Monday, 16 January 2017

These 8 things will make you poor in 2017 [Infographic]



Can everybody be rich? The answer is YES. Can everybody be poor? The answer is NO? Everybody cannot be poor, but few people just chose to be poor by doing things poor people do. So many people aspire to get ahead in their business and life in 2017. But the truth is, some people will end up remaining the same place they were in 2016.

However, in this post, am going to show you 5 things that will make you poor in 2017

A VISUAL OVERVIEW TO GET STARTED

Infographic by ANYAOGU IKECHUKWU



       1.            Creating No Goal For 2017

I wonder how people will pick up their traveling bags, go to the airport and tell the pilot to take them anywhere. That is life without a vision. And guess what? A person who has no goal for himself cannot take control of his life. He wakes up in the morning and accepts the day as it is. He allows people to steal away his time by helping them achieve their goals instead of his.

“A life without a goal is a wasted life”

And if you keep allowing your life to go that way, much time is consumed and nothing is achieved and one day you will wake up and discover that you are 70 years old.
 
Being Silent on Your Goals

Those who didn’t create any goal for 2017 are equal to those who created but are silent on their goals. There’s nothing difference since they will still land at the same destination – Confusion and Poverty.


Successful people set goals for themselves and set out plans to achieve their goals. If you want to be rich or make passive income in 2017, set goals and make sure you get them done.

        2.            When You Don’t Believe In Yourself

One of the differences between the rich and the poor is the “Believe Principle”. Whatever you believe about yourself is definitely what you will become. Successful people are optimistic in every situation no matter how tough it maybe. Poor people are simply people who have never believed in themselves. If you don’t believe you can achieve more things in 2017, then you can’t make headway.

If you want to be optimistic and achieve your goals in 2017, you must learn how to use your mouth and create your world. Confess positively every moment of your life. Any time you wake up in the morning, make positive statements like:


“I believe something new is going to happen to me today”.

 “I believe I will make any amount of money I want”.


Say that often, accompanied by your hard work and you see them accomplished in your life.

        3 .          When You Become Allergic to learning

If you want to be poor in 2017, be allergic to learning. Every successful man is a good learner.


Most people hate to pay just to learn new things that will add value to their lives. And guess what? They never move forward in their business and life. They still operate in obsolete business ideas that never amount to anything.

If you want to make much money in 2017, you must be willing to buy books and eBooks, pay for seminars, webinars, and podcasts that will improve your life and business. The more knowledge you gain is the more income you will earn.


       4.            When you Follow Poor People


I have come to discover that our acceleration or retardation in life is controlled by our association. That’s a simple truth. Rich people associate Rich people with productive minds. Poor people follow poor people. And that’s why it is said that:

“Birds of the same feather flocks together”

When those people around can’t improve your life, they will simply destroy and render you useless to your generation.

If you really want to make 2017 your best year ever, you must have to delete your friends and find people that can help you grow.

       5.            When You Think Money Is Evil

When you begin to think that money is evil and shouldn’t be worked for, you will remain poor throughout the rest of your life. I know many people will argue that or even show you the bible passage. The truth is, the Bible never said money is evil but rather said “the love of money is evil” which simply means that if you love money more than your relationship with God, then you are committing evil.

         6.          When You Have No Business Or Job

No matter how hard you pray and fast to make your 2017 the best year, and you have no job or business to get out of recession, you will definitely become poor.

One of the proven strategies to escape poverty is to find something doing. Get a job or create a profitable business of your choice and start making money.


         7.         When You Spend More Money Than You Earn

Rich people will simply invest or save 90% of their income and spend the remaining 10%. But poor people are the other way round. They will simply spend 90% of their income and invest or save the rest.
When you begin to create more liabilities for yourself rather than assets, then you belong to the “rat race”.

To escape poverty in 2017, you must learn how to save and invest your money in assets rather than liabilities.

          8.         When You Refuse To Invest

When you don’t want to invest into your business or something profitable, then you decide to remain in the low echelons of life.

Rich people believe that investing is a business strategy to gain more passive income and also a lifestyle. Poor people believe that investing is risky. Well, if you cannot pass through risky moments in business then you are not a good businessman and not ready to make money.

The easiest way to make more money out of anything is investing.

To learn more about investing, get the book “Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing” authored by Robert Kiyosaki.


Bottom Line


You are in charge of what will happen to your life in 2017. I have seen many people who fell back to square one just because they refuse to understand these principles. In order words, if you want to achieve more things, make more money and dominate your industry, you must be able to avoid these things in your life.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

5 Ways to Achieve More In 2017



By Wilfred Michael (Innovative Future)





We are heading straight into the final hours of the elapsing 2016 which like every other year had its high and low points. Achieved projects, canceled appointments, successful examination, enjoyable trip and other activities have kept you occupied throughout the year and at this time of the year, it would be most probably wise to reflect on what you have achieved or failed to achieve within the year. 

Whether the year has given you a lot of positive or more of negative thoughts, we discuss in this article 5 easy and practical steps that will help you achieve your goals and dreams during the next 365 days trip – 2017.

As much as you are itching to go through this, you will derive more if you can follow through. 

READ ALSO: 7 MINDSETS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HAVE


   1.           Review The Past Year (2016)


What occasions made you feel happy or sad this year? Did you affect someone's life positively? Are there goals that you set and achieved in 2016? If yes (as I assume) then use them as a confidence boost heading into the New Year. The things you achieved are evidence of how efficient you can be and has been this year. They should be stepping stones towards anything worthwhile you wish to achieve in 2017.


   2.          Set Your Goals For The Coming Year (2017)


There's a saying that a person who fails to plan, plans to fail. It would, therefore, be wise to set realistic goals that you hope to achieve this coming year. It could be improving your grades, getting promoted at work, improving your relationship with others or any other achievement that would be an improvement to what you already have. Do not set unrealistic goals such as making $1M next year when your current income is $20 per month.
Write down your goals on a mobile book so you can read through it from time to time.


    3.           Strategize


For each goal you set, map out a strategy. A strategy is a plan of action intended to accomplish a specific goal. A strategy keeps you on track to achieve your goals within the next year. 

To illustrate, an individual whose goal for the coming year is to gain promotion at work could adopt strategies such as punctuality, diligence, maintaining a good relationship with his boss and co-workers. We note that by applying these strategies, the goal of gaining promotion can be realized. 

If you had been struggling with a goal this year, it would be great if you tried new strategies during 2017.


    4.       Resolve To Follow Through


A determination is a key to success and the best form of it comes from you. Resolve to do anything humanly possible to reach your stipulated goals. You won't realize how close you were to achieving your goal if you give up at the halfway point. Also keep in mind that some goals require endurance and perseverance before they can be actualized. 

It would be a plus if you have a friend that share some or most of your goals. You could both work as a team and offer encouragement to one another when it seems things are not working out the way you wish. 

Read Also: HOW TO BECOME A BOOKWORM


     5.           Keep Track Of Your Goals


Review your goal book from time to time and tick off any of the goals you achieve within the year. Review the strategies you used and implement them with those goals you are still working on if applicable. Take time to congratulate yourself on any of the goals you achieve as it will give you an extra boost of confidence.

Now that you know these nuggets, it would be wise for you to try them out. The benefits will be truly worth the effort.

Now Your Turn

Need any help on how to achieve your goals? Do you need a coach or mentor by your side? Or do you have a success story on how you achieved your dreams? Feel free do drop your comments.
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Thursday, 20 October 2016

10 Examination Ethics You Must Have To Pass Exams

One of the most indispensable ways to pass your examinations is by portraying exam ethics. Yes! Exams have ethics. Examination Ethics are those distinctive qualities one need to portray in order to pass an examination. They are moral principles that influence an exam. This Exam Ethics are very crucial for bookworms who have the ambition of passing their exams.

I have seen so many students that have taken a particular examination and still not passing. Some have taken exams up to 5 times and still they fail and they think it’s the will of God. So many people have stayed up to 8 years at home just because they want to be admitted to a particular university.




For you to fail an exam means you lack some exam ethics. When you have these exam ethics, you won’t sit for an exam two times. These Examination Ethics are marshaled below.

#1.   ENTHUSIASM RELIEVES THE FEAR

The first exam ethic you should develop is enthusiasm. Nothing brings joy than being enthusiastic before the exam begins. Your enthusiasm refreshes your mind and gives you insight on how to become a successful exam candidate. As a matter of fact, before the exam starts, see yourself as a person that has already the exam. Your passion draws you nearer to your outcome.

#2.    STUDIOUSNESS IS KING

Above all, studiousness does 90% of the job. It’s the most important exam ethic you must have. It’s so appalling when students now depend on exam malpractice to pass their exams.  But a studious student is well assured of what he/she is doing. When you read hard, it makes it easier to pass exams. Before  taking an exam, make sure you have read all the necessary topics. Magic or miracle will never happen in the exam hall if you don’t study.

#3.   READ INSTRUCTIONS

Reading the introduction is the first thing you should do when given a question paper. Many students fail as a result of neglecting the instructions. I was a victim of this. I disobeyed the instructions and I faced the consequences by losing vital marks. Candidates should be able to adhere to the number of questions to answer and how to answer them.

#4.  UNDERSTAND THE QUESTIONS

The only key that can guide you to answer questions perfectly is to understand questions first. This can help you hit the nail on the head and not to write out of points. Whenever you want to answer a particular question, look at the marks allotted to it and know what you are expected to do. In case there is no mark attached to it, the quality of the question determines how small or high mark it carries. Also, look at the introductory word to know how to answer a question. Popular introductory words are:

- Briefly Explain/Discuss/Describe
- Write Short note on
- List
- List and Explain
- Illustrate
- With a well labeled diagram
- State/Outline/Highlight etc.
These words determine the scope of the question you desire to answer.

#5.   LEARN TO BEAT THE TIME

Don’t think that you have the whole time in the hall. Each question is allotted an appropriate time like WAEC, NECO, and IELTS etc. The time allotted is always enough to answer a question unless you’re a slow writer. It’s very important to learn how to write as fast as possible in order to beat the time so that you won’t tell stories that touch the heart. Beware; Time is a very important asset, but a friend to nobody.

#6.   BE INDEPENDENT

The worst thing that can happen to an exam candidate is thinking that magic or miracle will happen. Learn to be on your own. Don’t depend on anybody or exam malpractice to help you.

#7.  DON’T ASK TOO MUCH QUESTION

This is very important. How sure are you that you will receive the best answer when you ask questions in the exam hall? Be careful so as to avoid writing wrong answers which can make you lose valuable marks. In this situation, you must you must learn to focus on your paper. You must not answer all the questions.

#8.   BE AT THE RIGHT POSTURE

You have to make yourself comfortable at the exam hall by being at the right exam posture. Your neck should not be too bent to avoid pain.

#9.   THINK APPROPRIATELY

Sometimes we may forget something that we know as a result of too much cramming or fear. To remember what you know but forgot, apply your thinking ability. For me, I close my eyes or look upwards so as to avoid distraction and then think. When you do this, within a short period of time, you will remember what you forgot. But don’t spend your whole time thinking. If you can’t recall or remember, it’s better you move to the next question.

#10. BE CONFIDENT WITHIN YOURSELF

Being confident when writing an exam is a very important exam ethic. Your confidence gives you morale and eradicates all fear.

CONCLUSION
There are two major things that will make you fail an exam

  •          If you think that you cannot succeed
  •          If you don’t study hard enough
If you cannot learn from your mistakes, you will never thrive.

NOW YOUR TURN

I just shared with you secrets that will take you to the next level. What challenges are you facing right now in your exams? Do you want to share your exam success story so that others will be encouraged? Feel free to drop your comments below and enlighten others. If you have a question, also drop it at the comment section – the whole world will answer your question.
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

6 ways to become a Boookworm

How many thousand books have you read this year? It’s a funny question but possible. I always tell people ‘bookworms are liable to succeed. Bookworms are people who loves reading and studying their books. Bookworms are “Book Parasites’. They never spend a day without spending time with their book. 


God endowed in us great potentialities that we can never imagine. And this is a major criterion for success-minded people. I believe that all things we ever need to succeed are encapsulated in the books we read. The reason why you will continue to be an intellectual mediocre is abstinence in studiousness. And the bible said “Education is your life” (proverb 4:13). Education is not just going to school, it’s all about studiousness. The more you study, the more you gain the knowledge to solve problems.

Neuroscientists confirmed that there are millions of neurons present in every human being. Have you seen how God endowed in us the ability to create change? Each neuron can be able to change the world depending on the amount of information in it. However, the following are 6 ways to become a bookworm.

    1.  CREATE A READING TIME TABLE OR PLAN

It’s a malady that most students don’t have reading time table for themselves. This is why many students fail exams and get poor grades. If you want to be successful, you have to create a reading time table for yourself. Study at least 2 hours daily. Make sure you strictly keep to your time table. Plan it in such a way that it won’t affect your work and daily schedules.

    2.  HAVE A DICTIONARY

When you begin to read a lot of books, you will encounter unfamiliar words. Make sure you have a dictionary at your disposal so that you can look up for the difficult words. Also learn to write them down. It helps to improve your diction and make you a better speaker.

   3.  CONNECT WITH PEOPLE THAT READ

When you relate with the right people, you will always do the right things. Make friends with people that are bookworms. When you walk with bookworms, you will be influenced by their reading culture.

   4.  NEVER MISS CLASSES, LECTURES AND IMPORTANT SEMINARS

When you talk less and listen more, the more you build your intellectuality. Don’t miss your lectures/classes. This is very important because explanations and instances teachers give can help you to develop.

5.  CARRY BOOKS ANYWHERE YOU GO TO

Form a habit of carrying books anywhere you go to. Be it on vacation, church, etc. Utilize every opportunity to read books.

6. REGULARLY VISIT THE LIBRARY 

Reading at the library is actually the best reading environment. In order words it gives you the opportunity to read a whole lot of books and carry out researches. Find a library around you and register if it’s not free.

CONCLUSION

Being a bookworm is not going to be easy for you. It requires your time and money. If only you can invest your money in books and be able to create time and study them, you can become your dreams.

NOW YOUR TURN

I just shared with you how you can become a bookworm and make a change in your world. How have you improved? Share and inspire others.
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Thursday, 13 October 2016

10 Things You Will Never Learn In School

Often times students want to be taught everything in school but it's never so. School can only teach you the basic things of life and not everything. However, there are some certain things in life that are of great importance and should be developed than waiting for your school to teach it. However these 10 things that you'll never learn in school shouldn't be a criterion to stop going to school nor to stop studying, but the truth is that it adds more value to your life.




1. SKILLS

Skills are one of the major things students need to develop and stop waiting for the school to teach them. The state of our country today requires that every citizen should have skills that will help him/her to be independent to the government. Having skills is the only means to survive the high unemployment rate in Nigeria."Do you have a skill?" If "NO" then how do you think you can survive if you don't get a job? If "YES", then how far have you gone to make it profitable? In case you don't have any skill, there are many profitable skills you can learn out there. Choose the ones you love with passion and stop delaying your time waiting for a white collar job.

2.  THINKING

There are lots of things that will come into existence when you think. Thinking gives you the ability to create fictions that will one day become a reality when acted upon. Your future lies in your hands and not in the school.

3.  HOW TO MANAGE AND MAKE MONEY

School cannot make you have a financial savvy mentality. It's up to you to define strategies to manage and make money in other to sustain yourself.

4.  HOW TO REPAIR THINGS AT HOME

It's so unfortunate that we leave things spoiled waiting for technicians to repair them and charge some money. Such things which include radio, clock, sockets etc are very simple to repair. If you are not ready to repair things yourself then be ready to spend money on things you can do.

5.  COOKING

I know this point may sound funny but its true. Your school will not teach you how to cook. It’s your parent’s duty to you how to cook or you learn it by yourself.

6.  TIME MANAGEMENT

Time management is a very important success incentives you need to develop in your life. You should set daily schedules and prioritize your priorities.Learn to utilize your time on things that are prolific, urgent and important.

7.  BUDGET

This is the money available to a person and how the person plans to spend it over a period of time. Sometimes we get money but we don't know how to spend or invest to get more. An important thing that can help you to take control over your finances is learning how to budget. Lack of budget can lead to extravagance.

8.  HOW TO ANSWER INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Answering interview questions is very important insomuch that its the only criterion to secure a job if you impressed the interviewer. Students must be able to maintain good posture, show common courtesy and answer questions honestly.

9.  HOW TO RUN A BUSINESS

Assuming you are a manger of a company or you own a business, can you really run you it successfully? Individuals should personally develop the basic skills and ethics that drives a business like organization, control and marketing skills

10.  HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF HAPPY

You can go to school and get all the certificates and degrees and still become poor which causes unhappiness. Learning from past mistakes and dealing with failures and disappointments is a major key that can ignite your happiness.

CONCLUSION
I hope you enjoyed it. There are still a lot that you will never learn in school but these are the major ones. However try as much as possible to learn the above things on your own.

NOW YOUR TURN

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Friday, 7 October 2016

7 Success Mindsets Successful People Have

The population of the world is almost 10 billion. Can you imagine! More than 5 billion people aspire to succeed but only a few achieve success because of the mindset or mentality they have towards success. Do you want to be successful? You want to be the best doctor, engineer, politician…? It's time you change your mindset about success. A popular quote by Colin Powell says

"No one ever drowns in his sweat. A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat determination and hard work".

What are you doing now? Is it channeled to the success you're dreaming of? Success is not a magic, it’s a hard work. However, in this post, I talked about success mindsets successful people have and definitely what you must have to achieve a successful life.





1.   IT DEPENDS ON YOU

Success is not automatic. Success cannot be inherited even if you belong to the richest man on earth. Even God himself cannot make you succeed if you don't want to succeed. George Lois said

"All growth depends on activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort and effort means work".

 The worst thing that can happen to you is to live an idle life waiting for success to emerge. Myles Munroe said

"The worst thing that can to any man is to die with his potential untapped".

Trapped inside of you is tremendous hidden values waiting to be unleashed. Never take it back to the cemetery. You have potentials and you're the only one that can release it. When you die with your potentials, you die with your forest and you fail your generation. However, it’s high time you left your comfort zone and rule the world with what you have. Think about how Bill Gates started. He didn't finish university but today he's one of the richest. You too can succeed if only you can discover yourself.


2.   PEOPLE NEED YOU TO SURVIVE (YOU ARE CREATED TO SOLVE PROBLEMS)

Every individual born on earth has a mission and a problem to solve. People need you to survive and when you don't succeed, they fail or probably, die. If you become a failure, you have failed your generation. Your purpose on earth is to make an impact. Don't seize the opportunity to help others.

  •  Had it been that Mark Zuckerberg gave up his pursuit to establish Facebook, so many businesses wouldn't have existed online. Today, Facebook has more than 1.6 Billion users across the globe. Some bloggers and businessmen depend on Facebook to survive because it’s their major source of income.   
  • Today, More than 1 Billion people cannot get information without Google. Had it been Larry Page and Sergy Brin gave up on Google; there wouldn't have been the world largest search engine.

Sometimes we never know what we have until we lose it and become poor. Success is all about reaching out to the lives of people with what you have.
Problems arise every day. People create problems every day. But this is a question you must ask yourself


  • Are my here to create or solve problems?

It is either you create a problem and ruin people's lives or you solve problems others have created.


3.   YOU MUST BE READY TO SPEND

Don't think that the journey to success is a "free trade area". Success is not free. You must be willing and ready to spend both your money and your time. You must spend your money to buy books and other materials that can help you to succeed. Time also is very important. The must spend your time on things that are urgent, important and can add value to your life.


  • The life of Thomas Edison is a good replica. He was able to invest electric bulb because he spent most of his time reading, researching on how to produce an electric bulb.

  • What of the popular Pat Flynn of SmartPassiveIncome.com who spent time and money building his blog. He's now one of the richest bloggers in the world
When you spend time and money on your passion, Success will never elude you.


4.   KNOW THAT ITS GOING TO BE TOUGH (DON'T BE AFRAID TO FAIL)

Every success-minded person must be sentenced to hard labour. There must be obstacles. The journey to success contains ups and downs that may hinder your acceleration in life. Robert Schuler said

"Tough times never last but tough people do".

We must be well assured that we must pass through tough times. However don't be afraid to fail. Failure is never a destination; it’s just an outcome or result. Only cowards make failure a destination. Cowards die many times but the bold go through obstacles determined to succeed.


  • That you failed in your first attempt doesn't mean you should give up.
Abraham Lincoln never gave up the pursuit of becoming the US president. He contested many times and failed. He knew that it was just a matter of time


  • The moment you stop trying is the moment you endow yourself a failure
Make up your mind to survive the quagmires of life. Difficult situations will never last. However, success is a gradual process. Don't expect a success of a thousand years to come in a day or the time you wanted it.

John C. Maxwell said

"Problems will stop you temporarily, but only you can stop yourself permanently".

When you meet hurdles and you think that there is no way out, then you have stopped yourself. Failure must come on our way but we shouldn't allow it to dominate.

That you were not able to pass through a tough time simply means:


  •  You have not worked hard enough; or
  • You have not spent time on it; or
  • You Isolated yourself; or
  • You have not read books; or
  • You have not met the right friends (connections).

Think about it. If you want to overcome a tough time, you must be ready to fight it.
Remember, mistakes are inevitable. Albert Einstein said

"A person who never makes a mistake is a person who has never tried something new".

 When you fail or make mistakes, it's just the beginning of your success. 


5.   YOUR FRIENDS MAY LEAVE BUT KEEP MOVING

Friendship may not be permanent. Sometimes your friends leave you when they feel your dreams are difficult to achieve.

“Big dreams are always tough to achieve”.

Don't be surprised, the friends you started with may not end up with you.

"Ten friends may not stay together for ten years".

Even when you graduate from school, you may not see your classmates/course mates again. But don't stop moving when your friends leave.


  • Not all the friends that started with Mark Zuckerberg ended up with him. Some left during his tough times, but it never discouraged him. Those who stayed with him are now millionaires.

  • The same thing happened to Thomas Edison when his fellow scientists quitted after they failed in the first 6000 times to produce an Electric Bulb. They left him, pitied him and tried to discourage him, but he said: "NO, I now know 6000 ways in which you cannot do it".

Don't stop moving, there is a brighter day ahead of you.


6.   PEOPLE WILL CHALLENGE YOU (YOU MUST FACE COMPETITION)

Don't rule out competition. Life is like a race where you have to compete with other people (and win) before you will be endowed the champion. People will challenge your ability to prove whether you are strong enough to succeed.
Through competition, you discover your strengths and weaknesses. Through competition, you dig out more treasures that are trapped inside of you. It instills in us the winning attitude - the power of victory and excellence.
However, take the challenge, bear the challenge, win the challenge and dominate your industry. Remember, champions are finishers.


7.   PEOPLE WILL HATE YOU

You can't just stop it. It’s natural that people hate when others succeed. When you become a newsmaker, there will always be noisemakers that will criticize your impact. This is a reason why you don't need to share your dreams with everybody.


  •  Dream killers will give you every reason why you will fail.
  • Dream thieves will make your dreams look inferior to you.

In other words, beware! "Dogs" are around you. They don't like your success.
Now consider this


  • No position without opposition
  • You need necessary opposition to take up your necessary position
  • Only those that have future position will face present opposition.

When you have a powerful vision, you will encounter opposition. The higher you go in life, the more obstacles that come your way.


+ Bonus Tip: SUCCESS IS STUDIOUSNESS

The key to every great life is the ability to learn new things. Successful people are bookworms. They study and learn every day. The more you read, the more you add value to your life and the more you solve problems.


CONCLUSION

Make a research on how successful men achieved their success, the obstacles they faced, and the areas they failed and how they thrived. Compare them with your life and know whether you're on the right track.
I believe this article has helped you grab the right mindset of success and channel your life towards success. Cheers!


NOW YOUR TURN

I believe you were inspired and motivated. Have you been able to get rid of the wrong mentality? Have you left your comfort zone? Tell us how you conquered a particular problem that tried to discourage you. Drop your comments below and inspire others to succeed.

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