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By Tolulope A. Adegoke

“Sacrifice is the scar(s) we endure while we go through life with our crosses in the hope of earning our crowns.” — There is no such thing as a star without a scar! Every star has the scar of sacrifice on its limb. There is nothing else like it! It is just the ticket to unlocking the door to new possibilities. Contrary to popular belief, sacrifice requires your complete and total attention, as it is an intentional or deliberate act of provoking desired timely results without negotiating or dining with slothfulness and excuses. Don’t be fooled, sacrifice necessitates your complete and total dedication, as it is an intentional or deliberate act of provoking desired timely results without negotiating or dining with slothfulness and excuses.” – Tolulope A. Adegoke

Sacrifice means going the extra mile, paying the extra price, and taking the extra steps to deliver your mandates! Your extraordinary inputs determine your extraordinary impacts! You need to go the extra mile in your ‘disciplined’ life. You must pay the extra price for your ‘diligence’, then the star in you emerges! Do not envy success, envy sacrifice! Many around the world are embodiments of extra-ordinary potential and gifts, but have found themselves in fields that are different from their real (divine) calling (s). For example, some are gifted footballers by having found themselves in the engineering sector… Not until they subject themselves to the diligent sacrifices of football training and timing (age-wise), such people will not manifest or fulfil their original destiny. They would only be engineering stars by chance or by force. It takes sacrifice for the star in us to manifest!

You can not eat your cake and have it! You can not make an omelette without breaking eggs! Not even faith is a substitute for sacrifice. Vision is not a substitute for sacrifice! Sacrifice is a covenant requirement for every kingdom star! The Apostle Paul in the Book of Philippians1:21 (KJV) said: “For me to die is gain, for me to live is Christ.” I would rather die than allow anyone to make my glory in Christ vain. is a typical description of the term Sacrifice. Being crucified with Jesus Christ is a Sacrifice!

Every star has a story of sacrifice to tell!

“If you do not improve where we live, then you are a failure!” -Bishop David O. Oyedepo

The above means that you must wake up from your slumber and invest your time in creating the future that you desire! Until you do what others do not do, you will still remain in the same spot as others! You must therefore wake up and tell yourself the bitter truth and design for yourself a new programme and do not end the year without a schedule for next year and a lifetime goal… This would show that you are really a serious entity on a mission to save your world from its aches!

Even Jesus Christ, the most anointed, said in Luke12:49-50 (KJV): “I have come to set fire to the Earth… I have a baptism to be baptized with and now I am stretched until it is accomplished. ” Anyone that desires to have a “global impact” must pay a “global price”!

You can not have it until you pay its ultimate worth! You can not have your crown, not until you are done with the cross!

“Every seed of Abraham is a seed with global impact (Genesis22:17-18)” “And if ye are Christ’s, ye are Abraham’s seed and according to the promise (Galatians3:29).”

You are here on Earth for global impact; you are not here for survival! Global Impacts is about being a positive influence all across the world on humanity in your area of calling (s), chosen career (s) or field (s).

I strongly believe that you would manifest greater grace and positive impacts all across the world, all to the glory of God Almighty, if you were willing to pay greater prices than many great men have paid in the past in order to be the “moves” and “waves” of the “movements and trends” and affluence in their generation (s). Until you pay the greater price (s), you can not generate greater value (s). For whatsoever a man sows, he shall reap! What is only waiting for you in the future is simply your investment in today! We need to be prepared to at least start aspiring to do a few things we can do, then the grace will flow in on us to do more/greater! It is then that we would be able to soar higher than the Eagles because the skies would have simply been transformed into our starting point!

Ultimately, you must discover your area of calling or field, so as to be sure that you are not investing in the wrong direction. Your vision must be clearly defined so as to fully understand your mission and then empower yourself for possibilities in that field. According to 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV): “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Acquire relevant skills, apply spiritual knowledge and understand the needs of your environment in relation to your “Empowered Zero.”

Your ‘field’ is the ‘green pastures’ where your flocks feed through your properly “Empowered Zero”, which is harnessed or directed towards meeting the timely demands and needs of people, corporations, and nations.

Harnessing your ‘Empowered Zero’ is a full-scale methodological application in a bid to impart your world with the treasures that lie in your earthen vessel!

To empower in this context means to positively influence, affect or fuel something or someone or a place to become useful or better towards emerging/fulfilling or serving the real and full purpose for which it was originally created. You must come to understand that no one is indispensable, nothing lasts forever, change is constant and there is always room for improvement to be able to transit from Zero to Hero. Zero to Hero in this context is not limited or restricted to individuals or people alone, but it touches the corporate world and nations as well, thereby enlightening us that we can always be better, come what may!

Perkins and Zimmerman, 1995; Rappaport, 1981; Zimmerman and Warschausky 1998 mentioned that: “Empowerment is both a value orientation for working in the community (practical) and a theoretical model for understanding the process and consequences of efforts to exert control and influence over the decisions that affect one’s life, organizational functioning, and the quality of community life.”

The value of orientation of empowerment suggests goals, aims and strategies for implementing change. Empowerment provides principles and a framework for organizing our knowledge and lifestyle.

Empowerment is the capacity of individuals, groups, and/or communities to take control of their circumstances, exercise their might so as to achieve their own goals, and the process by which, individually and collectively, they are able to help themselves and others to maximize the quality of their lives. Also, it could be described as an intentional, ongoing process which is centred in the local community and involves mutual respect, critical reflection, caring and group participation, through which people lacking an equal share of resources gain greater access to and control over those resources.

Empowerment as a “process”

Empowerment is the process of obtaining basic opportunities for marginalized (underrated) people, either directly by those people, through the help of non-marginalized others who share their own access to those opportunities, or by divine order and impartation. It also includes actively thwarting attempts to deny those opportunities. Empowerment also includes encouraging and developing the skills for self-sufficiency with a focus on eliminating the future need for charity or welfare in the individuals of the group. This process can be difficult to start and to implement effectively, but it takes adequate readiness (preparation) and the ability to humbly follow directives and instructional guidance. Above all, it takes the ability to sacrifice your time, pride, planting your seed (s), exploring your potential, turning or furnishing your talents into skills and starting earning from them. These are simply cultivation processes of turning (empowering) your zero into being your HERO!

The word EMPOWERMENT is the combination of three cogent words, as stated here: EMPloy POWER for INCREAMENT-which simply means employing POWER for INCREAMENTS (that is, to be MORE). To employ means to engage or make use of something, while POWER equals ABILITY (to do). An increment is the degree to which something is made larger or greater. It could also be said to be the action or process of INCREASING, especially in quantity or value. It is something gained or added. We can, therefore, say that EMPOWERMENT is the engagement of the ability (that is, what it takes) or techniques to increase in value or quantity.

EMPOWERMENT is the intentional act of yielding to a course, for a cause, to be better or transformed from zero to HERO, from nobody to somebody, from nothing to something, from insignificance to significance, from raw to refined, from talents into skills, from mere skills into value, and from values to REWARDS!

Empowerment is the awakening of the giant that lies within us as individuals for the delivery of possibilities. It is an infinite exercise of working tenaciously to become better at something or to become a master, by intentionally subjecting oneself to learning at the feet of Masters the ‘HOW’ to becoming the ‘WHAT’ or the ‘THAT’ or ‘WHO’? To become ‘WHO’, then you must understand ‘HOW’.

We must understand that learning has its own ‘curves’ and ‘costs’. The Costs of EMPOWERMENT are:

  • Discipline
  • Working-Inputs
  • Sacrifice
  • Execution
  • Gratitude

 

Discipline: This is the first rule of empowerment (learning). We find so many human errors in our society today due to a lack of DISCIPLINE. Discipline means depriving oneself of his or her comfort zones by passing through what is required for the next phase in life in order to become better and greater at something or become a leading example in a specific area of life. There is no great man in life who is truly great who has not adopted discipline as a lifestyle. Discipline means subjecting oneself to authentic obedience at the feet of an instructor or mentor or instructions or rules.

Here, you are under instructions or tutelage set by conscience or by (man)-whatever that is learned must be adopted as a lifestyle to be more or become greater. There are values and virtues that are built either consciously or unconsciously, physically or spiritually during these processes. Among others, the following are the pillars of discipline:

  • Time Consciousness/Management
  • Appreciating the Costs of Values
  • Understanding the Price-tag on Values
  • Humility
  • The Power of Quietness or Silence (To listen swiftly and talk (less) smarter
  • Sleep (less)
  • Reading and Studying
  • Meditation
  • Financial Management (Saving More)
  • Embracing the Company Mentality (Shunning the ‘Crowd’ Mentality): Crowd means everybody, while the word company means just a selected few who align with your purpose, and at the same time maximizes your effects.

Working-Input (Within): This simply means working within the boundaries of knowledge and wisdom for depth of understanding. Another word for it is input. In the process of learning or empowerment, there is usually a curve, where you ultimately surrender what you think-you-knew for things you need to know to be soaked into your being. You accumulate knowledge, you become soaked in it. It is a process of chasing after knowledge and being soaked in it. It is a process of chasing after knowledge for excellence, so as to be chased by success at every point of execution or delivery (that is, working-out what you have learned or acquired. This is also a point of yearning after ‘Clarity’, which is one of the DNAs of MASTERY or ‘Understanding’. This is the process of studying and meditating on it for deeper REVELATIONS, because it is Revelation that gives understanding. If you do not want your life to end in RED (danger), you must READ and STUDY! Revelations come first, before ELEVATION! Knowledge is LIGHT, and LIGHT is LIFE!

There are many people with stature, volume and age who lack LIGHT (understanding)… It is light that separates a dullard from a genius! It is light that separates a pupil from the master. The light you carry matters in life-it is what determines your level in reality, it determines your level of command in core aspects of life. Being that you have gained mastery, you have become a MASTER!

Light is CLARITY, it is MASTERY (and this is the state of the authentic). This is the time to avoid any pattern of distractions so as to enjoy and engage the light that you are about to access from this article for Peak Performance to deliver possibilities for people, corporates and nations at large.

Relentless Commitment to Daily Growth is the key to global relevance. I refer to it as the White-Belt Mentality-this is when you write in a journal daily, meditate, focus, reflect, ponder, and handcraft your days intentionally for positive outcomes. If knowledge is power, then learning is your Super-Power! Knowledge isn’t just power, it is profit! Empowerment improves you enough to be irresistibly NEEDED. That is, when you are loaded with relevant information that solves problems, you will be a force to reckon with. Even if they do not like you as a person, the solutions you carry will make you attractive enough to be their only CHANCE of survival!

The fact is, anybody can be empowered; in fact, everybody needs EMPOWERMENT-the more we learn, the more fit we are to lead others and EARN. Any zero can become a HERO, and any HERO can become a greater HERO! That is why great companies are not relenting in being better to be greater-they all want to be MORE-they are not satisfied with little, they are expanding so that the people under them can become more and better as well (that’s why their brands are simplified, accessible, and affordable).

The day you become satisfied with little is the day you start to become little! Never settle for convenience over destiny! A lot of destinies are hanging on your shoulders for survival; if you refuse to dare more, it means that you are only living for yourself alone-there are destinies attached to your values, virtues, and presence on Earth! To be consistently better, you need to seek knowledge every time, regardless of your age or level of attainment in life. That is why you have a group of people you keep who are wired to charge or spur you on to be better and to maximize your effectiveness. We also need to maximize our connection to the internet. A wise owner of a laptop puts his or her system on Auto-Update. Why? To get updated and upgraded with the latest versions of software online for maximum output and efficient delivery of services. As human beings, we get upgraded, updated by knowledge through Wisdom for Understanding and maximum delivery so as not to be stuck in yesterday! The knowledge or anointing of yesterday is not enough for today! Today is today! What you have acquired today with sweat may become obsolete tomorrow if you fail or refuse to upgrade to the latest version of thoughts, reasoning, and know-how.

 

Sacrifice: This is definitely not a strange word to the majority across the world, especially the great minds who are great mines. Sacrifice simply means‘ surrendering what you have in order to secure or receive what you NEED! It means surrendering WHAT you are so as to become WHO you desire to become! It also means surrendering WHAT you are in order to become WHO you desire to be! It simply means surrendering where you are so as to arrive at WHERE you desire or need to be. Therefore, sacrifice means letting go of your WANTS in order to have your NEEDS met! Children (little minds) give offerings, while Kings (great minds) offer SACRIFICES! We give up ‘WHAT’ we WANT when we NEED POWER! Power is a necessity in this journey of life in order to fulfill destiny or divine purpose. For every sacrifice, there is a scar (this scar connotes the cost of the sacrifice). The scar is what decorates your being. It tells your stories in your glory. I would say that, ‘Do not envy success… kindly envy SACRIFICE! The volume of sacrifice determines where you will surface (that is, appear), either at the peak or beneath. Sacrifice is the covenant requirement for every next level of greatness. It cracks the code for each level of greatness and unravels mysteries. It shakes the Heavens and causes Divinity to intervene in Humanity!

 

Execution: This simply means’ To Work-it-Out! It is the process of giving birth to the knowledge acquired through the volume of light (understanding) that we carry or have received. This is the output of what has been put-into you over time (that is, engaging the knowledge which you have been soaked with). This is where knowledge turns into formulas through Understanding (Light) by Wisdom. This is where you make it happen on the field called REALITY… We gather ability through knowledge, and we transform it into REALITY based on the level of understanding which we have or carry, then profit from it through Wisdom! When life tells you NO! Ask yourself, what am I capable of? Winners do not quit or make excuses. Winners only EXECUTE continuously till they get it right! The likes of Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, among others, had their share of trying moments, their moments of pain which they burned as fuel to acquire the gains we all celebrate today. These ones didn’t give up on the light they carried or carried, rather, they illuminated or kept illuminating the world through continuous practice. Though they may have failed or failed severally, there is always a Bounce-Back-Power for every true winner, which is fostered by strong-will or DETERMINATION.

The majority across the world are not usually interested in the ‘HOW’ (process), but in the ‘WHAT’ (results or happenings). For example, WHAT happened? WHAT did he/she do? What did he say? WHAT did he give? WHAT did or does he/she have to offer? Because the majority are only interested in what has been or is achieved, they are not interested in knowing the HOW (PROCESSES/COST) of what it took or took to be WHAT or WHO. Only a few with great depth would ask ‘HOW’ he/she made it, or HOW he won the election… The steps he took, the people he aligned with, the sacrifices he offered, the disciplines he adopted as a lifestyle, the ‘helps’ rendered that attracted divine assistance or intervention, the favours he requested, the sleepless nights, the hours of meditation, his Think-tanks (technocrats).

Small people want summaries, and only want to live on survival. They do not have time to ‘go and grow through the processes of becoming… They only want their cakes NOW, just like ESAU in the Holy Bible, who sold his birthright because he was hungry and in a haste to satisfy his belly without bothering to have an understanding of what it would cost him to lose the treasure that lies within his being!

The point of execution is always an opportunity to showcase what you have been cooking through the tool of knowledge. It is an opportunity to show off and show up! It is an opportunity to tell the world that I AM HERE-though I have been here, but it has been behind the scenes. Cooking is the right application of HEAT! It is therefore time to serve your MEAL (Products or Solutions) to the world!

Execution is the process of giving birth to what was conceived in the process of learning. Just like a pregnant woman who has been pregnant, it is natural to expect her to deliver after nine months of carrying the fetus (baby) in her womb. The same thing goes for you and me; it is time for us to deliver the future because it lies within us. Ideas are conceived within us, packaged as information, encrypted in the knowledge that man absorbs to deliver his generation at every point of need during execution. Being pregnant is not enough, delivery is a must! The same goes for learning; being soaked in knowledge is not enough, but execution (putting it into good use) is what is expected of all true learners. The Holy Book reveals, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” (Romans 8:19). This means that everything, everyone is waiting for you to show up and deliver the FUTURE (Treasures or Solutions) that lies within you as a deliverer, which has been deposited in you for your generation (s). If you do not show up (Manifest), your generation may be bound or be in bondage for years. Just like Moses (a Jew) who grew up in Pharaoh’s Palace (in Egypt). He assimilated the doctrines, he was soaked in the Egyptian traditions (knowledge) for years. After so many years, before Moses showed up for the Israelites, they were all in captivity of the Egyptians. So, if you do not show up (that is, birth the knowledge, wisdom, understanding of the skills, values, virtues that you have been soaked in and nursing over the years), you might be holding your generation (s) to ransom! You may not get it right at first, but be free to try again, again and again; there will be a day when you will get it right and gain from the rewards that come with it (through the pains which you have burned as fuel through determination and strong-will). Get up, go to work and work it out! Destinies are waiting for you; your generation is waiting for you to show up! Take responsibility as David did against Goliath! The anointing upon your life isn’t just a blessing, but a responsibility on your shoulders to birth solutions that will deliver your generation, even the ones yet unborn. Therefore, instead of being a container of blessings, I charge you now to be a channel, so that these solutions can flow through you to others. Execute and Excel!

 

Gratitude: This is a state of authentic, it is a state of bliss, it is a natural force or lifestyle that preserves and perfects our outputs (efforts) and blessings. Gratitude means Gr (eat) ATTITUDE, which means-an attitude that is exclusive to only GREAT Minds who have the depth to look back at what they were and the Mighty hands that picked them up to arrive at where they are at the moment. Small minds make small people- Small people are not usually grateful, they complain about everything, they don’t have clear minds and are not free in spirit. Gratitude is an attitude that, when adopted as a lifestyle, takes us to great altitudes in life. The first step of GRATITUDE is-ACKNOWLEDGING The Maker, God Almighty in all things. Secondly, CELEBRATING your teachers or mentors who have invested time and energy in imparting you with the light (understanding) that they carry. Thirdly, Celebrate and Appreciate your Supporters (they believed in you when others couldn’t, even when you thought you couldn’t. These ones inspired you to, then you did it! Lastly, celebrate yourself for dedicating yourself to the achievement of success. Take a break, travel, rest well, eat well, have fun, then go back to studying for the next phase or level of success. Re-engage the formulas for success, that is, the cost of empowerment, again and again, to be more and greater and better!

 

Re-examining your life

It is very important that you know and must have an understanding of where and why you need improvement, then go after relevant knowledge that treats or solves your weak areas… An unexamined life is not worth living! A dis-empowered life will remain an imprisoned life-it is not worth living. Maximize every condition you go through to be better and for the well-being of mankind. Be responsible, even in tough-times… Never lose your head in tough times, never lose your heart at all times. Empowerment builds your vision.

VISION is powered by the following sights:

  • Eye-sights
  • Insights
  • Hind-sights
  • Fore-sight
  • Mind-sights

VISION enlightens and opens you up to illuminate mankind, thereby translating them into the true light from the darkness. You are an embodiment of treasures/solutions; I charge you to UNLEASH! I charge you for Man-ifest! Any determined zero can become a hero! This book would further explain the ‘HOW’ to you with relevant examples towards becoming POSSIBLE where you have been described as IMPOSSIBLE! You must therefore read, study and follow the teachings in it to the end. You will become an ABILITY in motion in the delivery of possibilities for people, corporates and nations! It is your vision that determines the extent or size of your mission. Friends, we are on a mission. I encourage you to power your vision with light. 119: 130 reveals: “The entrance of the words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

With the above, you are on a journey to global relevance that will culminate in you emerging as the greater HERO you desire to become in your generation! Simply drop your pride and enjoy the ride to your heroic destiny! The world needs a hero they can believe in. You do not need to be a demi-god to be a hero, you just need to believe that you are one. It’s all within you! You are an embodiment of treasure. Please do not call it trash! Dreams come true only when you work it out! You can be far better than the exemplars used thus far. Yes! You can be greater!

Don’t be fooled, sacrifice involves your full attention and absolute dedication, as it is an intentional or deliberate act of provoking desired timely results without negotiating or dining with slothfulness and excuses.

It is not easy to be easy: the principles of sacrifice can not be displaced, replaced, nor broken if greatness must be achieved on this earthly plane. It is the law of seedtime and harvest.

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Safeguard the Nation or Be Removed, NSCDC Boss Tells Zonal Commanders, State Commandants

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In view of the prevailing security situation in the country which has made it imperative to redouble effort towards ensuring effective delivery of the Corps mandate in the enforcement of peace and development of Nigeria, the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi, PhD, mni, has charged all Zonal and State Commandants to function optimally by stepping up their operational activities in securing the nation and safeguarding critical assets and infrastructure.

A statement signed by the Director of Public Relations, DCC Olusola Odumosu, noted that the CG made this known during the Commandant General’s Conference at the Corps National Headquarters, Abuja, where he emphasized the need to justify the confidence reposed in the Corps by the Government through concerted effort and by making significant impact in the protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, Disaster Management, supervision of Private Guard Companies and the protection of farmers and farmlands.
According to the CG, the wave, dynamics and sophistication of crisis such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, militancy, ethnic agitation, kidnapping, oil bunkering and so on has led to very serious devastation particularly on the economy, hence, the need for the corps to develop strategies that could best address this social menace.

Speaking further, Dr Audi decried the spate of Insecurity in Nigeria which has recently assumed an alarming Asymmetric dimension and affected every facet of Nigerian life, thus, leading to severe unimaginable social consequences across the six geographical regions but particularly the North-East, North Central and South-South.

He gave a stern warning to all zonal and state commandants to resist any attempt by criminals or any group of individuals to unleash terror and destroy the peace of Nigeria. ‘’The only way to justify your existence is to carry out your duties beyond reasonable doubt; our mandates are very clear, so, we must resist any attempt by criminal elements to subvert our peaceful coexistence and be able to show to Nigerians that we are collecting government salaries’’ Audi said.

He directed all the state Commandants to renew and strengthen their anti-vandalism drive by closing down more illegal refineries, arrest and prosecute oil thieves, illegal bunkering suspects and tankers loading, reloading and transloading crude oil across borders. Reiterating that, safeguarding the nation’s critical infrastructure is a task that must be done as it impacts directly on national prosperity, human capital development and survival of the people.

Therefore, any state commandant that perform below expectation would be removed immediately without delay.
The CG reminded the Corps formations of his vision to rejig, reinvigorate, revitalize, reengineer, refocus and reposition the Corps towards building a strong, virile and proactive organization that is knowledge driven, bearing in mind the need to improve on quality of service, productivity, professionalism and operational efficiency.

That one of the focuses of his administration is training and manpower development, bearing in mind the need to enhance the capacity of personnel to effectively deliver on its mandate and every State Command have been mandated to key into this policy.

He promised to introduce career development progression courses for each category of officers which will be the main determinant for their promotion and progression in service. In his words, the CG said ‘’What this means in essence and as a matter of policy is that you must have passed a prescribed career development course before you can be considered for promotion to the next rank.’’

Dr Audi encouraged the managers of affairs of the Corps to continue to sensitize the public on security consciousness and to seek their cooperation in getting credible information that could help in nipping crime in the bud.

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Food for Living: Time As Man’s Most Precious Gift

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By Henry Ukazu

Dear Destiny Friends,

Time is one of the most precious gifts available to man. And one’s time unarguably is one’s time. Note that one of the greatest ways to know a man/woman is to study the way they invest their time and what they spend their time on. It’s easy to say you love or care for someone, but the effort or measure you put in will determine how valuable the person is to you. It is also instructive to note that we are not too busy for anyone we care about. You can never be too busy for your family and close friends. In the same way, if you cherish a commodity like gold/diamond you will treat it like a priceless jewel or asset.

Time is largely underrated. Sometimes we think we have all the time in the world, especially when you are young or have no project at hand. If you want to know you have no time, start a project or vision that is bigger than you. Sometimes, we think we can always have a second chance to make a first impression; that may be true but that’s not always the case. The phrase time waits for no man is simply another way of saying that the passing of time is unstoppable, and it will march on regardless of what anyone says or does. So, if you are still thinking of the time you will invest in any project, you will be surprised to know that time will come and go, and the task will remain undone. Moral: Don’t look at the time you will spend if you’re passionate about a worthy cause. You can explore options to know what’s reasonable and attainable.

When you host events or training, people are not merely paying you because they like you, they are paying you for your experience which is your time. The same principle is applicable in any job, employers are always concerned about your experience and what you have done to prove you love the opportunity in addition to being the best for the position.

Attention is the price you pay for value. According to Gary Chapman in his book “The Five Love Language”, the five love languages are words affirmation, gift, services, time and physical touch. Any creative man who knows how to use this five-love language will not have a hard time getting a lady of his choice. Of interest to me is the value of time. This is because when you lose money, you can easily get it back if you play by the right rules, but if you lose your time, you can never get it back.

Time is more precious and valuable than money. When you spend your time on any lady, it has a way of showing your attention and in most cases, that’s what love means to you.

In the journey of life, we will never have the perfect time to do the needful, but we will always have time to do what we want to do. To know how to use your time, the best question to ask yourself is what is the best use of my time right now. If we are honest to ourselves, good things don’t always come easy, if you desire to be a published author, you have to put in the work, if you desire success in your academics, business, relationship/marriage, profession, spirituality, politics etc., you must invest your resources into it, but most especially your time is what will make the ultimate difference.

The question we should be asking ourselves is what is my attitude to time? How do I spend my time? Who do I spend my time with? How intentional are you with your life? And most importantly what legacy will I like to be remembered when I depart this sinful world? As a rational and progressive being, it is always important to examine your life by taking stock and evaluating the progress you have made every day, week, month, year or decade. By doing so, you will come to the sublime realization that we don’t really have time to do the needful. You will also realize that you may have made mistakes by investing your time in projects and endeavors that didn’t yield much fruit. Some of which can be regarded as frivolous.

Whatever is the case, we always have time to reset our lives. According to an African proverb, ‘whenever a man wakes up from sleep, that is when his day begins’. This adage simply means, you are never late when you begin to live your life on purpose. So, it doesn’t matter how old you are, it doesn’t matter how far you may have gone out of your path, it doesn’t matter what your past may have been, you can still hit the reset button if you are intentional about living a life of authenticity. It doesn’t matter if you have been fired from your job, if you are divorced, or whatever your situation might be, if you can look past those challenges and setbacks and ask yourself what lesson did I learn, what is it I should have done better, and how can I move from here. This is a healthy way of living and learning from life.

Trust me, time runs faster than light. If you really want to make an impact with your life, set a timeline for a vision your dream of or have in mind. By the time you set your calendar by drawing the plan on what is needed, you would wish you started early to engage with the right people, association, in addition to doing the needful which entails your own personal effort because before anyone can raise his/her finger to assist you, they will like to see the effort you have invested in yourself.

By the time you are done doing the numbers, you will release that indeed, time waits for no man. It is on such occasions you may begin to have regrets, and once regrets begin to set in, you may begin to lose the inspiration to be fired up. But like I mentioned earlier, you are never too late to live a life of purpose. Whenever you wake up from your slumber, that’s when your day begins. You can move with your determination, and time which is the arsenal you need. If late President Nelson Mandela can spend 27 years in prison and still win an election, that should ring a bell for you. You might say, his case is different, but the point and message I want to emphasize is that he was determined to fight for a cause he believed in and it paid off.

In conclusion, as you move along in life, ask yourself, what is the best use of my time now? It is only by doing so you’ll truly realize how valuable time is.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He’s a Human Capacity & mindset coach. He’s also a  public speaker. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator. He’s the author of the acclaimed book Design Your Destiny – Actualizing Your Birthright To Success and President of gloemi.com. He can be reached via info@gloemi.com

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By Tolulope A. Adegoke

As you walk in God’s divine wisdom, you will surely begin to see a greater measure of victory and good success in your life.– Joseph Prince

As the Scripture says, “wisdom is profitable to direct” (Ecclesiastes 10:10). Just as this is especially apt in activating the hero within. I have to point out that in seeking to activate and maximise the seed of greatness that God has deposited in you, wisdom and the leading of God’s Spirit are vital – so that your efforts will not be in vain.

 A revered man of God once told the interesting story of two different individuals who activated the hero within them but got different results. One emerged a hero, while the other remained a zero. Here is what happened. Just at the time that the idea of an external elevator was about to be transmitted to the world, a man got inspiration. It was meant to be his avenue to greatness, but he missed the opportunity.

 Here is what happened. There was a specific structure owned by a large company in one of the major cities in the United States of America at the time. The owners of the structure had installed internal elevators but, soon after opening the place, the number of people who used the elevators had exceeded the owners’ projection. It was obvious that disaster was looming and the managers of the building began to frantically think of how to salvage the situation.

 Days passed by and the managers hadn’t been able to find a solution. However, one day, as they deliberated, a man who usually served them tea and had heard of the burning issue, surprisingly told them: “There is no big deal about what you have been discussing. The solution is very simple. Go outside the building, break down the entire wall of a section from the top downward, then fix an elevator inside it. You will have enough room for people to queue and then the problem will be solved.”

 Just like that, the tea server ignorantly shared the multi-million-dollar idea, which the company implemented; but he didn’t receive much for his idea – just because of the careless way he presented it. He obviously lacked wisdom.

 On the other hand, there was a janitor, whose highest qualification was a high school certificate. He worked for a toothpaste company, whose Board of Directors had been looking for a means of increasing the sales of their product for almost a year. One day, the janitor approached the Board of Directors and told them he could guarantee a significant increase in the company’s sales. He added, however, that he would only release the idea on the condition that the company signed an agreement that clearly stipulated that he would be entitled to a certain percentage of the company’s profits on the product and that he must be a member of the Board. After some consideration, the Board agreed to his request.

 Now, what powerful idea did the janitor have to share? Well, at that time, the orifices (or mouths) of toothpaste tubes were so tiny, making it difficult for consumers to use large quantities at once. So, the janitor simply told them, “Expand the orifice of the paste tubes and there will be so much wastage by the consumers. This will make them buy more.” The company’s directors were all stunned at this idea and wondered why it hadn’t occurred to them earlier.

 As soon as the company implemented the idea, what followed was a massive increase in their sales. The janitor, therefore, was promoted and made a member of the Board of Directors of the company. He also soon became rich as a result of the percentage of profits that he got from the product.

 The interesting thing is that he himself had got the idea that changed his and the company’s fortunes by listening to the complaints of the buyers and users of the product who passed through his gate every day. He simply maximised the information that he had and that took him to the top.

 This is why you need divine wisdom and guidance to know what to do with your vision and ideas. We often pray to God Almighty to meet our financial needs and turn our lives around for the best, but the truth is that, most times, God does not send money. If He were to send money, what currency would he send? What God gives are ideas that can transform our destinies, if we can apply them with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you all for reading.

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