About Oluwasanmi Lawal

Oluwasanmi Lawal is a Life and Business STRATEGIST. He founded Make Things Happen Int'l - A Consultancy, Research, Orientation and Training(CROT) company with network of clientele in Govt. Agencies, NGO's, private businesses & the banking industry. He's also a best selling author of the award-winning book titled 'AFTER NYSC: WHAT NEXT?'. He currently midwife an ICT outfit in the southwestern region of Nigeria.

My Rebuttals to Sam Omatseye’s PEN OF LIES

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***My Rebuttals to Sam Omatseye’s PEN OF LIES***

In those dark days precisely late 90’s when ethical journalism courage cum elegance was lacking, I singled out Sam Omatseye thoughts because of his amazingly creativity, objectivity and newsworthiness. But ever since the day he has subjected his adventurous pen to the highest bidder (the proprietor of the Nation Newspapers); my love for him has vanished into thin air.  Sam was once my oratory idol until he tore apart albeit to pieces the robes of objectivity. He was once a mentor until he jettisoned his voice of reason. His words were once pen of a ready writer until they became PEN of the highest bidder. His column was once a source of inspiration until it became the template for propaganda.

This particular write-up doesn’t just add up because his cosmetic rendition about the personality of the Ondo Governor is an off-shoot of the unbecoming hatred ACN controlled state governors and their paymaster has towards him. These needless hatred is simply because the caring heart governor refused to join their party. Must we all be in the same party? When I read this article blow by blow, I was shell-shocked to discover that this was not the man whose thoughts on National issues were once my daily devotional. The context of his narratives is weak and pottage with hurriedly baked lies.

If Omatseye had the pen audacity to name call Mimiko as a serial betrayal, then he should also be willing to publicly admit that his boss Tinubu is a master in the art of betrayal. As an egg-head student of history, I can vehemently affirm that the collapse of Alliance of Democracy was as a result of Jagaban inordinate political ambition and unquenchable thirst to be an emperor of the southwest. Please can anybody with gut prove my assertion wrong? This is no time for historical references but if am to itemize the facts, there is a lot of inferences I can draw from.

Without much ado, he who must come with equality must come with clean hands. Shout it from the rooftop that this shallow rhetoric isn’t gonna help ACN black market candidate win his hometown talk less of his constituency come the 20th. The certainty that Mimiko will win the forthcoming guber poll in Ondo State is as sure as the daybreak. Please if you see Omatseye, help tell him that this path he has chosen could soil his journalism character. Objectivity sells!

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Romney’s tongue-tied eloquence

BY FAREED ZAKARIA,

As President Obama has surged in the polls, Republicans have been quick to identify the problem: Mitt Romney. Peggy Noonan eloquently voiced what many conservatives believe when she said that Romney’s campaign has been a “rolling calamity.” Others have been equally critical of his candidacy. And yet, shouldn’t it puzzle us that Romney is so “incompetent” (also from Noonan), given his deserved reputation for, well, competence? He founded one of this country’s most successful financial firms, turned around the flailing Salt Lake City Olympics and was a successful governor. How did he get so clumsy so fast?

In fact, the problem is not Romney but the new Republican Party. Given the direction in which it has moved and the pressures from its most extreme — yet most powerful — elements, any nominee would face the same challenge: Can you be a serious candidate for the general election while not outraging the Republican base?

Fox News anchor Brit Hume got specific in his critique, saying this month that “Romney’s got the presidential bearing down. . . . What he [hasn’t done is] dwell at length on the economic policies that he would put in place.” Why won’t Romney, an intelligent man, fluent in economics, explain his economic policy? Because any sensible answer would cause a firestorm in his party.

It is obvious that, with a deficit at 8 percent of gross domestic product, any solution to our budgetary problems has to involve both spending cuts and tax increases. Ronald Reagan agreed to tax increases when the deficit hit 4 percent of GDP; George H.W. Bush did so when the deficit was 3 percent of GDP. But today’s Republican Party is organized around the proposition that, no matter the circumstances, there must never be a tax increase of any kind. The Simpson-Bowles proposal calls for $1 of tax increases for every $3 of spending cuts. But every Republican presidential candidate — including Romney — pledged during the primaries that he or she would not accept $10 of spending cuts if that meant a dollar of tax increases.

So Romney could present a serious economic plan with numbers that make sense — and then face a revolt within his own party. His solution: to be utterly vague about how he would deal with the deficit. When pressed for details recently, he explained that “the devil’s in the details. The angel is in the vision.” He’s right. Were he to get specific, he would be committing ideological blasphemy. So instead he talks about freedom and capitalism.

Romney’s own inclinations are obvious. In 2002, he refused to take Grover Norquist’s “no tax” pledge, despite the fact that his Republican predecessor as Massachusetts governor had done so. But by 2006, the ground had shifted and he raced to become the first presidential candidate to commit to it.

This is not just a story of the rise of economic conservatives. The same pattern has emerged on immigration. On ABC’s “This Week” last Sunday, Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace urged Romney to reach out to Hispanics by reminding them of Obama’s poor record on immigration reform: “[W]hen George W. Bush . . . John McCain and Ted Kennedy were trying to get something done, Barack Obama was nowhere,” she noted. Except that the Republican Party is now so strongly opposed to those proposals — which included a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants — that a co-sponsor of the bill, McCain, has renounced his own handiwork.

Romney has curried favor within the party by opposing the Dream Act, supporting Arizona’s harsh law under which police check people’s immigration status at will and proposing “self-deportation” as a way to get rid of undocumented immigrants. At Hispanic forums in recent weeks, Romney has said that he wants to solve the immigration issue permanently but has spoken about it in vague terms. As with the deficit, he has a plan — but it’s secret. There’s no point in letting the country — or his party — know it before Election Day.

The Republican Party has imposed a new kind of political correctness on its leaders. They cannot speak certain words (taxes) or speculate about certain ideas (immigration amnesty) because these are forbidden. Romney has tried to run a campaign while not running afoul of his party’s strictures. As a result, he has twisted himself into a pretzel, speaking vacuously, avoiding specifics and refusing to provide any serious plans for the most important issues of the day. That’s a straitjacket that even Peggy Noonan’s eloquence cannot get him out of.

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Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/fareed-zakaria-romney-is-the-gops-pretzel-candidate/2012/09/26/728b35ea-080a-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_story.html

SUCCESS IS ONLY A CHOICE, FAILURE IS ANOTHER ONE

This article takes its source from what we call conscious mind power and subconscious mind power which is described as part of the normal individual’s personality in which mental processes function without consciousness under normal waking conditions.

Our subconscious mind power works on the thoughts fed with it and bringing these thoughts to reality through the aid of our actions is the only function it possesses.  Another thing to know about subconscious mind power is that it cannot build up thoughts; it only processes habitual thoughts be it bad or good.

Here we come to reality of consciousness, before anything comes to our subconscious mind there must be consciousness, the way we think. The mind is similar to a constantly flowing stream. However, a natural stream cannot send forth fresh water and bitter from the same source, nor yield both salt water and fresh. So it is with the mind and it thoughts; it cannot equally think negative and positive thoughts at the same time. One will rule over the other.

Since the mind reflects habitual thoughts, it is therefore our responsibility to influence our mind and brain with positive emotions, thoughts and energy as the dominating factors in our mind. Mind power is beyond positive thinking or brain power; it is thinking and believing what you think that will manifest your reality. Since this mind power is power of thought and beliefs, and these thoughts and beliefs will create the outcome of your now, you will want to stay aware to the reflections you are thinking.Image

Now, mind power is a dual system that includes your power of thought (brain) and your subconscious mind. We all have subconscious mind power. It can be the way you unconsciously handle a situation whether appropriately or not. Power of the subconscious mind comes from thoughts and beliefs of the power of your mind. Whatever you think and believe is what your subconscious mind power will produce. This is done continuously, one minute at a time. Every thought nourished regularly by your mind power will activate your subconscious mind to generate those thoughts and energy whether good or bad into your life. This is how your present and future life is created.

Your mind power and subconscious mind work together and they fashion your reality. Let’s use a parallel to help you visualize how it works. Your subconscious mind power is similar to fertile soil that consents to any seed planted inside it. Your habitual thoughts and beliefs are seeds which are being continually sown and they will eventually produce a crop. So, if you plant weeds, you will get weeds, if you plant fruit, you will get fruit. In other words, you will reap what you sow, now the conscious mind is the gardener, and it is the mind power to choose what reaches our inner garden – the subconscious!

Unfortunately, most of us do not have green crops because of lack of knowledge of this law, the psychology behind this success and because of this ignorance; we have allowed all kinds of seeds, both the good and bad, to enter. So our subconscious mind power will manifest failure, ill health and all kinds of misfortunes just as effortlessly as it will manifest success and abundance. However, it cannot manifest it both at the same time, which is why the need to constantly sow only positive seed until the fertile soil of your subconscious mind power reaps only abundance. Success is only a choice, failure is another one.

Contributory Article: Steve Olugbenga

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7 Habits of Highly Frugal People

FEATURED POSTThis post is originally written by Alban, a personal finance writer. He offer money savings tips and helps people to compare home loans online.

The book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold over 15 million copies since it was first published in 1989, teaching people all over the world how to live a happier, more successful and more satisfying life. One of the prevailing themes of the book is the fact that to change your life you need to change your attitude because no one else is responsible for what happens to you but you, so you can either complain about the things you don’t like in your life or you can set about changing them. Not surprisingly, this directly relates to the state of your finances. This post is a parody to the concepts presented in the book.

If you are tired of living paycheck to paycheck, of having your phone regularly cut off or having to make excuses to skip dinners with your friends if the money has run out before the end of the month then you can use the seven habits of highly effective people to take control of your money situation and live a more frugal lifestyle, and a happier one.

Habit One: Be Proactive

The first habit of highly effective people is to take responsibility for their own lives; if they fail, they have no one to blame but themselves. Regardless of how you were raised or how you were treated at school you are able to choose your behavior now. Being proactive means understanding that you are in control of the direction your life takes and in control of your day to day interactions. Whereas a reactive person is often affected by their environment and will find external sources to blame for their behavior, for example if the weather is good they are in a good mood but if the weather is bad it affects their attitude and so the weather is to blame for their bad mood.

Here are 6 Action Steps to Take When You Feel Financially Vulnerable

However what most people forget is that between the stimulus and your response is your freedom to choose your response, and one of the most important things you choose are your words. The language you use is an effective indication of how you see yourself and if you use proactive language such as ‘I can’ or ‘I will’ you are starting with a more positive attitude than a reactive person who uses language like ‘I can’t’ or ‘I have to’ or ‘if only…’

How to be proactive for effective frugality:

  • Take the first step. You cannot take control of your finances until you make the commitment to do so because the more you ignore the situation the worse it will get. Instead take a long hard look at your finances and your budget, your debts, income and expenses and understand where your money is going and where you can budget better. (To help you out, here are 25 ways to pay off your debt more easily.)
  • Tell people. Using proactive language to vocalize your goal of being more frugal and more financially responsible not only helps you crystallize your goal but can also help you avoid the peer pressure which can make budgeting and frugality hard. If you explain to your friends and family how you are trying to live a more frugal lifestyle then they are less likely to pressure you into one more round of drinks at the pub or dinner out, again.
  • Listen. Listen to yourself and listen to the reasons you give each time you make a purchase outside of your budget or decide not to put those spare funds into your savings account. Taking the time to stop and listen to the reasons you give yourself for spending more than you earn will give you the opportunity to hear just how shallow many of those reasons are, and can stop you from making purchases which can impede your goal of effective frugality.

Habit Two: Begin with the End in Mind

Those who are effective in achieving their goals are able to envisage their end result despite the obstacles. Highly effective people adhere to this habit based on the principle that all things are created twice, there is the first mental creation and then the second physical creation, and the physical creation follows the mental creation in the same way as the building follows its blueprints.

If you don’t visualize what you want out of life then you are at risk of other people and external circumstances influencing your life because you are not influencing it yourself. Instead begin every day and every task with a clear vision of where you want to go and how you’re going to get there and make that vision a reality with your proactive skills from habit one.

How to visualize effective frugality:

  • Define your goal. There are many ways to live a frugal lifestyle and you need to decide on how frugal you want to be. Do you want to be debt free, do you want to build a savings account balance of a certain value or do you want to be able to live on one income in a two income household?
  • Decide how you’re going to get there. This will again draw on your budget, but you also need to be aware of the obstacles which are standing in your way. These may be literal obstacles such as credit card debts, or they may be obstacles you have identified in your behavior; for example are you spending $10 every day on junk food on your way home from work because you’re starving when you could be packing a two dollar muesli bar or a low GI lunch to keep you going until dinner. Or do you find that when you go shopping with your sister she always helps you justify a frivolous purchase when you could leave your credit card at home?

Make sure your goals are SMART! Here’s what I mean by that.

Habit Three: Put First Things First

Knowing why you are doing something is an effective motivator in helping you take the mental creation and transform that into an actual physical creation of your goal. Therefore ask yourself which are the things you find most valuable and worthy to you. When you put these things first you will be organizing and managing your time aroundyour personal priorities to make them a reality.

However for many people it is hard to say no but this is exactly the skill you have to learn to be able to keep your goals as your first priority. While we have all of these time-saving devices and we are told we can have it all if we just achieve that elusive work-life balance, in reality having it all is really about prioritizing which it is most important to you to have, and then doing that properly.

How to put effective frugality first:

  • Recognize the effects of your finances. You may not dedicate as much time as you should to managing your finances and practicing frugal principles because you feel there is always something more important to be doing, whether it is work, taking the kids to soccer practice or getting ready for dinner with the girls. However, if your finances are not under control and you are regularly spending more than you earn, then this is having a negative impact on every other aspect of your life from your work to your family to your friends. Therefore you need to recognize that being frugal is your first priority.
  • Just say no. It is easy to spend more than your budgeted amount each month when you are worried about missing out on a dinner with friends, feel as though you have to cater a birthday party for your son and 50 of his closest friends or you can’t possibly wear the same suit you wore last year to a work conference. However if you recognize that you don’t have to take on everything and that it is all right to say no then you will find you are more in control of your spending and your budget.

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Habit Four: Think Win-Win

Most of us are taught to base our self-worth on comparisons to others and competition against our peers. We think we can only succeed if someone else has failed and if you win, then that must mean I lost. We are also taught that there is only so much pie to go around and if you get a big piece then I’m going to be missing out. When you think like this you are always going to feel like you’re missing out on something and nothing is ever fair. As a result many of us retaliate and take the pie before someone else can take it from us.

Thinking in a win-win mindset allows you to see mutual benefits from all of your interactions and as a result, you will see that when you share the pie it tastes even better. If you are able to approach conflicts and problems with a win-win attitude by showing integrity and standing up for your true feelings and values, it allows you to express your ideas and feelings with courage while having consideration for the feelings and ideas of others. When you focus on an abundance mentality, you are able to see that there is enough for everyone and you can see that balancing your confidence with empathy can help you achieve your goals while helping others achieve theirs.

How to create frugal win-win situations:

  • Recognize that you don’t always know the full story. As you aim to implement frugal principles and stick to a budget, you may often find yourself thinking ‘it’s not fair’. It’s not fair that they get to go out to dinner. It’s not fair that they get a new car, and it’s not fair that they get to go on holiday and I don’t. However, take the time to realize that you are only seeing a small part of the finances of your friends and family who seem to ‘have it all’. And even though your best friend is taking that dream European holiday of yours or your brother is buying a sports car before you are, you will get there too if you manage your finances frugally and there will still be plenty of holiday destinations and plenty of fast cars when you can afford the expense.
  • Understand the difference between possessions and net worth. While your friends and family may seem to have a fuller lifestyle because their house is bigger or their car is newer, you need to consider that it could just be a facade to cover their mountains of debt. True wealth is not measured in possessions but in assetsand when the value of your assets is greater than the amount you owe in mortgages, car loans and credit card debts, then you have a strong net worth and are truly wealthy. And in aiming to live a more effectively frugal lifestyle you will be able to achieve true wealth rather than just a life full of stuff.

When building wealth, remember to look at the big picture too.

Habit Five: Communication

Communication is often the desire to be heard and understood and most people will listen with the intention to reply to what you’re saying rather than to understand what you have said. However, to effectively communicate you need to first understand and then be understood because if you communicate with the sole intention of being understood you can find that you ignore what others are saying and miss their meaning entirely.

How listening can help you be effectively frugal:

  • You are not the only person in your life. Chances are you are married, in a relationship, have children or all of the above. As a result, you are not the only person being affected by your decision to live a more frugal lifestyle. To be effective in your goal of frugality, you need to be able to listen to and understand the goals and behaviors of the other people in your life too. Consider how effective your frugality would be if you were taking packed lunches to work and avoiding the afternoon coffee run with your partner going on shopping sprees during their lunch break. Instead of living a more frugal lifestyle, you are really saving on one end and spending it on the other.
  • Understand the goals and needs of others. While it is important to explain your desire to live more frugal lifestyle, it is also important that you understand the goals and needs of your family so that you can find a way to be more frugal without them having to give up all of the things which are most important to them. You can’t know what those things are unless you listen.

Habit Six: Synergize

Interactions and teamwork are some of the most important ways you can learn new skills and more effective behaviors. To synergize is the habit of creative cooperation where you work as a team to find new solutions to existing problems. Synergy is not something which just happens but is a process where you need to bring all of your personal experiences and expertise to the table to enable more effective results than you would have been able to achieve individually – the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

When you have genuine interactions with people you are able to gain new insights and see new approaches to your problems which you would not have otherwise thought of.

How to synergize for effective frugality:

  • Look for new ways. In a society which has become so good at consumerism you have probably already realized that you need to find new ways of doing just about everything to be frugal. It is easy to buy your lunch every day but it is more frugal to take a packed lunch. It is easy to drive to work but it is more frugal to catch the train. It is easy to buy a new cocktail dress but it is more frugal to make one.
  • Surround yourself with other frugal people. To be successful surround yourself with people who are where you want to be and whether you join online forums onfrugal living websites or strike up a friendship with the woman who runs the local shop you will be able to share ideas and learn from others to be successful.

Learn to embrace the positive influence of saving money here as well.

Habit Seven: Sharpen the Saw

You are the greatest asset you have on your journey to achieving the lifestyle you want and so you need to look after yourself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. When you take time to renew yourself in all four areas of your life you are creating growth and change which allow you to continue with the previous six habits you have mastered, which still need to be maintained to achieve success.

How to frugally renew yourself:

  • Physically. By eating better you will feel better and if you start your own vegetable patch for example you will be able to save at the supermarket and will be eating better at the same time. Exercising keeps you fit and healthy and it doesn’t cost you anything to go for a walk or bike ride or even skip rope in the backyard. To rest your body you don’t need to go to a day spa you can simply slide into the tub at home and relax.
  • Emotionally. Interacting socially with others allows you to make meaningful connections and this can come back to a conversation with the woman at the op shop or even scheduling in coffee and a chat with your mum once a week.
  • Mentally. Exercising and expanding your mind through learning, reading, writing and teaching can be done frugally at your local library or even by volunteering at a school or retirement home to teach others a skill you may be taking for granted.
  • Spiritually. Spending time close to nature to expand your spiritual self through meditation, music, art or prayer can be done frugally by taking a quiet moment to center yourself and empty your mind before you go to bed or going for a bush walk and being grateful for the beauty of nature surrounding you.

Frugality does not mean having to give up all the luxuries and things which make you happy because if you go through developing habits 1 to 6 without spending the time to renew yourself this is how you burn out, and frugality is something you want to develop and maintain for the long-term and with these seven habits you can be a highly frugal person.

 

NAIRA NOTE OF INSANITY

It gives me a bit of indigestion any time I stumble over news item on the social media network and other mass media outlet that mention the proposed introduction of the new #5,000 note but I felt a soothing relief of fresh air when our legislators decided to dumped the whole idea in the dustbin of irrelevance.

Regardless of their decision, I will still echo my displeasure that I have documented in my thoughts all along. I‘m particularly worried about the personality behind the scene of the policy initiative. As noble as the idea may look like on economic papers and in the mouth of its town criers, I make bold to say that it portend grave danger for our economic that is already suffering from acute subsidy removal and terrorism amnesia.

The character of the Central Bank of Nigeria governor in the past has shown that his administrative and managerial competence is not at all time above board. His purported addiction to media publicity hangover might likely be the thrust behind this whole garbage of rubbish. Arguably, this ill-conceived policy might be a quench of thirst for always wanting to be in the glare of public eye.

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I’m agonizingly disgusted about the very slice of the policy that says our lowest currency denomination of #5, #10 & #20 note will also be converted to coins. Is the Federal Government unaware of how the coins of yester years have been confined into the dustbin of transaction history? Have they forgotten in a hurry about how the coins policy during Soludo reign was vehemently rejected by the Nigerian people? If the Aso Rock villa and the National Assembly have made them to forget too soon about the general sense of despair that pervaded the ordinary Nigeria, then am seriously scared and hypocritical about how committed the Goodluck/ Sambo administration is to their credo of transforming Nigeria.

If the Jonathan led administration are truly sincere about turning this gloomy economic picture around, then suggesting this black market cum self-serving initiative by the over excited Sanusi is a sabotage of that commitment. Take for instance, the America economic experienced her worst depression since 2008 because the then president George W. Bush chose to honour poor economic choices. Americans up till now are still living in the shadow of the valley of dead that they were thrown into.

The middle class that they continually pride themselves in is shrinking at an alarming rate. There is a serious growing divide between RACE and CLASS. The economic and life of the bottom 99% is been remotely controlled by the top 1%.

That being said, if we don’t want a ripple effect of what has befallen America, then every TRUE Nigerian must rise UP and say NO to this policy. I don’t have to be an economist to know that given the nature of Nigerians, that idea will not fly. Mere resting the case for a future review must be rejected.

Oluwasanmi Lawal

Author/ Strategist

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Condoleezza Rice’s RNC Speech: ‘Where Does America Stand?’

Wednesday night, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered remarks at the RNC. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery. Stay tuned for the video!

“We gather here at a time of significance and challenge. This young century has been a difficult one. I will never forget the bright September day, standing at my desk in the White House, when my young assistant said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center – and then a second one – and a third, the Pentagon. And then the news of a fourth, driven into the ground by brave citizens that died so that many others would live. From that day on our sense of vulnerability and our understanding of security would be altered forever.

Then in 2008 the global financial and economic crisis stunned us and still reverberates as unemployment, economic uncertainty and failed policies cast a pall over the American recovery so desperately needed at home and abroad.

And we have seen once again that the desire for freedom is universal – as men and women in the Middle East demand it. Yet, the promise of the Arab Spring is engulfed in uncertainty; internal strife and hostile neighbors are challenging the fragile democracy in Iraq; dictators in Iran and Syria butcher their own people and threaten the security of the region; China and Russia prevent a response; and all wonder, “Where does America stand?”

Indeed that is the question of the moment- “Where does America stand?” When our friends and our foes, alike, do not know the answer to that question – clearly and unambiguously — the world is a chaotic and dangerous place. The U.S. has since the end of World War II had an answer – we stand for free peoples and free markets, we are willing to support and defend them – we will sustain a balance of power that favors freedom.

To be sure, the burdens of leadership have been heavy. I, like you, know the sacrifices that Americans have made – yes including the ultimate sacrifice of many of our bravest. Yet our armed forces remain the sure foundation of liberty. We are fortunate to have men and women who volunteer – they volunteer to defend us on the front lines of freedom. And we owe them our eternal gratitude.

I know too that it has not always been easy – though it has been rewarding – to speak up for those who would otherwise be without a voice – the religious dissident in China; the democracy advocate in Venezuela; the political prisoner in Iran.

It has been hard to muster the resources to support fledgling democracies- or to help the world’s most desperate– the AIDs orphan in Uganda, the refugee fleeing Zimbabwe, the young woman who has been trafficked into the sex trade in Southeast Asia; the world’s poorest in Haiti. Yet this assistance – together with the compassionate works of private charities – people of conscience and people of faith– has shown the soul of our country.

And I know too that there is weariness – a sense that we have carried these burdens long enough. But if we are not inspired to lead again, one of two things will happen – no one will lead and that will foster chaos — or others who do not share our values will fill the vacuum. My fellow Americans, we do not have a choice. We cannot be reluctant to lead – and one cannot lead from behind.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand this reality — that our leadership abroad and our well being at home are inextricably linked. They know what needs to be done.

Our friends and allies must be able to trust us. From Israel to Poland to the Philippines to Colombia and across the world — they must know that we are reliable and consistent and determined. And our adversaries must have no reason to doubt our resolve — because peace really does come through strength. Our military capability and technological advantage will be safe in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s hands.

We must work for an open global economy and pursue free and fair trade – to grow our exports and our influence abroad. In the last years, the United States has ratified three trade agreements, all negotiated in the Bush Administration. If you are concerned about China’s rise – consider this fact – China has signed 15 Free Trade Agreements and is negotiating 20 more. Sadly we are abandoning the playing field of free trade – and it will come back to haunt us.

We must not allow the chance to attain energy independence to slip from our grasp. We have a great gift of oil and gas reserves here in North America that must be and can be developed while protecting our environment. And we have the ingenuity in the private sector to tap alternative sources of energy.

And most importantly, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild the foundation of American strength – our economy – stimulating private sector led growth and small business entrepreneurship. When the world looks at us today they see an American government that cannot live within its means. They see a government that continues to borrow money, mortgaging the future of generations to come. The world knows that when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny. That is not the America that has inspired others to follow our lead.

After all, when the world looks to America, they look to us because we are the most successful political and economic experiment in human history. That is the true basis of “American Exceptionalism.” The essence of America – that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.
Ours has never been a narrative of grievance and entitlement. We have not believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well. We have not been envious of one another and jealous of each other’s success. Ours has been a belief in opportunity and a constant battle – long and hard — to extend the benefits of the American dream to all – without regard to circumstances of birth.

But the American ideal is indeed endangered today. There is no country, no not even a rising China, that can do more harm to us than we can do to ourselves if we fail to accomplish the tasks before us here at home.

More than at any other time in history -the ability to mobilize the creativity and ambition of human beings forms the foundation of greatness. We have always done that better than any country in the world. People have come here from all over because they believed in our creed – of opportunity and limitless horizons. They have come from the world’s most impoverished nations to make five dollars not fifty cents- and they have come from the world’s advanced societies – as engineers and scientists — to help fuel the knowledge based revolution in the Silicon Valley of California; the research triangle of North Carolina; in Austin, Texas; along Route 128 in Massachusetts – and across our country.

We must continue to welcome the world’s most ambitious people to be a part of us. In that way we stay perpetually young and optimistic and determined. We need immigration laws that protect our borders; meet our economic needs; and yet show that we are a compassionate people.

We have been successful too because Americans have known that one’s status at birth was not a permanent station in life. You might not be able to control your circumstances but you could control your response to your circumstances. And your greatest ally in doing so was a quality education.

Let me ask you, though, today, when I can look at your zip code and can tell whether you are going to get a good education – can I really say that it doesn’t matter where you came from – it matters where you are going. The crisis in K-12 education is a grave threat to who we are.

My mom was a teacher – I have the greatest respect for the profession – we need great teachers – not poor or mediocre ones. We need to have high standards for our students – self-esteem comes from achievement not from lax standards and false praise. And we need to give parents greater choice – particularly poor parents whose kids – most often minorities — are trapped in failing neighborhood schools. This is the civil rights struggle of our day.

If we do anything less, we will condemn generations to joblessness, hopelessness and dependence on the government dole. To do anything less is to endanger our global economic competitiveness. To do anything less is to tear apart the fabric of who we are and cement a turn toward grievance and entitlement.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild us at home and inspire us to lead abroad. They will provide an answer to the question, ‘Where does America stand?’

The challenge is real and these are tough times. But America has met and overcome difficult circumstances before. Whenever you find yourself doubting us – just think of all the times that we have made the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect.

America’s victorious revolutionary founding – against the greatest military power of the time; a Civil War – hundreds of thousands dead in a brutal conflict – but emerging a stronger union; a second founding – as impatient patriots fought to overcome the birth defect of slavery and the scourge of segregation; a long struggle against communism – that ended with the death of the Soviet Union and the emergence of Europe, whole free and at peace; the will to make difficult decisions, heart-wrenching choices in the aftermath of 9/11 that secured us and prevented the follow-on attacks that seemed preordained at the time.

And on a personal note- a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham – the most segregated big city in America – her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant – but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter – she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State.

Yes, America has a way of making the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect. But of course it has never been inevitable – it has taken leadership, courage and an unwavering faith in our values.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have the experience and the integrity and the vision to lead us – they know who we are, what we want to be and what we offer the world.

That is why this is a moment – an election – of consequence. Because it just has to be – that the most compassionate and freest country on the face of the earth – will continue to be the most powerful!

May God Bless You – and May God continue to bless this extraordinary, exceptional country – the United States of America.”

source: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/08/29/video-transcript-condoleezza-rices-speech-from-the-republican-national-convention/
Source: foxnewsinsider.com

AFTER NYSC: WHAT NEXT?

CHAPTER ONE

 

A SYNOPSIS INTO LIFE RE-ORIENTATION

AFTER NYSC SCHEME FOR A CHANGE

“I keep six honest serving men

  (They taught me all I knew);            

  Their names are WHAT and Why and When

  And How and Where and Who.”

–      Rudyard Kipling

 

As a serving corps member, I’ve come to discover that there’s much more to life after the discharge certificate has been issued. I’ve come to terms with the fact that life after NYSC is not a result of experiences gathered from level of green horn to ‘Kush’ and the ability to aspire for more. I realized that life after NYSC will not just be about the curriculum vitae and other praise that may come with it but rather more of a new insight to life, a change in thinking and many assertive measures to life issues beyond the normal scope mentality and other injunctions.

 

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK

I started to plan actively for life after National Youth Service right from my 100 level days in the University. Mid-way to my service year I now already have a blueprint of what I want to do with my life after wards.

When I started out, my goal was not to prepare for life after NYSC per se. I mean, I didn’t get up from the bed that morning (15th August, 2004) in Omolayo Hostel, University of Ado-Ekiti, and said “Okay from today, I will start planning for life after the service year.” No! Rather, I came across a quote from Abraham Lincoln that reads “If I had eight hours to cut down a tree, I would spend six hours sharpening my axe.” With that in mind, coupled with the advice given to me by my uncle that was working then of how horrendous life after NYSC could be without proper preparation, I asked myself an important question:

WHAT NEXT?

The question was important because of two major reasons: First, because I had determined in my life not to spend my life working at a job. Brewing in that consciousness, there was a growing restlessness inside of me saying ‘not preparing early enough with proper answers might turn out to be suicidal.’ So, the question, “What Next” was very critical; critical to the drumbeat on my inside.

Secondly, based on the knowledge I had from the inspirational books I’d read previously, I understood the importance of asking powerful questions such as What Next? When a question like this is asked and a serious attempt is made to provide the right answer for it, it usually leads the questioner to doors of opportunities that may never have occurred to that person.

That was exactly what asking this question at this point in time did for me. All of a sudden, like a bolt from the blue, it dawned on me that whether my service year is in a few days time or a few years time, if I didn’t have a plan mapped out about what I will do next when I get to that point, I would get stuck.

The very thought that I could be stuck and a burning desire to avoid it at all costs, propelled me to start thinking seriously about what I could do if and when I’m through with my university education. Next to this thinking, was this other thought that if one finished university education and one had not discover what on earth one is living for, one may never do so again. I know better serving my father land today. You could be with university degree and still be struggling and, just about then, if you could somehow reawake the sleeping giant within you, then you could still make the most of the remaining days that are allotted to you to live on planet earth. That is a risk I’m not willing to take!

The answers to this very important question WHAT NEXT didn’t come that same year (2004). The answer came in 2006, during my 300 level days. You might be wondering for the life of you and asking “from where?” It came from the Holy Bible and the pages of books I have been feeding myself with all through those years. One of such books is Think and Grow Rich by the legendary Napoleon Hill, while the others are: Seven Habit of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, Towards Empowerment For Change by David Oyedepo, Awakening the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins, Goals! by Brain Tracy, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell, Why We Want You To Be Rich co-authored by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki, to mention but a few.

I buried my head in the forest of those books for several months. I kept them in my room and refer to them often as my “Secular Devotional”. As it turned out, those books gave me the answer to my question, WHAT NEXT? The answer I got from the Holy Bible and the books led me into consulting and entrepreneurship. The fire the books ignited in my soul drove me to become the founder of an organization on campus in 2006 Called Make Things Happen International (MTHI): Whose scope of operation covers consultancy, research, orientation and training with Above Board Consulting serving as its subsidiary. The mandate of this organization is to “raise, nurture and equip one million new generation of leaders/entrepreneurs across the continent ofAfrica and beyond by the year 2035”. Presently, MTHI is in three states of the federation. She has also carried out several research works for banks, companies, government agencies etc with tremendous success. It also led me to become a founder member of Strategic Successful Info Int’l -an information company operated by my friend and partner Toyin Omotoso in 2005, Government of Twelve (G-12) Universities of Ado-Ekiti branch; a charity organization with headquarters based in Texas, U.S.A and I as they say, the rest is history.

Just as I said earlier, the answer to my “WHAT NEXT” question didn’t lead me directly to the present phase of my life. But it was instrumental to my being in a position to write this book and ask you the same question and with you providing answers that is not just mere rhetoric. Up till now, I’m still following the exact script I had written for myself in line with God’s purpose for my life. I do not consider myself to have attained yet like Paul said in Philippians 3:10-14. I’m still on the journey because success is a journey.

So, here comes the puzzling thing …!

If it’s so obvious that life after NYSC is an inevitable outcome for those that have been mobilized for the scheme, something that no one among us can escape; something that we cannot do without, why is it that little or no time is spared to plan for it? Why is it never considered by corps members as necessary? Why is it that many youth corpers so called are always spending their life filtering and fluttering about? Why do they become complacent and slothful in due time? Why do most youth of this age devote time to unprofitable ventures? What’s the reason under heaven why most people like to do things at the eleventh hour – when it is almost too late? Why do majority of corps members display devil-may-care attitude toward issues of their life? Why? Why? …………why?

…there are more questions than answers!

There you are thinking “yes!” but this book was conceived out of a growing passion to prove you wrong and provide more answers to those age long questions  of your destiny. It’s to encourage YOU in your post service endeavor to explain and explore opportunities beyond search for paid employment. I have been living every second of my service years trying to find genuine answers and provide cutting edge solutions. Every chapter will carry in it two presuppositions that are practicable in real life after NYSC. The answers you will find from the pages of this book will become the synopsis into your own life re-orientation after the National Youth Service Corps Scheme for a positive change.