Take Ownership

Say No to Excuses One of the prominent black scientists and inventors of the early 20th century, George Washington Carver once said that “99 percent of failure comes from people who have the habit of making excuses.” We have heard statements like “I didn’t pass that exam because the examiner dislikes me” or “I am…

Personal Responsibility

It’s in Your Hands On March 10, 2020, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched an initiative to speed up development and distribution of therapies for COVID-19 in collaboration with Wellcome and Mastercard. This partnership will deploy a seed fund of $125 million earmarked to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will be used to identify…

Stickability

Staying Strong in Tough Times The world is facing a global crisis. People in every continent are anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic. Nations are shutting down, economies are slipping into recession and many businesses are projected to collapse due to the effect of the widespread virus. The impact of the pandemic is putting unprecedented pressure…

FAIL FAST

Learn from Failure Failure is an inevitable fact of life. In my opinion, previous generations and even mine have not embraced this fact well enough. Experience teaches us that failure is a natural phenomenon and we must accept it as we journey through life. The good thing is that this reality is better embraced by…

Just Do It

Start the Process Whenever you see the Nike logo, what comes to mind? Does that lovely swoosh known to represent one of the biggest brands in the world paint the picture of well-built athletes in trendy sport wears? Or does it remind you of the inspiring slogan “Just Do It”? The Nike brand is known…

Get Things Done

Be a Doer Can an artist win a Grammy Award for a song he hasn’t written? Have you heard of a Nobel Prize for Literature winner who is planning to write her first book? I am also sure you haven’t seen anyone who won the Oscars for a movie yet to be released. This is…

TEACHERS: We Must Get Them Right!

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else. Lee Iacocca There is a strong correlation between access to quality education and the socio-economic development of a nation. A report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows…

Perseverance

Developing Staying Power One of my favourite quotes of all time is Robert Schuller’s “Tough times never last but tough people do”, and I say these words to myself every time. Have you ever wondered how some people are completely ruined by a business failure, while some others face the same difficulty, recover, and go…

Grow Your Network

Go Farther  The importance of having the right people around you was captured in a statement by Tim Sanders who said; “Your network is your net-worth”. This means the people you surround yourself with to a large extent determine how far you go and how much you can achieve in life. The richest man in…

Develop Your Mind

Your Greatest Asset The human mind is no doubt one of the most fascinating parts of the human body. I’m constantly amazed by its capacity. Scientists say the mind can retain up to 4.7 billion books, that’s equivalent to 670 million webpages! Isn’t it amazing that every great invention you can think of began in…