Thursday, 26 September 2013

On The Path Of Winners BY BAYO OGUNMUPE Treading The Way Of Champions

Treading The Way Of Champions
AN example of a student treading the way of winners is told of how he got what he wanted by getting in mind a clear picture of the things he desired, so that the creative thought of them might be impressed on his subconscious. Subsequently, he obtained his desires by following the instructions. By forming a mental image of his house, he got it a few months later. In the same way you must form a clear and definite mental picture of what you want. You cannot transmit an idea unless you have it yourself.
  You must have it before you can give it. You cannot give what you don't have. When you want to impress your wants on the subconscious, it must be coherent. You must know what you want and be definite. You can never get rich by sending unformed longings and vague desires. Get a clear mental picture of the house as you wish it to look like. As the sailor has in mind the port toward which he is sailing the ship, you must keep your face toward it all the time. You must not lose sight of it anymore than the captain loses sight of his compass.
  It isn’t necessary to take exercises in concentration; nor set apart special times for prayer and affirmation, nor go into the silence like the Rosicrucians, nor do any occult stunts of any kind. What you need is the presence of mind to know what you want and to want it badly enough so that it will stay in your thoughts at all times. Spend as much of your time as you can contemplating the pictures of your desire, that way you realize your desires. The more clear and definite you make your picture, the more you dwell on it, bringing out all the delightful details, the stronger your desire will be, the easier for you to attain your wishes.
  However, behind the picture must be the purpose for which you want it. And emanating from the purpose must be an invincible and unwavering faith that your desire is already yours. That it is at hand, and you have only to take possession. Live in your new house mentally until it takes form around you physically. In the mental realm, enter into the full enjoyment of the things you want. Jesus said: “Whatsoever things ye ask for when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
  See the things you want as if they were around you already. See yourself as the owner and user of the property. Make use of them in your imagination, just as you would use them when they are your tangible possessions. Hold to this mental ownership, don't waiver for an instant in faith till you possess in reality. Then be grateful to God for this, even in your vision. The man who can sincerely thank God for the things, which as yet he owns only in the imagination, has real faith. He will get rich, he will cause the creation of whatever he wants by his undying faith.
  You do not need to pray repeatedly for things you want. “Use not vain repetitions as the heathen do,” Jesus said, “for your Father knoweth ye have need of these things before ye ask Him.” All you need do is to formulate your desires coherently, and you then impress this whole desire upon your subconscious, which has the power to implement what you want. Make your impression by holding the vision with unshakable purpose, and with steadfast faith, you will attain your purpose.
  The answer to prayer is according to the vision and work, not according to your talking or asking. There are no special hours or days for effective prayer. For effectiveness, you must pray without ceasing, every time of the day. Oral prayer is best for clarifying your vision and strengthening your faith. It isn’t oral petitions, which get you what you want. The effective supplicant thinks and speaks of all the things he has asked for in terms of actual ownership. He imagines the environment and financial condition exactly as he wants them. He lives all the time in the imaginary environment and financial condition.
  He holds to the faith that the vision is being realized and to the purpose to realize his goals. Faith and purpose in the use of the imagination make the difference between the believer and the starry eyed skeptic. The only additional ingredient is the continuous enforcement of your prayer by the application of your will power. It is by your will that you determine upon what things your attention shall be fixed.
  Things are not brought into being by thinking about their opposites. Righteousness isn’t going to be promoted by studying sin and thinking about sin. No one ever got rich by thinking about poverty. Never spend your time in charitable work, charity only tends to perpetuate wretchedness. What concerns you is the cure for poverty. Getting rich is the best way to help the poor. The poor do not need charity, they need inspiration. The answer is to get rich by creation not by competition. For the sustenance of riches, use your will power to keep your mind fixed with faith and purpose on what you want.
  Our champion for today is §Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, the retired American neurosurgeon who did pioneering work on the successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the head. Carson was born in September 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, United States by a single mother, Sonya Carson. Ben studied psychology at Yale University and medicine at the University of Michigan.
  Carson was a professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery and pediatrics and director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University. He was inspired to pursue a career in medicine when he heard stories in church of missionaries who heal people physically, mentally and spiritually. At age 33, he became the youngest director of Pediatric Neurosurgery in Johns Hopkins history.
  After medical school, he became a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Carson’s hand to eye coordination and three-dimensional reasoning made him a gifted surgeon. He is interested in maximizing the intellectual potential of every child. He believed that with children, “what you see is what you get, when they’re in pain they show it with a frown or when they are happy they show it by smiling.”
  In 1987, Carson made medical history by being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins (the Binder twins) who had been joined at the back of the head. The twins now survived independently. Carson retired from surgery on July 1, 2013. He has written four bestselling books: Gifted Hands, The Big Picture, Take The Risk and Think Big. The first is an autobiography and two are about his personal philosophies of success that incorporated hard work, and faith in God. In 2000, Carson received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged. In 2008, the White House awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour. On July 8, 2013, Carson joined The Washington Times as a weekly opinion columnist. Carson got married to Lacena Rustin in 1975. They met at Yale University in 1971. They have three sons.

On The Path Of Winners BY BAYO OGUNMUPE How Riches Come To You

On The Path Of Winners
How Riches Come To You
THE universe desires you to have everything you want. Nature or Jehovah is friendly to your plans. He will assent to them if you are virtuous. The world is at your back and call. Belief this and act it out as the truth, and it shall be so. However, it is essential that your purpose is in harmony with Jehovah’s will.
  You must want a life of substance, not mere pleasure or sensual gratification. Life thrives on functional performance, you live only when you perform every function physically, mentally and spiritually. God will not grant your wish to be rich in order for you to live swinishly, for the gratification of animal desires. Jehovah will grant you riches in order that you may eat, drink, and be merry when it is proper to do so; in order that you may surround yourself with beautiful things, see distant lands, feed your mind, develop your intellect, in order that you may love men and be kind to them and partake in helping the world find truth.
  But extreme altruism isn’t better or nobler than selfishness, both are mistakes. Forget the idea that God wants you to sacrifice yourself for others, and that you can secure His favour by so doing. God requires nothing of the kind. What God wants is that you make the most of yourself, so that you can help others more by your riches. You can make the most of yourself more by getting rich. So it is right and praiseworthy that you give your first and best thought to the work of acquiring wealth.
  However, be aware that creative imagination or desire will create things for you but it will not take things away from someone else and give them to you. You must rid yourself of competition in thought or action. You are to create not to compete for God’s abundance. You are a creator not a competitor. Plutocrats who become very rich, do so purely by their extraordinary ability, not by competition. Perhaps, competition unlocks the ingenuity in them, enabling them oustrip their rivals. John Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and Purpont Morgan were the unconscious agents of the Almighty in the necessary work of systematizing and organizing the American civilization.
  Riches secured through competition are never satisfactory and permanent. They are yours today and another’s tomorrow. Remember, if you want to be rich, you must rise above competitive thought, for competition saps your power to create. What is worse, you will arrest the creativity  you have already garnered. Know that the money you need will come. Never look at the visible supply, look always at the limitless riches in nature and know that they are coming to you according to your needs. All you need do is to focalize and express your desire to God.
  Indeed, your overself wants to live all that is possible in you. It wants you to have all that you can which it can use for the living of the most abundant in life. By fixing upon your consciousness the fact that you desire riches and with invincible faith, your success is assured. By holding the picture of riches in your mind and living the lifestyle of richmen, you unconsciously attract wealth to your life.
  Thus, the way to riches is first, you have faith in your ability to be wealthy, second, you believe your overself will give you everything you desire and thirdly you relate yourself to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude. Many people fail because of ingratitude to the Almighty. Having received one gift from God, they cut the connecting wires with Jehovah by failing to make grateful acknowledgement of His blessing. The more grateful you fix your mind on the Almighty, when your prayers are answered, the more goodies you shall receive.
  By being grateful, the nearer you live to the source of wealth, the more wealth you shall receive. Whereby, the soul that is grateful lives in closer touch with God than the one which never looks to Him in thankful acknowledgement. Gratitude is a natural principle that draws you to the source of all blessing – the Supreme Being. And if your gratitude is strong and constant, the reaction from God is the giving of greater plenitude. But the value of gratitude does not consist solely in getting you more blessings. Without gratitude you cannot long keep from being dissatisfied regarding things as they are. And the moment you are dissatisfied, you transmit the pictures of poverty and lack to your subconscious, bringing you into poverty as a consequence.
  To permit your mind to dwell upon the inferior is to become inferior and to surround yourself with inferior things. On the other hand, to fix your mind on the best is to surround yourself with the best and to become the best and the brightest. The creative power in us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. God’s spark in us made us godlike, enabling us to share God’s creative power, that is why we always take the form of that which we think about. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best. Therefore, it tends to become the best, it takes the form or character of the best and will receive the best.
  Also, faith is born of gratitude. The grateful mind continually expects miracles and expectation becomes faith. In reaction to a person’s gratefulness, God blesses the supplicant. An ungrateful person cannot retain faith for long and without living faith you cannot get rich. Therefore it is necessary to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you.
  Our champion for today is Dr. Charity Mutegi, the winner of this year’s Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. The award is endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation and recognizes exceptional, science based achievement in international agriculture and food production by young scientists who have clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty.
  Dr. Mutegi will be formally presented with the award on World Food Day, October 16, 2013, in Iowa, United States. She is being honoured for her efforts to identify the cause of, and solution to, a deadly outbreak of grain poisoning in 2004-2005, killing 125 people in eastern Kenya who consumed contaminated grain. Her diligent research led to solutions averting future outbreaks, Dr. Mutegi has developed Biocontrol product in Kenya. Dr. Mutegi is an inspiration to other young scientists around the world.
  Charity Mutegi received her PhD in Food Science in the Food Security Program at the University of Kwazulu, Natal, South Africa in 2010. She received the Norman Borlaug fellowship in 2008, traveling to Pennsylvania State University to work in the Department of Plant Pathology. Her research focused on contamination of peanuts from households in western Kenya.
  After completing her doctorate, Mutegi returned to her native Kenya where she continued working at Kenya Agricultural Research institute. Currently, she serves as Kenya Country Coordinator for the Biocontrol Project funded by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The project is expected to benefit millions of farmers in Kenya. Dr. Mutegi said she has dedicated her life’s work to food security because she has seen the effects of contamination firsthand. She credits her success to “supportive work environment, guidance from senior scientists and my personal work ethics.” Dr. Mutegi’s work ethics reflect those demonstrated by Dr. Norman Borlaug during his work at the Rockefeller Foundation in developing high-yielding wheat in Mexico for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. I am citing Mutegi as a symbol of hope in a continent bereft of creative intellectuals in every field of human endeavour.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Title: A Letter to my countrymen

Title: A Letter to my countrymen

Publishers: Author/House, Bloomington USA, 2013
Author: Celestina Nwakwoala
Reviewer: Bayo Ogunmupe

A LETTER to my Countrymen is a book on the Nigerian situation. It is a discourse on ways to improve the politics and economy of the Nigerian federation. The author, Dr. Celestina Nwankwoala, the academic widow of an iconoclastic Christian Professor and member of a Nigerian religious brotherhood.
  The book is a historical narrative of the Nigerian reality. Her narrative is replete with military jargon the kind given as a sop to the populace after a military coup. The introduction is a justification for change which unfortunately couldn't get Nigeria anywhere. The book is a call for action against the status quo which is the rule of second rate government functionaries.
  A Letter to my Countrymen has 14 chapters, 98 pages and is printed by Author House of Bloomington, Indiana in the United States. Unlike other books on the blame game, this letter pinned the blame of the failure of Nigeria on all fronts: the family, the educational system, our belief system and the Nigerian nation state. Much of her messages is by innuendo, through what she said and what she left unsaid. She believes Nigeria can do better.
  Nwankwoala wrote in the spirit of disappointment for the hope of a great future which inspired U.S. President John F. Kennedy to phone Sir Abubakar Balewa on August 23, 1964. But unfortunately, Kennedy’s hope for a great Nigerian nation could not be realized by Nigerians. Such hopes were dashed by Army Officers in Nigerian Politics and Society since then.
  I agree with the author’s view that Nigerians are hypocritical about their real conditions of life. That was why she reported the case of a university don who instead of seeking the healing of his ailment in a hospital, the lecturer went to a church for deliverance. However, he gave up the ghost on a turture stone while seeking deliverance from his supposedly devil invested body.
  It is indeed commendable that Dr. Nwankwoala did not pin Nigeria’s failure on the doorstep of any particular group. For I see the ailment as spiritual backsliding. Which is why our creativity standard is as low as one Nobel prizewinner to 170 million people when it is one winner to 1000 people in Germany.
  Moreover, the author’s objectivity is legendary, for though a Christian, she revealed the activities of a Christian Religious Brotherhood who is enslaving its members in the hope of fulfilling an injunction of the Holy Bible which talks of 144 virgins. Also, she is exasperated by the level of impunity in Nigeria. She rightly observed that anybody can get away with any crime in the name of religion. For instance, the Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido paid N3 billion to enable Jigawa indigenes perform this year’s hajj. Isn’t that incredible? For millions of Jigawa citizens have remained jobless for the past year in the midst of that profligacy!
  Indeed, Nwankwoala also drew the attention of Financial Crimes Commission to the corruption in churches in the aftermath of her revelations. She gave a good example through her family encounters as narrated in the book. It is noteworthy that she offered solutions to every problem she identified in her book. That enables every reader to contribute his quota to the amelioration of Nigeria through action.
  Through writing this book, Mrs. Nwankwoala shows the way to liberate Nigeria from the grips of mediocres. As an educational psychologist from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. She worked along with her husband at the University for decades before she founded her civil society organization – Nirvana Foundation. Her major concern is to analyse the Nigerian factor, which means a predilection for deception. This concept she avers as being very subversive of Nigerian greatness. That perception drove her to write this “Letter to My Countrymen.” Celestina lives in Port Harcourt with her four children. Currently, she is the Administrative Secretary, Institute of Petroleum Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Book Review Title: Global Terrorism

Book Review
Title: Global Terrorism
Publisher: Crown Productions, Akute, Lagos, 2008
Author: Brother Peter
Reviewer: Bayo Ogunmupe

THIS is a timely report on global terrorism. This theme has come to the centre stage in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America. Brother Peter, the author defined the term, terrorism, no other person had done before. He thus unveiled the true identity of terrorists, giving the in-depth analysis of the real causes of terrorism. Peter also showed the inevitable consequences of terrorism, offering the panacea for rooting out terrorism from the globe.
  However, the way out of terrorism isn’t “you have either Christ or Crisis on your hands.” The answer to this crisis lies in tolerance, in letting all flowers to bloom. When you understand this, you are on your way to solving the terrorism imbroglio through reading this text.
  This book, the exploration of the church’s exit strategy for global terrorism, contains seven chapters, 222 pages and a preface predicated on Wole Soyinka’s aphorism: “The man dies in him who keeps silent in the face of tyranny.” Actually, Peter quoted Marin Luther King Jnr’s statement: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent a bout things that matter.” Moreover, it is the divine injunction for all. This can be seen thus: “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: Therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning for me. When I say to the wicked, thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning for me. When I say to the wicked, thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood shall I require in your hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul,” Ezekiel 3:17-19.
  Thus, this necessitates our speaking out on any issue that affects us and world peace and security. Accompanying our duty to rise up and call attention to all iniquity, is God’s promise to us “not to be afraid, for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord,” Jeremiah 1: 6-8. Undoubtedly, Jehovah knows the enormity of the tasks, hence the assurance of our safety. Thus, let us go ahead to do our part by speaking out as divinely mandated.
  On the first quarter of the theme, the author showed the face-to-face encounter with terrorism and thereafter defining it. Until the morning of September 11, 2001, when about 19 suspected terrorists unleashed mayhem on strategic locations in the United States leading to the destruction of lives and property, terrorism threats were dismissed with the wave of the hand.
  This mayhem once ranked second to HIV/AIDS as a devastating killer. But now, the terrorism brand inspired by religious ideology has become a global phenomenon. It has defied all known solutions, which if not promptly checked and eliminated would become the blight of the 21st century.
  Terrorism as a global menace has no fixed address; it has attacked innocents from Bali to Singapore, Riyadh, Moscow, Madrid, New York and Washington. Indeed, this challenge playing out in the Middle East is more than a military conflict; it is the most divisive ideological struggle of our time. Moreover, these extremists have declared their intention to destroy civilization, as we know it.
  The causes of terrorism are yet unclear. But the outrage and atrocity is often the product of stifled political expression as were the case of the race riots in America and the now doused unrest in Northern Ireland of the United Kingdom.
  However, there is no gainsaying that a man without the requisite knowledge about a matter lacks the capacity to make any meaningful recommendation on its eradication. That is why we need a concerted effort to solve the problem. Thus, Peter defines terrorism this way: Every human being is a spirit being whose heart is a throne that can be occupied by only one of two spiritual beings, which is either the spirit of Jehovah or the spirit of Satan, at any point in time. Which is why no man can serve two masters, for either he will hate one or love the other. Hence, faced with this reality, man must choose between the two. This is confirmed by 1 Corinthians 6:19,” know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God and ye are not your own?”
  The second quarter of the book deals with identifying terrorists and the causes of terrorism. Sadly, terrorists have been identified as adherents of a brand of Islam now called Islamism and its zealots called Islamists. They are organized by the Al Qaeda – an extremist group once led by Osama bin Laden, a native of Saudi Arabia but who had adopted Pakistan as his country. Also, Islamists found inspiration in the Koran according to their interpretation of it.
  The causes of terrorism has been laid on the doorstep of Israel who had caused the displacement of Palestinians. Thus, Islamists are looking up to wresting power from the United States in order to restore the dignity of Palestinians by giving them a nation state. This, ostensibly, is the cause of the rise of the Al Qaeda in the Middle East. But consider this view of the individual Muslim: A recent poll to measure American Muslim attitudes. It found that the majority found no conflict between living a devout Muslim life and being an American; but young Muslims were almost twice as their parents to attend mosque and identify themselves as Muslims first, and Americans second. They are also more outwardly religious, more likely to wear Muslim dress and more pious than older Muslims.
  The most unsettling was that 26 per cent felt that terrorist suicide bombings can be justified. Most worrisome is the fact Islam has become so much a focus of social protest such that in some downtrodden countries, small numbers of Christians, through threats, have begun to convert.
  There is also the hate factor in terrorism. Hatred for the terrorized is also a strong reason for terrorism. The final half of Global Terrorism spoke of the terror scorecard and suggested solutions to terrorism. Certainly, the terror scorecard has been enormous in its exploitative decrees. Terror has altered our way of life by making life unsafe everywhere. For solutions, a return to God is the only option, let God inspire you to solve the problem.
  For the author, Brother Peter sought the face of the Lord on the sure exit from the frightening quagmire of terrorism. The result of that prayer is today the core material for this project of the solution to terrorism. This book therefore is his modest contribution to the search for a lasting solution to terrorism.

Friday, 6 September 2013

On the Path of Winners, By Bayo Ogunmupe, How you create your fate

On the Path of Winners
By Bayo Ogunmupe
How you create your fate

WHY are some people more successful than others? And why do so many people live lives of quiet desperation? The reason is attributable to Aristole’s Principle of causality. Today we call it the law of Cause and Effect. This law means: everything happens for a reason, for every effect there is a specific cause. The Greek philosopher, Aristotle was the first person to aver that we live in a world governed by law, not by chance. Thus, the search for truth, for causal relationships among events, has led to the rise of the West in science, technology, philosophy and warfare for more than 2000 years. Today, this focus has shifted our mindset and is driving the development that is changing our world so dramatically.
  This law says that personal and business achievements are all the direct or indirect, results of causes or actions. This means that if you know what you want, you can achieve it through observing others who have achieved the same goal. By doing what they did, you can get the same results. Success isn’t an accident, you can create it by your actions.
  In the Bible, the law of cause and effect is called, the Law of Sowing and Reaping, which says, ‘whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap’. Sir Isaac Newton called it the third law of motion. He said that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. But for you and me, the only relevant expression of this law is that thoughts are causes and conditions are effects. Put another way, this means thoughts create. You create your world by the way you think. People and things in your life, have only the meaning you give them in your thoughts. That is how you create your future by the way you think.
  Thus, the most important principle of personal success is simply: you become what you think about most of the time. This is the principle upon which all religions and philosophies are based. This principle is as applicable to individuals as to organizations. It is not the outside world that dictates your circumstances, it is the world inside you that creates the conditions of your life.
  Besides, you are always free to choose. You choose your own destiny. Four other laws flow from the law of cause and effect. They are the laws of Belief, Expectations, Attraction and Correspondence. One, the law of Belief says: whatever you believe becomes your reality. You always act in a manner consistent with your beliefs. Often, you don’t believe what you see, rather, you see what you already believe. You reject information that contradicts what you already believe. But most of the time, your beliefs are not based on facts. You may be prejudiced, meaning you prejudge an event without reason or facts.
  A good success strategy is to refrain from judging other people or situations until you can make an informed decision. This extends to self limiting beliefs. Don’t ever limit yourself in any way. Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve.
  Two, the law of expectations which translates to: whatever you expect becomes your own self fulfilling prophecy. You are a fortune-teller in your own life. What you think, talk and believe are going to happen to you. What you expect from people determines your attitude towards them. If you expect good things to happen to you, good things usually happen and vice versa.
  David Mc Clelland of Harvard in an experiment, found that the very best and happiest families were characterized as positive expectation families. So expect the best from others. Three, the law of Attraction says you are a living magnet; that you invariably attract into your life the people, situations and circumstances that are in harmony with your dominant thoughts. This is a great law of success. This law has been discovered in Egyptian mystery schools 3000 years before Christ. This law affects anything you have in life, you have attracted to yourself. And finally, the law of correspondence, meaning, your outer world is a reflection of your inner world, it corresponds with your dominant thoughts. Thus, it is your responsibility to create within yourself the mental equivalent of what you want to experience in your life.
  Our champion for today is Harold Alexander, in full, Field Marshal Harold Rupert George Alexander, the first Earl Alexander of Tunis. Born in London on 10 December, 1891 and died in June 1969, Alexander was a British military commander and field marshal who served with distinction in both world wars. Afterwards he became Governor General of Canada and British Minister of Defence.
  Born to aristocratic parents, he was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. In 1911 he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Irish Guards and promoted lieutenant in 1912. Alexander rose to prominence through his service in the First World War, receiving numerous honours and decorations. He continued his military career through various British campaigns across Europe and Asia. In World War II, Alexander oversaw the evacuation from Dunkirk and subsequently had high ranking field commands in Burma, North Africa and Italy, including Commander-in-chief of the Middle East and the command of the 18th Army in Tunisia. Then, he commanded the 15th Army for the capture of Sicily and again in Italy before receiving his field marshal’s baton and being made the Supreme Allied Commander in the Mediterranean.
  Alexander was one of a few platoon commanders in history who survived to become field marshal. Twice wounded in battle, on 14 October 1931, Alexander was married to Lady Margaret Bingham, daughter of the Earl of Lucan and with whom he had two sons and a daughter, he also adopted another daughter while Governor General of Canada. By reputation, Alexander was regarded as the best military strategist since the Duke of Wellington. (1769-1852). He signed the bill finalizing the union of Newfoundland and Canada in 1949.

Monday, 2 September 2013

On The Path Of Winners BY BAYO OGUNMUPE How To Fulfill Your Dream

On The Path Of Winners



How To Fulfill Your Dream

  The wonderful thing about information is that it is ever effective in enriching anyone who applied it to his use. Moreover, knowledge is cumulative. Once you have it, it does not leave you. Each breakthrough in knowledge creates new opportunities for expanding and multiplying the knowledge so exploited.
  The driving force behind the expansion of knowledge and creativity is competition. The winning edge in your effort to fulfill your dream must be created from your personal repertoire of wisdom and skills leading you to high achievement. Your aim in life should be to acquire and develop the winning edge in your goals. Today, strategies and techniques for fulfilling your dream are more widely available than at any other time in human history. All you need is acquire and apply them to your condition.
  The ability to make decisions and stand by them in the face of all terror, is the key to success in life. Sir Winston Churchill, the British War hero once said: “Courage is rightly considered the greatest of the virtues, for upon it all others depend.” You must muster the courage to take decisions in the face of doubt and uncertainty. You develop courage by acting courageously.  Never back away from decisions for fear, because if you do not do the thing you fear, then fear controls you.
  The two obstacles to achieving your dream are the fear of failure and the fear of criticism. However, great success is often preceded by many failures. It is the lessons you learn from failures and your ability to rise above criticism that pave the way for your triumph in life. Thomas Watson, the founder of International Business Machine (IBM) once said, “If you want to be successful faster, you must double your rate of failure. Success lies in the far side of failure.”
  Make a habit of confronting your fears. Treat every anxiety as a personal challenge. Do the thing you fear and fear will disappear. The leader in a group is the person not afraid to take responsibility for his actions. Audacity is the best form of action. Audacity may get you into trouble on occasion but even more audacity will get you out. When you are faced with dangers, one in front and the other at the back, it is always better to go forward.
  Resolve today to move out of your comfort zone. Great success comes from taking risks, from trekking where others fear to tread. Set big, hairy audacious goals for yourself. Never be satisfied with the status quo. Whenever you see a great business success, it means someone once took a big chance. Remember, no matter how well you plan, life is a continuous succession of problems. The mark of leadership is never to allow yourself the luxury of discouragement and self-pity. The leader does not complain or make excuses. Failure is merely an opportunity to begin again. Courage isn’t the absence of fear, it is the control and mastery of fear.
  As a way of realizing your dream, one, imagine that you could wave a magic wand and achieve any goal you set yourself. Then, begin from today, acting as though your success were guaranteed. Two, identify a specific fear in your life and confront it. Always act as if it were impossible for you to fail, and it shall be. You are successful in life to the extent to which you internalize what works and then apply the principle that is appropriate to gain your goals.
  Our champion for this week is Buzz Aldrin, born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. on 20 January, 1930. He is a former American astronaut, the second man to walk on the moon. He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo II, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set foot on the Moon on July 21, 1969 following mission commander Neil Armstrong. Aldrin is also a retired United States Air Force pilot.
  Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA, to Edwin Eugene Aldrin, a career soldier and his wife Marion (nee Moon). He is of Scottish-German ancestry. After High School, Buzz Aldrin turned down a full scholarship offer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and went to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. His name Buzz originated from the younger of his two elder sisters mispronouncing brother as buzzer. Aldrin shortened it to Buzz, making it his legal first name in 1988.
  Buzz Aldrin graduated third in his class at West Point in 1951, with B.S. in mechanical engineering. He was commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. He flew 66 combat missions and shot down two Mikoyan MiG-15 aircraft.
  After the war, Aldrin was assigned as an instructor at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Next he became an aide to the dean of the United States Air Force Academy. Then he joined the Bitburg Air Base, Germany as a flight commander. He was in the 22nd Fighter Squadron. After a PhD in astronautics in MIT in 1963, he applied for and was selected as an astronaut – by the National Aeronautics and Spare Administration (NASA). In July 1969, Aldrin became the second person to walk on the Moon following Commander Neil Armstrong.
  After leaving NASA, he was assigned as the Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in California. In March 1972, Aldrin retired from active duty after 21 years of service. His autobiographies, Return to Earth, published in 1973 and Magnificent Desolation published in 2009, and he is married to Lois Driggs Cannon. In 2009, Aldrin said he was skeptical humans caused the current global climate change. He thinks climate has been changing for billions of years.