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Friday, November 7, 2014

Essence of an Impactful Conversation

"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."
― Benjamin Franklin

A situation happened in a book written about 2000 years ago - more precisely the book of John, where a conversation was fired up, it started with the issue of water. Like any informal conversation, it moved on to different subjects, in this case it was about being a descendant of Jacob, then to details about having husband or not, then changed abruptly and finally to the issue of worshiping in Jerusalem.
From this brief encounter with Jesus, the conversation had changed subject several times. But the main question impressed on my mind was, Why did this lady ask a question concerning worshiping in Jerusalem? As a matter of fact all other subjects in this conversation had a semblance in the preceding subject except this issue of worshiping. Can it be assumed that she has been bottling that question up for many years and here comes a person she believes has the solution?

In almost every informal conversation, emphasis on almost, the first subject of discussion and the last one are usually the main essence of the conversation.
Imagine having a conversation about politics, from there and then, the conversation moved to family, church and probably ended about a different issue at work.

All that's in between the first and last subject of the discussion are just spices that makes the conversation interesting and precise. obviously there are some exceptions.

Oh, I must confess, this is just my theory, although I might not necessarily be wrong.

Nevertheless, this particular conversation with Jesus ended on a good note, I mean both parties were grateful they met each other. As a matter of fact I spotted one instance where the conversation,probably, would have ended in a sour note, if Jesus had condemned the lady for having an intimate relationship with 6 guys at almost the same time, of course, He didn't encourage it either instead, He used a constructive corrective mechanism

However, the connotations enshrouded in this brief chat is much more than just ending a conversation on a good note or how to go about not condemning people but its speaks volume on what people should see when you open your mouth to speak and ultimately evangelism.

You can read the full gist in John 4.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

The Act of Giving

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift
~ Pierre Corneille.
Simply put, there is nothing given for free, that might sound as a shock but the real understanding beneath, is that, there is always at least a blessing attached to anyone who gives, even if it's for free, and by blessing, I mean, a favor or gift bestowed by God, at first it is returned immediately as an emotion, which can be happiness, gladness, peace, love etc. All these values, the creator has made to operate by default as blessings for anyone who gives.

The act of giving always bring two values;
1. An intangible value
2. A tangible value - which will later come in 100 fold return of the substance.

An intangible value is the first obvious fact after giving since because its emotion based but the latter is based on the principle of sowing - Sow a seed and reap a hundred fold of that seed.

The attribute of a giver, in an ideal situation is not to have the intention of receiving tangible values either from the receiver or from someone else but to consider how indeed giving can add an intangible value to his/her own life. It is quite amazing that there is already a misconception concerning giving and expecting something back in return, most people in such category believe a farmer who sows without expecting a return is out on a wild goose chase. 
Nevertheless, while the literal meaning hold water but on the issue of giving, it is incomplete until an intangible value is been witnessed by the giver.

Believe it or not, the universe will always conspire to add value back to the giver, its left to the giver to realize how he/she ought to go about the value being set by the universe.

However, one thing is true, for a 100 fold return of such substance, the intangible value generated must indeed produce at least one of the aforementioned blessings and that’s exactly what the bible meant by; "It’s more blessed to give than to receive"

In simple words, when you give something for free, you are already receiving something back. The emotions or feeling backed behind giving has a far reaching effect in the life of the receiver who is in dire need of that substance and that’s a proof of love.

Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life – the act of giving.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Can African Tech Start-ups Catch Up?

And at the end of the day, the internet is all about software.
~ Marc Andreeseen.
Research has shown that every company will revolve around software in future. An average person may relate to a smartphone as a proof of technology or a simple device that combines software and hardware together in an interesting way. But it is beyond that.

All emerging countries have at least one resource that is a delight of developed countries. Each of them has something that is more important than the basic factors of production namely, land, labour, capital and entrepreneur.

As a matter of fact, when I consider the relationship between emerging countries and developed ones, landmass (or land) and population (which accounts for labour size) do not appear as classifying factors. Otherwise, Britain would be ranked among the least developed countries of the world.
Regarding the third factor, capital, a Forrester Research report has argued that corporate software assets will be more valuable to a business than its financials. In order words, software will be the enabler of financial gains and brand growth. And concerning the fourth factor, someone who takes the risk of starting and running a new enterprise is referred to as an entrepreneur and such a person must understand that technological advancement in form of software development has now reinvented the factors of production...
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Traits That Produce Innovative And Resourceful Learners

The day we stop learning is the day we die
~ Michael Scott.
There is a joke in a part of the world that if somebody says "Are you are a learner", then it means you are a novice.
Nevertheless, in every situation of life, knowledge is the proof that ignorance existed at a particular point in time and the only way to make progress in life is to reduce or eliminate Ignorance whenever possible.

From the time when the Biblical Adam fell, to this present time, by default, most humans have possessed some strange characteristics. Managerial scientists call it the basic characteristics of human nature

It states;
  1. Man is an indolent, inherently, lazy and has apparent dislike for work
  2. He must be coerced, controlled, directed, or even threatened with punishment for him to perform.
  3. He has to be motivated by economic incentives to improve his performance and output
  4. He has little ambition but needs security above all
Okay, maybe that’s way too offside, alternative assumptions include
  1. An average man enjoys work like play or rest
  2. He will exercise self-direction and self-control toward objectives to which he's committed
  3. Commitment to objectives is a function of work and expected reward
  4. That human capacity for imagination, ingenuity, and creativity is widely distributed among individuals
Although everyone has his or her own way of learning things, your way isn't the same as mine, nor mine as yours, but the similarities across common grounds that makes the outcome of the process of learning, positive, by far exceeds the differences.

Therefore the traits that produces innovative and successful learners include but not limited to;
  1. A Clear and compelling goal: This is a must have trait for any resourceful individual. From the individual’s perspective the goal is always easy to understand and definitely adventurous.

  2. Confidence in his/her ability: Imagine watching a rock climber scale a cliff without a rope; if he falls, he dies. To the uninformed spectator, the climber looks bold and risk-seeking, if not foolhardy.
    But from the climber’s perspective, he has no doubts that, with proper training and concentration, he can make the climb. To him, the climb is not too risky. It does stimulate him to know that if he falls, he dies; but he has confidence in his ability.

  3. Motivation: No doubt, every single person on the surface of this Gods’ green earth at one time or the other, have been inspired by someone or something and again have been discourage at another time.
    A resourceful learner always know that not pursing what he wants, is a problem of motivation. He will always create an environment that reinforces dedication to his enduring goal.

  4. Help others: Zig Ziglar once said “You can have everything in the world that you want, if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want.”

  5. Re-evaluate your priorities: Williams Faulkner once said; don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. Your real priorities shouldn’t compare yourself with others but with your clear and compelling goal.
However, many times this will be easier said than done, of course, as time and effort aren't the same thing. But when combined in right proportions, great things will be achieved.

In conclusion, Social psychology research strongly indicates that when people publicly espouse a particular point of view, they become much more likely to behave consistent with that point of view even if they did not previously hold that point of view.
Therefore when you embrace these 5 point of view, your behavior will be consistent with these perspective.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Power of Words and Its Unconscious Effects

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
~ Rudyard Kipling.
Most often, we underestimate the power of words deposited into our subconscious. The power it generates when put into action is exceedingly greater than an atomic bomb, the effects which shape our character will only be either of two natures - positive or negative.

Thoughts are words the mind use, to send and receive information. It is properly and popularly believed that, if you change your thinking, you'll definitely change your character and that directly changes your life. This simple fact complements the most important application of the law of cause and effect; Thoughts are causes and conditions are effects.

One such scenario played out between Adam and Devil and the wind of this thought came; have you ever wondered how a little conversation between Adam and Devil, turn into a nightmare for Adam? The consequences that plagued a little disobedience caused havoc in the realm of the intangible. Adam lost his Spiritual authority to no other but the devil.  One important statement that can be drawn from this scenario is; when you don't hear the right words, you lose your goals

As a matter of fact, the meaning of devil can be attributed to a lot of things ranging from a mischievous spirit to a negative thought or more precisely, a negative absolute. It doesn't matter how your classification looks like, the point is; every little win the devil has over a person causes an exceedingly greater havoc in the life of the loser. But most people underestimate the devil, probably because its effects are not seen early enough in the physical but the truth is, they are inevitable.

Adam's case was turned around when Jesus resurrected and said; "All power in heaven and earth has been given unto me". He simply collected what Adam lost to devil, from the devil. Now how did I know this? In a 2000 year old book, Devil had a conversation with Jesus concerning this power, a few years before Jesus died and resurrected, more precisely, when he was tempting Jesus. He bluntly told Jesus that "All the kingdom of the world will I give to you, if only you kneel down and worship me."

Devil is all out to have more wins, don't let him be a winner, if not for any reason but for the havoc he will cause in your life. Remember Adam!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

The School of An Empire

The "Flynn effect" -- the fact that each generation scores higher on an IQ test than the generation before it. Are we actually getting smarter, or just thinking differently?
~ James Flynn.
Historians have it that, the present day school came from about 300 years ago, it came from the last and biggest empire on the planet - the British empire. They created a design that is wonderfully constructed, a design that is still with us today (Only God knows the design the future holds.)

Imagine, a system without computers or telephones but with data, hand written on pieces of paper and travelling by ship, this empire created a design that can be defined as a global computer. 300 years ago, that's how information was conveyed.

However, for this global computer to be in operation, they will have to produce another machine, called the school which in turn, will produce people capable of running this global computer.

The principles this school of the Empire was established upon, can be summarized into 3 points;
1. They must be able to read (share the same purpose)
2. They must have good handwriting because the data is handwritten (use the same syntax)
3. They must have the ability to do arithmetic in their head.

They must be identical, so that when you pick one and move him/her to another region, he will be instantly functional. Nevertheless, one noteworthy consideration why this empire created such an awesome design is to improve their naval support exploration which directly boosted their engineering skills and intelligence, especially during war times, when information on pieces of paper has to be on the move.
Note: This empire did have a fair share of defeat but only to those countries who implemented the same design - the school.

There is evidence from neuroscience that a portion of our brain when threated, shut down the pre-fontal vortex, the part which learn. Researchers believe Punishment and examination are seen as threat, so why did the architects of this empire create such a system like that? The truth is, it was needed. In the age of empires, people who can survive under threat were indispensable.

But the empire is gone, as a matter of fact, the ages of empires are gone. The reason the school (in its raw state) was created is outdated due to technological explosion, the question that now begs for our attention (especially in Africa) is, what are we doing with this design?

For example, what kind of jobs do we have today? Sugata Mitra did a research, he observed that, a student left alone with a computer within 9 months will reach the same standard as an office secretary. The students won't have to do arithmetic in their head in order to do the job of a secretary, they only have to read discernibly. One only wonder what the job, the future holds.

These 3 principles in many developed countries of the world, has not changed but a better understanding have been derived. Realistically speaking, every rapidly developing country has a very strong implementation of technology - complex computer skills in their ecosystem. And that's exactly how the design have been modified.

So let the younger generation have fun with the principles of the school of the empire, you never know what can come up based on the Flynn effect.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Hunter and Cultivator: The Entrepreneur's ability

Once upon a time, in a 2000 year old book. There lived two young, boys Esau and Jacob. Esau was a skillful hunter who knows the in and out of the forest. Figuratively speaking, all the animals in the forest were always terrified of him. Jacob, was…well, a cool guy.

Anyway, at the end of the long story, Esau was left but to one blessing from his father - the Entrepreneur's ability. This marked the beginning of his turn around. Mensa Otabil calls this; “the blessing of seeking a change because of discontent”. Eventually, at the "real" end of the story, these two guys became successful in there respect.

But before Esau received the blessing of "Entrepreneur's ability" from his father. One major lesson I've learnt from Esau (a hunter) and Jacob (a cultivator) is summed up in 3 differences.
1. A hunter uses physical strength to produce, but a cultivator uses ideas to produce
2. A hunter hunts after one animal at a time, but a cultivator works with several animals at a time
3. A hunter kills what it hunts first, but a cultivator grows or multiplies what he has first.

So, why was Esau so desperate for food that he willingly sold his birthright to Jacob in exchange for soup? I'm sure you've already seen the answer in the above differences.

One noteworthy fact is that, one aspect of each notion is already impressed subconsciously (if not consciously) in the minds of successful and not so successful individuals. Take for example, working with several animals at a time might sound interesting to conglomerate owners (i.e. A business organization involved in many areas) and to others, it might sound inchoate.
However, undeniably speaking, these 3 differences have a tremendous and far reaching effect on why some people/countries are successful and others are not.   

The real question here is, will you be the hunter or the cultivator? Which mentality will you pick?

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