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Life Lessons: 52 – A Page a Week Makes a Book in a Year

Life Lessons: 52 – A Page a Week Makes a Book in a Year

Let us get started with two facts on this point: 1) not everyone wants to be an author and 2) many who wish to write a book never get to write one. Many avid readers fall within the second group and most – probably including yourself – have at one Read Details

Life Lessons: 51 –  How you Dress Speaks Volumes

Life Lessons: 51 – How you Dress Speaks Volumes

I wrote this chapter on a plane from South Africa to Ghana. I had just looked into the in-flight shopping catalogue and one of the items for sale was a $40 five set cuff links. Beside the picture of the cuff links were these words: “First impression counts, so it’s Read Details

Life Lessons: 50 – Know the difference between assets and liabilities

Life Lessons: 50 – Know the difference between assets and liabilities

In both high school and the university I studied accounting. I actually majored in accounting at the University, so the words asset and liabilities and their business definitions have been no strangers to me. I am very sure I am not the first person from whom you have heard these Read Details

Life Lessons: 49 – Stop Thinking Like a Teenager When You Turn Eighteen

Life Lessons: 49 – Stop Thinking Like a Teenager When You Turn Eighteen

At age eighteen you still have the “teen” at the end of your age, but you actually start to see yourself as an adult. In addition to this, you expect others, especially your parents to treat you as one. Well you are right; you are no longer a kid and Read Details

Life Lessons: 48 – Just Do It

Life Lessons: 48 – Just Do It

Have you seen the Nike slogan? I just love it! It says – Just do it. It is one reason why I love my Nike t-shirt; the slogan does give inspiration, and it makes you feel empowered. On a number of occasions when I want to boost my confidence to Read Details

Life Lessons: 47 – Fiscal Fitness is Useless without Physical Fitness

Life Lessons: 47 – Fiscal Fitness is Useless without Physical Fitness

The word “fiscal” basically refers to money. The pursuit of money is a race every one of us is involved in, whether we are poor, middle class, or rich. Whether you believe that money is the source of happiness or that it is the source of all evils – none Read Details

Life Lessons: 46 – Which Side of the Screen Are You?

Life Lessons: 46 – Which Side of the Screen Are You?

The television is one of man’s greatest inventions; it is the biggest source of entertainment in most countries worldwide. With many T.V stations available in many countries coupled with cable and satellite channels, viewers are spoilt for choice and are spending an increasingly greater number of hours behind the silver Read Details

Life Lessons: 45 – Life is Too Short to Be Sad

Life Lessons: 45 – Life is Too Short to Be Sad

“In themselves the days of our years are seventy years; and if because of special mightiness they are eighty years”. That is a line from the Book of Psalms. Current statistics show that not many people are even reaching this age. The life expectancy in Ghana is 56, for the Read Details

Life Lessons: 44 – Read the Signs for When a Lady Loves You

Life Lessons: 44 – Read the Signs for When a Lady Loves You

The “normal” expectation is for a man who loves a woman to express his feelings for her by proposing love to her. The lady will either say yes or no, or most of the time she will tell him that she wants time to think about it. Yet there are Read Details

Life Lessons: 43 – Learn how to swim

Life Lessons: 43 – Learn how to swim

The honest truth is that I still do not know how to swim.  This is one of the things I should have learnt a long time ago but did not, and as such I have an ever present fear of drowning; especially when I am on a plane flying over Read Details

Life Lessons: 42 – Save as Soon as Money Trickles Into Your Pocket

Life Lessons: 42 – Save as Soon as Money Trickles Into Your Pocket

Who wants to be a Millionaire? Ever seen that show on TV? If you have not, go Google it. The truth is that every one of us can become a millionaire if we really want to; I guess you don’t believe it. After all, how many millionaire buddies do you Read Details

Life Lessons: 41 – Tell the Girl You Love How Much You Love Her

Life Lessons: 41 – Tell the Girl You Love How Much You Love Her

Love accounts for over eighty percent of songs ever written. For a man, one of the greatest grievances to live with is not to have told the lady you really loved how much you loved her. Do you remember that girl you first fell in love with, yet you never Read Details

Life Lessons: 40 – Say “I love you” to Your Mother

Life Lessons: 40 – Say “I love you” to Your Mother

7th August 2009 was one of the saddest days of my life; it was the day my mother died. My mum was the pillar of our family, the backbone, the foundation, and the glue that held our family together. She was a magnificent woman who had sacrificed her all to Read Details

Life Lessons: 39 – Edison Tried a Thousand Times

Life Lessons: 39 – Edison Tried a Thousand Times

Edison is one man I admire greatly. He was a man of many discoveries and one of the people whose inventions then have defined our everyday lives today. His invention of the electric bulb alone is enough to call him one of the greatest scientists to have changed our lives. Read Details

Life Lessons: 38 – There Will Always Be Someone Better Than You

Life Lessons: 38 – There Will Always Be Someone Better Than You

I love the Olympics for several reasons, but what interests me the most about the games is the athletes. Many of them dream of breaking the existing Olympic record. At every Olympic Game, records are broken and new ones are set. In the 2012 London Olympic Games for instance, as Read Details

Life Lessons: 37 – The (Im)possible Can Be Done

Life Lessons: 37 – The (Im)possible Can Be Done

I once saw a Nike advert on a t-shirt with these words: “You are faster than you think.” It reminded me of a quote I had read years earlier, which went like this: “You are only limited by your imagination”. I have come to know that just as people do Read Details

Life Lessons: 36 – Retire before forty five

Life Lessons: 36 – Retire before forty five

You’re most likely saying to yourself, “Is this guy serious?” Well yes I am serious; I know it sounds outrageous, but not only is it possible, it is important that our generation aim for forty five as the self-imposed retirement age. When my parents’ generation was my age, the normal Read Details

Life Lessons: 35 – Get Married By Thirty

Life Lessons: 35 – Get Married By Thirty

I know this is a controversial one because age is definitely not the most important determinant of a person’s readiness to take on the responsibilities that come with marriage. Before saying the marital vows, a man should be able to provide for his family physically, emotionally, and spiritually. These are Read Details

Life Lessons: 34 – Everyone You Meet Knows Something You Do Not Know

Life Lessons: 34 – Everyone You Meet Knows Something You Do Not Know

I have heard a countless number of times that humility is a virtue and haughtiness is a vice. My mum always counselled my siblings and I on the need to be humble, and she knew there was the tendency for us to be haughty because of the material things we Read Details

Life Lessons: 33 – It is Better to Listen Than to Talk

Life Lessons: 33 – It is Better to Listen Than to Talk

I am told that anyone who loves to read or write loves to talk as well. With this in mind, you must have guessed by now; I am a talkative person. For far too long I was always the one with the most to say when having conversations with others, Read Details

Life Lessons: 32 – Stay in Constant Contact with Your Network

Life Lessons: 32 – Stay in Constant Contact with Your Network

One of the most important ingredients for success in any endeavour is the network you belong to. We live in a time referred to as “the information age”, and your network is key if you are going to get the right information at the right time. Your network is your Read Details

Life Lessons: 31 – Start a business before you turn eighteen

Life Lessons: 31 – Start a business before you turn eighteen

Not everyone can or wants to own a business; some people are happy to be employees for life. However, if you do wish to own your own business, like I do, then this is for you. The statistics show that out of ten start-up businesses, eight fail before their fifth Read Details

Life Lessons: 30 – Never go in for a bad loan

Life Lessons: 30 – Never go in for a bad loan

To owe another man is to be his slave. “Not all that glitters is gold.” This is an old adage, but its wisdom lives on and will continue long after our generation. We live in a world where living beyond our means is considered “normal”. Our governments run on deficit Read Details

Life Lessons: 29 – There is Nothing like Luck

Life Lessons: 29 – There is Nothing like Luck

For centuries, people have tried to attract good luck while having all sorts of means to ward off the bad. In most counties, many hope luck will be on their side to win big in the lottery. However, the fact is that the chances of winning the lottery could be Read Details

Life Lessons: 28 – Reputation is Like an Egg

Life Lessons: 28 – Reputation is Like an Egg

In my country, Ghana, public transport is made up mainly of privately owned taxis and mini vans. Most of these vehicles carry various inscriptions both on their front and back. One morning, as I drove to work, I happened to be behind a minivan which had this inscription “reputation is Read Details

Life Lessons: 27 – Parents Know More About Love

Life Lessons: 27 – Parents Know More About Love

Have you ever called your parents old fashioned? Well I have!  Truthfully, our pops and mums could be pretty old fashioned. My grandmother believes the internet is absolutely useless; my pop on the other hand, does not go that extreme; he does not consider it useless, but he does not Read Details

Life Lessons: 26 – Have a Bucket List

Life Lessons: 26 – Have a Bucket List

Until I watched the movie The Bucket List, I had never heard of the term “bucket list”. Featuring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, the movie is about two men in their sixties who found themselves sharing a hospital cubicle after undergoing surgeries. During their time there, they came up with Read Details

Life Lessons: 25 – Leadership can be Learned

Life Lessons: 25 – Leadership can be Learned

You may have heard the whole controversy about whether some people are born leaders or whether leadership is a skill that can be learned. Although it is an interesting debate, it is not one I am particularly drawn into. I am of the view that both sides have strong points Read Details

Life Lessons: 24 – A blog is more powerful than a CV/Résumé

Life Lessons: 24 – A blog is more powerful than a CV/Résumé

Employment is a global problem, for many young undergraduates finding a job becomes their most important concern in the final year of school. Key to securing a job is a well-crafted CV/Résumé, this document tells your prospective employer what your skills, knowledge and experience are as well as people who Read Details

Life Lessons: 23 – Prepare for Each Interview

Life Lessons: 23 – Prepare for Each Interview

I am sure I am not the first person to say this; it is actually common sense that we cannot give our best if we do not prepare well. Yet don’t we all have experiences of not preparing well for an event? I recall a few years ago, when I Read Details

Life Lessons: 22 – Know What Your Talents Are and Polish Them

Life Lessons: 22 – Know What Your Talents Are and Polish Them

What is a talent? Dictionary.com defines it as a special natural ability or aptitude. The key word worth noting is “special”. This means that it goes beyond the normal distribution that may be available to others. Almost anyone who can speak can also sing, but does that turn every one Read Details

Life Lessons: 21 – Dreams Are Not Realities but Realities Require Dreams

Life Lessons: 21 – Dreams Are Not Realities but Realities Require Dreams

You may have heard the saying “stop building castles in the air”. I came across this interesting twist to it: “build castles in the air, but build foundations on the ground for them.” I came to like this remixed version; it shows the need for us to have dreams, as Read Details

Life Lessons: 20 – How you view yourself is how others will view you

Life Lessons: 20 – How you view yourself is how others will view you

When we wake up in the morning and prepare for the day’s activities, be it work or school, a close friend of ours is the mirror. We turn to the mirror for our reflection, to see what we are, and it gives us exactly that – our reflection. It shows Read Details

Life Lessons: 19 – Go to the Best School If You Can

Life Lessons: 19 – Go to the Best School If You Can

I do not need to be a prophet to know you are educated; once you are reading this book it is obvious you have some education. Knowing how to read and write are primary reasons why our parents sent us to school (as well as to enable us gain the Read Details

Life Lessons: 18 – Keep On Keeping On

Life Lessons: 18 – Keep On Keeping On

“Never say die until the bones are rotten” – this is the slogan of one of the most popular football teams in Africa – Accra Hearts of Oak, based in the capital city of Ghana. These words are the last words of the club’s anthem. I have observed with interest Read Details

Life Lessons: 17 – Mistakes are a Part of Life

Life Lessons: 17 – Mistakes are a Part of Life

How many times have you said “had I known…?” For many people in my part of the world, this is a familiar saying after having made a mistake. Making a mistake is a trait common to all men and one which we should embrace without embarrassment. I realised mistakes are Read Details

Life Lessons: 16 – One Lie Leads to a Chain of Lies

Life Lessons: 16 – One Lie Leads to a Chain of Lies

I don’t want to begin by lying to you. I was a pretty good liar, and there are some lies I have told so many times for so many years that I cannot remember whether or not they are truth or pure fiction. Some of them now feel as though Read Details

Life Lessons: 15 – Understand That Your Friends Can Define Your Personality

Life Lessons: 15 – Understand That Your Friends Can Define Your Personality

Who in this world does not have a friend? Maybe a couple of people don’t, but not many. We usually form friendships with people who have similar likes and dislikes as we do. They may share the hobbies we enjoy, attend the same school we did, or love the same Read Details

Life Lessons: 14 – Cowards Die Many Times before Their Death

Life Lessons: 14 – Cowards Die Many Times before Their Death

You may be saying “Ah! I have heard that before”. It is, indeed, one of the many famous quotes we hear as we grow up, but have we ever taken time to reflect on this quote, especially when we quote it in reference to ourselves or when someone quotes it Read Details

Life Lessons: 13 – The Most Important Word for a Leader is “Us”

Life Lessons: 13 – The Most Important Word for a Leader is “Us”

Whether a position of leadership is a formal one such as that of a manager, teacher, political minister, or religious cleric or an informal one such as that of a parent, there are expectations from the people being led to be led properly. I became one of the youngest office Read Details

Life Lessons: 12 – Always Have a Plan “B”

Life Lessons: 12 – Always Have a Plan “B”

I once saw a quote that goes like this: “The optimist created the aeroplane and the pessimist created the parachute”. In my humble view, the pessimist is the one who makes the optimist a realist. People who are pessimistic do not usually boot out an idea; instead, they ask the Read Details

Life Lessons: 11 – Always Plan

Life Lessons: 11 – Always Plan

I am pretty sure you have seen or heard the saying “failing to plan is planning to fail”. Apart from it being a beautiful English pun and the work of a genius, a critical evaluation of its meaning and input gives us the answer to success. Life, they say, is Read Details

Life Lessons: 10 – Office Wars Are Useless

Life Lessons: 10 – Office Wars Are Useless

I have heard many people described the corporate world as a “dog eat dog” world. The reason why they describe it as such is because in most companies across the world, there are serious competitions among colleagues for promotion. These competitions could lead to the formation of cliques within offices, Read Details

Life Lessons: 9 – Be the Best You Can Be in Everything

Life Lessons: 9 – Be the Best You Can Be in Everything

“Good, better, best, may I never rest, until my good is better, and my better, best.” This is a line from a song I learnt in kindergarten. This song shows that whenever we put effort into any endeavour, the quality of our effort could be ‘good’,’ better’, or our very Read Details

Life Lessons: 8 – Procrastination kills

Life Lessons: 8 – Procrastination kills

Procrastination has been called “the thief of time”. Perhaps you have heard of its siblings: deferment, stalling, adjournment, putting off, delaying, and postponement. I guess you know this family of habits as well as I do. If there is one disease I had that could not be diagnosed in the Read Details

Life Lessons: 7 – Know the truth about time

Life Lessons: 7 – Know the truth about time

How many times have you heard about the importance of time management? And how many of those times have you said in response “I don’t have time?” I would guess quite a few. Time seems to be one of the things we want so much more of and yet we Read Details

Life Lessons: 6 – Decisions are what define us

Life Lessons: 6 – Decisions are what define us

We are doing the job we are doing now because we decided to apply for it. We are with our current partner because we decided to marry him or her. In truth, we are what we are today because of the decisions we made in the past. Those decisions, whether Read Details

Life Lessons: 5 – Create a wall of greatness

Life Lessons: 5 – Create a wall of greatness

I had the opportunity to attend the year-long British Council’s InterAction Africa Leadership programme in 2007. The highlight of the programme was the “contact seminar” held in Senegal with participants from over ten countries across Africa and the UK. Each participant came with pictures from their country. The pictures were Read Details

Life Lessons: 4 – Know the 80–20 principle

Life Lessons: 4 – Know the 80–20 principle

  The 80–20 principle is formally referred to as Parato’s principle, as he was the economist who propounded this theory. His studies had proved to him that 20% of the effort usually yields 80% of the results. Here is an example: 80% of the sales revenue made in a day Read Details

Life Lessons: 3 – It Is Never Too Late To Say Thank You

Life Lessons: 3 – It Is Never Too Late To Say Thank You

There are some people who are happy with how their lives have turned out so far and of course there are those who wish for a better outcome. No matter which side you belong to, our lives are full of people who have been helpful to us over the years. Read Details

Life Lessons: 2 – Why parents know best

Life Lessons: 2 – Why parents know best

  Without a doubt, most parents want the best for their wards, yet their young ones usually do not see things their way. Children view their parents’ insistence that they eat vegetables as denying them the ‘good life’ found in candies. Teenagers view the loving directions of their parents, such Read Details

Life Lessons: 1 – Two Faces of Fear

Life Lessons: 1 – Two Faces of Fear

As children, the earliest from of fear we are introduced to is reverential fear. This is the fear that comes out of respect, such as fear of disobeying the rules of our parents, fear for the law, and fear for a supreme being. We also possess an inherent fear; the Read Details