Morning Starter

In my humble opinion, the morning is the most important part of the day. The morning tends to be the period you can mine for maximum productivity if you know how to go about it.

By morning, I really mean early morning, in the range of 5AM – 7AM, not 8AM, 9AM. I mean really early in the morning. How do you kick start your mornings? Do you try to have a defined routine or you just take it as it comes?

I believe it will do you a lot of good if you really take out time to plan your morning routine in a way that you extra maximum value from that quiet period when your mind is refreshed from a good night’s sleep.

One of the great things to do early in the morning is to expose your mind to great ideas and do some thinking and reflection. Who do you spend your mornings with? What do you gain every morning?

I am not going to tell you exactly what to do (or what I do in the morning), as I believe it is best you come up with a formula that works best for you. I will just leave you with a lot of pointers.

  • The very first thing you want to do is ensure you wake up early enough. You will not be able to use your mornings productively if you keep on waking up late. Waking up late wastes the morning, as you will not be in frame of mind for productivity. You would rather be playing catch up, running here and there to get yourself together and ensure you meet up with the day’s commitment.
  • Try to create a 2 hour period for yourself. You should have it in mind that you would like to deposit 2 hours into yourself everyday. Look at it this way; you get 24 hours every day and various forces of life will demand for portions of it. Your day job, parents, children and friends will all take their own part out of the day. At the end of the day, you have not used any part of the day for yourself, for your own personal development. Change that! You should also take 2 hours in the morning for yourself.
  • Expose yourself to great minds and great ideas by reading great books. One of the greatest books successful people like reading very early in the morning is the best selling book of all time – The Holy Bible and I cannot endorse it enough, it ought to find a space on your shelf – whether physical or virtual. You should try reading it in as many various translations as possible. You should also add read other great books that discusses other important aspects of life like financial, relationship, goal setting, creativity, strategy and leadership. Needless to say having The Morebise Post included in your morning schedule is also a great thing. The goal is to educate your mind. The cool, serene atmosphere you get in most places in the morning makes it easier to learn things in the morning. (There is a reason schools teach Mathematics in the morning and Home Economics in the afternoon 😀 )
  • The morning is a great time for thinking and reflections. I think it is a great thing to reflect upon life everyday. Many people have goals, but because they do not reflect and think about their goals often enough, they usually end up forgetting about the goals. Then, one morning they wake up and discover they have failed to take the little steps required for the grand goal to happen. That will not happen if you think about it everyday. The morning is a great thing to ponder upon the question: “What can I do about my goals today?”

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Mr Independent

Everybody craves for independence, this feeling of ultimate freedom to do whatsoever you whenever you like. The other side of freedom is that it sometimes leads to recklessness and without any external force to intervene, it leads to demise.

I think everyone needs to find a sweet spot between total independence and dependence, nobody should become so cocky as to declare independence and hence refuse to listen to take words of advise from people again.

I am not saying you should become a suggestion box, giving your ears to every advise issued in your direction. What I am trying to say is that no matter how high you soar in life, you should have 2 or 3 voices in your life that can critically analyse what you are doing and have a say.

No man is an island, no one knows it all. Last time I checked, only God had the power to know it all, as for man…. What can we do?

Happy Independence day Nigeria!

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60 million children need your help

Are You Ready to Win a $10m Prize by Developing a Solution to Educate Millions of Children?

There are almost 60m children around the world, who are not attending school. Of these, half are In Africa. The vast majority are girls.

This number is now increasing further because of conflict in Northern Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, and also because of the Ebola crisis in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

This is a terrible situation, which must be addressed. The question is how do we build enough schools, hire enough teachers, provide enough books, and other materials, to educate so many children?

Where will we get the money? And how long will it take before we have done all that; it might be decades, and meanwhile a whole generation’s future will have been lost!

Introducing the XPRIZE for Global Learning:

This is a calling to think of a way we could do education differently. How can we deliver education to such children without the school building, teachers and the fancy uniforms?

To win it this prize, you will need to have an open mind and literally “re-invent” education, from the way we know it today. A team will have to develop an “App”, which will make it possible for a child, who has never been to school, to learn to read, write and master basic arithmetic, without the aid of a teacher.

It will not be easy, but if you can do that you will walk away with $10m cash as the winner!

Prior to this, the five groups chosen as finalists in the competition will each receive $1m to work on their idea.

If you want to know the rules of the competition, then you will have to study it on the XPRIZE’s website: http://learning.xprize.org. The competition was launched last week, at the UN Headquarters.

Schooling and Education are 2 different things and both are in my friend’s words: “seriously broken!”. I think it is time to completely re-invent education and what it means to be educated.

Access to quality education remains very expensive. Even the people with access to ‘schools’ are not getting the education.

What if we could change all that? I still believe that practical solutions to our problems cannot be imported, a Demola, Chiazor, Tosin or Ejeyi has to arise and get it done.

To motivate you, $10 million is waiting.

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Localised Innovation

The solutions to our problem will not come from abroad, it has to come from within us.

A little confession: before September 2014, I have NEVER used Google Maps before. Not for anything practical anyway.

I did a lot of traveling in September, far beyond my comfort zones and then for the first time, I was really able to see places the way outsiders will see them and then I experienced in first person how difficult it was to get useful information about places around me and actually how to get there.

Google Maps is doing a good job, but it full of errors and using it to get around using public transportation is not easy, it is just not so helpful. You can not effectively use it to move around if you are not driving your own car.

I am a firm believer in the idea of building products and services for a well defined target audience, if you set out to start your business with a target audience in mind, you can better customise the business offering to meet their needs. If you set out with the big idea of building your business to serve everyone in the world, it will be so generalist that no one in particular might even find it useful.

It was great then to find Roadpreppers, a web-based app that looks to provide step-by-step navigation for public transportation commuters in Lagos, in a language they can relate to. When searching for places on RoadPreppers, it informs exactly which buses to take and which bus-stop to alight. No engineer at Google (which is based in the USA) can think up something like that.

We need more locally developed applications, we need more locally thought out ideas that will positively enhance how we live, work and play. The apps we import from abroad do not effectively tackle our challenges here which includes poor Internet access for example.

Everyday, we read about yet another photo sharing app or chat app launching featuring exactly the same features as the others before them. At a point I joked that the difference between the various chatting apps was their logo and colours, I wondered if we had seen it all… then I found SideTalk, a new chatting app available on Android only for now. SideTalk brings an interesting innovation to the game that makes it stand out: SideTalk works without the internet, it does not use your data!

SideTalk uses your phone’s bluetooth to send and receive messages. It is easy to see a lot of use cases for something like this:

  • Side talks during a lecture or meeting (pun intended)
  • Chatting within the house. Why should I use up my precious data to exchange messages with my younger brother in the basement?
  • Location based social networking, connect me to interesting people around me who are SideTalking.

I wonder why I have not thought up something like this before! Of course, this will not be useful to everyone and it does not need to. But I am sure it is a chat app that will appeal to the data-less folks out there. SideTalk is a brilliant example of what can happen if we sit down to think about how we can build experiences people can relate to and find useful.

This is localised innovation and going forward, if your business offerings are not relevant enough to your target audience, if you cannot feel their pain the way RoadPreppers and SideTalk has demonstrated, you are on your own.

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  • Body hacking; people are modifying their bodies to do interesting things. Quick question: would you remove your natural eyes and replace with one that has cool features like 100x zoom (replacing the need for microscopes and binoculars), infrared and night time vision? Plenty of food for thought here and what exactly it means to be human or machine.

Numbers

  • 1.6 Million more teachers are needed in classrooms by 2015
  • 250 million children around the world cannot read or write
  • Learning basic reading skills could lift 171 million people out of poverty

(Source: UNESCO. I will discuss these numbers in tomorrow’s Post. Tune in)

 


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Would you like to change your reality?

In a flash, I saw it… a principle that had the potential to turn my life around forever!

I can create my own reality! Suddenly, I understood that I was no longer subject to the same laws as everyone else, I could create my own reality! Wow! Let me explain…

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6 (KJV)

Here we see Jesus making quite an audacious claim to be THE WAY, and THE TRUTH and THE LIFE, what exactly do these words even mean?

Things get really interesting when we look up that same scripture in other translations

“Jesus: I am the path, the truth, and the energy of life” – John 14:6 (The Voice edition)

Aha! A new word: ENERGY of life, that means the energy to run through life does not come by eating and drinking, it comes from something else.

The Recovery Version of that scripture is the one that resonated the most with me and the main basis of today’s #TMP.

“Jesus said to him, I am the way and the reality and the life” – John 14:6 (Recovery version)

This translation replaced the word TRUTH with REALITY. Which means that Jesus is my reality, not what the news defines as my reality, not what the economy says it is… But whatever Jesus says it is!

Cool, isn’t it? But that is not all!

From John 1:1 – 14, it gets much more interesting, John uses the Greek word logos to describe Jesus “in the beginning,” or before creation and time began. Logos means WORD, but specifically it means the spoken word or a statement. Jesus is God’s SPOKEN WORD, according to John.

Therefore, if Jesus is the WORD and we have our BIBLE which also contains the WORD of GOD, I therefore feel our task is simple! Using the WORD of God, which is contained in our BIBLE, anybody can create his own REALITY! Anyone can get the ENERGY to go through life and find the path of ultimate illumination.

Let us take a clue from our Father, the one who created ALL things.

In the beginning, He found out that the heavens and the earth that he had created had totally broken down. The bible reports that He found it FORMLESS, EMPTY and DARKNESS was over the surface of the deep.

Is this not a surprising thing, how can God create something FORMLESS, EMPTY and DARK? This shows us that some other things had happened… But what happens next is quite remarkable; God spoke!

Like you would have done, God also spoke. But He didn’t start to complain and accuse whoever wrecked the havoc, He didn’t start to cry and whine and make revenge plans – all a complete waste of His precious time. He simply declared what he wanted to see: LIGHT!

So, would you like to change your reality?

React to life the way God did, when you see things you do not like spring up around you. Do not react as if you saw it, instead declare what you want with your own mouth! Put the WORD of GOD in your mouth, boldly declare the WORD of GOD because it is the WORD of God that ought to create your own reality as a child of God.

Your reality is not defined by the things you can see or even perceive, your reality should be created by what you say with your own mouth and careful steps the declarations will then lead you to do.

With Jesus; which is the SPOKEN WORD of God in your own mouth, you can create anything you would like to see. If God could use it to create everything we can see now, I do not for one second doubt its efficacy!

You should try it! This new week, every morning make BOLD declarations from the bible, declare that you want to see LOVE, JOY. You should also call in some millions of money you know?

A fantastic exercise I now do often is to call in ideas and money everyday; ideas rule the world and I need money to build my ideas. Simple!

So, would you like to change your reality? I am sure you now know what to do.

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Just express yourself

One of the key to creativity is expressing yourself, confidently. You have to keep expressing yourself regardless of what others say.

I believe that everybody was born creative, but as we grow older we get scolded and educated and bullied out of our creativity. Truly, the creative adult is the child that survived.

Albert Einstein is regarded by some as the smartest man ever to walk upon this planet, Albert came up with a lot of theories and ideas that have been used to really advance mankind. Albert was also known for his child-like inquisitiveness, he asked stupid questions like if I run at the speed at light, what would I see?

By expressing himself and keeping on finding expressions for his mind, he could go on to re-arrange things as he felt.

You also can greatly improve upon your creative levels by expressing yourself. Where is that curiosity and imagination you used to have as a kid? Why did you stop writing stories, poems and articles? They may be horrible then, but over time you become better and better.

Just express yourself!

Buy a notebook or start a free blog, start writing, drawing, doodling, jotting any thing that pops into your head. By continuously expressing yourself, you embrace your inner voice and it will shine into the real world

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How to become a master at anything

Everybody would love to become really good at something; playing games, graphic designing, marketing, public speaking or writing.

It turns out that you can actually become a master at anything, all you have to do is practice. You become very good at performing a skill with practice. I believe it was Bruce Lee who famously said “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times”.

Are you getting enough practical experience in your chosen line of work?

Learning by doing is still the best way to learn anything. That is why to completely master anything you need to get into the practice as soon as possible. You see, the only way to learn how to ride a bicycle is not by reading books and watching videos – It is by getting your hands on a bicycle and trying to ride it, you try and fail first time, the you go read some books or talk to an expert or whatever, then you go right back to try again! Gradually over time, you realise you can now ride.

So, enough with all the analysis and planning and get out there already! Complete mastery is available only when you are brave enough to step up. Once you defeat that overwhelming fear that stops you from getting started, you realise that you can get it done! Complete mastery is possible, you just have to keep practising it!

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Vision 2020

Do you have a vision 2020?

I know the whole vision 2020 thing has gone berserk! But I am actually seriously asking if you have a real long term vision for your life that you are working towards.

  • What is your 5 year plan?
  • What is your 10 year plan?
  • What is your 20 year plan?

It is really mind bugging to discover that so many people just drift through life without any concrete plans of any sort, they simply expect and trust that “everything will be ok”. You need to have a vision.

Where will you be in 2020? What will you be doing? Can you start actually making moves towards it?

I believe it is important to have such a vision in place, if you are a drummer boy today; what will you be doing when you are 60? Drummer man?? I hope that is an effective analogy for what I want to explain next: If you are a website designer as a 18 year old whiz-kid, what will you be doing at 60? Will there still be a need for website designers??

This is the challenge many teenagers have when they drop out of secondary school to focus on things like sewing or hair dressing. Hair dressing can get you some money for now, but without proper education, you are doomed in the long run.

This is also the challenge the smart undergraduate also faces, just because you can design websites and make a few apps does not mean you are set for life. You might need to read the #TMP editions about Barriers to Entry and The extra mile in order to understand better what exactly I am talking about. In the long run, are you set? Are you educated enough to weather the storm of life?? Are you really going to set out in life and jeopardize the life of people who have to trust you (parents, spouse and kids) by depending on luck?

As technology becomes better and better, more jobs will be lost, but so many new jobs will also be created. The “scary” futures predicts that machines will drive us around, cook our food, barb our hair, secure our houses, schedule our appointments and clean our streets and house. They will not stop at that, in a few years I expect machines to do professional jobs like designing houses, building houses, handling company accounts and auto performing experiments in the laboratory. There are already numerous debates online about the how humans will lose jobs in mass and job security is now becoming a myth, yet I remain extremely confident that no machine invented by a man can kick me out of a job, because I remain 1,000 steps ahead of any machine.

Having a firm vision for your life allows you to transition from era to era, staying relevant and moving on to the next chapter of your life. For some people, the first stage of their life might be to get rich, quickly and then use the rest of their life to change the world. This is exactly what Bill Gates is doing, rather than sitting down at Microsoft to keep inventing software and making more money, he is content to devout his brilliant mind and voice towards changing the world in another way. (I do have a beef with him for not staying on at Microsoft, but that will have its own Post 😉 )

Here is a game Sam Adeyemi taught me to play, he asks you to close your eyes and go 5 years into your future… What would it look like? Avoid vague ideas like “I will be a successful business man”, that is actually crap. You want to be specific!

Something specific might be along the lines of:

  • I have a successful company that does X, Y and Z
  • I am married with 2 children
  • I live in my own twin duplex built at ABC town, Nigeria (or any country that trickles your fancy)
  • 3 cars in the garage

With something so specific in mind, you can easily create an action plan and you are now fueled up to go chase your dreams. There is a mental picture in mind.

What is your vision 2020?

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Free Advice

“Do it tomorrow”

That is terrible advice, definitely. But then, I shared it for free, at absolutely no cost to you. Yet, I cannot shake off this feeling that even if I sent you some correct advice as I have been doing for some time on #TMP, I some how suspect you may still not act upon it.

People mainly tend to act more on ideas they did not get for free, ideas that cost them something to get. The question then is that do people act on ideas merely because they paid for it?

And are the free advice shared any less valuable?

Certainly not, but people sometimes need a motive to be fired up to act upon things. And money has always been a great way to keep people motivated.

If in doubt, think about all the free online courses and classrooms that have sprung up on the internet, have they really led to more brilliant minds on the streets? I read that more than 90% of people who sign up for such online courses often do not finish it.

Think about all the daily broadcasts and posts on BBM, Whatsapp and Facebook that flies into our day, most people now hardly pause to even check it out.

I believe everybody in the knowledge sharing economy needs to come up with a fine balance between giving away information for free and locking down information behind paid walls. None of these extremes are useful in getting the work done.

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Play to their fantasies

One mistake we all have made is that when we dream up projects, and businesses. We are so fixated on what we want to do that we don’t think properly about the goals of the target audience.

We have to play to their fantasies. Its not about boring them with facts and features. Talk about benefits, talk about how your service will help them achieve their dreams because that is what you really should be doing: making dreams come true.

Always play to their fantasies; do not bore your audience with your tech know-how, simply explain to them how exactly your offers will assist them in achieving their dreams.

For example:

  • You are designing a website for your client, you are helping them make more money. (Tell any business man you want to help them make more money by creating an online presence for them and let them say no)
  • You are not teaching kids, you are really equipping kids to become key players of the future, leaders of tomorrow
  • You are not selling food, you are helping people live longer by eating high quality food
  • Google is not a search engine, they are helping you find information you need as quickly as possible
  • Facebook is not a social network, they are helping you stay connected to people you care about (and who does not care about caring about people?)

You should now reflect, how can I present my offers as helping people fulfill their dreams?

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