By Tolulope A. Adegoke
“It is the ‘assurance of life’ that guarantees you a ‘living’… It is not to please nor oppress others, but to please God Almighty (The Maker) and grants you ‘fulfilment’ alongside divine blessings in these ‘appearance’ and ‘plain’ called ‘life’!” – Tolulope A. Adegoke
Having discussed the facts about discovering your Zero, working on your Zero, harnessing your Zeros towards emerging a HERO in my earlier articles, it was observed from feedbacks across the globe that some people may not really want to embrace new challenges, they do not want to risk losing that little piece of cake in their hands; they do not want to leave their comfort zones towards getting better and brighter opportunities…They want everything on a platter of gold which is not always so in reality. “There is no free lunch in Freetown, everything comes with a cost!” Get that straight
Many people lack the capacity to evaluate options and maximize chances (opportunities); while most people that emerged a HERO today rose up through the storm which came as a blessing in disguise to them, thereby compelling them to effect and accept change in reality! One thing that we must understand here is that vision is not blurred, it can never be hidden but most of the times, we only refuse not to see clearly due to our ignorance, shallow thoughts (mentality), negligence and other factors that limits us. Many, therefore, become frustrated when they do not see or understand their visions; hence, they become ungrateful to God Almighty.
In all honesty, everything we need has been encrypted into us in the forms of talents, potentials, so also, in the storm which is often blessings in disguise as our training ground to unleashing these natural endowments of ours! We need the sixth sense to discover what God has in stock for us as individuals, as an organization (Corporates) and as nations at large. Having discovered these facts, you must play your part of the deal by empowering these gifts, peoples, strengthen your weak areas so as not to drown in the pits of regrets, but emerge a HERO in your generation(s) by harnessing your ‘Empowered Zeros’ in your specific areas of calling. Your gifts/potentials comes (raw) as ‘Zero’ at first, but has the tendency to develop, advance and appreciate when empowered…. Even your storm connotes ‘Zero’, because it is an unpalatable situation (challenge), but can be solved or surmounted through empowerment strategies such as Latent Capacity Building, Understanding and Engaging Divine Wisdom, Appreciating and Engaging the Ultimate Gifts among others. After empowering your ‘Zeros’ to getting the best out of (refining) yourself and life situations, you must then go further to harnessing your ‘Empowered Zeros’ through diverse measures into solving life events, then you naturally emerge a HERO. I, therefore, illuminated further in those articles by ripping some carefully selected individuals/persons in a bid to help us know that it is applicable in true life issues (reality). These ones emerged from the levels of Zero to HERO! We must therefore note these blatant facts that:
Talents are useless until we put them to usage,
Seeds are useless until we cast them into the ground, not just any ground, but fertile ground(s).
You are useless (as ‘nobody’) no matter how gifted you may be, until you show case your gifts/talents…
You are not alive because you are smart, but because of what you have been called and chosen to do by the Almighty!
Every seed, talents or potentials in you are for specific purposes!
Therefore, you must understand your purpose (calling) and deliver your gifts to your world through positive impacts of lives, corporates and nations! What the world wants to hear are your breakthroughs (testimonies of possibilities), and not mere stories.
You are Heaven on Earth…Your gifts and talents are heavenly deposits inside your earthen vessel. (2 Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the Excellency of the power may be of God and not of us).
Empowering them all gives you full access into reigning (Heaven) on Earth…You are not of this world, neither are your potentials; but you must be on this Earth (i.e. stay alive) for your talents to function, for them to function as ‘you’, they are packaged in a body called MAN…Your true identity is not your body but the heavenly gifts that the body carries! You are the full identity of the power of God in action. And that is the basis and the peak of all Leadership!
It is your gifts that results to excellence, which attracts success when empowered (worked upon), then leads to the greatness that comes with posterity, while your earthen vessel(s) would decay as a result of the expiration of its existence on Earth.
The ‘Hero’ in you speaks for you even while you are gone! For by their fruits (deeds/levels of impacts) we shall know them!
Do not quit empowering your ‘Zeros’, they might end up becoming your ‘Heroes’ (strengths)!
Here are the powerful words of Edgar A. Guest:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you are trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must-but don’t you quit…!
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about.
When he might have won had struck it out;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow-
You might succeed with another blow…
Success is failure turned inside out-
the silver tint of the cloud of doubt-
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to fight when you are hardest hit-
It’s when things get worse that you must not quit!”
Dr. Robert Schuller further added his own bit:
“Don’t trust the clouds- trust the sunshine.
Don’t set your compass by the flash of lightning-
Set it by the starts. Trust the sun-don’t trust the shadows.
Believe in your dreams-don’t believe in your despairing thoughts.
Have faith in your faith-and doubt your doubts.
Trust your hopes- never trust your hurts. And you will on eventually, effectively, inspiringly to faith’s final phase which is the Crowning Stage.”
It is only the potential that is consistently worked upon that (is transformed) delivers a sellable product…which would eventually command blank cheques. Even God Almighty did not wait for man to be perfect before He could love and empower him. God loved us, even when we were unlovable, in our weaknesses, in our sins, so he had to sacrifice His ‘best’ i.e. Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son (John3:16) for us to be saved (Empowered), for us to be joint-heirs with Jesus Christ in God Almighty, The Father! In spite of all of our weaknesses, God sees HOPE in us and He always ready to bless us to making better our FUTURE in Him. He gave us Jesus Christ (His Word, Empowerment, sacrifice) that we may dwell in Him and He in us (Christ in us, the HOPE of Glory) to be forever embodiments i.e. carriers of God’s glory, splendours and majesty. “for our body(s) is the temple of God!” God is always seeing a HERO in a Zero! And always ready to help (empower, bless) every “Zero” that submits to Him and subjects themselves to His ruler-ship for them to reign on Earth as kings (Heroes). He turns us into an attraction empire and global evidences of supernatural breakthroughs. He turns dusts into gold!
We can only achieve or attain greatness by wisdom, and wisdom itself is in levels: According to James3:15-17“This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and evil work. 17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be in-treated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy (KJV)”. James1:5 says: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him (KJV).” Job28:28 “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding (KJV).” To acquire wisdom, we must avoid being defiled by the king’s meat just as Daniel and his friends did. Biblical character such as Joseph, Solomon, and Daniel among others, were definitions of divine wisdom which enabled them to live a life of impacts in their generations.
If you do not understand your calling, you cannot appreciate your gifting. Always remember that your gifting is your anointing! And your anointing is the presence of God in you, which must keep flowing to the world through you!
That’s what you owe your MAKER (God Almighty) all the days of your life. Therefore, do not abuse your gifting, they are sacred and must dished out with utmost humility and sanity! It is the ‘assurance of life’ that guarantees you a ‘living’… It is not to please nor oppress others but to please God Almighty (The Maker) and grants you ‘fulfilment’ alongside divine blessings in these ‘appearance’ and ‘plain’ called ‘life’!
Learn, Apply & Share.
Watch out for the Book titled: “The Power of an Empowered Zero” (From Zero to HERO) by Tolulope A. Adegoke. Foreword by Dr Yomi Garnett (CEO/Chancellor, Royal Biographical Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A., U.K., Abuja, Nigeria.) Edited by Ola Aboderin.
Food for Living: Just Begin
By Henry Ukazu
Dear Destiny Friends,
We are familiar with the slogan of Nike, which says “Just Do It”. It sounds easy at face value, but in reality, it portends a lot. This simply means that if it is easy, everyone will be doing it. The starting point of any worthwhile endeavor or task is very tasking. It’s just like laying the foundation of a house, where a lot of concrete goes into the ground to hold the pillars.
As humans, we have so many plans, ambitions, dreams, goals, and wishes which we desire to accomplish either at a specific time or before we leave the surface of the earth. Some of us even have great vision, but the question we need to ask ourselves is, am I ready to do the needful.
It is sad to know that many of us have great ideas which follow us to the grave. If I may ask, will you be happy to go to the grave with your talent, dream, money, and the blessings God, your creator has bestowed on you? Many people don’t know they have an assignment to perform on earth, and that it is their responsibility to fulfill their purpose. However, they failed to take the bold step, and consequently remain in their comfort zone.
No doubt, the beginning of any endeavor can be challenging. Challenges come to everyone; even sailors experience waves while at sea, but they don’t give up. Challenges come to everyone both in their personal and professional lives. If you want to start a business, you definitely need funds, experience, the right people, and logistics. Even if you have the funds, you will definitely have one form of concern. You’ll quite agree with me that there’s the fear of the unknown lurking around because business on its own is at risk.
As a student, you are afraid of beginning a course/major; just begin. As a full grown adult, you have the fear of getting married. As a person who loves to travel, you are afraid of traveling due to the fear of space, height or flying; I say, just begin.
One of the reasons many of us fail to begin any task is fear. But we fail to understand that when we begin, the universe has a way of meeting us halfway. Just that you know the universe conspires with you to bring your desires into manifestation. When you speak, the walls hear your words, the ground stamps and confirms it and the air carries it. As a single man, do you have an interest in a lady, approach her, send her that message, express your thoughts to her and let her know what you think/feel about her. You may be surprised to know she likes you and maybe waiting for you to take the first step.
Let me share a secret with you; did you know that when I began to write my first book, I had no clue of what to write, but because I took the bold step of writing the topics, ideas began to flow, the more I write, read and engage with people both online and in real life, the more I began to see more concepts to incorporate into my work.
Do you know you are the solution and answer to many people’s requests, challenges, and prayers? The world has not gotten one-tenth of your ideas
Do you know that many ideas go to the coffin just because of perfection? You can never have a perfect time to begin a project, that’s why it’s necessary to take the most important step which is ‘begin’. You’ll be surprised to know how you’ll improve in a month, year, or even a decade, when you look back.
Do you know you can literally begin an institution just by beginning a project or following up with an idea? The world celebrates Steve Jobs just because of his ingenious ideas in technology. The world celebrates Nelson Mandela because he fought for justice against the apartheid policy. Martin Luther King Jr fought against the injustices in America against the Blacks. The interesting thing about these great men is that they didn’t just conceive an idea, they took the leap of fate, and had massive follower-ship. I ask you, what are you waiting for?
It should be noted that you cannot improve on any task you haven’t started. Isn’t it true that most people learn to dance on their feet and not when they are on their chairs? That tells you, you must get up to dance if you really want to enjoy your dance. In order to run, you must stand up. So in the journey of life, you may not have everything you need, but you have all that is needed and necessary to begin just where you are. The world is literally waiting for you. Just start.
Today, I ask you, what is that task that you are feeling reluctant to start? What is that business, idea, vision, book, music, dream, passion, etc. you are feeling uneasy to begin? I say to you, just begin and see how the universe will conspire to work in your favour
Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He’s a mindset coach and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Opinion: It’s Your Turn
By Tolulope A. Adegoke
“Just like eagles, turns the storms that come their way, into propellers which aides them to their desired heights and PEAK of greatness; they get up daily to confront and fight against what other birds flee from in the form of storms and other intimidating factors which they strive and thrive on to be where they ought to be and not being where they ought not to be by the standards and forces that power their natural senses, innate abilities and purpose of existence which has exceptionally marked the eagles out to be worthy of emulation, idiomatically speaking. It is worthy of note, that you must wake up, dress up, build up your guts, conquer your fears and excuses, take charge and win, because it’s your turn to thrive and live – the journey to the PEAK starts from within!” – Tolulope A. Adegoke
All the exemplars of greatness we have considered so far in previous articles are great conquerors who refused to allow their backgrounds to put their backs to the ground. They became champions because they did not give up. They passed through the incubation processes, the heat of times (empowerment) and subsequently came out strong as shining lights, as winners in their generation.
I urge you, friend, don’t give up on that dream; don’t belittle those potentials that you are carrying. Time is a very humbling factor that must be regarded, considered and worked with if you surely and honestly desire global impacts. Crawl! Walk! Run! Fly! Soar! But don’t just remain on a spot! You must not stay idle. God Almighty requires us to optimise, empower and harness our gifts for the benefits of mankind and to our lifting, comforts and above all, to His glorification forevermore!
Remember that you are here on earth on a mission of wonders, to deliver unusual possibilities to peoples, corporates and nations, thereby handing over a better world to the coming generation. Remember also that we all shall surely give accounts to the Giver of the life and the gifts that we carry, as soon as we are through here on earth!
Knowing this, I charge you, leave your comfort zone. Aim higher, and work late nights on your dreams, visions and potentials. Acquire relevant knowledge through diverse profitable means. Study relevant books on your areas of interest. PUSH till the doors open. Learn at the feet of the masters (your God-sent mentors or teachers). Stay ever-humble; remain loyal to God and to fellow men; pray hard; meditate in serenity; seek silence; rest well; feed fine; network (meet people); start small; relate with respect and honour, and help others to find their feet.
Chase excellence; perfect your talents into skills (products); understand business terms and administration; invest your time; manage your energy, activate your visions; work on paper (Habakkuk 2:2). Read, study, embrace joy, and maintain happiness, even in whatever storm you may be going through. Be grateful. Work with time. Flow beyond the rhythm of the present so as to secure the future!
It is my expectation and the expectation of God that you will join all the great men and women we have previously discussed here and many more that you may be familiar with. These people, like eagles turned the storms that came their way to propellers that catapulted them to their PEAK of greatness, while others see storms as obstacles or limitations.
Remember, every other number – no matter how huge – started from zero. Zero may connote the difficulties you are going through at the moment, but there is a lot you can make out of it if you do not allow it to overwhelm you. Revisit the success tips that the above people have proffered, as well as the ones you have read here so far. Begin to apply them with all seriousness. Soon, God will locate you with His favour and your story will turn to GLORY!
Here is a drive and charge from me to you to further encourage and guide you and those around you on this plane called earth and the journeys that come with it, in order to maximize your potentials and the opportunities that come with time and chance. It is titled: “A Teachable Spirit & A Heart of Deliverance”
“When you’re learning how to be humble, you have to be willing to listen, learn, and grow and be open to suggestions and corrections from other people.
You don’t know it all, and you can’t act like you know it all, either! So, here is my daily mantra for all seasons: calm, quiet and available is my soul before My Maker, God Almighty!
I shall remain teachable,
I shall not be foolish to be full of Myself!
I shall seat at the feet of my God sent masters to learn, so as to soar beyond the skies,
I shall remain humble for life!
I shall recognize my helpers and glorify God in them, I shall make peace with all men,
I shall keep working on my gifts/potentials with the utmost focus on blessing lives, globally.
I shall never look down on any man I come across,
I shall keep being at my best for God (Divinity) and people(Humanity).
I won’t give up, until I fulfil my destiny,
I won’t let go until I am exhausted,
I am simply a tool in the Mighty Hands of my Creator, He uses me according to His perfect Will, to fulfilling purposes, all to His Glory!
Through me, the world shall continue to see the irresistible wonderfulness of my Maker. He shall continue to increase in and through me… I refuse to be a ‘wander-fool’!
I am not ashamed of these choices I have made, of these steps I am taking…
I shall remain happy and joyful for life! It is not my life, it is my Father’s… God in a MAN (Me); with this, I’m boundless, unchained, unbothered, and limitless.
I am not ashamed nor afraid of this mission, due to this vision…
I shall remain truthful, smart and grateful!
I shall ensure that my impacts are felt across the world, yet, down to earth so as to be launched into the yonder beyond the skies where the realms of impacts flourishes, continually…
I shall never give up, I shall build my castles in the skies and leave my footprints in the skies…
Yes! There are footprints in the sky… Only visionaries can see them…
The strength of an eagle lies in its flights and vision!
I remain humble, so as not to tumble and fumble!
In humility lies the true strength, lies true vision and flights into the yonder!
I shall remain swift and completely obedient to the end… In obedience lies my chances of honour and grace.
I shall ride on the wings of the Holy Spirit to surmount all challenges and oppositions…
I won’t focus on the cross, but the crown… Not the tests but the testimonies, not the price but the prize… Not the grains but the gains, not the hisses but the ease, not the pests but the rest that is to come after all work has been completed…I shall have my crowns of Glory, sitting in Glory and splendour, glorifying my Creator, my Master for keeping me thus far without giving up on me, against all odds!”
This, is when a tool becomes ‘The Tool’!
We are nothing but tools in the Mighty Hands of the Creator- To fulfil His perfect will on Earth: to love, fix, build, solve, touch, bless and impart. His brand is at stake in your life, don’t mess it up! Only your sacrifices would commit His integrity to work with and for you.
Do not envy the success, envy the sacrifice!”
Thank you all for reading.
Watch out for the Book titled: “The Power of an Empowered Zero” (Awakening The Giant Within You!) byTolulope A. Adegoke. Foreword by Dr Yomi Garnett (CEO/Chancellor, Royal Biographical Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.A., U.K., Abuja, Nigeria.) Edited by Ola Aboderin.
Badore Chieftaincy Tussle: Court Orders Parties to Maintain Status Quo
A Lagos High Court has ordered parties in the chieftaincy tussle of Badore community in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State to maintain the status quo ante bellum pending the determination of the suit.
Justice E. I. Alakija (Mrs) made the order in Suit No: LD/7185GCNW/2020 between three claimants and four defendants.
The claimants are: Alhaji Salia Owolabi Yisa, Alhaji Waliu Adeniran Moye and Alhaji Musaliu Buari Jatto for themselves and on behalf of the Ilu Committee and Community of Badore Village.
The defendants are: Mr. Rasaki Abdullahi Jikoji, Alhaji Muyu Yusuf Jikoji, Mr. Kamoru Abdullahi Jikoji and Mr. Saheed Abdullahi Jikoji.
The claimants had sought an order of interlocutory injunction restraining 1st defendant Mr. Rasaki Abdullahi Jikoji from parading himself as the community’s head, following his election by the chieftaincy family as Baale of Badore in line with the historical procedures of the settlement.
Mr. Jikoji’s election followed the June 15, 2020 death of the immediate past Baale.
The claimants averred that the 2nd Claimant Alhaji Waliu Adeniran Moye was also approved as the Baale of Badore by the Eti-Osa LGA on September 2, 2020., adding that he was installed as Baale before the suit was filed.
But the defendants opposed him via November 2, 202, 14-paragraph counter-affidavit deposed to by Prince Adeola Rasaki Jikoji.
They prayed the court to dismiss the claimants’ application for “gross disrespect” of the court, arguing that they filed their suit on August 19, 2020 while the claimants, during the pendency and with full knowledge of the suit, installed the 2nd Claimant as Baale on September 16, 2020.
In her ruling on March 22, Justice Alakija agreed with the defendants argument that the 2nd Claimants was installed while the suit was on, contrary to legal procedure.
She held: “In the light of the facts before the court, the submission of counsel, it is evident that the act of the 2nd Claimant approval/installation were carried out during the pendency of this suit.”
The honourable Justice also ordered all parties to maintain the status quo ante bellum pending the conclusion of the suit challenging the selection of Rasaki Abdullahi Jikoji as Baale.
In his reaction, the Baale-elect, Prince Rasaki Abdullahi Jikoji advised all stakeholders to refrain from transacting business on behalf of the Chieftaincy and Badore community with the Ilu Committe and other claimants pending the final determination of the case as the family will not consider such transactions valid on the long run.