June is Running! Are You?


Welcome to the month of June

Personally, I feel this year is running at an alarming rate. The days are moving so fast and rolling into weeks; the weeks are also capping one another quickly to transcend into months. The months are also moving into quarters.

The first quarter, the second quarter and we just entered the last month in the second quarter of the year.

Wow! This is a fast year.

I still remember when my cousins and l launched firecrackers and fireworks with many other families to herald the New Year and now we’re in the month of June.

However, I’m not focusing on how fast the month is but how you’re responding to it.

At the beginning of the year, many people drafted the cliché New Year resolutions, others set goals for the year, some set goals and implementation plans and some didn’t set out or plan to do anything.

Whether you made plans or not, the truth is the days, weeks and months would keep on moving.

How far have you gone with your plans or goals for the year because the truth is, 2018 is nigh.

A lot of people do not actually want a life of mediocrity but they just take life as it comes, hoping that someday their day of success would come.

This is SO wrong!

If you didn’t set any plans for the year, we’re already in the 6th month but you can still use the rest of the day to write out feasible plans that you want to achieve before the end of the month. You still have about 6 months and three weeks left

You can still make things happen, it’s better late than never.

For those who set goals and have let them lie fallow, try to work on those goals, set plans for execution and you would be surprised at how much you would be able to achieve.

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Street Smart! – What does that even mean?

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A high GPA looks great on paper but …

For you to be considered as smart, now means a whole lot more.

Gone are the days when being smart just depended on your academic / intellectual prowess or cognitive abilities.

That’s just being “book-smart”.

Now, this fast paced world of ours requires so much more that intellect, knowledge and swift reasoning.

More is required of you.

What’s the point of being witty, being able to think on your feet, and generate creative ideas in minutes if you can’t get people to listen or can handle a tough situation.

Or you have stage-fright, find it difficult to adapt to certain environments or you just can’t comport yourself.

So tell me does your 4.0 GPA or your 92% rating matter anymore?

Nope. It doesn’t matter.

It even makes others doubt your impeccable result as they wonder if you cheated your way through school.

Let me give two valid examples:

A male investment banker who has worked with corporate elites throughout his career gets a new assignment to convince local artisans, janitors and farmers to invest their weekly or monthly earnings in his bank.

This could be a challenge to him because that’s a new situation and he might have been only professionally trained and may not know how to simplify terms to those group of people.

Secondly, let’s imagine  a group assignment, the first class student does the research. drops all the ideas and probably even makes the PowerPoint slides

Presentation day arrives and senior executives and recruiting mangers are present but that first class student would plead with a fellow group mate to make the presentation while he/she is at a corner fidgeting and petrified.

The banker doesn’t know how to convince the artisans and the student is scared of public speaking and if anyone is to be hired, it would be the colleague who did the presentation

Organisations require those that can pitch ideas to clients, those that are charismatic, bold, those that can go the streets and hustle in harsh environments, get things done with little or no assistance.

Now that’s street-smart.

We need to be both book and street-smart but you can’t deny the relevance of being street-smart especially after graduation.

Challenges that surpass our intellect would always come our way, we might just need to be street-smart to confront them.

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Humility & Low Self-Esteem : A Thin Line

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What is Humility? What is Low Self-Esteem?

There seems to be a very thin line between being humble and having a low self-esteem. These two terms are not related or interwoven but it’s surprising that they are misrepresented. In trying to be humble, people tend to showcase low self-esteem.

This is wrong?

Not much into definitions but let’s define both terms for better understanding.

Humility is the act of being modest, and living a simple life even when you have what it takes to be proud. Humility is a coveted behaviour, but still a lot of people are not humble; quite a number of people still tend to openly showcase who they are and what they have achieved to others.

On the other hand. Low Self-Esteem is a condescending behaviour that makes people act as if they have no sense of regard. People with low self-esteem hardly comport themselves, they act as if they have no value or self-worth.

Though, it is not advisable to be proud, I suggest that you should not stoop to the point of having little or no self-esteem.

Like I said earlier, there is a thin line between both concepts and the best way to clarify them is by giving illustrations.

Let’s take for instance, a group conversation either between friends, colleagues or associates; the proud one would be stressing the value he or she offers to the organisation, stating how much value he/she has added and how the company is lucky to have him/her.

However, in the same context, the humble one would be grateful to the company for giving him/her the opportunity to hone his/her skills, appreciate the efforts of his team members, superiors and subordinates before stating the projects that have been worked on.

What would be the fate of the person with a low self-esteem?

He/she would probably not join the conversation as such a person thinks lowly of his/herself

This needs to be corrected, see yourself as someone valuable, and see yourself as someone that matters because you truly matter.

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