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Hope in Difficult moments

Difficult moments never last forever

Life is a beautiful gift and as individuals, we must embrace every new day with joy and happiness. It may not be perfect or smooth sailing, but nevertheless, enjoy it to its fullest the best possible way you can.

Growing up years ago, I had so many difficult moments. These were moments when I thought I won’t be able to overcome. Some days were so difficult, that I felt overwhelmed with emotions and cried myself to sleep.

Life is a journey, and we are like passengers on a mission. Along the bumpy journey of life, there may be a few stops and some nasty bumps that may shake us a little bit. That is fine, if we understand these difficult moments will come and go.

How did I overcome my difficult moments?

Pretty good question I must say. I tried to always look at the bright side of life. It is not an easy task to do, however, especially when it’s so gloomy and there seems to be no ray of sunshine.

Still, I always see the positive in every negative situation I go through in life. It may never make sense then, but months or years later, it will dawn on you, why these things had to happen.

A key ingredient that can sustain us in times of difficulty, is hope. “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today”

Edema Peter

Edema Peter: Hard work paved the way for my Loan move to ASVO FC

Life is all about putting in the extra effort. Making the most of every opportunity that comes your way. I love the way German-based Ghanian international put it: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination, and hard work”

For Edema Peter, he attributed his recent loan move to the Benin Republic Premier League Side- ASVO FC, to the hard work, determination, and effort of his coach at Gbagada FC, Lagos, Nigeria.

The Ondo State-born footballer, who has had a fairy-tale rise in his footballing career, recently shared with me his story during a recent live chat on Instagram.

“Last season, I knew if I could do well and score goals, I will secure a move. I also knew if the video of my goals goes out there, I will move”

The hunger and drive to excel pushed him beyond limits and he indeed shone brightly with Gbagada FC, as he emerged Gbagada FC top scorer. In all competitions, he was involved in Sixteen goals. 

Edema scored fourteen goals and made two assists, scoring two hattricks in the process. The amazing fact about some of the goals he scored, is that 60% of those goals were scored aerially.

When asked about the secret of his aerial prowess, he opened this: “While growing up, I was nicknamed the “Head that burst the ball”, because I was always scoring via headers”.

Edema also shared how he always watched documentaries on Cristiano Ronaldo about scoring via headers. “I discovered even though I don’t have so much height, I do have jump power. I learned the principle of staying in the air while watching documentaries about Cristiano Ronaldo, and that helped improved my aerial prowess”

An excited Edema Peter, who is hoping to replicate his goal-scoring record with the Benin Republic club-side chipped in on how the loan breakthrough became a reality: “The work I put in last season created this opportunity for me in the Benin Republic. The video clips of the fourteen goals I scored were sent directly to the President of ASVO FC”

“Immediately he finished watching the video clips, he put a call through to Gbagada FC President, Akinyelu Olajide and contract negotiation was started”

The young striker who is currently hoping to thread the same path of foremost Nigerians like Razak Omotoyossi, Samson Akinyola, Mathieu Adeniyi, Wassiou Oladipupo, and Muri Ogunbiyi is currently on a Pre-season tour with ASVO FC.

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Find a product inside your purpose

To prosper with the hidden gem inside you, all you need to do is find a product inside your purpose. Your product will automatically become a solution to the problem you were destined to solve. You were sent unto the earth loaded with solutions and the capacity to unleash your immense potential. One strange fact I must point out at this junction is this- everything that is of immense value is found underneath the earth’s crust.

Crude oil, gold, silver, diamond, topaz, and other precious stones are found beneath the earth’s crust, waiting to be exploited. All you need to succeed in life is hidden on your inside. The moment you dig deep, it will come forth in a massive torrent. Find the solution you were created to provide, Thereafter, you can begin to enjoy a fulfilling life of financial freedom.

Deposited within every individual, is a gift or talent. This beautiful gift or talent differs from one individual to the other. Some have multiple gifts and talents, while others have just one.

No matter, the gift or talent you have, always have the desire to align it with your purpose in life. This will, in turn, help to create a valuable product around the gift and talent.

While growing up, I discover I had this gift of writing. I could create content with ease and come up with ideas within seconds. As I became older, I learned about information product packaging and how one can market this information products for profit.

All I simply did, was attend seminars and training on Information product packaging, and the rest is history. Today, I enjoy some of the skills I have learned and the amazing gift within me keeps flourishing daily.

You too can explore the huge opportunity available within your unique gift and talent and start enjoying the same results. It’s a lot easier when you stay within your area of strength and gradually build on it.

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I thought those who wore glasses were intelligent

While growing up, I was of the impression that girls and boys who wore glasses were intelligent and smart. It was a weird and unproven belief that I carried for years. Glasses, by the way, is not in any way associated with intelligence or smartness. Unfortunately, I just assumed blindly, that those who had it were intelligent.

Years later, while in the university, I had a funny encounter with a guy who was putting on glasses, and this incident changed my perception completely. It was during our 2nd semester exams and we were writing one of our departmental courses in the School Hall.

I had arrived on time for the exams and was not confident, because I never had the best of preparations for the exams. I was however delighted when a smart-looking guy in my department walked in to sit close to me.

What made me even happier was the fact that he was putting on glasses. I assumed, though erroneously, that he was super intelligent. It was an assumption that backfired so badly.

As soon as the exams started, I did my best to answer 3 of the 5 compulsory questions and there was still time left before the end of the exams. I looked by my side and saw my glass-friend looking so busy and focused. In my thought, I assumed he would be able to give me a hint that would be useful.

I asked him if he understands the number 4 question, and he looked at me blankly. “I was hoping you would help me with the number 1 question he stammered”. At this point, I was confused and disappointed. Later found out he had not written down anything meaningful.

Also found out he wasn’t as intelligent as I assumed, as the glasses were merely medicated glasses. I had to shift focus from my glass-friend and dig deep to complete the rest of the exams. It was a bitter experience.

My perception changed, and the whole idea about glasses and intelligence became a mirage. To date, I never stopped laughing each time I remember that particular incident because it would have been disastrous if I had put all my trust in my glass-wearing friend.

I had learned my lessons and now, when I see anyone putting on glasses, I understand that they are just like me. Some mostly, are just for fun, while others are for medical purposes. We all live in a funny world, and sometimes, our high expectations of others may be counterproductive.

Helping others to succeed

The beauty of helping others to succeed

Life is all about helping others to succeed and never about taking advantage of others in our quest to succeed. Unfortunately, the passion to succeed at all expense sometimes becloud our human nature. The greed to be on top at all costs can sometimes make some individuals forget the pain and suffering those they trample on in their quest for glory.

In 2019, a selfless runner, turned back to help a fellow competitor, who was sitting on the ground exhausted, just meters from the finish line. The runners were taking place in the CAT 10K Thailand Championship, around the Supachalasai Stadium in the capital’s Pathum Wan District, where there were highs of 32 degrees celsius. He sacrificed his chances to win a tournament but won the heart of thousands of spectators who cheered him on.

Read another inspirational story recently, and it drives home the beauty of helping others to succeed in life. Kenyan runner Abel Mutai was only a few meters from the finish line, but got confused with the signs and stopped, thinking he had finished the race. A Spanish man, Ivan Fernandez, was right behind him and, realizing what was going on, started shouting to the Kenyan to keep running. Mutai did not know Spanish and did not understand.

Realizing what was going on, Fernandez pushed Mutai to victory. A reporter asked Ivan, “Why did you do this?” Ivan replied, “I dream that one day we can have some sort of community life where we push ourselves and help each other win.” The reporter insisted “But why did you let the Kenyan win?” Ivan replied, “I didn’t let him win, he was going to win. The race was his.” 

The reporter insisted and asked again, “But you could have won!” Ivan looked at him and replied: “But what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor of this medal? What would my mother think of it?” The values are transmitted from generation to generation. What values do we teach our children and how much do you inspire others to earn? 

Most of us take advantage of people’s weaknesses instead of helping to strengthen them. Winning is good, but creating a lasting bridge of love and empathy is worth more than a thousand laurels put together. Let’s keep promoting positive values wherever we go and help others reach their goals in life

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