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35 Priceless Lessons 2015 Taught Me

#1. Ambition is only a dirty word if it’s an unclean ambition. Human beings are built to grow and progress. You are meant to shine.

#2. As you rise in authentic power, craft and impact, some will throw rocks at you. Take the High Road. And trust that the truth always wins.

#3. You can pursue shiny distractions. Or you can do epic work. You just don’t get to do both.

#4. A rare-air dream requires an explosively great team. The smartest way to grow a company is to develop your people.

#5. Generosity is the cure for scarcity. Be the most giving person in every room you’re in and life will reward you with uncommon blessings. Remember: doing good in expectation of some return is no gift–it’s an exchange.


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#6. Why worry about a disrupted economy when you can build your own economy via the pursuit of mastery.

#7. Happy people …

Blind Belief!

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"Touch not my anointed. And do no harm to my prophet." --- Psalm 105:15
You will often hear this quotation whenever somebody tries to question the works of a "man of God." Many false preachers of our time are hiding behind this biblical phrase to blindfold people. They call themselves the anointed ones and tag the rest of us as the gullible candidates for hell if we refuse to heed their message.



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Once upon a time in South Africa, a self-acclaimed "man of God" made his followers to eat green grass, claiming it was a revelation from God. It was not long when this same man made his congregation to consume live snakes with the promise that the snakes will taste like chocolate (such weird promise) because God revealed it to him!


I wonder what on earth would make someone in their right senses to …

Make Black Lives Matter

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In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, some people are asking why Africans seem to be sympathizing with France when they have witnessed more of such killings at home by similar insurgent groups as al-Shabab, Boko Haram and the like but did not show such sympathy.

They label such people as being hypocritical because all lives matter, be they Indian, French, African, British or any other life for that matter. In the Charlie Hebdo attacks early this year, European leaders gathered in France to show solidarity with that country. Surprisingly, African leaders were not in that picture.
By the way, who prevented African leaders from gathering to sympathize with each other in times of disaster? Why do African leaders think they should be spoon-fed every time? Should the European leaders come to sympathize with Africans before we learn to sympathize with each other? If our lives actually matter, why are our leaders sitting aloof and allowing terrorism to thrive in leaps and
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Mahama's "Changing Lives" Message

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President Mahama's speech during his "Changing Lives" tour, in which declared boldly that only people who have been presidents are those who can label his administration as 'incompetent', is not a message I would ever expect the whole president of my nation to ever give to citizens.


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The president's supporters have come to his defence, saying the president was directing his message at the opposition party's running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. I however think there is more to it than simple message to members of the opposition party, the NPP. I think members of the opposition are first and foremost Ghanaians and therefore have a bonafide right to tell the president of their country how they feel about the way he runs the country's affairs.

If you can say stalwarts of the opposition…

Agriculture: A Solution To Extreme Poverty

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It has always been said that about 70% of people in Northern Ghana are engaged in farming one way or the other. Most policy makers know this fact. They also know the impact it can make at minimizing rural poverty and reverting rural-urban migration. The problem, however, is the lack of willingness to take steps to ensure its viability in this area.



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We have a system of governance where budgets are drawn just for people working in a ministry. Nothing tangible is done to support struggling subsistence farmers. Governments often boast about fertilizer subsidies. What they may not know (or pretend not to know) is that such subsidized fertilizers don't often reach the targeted beneficiaries. Some of those entrusted with the sole duty of distributing…

Borders: A Bother To African Unity?

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The thoughts shared by most Africans is  that the white man is the cause of our numerous problems. We believe the white man's partitioning of Africa is the cause of our African disunity which I partly agree with. I think we are the cause of our own problems. How long have we been 'independent'?

The white man is no longer ruling us but the borders he erected are still there. We are those now tightening security at our various borders which the white man created. We are those still keeping the borders in place and adding more every day.


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By the way, was Africa united before the coming of the white man? I don't think so. If we were, we would have been able to ward off white dominance on our land when they first tried to settle on it.

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The Secret Is Being Content

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We sometimes worry about what we don't have without taking time to assess what it would take to have that. Instead of thanking God for what we have, we get worried about what we lack and forget that we have something valuable to thank God for.


Consider the following scenarios:



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Scenario One: Kelly And Ama KELLY: "What I wouldn’t give to have Ama’s perfect figure! Just look at her striding majestically down the street. I’m guessing she should be about 35 yet she has the body of a 20 year old. I on the other hand look like an inflated balloon thanks to my kids. Having 3 kids took a great toll on my once amazing figure. I truly love my kids but I wish I had Ama’s figure as well."


AMA: "I get so green with envy whenever I see Kelly with her family. She has a loving husband, 3 beautiful kids and a good job.…

Games African Leaders Play

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Africa is one continent which is well endowed with all the natural resources an individual can ever think of. This continent is sometimes referred to as the home of all mankind as it is believed that humanity originated from this great continent.

Despite the numerous blessings from the Almighty One, laziness and the reluctance to try something new has left us in a poverty situation. The leaders always try to play on the intelligence of the masses by deliberately associating with them during election years and yet do nothing to bring them out of their situation after winning the elections.

They send their children to the best schools abroad, seek medical attention abroad, spend their holidays abroad, and live luxurious lives at the expense of the poor masses who pay taxes with their meager sums just to make tomorrow brighter. I then ask myself: why don't they want to be treated in our health facilities? Or the facilities we have are not up to standard? Are they indirectly telling a…

Political Mind Games

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Ghanaians are currently facing an economic and energy crisis like never before in the history of our nation. Some say it is not the cause of the current political administration. They say it is a result of several years of neglect of the energy sector by successive governments. Others say it is this administration's lack of honesty and deceit that has left us in the current quagmire.

I think both may be right. We are currently experiencing the consequences of lack of foresight and under-investment in our energy sector over the years. But, I also think governments are elected to solve problems and not just identify the problems. If the current administration had done its bit, the problem would not have been so dire.


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However, instead of doing what they are supposed to do to alleviate the situation, political leaders …

Can We Stop Electing Idiots?

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Politics was once understood to be about more than winning power and serving special interests. Aristotle said governments which "aim at the common advantage are correct and just... whereas those which aim only at the advantage of the rulers are deviant and unjust. The above quote is from the Huffington Post. Click to read the rest here .

I read an article from The Guardian website today and was amazed at the things people think about politicians. They are not the most knowledgeable people. They are just confident folks. Where they get their confidence from still remains a wonder to me. People would think that intelligent people should be the most confident but it is not true. Intelligent people rather look timid! They always want to speak the truth. On the other hand, unintelligent people feel confident and persuasive. They are comfortable with all manner of people.


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The Gloom Of The Black Stars

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I am not a big fan of football. I used to tell my friends that it was because of our national team, the Black Stars, that I watch football. I had no team apart from the Black Stars of Ghana. But recently, with the manner in which resources are wasted on the team, I have decided to withdraw my support for the team for the time being while I watch things unfold. I don't think it is wise to continue supporting the Black Stars of Ghana at this time.


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We gain nothing concrete as a nation from our team. We are also getting too emotional without being objective and hence cannot track how much lavish spending is done on the Black Stars. Can you imagine spending $5.8m on a tournament that is only worth $1.5million? The last time I checked, football was business.

The ‪road linking Navrongo, Sandema, Fumbisi and Gbedembilisi…

My Difficulty With Abbreviated Writing

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I know many of my social media friends will not want to hear this. But I think it will help someone out there understand me and how I hold conversations online. Apart from helping you get sharper at spelling and grammar, writing words in full can make you feel confident of yourself.

"Shorthand" is one of the common ways of writing these days, if not the commonest. It is common these days, especially with social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+. However, I find that it is not helping me due to several reasons:



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I find it very difficult to read:
Since it is difficult for me to read, it is probably difficult for others too. There is no approved abbreviations list to follow. There is no defined order too. Hence, reading it becomes difficult and results in guessing. Guessing is not always good. I am not fluen…

Choices That Matter

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"Your choices determine who you will become in life. If you are good at making choices, you are sure to have a fruitful life. The opposite also applies."

In life, you don't need everybody to side with you to make the necessary impact. You also don't need a certificate to certify your life. Your thoughts and choices are the things that will certify your life.


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In life, you also have to make choices along the road. What choices you make determine the kind of person you are or want to be. You may not be making the right choices all of the time. But you should always strive to make the choices you think speak to your inner being. After all, who determines the right choices?

Whether it is deciding to go on a walk, eating out, going for shopping or going for a drink, the choices you make define your personal…

The Ghosts Of Northern Ghana

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"So how come you guys can sleep and roam in the night without being haunted by the ghosts and witches that abound in your neighborhood?"

If you've ever had a conversation about nightlife in Northern Ghana with a non-Northerner, this will probably be one of the questions you are likely to be quizzed on.

I was roaming one night with friends. The whole place was dark, except for houses with solar lanterns and rechargeable lamps. The power grid went off due to the ongoing load shedding programme, and the moon hadn't appeared yet.
We were just roaming in our neighborhood during the early hours of the night [between 8 - 9 pm]. A friend voiced that he was feeling sleepy and wanted to go home. We went to see him off. We were three in number by then.


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After seeing our friend off, myself and my other friend turn…

African Footballers: Playing For Pride?

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African footballers now only play for their national teams because of what they can get from their nation. There are a few patriotic players though, who are contributing their widow's mite to the development of the game. Meanwhile, the majority of them are really after the cash and luxurious treatment that comes with playing for their nation. They will never spare a dime. They are 'money hungry' than the average man.

When you ask footballers these days why they would not endeavor to sacrifice for their nation considering the numerous financial challenges, they are bold to tell you that they are not philanthropists. A case in point is the Brazil 2014 contingent of Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria. Meanwhile their colleagues from Greece and Germany are forfeiting their bonuses to be used for other urgent needs at home.




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