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Hope

We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.
Aristotle Onassis

Judge Not!

Judging before getting the fact (pre-judging) is what’s called » Prejudice

Let’s be tolerant enough to get our ‘simple apprehensions’ straight, cos without that, all we will have is a bunch of faulty reasoning.

Please don’t judge me, and I won’t judge you. Even if u do, I still won’t. . . @_o

FocuS

3 things photography can teach us about focus

Photography is an amazing way to learn about focus. This is because the very act of viewing life through the lens of a camera can help us develop a truly empowering skill.

We call that skill focus, and learning to use it properly can transform our perception of the world around us and the people in it.

I believe that the power to change your reality is equal to your ability to focus your attention in the most beneficial direction at any given time.”

1. The higher the magnification. the narrower the field of vision

“If you focus intently on the positive aspects of any person, place, or thing, the negative aspects will fade into the background.”

2. Lighting has a huge impact on how you see things

“If we assign too much value to (shine a spotlight on) things of little importance, they will overshadow the more valuable aspects of our life.”

3. Shutter speeds affect the quality and clarity of any photo

“If you stay too long at unimportant activities (overexpose yourself), you will end up underexposing yourself to the really important ones.”

What kind of results do you want?

“For a lot of people, life is just an average experience, it’s a point and shoot affair. Generally, this is not because they don’t want an exceptional life. It may be because they haven’t taken the time to develop the life skills required to produce exceptional results.”

Can you refocus and reshoot to maximize your focus? Insightful article with great tips!

Excerpt from http://holykaw.alltop.com/3-things-photography-can-teach-us-about-focus

My Thoughts for Nigeria@52

Hmmn… My dear country is celebrating 52 years ofindependence yet we still depend on other countries for things as basic as food, clothing and buildin materials(shelter).

Our institutions are chunning out robots instead ofEmpowered graduates bcoz the poor dudes are tot how to pass exams and not how stuffs work.

I can percieve the GIANT(ideas,innovations,inventions,creativity,etc)in every Nigerian Youth beggin to be free but elders around are too selfish and insensitive to reach out and lend a helpin hand.

Labour market demands 12-13hrs worktime and still expect workers to be productive? How now, wit 4hrs rest and zombie-like life???

Nonchalant leaders abusing power every opportunity they get **Babu conscience** hmmn…

I be technical staff coz I went to Polytechnic and she be core staff coz she dey hold Unifasity palli…eventually technical staff does d job while she presents the report n gets d ultimate reward…*dat kind thing wey fit make man kolo e*

If govt think sey one EduSystem is not up to standard, why dont they do something about it or scrap it altogeda…..uhmmm…
Officially Independent but stil shackled by Corruption, Bribery, Corporate slavery and abuse of political power.

From whence cometh our help…. BabaGod nikan lo le gbawaaaa which is why I pray sote sote sote sote sey Naija go beta for Good… She wil soon share her Testimony…

Nevertheless, what I’m I doing, what are you doing to make this country a beta place for all andSundry???
Hapi Independence Naija!

Hope For Nigeria

While in a cab, I patiently listened to d cab-driver’s story of how he rose from being a wheelbarrow pusher<alabaru> to being an Okada rider before he eventually bought his 1st cab in 2003, now he is a proud owner of 4 Cabs and 2 landed properties in d state capital… Who says there’s no hope for Nigerian Youthz??? My prayer today is dat God should bless d work of our hand and make us excel even as our leaders are bent on frustratin our efforts. Oluwa je’ki nri temi seeeeee!!! Kip moving peeps, I can sight a light at d end of d tunnel…. One Luv Peeps!   

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The Capsule Exemplification’.

Culled from http://academictips.org

This is a real life story of engineer John Roebling building the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, USA back in 1870. The bridge was completed in 1883, after 13 years.


In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before.

Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.

Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.

The project started well, but when it was only a few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was also injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to talk or walk.

“We told them so.” “Crazy men and their crazy dreams.” “It’s foolish to chase wild visions.”

Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built.

In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever. He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task.

As he lay on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment.

It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife.

He touched his wife’s arm with that finger, indicating to her that he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed foolish but the project was under way again.

For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do.

Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal.

Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realised with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are.

Thoughts About The Difference Between Character And Reputation
By Tim Nichols
Reputation isn’t everything. Character is much more important. A reputation that is gained without character is hypocrisy. A reputation that grows out of a good character is simply giving honor to whom honor is due.
Character is within your power. Reputation is a thing over which you have little control.
Character cannot be taken away from you by any man. Reputation can be stolen from you by liars.
Striving for character is strength. Aiming solely atreputation is weakness. Character endures difficulty.
Reputation seekers are confused when difficulty arises. Character seeks to do what is right.
Reputation seekers seek to do what is acceptableto the most mortals.
Integrity, honesty, clarity, and honor are valued by men and women of Character. Vagueness, indistinct communication, and craftiness are hallmarks of reputation-seekers.
The man with character can stand alone when duty calls upon him to do so. The reputation seeker will not stand alone under any circumstances.
The man with character tries to clearly and honestly speak the truth and openly invites others to examine it. The reputation seeker aims at acceptance and therefore makes vague statements that can be interpreted in ways acceptable to the hearer.
The man of character speaks the truth as clearly and kindly as he is able at all times and under all circumstances. The reputation seeker speaks the truth with boldness only when he is assured that those who are significant to him will applaud.
The man of character is often out in front, regardless of who is following. The reputation seeker cannot lead the way because he cannot move in any direction until he is assured that the army is already headed that way.
The reputation seeker is confused by the man of character. He tends to assume that all men are motivated as he is and he attempts to manipulateothers by dangling before them the golden carrot of approval and by goading them on with the spear of disapproval. His arguments are often shallow and when he cannot convince others with reasonable discussion he attempts to intimidate with threats of harming the reputationof the man of character. He is shocked, perturbed, and disgusted when his petty attempts at coercion are ignored by the one who is examininghis own heart and his own Bible rather than opinion polls.
The godly man of character has a genuine light that shines for all the world to see. When right-thinking men see it they glorify God
(Matthew 5:16). The reputation seeker has no real light, but he works very hard at giving the impression that he does. His artificial light changes color as it radiates in different directions. It is adjusted so that men who see it will glorify him.
Sometimes men of character deservedly own a fine reputation among men. This is desirable above great physical wealth (Proverbs 22:1). But a fine reputation is not to be desired above character. False teachers have always enjoyed fine reputations among some segment of the people (Luke 6:26). They, along with other hypocrites of their stripe, have traded character for reputation and have received the only reward they will ever see (Matthew 6:1-21). Only a man of character can “rejoice and be exceedingly glad” when he is wrongly persecuted and when men say all kinds of evil against him falsely because of his practice of Christianity (Matthew 5:10-12). The reputation seeker will fall apart at such times.
Only the man of character can truly teach and practice the truth without partiality
(1 Timothy 5:21, James 3:17 ). He is not moved by the potential influence of his hearers upon the opinions of others. He does not challenge the sinsof those without influence while ignoring those of opinion leaders. All are treated equally by him. The reputation seeker “pets the big dogs” and kicks the helpless ones if doing so will please the”big dogs.”
Reputation seekers tend to, sometimes subtly, point at their degrees and awards hanging on thewalls and suggest that you ought to respect their opinions because they have been respected by influential men in high places. Men of character point at the Bible and suggest that God’s word is alone worthy of your trust and that all opinions ought to be weighed upon God’s scales.
Men of character are able to say, “I was mistaken” when they are able to discover errors in themselves. They clearly defend what they have said or done when they are accused of errors that they, themselves, cannot detect. Reputation seekers, on the other hand, are quick to say that they have been “taken out of context” even when their words clearly mean what they appear to mean when placed in their context. Their “clarifications” are often very imprecise andunclear. Since many approved of them for what they did say they cannot retreat from it. Since some disapprove of what they said they cannot directly own it. Their fence-straddling seldom wins for them the approval of both sides and it often backfires and causes them to earn the displeasure of both. Honesty and consistency go out the window when reputation is the goal. They are obvious and apparent when character is the objective.
Work to become a man or woman of character. Begin on the inside. The outside will follow. Those who love truth and right, though they be few, will love you. God will love and reward you. When you look in the mirror you will be able to approve of what you see. The transient applause of men cannot match the authentic approval of heaven or that of your own conscience.

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