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My top 7 inspirational quotes for success

My top 7 inspirational quotes for success

Inspirational quotes are a great way to start your day. I love reading and listening to inspirational quotes about success because it helps to build up my self-confidence.

There are quite a lot of them in my archive, but today, I’ll be sharing my top 7 inspirational quotes. Here is hoping you love them.

Mohammed Ali

Formerly known as Cassius Clay, he was one of the greatest boxers that ever lived. Enigmatic, boisterous, and always willing to share the secrets of his success.
“I run on the roads, long before I dance under the lights. I hated every minute of my training, but I said: Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion”…. Mohammed Ali

Mother Teresa

A roman catholic nun who was renowned for her philanthropic works among the poor and vulnerable.
Be happy at the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ― Mother Teresa

Maya Angelou

American poet and civil rights activist who passionately defended the rights of vulnerable women.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”… Maya Angelou

Muniba Mazari

She is known as the iron lady of Pakistan. Survived a horrific car accident that left her paralyzed. She has become an inspirational figure to millions worldwide.

You are the Hero of your own life story and heroes never give up.” Muniba Mazari

Martin Luther King Jr

American civil right activist who was very vocal in the fight against black marginalization and racism. He was part of the American Civil rights Movement.

If you can’t fly then run if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”… Martin Luther King Jr

Mahatma Gandhi

An inspirational figure who transformed the life of Indian people with his selfless service and devotion to humanity.

If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

Helen Keller

An American Author who made history as the first deaf and blind to earn a bachelor of Arts Degree. She was a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

tears

Tears, sorrow, and Blood

Tears filled the eyes of Jimoh Raji Atanda 52, the father of 20 years old Jimoh Isiaq who was brutally murdered by SARS (Special anti-robbery squad) officers of the Nigerian Police Force on the 10th of October, 2020. The sad incident occurred during the protest by youths calling for the disbandment of the rogue unit. Jimoh Isiaq was shot multiple times, even though he was unarmed and not actively involved in the protest.

People had come to pay a condolence visit to him and to comfort him on the death of his son. Words couldn’t stop the tears from flowing, as he recalled the happy moments he spent with his son. The sorrow around his home was palpable, as he shared the harrowing story about how bullets were extracted from his dying son.

The Nigerian Police force, created in 1820, has always been noted for its notoriety, brute force, and killings, that has left in its wake, thousands of deaths, maim, deformed, and helpless citizens still fighting for justice. The tears and sorrow caused by these men in black, can never be quantified.

The late Afrobeat King Fela Anikulapo Kuti, before his death in 1997 sang a lot about police brutality, government corruption, and the systemic failure of the government in Nigeria. His mother, Chief Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti had a bitter spell in the hands of the state-owned Police.

In 1977, she was thrown from the second floor of her house and died of complications from the injuries she sustained in 1978. Till his death, Fela was a thorn in the flesh of the Nigerian Government, as he was always singing about the ills of the police and the wicked atrocities of the Nigerian Police.

Rollback to 2018 in London, United Kingdom, the current President Muhammadu Buhari during a panel appearance with world leaders at the Commonwealth Business Forum, referred to the Nigerian Youths as “Lazy”. It was a comment that sparked huge outrage back home in Nigeria. The general impression is that the average Nigerian Youth is docile and doesn’t care about the affairs of the country.

This narration however changed on Thursday, October 8th, 2020, when a small pocket of youths staged a protest outside the Lagos State House of Assembly Assembly Complex in Lagos, Nigeria. Their demand was for the scrapping of SARS and an end to police brutality. They came prepared with tents to pass the night and even got assurance about their safety from authorities.

Matters however turned from bad to worse when their tents were destroyed in the middle of the night and their lives were threatened by the same Nigerian Police force they were protesting against. Twitter was awash with an update about the situation, as a popular comedian Debo Adebayo was on the ground at the protest venue.

Pictures of the youths sleeping on bare floor greeted Nigerians the next morning and tension started building up. The heat was intense and the movement became unstoppable. In Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Benin, Ibadan, Owerri, Onitsha, Asaba, and in most states of Nigeria, the demand was clear: “No More SARS, No More Police brutality”.

The hashtag on Twitter was #ENDSARS. Twitter owner Jack Patrick Dorsey even gave his support to the protest by tweeting about it on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020.

The regular trademark of the Nigerian Police has always been tears, sorrow, and blood. The killings have been mind-boggling and most victims cut across sex, age, and class. The youths of recent have been the major target of the Nigerian Police, especially the SARS, as they are always harassed with impunity.

Here’s a roll call of some deaths that have been recorded over the years in the hands of the Nigerian Police. The list is inexhaustible, as more youths are been killed as I make this post

  • Chukwuemeka Matthew Onovo
  • Chibuike Anams
  • Christian Onuigbo
  • Chika Ibeku
  • Gabriel Ejoor Owoicho
  • Precious Odua
  • Johnson Nnaemeka
  • Stephen Agbanyim
  • Chidi Odinauwa
  • Azuamaka Victor Maduamago
  • Emmanuel Egbo
  • Godgift Ferguson Ekerete
  • Tony Oruama
  • Harry Ataria
  • Daniel Adewuyi Tella
  • Modebayo Awosika
  • Chinedu Ani
  • Linda Igwetu
  • Tina Ezekwe
  • Peter Ofurum
  • Rinji Balla Uzziel
  • Johnson Kolade
  • Tiyamiu Kazeem
  • Chima Ikwunado
  • Ifeoma Abuga
  • Sleek Sunday
  • Femi Bello
  • Anthony Onome Unuode
  • Jimoh Isiaq
  • Mus’ab Sammani
  • Richard Gora
  • Chijioke Iloanya
  • Joseph Zita
  • Joseph Eidonojie Ugbeni
  • Anita Akapson
  • Ifeanyi Ozor
  • Chinedu Meniru
  • Augustina Arebu
  • Anthony Nwokike
  • Paulinus Ogbonna
  • Ekena Isaac Megbe
  • Emeka Ojinze
  • Ademola Moshood
  • Ismaila Anyinla
  • Joy Ndubueze
  • Ikechukwu IIohamauzo

The list is a sad commentary of the brutal nature of the Nigerian Police, which has seen it been ranked as worst in the world by https://africa-facts.org/botswana-police-ranked-africas-best-nigeria-at-bottom-of-global-report/ These youths have had their dreams cut short. Footballers, musical artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, auto mechanics, students, and hard-working individuals have been sent to their early graves via the excesses of the rogue Nigerian Police Force.

Tears are still flowing freely among victims of police brutality, and the pains caused may take a while to heal, even as the government has scrapped SARS and renamed it as SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics Team). Things have not changed, as tension is still high in most cities across the country, with reported cases of police brutality persisting.

Total Police reform is been advocated, even as the youth have outlined 5 major demands to the government. These demands are:

  • Immediate release of all arrested protesters
  • Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families
  • Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation & prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days)
  • In line with the new Police Act, psychological evaluation & retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be redeployed
  • Increase police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting the lives and property of citizens.

Unfortunately, these demands are yet to be met by the government, even as state-sponsored thugs are been deployed to disrupt the peaceful protest. Cars and equipment were burnt in Abuja and Lagos, even as the Edo State and Lagos State Government have imposed curfew in all parts of the state.

relationship

Every Relationship have their ups and downs

How would you rate your relationship on a scale-out of 10?

Is there any room for improvement?

If your relationship is like most, then yea, there is room for improvement.

Even if you have experienced a lot of failed relationships in the past or struggling to rekindle the fires of romance in your current relationship, you can learn to stay connected, find fulfillment and enjoy lasting happiness. All romantic relationships go through ups and downs. They all require some level of commitment, respect, trust, loyalty, trust,  honesty, patience,  and a willingness to adapt and change with your partner to make it work.

At some point in our lives, we may believe that love should be like the kind of romance we see portrayed in movies,  television, and novels. Despite the claims of romantic fiction or movies, no one person can meet all your needs. Expecting too much from your partner can put unhealthy pressure on your relationship. If you are expecting to get what you want 100% in a relationship, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Healthy relationships are built on sacrifice. It takes a lot of work on each person’s part to have a healthy affair.

A great number of relationships often fall apart because of a lack of direct communication. When people stop communicating well, they stop relating well but as long as you are communicating you can work through whatever problems you are facing. Your partner is not a mind reader. It is much healthier to express your needs directly to avoid confusion. Your partner may sense something’s but it might not be what you need. What you needed and wanted some years ago for instance may be very different now. So, instead of letting resentment, misunderstanding, bitterness, or anger grow when your partner continually gets it wrong, develop the habit of telling them exactly what you need.

Conflict is inevitable in any relationship. Don’t start arguments over things that cannot be changed. Rather than looking to past conflicts or grudges and assigning blame, focus on what you can do to solve the problem. If you can’t agree, agree to disagree. It takes two people to keep an argument going. If a conflict is going nowhere, you can choose to disengage and move on. Always remember that you are arguing with the person you love.

You will not always be on the same page. Change is inevitable in life and it will happen in your relationship whether you go with it or not. Making a positive change does not need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where you progressively develop new habits of mind through repeated exposure and implementation.

Learn to always adapt to the positive change that is always taking place in your love affair. It will allow you to grow together through both the good times and bad. Like a garden, the more you tend to your relationship, the more it will grow…

entrepreneur

An Entrepreneur needs these 7 Qualities

Although every entrepreneur is unique and positively endowed in terms of gifts, talents, and abilities, however, some entrepreneurs possess some exceptional qualities which stand them apart from the average business owner. Highlighted below are some of the qualities that can make a difference in the life of an entrepreneur:

Positive Mindset

To succeed in life, one must have the ability to be optimistic. Optimism is the ability to think of possibility even in the face of failure and defeat. A positive minded entrepreneur is always searching for a solution to a problem. This unique quality gives the entrepreneur an edge over the average business owner.

Goal Setters

The ability to set and achieve a goal is another unique characteristic of a business person. Setting daily, monthly and yearly goals is a priority in the life of an entrepreneur. These goals are a great source of motivation and incentive.

Focus

The success of every entrepreneur depends largely on the ability to focus on the essential things in life. It is only when one can focus on life, that one can have the rare ability to concentrate on issues that are key to the attainment of the desired end. This unique characteristic is present in the life of every entrepreneur.

Determination

This is the ability to remain committed to a course or goal. If you are determined, procrastination will never be a problem. Determination is a virtue that keeps a business person on alert. it is like a prime mover in the wheel of the entrepreneur as the ability to venture into areas where others are afraid to go is made available.

Passion

There must be a desire and a burning passion inside of you before you can obtain whatever you need in life. If you are passionate about success, it is a sign that you are on the right track. Having a passion for something will give you the extra energy to continue when others have given up. It is what keeps you awake at night when others are busy sleeping.

Foresight

This is the ability to envision the result of plans and proposals earmarked for the achievement of the desired goal. A business person can see profit where others are seeing losses. Foresight will enable the entrepreneur to make a sound decision and set distinct goals.

Creativity

What distinguishes an exceptional entrepreneur from the average business owner is the ability to come up with new ways of doing things. They are creative and unusual in their thinking pattern. One thing that they have going for them, is the ability to implement these creative ideas. Fear of failure does not hinder them from achieving their set goals and desires.

haters

Haters don’t determine who we are: Ignore them

Haters are individuals who use negative words, critical comments, and behavior to bring others down by making them look or feel bad. These hurtful and negative comments can be delivered in person, online, or texts.

It doesn’t matter how you choose to live your life; whether you build a business or work a corporate job, have children or choose not to, married or not yet married, travel the world or live in a small town all your life, fat or slim, go to the gym all week or sit on the couch all day, whatever you do, someone will always be a hater. People will always find a reason to project their insecurities, fears, and negativity onto your life and you will have to deal with it.

People might tell you that your business, career, relationship, marriage will never succeed or that you will never accomplish your goals. Worrying about their opinions of you will only make you worse off. Letting others control your thoughts and actions just so they will like you is no way to live life unless you want to be a robot.

We cannot get everyone to like us. Learning to accept that not everyone is going to like you will enable you to focus your attention on working to become a better person. Don’t let haters bring you down, they have no idea of what you are capable of achieving. Ignore their words or let it fuel your motivation.

What someone says about you does not define who you are. His or her opinion of you does not determine your self-worth. You don’t have to win their approval let it go and just be the best person you can be. Haters will always be there. Anyone on the journey to success has them and must know how to remain motivated despite the discouragement and criticism of people.

What you should understand is that these people are telling you what they think about themselves not you. So if they tell you that building your dream business, career or relationship is impossible, this is what they believe for themselves not you. 

They are simply projecting their own belief onto you and you have nothing to do with it. Haters don’t hate you. They hate themselves because you are a reflection of what they wish to be!! 

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