THE BEHAVIOUR OF MONEY (PART 2)

We have been looking at the behavior of money. Understanding this enigmatic entity will help you master it and use it well, especially those who are in business. We said that the first behavior of money is that it is a reward for solving problems. When you find a need, there lies an opportunity. Wherever there are problems or crises, there are several opportunities to make money. Challenges are opportunities cleverly disguised. Do you think Nigeria has a lot of issues? If you think so then that means Nigeria is a great place to make money.

We also said that Money has feminine tendencies. That is ‘her’ second behavior. She acts like a woman. She is a hearing entity. Any one who cannot speak and sell cannot be rich. She loves to be wooed like any woman would. Note that some of the richest people in your area are amazing persuaders and negotiators. We also noted that she marries bright ideas. When a man of money meets a man of ideas, exchange invariably occurs.

Let’s look at the third behavior of money this week.

BEHAVIOUR THREE: MONEY IS A FAITHFUL SERVANT, BUT A CRUEL MASTER.

When money is given more room, she can be controlling. You used to seduce her, now she begins to seduce you. If you work hard, solve problems, use your creative ideas, money will eventually come to you. She can become so glamorous, you begin to worship her. She begins to tell you what to do, where to go, who to associate with. You used to have people around you, now she instills arrogance in you that makes you look down on people. After all, your queen (money) is more beautiful than theirs.

BEHAVIOUR OF MONEY FOUR: MONEY AMPLIFIES THE CHARACTER OF HER POSSESSOR.

Money is an amplifier; she makes your life louder. Whatever you were before she came into your life becomes more prominent. If, for example, you weren’t a giver before she came in, your selfishness would be made prominent. If it is the other way around, that is, you are philanthropic; your benevolence will be more pronounced.

Money reveals character. You may not know a person when he doesn’t have so much; but when she walks in and takes over, the real person comes to light. John C. Maxwell once wrote: “Man has been known to survive the severest challenges, but if you want to test a person’s character, give him power”. Money is a form of power.

MONEYMoney can make you lose friends; yes, the company of very good friends and loved ones. That is why I would encourage you to first develop healthy character traits first before you become wealthy.

Money isn’t bad necessarily, I must add. Money is basically an inert material. She is neither moral nor immoral; she is amoral. That is, neither good nor bad; neither black nor white. If anything, she is grey.

We are the ones who give money the character she possesses. Money amplifies her possessor. Whatever you are becomes louder by the presence of money.

BEHAVIOUR OF MONEY FIVE: MONEY TAKES UP WINGS.

A lot of people bask in the euphoria of the rush and glory of money. Now because when money comes, she comes in an unprecedented rush and seemingly she lingers. It may be assumed that money would never leave. But she does. This is a fact you should never forget about money. She takes up wings. In place of money you have investments, create portfolios that allows money to keep coming again and again. Remember that money is liquid; it is designed to flow. That is why she is called ‘currency’

The other day my younger sister, after perusing these lines, said to me, “Money is such a prostitute. You must share her with others. That is the only way she can fall in love with you again and keep coming back”. I scowled, and then I laughed. I got her point. Do you?

50 MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS IN NIGERIA AND HOW TO CONTACT THEM

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Please note that if you are a motivational speaker and want your name listed, please send mail to powermindscommunity@yahoo.com or drgeorgeessien@gmail.com. You should have a site or a blog that contains your brief profile.The following list is in no particular order.

1. Fela Durotoye (MOTIVATION)www.feladurotoye.org
2. Leke Alder (BRANDING)www.lekealder.com
3. Ubong Essien (PUBLIC SPEAKING)www.ubongessien.com
4. Praise George(RELATIONSHIP) http://www.praisegeorge.org
5. Steve Harris (HUMAN RESOURCE)www.iamsteveharris.com
6Adeolu Akinyemi (NETWORK MARKETING)www.deoluakinyemi.com
7. Damilola Oluwayinbo (MOTIVATION)www.damilolaOluwayinbo.com
8. Niyi Adesanya www.(LEADERSHIP)niyidesanya.com
9. Uju Onyechere (MOTIVATION)www.mrujuonyechere.com
10 George Essien (PEAK PERFORMANCE)www.georgeessien.com
11. Robert Boniface (MOTIVATION)www.robertboniface.wordpress.com
12 Emeka Obia(MOTIVATION) http://www.emekatalks.wordpress.com
13. Eno-obong George (MOTIVATION)www.nicheandradiance.wordpress.com
14. Solomon James (NETWORK MARKETING)www.solomonjames.org
15 Jephter Akaehie (PEAK PERFORMANCE)www.jephterakaehie.com
16. Usen James (MOTIVATION)www.usenjames.com
17Anthony B. Sam(MOTIVATION) http://www.anthonysam.com
18.Ariel Greatness(MOTIVATION) http://www.iamarielgreatnesswordpress.com
19 Dennis Isong(INTERNET BUSINESS) http://www.dennisisong.com
20. Mo Abudu (MOTIVATION)www.ebonylifetv.com
21 Edwin King (MOTIVATION) +2348063672093
22 Emmanuel Mike (MOTIVATION) +2348163641798
23. Joseph Awatim (YOUTH DEVELOPMENT)+2348096400779
24.Nnene Odiraa Okeke (WOMEN DEVELOPMENT)+2348064296981
25.Paul Nwokocha(MOTIVATION) +2347023901907
26.Pete Boniface (YOUTH DEVELOPMENT)+2348061210334
27. Iyabo Oyawale(INTERNET BUSINESS) http://www.askiyabooyawale.com
28. Timothy Anietie (INTERNET BUSINESS)www.timtechsolution.com
29. Sunny Obazu-Ojegbase (BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT)www.sunnyobazuojegbase.com
30. Kingsley Obiakor (NETWORK MARKETING)www.kingsleyobiakor.com
31. Osiri Wisdom (MOTIVATION)www.thewisdomplace.net
32. Victor Adeyemi (BRANDING)www.ekojournalist.com
33.AlexGreat Akhigbe (MOTIVATION)www.passionhouse.com
34. Akin Alabi (INTERNET BUSINESS)www.akinalbi.com
35.Sanmi Akindipe (REAL ESTATE) http://www.liftupradio.com
36OLUMIDE EMMANUEL (FINANCE/RELATIONSHIP)www.commonsense.com
37.Sam Adeyemi (MOTIVATIONALS) http://www.samadeyemiministries.com
38Titilayo Ama Spread (ENTREPRENEURSHIP) http://www.spreadmediang.com
39.Angela Ihunweze (ENTREPRENEURSHIP) http://www.angelaitambo.com
40. Kakue Gbenegbara (IMPORTATIONS/BUSINESS) 08037630912.
41.Chinyere Anokwuru ( WOMEN EMPOWERMENT) http://www.selfworthorganization.org
42.Vic Ways (MOTIVATION) +2348037679601
43.Treasure ‘teekay’ Kalu www.(MOTIVATION)thenextphase.sermon.net
44Success Ekpenyong (YOUTH DEVELOPMENT) +2348032707580
45Nikky-baby Israel Eshiet (CHILDREN DEVELOPMENT) +2347030459215
46Kelechi Anyalechi(HUMAN RESOURCES)
47 Wale Akinyemi(HUMAN RESOURCE) http://www.powertalks.com
48.Akachi Nwoke (FINANCE)
49Peter ‘Humble’ Essien (BUSINESS)
50 Segun Alabi Pshegs (MOTIVATIONALS)

Well, the list is still building. We intend to increase the pile and put it together in a MOTIVATIONALSPEAKERS BUREAU. Nigerianspeakers.com(Still under construction) will begin to advertise it. Send your profile to powermindscommunity@yahoo.com. It is not everyone. We will screen. It is free until the end of January, 2014

COMMERCIALIZING YOUR TALENT

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You probably have read John Maxwell’s book: TALENT IS NOT ENOUGH. A truism in every sense of the title.

Talent must be converted skill for it to have market value.

Talent is common. Dedication is rare.It takes dedication to convert talent to skill.

There are 4 ways a talent can be expressed. First, there is the scientific expression of your talent. Second, the artistic expression of your talent. Third, the technological expression of your talent. Fourth, the business expression of your talent.

Let us focus on the business side.

There are 3 ways to commercialize your talent; 3 ways to make profit from your talent. Let us look at them quickly.

First, BRAND YOUR TALENT. What this simply means is what qualities of your talent differentiates, distinguishes your talent from others? What sets you apart from others? What is your USP -Unique Selling Point?

Branding also entails what dress style, slogan, colour, voice pitch, name  you have have that  makes your talent remain in the minds of people. A brand is that colour, logo, name, slogan, style that sets your talent apart from others, that make people quickly notice.

Your job is to accentuate it!

This is what makes you worth commercial value in the market place.

People pay more for brands than for products or services. That is why events organizers would pay Basket Mouth N2 Million for comedy and owe another comedian N30,000 after the same event.

Second, PACKAGE YOUR TALENT. Packaging attracts.

Packaging involves doing a complementary card, having a business manager, having a website, having your demos and profile brochures.

Packaging also means converting your talent to selleable and well packaged  products.For example, having a musical album, a show, a book, a magazine, a radio program etc.

Package products sell higher than unpackaged products.

Packaging is also a form of branding, just that it focuses on appeal and perception than distinguishing feautures of that talent.

Third, PROMOTE YOUR TALENT. Nothing succeeds until somebody sells. At the beginning of your carreer , you must promote your talents/ products. You must scout for jobs, look for them. You must accept every invitation and make sure that you have alot of visibility. Continous promotion would eventually pay off financially.

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IT IS OKAY TO FAIL!

FAILUREMost of us are programmed to believe that failure – of any kind – is bad and wrong. We’re programmed by our parents, by the school systems, by society in general. The trouble is, failure is essential to the process of growth and change. Here are 5 reasons why I think it’s imperative to allow yourself permission to fail!

1) You Learn Who You Aren’t
By taking a risk and trying something new, you can learn a lot about what IS possible or what you CAN do; but you can also learn exactly the opposite. It can be just as important to learn what you can’t do, and by extension, who you are not. You never know until you try, right? Sometimes what you learn is that you should NEVER try it again, and that is extremely valuable information!
2) You Earn Freedom
Once you get comfortable with failure through your own experiences if it, you become less adverse to taking risks, which can pay off in big ways. You will be more willing to jump when an unexpected opportunity shows up in your life – because the threat of failure no longer looms so heavy and keeps you in the mindset of “staying safe.”
3) Failure Is Funny
Failure isn’t something to avoid, but something to embrace and get your sense of humor about! Think of all the sitcoms you’ve watched. Consider about all the stories your friends tell after that 3rd glass of wine at parties. Life is made up of rich, complex – and yes, hilarious – disasters. Pad your own storybook with a couple more “that time I…” stories and you’ll never be at a loss for an amusing story or anecdote to share with friends, family, and colleagues.

4) What Are You So Afraid Of?
Fear is the most paralyzing energy of all in our lives. Are you secretly so afraid to fail that you’ve never lived your own life, never made your own choices, never really reached for what you thought was possible for yourself? Most people rarely try anything outside the box simply because they are too afraid to be seen as failures. Chances are your friends, family, and colleagues will see you as a person willing to take risks – regardless of the outcome, and even if you fail. And while you might fail, you might just create the change you were looking to create in an unexpected way. Life, like failure itself, if funny like that.

5) Great Leaders Are Often Failures
Watch the embedded video to see just a couple of examples. Great leaders are often fearless risk takers who gamble it all and win big. They also tend to have a great grasp of who they are, and what kind of change is possible for them. There’s really only one way to have that knowledge of yourself!

DEVELOPING GLOBAL SKILLS FOR 21ST CENTURY RELEVANCE

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There are LOCAL SKILLS and GLOBAL SKILLS.

A local skill at best would make you a local champion; a global skill will give you 21st century relevance.

A skill is not a talent.

Talent is cheap; skill is rare.

Talent is just potential; skill is cultivated potential.

Skill is an  ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities

Skill is processed talent.

No body pays you much for raw rice…but they pay alot for processed and cooked rice.

What gives you value is not really talent…what gives you value in the market place is skill.

Your CERTIFICATE or degree will give you accesss to that job interview; your KNOWLEDGE will give you the job ; but it is your SKILL that would give you a promotion.

So how do you develop GLOBAL SKILLS…What are they , in the first place?

A global skill is a skill  that can put you on the world stage. Yes, it is ok to start local…but hey you must grow national…and then GO GLOBAL.

Have a GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS!

Develop Global skills today.

SOME GLOBAL SKILLS TO START DEVELOPING RIGHT NOW!:

1. WRITING: Yes, that can put on world stage. J.K.Rowlings was that divorced school teacher that wrote HARRY PORTER and became a billionaire from selling her novels..and the movies,toys and games that have resulted from it. Chimaammanda Adichie is that Nigerian novelist whose books have not only brought fame but has also made her rich. How much was she paid when her book HALF A YELLOW SUN was made a movie by HOLLY WOOD producers? Figures have been hidden but it surely runs into millions of DOLLARS! Chinua Achebe sold more than 30 million copies of THINGS FALL APART, a book that has also been translated into several world languages.

Write a book. A novel. Look for a foreign publisher to publish you. More easily run a global blog and tag. Easy? Yes very easy. I could show you how. Just call 2347010656135

2. MODELLING AND FASHION: Are you creative? Very creative with cloth designs then take it global. With modelling you can become as successful as Noami Campell or the highest paid African Model Alek Wek.

3. SPORTS: Whether it is football, lawn tennis or golf or even boxing you can become global if you can take you skill to the world market.

4. ACTING: Last year, Genievive Nnaji was interviewed  by Oprah Winferey and was refered to as Africa’s Julia Roberts. Last week, TIMES magazine named OMOTOLA among the 100 most influencial people in the world. Recently, CNN show cased JETA AMATA’s new movie BLACK NOVEMBER  featuring Akon and Wycliffe. These Nigerian artiste and producers have made their names global by focusing on acting

5. MUSIC: DBANJ made several millions from his OLIVER TWIST hit. What kind of music would more likely take you global? Of course, HIP HOP and R and B. Other genres are behind in era. Focus on hip hop and Rand B or mix other genres with these two.

6. ICT SKILLS: Important. Know something about the ICT world. We are all on facebook. Mark Zuckerberg’s site . Isn’t that amazing? We know him because he developed ICT skills. That includes the yahoo boys and google boys.

7.PUBLIC SPEAKING: Perhaps you may become a politician tomorrow…public speaking will just be it. That is what will distinguish from the entire lot.Learn how to speak well. The orator is king. Public speaking is not just for politics…it is for every aspect of life: business, acting, ministry.

And there are many more. But focus on these 7.

See you at the top.

SET UP FOR A COME BACK! – LES BROWN

Les-Brown-Photo2Regardless of what has happened to you or what you’re going through right now…know this truth with everything in you ~ you are going to get through this. Hold on to your dream!! If you’ve lost your job or house; run out of money; your relationship is on the rocks; or you’re sleeping in your car and you feel that God has turned his back on you…hold on to your dream !!! This setback is only a setup for your comeback.

Dig in and come out swinging with a vengeance. Fight a good fight. Being happy, healthy, and prosperous is in your DNA. No matter what happens to you…never stop looking for ways to enjoy life, and express gratitude for the fact that you’re still here. You have another new day to appreciate life. You were born to win. Ain’t no stopping you now. You got this!! Believe that your life can and will get better…because you have something special…you have GREATNESS within you

MULTIPLE STREAMS OF INCOME – JOSHUA VALENTINE

If you have been wanting to learn how to generate money for yourself, and not just a little money, but a great deal of money, then you will want to find out more about streamsthis investment wizard. Mr. Robert Allen is one of the most influential men of the century in describing ways to make money in the field of real estate.

He has two books that your should read entitled, Multiple Streams of Income and Multiple Streams of Internet Income. He also offers CD programs entitled The Road to Wealth and Multiple Streams of Income. These programs offer the buyer many ideas and tips on how to get your share of the money that is to be made in both real estate and in the online marketplace. One of his biggest selling books is called Nothing Down Real Estate and this is the book that guaranteed Mr. Allen his place on the A list.

Thousands of people have ordered these books and taken seminars or classes from Mr. Allen and have come away as winners. You can read for yourself numerous testimonials from satisfied and happy students who took advantage of the information that Robert G. Allen is able to share. He is not afraid to show you that his methods do work and you can become wealthier than you dreamed possible in just a few short weeks or months.

Robert Allen has been on Good Morning America, Larry King Live and the Regis Philbin Show, and he has shared his methods with people in these audiences who have turned around and made tens of thousands of dollars for themselves. One man made over 15,000 dollars in less than 10 weeks using the investment methods that were told to him by Robert Allen. There are many of these instances documented which gives further credence to the statements made by Mr. Allen which concern how easy these methods are for anyone to be able to use.

He has an ongoing challenge now that he can show you how to go to any online computer and make almost 1000 dollars an hour for 24 hours using his methods. Robert Allen has actually shown reporters and skeptics alike that this is possible. He was able to show doubting reporters that he could buy almost 1 million dollars worth of real estate with nothing down while they were with him to document his progress every step of the way.

If you have been looking for someone who can show you the correct steps to making the money of a lifetime, Robert G. Allen is the man who can do it. He has taught these strategies to over 150,000 people at seminars and classes around the country and he can teach them to you.

Joshua Valentine is a top internet marketer who works with industry leaders from around the world. He has a passion for helping others achieve their goals, dreams and aspirations.

 

Mrs Iweala and Nigeria’s Yahoo Yahoo Image – LEKE ALDER

ngozi_okonjo_iweala1Let me begin by stating that the name of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy was not included in the header to this article because of any malfeasance or untoward behavior on her part. She is a well-regarded professional whom I have had the privilege of consulting for.

Since I started writing about the challenges confronting our dear nation, I have sought to domicile responsibility for solutions to particular ministries of the republic; otherwise the issues will be fatherless and motherless. Government is huge and the challenge of Nigeria’s image is multifaceted. Without domiciliation the topic will be lost in the byzantine maze of government. The scope of this article makes a facet of Nigeria’s image challenge a responsibility Mrs. Iweala can accommodate within her ministerial schedule. I seek to appeal to the peculiar advantage of her coordinating portfolio. I am very confident of Mrs. Iweala’s capabilities and I know she will do something. Of course I could have written her directly, but that would defeat the purpose of writing these articles. No doubt Government has the major role to play in solving our national problems but so do we as citizens. When we throw ideas into the areopagus we instigate national will and galvanize citizen responsibility.

Nigeria’s Yahoo Yahoo image is killing her economy. Things are spiraling out of control and sociological wreckage is being wrought. It has often been said that Nigerians are not loyal to their country and that they badmouth their nation. With this premise, the Department of National Orientation has run programs to inculcate patriotism in our citizens and direct our youths. The results are not empirical. Nigerian film producers and entertainers have borne the brunt of condemnation from certain quarters in government. They are accused of portraying their country unflatteringly in movies and lyrics. My thought on that is that we’re barking up the wrong tree. Art is what it is. It resonates more when it is a commentary on reality. Or else it becomes distasteful propaganda worthy of origination from the hermit kingdom of North Korea. When art takes on propaganda form it loses credibility. It cannot maintain an honest audience. Our Village Headmaster, the then longest running soap opera on TV disappeared into the fog of history when it became a megaphone of “national orientation”. So did the Masquerade. The Masquerade died! Civil servants must not write scripts for soap operas; neither must they dictate ideas. It is a mismatch of calling and capabilities.SRILANKA-ECONOMY-WORLDBANK

Nigeria has a very bad image abroad. When a nation has a bad reputation there will be collateral damage and the first casualty is patriotism. Because a bad national image casts a dark halo on the citizens, they will not want to identify with their country. The image subtracts from their intrinsic worth. They are thus forced to rely on their personal equity in different situations and they soon begin to question the value of their country to them. Nations provide valuation platforms for their citizens. The man from Japan is rated highly in the eyes of the world because of his nation’s output as well as functioning state institutions and the prevalence of the rule of law. By the same token, a German is rated highly for the mechanical, ethical and legal output of his nation. Corruption is abhorred and the democratic and regulatory institutions function correctly. Our national identity cannot augment our valuation as Nigerians because of the negative reputation of our fatherland. This is because our primary output as a nation is apparently advance fee fraud, not oil, and our systems and institutions are deemed malfunctioning and corrupt. Our passport is thus a liability at customs checkpoints and the innocent are banded with criminals. This generalization takes a toll on patriotic sentiments. Citizens don’t idolize a nation that subtracts from their worth, or shuts the door of opportunity against them, or makes them a pariah at international borders. And when a Nigerian succeeds he feels he did it by himself and despite his country. Thus he owes his nation no allegiance. This probably explains why some international footballers of Nigerian origin refuse to play for their country, and why some don’t take the assignment as seriously as when they play for their clubs. They play for Nigeria not because they really want to but because they are afraid of national ill will. And for some there is no other national platform. You can’t get the best from such people. Their hearts and souls are not in it. That said, we must also state that there have been and there are very patriotic Nigerian footballers.

Are we by this article justifying lack of patriotism? Of course not! But we must ask the right questions in order to arrive at the right solutions. If you want to solve a problem you must truthfully examine the issues.

Nigeria suffers from four image afflictions (In my line of work we call them “brand eroders”). They are corruption, online credit card fraud (cybercrime), fundamentalist terrorism and kidnapping. These constitute the ordinance against the country.

The four can be broadly categorized into two classes – the violent class and the economic class. Kidnapping and fundamentalist terrorism belong to the violent class. They tend to play grandly on the national stage but cybercrime is the most democratized of these eroders. It is a huge retail enterprise, precisely because the barrier to entry is low. A cyber criminal can run his operations entirely from a business center. Anyone with a modem and a computer, or smartphone can launch into business. And it has gone industrial. There are now cybercrime factories – rows and rows of young men and women in huge spaces, dedicated to online criminal pursuit on computer notebooks. The damage to the nation has been incalculable. The problem with cybercrime is that whilst other crimes are domiciled within Nigerian borders, cybercrime is a global phenomenon. And irony upon irony, the movie and entertainment industry of the targeted nations have reciprocated our affection with inglorious mentions. The scriptwriters of popular television series like Law & Order and House have elevated our collective patrimony into the annals of cultural infamy. We are systematically being shut out of the global economic system because of the activities of these aberrant cyberpreneurs. Today Nigeria is not listed on the drop down menu of Paypal, the global online payment platform. Neither can we shop on Macy’s, Target, J.C Penney and Marks & Spencer, to name a few. We can’t even buy antivirus software for our computers. Kaspersky shut us out. We are suffering from economic blockade, not unlike Iran; it’s just that ours is the market driven variety. If truth be told, a 419er is an economic terrorist. He is waging an economic war against his country.Ngozi- Okonjo-Iweala3

Trust is a global economic currency. Our young men and women cannot access cheap finance through credit cards for their business start-ups. They are not afforded the opportunity of “maxing out their cards” to get their dreams off the ground. The maxing out of credit cards is a celebrated lore of entrepreneurship. Even our debit cards are not accepted by international merchants! Debit cards! Once the transaction originates from Nigeria a virtual steel door clamps down. Those who take the risk of online transactions from Nigeria put us through such strenuous processes it defeats the very purpose of online purchase. And our internet transactions are being routed through South Africa with its attendant consequences on national sovereignty. We are running a huge national security risk piggy-backing on South African economic infrastructure. We are becoming a subsidiary nation. And this to people we liberated! Surely the cost of going through a national economic middleman is huge.

The elites have found a way round the credit card blockade. They simply travel abroad and use a foreign merchant card. They take care of themselves but how myopic! The elites constitute an insignificant numeric percentage of the national population. We have a huge mass of youths vying to join the global economy via the cheapest avenue possible (the internet) but they are shut out because of the nation’s bad reputation. There will be consequences. For one, the youths will become more desperate and take ever more unwholesome routes in pursuit of opportunities; our negative image is thus reinforced by an army of disenfranchised youths. Two, they will hate those that are privileged and their sense of rage will morph into other criminal activities against the privileged. Three, they will lose faith in the maternal instincts of the nation afterall the nation is not helping them. Four, as those who succeed by devious means flaunt their ill-gotten wealth and invariably take up the political positions they bought with their loot, a signal is sent into the generational pool that “making it” through criminal device is the way to go. Five, the youths will become a dangerous arsenal in the hands of the wrong commander-in-chief. When you extinguish hope there is nothing left. Six, crime becomes normative, expected and required. It becomes an affirmation of basic humanity.

What should be done? How can we redeem our image and remedy the situation?

We need a four-pronged strategy: eliminate, repair, discourage, prevent.

We must eliminate cybercrime factories. Government must erect an equivalent anti-cybercrime factory full of hackers and trackers and servers to fight online criminal pursuit. It is a national security risk. And by the way, setting up this factory will provide employment to many of our computer science graduates. If we are serious, we should see a major drop in cybercrime within 9 months.

We must also activate a discouragement strategy. First we must pass the cybercrime bill before our legislators. We must prosecute criminals under the law and make an example of cyber criminals. With the passage of the law, we signal to the international community that we are serious about curtailing cybercrime.
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Our repair strategy dictates that we mend our relationship with the international merchant community. We need to undertake economic diplomacy. And this is where Mrs. Iweala can better deploy her skills, experience, network and portfolio. No ministry in government has the latitude to solely handle the cybercrime problem. It will take the coordinated efforts of several government departments to do economic diplomacy. The following ministries and agencies must be coordinated to deliver the repair solution: Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the EFCC, Ministry of Trade & Investment, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Science and Technology. In conjunction with representatives from the private sector, Bankers Committee and trade associations, an economic diplomatic offensive can be launched. This diplomatic collective must meet the major retailers and make a case for Nigeria. The amount Nigerians spend abroad on a yearly basis gives us economic clout. It can be leveraged. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will of course coordinate the nations politically. And that ministry has performed creditably in recent times. The Nigeria-South Africa deportation face-off is but one example. Our diplomats know a thing or two about diplomatic arm-twisting. The idea of a government/private sector diplomatic offensive is not new. Frank Nweke Jnr. as Minister of Information achieved a renegotiation of Premier League broadcast rights taking such an approach. And I know that the meeting with global merchants is feasible and will yield results because my company recently advised a bank client on this issue and there was a resolution.

But prevention is always cheaper than cure. We need to re-orient our youths and create opportunities for them. They must not feel entombed. In this regard the Ministry of Youth Development, the National Orientation Agency and the Ministry of Education have a role to play. So does the Ministry of Sports. We need a nationally directed mentorship scheme. The state must identify the people our youths look up to, the people they respect, for their values, their roles in society, their success, diligence and hard work. These must be promoted as youth ambassadors. Let the youths determine their mentors based on those parameters. That’s how it works in real life. The youths know their mentors. These people must share their stories. There’s nothing like a testimonial. The stories should be distributed using digital platforms. These kids live on the internet. Interactivity must be promoted. Cyber town hall meetings and mentoring sessions must be arranged. Offline empowerment and inspirational seminars must be organized. In addition, our school curricula must reflect our realities. We need to teach our kids to create jobs rather than waiting for jobs. I am aware that the Ministry of Education is planning to introduce entrepreneurship into secondary school curriculum. That is a step in the right direction.

Religious organisations have a role to play too. Our religious infrastructure (churches and mosques) is Nigeria’s social security system. They instruct our youths in righteousness, run drug rehabilitation programs, poverty alleviation programs, sex worker reformation programs, orphanages and hospitals, and they organize sporting programs for our youths. One or two have acclaimed football clubs and academies. Government must partner with them. It’s the sensible thing to do. They are doing what government should be doing.

And parents have a role to play too. As do our teachers. We must be worthy examples to our children. You cannot facilitate exam malpractice for your ward and turn around to complain about Nigeria. You are a hypocrite!leke alder

Society is a dynamic. We will never reach a point in which cybercrime is non-existent. The image of nations is not defined by the absence of negatives. It is determined by the positive exertions of its government and citizens. And with that I say over to you Mrs. Iweala!

THE POWER OF MENTORING – SAM ADEYEMI

SAM ADEYEMI 3Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom, and with all your getting, get understanding.

Wisdom is one of the most powerful forces on earth. It is the difference between failure and success; between poverty and prosperity; between defeat and victory; between stagnation and promotion.

We are discussing a vital key to wisdom, MENTORING.

King Solomon in the Bible had a remarkable dream. God told him to ask for anything he desired. Solomon asked only for wisdom. This was God’s reply; “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you haven’t asked for long life, but for wisdom and knowledge to properly guide my people, yes, I am giving you the wisdom and knowledge you asked for. And I am also giving you such riches, wealth and honour as no other king has ever had before you!”

You see, the wisest king in the Bible was also the wealthiest. Wisdom is powerful.

You Too Can Have Access To The Wise

Now, you may not encounter God in a dream like Solomon, but you can have access to wisdom too. One of the proverbs of King Solomon says, “He that walks with the wise will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.”

You too can receive wisdom through association with the wise. I call that Mentoring. It is also known as Coaching.

Dear friend, God has positioned mentors around you to minimize your mistakes and maximize your potential for success. Learn from them and get ready to rise to the top.

Mentors inspire us.

Mentors enhance our speed in life.SAM ADEYEMI 4

Mentors are our gates to greatness.

We are wise when we admit that there are people who know better than we do, and we learn from them.


Three Dimensions To Mentoring

1.         Parental Mentoring

Parents have the responsibility for grooming children for future success in their adult life. Our greatest heritage from our parents is wisdom, and God’s grace on their lives.

2.         Professional Mentoring

This is the acquisition of wisdom from teachers, employers, and those who have excelled in our chosen line of career.

3.         Pastoral Mentoring

This is the acquisition of the wisdom of God through our spiritual leaders. Several people in the Bible prospered through their relationships with ministers of the gospel.

Who Is Your Mentor

Now, in a mentoring relationship, the one who provides the wisdom is known as the mentor. The one who receives is known as the mentee or protégée.

Dear friend, who is your mentor? Archbishop Benson Idahosa once said; “If someone has achieved ten times what you are trying to achieve once, the person knows something you don’t know.”


Productive and Non- Productive Protégées

Some protégées are passive. They leave all the initiative to the mentor. They do not pursue their mentors. They do not ask probing questions. Such protégées do not get much out of a mentoring relationship.Sam-Adeyemi2

Other protégées are parasites. They only want to take advantage of the mentor. They take advantage of the mentor’s name, influence and money. They do not want to pay the price for developing themselves. And just in case the mentor corrects them, they move away.

Lastly, there are protégées who are productive. They take full advantage of the mentoring relationship and carefully apply the wisdom that they derive from it.

Let me describe some qualities of productive protégées:

1.         They invest whatever it takes to maintain contact with their mentors.

2.         They respect the advice of their mentors.

3.         They freely discuss their greatest dreams with their mentors.

4.         They discuss their fears and challenges with their mentors.

5.         The sow seeds of appreciation into the lives of their mentors.

Productive protégées publicly acknowledge and honour their mentors.  Ultimately, good protégées step into the shoes of their mentors. They become mentors themselves.

Your mentor is your doorway to the future. God will lead you and connect you with those who will bring out the best in you.  Your mentor is a preview of your future.

Qualities Of An Exceptional Mentor

1.     A mentor invests time with the protégée. Communicating wisdom requires time.

2.   Exceptional mentors usually create exceptional protégées. Like begets like

3.      The exceptional mentor measures the passion of his protégée by his pursuit of the mentor. The proof of desire is pursuit. Sometimes, a protégée needs a strong desire and perseverance to get the attention of his mentor.

4.        A mentor knows precisely the path that the protégée must tread to make it to the top. He can analyse his own success and pass on the principles that helped him to the top. He can teach also from his past mistakes.

5.    A mentor is honest enough to correct the protégée even at the risk of being misunderstood and alienated by the protégée.

6.  A mentor can often identify weaknesses in the protégée that has the potential to result in a pitfall.

7.         A mentor exposes fraudulent people to his protégée. Christ warned His disciples repeatedly about the Pharisees.

8.         The exceptional mentor desires for his protégée to go further than he has gone. “He who believes me, the works that I do shall he do and greater works than these shall he do …”

9.         The exceptional mentor is not threatened by the success of his protégée. Rather, he considers it as part of his own success.

Dear friend, ask God to direct you to mentors whose wisdom will bring divine acceleration to your destiny. Also, remember that success without a successor is failure. Pass on what you know. I believe this will be the most exciting day so far.

It is good for you to have mentors in business, marriage, career, and ministry. They will inspire, challenge and guide you. Read their books, listen to them. Experience, they say, is the best teacher. Yet it is better and cheaper to acquire wisdom through the experience of others. I pray, that God will help you move away from those who will divide and subtract from you and bring into your life those who will multiply and add to you.

On the other hand, are you in a position to mentor others? You see, poor protégées hardly become excellent mentors. If God has lifted you, are you a mentor? Are you passing on your wisdom to someone? Are you a mentor as a parent or as a professional? Mentoring changes lives. You can multiply your success. When you help others to rise, you will not go down yourself.

About Sam Adeyemi: Sam Adeyemi is unarguably Nigeria’s No 1 success coach and one of the country’s leading experts on personal development and self mastery. Thousands of lives have been transformed through his inside-out coaching programme.

It Is Your CHOICE – TONY ROBBINS

Tony-Robbins2What is the single force that shapes the quality of our lives? What power do we have that can change everything? As you and I both know, the answer is the power of choice.

During the past 30 years I’ve had the privilege of working with an incredibly diverse group of people, from presidents of countries to professional athletes, from managers to moms, from gang members to high-powered business executives. I’ve had the unique opportunity to see people in the midst of real challenges, whether it’s the professional athlete who wants to regain his competitive edge, the business leader who wants to expand her influence or the political leader who struggles with a difficult decision. I may not have all the answers (who does?), but after working with so many people and observing the patterns that make them succeed or fail, one thing I am sure of is this: It is our decisions, not our conditions, that determine the quality of our lives.

Take a look at your own life. Are you where you want to be? Are you as healthy or financially secure or as happy in your relationships as you would like to be? Or, even if things are going well, are you looking for that extra edge to retain the competitive advantage? Perhaps you feel that in spite of your success, there’s more out there for you, but for some reason, you haven’t grasped it yet. Your first instinct may be to blame the economy, or the housing market, or someone who has treated you unfairly.

Before we go any further, we need to understand that we are where we are today because of the decisions we’ve made—decisions about what to focus on, decisions about where to place our priorities, decisions about what things mean and decisions about what to do. For example, if your business or career has been affected by the recession, do you feel that you are being punished or challenged to find a new path? What are you going to do about it? Are you going to give up or give more? No matter what we have experienced in the past, our history is not our destiny—we all have the power to make new decisions today.

Here’s another way to look at it: Success is a result of good judgment; good judgment is a result of experience, in most cases. And what about experience? Yes, experience is most often a result of bad judgment.

So here’s the good news: The experience gained from bad judgment and bad decisions is unbelievably valuable—it’s priceless! So don’t waste time beating yourself up over poor decisions you’ve made; learn from the experiences. Really, failure is actually one of the best ways we learn. When people succeed, they celebrate. When they fail, they ponder. They stop and think, What happened here? What could I have done differently? It’s only through self-evaluation that we learn how to make better decisions. So, when you make mistakes, learn from them; use your experience to improve your judgment and make better decisions.

The Path to Freedom—Financial or Otherwise

We’re living in extraordinarily difficult times. Every day we read about and experience more challenges, often related to things we can’t control, whether it’s the economy, the environment or unemployment. We can allow the stress and uncertainty caused by these events to overwhelm us or we can transform our lives by making different decisions.

One of the decisions we can make is to live with a mindset of abundance. What I mean by this is if we live as though wealth has more to do with what’s in our minds than what’s in our wallets, if we understand that how we feel is more important than what we have, we can discover an immense sense of freedom and happiness.

Think about it: Do you know anyone who has a lot of money but doesn’t feel free, doesn’t feel loved, doesn’t feel like he has a choice? Sure you do. You may even feel that way yourself. That feeling happens when you’re not in control of your emotions because you’re looking for someone or something external to fill internal needs.

I don’t care what you’ve achieved or how much money you’ve earned, if you live with an attitude of scarcity and limitation, if you wait for someone or something else to fulfill you, you’re not going to be happy. You must make the decision to live with a mentality of abundance, and you will experience true freedom.

It’s Your Time