Monday, April 2, 2018

Do Not Be Realistic

Do Not Be Realistic

I think this article is going to be one of my realest. It has been pricking my mind to bring the words to life on this blog and despite my attempts to ignore the call, I find my mind being repeatedly hit by it.

The title of the article is quite controversial. I mean who tells you to not be realistic in a world filled with systems which have been built on logic and sound reasoning?

I will now try to make you see reasons why I have said "Do not be realistic."

In today's world, there is a strong mental war going on between what you believe and what you see happening presently around you. The game is that your environment and experiences tend to force certain beliefs on you.

You tend to easily accept these beliefs because that's what you see and think is happening around you. Therefore, you believe that nothing else is possible and you allow that belief or perspective to rule you.

It is important to mention here that whatever you believe and hold as true is incredibly powerful. It has a way of constantly shaping the way you see things, the things you see and your actions.

You wonder why the major belief systems are still existing? Answer: Strong beliefs.

Now, since you know your beliefs carry tremendous power, it's important you carefully guard your thoughts and the things you accept as true.

Many people will come to you and tell you to be realistic, so that you can accept their point of view.

They might say "Be realistic for once, everyone who has tried it has failed. Why do you think you can?"

They may say "Be realistic, you can't get that job. Do you know the kind of people who you'll be up against?"

They could've even say, "Let's be realistic, there are no good men or women out there anymore. They are all liars and cheats."

Or something like "Be realistic, change in our country is impossible."

People try to say you should be realistic when they want you to accept a particular point of view or belief.

You should be very careful when anyone tells you to be realistic because accepting whatever they want to tell you at that point has the potential to change your entire life.

If your beliefs can greatly influence your experiences and your actions. It's obvious that it can change your entire life.

Often times, it is usually the unrealistic people that bring about unforeseen change, innovations and transformation.

Other people told them to be realistic, but they went on with their unrealistic ideas and made a breakthrough for the rest of the world.

There was a time flying was unrealistic. Men who contemplated flying were mocked and seen as fools and time wasters. Until, two unrealistic brothers known as the Wright Brothers proved the realistic people wrong.

Space flights looked impossible too. It was unrealistic to contemplate leaving this earth to outer space until the the first artificial satellite Sputnik, was eventually launched in 1957 and the first manned spaceflight followed four years later. This was a result of work and efforts from very unrealistic researchers and scientists who saw the possibility.

There was a time the idea of a telephone was unrealistic to many. Some people couldn't see the possibility of speaking to someone miles away from you and hearing the person's voice in real time. Today it's now reality. Thanks to an unrealistic man called Alexander Graham Bell who didn't listen to the realistic people of his time but went ahead to create.

Roger Bannister was the first man on the planet to run a four minute mile. It was unheard of as at that time. Completely unrealistic. He broke the record in 3 minutes 59 seconds. Two months later, his record was broken. Today the current record stands at 3 minutes 43 seconds. It has become realistic to run a mile in less than 4 minutes thanks to unrealistic Bannister.

Notice something: The realistic things of today looked unrealistic sometime ago. Therefore, the realistic things of the future will seem unrealistic now to many. Only those few unrealistic people can presently see the realistic in the seemingly unrealistic. And once unrealistic people break the record, it becomes realistic and it encourages others to break the record.

Why I say don't be realistic is so that you can believe in the possibility!

It is the possibility that carries our power and capability to create something entirely new just as we were created to do.

It doesn't really matter what is already existing. It doesn't really matter what you're currently experiencing in your surrounding. It doesn't matter what stares you in the face everyday.

You don't have to limit your thinking to the present. The present events shouldn't dictate how things should be for you.

You can still dream. You can still choose to see good. You can still think out of the box and see something different which other people aren't seeing.

 It is when you think this way that you'll see ways to create that unique possibility in your heart. Because the truth is that the possibilities are endless in this world. We live in a world where anything is possible as long as we can dream it.

There's no one permanent reality because everything is constantly changing. And that change is brought about by nature and those people who dare to go after their dreams.

The place you may currently find yourself is not all there is to life. The kind of people around you or the things they do, doesn't explain anything about everyone around the world. So don't let those tiny experiences around you give you realities to believe in. You'll be very wrong when you easily believe what your experiences try to make you believe.

You need to train yourself to see all possibilities.

Even if the people around you have tried and failed, it doesn't mean that you'll try and fail. Don't accept the reality that you'll end up like others.

Always think of your case as a difference case from the rest of them.

Maybe you're dating or married and they come to you and say that all women are the same or all guys are the same, you don't have to accept their reality. Your own reality could be different.. And your options are vast. So why limit your mindset by trying to be realistic?

Maybe you're really passionate about sparking up positive change in your environment, maybe there's something you hate about the way your leaders are running your society. They will tell you that you should be realistic and nothing can be done to change anything you're concerned about.

I'm telling you not to be realistic and not listen to those average minds. If you genuinely care about sparking up positive change, you can do it. It could be you! All it takes is just one highly spirited person willing to heed to the call of his or her soul and relentlessly pursue that vision of change.

Maybe they told you to be realistic and believe that there are no jobs out there for you. They try to make you buy the reality that it's impossible for you to get your dream job because millions of other people like you are competing for very few slots. They say you should be realistic and give up because if you're not highly connected to the company's management, you're going nowhere.

I'm telling to screw all of those opinions they have and believe in yourself. Believe that your case is different and keep trying. If you can keep your mindset on track and take advantage of your opportunities, you will find jobs in places where people have claimed there are no jobs. You might even be a job creator.

The positive belief you have about your case will somehow attract your desired opportunity for you in a way you cannot explain. The hard part is sticking with your dream: sticking with the possibility that your case is different.

Many people call it faith, some call it hope, others call it the law of attraction. You can call it anything. But there is power in holding onto strong positive views about your life and your society. It's not easy to hold onto it in a world were everything seems to be going south contrary to what you believe.

It's not easy to hold onto this possibility or vision when every single day your mind is bombarded with information from people, the media and the news with things contrary to that possibility.

It will be easier for you to be realistic and accept what they're telling you. Anybody can do it. Anybody can see it. I mean it's there. It's a no brainer! But it takes great men and women who are destined to excel beyond their wildest dreams to see something different from what physical eyes could see.

You think it's easy to believe that there's a good man or woman out there for you when every single day you hear tales of cheaters?

You think it's easy to see the possibility of a country where people can live in peace and harmony with one another when everyday you hear about wars, shootings and deaths?

You think it's easy to see yourself succeeding in your endeavors when everyone around you had tried it have failed?

You think it's easy to see the good in anything when everyone else claiming to be realistic sees only the evil in it?

My dear, it's not easy! That's why the present reality will test you. It will test you to the limit to push you into the trap of being realistic.

It's when you pass this test by holding strongly onto your beliefs and acting upon them that you begin to experience miracles.

You begin to experience things that realistic people won't ever get to experience simply because you didn't buy into their beliefs.

So, dare to be unrealistic. Go against the grain just as your innermost thoughts lead you. Don't be a Yes man or woman to everything. Learn to throw out beliefs that limit your thinking out of the window of your mind.

It's very hard to be unrealistic in a world where almost everybody wants you to be realistic and accept their own reality.

You should be wiser than that. You are way different from everybody else and you cannot be like them. Trying to be like everyone will drown your individuality and what you are designed to create in this world. All it takes to be like everyone else is to always be realistic.

The few men and women who rise above the average masses are those who dare to be unrealistic, crazy and sometimes even stupid with their approach.

The realistic ones keep repeating and accepting what everyone else does and that's why they experience the same things and make same mistakes.

You now know better.. Use your mind to your advantage.

Will you dare to be unrealistic and follow your heart to pursue and create your dreams into reality or would you take the easy way and be realistic like everyone else? Your choice!

Until next time,

Your man,

Nigel.



Friday, March 30, 2018

6 Things You Can Give Which Cost Nothing

6 Things you can give which cost nothing

A few days back, I was having a little chit chat with some of my colleagues at work and one of them was all about how he wanted to make so much money so that he can give it to his loved ones to make them happy.

The way he kept laying emphasis on that made me suspect that he probably thought that giving those people money was the only way he could show that he cared about them.

Well, I had to commend his desire to make millions: it was a good thing, however, I kinda let him see other ways he could also show his care presently before he made those millions.

We live in a world where so many people are crazed about making money at all costs. Some of us think that money is everything. Money is definitely important and believe me, I also desire to have tons of it, but a life with lots of money without meaning, without purpose, without love would be quite boring.

Forgive me for digressing from the main topic. Here are the 6 other things you can give to people which cost you nothing just as I shared with my co-worker:

1. Time

Time is one of our most valuable assets. And that's why many people keep talking about their time being wasted and saying they don't have time. Time is really important and critical in today's world.

With a lot of time on our hands, we could accomplish more. But we humans have been designed to have a limited time to exist here on planet earth, so we want to make the best out of it.

This leads some of us to place all our time on our careers and businesses, forgetting to share and spend time with other people that matter to us.

How do you feel when you spend some time talking to a loving parent, close friend or someone who cares about you? Don't you feel great? Don't you feel happy being around them?

Of course I know your answers. We all love to spend time with people we cherish and if we spend less time with them, our fondness for them wanes without us even knowing it.

So taking some time off your "busy" schedule to meet your friends, loved ones, family or anybody else really means a lot to them. People who care about you are happy that you give them some of your time. You build and strengthen your relationships with your time.

None of us is really as busy as we claim to be sometimes, I believe that no matter how tight our schedules are, it's possible to squeeze out some time to spend with others.

2. Compliment Words

Your words matter. The things you say to other people matters a lot. Think of how this world would be if nobody talked to anybody. If there was no sound or language.

Would be quite weird right? Lol.. Well that's to show you how powerful words are. If saying to someone "You're an idiot." can transform that person from a meek lamb to a roaring lion, I bet you already got the point.

Learn to give complimentary words to people. See something good in them and say it to them. It doesn't cost a thing.

You see most of us find it very easy to see what's wrong with a person and we are quick to point it out and criticize them very quickly. Damn, some of us need an award or probably an Oscar for fault finding.

But that's not what we should always focus on. Lets learn to see something nice in other people and compliment them genuinely.

I'm yet to see anyone who doesn't love being complimented. Some people pretend like they didn't hear you, but then they go back home with your words in their hearts and they smile when they think about it.

So, you can make a difference in another person's life and show your affection by saying nice things to them when you notice it. You don't have to be a complainer who whines all the time about other people's faults.


3. Help

When was the last time you went out of your way to help someone without being asked? Can you really remember?

Say you're passing by and you notice your neighbor needs a hand to help start up his car, do you wait to be called? Do you offer to help? Or do you just mind your own business and move on?

Or let's say a loved one needs help with setting up stuff for a birthday celebration or naming ceremony, can you offer help to them?

There are many instances I could give here regarding helping people, however my point is just that you don't necessarily need money to help out.

You can offer help by volunteering to handle certain tasks or activities. You can teach them. You can help them in discharging their duties if you're less occupied. It doesn't have to be money.

I mean, who doesn't like to be helped out? It would be difficult for anyone to decline a helping hand when offered one.

People are going through a lot in life alone. Learning to offer a helping hand to them when you can do that is a lovely gift you can give to them.

4. Texting and Calls

Thank God for the internet. Today the world has become a global village and technology is rapidly turning everything upside down.

You can reach out to another person on the other side of the world just by the push of a button or a simple click.

Traditional call and texting rates have dropped ever since the use of the internet became mainstream.

These days you can chat with other people on social media for free with no data whatsoever.

Facebook Video calls, Whatsapp calls, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter.. Just name it. There's no reason not to keep in touch with those who you care about.

The thing is that many people are yet to take advantage of most of these opportunities created by the internet to get closer to people.

We are totally out for business and making money and can't even pick up our smart phones and just chat up people that matter to us.

A simple "hello" or "hi" could start off a wonderful conversation with a brother, sister, lover or a close friend.

You could get access to information that could even lead you to the money you've been pursuing all these years. Lol. But some of us can't even spare a few seconds to call or text people we cafe about even when calling and texting are almost free these days.

Why not place a call or text that person you care about and you've not spoken to all these while?

You think all they need is money from you? Haha

5. Support and Advice 

We all need good advice and support at some point in our lives. No man is an island. No matter how independent we may want to appear, we will still find out that at some point, we need to lean on someone so we can get back on our feet.

So how willing are you to support someone else or offer them good advice?

You don't need always money to support people. By giving out your fairly used phone to someone else who may need it, or by letting a friend who is yet to stand on his feet stay with you in your house if you can, you've really made a difference in their lives.

You can give away items you no longer need to other people. Why cover up space in your house with unwanted and unused items?

You can offer your advice to other people who you care about and help them better face whatever they are passing through.

6. Attention

How well do you pay attention to the people you claim to love?

Do you care to listen to them when they are saying something or are you just waiting for them to stop talking so you can say your mind?

Do you observe them? Do you notice the look in their eyes when they are down and need to say something to you or you don't even take notice of their disposition?

Do you notice their new hairstyle and the new haircuts? Do you notice their scars or injuries?

Do you notice their change in behavior and the unconscious body movements they make to hint that something is wrong?

Look here Mr, Mrs or Miss.. Paying great attention to people you care about is very important. People love to be noticed and heard even when they say nothing.

Some people don't know how to talk when they are really bothered about something. It will take your careful attention to know that such people aren't feeling okay.

Many words left unsaid are only understood by those who pay attention. You may not be close to them, but in their voices, responses or expressions during calls, you should be attentive enough to decipher those unsaid things.

Being able to pay attention has a lot to do with being emotionally intelligent. That would be topic for another good day.

So there you have it. You can give these 6 things and even more to people for free without spending nothing and it will go a long way in showing how much you care, love and appreciate them.

Keep these ideas in mind as you live your life and just keep winning!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Why Success At All Costs Is Bad Advice

Success at all costs is Bad advice

Hi guys, it's been a while since the last time I wrote. I had some technical issues with my main device. I'm back and better.

Today I'm really inspired to share this blog post aimed to help you see reasons why pursing success at all costs is bad advice.

This blog has been about success and achievement. It's been targeted at helping people to live better lives by getting to know and understand themselves better, then make the best decisions in their lives.

It has been all about activity, action, motivation and inspiration.

However, I'll love to really point out that in all these our desires to be successful in life, to make a difference, to lead change, to become recognized and whatever kinds of great things we want to achieve, we should be wary of trying to achieve them at any costs.

There is a right way to pursue whatever things we desire. Those who claim that there is no right or wrong way are only trying to sweep the truth under the carpet.

If you want to pass a particular course excellently, you can choose to go the right way by studying that course and getting to know it or you can choose the wrong way by trying to cheat your way through it.

The thing is that both ways leads to seemingly the same results. But then, the person who passed through the right way will be able to correctly apply or defend his knowledge wherever he finds himself while the other person who cheated his way through it won't be able to do the same.

Some people who desire to become very wealthy may seek to deal in fake goods, engage in fraud, deny other people their due money or commit crimes just to get quick money.

Rather than pursue riches the right way by creating value, solving an identified problem or working to earn an honest living, some people choose to be corrupt and shady.

The thing is that such people who pursue success through any means tend to make certain deadly mistakes that could irreversibly affect their lives.

They don't enjoy whatever they have achieved because they live all their lives haunted by the things they didn't do right and stand the risk of being caught.

Cutting corners doesn't pay as much as going through the necessary stages necessary to achieve anything.

Your peace of mind, happiness, sense of purpose and fulfilment is more important than many of the things you may desire to achieve in life.

I understand that the desire to achieve success at any costs is greatly influenced by many things which we see and experience in our lives daily. Social media has also influenced it.

You log on to Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat and you find out that some of your friends are already where you want to be.

One of them posts a picture of a brand new house or car that he or she recently bought. The other one posts a picture of their wedding. You scroll down and you find out that another one just landed a highly paid job with a top multinational firm. You like the posts and drop a few comments.

But then, your mind comes in.. You begin to think about your own life and you start to compare yourself with them. You probably begin to think: "Why is my own case different?" "Why haven't I gotten married?" "Why haven't I gotten a job or why am I not successful in my own business?" "Why haven't I been able to own a car or a house?"

You begin to think deeply about these things and before you know it, you start considering some negative suggestions that might seem to get you those things quickly.

You begin to consider settling down with an abusive or cheating partner who doesn't love you because you are under pressure to get married.

You start thinking of illegally smuggling certain contraband goods or drugs into your area so you can make quick cash.

Negative things begin to flow in and you start thinking of doing things that are morally and reasonably wrong because you just want to be like those people who are in your age group who are seemingly living the dream.

Well, you're in luck, because I'm here to remind you that everyone's time isn't the same. As long as you're doing what you can do about your situation, you will be fine.

Keep applying to jobs, keep doing an honest business, keep searching for the right one for you, keep moving at your own pace.

The mere fact that other people your age possess or have accomplished the things you desire before you doesn't mean that you're a failure, so you shouldn't let such thoughts put you under pressure to make terrible mistakes.

Do what you can do. Move at your own pace. Form the habit of continuing to try. Be happy for those people who have what you desire and keep the hope alive for yours while being active in pursuing it.

You will get there. It is okay to be where you are right now because the future still holds a lot of possibilities for you. You never know what the next moment holds for you. One second, one action, one idea, one more application, one more date, one more effort can change everything.

So, don't let unnecessary pressure push you into trying to achieve your own success at any costs. It is okay to move slowly sometimes. It is okay to take your time. It is okay to be more careful in making your decision. Some people are successful at a very young age. Others make it at a later time.

The important thing is that you make an honest effort everyday towards those things you desire. Don't let yourself be pushed to go into things that would affect your peace of mind, purpose and happiness all for the sake of success.

I hope this article makes sense to at least one person.

The sky is the limit for you. Your time will come. Stay bold and keep winning! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Develop A Culture Of Excellence

develop a culture of excellence

Many people are comfortable with being just okay or average. They don't want to go the extra mile. They just want to do things at the most basic acceptable level and be free to go back to their relaxation.

Many want to be just good enough and not stand out. Just make some observation around you. You will see that most people are just okay with the barest minimum.

However, reality continues to show us that it is only those who excel in their fields that are celebrated. The world celebrates and rewards only those who are exceptional in whatever they do. This is why it is important we develop a culture of excellence.

When I mention the names Pele, Messi or Christiano Ronaldo, it doesn't take you long to know that those guys are exceptional in the game of football. They've become so good at football that their names have become associated with exceptional football.

When I mention Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump, you already know that they are exceptional leaders who have distinguished themselves through their style of leadership.

When you hear Michael Jordan, you already start thinking of basketball and how skillful the guy has been. When you hear Usain Bolt, you think of speed.

When you hear Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, you're already thinking of men who were exceptional in fighting for the things they believed in and injustices prevalent during their time.

The name Walt Disney trends till today in the world of cartoons because his creative cartoons were and are still legendary.

It's not just about the men.. there are excellent women too.

Serena Williams has been exceptional in the game of Tennis.

Michelle Obama, Angela Merkel and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf(the world's first elected female black president) were excellent in politics.

Oprah Winfrey(one of the most influential people in the media industry and one of the few female billionaires in the world), Beyonce, Taylor Swift were all excellent in Media and entertainment.

Maya Angelou was a legendary poet and award-winning author.


There is something common to all these famous people who I have mentioned and that thing is excellence! Excellence is what will practically distinguish you from the rest and earn you respect, recognition and the wealth you may seek.

You see, there are many people in the world who are doing these same things that these recognized people are doing. Some are still starting, some have been doing it for a long time and some have given up.

But how many of them are being excellent in what they are doing?

Excellence cannot be hidden. Once you are excellent in anything, people will always talk about you and recommend you to higher things without you knowing. They will come to you and even invite people to come as well without you paying for any advert.

The best advert is being excellent in whatever you do.

Developing a culture of this excellence is not easy. In a world of over 7 billion people, an alarmingly high percentage of them don't care about being excellent. They just want to survive and do the same thing others are doing.

Why do you think they won't get the same results those people get? When you do only what every other person around you does, how can you be different from them? You can't! You'll just be like them.

But when you do more than the rest and go through the risks and the pains many of them aren't willing to go through, you'll definitely get what they don't have. That's how it works. Your culture of excellence will always pay off.

If you'll take the time to go over the biography of some of these famous and successful people, you will find the culture of excellence embedded in their routines.

They worked harder, they tried harder, they trained harder, they acted more, they read more, they contested more, they practiced more, they disciplined themselves more and used their spare time to develop their abilities. They were more thoughtful and courageous. All for the sake of sharpening their excellence.

Their excellence finally singles them out from 7 billion people who may be trying the same things. If you want to sound religious, you can say it's God's blessings or grace that singles them out, I will also agree with you.

However, I believe that blessings and grace favor those who are excellent in what they do and not those who are lazy and reluctant to try.

So, to conclude this post, I want to enjoin you all to strive to maintain excellence in anything you do. Be the exceptional guy or girl. If everyone does it in a particular way, find a way to do yours in a better and improved way.

The desire to improve always is a mark of excellence.

Every one can stand up to give a speech. But the difference between a speech that genuinely connects with the audience or brings out emotions from them and a speech that people are bored to listen to is excellence in the delivery of that speech.

We all love excellence, but few of us are willing to go through what is needed to be excellent because we don't like stress. At the end of the day, we are no different from the average person.

Don't you love watching those inspiring personalities speak to you?

Don't you love watching Messi play or Beyonce sing?

Why do you love your best musicians, actors or celebrities? The answer is their excellence.

So, in truth we all love excellence in any form. However, many of you don't want to develop the culture of that excellence because it looks hard.

The truth is that developing excellence is not as hard as you think. If other humans who you admire could cultivate it, why can't you?
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The problem is that we think too much about what we have to do, we worry about the hard work involved and we decide to just not go through it and just be average.

But we don't want to be average. It is our minds that trick us into thinking we want to be average so that we can avoid the "hard work" we have envisioned. But the reality is that deep down you also badly want to be excellent.

Therefore, shake off that mindset that makes you think being excellent is hard. It is not. What you need is only a willingness to try one thing at a time and you will see how things will go.

Before you know it, you become used to those steps and it becomes part of you. Then your excellence becomes as easy as pie because you are now used to it.

Develop a culture of excellence and keep winning!




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