Better Advice: Aim to get it right each time

Everywhere you turn, young people are being told that in order to succeed they need to double their failure rate. In other words, fail often in order to increase your chances of success. I don’t understand this “double your failure rate” thing people are being told. For example, if our parents had given us this lame advice, we’d all have failed our exams twice or thrice or ten times in order to get into secondary…

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5 rules that every Nigerian woman should break

Till today, the upwardly mobile Nigerian woman is constantly expected to dumb down herself and everything around her so guys don’t feel emasculated. Rules are often made for her about how to live and act, where to go, and what to do. Here are five of them: Don’t date too many guys or else men will not want to marry you. Don’t ask for a raise because your boss might think you’re too greedy. Don’t…

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Why it is okay if you are the smartest person in the room

You know that popular saying – If you’re the smartest guy in the room then you’re in the wrong room. The idea is that you should always surround yourself with smarter people. It sounds so superb but in reality, it is a very impractical concept to live by. In every room, on every team, there is always someone who is the smartest. There has to be. There is nothing anyone can do about it. And…

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Four (4) lessons from the Arab Spring

Do not force drastic changes without a clear plan going forward. Drastic changes are cataclysmic enough by themselves. Without a clear path going forward, you risk unleashing chaos. This impulsive generation often think it is hip to leap from a cliff and build the plane on the way down. Statistics say the result is almost always disaster. Do not impose drastic changes without proper support institutions. Taking down a dictator in a country without respect…

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Three lessons from the happiest places in the world

Every year, a number of analysts (including the United Nations) produce lists of the happiest places in the world. While the lists differ slightly, the countries on those different lists are mostly the same, year in, year out. In no particular order, the following countries are always on those lists: Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Iceland Finland, Austria and Australia. These countries have a lot to teach us. Here are a few glaring ones.…

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The man who strives valiantly, and comes short again and again

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually…

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