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RISING UP STRONGER FROM FAILURE

cropped-index-21.jpegThe book I read, The Power Of Failure by Charles C. Manz inspired me to put this article together.

Failure is an inevitable and positive phenomenon that is indeed attached to every success story including yours-to-come! Failure only succeeds when you fail to create success from it.

I’ve heard failure speak two messages to me. First, it told me i failed because I was actually doing something (acting) and secondly, I failed because of a mistake I consciously or unconciosly made.

I got to realize that wherever success lurks, failure exists there too and there’s a possibilty that one might fail. A business, businessman or entrepreneur never rules out failure from the possibilities. Every student should acknowledge the fact some day, failure would come knocking and the door must be answered.

A very respected teacher whom I got to know once told me an open secret. She said, ‘Victor, if a dog bites you once, it’s the fool but if twice, you are the fool!’ I then determined that even if I am a fool once, twice or three times, I’ll keep being that fool until I’ll eventually murder that dog! Lol. Look at me using the word “murder” for a dog.

Do these whenever you fail; Be confident in your failure because you tried, understand why you failed, try doing the same thing in a whole new perspective and as Joyce Mayer would say, take your mind and mouth off it!

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YOU REALLY DON’T HAVE TO BE LATE

teen-late-for-school-rex        And as the early morning chill arrived, you rolled to one side of the bed, hugged your pillow tighter, put a smile on your face, drew your legs into the blanket, shut your eyelids closer and drifted deeper into the sleep.
Then they were calling your name. Oh! How you wished it was in your dream, of course, you pretended that you did not hear. Didn’t you? You did! And then they entered you room and tapped you on the shoulder. You groaned and moaned. ‘Wake up, you daisy head, it’s time for school.’
We all enjoy our sleep and don’t wish to wake up-I don’t mean death-again. But, we will be late for school if we don’t. Wont we?
Some are privileged, very, to have guardians, who wake them up, while some don’t and most times, run late to school.
Even those who have guardians still run late most times. But did you know that you can enjoy waking up early and making it to school on time? Of course you can just a little determination.
You know the dangers of running late, don’t you? I don’t mean to scare you but do you remember those strokes of the cane that cut through the air with such voracious speed and land on your body, their destination? Do you remember those eyes-so red-of that teacher who can’t wait to indulge you in some frog-jumps? Oh my gosh! Did you know you might miss your mid-session tests? The worse? I’ll tell you; you’ll end up with the tag: late-comer. I bet you don’t want any of this.
Alarms, they say works best, but I must tell you that even the loudest and most vibrating of alarms are not efficient enough when it comes to some individuals. Oh! Do you fall into this category? I didn’t think so!
Frankly, friendly alarms I should say, works best. Choose beautiful songs and tunes that put a smile on your face, makes you want to dance or sing along, not those ones that scream into your ear making you want to tear your hair.
Avoid sleeping in the dark. Sometimes, when we sleep in the dark, the brain tells us it’s still night, but when we sleep with the lights on, we feel its morning already.
Another way out, I must tell you, is preparing something enjoyable and exciting to do in the morning, like reading a chapter of your favorite novel, adding some touches to your project, trying on some new clothes, whatever gives you pleasure but you’re not addicted to, do it. Note: you must not be addicted to these activities as they may increase your chances of running late.
You know, you necessarily may not have conquered lateness because you woke up early. Overcoming the urge to keep on sleeping is just a step towards achieving your goal of getting to school early. Another step is getting prepared without wasting time. A little secret: get all your materials for school ready the previous night as this would eliminate haste.
One who is in a hurry to get prepared for school would keep forgetting things and would have to go back to them, wasting more time. Thus, in as much as you try to avoid wasting time, also try not to be in a haste, but with fluidity, go through your morning activities, probably by listening to good music.
Don’t enjoy the shower too much and definitely don’t use the bathtub during weekdays. Again I say, don’t get into activities that you’re addicted to, maybe like playing games, it’s not the right time for that.
Lastly, stop seeing school as punishment, but, remember the excitement and fun you encounter while there. Your friends, the football pitch, those pranks you play, those food you eat in the cafeteria, should be the things you remember when you wake up and not the assignment you have to submit, the teacher who is too frowny-if there’s a word like that- the bully called so and so, etc.
I admire those schools that recognize and reward the early-comers. Be in that category and see yourself being excellent at school!

 

 

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THE POTTER’S PRIDE

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The new year is upon us whether we like it or not, it’s warmth, hugging us so tightly. Our eyes are opened to the opportunities behind us, with us and before us. The year indeed, is like a potter’s heap of clay, ameoboid in shape, confused in state and soft like a child’s stomach. In the mind of the potter, there are a thousand and one ways he could restructure and re-define this mass of soil. He could turn it into cutlery, a kitchen utensil, or even a flower vase. But, he also knows that if he does not put his hands into the dough early enough, the whole thing will remain that way, damned by the evil called procrastination.
Like the potter’s clay, ours is the numerous 356 days ahead of us; bright, promising and of course, challenging. For the drunkard, it’s a year to beat his last record of bottles. For the market-woman, she has to make more sales. For the banker, he has to clutch the handle of promotion. For the writer, his pen must learn a new dance step. For the new-born, his stomach must reach a new dimension-from his mother’s breast milk.
We all set goals, visions, resolutions, targets and aims. Seeing how much-or less- we achieved from our last resolutions, we bite our lips, beat our chest and swear to accomplish all our new goals to the letter. In the end, all we will have to do, is sit in front of the mirror, look ourselves in the eye and judge if we’re guilty or not!
Happy new year!

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LOVESTRUCK- EPISODE TWO

 15401106_924425534358389_7183499202493148363_nFor some reason I felt sad. I won’t be seeing my parents often as I used to. Though I was happy at first on leaving home, still, I’ll surely miss them. Eventually Dad left and it was just me, all alone. Whilst I unpacked my loads, someone entered my room. Well it was a guy, but I expected him to knock. “Hey, what’s up? My name’s John”, he said. “I’m Daniel and……what are you doing here?” “I’m your roommate, bro”, he laughed. “Roommate? What’s a roommate?” “It means we both share the room” The room was small for me, now I get to share it with another person. It was a bunk-room, I stayed down and he stayed up. Sadly, the school doesn’t allow students cook, so we’d go to the cafeteria to get something to eat, afterwards we return to our dorm. It was when I went to cafeteria that I noticed her. She was beautiful and she had long hair. John observed I was looking at her. “Paula”, John said. “Paula? As in?” “That the name of the girl you’re staring at” “I wasn’t staring”, I said. “Oh, trust me, you were definitely staring”. “Was it that obvious?”, I asked He laughed at me and continued eating his meal. I wouldn’t know if I was staring, I was merely looking at her. Anyways, we left the cafeteria for our dorm and it was me and John in the room. He had a loquacious attitude, he could never stop talking. In the one night we spent together, he told me his father’s name, his mother’s and even his life story. I mean, who does that? I couldn’t really sleep that night, though it was comfortable but the thought of my parents being far from me was keeping me awake. I eventually fell asleep and woke up late the next day. John woke me up actually. “Bro, wake up. It’s 7:30am and classes starts 8:00am” As I heard that, I jumped off my bed and rushed straight to the bathroom. John and I went to school that morning, but he was in another department, so we splitted and I walked alone to my department. I saw a bunch of guys playing music and dancing in front of a building, so I was looking at them and didn’t know when I bumped into Paula, letting her books fall from her hands. She seemed furious. “What sort of person are you? Certainly a person who doesn’t look at places he’s going”, she said. I was awed at her statement, ” it was a mistake”, I said. She just walked away hurriedly without looking backwards. ————————————————- On getting to class, lecture was about to start. After scanning the whole class, noticeably the only vacant seat was beside Paula. Can you imagine? Well I sat down anyways, it was either there or I stood up throughout the entire class and that wasn’t a suggestible decision. Surprisingly, she didn’t utter a word to me throughout the class, it was though I sat beside a ghost. I was happy when lecture was about to end, then the lecturer gave us assignments and grouped everyone two-two. Unfortunately, I was left with Paula, neither of us seemed happy about it. Immediately after class, she left hurriedly, I quickly followed her. to be continued.

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Praise Osawaru is a student and an innovative and creative writer., who loves to dance and play soccer(electronic, don’t start getting any ideas!). He he also a very captivating speaker and loves to look good. You can contact him via the following;

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LOVESTRUCK -EPISODE ONE

15401106_924425534358389_7183499202493148363_n“You live once, you die once, you love once”, that’s what my mum used to tell me. Though I didn’t understand the meaning, she never ceased saying it. ————————————————- Growing up as the only boy and the only Child of the Fadeyi’s family was quite challenging. I had a lot of expectations to meet up with and everyone wanted me to be 100% focused on my studies. I wasn’t allowed the free time to go play out or hang out with friends like other kids do in our neighborhood. That’s even if my parents let me keep friends. They were too overprotective, always making feel like an apron on two people’s neck- my dad and mum. Finally, I was done with secondary school and it was time to apply to university for admission. ” This is my time to cut loose the hold my parents have over me”, I’d say to myself. I never knew what life had in store for me. Mum wanted me to choose a close by university, probably in Lagos state, ’cause we lived in Lagos, but I decided to pick MacPherson University, Ibadan. Although, it wasn’t far enough, but it was better than being under their watch. Getting admission into Nigerian university isn’t like pouring water into a bucket. You’d first have to pass your WAEC, then JAMB, lastly POSTJAMB. it’s more like breaking a rock with a hammer. However, I got accepted to study “Economics” at MacPherson university, Ibadan. “You’re now a grown up”, Mum said ” I know, mum”, i replied. “There’ll be a lot of distractions in school, mostly girls. Don’t let them decieve you. They’re all the same- after your money and after that they’d leave you directly. Focus on your study, I’ll miss you when you go”. I could see tear rolling down her eyes, I didn’t understand why. I wasn’t getting married and leaving the house forever, I was just going to school. One can not truly understand a mother’s love for her child. Dad, on the other hand was elated about my leaving home to further my education, finish with first class Bsc in Economics and work in a great company and become wealthy. My family wasn’t exactly a rich or wealthy family, we managed whatever we had. Dad worked as a lecturer in one of the polytechnics at Lagos and Mum was a nurse at a teaching hospital. The day I was to leave home for school finally came and I was ecstatic. I’d finally be free to do whatever I wanted, not being watched and pampered by my parents. Dad took me to school, the journey was long and I slept throughout. I haven’t actually travelled for a very long time before. “Hey, wake up. Unbelievably, you slept throughout the journey. Probably because you’ve not travelled far before. There’s always a first time for everything”, Dad said. “You took the words right out of my mouth, Dad”. After dropping me off at my dorm, he crouched and held me. “Now son, you listen to me carefully. Life’s filled with challenges and different situations that’d wanna hinder you from moving forward. Do not let forget the family you’re from and your sole purpose here. I have faith in you son, and undoubtedly, I believe you’ll exceedingly be great”. What an inspirational speech, I said to myself. “I promise not to derail from my sole purpose here. Hopefully, when I come home, you’d notice a difference in me” that was my response to him. TO BE CONTINUED

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Praise Osawaru is a student and an innovative and creative writer., who loves to dance and play soccer(electronic, don’t start getting any ideas!). He he also a very captivating speaker and loves to look good. You can contact him via the following;

Inastagram: @iam_praeze
Twitter: @iam_praeze
Facebook: Praise Osawaru
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TAKE GIANT STRIDES

indexThese are the entities which I think have worked for me whenever I’m about to venture into unknown territories;

  1. Gratitude: Why, gratitude opens up doors to more opportunities. Gratitude to yourself for thinking about that awesome idea or gratitude to someone or some people for thinking you worthy of being tasked. Let gratitude rule your initial stages of adventure. Let it come first in your reply to employers or opportunity givers. Let it come first when you pray to God regarding the completion of a job. Let your dealings be rooted in gratitude.
  2. Individuality: Take it or not, your idea has already been thought about or carried out! But not in your style and brand. Every piece, every commodity, every service and every thing that you bring to the market should bear your trade-mark. When your work is seen and attributed-even before seeing your name or logo-to you, then you become better. So, bring your personality into your work.
  3. Alertness: Not every opportunity comes with good. Not every opportunity has a potential. Some opportunities go as far as dragging you, without remedy, into dark failure. Thus, research is needed when you feel like taking the bull by the horn. watch out for danger signs and success signs too.
  4. Neatness: Your work is accepted with both hands and feet when you’re noted for neatness. Neatness could mean several things; coordination, composure, clarity, truth, etc. Your creativity should have the gems mentioned above. When you present your skill-transformed-into-piece using logical and ethical patterns, you’re appreciated the more.
  5. Time-consciousness: Again? I almost heard you ask. Well, yes, you’re seeing this compound word again in your life. Why? Because it is too important to be ignored. Building a character of time-consciousness and eradicating procrastination helps you achieve more and bring a better you out of you.

Using these five principles while working not only makes you outstanding, but a one-for-all individual! Keep winning.

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MY NEW BOOK; APRON

Well, I promised and here I am, fulfilling that promise. My book is here for you, FREE!

All you have to do is go to my sidebar, or down bar, depending on your device and enter your e-mail address into the follow widget and the book would be sent straight into your email for quick download.

How wonderful that is, right?

 

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LIFE; A COMPLEX LABYRINTH

imagesThat moment you feel your life has demanded a lot from you and has given you less. You feel like you’ve been going down the wrong path, you realize all you’d efforts has been futile. Well, there’s a saying that life gives you what you deserve not what you desire. Life is filled with hardships. We all Live separate distinct lives. Everyone unique in his own way.
Looking at life as a complex labyrinth. Your rights might be someone else wrongs. Your ego, pride, attitude, perception might hinder you from moving on in life. Life as we all know it, ain’t fair…and if you didn’t know, well you just knew. Life doesn’t regard men. Whatever the challenges are, never give up, endure.
It doesn’t matter how many times you’re tried, don’t stop trying. You may put so much into making things work out in life, but at the end, you don’t get what you truly deserve. You did your best but u have nothing to show forth. It can be very frustrating having done everything humanly possible to achieve a goal in life, yet things go wrong.
Life is like a maze. Numerous paths…it can be confusing at times…filled with potholes, bumps, and other related hindrances to stop you from getting out. The way you think, The way you see things, what you do will help u get out of that maze, no matter how complex it might/can be.
It may be hard to believe, but know this hardship in life is inevitable, but also know change is inevitable, you just have to compel it. Life won’t give u what you want on a platter of gold. Think outside the box

 

praisePraise Osawaru is a student and an innovative and creative writer., who loves to dance and play soccer(electronic, don’t start getting any ideas!). He he also a very captivating speaker and loves to look good. You can contact him via the following;

Inastagram: @iam_praeze
Twitter: @iam_praeze
Facebook: Praise Osawaru