Category Archives: Inspirations

QUOTABLE QUOTES

1’It  is the knowledge of the future that gives meaning to the present’-Anon.

2.’If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you somewhere’-Henry Kissinger.

3.’ Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression. There are no ‘Nigerians’ in the same sense as there are ‘English’, ‘Welsh,’ or ‘French’. The word  ‘Nigerian’ is merely a distinctive appellation to distinguish those who live within the boundaries of  Nigeria and those who do not’- Obafemi Awolowo.

4.’Your relevance in life is tied to the  problems you solve’-Muyiwa Ajayi.

5.Nigeria is composed of different peoples,brought together by various accidents of history. This variety in the ‘ethnic’ composition of Nigeria’s population could have been  an asset, and no impediment to progress. But the ‘enemy’s strength lies also in dividing our ranks’-General I.K. Acheampong.

6.’Our Progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resources’-John F. Kennedy.

7.’The true test  of the American ideal is whether we are able to recognize our failings and then rise together to meet the challenges of our time..’-Barack Obama.

8.’Those of us placed in a position of leadership must be prepared to grasp the nettle if we unite in doing so,and if,in addition,we set a worthy example  and a marat on pace in probity, unselfishness,and self-sacrifice,the people will follow,all too readily, in our footsteps’-Obafemi Awolowo.

9.’True peace is not merely the an absence of tension . It is the presence of justice’-Martin Luther King ,Jr.

10.’Talent can stand you out but wrong choices  can sit you down’-Muyiwa Ajayi

11.’Where your strength lies is where your best will appear’-Anon

12.’It is a thousand times better to have common  sense without education than to have education without common sense’-Robert  G. Ingersoll.

 

TURNING BUSINESS FAILURE INTO SUCCESS


 

Failure is inevitable in life. Failure in business is even more certain. Everyone who has dared to make a difference in business has had a share of failures. Everyone who has started and built a business must surely have a story to share on failure. Those who have never failed have never really tried enough. Some of the highly successful businesses of the world today have come very close to folding up. They only gathered momentum once more and dared again. Failure is not the worst thing that can happen to a person; never trying anything is worse than trying and failing. Listing below is some of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time and what they had to say about failure, which will help renew our mentality towards failure.

BILL GATES

Gates has been the richest man in the world over many years. However, he has not succeeded in everything he did. He dropped out of Harvard Business College without finishing and went into I.T. He later co-founded Microsoft that eventually made him the richest man in the world. However, before starting Microsoft, he started a business called Traf-O-Data that failed. At the time when he dropped out of school and when he failed in his first business venture, many would have considered him a big failure but today, he is worth over $72 billion and making more daily. Because he chose not to give up, no one remembers his failures as much as his successes.

 

His words: “It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. I failed in some subjects in exams; but my friends passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and Iam the owner.

HENRY FORD

 

Ford was an American industrialist, a machinist and manufacturer and founder of Ford Motor Company. Before achieving success, he failed twice when he joined with investors to establish a company that would manufacture automobiles. His Detroit Automobile Company and Henry Ford Corporation folded up only after a year of existence because the automobiles they were producing were of a lower quality and higher price than what he wanted. He tried race car, but realized the average man did not want race car, but something more reliable. It was his desire to make that led to the Ford Motor Company that succeeded and sold its first car for about $800 on July 15, 1903. He became one of the richest men in the world in his days and even today. His words: ‘’Failure is just a resting place. It is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing’’.

 

STEVE JOBS -Late Steve Jobs was an American entrepreneur, marketer and inventor, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple. Jobs like every other successful entrepreneur were not immune to failure. In 1985, he left Apple after a power struggle with the board of directors but returned in 1998 and brought Apple from near bankruptcy to profitability. This may make him look like a superman but he too had business failures. A notable one was with products like The Apple Lisa, The Apple 111, The Powermac g4 cube which all failed. Also when he tried to sell Pixar by late 1980’s in order to break even on his investment

 

Even on his investment, for 4 to 5 years he had no bidder. He shopped it to Bill Gates, Larry Ellison and many other companies but did not succeed. At last, he succeeded to sell it to Disney in 2006 for $7.4billion. Most certainly today, no one at Apple remembers his failures.

His words:’’ I am convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. If I try my best and fail, well I have tried my best’’.

 

RICHARD BRANSON

Sir Branson is a British business magnate and inventor. He is the founder of the Virgin Group that currently owns more than 400 companies including Virgin Records, Virgin Airways Virgin Mobile, etc. If there is one man who better understands business failure, it is Branson. He has failed in several business projects since he started the Virgin Group. Some of them include: Virgin Cola, Virgin Student, Virgin Brides, Virgin Clothing, Virgin Cars, Virgin Megastore, Virgin Flowers Virgin Pulse and Virgin Digital, and more. Some lasted a few years while others failed just immediately they started. But inspired by the lesson his mother taught him never to focus on past regrets, he refused to stop and today Forbe’s magazine ranks him as the 6th richest citizen of the United Kingdom with a net worth of more than $4.6 billion.

His words:’’ You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. I see life almost like on a long university education that I never had-every day I ‘m learning something new’’.

 

OPRAH WINFREY

Winfrey is an entertainment guru and one of the richest black women in the world. She was terminated from her post as co-anchor for the 6 O’clock week day news on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV after the show and received low ratings. She was demoted to morning TV, where she found her voice and met fellow newbie Gayle King, who became her producer and editor of O, The Oprah Magazine. Seven years later she moved to Chicago, where her self-titled talk show went on to dominate daytime TV for 25 years. She now heads her own channel, OWN, but had to overcome failure, poverty, sexual abuse, etc. in order to be what she is today. Today her net worth is about $2.9 billion.

Her words:’’ Be the one to thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. D better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment, own it. I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process’’.

 

J.K ROWLING

Joanne Rowling is a British novelist and author of the Harry Porter fantasy series. She wrote her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosophers’ Stone when she was a single mother. She was rejected by 12 publishers but she persisted on what she was doing until the Harry Porter series grew, ultimately breaking records. She is now internationally renowned for her seven-book, Harry Potter series and became the first billionaire author in 2014.

Her words: ‘’It is impossible to live without failing at something , unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- in which case, you fail by default. Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing’’.

 

Culled from the Vanguard.

Do we need this so called Voter's Card?

It was just another chill evening in the lekki neighborhood, weather was so cool that if i don’t go out and have a beer; the gods will be angry. So after little contemplation, i decided to visit one of the lekki’s public beach. For a while i felt it was a very bad idea, the Elegushi beach was so crowded, and i coudn’t find a spot to clear my head. As the gods would have it, my paths crossed with a “SK” dealer; well don’t blame me, I am not an addict, i just needed to clear my head… to be in my zone… a planet of my own.

After quick deal took place, i found my sitting on the sands, looking onto the ocean. Few minutes later; i finally arrived on my planet… my zone… my head was finally cleared. I felt like the smartest person on the planet (after all is my planet). Alot of thoughts, ideas, solutions, tips and advices came flooding into my head; yea you did be amazed (after all when you clear our head, you have spaces to fill in thoughts, ideas, etc..)

NIMC-Card-front-and-backIt was during this period of reasoning that News about Nigeria Voter’s card came to me, it got me thinking; why is the Nigeria government spending billions of naira to print over 40 million voters card that is needed and valid for just voting. Do we need this voter’s card? One of the objectives of the voter’s card is to identify the voter, thus the voter can be checked easily by the presiding officer during an election.
I agree it makes sense alright, but sounds kind of stupid and unneccessarily when a new National Identity card is been introduced.

We do not need the voters card, the government should have easily have an ICT company develop a voting system that can work with the identity card, instead of printing 40 million voters card, they can develop a voting system integrated into the national identity management database. The system can identify the voter, and also perform “one person” “one vote” for a free and fair election.

We need intelligent Nigerians like me in the government, If our leaders can not be innovative like me, they should probably legalize “SK” and take an occassional walk to the beach to clear their heads.