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Food for Living: Adding Value: Unpredictable Nature of Life

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By Henry Ukazu

Dear Destiny Friends,

There are different philosophies, principles, facts, theories, and truths that guide life. The ability to understand these dynamics can position one very well. Life can however, spring surprises because that’s its nature. It can also be very complex, and it takes discernment of mind to comprehend it.

Withoutan iota of doubt, life can be as unpredictable as it can fragile. So, it’s advisable to handle it with care. Just like the rain falls on every roof, and death visits every household, life and success can be unpredictable no matter how well you plan for them.

The journey of life offers us several opportunities, misfortunes and experiences. Your ability to manage and navigate through all the varieties of life will determine your attitude towards it because of its unpredictability.

We never know what the next chapter life will offer, and the uncertainty it will bring. This uncertainty can be both thrilling and terrifying.

Life is a journey filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, and unexpected surprises. It is a rollercoaster ride that takes one through moments of joy, sorrow, triumph, and defeat. One thing is certain however, there are factors that contribute to this unpredictability.

Uncertainty is an essential aspect of human experience, and accepting it can lead to personal growth, resilience, and a more fulfilling life. Uncertainty can be likened to risk. No one knows what will unfold.

It is in these moments of uncertainty that we discover our true beings, strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities. In fact, we get to know more things about ourselves. By embracing the fear of the unknown, we become more flexible and open to change, which is essential for navigating the unpredictable nature of life.

On a personal note, I had plans to work in the United Nations, study a particular major, marry a certain kind of lady, have a certain number of children, etc. But as one matures and experiences life, sometimes what we think is good for us might not be good for us and what we think is odd might be what life is for you.

For instance, you might desire to marry a curvy lady with intelligence, but at the end of the day, life can give you a lady with high school diploma, with less beauty, but with the ideal qualities you need to succeed.

Over time, my experience of life has changed due to the books I have read, and human relationships have taught me to accept the unknown by preparing for the best and expecting the worst.

Sometimes life offers us golden opportunities through relationships, but our inability to manage the opportunities and relationships will make the opportunity to slide. It’s sad to see people who think because they have certain people and opportunities, they believe the opportunity won’t leave them, either because they think they are too good or can’t be replaced. However, they fail to understand that in life, nothing is guaranteed.

Again, some people think and feel that because they have money, power, network and resources, life will remain permanent and soft for them, however they fail to understand that nothing in life is guaranteed, except death and God. Your power can fail you; your money can fail you, your network, contacts can disappoint you., you can lose your job, etc. but God can’t fail his people.

Just to understand how unpredictable life can be, imagine buying a new car, you are not guaranteed safety in the car if you are driving the car. This is because no matter how careful you are, you are not sure what other drivers might be driving on the road. Again, you may have a sound car, you cannot tell how durable the car might be because it can break down unexpectedly due to one mechanical or electrical fault. That’s just simply how unpredictable life can be.

One of the experiences life has taught me is not to believe in my knowledge, understanding and my network, but to trust in the capacity of God. I vividly remember one day I was invited by Mr. kola Adesina, the Group Managing Director of Sahara Energy for a friendly meeting. During the meeting, I shared my desires and plans of introducing my work to some resourceful people. He smiled and said to me, your prayer should be for God to connect me to meet the right people and not the names I mentioned. That statement made me speechless for a minute.

He went on to say, you might meet Bill Gates, Jef Bezos, Elon Musk, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Aliko Dangote, etc, but they are not the right people for me, according to him, he has seen people who worked with bigger names and still became poor. While am I sharing these, when I look back at some of the achievements and resourceful people, I have had close contact with, I know it’s only God who has made it possible because on my own I wouldn’t have been able to do it, and the people I was hoping to introduce me to them didn’t come through.

In conclusion, whatever you have, please manage it because nothing is guaranteed.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator.  He’s the founder of Gloemi. He’s a Transformative Human Capacity and Mindset coach. He is also a public speaker, youth advocate, creative writer and author of Design Your Destiny Design Your  and Unleash Your Destiny .  He can be reached via info@gloemi.com

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Food for Living: No Pain, No Gain

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By Henry Ukazu

Dear Destiny Friends,

Suffer the pain of discipline, or suffer the pain of regret.

Nothing gladdens the heart more than success. With success, making an impact in the society and being a blessing to others become much easier. As a matter of fact, one gets a listening ear because every other person believes they have experience to share which can impact their lives.

The interesting thing about attaining success is that, in most cases, the work is done in secret. It’s just like a website designer who does most of the work at the back end via coding or use of templates, and when the work is completed, the website will go live. The impact of this analysis is that the website designer will experience pain fixing the website for people to have ease navigating it.

In the grand scheme of things, most people celebrate the glory, but they don’t take time to appreciate the associated pain that birthed the success. It’s instructive to note that every success has a painful story, and every painful positive undertaking, with value normally has a successful ending. Therefore, it’s important for one to accept the pain and get ready for success because there can never be success without a corresponding pain.

The sad reality of life however, is that many of us are not ready to undergo the pain of success.

Every successful person travels a painful journey. Suffering, in more than a literary sense, is an integral and essential part of any real pursuit of success. Nothing about success comes easy, but every perseverance attached story has the potential to have a successful ending. You may as well accept suffering as a traveling companion, rather than resist it, and create more struggle.

Did you know that a single book, song, skill, or movie can make a difference in life if properly done? If you understand this principle, you will know that success in life comes with associated pain.

Did you know that success has a psychological pattern? It is working hard in silence and allowing the positive outcome to make the noise. To understand this philosophy, imagine an author who published a trailblazer book; the process of writing the book might be tedious; he might have experienced numerous sleepless nights, reading and researching, but when the work is finally released and appreciated, most people won’t understand the amount of work that was put in at the back end.

To understand how the pain of success works, imagine how tired you feel when you reading, but notice that you never get bore when on social media gallivanting and having fun. Again, imagine a pregnant lady in labour, her pain will be over when she delivers.

Note that in the journey of success, one must surely experience pain, and there will be the urge to give up; one might even lose relationships, doubt themselves, their decision, their knowledge, and experience untold fears of failure.

There will be situations that foretell discouragement and encouragement juxtaposed, but never get deterred especially, if you feel and heard right on the project and vision.

In summary, just like the rewards of success can be great, so will the corresponding opportunity cost be, but in the end, it will be worth the effort. So, accept the pain, understand that it is the path to success, and keep moving forward with unwavering determination.

As you navigate the inevitable challenges and hardships, remember that your success story is being written one page at a time, and it will be more glorious because of the pain you’ve overcome.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator.  He’s the founder of Gloemi. He’s a Transformative Human Capacity and Mindset coach. He is also a public speaker, youth advocate, creative writer and author of Design Your Destiny Design Your  and Unleash Your Destiny .  He can be reached via info@gloemi.com

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JAMB Pegs Cut-off Marks at 140 and 100 for Universities and Polytechnics Respectively

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the official cutoff marks for the 2024/2025 academic year. Following the stakeholder meeting on the 18th of July, 2024, these benchmarks were established to guide admissions into tertiary institutions across Nigeria. These include colleges of education, polytechnics, and universities.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Universities

Universities have a higher threshold, with the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 set at 140. This standard is uniform across federal, state, and private universities. The aim is to ensure that candidates possess the requisite academic readiness for the rigours of university education.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Polytechnics

Polytechnics will adhere to a JAMB cutoff mark 2024 of 100. This benchmark is intended to align with the practical and technical training focus of these institutions. Candidates seeking admission into polytechnic programmes must meet or exceed this score to be considered eligible for entry.

JAMB 2024 cutoff marks for all Colleges of Education

For colleges of education, the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 has been set at 100. This threshold applies to all colleges, ensuring a standard level for candidates aspiring to teacher training institutions. This measure aims to streamline admissions processes and maintain a consistent academic standard.

Addressing misconceptions about JAMB cutoff marks

Several misconceptions exist regarding JAMB cutoff marks. It is essential to clarify these misunderstandings to help candidates better understand the admission process.

Misconception 1: The cutoff mark guarantees admission

One common misconception is that meeting the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 guarantees admission. While achieving the cutoff mark is necessary, it does not automatically secure a spot in an institution. Admission is highly competitive and other criteria, such as post-UTME scores, O’Level results, and course quotas, also play significant roles in determining eligibility.

Misconception 2: The cutoff mark is uniform across all courses

Another misunderstanding is that the JAMB cutoff mark 2024 is the same for all courses within a particular institution. In reality, while the overall institutional cutoff may be set, specific courses, especially those in high demand like Medicine, Law, and Engineering, often require higher scores. Institutions may set additional benchmarks for such competitive courses to ensure only the most qualified candidates are admitted.

Misconception 3: Institutions cannot set higher cutoff marks

It is also wrongly believed that institutions cannot set their own higher cutoff marks above the JAMB benchmark. While JAMB sets the minimum threshold, individual institutions have the discretion to establish higher marks based on their specific admission policies and the competitiveness of their programmes. This practice ensures that institutions maintain high academic standards and admit students who are best suited for their engaging programmes.

Final thoughts on JAMB official cutoff marks for all institutions 2024/2025

The JAMB cutoff mark for 2024 signifies a unified approach to admissions, reflecting the input and agreement of key stakeholders in the Nigerian education sector.

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Finally, Labour, FG, Settle on 70k Minimum Wage

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President Bola Tinubu and the organized labour unions have reached an agreement on a N70,000 minimum wage for workers.

The Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, made this announcement while briefing reporters at the State House after meeting with labour union members and government officials.

Additionally, Idris revealed that President Bola Tinubu has assured that Nigeria would be more CNG-compliant to reduce reliance on fossil fuel energy.

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