loves fussing over unimportant details as well as loves being a time keeper. To set off these human nature, you need to learn hoe to override this inbuilt warning against something new. It is also pertinent to train yourself to follow different patterns:
i. To see the contest of your life and how all various pieces will fit together;
ii. To see new opportunities clearly and concisely;
iii. To view these new opportunities as open-space possibilities; and
iv. To see what could lie in the future rather than defending what happened in the past.
Richard Bach said" The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work".
To be focus in life remember the following tips:
1. Planning your time is good but it's better to pay attention to what matters, whether it's planned or unexpected;
2. Emphasize the right moment, not the clock;
3. What you frame accurately will engage your attention;
4. Clarifying always unlocks your creative powers; and
5. Race your own race in tandem with others.

3. Capacity-not conformity

The human mind has very strong survival instincts honed by long years of development. For this reason, it enshrines conformity as good because that is safe. To make your dream a reality. you need to tap into those capabilities which are normally kept hidden. To access these capabilities you have to tune into the best brain your brain has to offer. The key to turning your own extraordinary ideas into successful action is to find ways to collaborate

with yourself constructively.

Orison Marden said, " The most amazing powers to change our lives and the world are waiting just beneath the surface of our daily habits, if only we could see these hidden powers, awaken them and put them into action"
To detect your hidden capacities take note of the followings:
1. Copying others is helpful, but your biggest gains will come when you boldly unlock your hidde potentials and apply it;
2. Use your brain, your heart, your gut and spine;
3. Remember whatever you demonstrate becomes real;
4. Awaken your inner genius and fix fewer problems; and
5. Harness constructive discontent to drive growth.

To the remaining part of this beautiful article continue in part 2.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Humility is your humble being,
You need it as a human being,
Humility makes a person available,
You need it to be reckon with,
Humility will not boast
Even when it enlarges its coast,
Humility is not timidity,
Humility is not stupidity,
Humility is not just simplicity,
Humility is not a virtue,
Not everybody has it,
It pats to be humble,
God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble,
Humility will announce you.

This article is credited to Waves of Destiny  a non-denominational Christian magazine in Abuja.

Your Heart

Your is a place of decision liquid is without hesitation if it is evil, you will fall into temptation.
Your heart is your intention, as you think, it comes to manifestation.
In your heart, is the seat of emotion control it, for it determines your actions.
Apply your heart to instruction,
So as to listen to the words of inspiration.
Keep your heart on the right direction.

This write up is credited to Waves of Destiny a non-denominational christian magazine in Abuja, Nigeria