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Our Journey in Life is too short

We are all on a journey on earth. The journey takes us through several phases in life. We fall and rise at each point of our beautiful journey in life. Sometimes we get to meet lovely people who make our transition along the path of life pleasurable.

Several years ago, a beautiful young lady sat on a bus. She was travelling to see her mum in a nearby city. At the next stop, a loud and grumpy old lady came and sat by her. She squeezed into the seat and bumped her with her numerous bags.

The person sitting on the other side of the young lady got upset and asked her why she did not speak up and say something. The young lady responded with a smile: “It is not necessary to be rude or argue over something so insignificant, the journey together is so short. I will be getting off at the next stop”. This response deserves to be written in golden letters: “It is not necessary to argue over something so insignificant, our journey together is so short”

If each one of us realized that our time here on earth is so short; that to darken it with quarrels, futile arguments, not forgiving others, discontentment and a fault-finding attitude would be a waste of time and energy.

Did someone break your heart? Be calm, the journey is so short. Did someone betray, bully, cheat or humiliate you? Be calm and forgive such a one, the journey is so short. Whatever troubles anyone brings us, let us remember that our journey together is so short. No one knows the duration of this beautiful journey. No one knows when their stop will come. Our journey together is so short.

Let us cherish friends and family. Let us be respectful, kind, and forgiving to each other. Let us be filled with gratitude and gladness. Smile,  laugh, dance, play, relax, joke and stop being serious about everything, let go of anger. Failure to do so only hurts you. The other person is moving on with life while you hold grudges.

In Life, we would always come across the good, bad and ugly. In all we do, let us learn to be kind, because everyone we meet is fighting a hard battle. Some may hide theirs with a smile. Others use beautiful makeups to brighten their inner hurt.

Our heart should always be ready to forgive another, for there dwells the secret of true happiness. Leave a lovely footprint in the sand of time. Become a beautiful memory in the heart of those you come across daily. After all, our journey together is so short!

purpose

Discover your purpose and start living your dream

The purpose is that feeling that you are a part of something bigger than yourself, that you are needed, and that you have something better ahead to work for. The purpose is what creates true happiness. J. K. Rowling got rejected 12 times before she finally wrote and published Harry Potter. Even Beyoncé had to make hundreds of songs to get Halo.

There is a popular saying about purpose: “When the purpose of something is not known, abuse becomes inevitable”. This quote is so true in every area of life. Some do struggle in life, even when they are talented or gifted in several ways.

How do I discover my purpose?

This is often the question of most individuals trying to find meaning out of life. The truth is that there are steps and guidelines to discovering your area of competence. For example, when people keep appreciating how good you are in certain specific areas, it may be a sign.

Most often, we don’t see our gifts or talents. People around us can help us point us in the direction of our purpose in life. In this case, you need to pay attention and never ignore what others are saying about you.

Another amazing way of knowing where your direction in life lies is to check inward. Take out time and do a soul-searching probe of your inner self. Your heart is the best tool to discover your true purpose and passion in life. Ask yourself some salient questions: what do I love doing for hours without getting bored? What gives me the greatest joy in life? What is my greatest passion?

The greatest successes in life usually come from having the freedom to fail. Ideas don’t come out fully formed, they only become clearer as you work on them. You just have to get started. It is never too late to start living your dream life. All it takes is to discover your true self and start working towards achieving that beautiful dream of yours.

service

Service is your secret to financial freedom

Service means you utilize every opportunity to give your talent, gift, and everything you have to the good of others. When you serve, you attract the best things in life. It’s not about money all the time. When you go through the biography of some successful men and women, one thing that stands out is the desire to serve. They didn’t put money at the front burner. When they served faithfully, other benefits began to flow in naturally.

When a business is set up primarily for profit-making, it becomes extremely difficult to achieve success. I love what Richard Branson the CEO of the Virgin Group said: “Never go into business purely to make money. If that’s the motive you’re better off doing nothing”

One of the primary reasons for going into any business is to fill a need. People have needs for different things. Whether its the need for food, the need for clothing or shelter, the need for education, or the need to have a hair cut.

These are specific needs, and they require specific services. If you see a need within your immediate environment that can be filled, all you can do is create a business out of it.

The intention may not necessarily be to make money but to provide value-added service for people. The money will flow in naturally as a product for services rendered. What we must understand about business is that without service, there can be no business. When you can serve people, they would be more than willing to pay you above what you would have charged.

The idea is to avoid greed for making quick money which oftentimes motivates certain individuals into specific businesses. Such businesses don’t last for long, as they soon fade away due to low patronage as a result of poor services been rendered to customers.

You may want to ask why virtually all companies have customer care service? The answer is simple. They value their customers and would be more than willing to satisfy them by providing a platform where they can channel all their complaints. This is a medium through which services can be improved and a relationship can be fostered.

Another vital reason why a business is created is for customers. Without customers, there can be no business. The secret of retaining customers is to provide them with service that would motivate them to keep coming back.

The market is becoming so competitive that businesses are looking for ways to improve their service delivery. Any single lapse by customer service may spell doom for any business that is aiming for the top.

Most businesses succeed via referrals from satisfied customers. The opposite is the case, as an embittered customer can tell a couple of friends about his or her experience in terms of service delivery. Those friends will end up telling their other friends and so the chain reaction continues.

Some amazing benefits of adopting value-added service to clients include: customer retention, increased productivity, increased profitability, and loyalty from customers. It may cost you a little to implement, but the benefits far outweigh the initial cost at the end of the day.

talent

Discover the hidden talent inside of you

Serena and Venus Williams became household names before they turned 25, but that was before their father who loved lawn tennis had been careful enough to know that his daughters were born to become lawn tennis champions. He knew the treasure these little girls were carrying on their inside.

The day you can identify the gift on your inside, it will be impossible for you to become stranded in life. The reason why millions fail amid countless possibilities and opportunities is tied down to ignorance.

I will never forget the story of a man who went begging for bread when right inside his room was a check of $5,000 sent to him by an insurance company for claims due to him from his previous employer. He never knew how to read or write and he died without enjoying the benefit of his labor.

That is the same tragedy that occurs in the world daily, as thousands of brilliant and creative individuals die daily without utilizing the treasures lying on their inside. They go to the grave with ideas that would have liberated their entire generation from financial poverty and distress.

The first step towards living a meaningful life is to discover the hidden talent inside you. Everyone carries within them, a measure of gift and talent. These talents when discovered can be nurtured and utilized positively. It takes patience, hard work, and determination to harness your talent, but it is always worthwhile.

Today, the beautiful gift Richard Williams discovered in both Serena and Venus, 35 years ago, has blossomed into amazing talent. It all started from diligently looking out for that special spark, then carefully grooming it into something big.

Remember, it is not always rosy and smooth sailing, even when you are talented. Great athletes and talented individuals do go through dry spells. Patience, perseverance, and focus are the key attributes that will see you to the finish line.

Semiu Fagbayi

Semiu Fagbayi- “I hate it whenever we lose a game

Unfortunately, things have not been too rosy for the team, which is presently been managed by the versatile coach Akinyelu Olajide. Lying in 5th position in the Creative Championship League table, the team only has a win and 3 draws so far in the season.

I asked the captain how it feels, not winning a game of football. “Even if I am not the captain of a team, I hate losing. As a captain, each time we lose, I am not always happy. I always feel bad whenever we don’t win a game. it is not just about been a captain”.

The Ogun State-born footballer, who started his football career with All-Stars football academy, has been enjoying life with Gbagada FC. A team he joined in 2014, has given him a new lease of life. “Gbagada FC is like a home to me. Even in my neighborhood, I am the envy of all, when people get to know I am playing for Gbagada FC. Playing with the club is a huge privilege

Semiu who currently has two goals to his credit, just behind Edema Peter who is the current highest goal scorer for the team, believes that being the captain of the side is not in any way, weighing him down in terms of goal scoring.

 “I don’t think being a captain affects my goal scoring. It is a matter of time. Takes time for things to start working out. I am happy the efforts I am putting into the training is beginning to yield results. For example, I didn’t score in our first two matches of the season. In our third match, I got an assist for Edema Peters. In the fourth match, I didn’t score, but in our fifth match of the season, I scored a brace. So I believe they’re a development in my game and hopefully, in our next match, I will do more.

He explained the feeling of joy about scoring a brace against Emmydinho FC, as a thing of joy and happiness. The relief of finally breaking the yoke of scoring goals is amazing. Unfortunately, his brace wasn’t enough to secure all 3 points, as EMMYDINHO FC eventually scored an equalizer to rescue a point.

He sees Gbagada FC’s recent form which has seen them drop points in games they should have wrapped up as a course of concern. “I feel we tend to lose focus in certain games where we are leading, thinking the game is done and dusted. I will not blame the defenders, because I feel it is a team effort and hopefully we are going to work on it.

He explained the difficulty associated with being a striker and also a captain of the team. “I would say, it is not easy playing as a forward and at the same time trying to coordinate players from the back beginning from the goalkeeper. Thankfully, we have a lot of intelligent players in the team like our Central defender Adekunle Biliamin. He is an experienced player who helps defensively. He helps to coordinate the defense line”

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