What’s the better deed?

Today’s is a guest post from a very good friend of mine, Babayel Diallo. Baba is an entrepreneur whose ideas on personal development are very powerful and worth sharing. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in psychology. He is a reader and a contributor of this blog. You can follow him on Facebook here..

There is a story about three philanthropists and a king.  Each of these individuals was very powerful in his own rights.  The king was so powerful he could put who ever he wanted in prison without anyone questioning his authority.  And so he did for there were thousands of prisoners he kept in captivity. There come three philanthropists who were very rich and very powerful in their own rights to assess the situation and make decisions.

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The first came to visit the prisoners and said, these prisoners are malnourished.  I own the biggest farms in the land that could provide better food and better nutrition for these prisoners.  I therefore will provide them with all the good food they want as long as they want.  So he said, so he did.

Examine most carefully the things you desire most.

One of the key prerequisites for success is to know exactly what you, then and only then can you gather the necessary tools and attract the necessary help that will facilitate your achievement. If you are familiar with the writings of Dr. Napoleon Hill, you already know the importance he puts on having a definitely major aim. Today I am sharing with you his take on that subject, in clear, concise words that you might want to copy somewhere and read them from time to time as a reminder to cultivate the art of having a definite goal in life.

“Far too many people spend more time planning their weekends than their lives. Then they suddenly realize that life has passed them by and they weren’t even aware it was happening. When you intently study what you most desire in life, you begin to focus your mind and concentrate your energy upon that which you wish to achieve. One of the great advantages of having a definite goal for your life is that it helps you prioritize your activities. When your major purpose is clear in your mind, it is unnecessary to analyze each individual situation. You know automatically whether your actions will move you toward your goal or away from it. You can then use all of your resources — time, money, and energy — to best advantage.” Dr. Napoleon Hill

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Are you autographing your work with excellence?

Many years ago, a wise old King called all his wise men together and told them: “I want you to go out and compile the wisdoms of the ages, I want you to put in a bound book form so that we can leave it to posterity. The group of wise men went out and got to work, they worked really hard and came back with 12 volumes and presented to the King. After receiving the volumes, the King said: “I am confident that is the wisdom of the ages but it is too lengthy, people won’t read that. Condense it”.

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The group went out again, worked hard on it and came up with one huge volume. The King, looked at it, thanked them and observed that it was still too long. The wise men came back again with a page, then a paragraph, then finally a sentence. This time the wise old king looked at the sentence and said: “That’s it, that is truly the wisdom of the ages! As soon as everybody everywhere learns this, we would have solved many of our problems”. The sentence simply states “There ain’t no free lunch”

I will greet this day with love in my heart

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” Franklin P. Jones

In today’s post, I would like to share with you an excerpt from Og Mandino’s book The Greatest Salesman in the world. In that book there are, what’s called, 10 scrolls or declarations if you will, that I personally believe that anyone who wants something out of life should read. The truth is we are all salesmen or saleswomen, no matter what profession we are in. A teacher sells her lesson plan to her students; a parent sells good manners to her kids; a lawyer sells her case to the jury. We are all selling all the time, we can use some help to be good at it. This book is, in my humble opinion a good start. Enjoy one of the “10 scrolls”

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I will greet this day with love in my heart.

For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscle can split a shield and even destroy life but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of men and until I master this art I will remain no more than a peddler in the market place. I will make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force.

4 areas you need to work on for a balanced life

Balance is key! whether it is your personal life or your work life, too much of anything can be harmful. However the idea of balance can mean different things to different people. I want to address four areas of life that are essential to anyone and which, if worked on properly, can make you calm, clear-headed and well-grounded. Too many people are being pulled from many directions and too many times they are directions they do not need to follow.

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Living a balanced life is like sitting on a four-legged chair, if one leg is missing, sitting safely and comfortably becomes almost impossible. Following are four areas of your life that if paid close attention to, and worked on diligently would provide you with a solid foundation for a life

Are you ready for the business of the 21st Century?

In my last week’s post I was sharing with you the 7 reasons why you should own your own business. In this week’s post I would like to share with you an article about an interesting business, Robert Kyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, wrote a book about it and it is called “The business of the 21st century”. This business is direct selling, read for yourself. You can find a list of the top 100 companies in this Industry here. I am happy to say that I am involved with the number one company on that list, should you have any interest, get in touch with me thru this blog.

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Direct Selling Offers Flexibility and Financial Freedom

If you want to spread your entrepreneurial wings but have little or no business experience, don’t have a product or service to offer or are simply looking for a proven system for success, direct selling might be the ideal

5 steps to become more accountable for your success

Accountability is defined by the webster’s dictionary as “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions”. It is a quality that is crucial for your success in anything. It is also a key characteristics to have if you want to gain people’s trust. Managers look for it when hiring, potential partners like to know you have it before going into business with you. I am identifying here five steps you can take to be more accountable.

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1. Control your thoughts. You’ve certainly heard the saying, “we become what we think about”. Well, that statement is quite true because, how we think affects how we feel, which has a great deal of influence on the actions we take. That leads to forging our character. We are defeating ourselves if you do not control the conversations that take place in our heads. We are not learning anything, when we refuse to take responsibility and our first reaction to whatever happens to us is to lay the blame on someone else. We can give a lot of reasons as to why we did not get that promotion,

In this one life, how do you want to be remembered?

We all have one life, don’t we? So why in the world do some people act like they have many shots at it? I have no idea, but I know this: Life is too short to be spent wondering what you could have been, or could have done. We need to choose carefully how to live this one life, what to do in this one life, how to treat people in this one life, because, guess what? we will not have the chance to do it all over again once we pass. One way to help you live the best life possible, whatever that means for you, is to ask yourself “how do I want to be remembered”? Thinking about our legacy now, will help us focus on good choices, make the right decisions. At the end of the day people will remember us by how we lived not how we could have lived.

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Your life is important and you only live once so make it right the first and only time! It is often said that success is a planned event, so should be your life if you want to be a meaningful specific instead of a wandering generality. Wandering generalities are not remembered when they pass. But how do you avoid being one? Follow three simple steps: find your passion, plan your purpose

Are you owned by your possessions?

There is more to life than just an impressive title at work, a nice car and a house full of “toys”, but yet most people seem to lose sight of that reality. Are you working, 10, 12, or 16 hours a day, just to accumulate more? What about your family, are you investing time with them?

Those questions need serious reflections by anyone who would like to get out of the rat race, stop chasing things and start living. If your prime motivation in possessing bigger and more things is Happiness, you are in it for a big surprise! Happiness is an inside job and can not be found in adding more to your worldly possessions. Usually the more people have the more they want, and this is how they enter the never-ending race with nowhere to quench their thirst, thus becoming slaves to their life-style and a stranger to their own family.