Notes by Augustine Ojeh

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“Why pay for it when you can get it for free?”

A troubling question that exposes our perception of value.

Whether it’s a Udemy course or a paid subscription to an online magazine, you can probably find similar content roaming on the internet at no cost.

And if you ask this question whenever you’re offered paid services, it’s almost certain that those products or services were not created for you because you fail to see the value in them.

In an age where information can be published and accessed freely, credible information has become virtual golds of extreme value.

Seeking free credible information get you buried in the free “bullshits” on the internet. That, of course, is if you ever find one with an iota of credibility and customized value. Also, not knowing what you’re seeking can quadruple the problem.

Your best bet at avoiding the regrettable impact of misinformation is to pay a credible supplier to verify the information on your behalf before you consume them.

An enormous value for such little prices.

“What truly inspires success?”

It’s a tough question because no successful person can attribute his/her success to any singular act.

Some argue that anger towards and fear of failure inspire success. Although any (or both) of these assumptions could be correct, I’ll argue that neither of them offers enough motivation to inspire success.

Our desire to reach great heights pulls us toward success.

Anger is stagnating, while fear is a push away from something or someone. It drives you to either run in any direction or cower. Being scared of poverty or failure doesn’t drive you to success, it only pushes you away from failure in a random, undefined direction.

Desire, however, is specific. And strong.

When we genuinely desire to reach a position in life, we are pulled in a defined direction, toward success. Our values, objectives, and efforts will be well directed.

The difference between being successful and lucky is the predefinition of purpose and direction.

A successful archery shot hits the bull’s eye. Now, imagine a successful roulette game?

Wealth and knowledge don’t set geniuses out.

Rather, their insatiable hunger to discover, invent, and innovate sets them out.

In most cases, the genius that we’ve known care little about wealth and social status.

Historically, Nikola Tesla wasn’t a man of affluence, although his desire to innovate has changed the world into what it is is today.

More recent history; Steve Jobs although pretty influential, was concerned about breaking barriers and creating innovative ways for the world to connect. He did this even when the expenses are crippling. He cared so little about how much he’s burning.

Currently, we have Elon Musk who is doing things that the future generations may never imagine possible even as it stares at their faces. Still, he’s doing all these with little to no concern for the involved expenses.

Lionel Messi just want to play soccer; good soccer, and face tougher defense line-ups.

Magnus Carlsen just wants to play better chess games with more challenging opponents.

Geniuses are not concerned with maximizing profits by cutting costs, the politics of climbing the hierarchy, or cultivating attention from crowds. They just want to set new standards; to raise the bar so high.

Giving will cost you a friend.

And a dearly true friend for that matter.

Although experts advise that it’s better to give money to a close friend than borrow or loan them money, giving can create a big gap between friends.

Our egos pressure us to withdraw quietly from an assumably one-sided relationship. Especially if the favors are always in one direction and it seems as though the other person isn’t giving so much in return.

Inasmuch as we want to receive, we earnestly want do that with dignity.

Therefore, at times when a friend needs a loan, it’s counterproductive to offer a free-hand cash gift to that friend. We might lose that friend coldly.

Instead, help them maintain a level of self-respect around you by wisely lending them the money.

Growth happens both ways.

With or without our conscious knowledge.

As plants grow in both directions –roots downward and shoot upwards, we –humans– grow both upwards and downwards too.

While we develop stronger roots in the things that truly define us, including our personality, identity, sexuality, and origin; our shoot grows sustainably.

Our financial and career growth, amongst others, are sustainable when we are strongly connected with our roots, our true selves.

A clear knowledge of your roots shapes how you manage finance, people, and life generally.

Build a connection with who you really are and see your shoot, the part that the world sees, grow taller and healthier.

“This idea is the next cool stuff.”

Of course, any founder that doesn’t his idea is the next big deal should get a job as a janitor (no offense to janitorial heroes).

But take a moment to look between the letters of this attractive sentence. Stuffed between are doubts, pressure, fear, uncertainty, and, of course, abject ignorance of “the next cool stuff.”

However, the curvature of the apparent story from the underlying reality spawn by founders’ belief in their ideas is a factor that determines whether the idea is half as cool.

Your ability to hold your belief in an idea beyond those peering doubts and transpose that same belief to the people around gets you steps ahead in the Founders’ Race.

Use surrounding to maintain consistency.

The major recipe for success is consistency. There are various strategies to maintain this unseen bride of success, some of which include being accountable to a partner, routine segmentation, and an endless list of expert advice.

All these are helpful and, without questions, attributes of many successful people.

However, you need an suitable environment upon which accountable works can be done; upon which you can leverage the available resources, motivation, and routines.

The environment is the actual recipe for consistency.

When we are not consistent with our goals, we are growing complacent . And complacency is a product of your romantic fusion to your comfort zone.

To remain consistent, withdraw yourself from the extra comfort that you’re enjoying; the available provisions beyond your basic necessities. Without them, you perform better; you stay hungry.

Comfortable surroundings can be the extra cash quenching your hunger to make more, the hypes ‘facading’ your grave need for improvement, the unconditional love from family buffering your cusp of adulthood, or the fantasy you’ve carried for so long that it’s becoming an unconscious reality.

Pull out of them once, recognize them in whatever form they show up in the future, and pull out of them again. And again.

A self-disciplined person.

It’s hard to tell who’s truly self-disciplined, especially as everyone claims to be. Perhaps to impress.

In recent times, however, I’ve learned an almost accurate detector of self-discipline.

To estimate a person’s level of self-discipline, I use the “Book Measure.”

I strongly believe that it takes a subtle level of self-discipline to finish reading a book that you voluntarily started, especially nonfiction.

A person’s ability to hold a book through expresses their ability to see a quest goal through, one bite at a time.

Guiding others to your benefit.

Have you been in a space where two or three people beside you are fussing about a problem that you have its solution at your fingertips?

Sometimes, it could be as trivial as fixing a broken URL.

Yet, as they brainstorm or, as I’d like to say, debate a way around the problem, their fuss distorts your focus on a creative task.

Helping them navigate their problem will take you a bit of time and that’s your most valued asset at that point, especially when working on a deadline.

On second thought, their frustration is contagious and until you help them navigate, you become increasingly frustrated and unproductive.

“How much does this cost?”

Whether you’re selling, you bought, or you anticipated buying a commodity, you’ve been faced with this question more often than you know.

Is it your new Nike sneakers, new Apple watch, or a new foot mat in the rear seats of your car?

Someone will always come around with that penetrative question.

Sometimes, it’s a harmless reflex for us to ask it. Some other times, that is us unconsciously measuring the worth and spending habits of the person being asked.

Whether or not the cost of the item is outrageous, it doesn’t change the actual value of the person. Instead, beyond our conscious understanding, it influences our perception of their worth.

As harmless as this may seem, it’s an unconscious way for us to choose who to respect and admire, envy and compete against, or disregard and avoid.

Unfortunately, using the answer to this question as a metric is irrational and woefully inaccurate.

Looking both ways

Even on a one-way street, it’s hard to assume that nothing is happening in the other direction.

Our lives are typically moving in one direction, yet we can’t resist the urge to look in the other direction, ensuring that things aren’t unusual.

That’s understandable.

The more experience you have, the less trust you have on humanity. So, you have a reason to look both ways as you move through life’s one-way road.

Nevertheless, keep in mind that the next person journeying with you is looking both ways too. And to be one of humanity’s trusted, you must find a reason to trust humanity.

Happiness and intelligence

Our happiness in life depends greatly on our level of financial and emotional intelligence.

We all have dreams, great ones.

Almost all these plans require money or some sort of financial engagement.

One of the biggest mistakes that we make is hoping that the next gift funds would be enough to either put that plan to rest or, in the least, set it rolling.

This is barely the case.

Gift funds are meant to be treated as spares to be invested in a risky endeavor, recreation, charity, or some other stuff that resonates with your personality.

Whenever we have a plan that needs financing, we must learn to make plans for raising the money required to get things rolling.

Gifts and giveaways are least likely going to help you create a resounding success story.

“Is this the right thing?”

This is a valuable question that keeps us in check and aligns our actions, thoughts, and speeches with our humane selves. More often than none, this question is retrospective. We ask it only when something has happened; we have either harboured that thought, made that speech, or taken that action.

However, if any of these doesn’t happen, there will be no need questioning the righteousness of a thing that never was. As such, the question is not self-existent.

To frequently stay in check and aligned with your values, this question must be asked at the earliest time. Since our speeches and actions are products of our thoughts, there is no better time to ask ourselves this prudent question.

The future of the ‘crypto’ universe

For a while now, Blockchain is a rave, and it’s hard to believe that it will ever die. Countries are embracing DeFi, and the world is stunned by the apparent limitlessness of Nakamoto’s invention.

The future of the seemingly unending project, however, remains questionable. As Blockchain engineers emerge daily to fuel the nerve-wracking hypes, we are dazzled by the complexity of this ‘crypto’ universe.

Notwithstanding, my position is that behind this hype-decorated facade, the future is gloomy for the world’s most disruptive technology. The Blockchain feature that permits every entity to create its own currency without regulatory approval will, sooner or later, be the cause of its eventual loss of value.

Morning workouts boost productivity

Mark Cuban, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Barack Obama, and a host of other successful people out there have a thing in common. They all wake up to exercise intensively in the morning.

Starting the day with a smooth workout; an exploration of your physical limits, cause a rush of adrenaline and cortisol in your system that inspires a sense of urgency. Hence, you begin the day’s tasks with an energy and pace that’s quite admirable and unparalleled.

The morning workouts, on its own, may not be the reason why these people are successful but the fact that it helps them get things done, early and on time, says a lot about its effect on productivity. And, I kid you not, productivity is what reserves a space for you in the Hall of Fame.

Wishes and goals

The “Dream Big” ideology has faintened the line between wishes and goals. We can’t tell when we are making wishes and when we are setting high goals. Our world, as it appears, is currently enveloping great dreamers, moving around with a truckload of wishes, and no actual goals.

Our wishes are mere desires. Although desire is believed to be an emotion with a high motivational tendency, our wishes remain packs of inert motivations. Our goals, on the other hand, require a concrete action-backed plan. This is what jolts us from our slumbers and drives into the dark alley, chasing accomplishments.

Our tendency to make wishes is inane but we must strive to create action-forcing plans that can help us activate the energy hidden within the desires that we carry through our daily lives.

Telling the truth

In a world where deception is a widely accepted act, honesty has become discomforting to both the listener and speaker.

As we continuously tell the truth, people are drawn from us. The more striking our candor is, the fewer people we’ll have around us. Soon, our minds grow tough and our hearts become lonely because only a small fraction of the world’s population is willing to hear the truth.

If you’re one of the honest persons on the planet, you’re a rare gem that must be valued. You’re the true source of clarity when it’s needed and you must not take yourself for granted. Be used to the fact that only a few people will be attracted to you. However, those who are will be blessed to have and you to have them.

#Peace #Honesty #Sanity

Dear, Zoe

I’m happy for you.

Although the limits of my joy for you is immeasurable, I’m prouder of you than I am of myself or anyone else. Perhaps, that could be measured.

This note may seem out of place because this is a notepad for personal thoughts, but I feel obligated to express this to you, with no offense, or whatsoever, intended.


This is the Afterlife

Here on Earth, many are in great suffering for no reason of theirs. On the same Earth, some are in Heaven, not by their own conscious doing. What, then, are the criteria for being born into paradise?

Permit my bland proposition that this is the Afterlife, where, for those who believe in them, we are born into Heaven or Hell based on the quality of the lives we lived in our prior existence.

In the next lives, as Earth becomes progressively austere, more people will be dwelling in an unwelcoming part of their ‘Afterlives’ with no clue of what brought them into it. And that could be our Hell or our Heaven.

“Please, which of these should I choose?”

More often than none, through our weekly or monthly lives, we meet random and familiar people that ask us the same question: “Which of these should I choose?”

Whether they are shopping or choosing an outfit for a ‘non-uniform’ event, we still are required to express our opinion on the matter.

Most of the time, the ‘askers’ have chosen from the available options within themselves, especially when the decision is mutually exclusive. What they need from us, instead, is an opinion that reinforces their preconceived decisions.

Your opinion is actually not as valuable as you may think it is. Give it, nonetheless, only if you feel obligated to do so.

Virtuoso impatientia (Virtuous impatience)

Patience is a virtue, they say. What then is hidden between the fine lines of impatience? Doom?

No doubt, “good things come to those who wait.” The question, however, is: where do the BEST things go?

In thoughts, how much patience did the great men of this world have? The great innovators and leaders of the world; for how long did they wait for the good things?

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and the long list of high achievers of our time all ventured into their careers with impatience and aggression. Oh, how outstanding a virtue does impatience carry!

Pardon my subconscious should it shanghai me into exploring, with all enthusiasm and injurious perseverance, my impatience because deep in its own subconscious, it knows that “good things come to those who wait” but, it yearns for the best; only those things that come to those who persevere… adamantly.

Happy clients and angry customers

No matter the amount of effort we put in our crafts, we still are not good fits for some clients, albeit some will walk through fire to have us.

Receiving feedback from happy clients elates and inspires us to do more. Somewhere along the line, however, negative feedback from angry, unsatisfied clients forces us to question our proficiencies.

Frequent ‘belittling’ feedbacks can make us give up on the goal of being the best at what we do. On the other hand, incessant positive feedback from happy clients creates a comfort zone within which we get entrapped.

Hence, having a favorable mix of happy and angry clients, as I’ve learned, is crucial to our growth. Hence, we’re to ensure happy clients remain so. Then, find others that could be pains in our bottoms.

Unclogging to a better life

For ages, fast-paced decision-making has been a requisite for competitiveness. The digital age has, more intensely, made it essential for survival. And although we are quick-pacing creatures, we are clogged and slowed.

70% of all clothes and shoes. 70% of our contact list and call logs. 70% of our worries. And the list goes on.

Most of our lives are clogs, giving us too many options that never get chosen albeit, some are endlessly considered. The fewer the options that you have, the faster decisions are made. Unclog and soar.

I don’t have what to wear

Living through days packed with unpredictable events can present us with a challenge of choices. The complexity of this challenge increases with the options available, consequently, putting us in a cycle of dilemmas and hunger for even more options.

Most times, we experience this when we are invited to events. We struggle to choose dresses or clothes from our floor-to-ceiling filled wardrobes. The numerous options available, although supposed to make choosing easier, presents a tougher challenge that leaves us wanting more options added to the available options.

Social media absences

Social media has brought irrefutable fame to even the ignoble, as well as a chance for our inaudible voices to be heard across the horizon. Yet, when staggering life challenges call, we scamper off, disengaging from our primary source of fame.

It is the right thing to do. There’s more to our lives than the insatiable virtual audiences that we’ve garnered. Take the break that you need, deal with your life’s challenges, optimize your time away, and return to them when it best suits you.

Solutions and time

Between the depth of oceans and the peak of Mount Everest lies the solutions to all of humanity’s problems, but our brief lifetime limits us from searching all of Earth’s alleys to find the one perfect solution.

What we do with our tight deadline, however, defines the level of our resourcefulness and, our limits, as nature’s finest, are better explored than surrendered to.

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