Food For Thought

'I TOUCH THE FUTURE. I TEACH'
-Christa Mc Auliffe

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Monday, 14 February 2022

LIVING BY CHANCE OR MONKEY BUSINESS

 


In case you do not know what Monkey Business is all about; Now read this:

A lot of monkeys lived near a village.

One day a merchant came to the village to buy the monkeys.

He announced that he would buy the monkeys for £100 each.

The villagers thought he was mad.

They thought how can somebody buy stray monkeys for £100 each?

Still, some people caught a few monkeys and gave them to the merchant and he gave them £100 for each monkey.

This news spread like wildfire and more people caught more monkeys to sell to the merchant.

After a few days, the merchant announced that he would buy monkeys for £200 each.

Even the lazy villagers now ran around to catch the remaining monkeys and sold them for £200 each.

Then the merchant announced that he will buy monkeys for £500 each.

The villagers started to lose sleep! They caught six or seven monkeys, which was all that was left, and got £500 for each one.

The villagers were waiting anxiously for the next announcement.

Then the merchant said he was going home for a week and when he returned he would buy monkeys for £1,000 each.

He asked his employee to take care of the monkeys he bought.

The merchant went home and the villagers were very sad as there were no more monkeys left for them to sell at £1,000 each.

Then the employee told them he will secretly sell them monkeys for £700 each.

This news spread like wildfire. Since the merchant will buy monkeys for £1,000 each, there is a £300 profit for each monkey.

The next day the villagers made a queue near the monkey cage.

The employee sold all the monkeys for £700 each. The rich bought monkeys in big lots. The poor borrowed money from money lenders and also bought monkeys.

The villagers took care of the monkeys and waited for the merchant to return.

But nobody came.

They ran to the employee, but he had already left too.

The villagers then realised that they had bought the valueless stray monkeys for £700 each and were unable to sell them.

Beware of Monkey Businesses

Real Businesses are always based on Real Products and Services; any profit that comes cheap has a question mark. For instance, invest #2m today and get #4m in 30days. You will get the first month, second month, with the urge to make more money, you invest both the interest and principal into the 3rd month. That's when they vacate.

No more monkeys business this year.

Some are coming in the form of network marketing etc etc....beware!

Nice and sweet promises are calculated for u which look wonderful on paper but a mirage in reality. 

 Again never engage in any form of Monkey Business in " *2022".

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Sunday, 16 January 2022

WRITTEN IN GOLD LETTERS

An elderly woman got on a bus and sat down. At the next stop, a strong, grumpy young lady climbed up and sat down beside the old woman, hitting her with her numerous bags.


When she saw that the elderly woman remained silent, the young woman asked her why she had not complained when she hit her with her bags?


The elderly woman replied with a Smile: "There is no need to be rude or discuss something so insignificant, as our journey together is so short, because I am going to get off at the next stop."


This answer deserves to be written in gold letters: "There is no need to discuss something so insignificant, because our  journey together is too short."


Each of us must understand that our time in this world is so short. That darkening it with useless arguments, jealousy, not forgiving others, discontentment and bad attitudes are a ridiculous waste of time and energy.


Did someone break your heart?  Stay calm. The trip is too short.


Did someone betray, intimidate, cheat or humiliate you?  Relax. Don't stress. The trip is too short.


Did someone insult you without reason? Shake it off. Ignore it. The trip is too short.

Did a neighbor make a comment that you didn't like?  Take a deep breath. Ignore him/her. Forgive and forget it. The trip is too short.


Whatever problem someone has brought us, remember that our journey together is too short.


No one knows the length of our trip. Nobody knows when it will arrive at its stop. Our trip together is short.


Let us appreciate friends and family.

Let us be respectful, kind and forgiving.

In return, we will be filled with gratitude and joy. After all, our trip together is very short.


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Sunday, 9 January 2022

HOW TO RESPECT YOURSELF IN 2022



1...Stop looking for who is not looking for you.

2... Stop begging.

3...Stop saying more than necessary.

4...When people disrespect you, confront them immediately.

5...Don't eat other people's food more than they eat yours.

6...Reduce how you visit some people, especially if they don't reciprocate it.

7...Invest in yourself. Make yourself happy.

8... Stop entertaining gossip about other people.

9...Think before you talk. 80% of how people value you is what comes out of your mouth.

10... Always look your best. Dress the way you should be addressed.

11... Be an achiever. Get busy with your goals

12...Respect your time.

13... Don't stay in a relationship where you don't feel respected and valued. Walk away.

14... Learn to spend money on yourself. That's how people will learn to spend on you.

15... Be scarce sometimes.

16...Be a giver more than a receiver.

17...Don't go where you are not invited. And when invited don't overstay your welcome.

18...Treat people exactly the way they deserve.

19... Except they owe you money, two call attempts is enough. If they value you they will call you back.

20...Be good at what you do.


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Thursday, 6 January 2022

LET'S BE EAGLE'S IN 2022



 DUCK OR EAGLE?   You decide.

I was at the airport when a taxi driver approached me. 


The first thing I noticed in the cab was a phrase, I soon read:

 

- Duck or Eagle? 

You decide.


The second thing I noticed was a clean, shiny cab, the driver well dressed, white shirt and well pressed pants, with a tie.


The taxi driver got out, opened the door for me and said:


"I am John, your chauffeur. 

While I'm putting your luggage away, I'd like you to read on this card what my mission is."


On the card was written: 


John's Mission 

- To get my clients to their destination quickly, safely and economically, while providing a friendly environment. 


I was impressed.


The interior of the cab was equally clean.


John asked me:

"Would you like some coffee?" 


Joking with him I said: 

"No, I'd rather have a juice. 


He immediately replied:

"no problem.

I have a thermos with regular juice and also diet juice, as well as water," he also told me:

"if you wish to read, I have today's newspaper and also some magazines." 


As the race began John told me:

"These are the radio stations I have and this is the repertoire they play." 


As if that wasn't enough, João even asked me if the temperature of the air conditioning was good.


Then he told me what was the best route to my destination and if I wanted to talk to him or if he preferred that I not be interrupted. 


I asked:

"Do you always serve your customers like this?"


  "No," he replied.

"Not always. 

Only in the last two years. 

My first few years as a taxi driver I spent most of my time complaining just like the other taxi drivers.

One day I listened to a doctor who was a specialist in personal development. 

He wrote a book called :Who you are makes the difference!

He said: 

If you get up in the morning expecting to have a lousy day, you certainly will.

Don't be a DUCK!

Be an eagle!


Ducks just make noise and complain, eagles soar above the pack. 


I was all the time making noise and complaining.


So I decided to change my attitudes and be an eagle. 


I looked at the other cabs and drivers.

The dirty cabs, the unfriendly drivers, and the dissatisfied customers.


I decided to make some changes. 

Since my customers responded well, I made a few more changes.


In my first year as an eagle, I doubled my turnover. 

This year, I have already quadrupled it.


You are lucky you took my cab today. I am no longer at the cab stand. 

My customers book through my cell phone or send me a message. 

If I can't pick up, I get a trusted "Eagle" taxi driver friend to do the job."


John was different. 

He offered a limousine service in a regular cab. 

John, the taxi driver, decided to stop making noise and complaining like ducks do and started flying over the group like eagles do.


It doesn't matter whether you work in an office, with maintenance, a teacher, a civil servant, a politician, an executive, an employee, a freelancer, or a taxi driver!

How do you behave? 


Are you dedicated to making noise and complaining? Or are you elevating yourself above the others? 


Remember: THE DECISION IS YOURS!


That key only opens from the inside! 


AND YOU HAVE LESS AND LESS TIME TO CHANGE!

 

2022 will be nothing new if we don't have new attitudes!


May we be better fathers,better husbands better wives, better mothers, better children, better friends, better Christians!


May we not repeat the mistakes of the past!


May we pray more, praise more, thank more!


May Jesus Christ Almighty give us the wisdom we need to be eagles, so that we can fly high and live in a better world of peace. !


Happy new year ! Happy 2022 !

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Tuesday, 4 January 2022

A NEW START A NEW MIND SET



Starting a new course or journey is usually fraught with uncertainties and fear. The uncertainty of attaining your goals or otherwise can breed hope or fear. Life as they say is full of uncertainties such as success, loss, happiness, sorrow, sickness, failure and the like. But then ,nothing ventured nothing gained as the popular maxim goes. So is the saying a journey of a million miles start with a step. 

As we begin a new year, we are given another opportune time to dare into new territories and to seek the face of Yahweh in blessing our hustles and make amends in the forgone time or year. The past came with some successes and failures but in it all ,we sail through to the end. We've got to pat ourselves and say well-done! Ebenezer ! for how far we have reached.  As the Biblical text goes "Had it not being God, where would I have being. "

We should thread new beginnings with some courage and caution not forsaken our set resolutions of gaining more territories.

This, we can do by taking into consideration of working on ourselves. The self development is the new deal. Human capital or development is the greatest game changer in trying to make any meaning gains in our lives. And this is derived from the saying" As a man thinketh so is he" Education is really empowerment. Let's start some new thinking or course of study or a reading club to abreast ourselves of latest developments and innovations. We can take advantage of Free courses in Coursera, Edx,  Udemy, futureLearn, Linkedin and many others.


In this new year let's look into these areas of our lives too and see how we can fine tune our system for the best. 

That is in the area of:

Business

Friendship

Fun/Recreation

Alliances

Skills

Family life

Intellectual life

Health and fitness

Creative life

Spiritual life

Community


When we painstakingly follow these strategies or ideas with a new mindset, we may stand a good chance of fine-tuning ourselves for the greater goal ahead of us. 


Have a great and prosperous new year. 


BEGINNINGS

"Patrick Awuah started Ashesi University in a rented house in 2002 with 30 students. 19 years later, it is among the most respected universities in Africa and boasts a 100-acre campus with world class curriculum, spacious living and study spaces with corporate-world-ready graduates being churned out every year. 


I bet the four MBA students who did the feasibility studies towards the establishment of Ashesi had their doubts. I bet Patrick spent some sleepless nights wondering wether quitting his well paying job at Microsoft to start a university in Africa was wise. Beginnings are fraught with doubt. Beginnings are dangerous.


Most people spent all their lives behind the starting line, waiting for a starting gunshot that never comes and then they give up on their dreams. Your heartbeat is the the bell you need to listen to. If it beats with your dreams, you should start running wether you think you are ready or not. Start with 'why' like Simon Sinek advices, and you are more likely to stick to your vision, work at it everyday, grow organically and in time hit that sweet spot, where everything comes together and long lasting success is ensured. 


Joel Degue says resolutions most often don't work. Set goals rather. Get fit this year, go to school or start a business, reduce your expenses, work on your personal development. Get out of debt. Invest in your mind. Read a minimum of 10 or 12 books this year. I am reading one every weekend. 


Talk to others who have done it or are doing it.  Break it down into smaller steps and daily or weekly actions you need to take, and it won't be long before you start seeing the fruits of your labour. 


Beginnings are pivotal. Beginnings are inspired by potential. But you have to work dreams into reality. 


"Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has grace, power and magic in it. Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and Creation) There is one elementary truth the ignorance which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: the moment that one definitely commits ones self, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred… Unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.


There goes the starting pistol. 


By Stan Dugah

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