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Life Personal Development

Stop Doubting your Greatness!

One of my favourite quote from a movie is from “Akeelah and the Bee:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

I developed my keen interest in playing various board games such as Scrabble,Monopoly and Chess after watching the Akeelah and the Bee Movie.

Our deepest fear quote is originally from Marianne Williamson, I agree profoundly with the statement.

Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.  – John Wooden   

We give ourselves various excuses/reasons and we talk ourselves out from achieving our greatness by saying things like : I am too young, I am too old, I am too skinny, I am too fat, I am too dark, I am too this I am too that.

General Douglas MacArthur once said,

“Youth is not entirely a time of life; it is a state of mind. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals.… You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”

We all have it in us like the Marianne Williamson quote emphasized:

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We all have greatness in us and it is ok to doubt ourselves once in a while but Doubting yourself continuously would lead to despair and loss of confidence to do whatever you have been put here to do. The key to unleashing your greatness is by acting on your goals and apirations, taking it a step at a time.

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction. – John F. Kennedy

As John C. Maxwell emphasized in his Book,Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: “If you begin a task with certainties, you will probably end in doubts. But if you are willing to begin with doubts, you will likely end in certainties.”

Doubt is necessary not a bad thing, it is a sign that you are human. Letting your fear debilitate you would only lead to procrastination and inaction. As American Congregationalist clergyman Henry Ward Beecher asserted : “Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.”

American Author Zig Ziglar is credited with saying: “You don’t have to be great to start , but you have to start to be great.That is so true as we repeatedly give ourselves the permission to be great, the more we would be able to unleash our greatness and potential.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Stop Doubting your Greatness!!! You’ve got this, you are closer than you think. All the best in your quest to get better, Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

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IT Life

Failing Forward with IT Certifications

Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. 

Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills

Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.

― Jim Rohn

Failure isn’t so bad if it doesn’t attack the heart.

Success is all right if it doesn’t go to the head.—GRANTLAND RICE

I learn more through my failures than my successes and preparing for an Information Technology Certification is one of the most exciting ways to fail forward. It is very exhilarating with its twists and turns, scenario based questions, certification and re-certification, study guides, online video tutorials (Linkedin Learning, Pluralsight, Udemy,), braindumps, online forums, blogs, official certification blog etc.

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. – Bill Gates

The list of materials and the time involved in preparing for these exams is like life itself, you put in your all but you are not promised anything. Failing an exam is like not figuring anything out the first time is very painful but you have to keep pushing and not take it personal.

There is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a winner, but there is really only one way to be a loser and that is to fail and not look beyond the failure.—KYLE ROTE JR.”

What keeps me going is my WHY? Why am I writing the exams in the first place? Would it matter in the next 5 years? Maybe? Maybe Not?

Some exams you pass on the first try, others on the third try. What matters is the zeal to achieve your goal and not get discouraged because you failed an exam.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

CompTIA Exams

Passed:

  • CS0-001 | CompTIA CySA+ Certification | June 1st 2019
  • SY0-501 | CompTIA Security+ Certification | May 25th 2018
  • 220-901 | CompTIA A+ Certification | March 4th 2017
  • 220-902 | CompTIA A+ Certification | April 8th 2017

People are training for success when they should be training for failure. Failure is far more common than success; poverty is more prevalent than wealth; and disappointment more normal than arrival.—J.WALLACE HAMILTON

Failed

  • N10-006 | CompTIA Network+ Certification | July 1st 2017
  • CV0-002 | CompTIA Cloud+ Certification } January 19 2019

The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.—NELSON BOSWELL

Splunk

Passed

  • SPLK-1001 | Splunk Core Certified User | December 28th 2019

A failure is a man who blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.—ELBERT HUBBARD”

Failed

  • SPLK-1001 | Splunk Core Certified User | July 20th 2019
  • SPLK-1001 | Splunk Core Certified User | August 3rd 2019

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Passed

  • CLF-C01 | AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner | February 24th 2020

To succeed, you have to be open to problems. You have to be open to failure. And as you go up the ladder, you gain the right to get more problems.—DAVE ANDERSON

Failed

  • SAA-C01 | AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate | February 8th 2020
  • SAA-C01 | AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate | March 17th 2020

ISC2

Failed

  • ISC2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner | September 7th 2019

I will be writing a couple of IT certification exams in the coming months and this post is my scorecard/failure card as there would be some more stumbling on my way to the zenith. The goal is to keep pushing no matter what and not give up.

All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

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Life

Top Tools/Strategies to manage your time in the age of Social Media.

I have been experimenting with a digital detox/minimalism for the past 6 years since 2013 but I became more deliberate with it since February 2018. I have not used the following Apps personally since February 2018 but I still manage some project related social media accounts

Twitter – Deactivated
Facebook- Deactivated
Instagram- Deactivated

I am presently using only two apps sparingly and am always looking for aways to limit my use of these apps and it is a constant battle of will and discipline.

Linkedin – The only app that still has my attention
Whatsapp – I try to install once to thrice a week and delete immediately after using it to make international calls/replies – it seems cheaper.

In my bid to lessen my use of Whatsapp, Linkedin and my Email Accounts. I have found the following Strategies/Tools/Apps to be helpful in getting my precious time back in the age of social media:

1. Delete the Apps from you Mobile Phone

One of the ways have been able to stick to my digital minimalist goal is to delete all social media/non-essential apps from my phone.

I only have the Apple Podcast App, Uber App and City Mapper on my Phone. I am not tempted to check social media apps and endlessly scroll through my phone. I only visit the apps on my laptop as I am more disciplined and can stop at will on my laptop.

2. Screen Time

With Screen Time, you can access real-time reports about how much time you spend on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and set limits for what you want to manage.

Screen Time lets you know how much time you and your kids spend on apps, websites, and more. This way, you can make more informed decisions about how you use your devices, and set limits.

How to turn on Screen Time on your Apple Gadgets

  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time.
  2. Tap Turn On Screen Time.
  3. Tap Continue.
  4. Select This is My [device] or This is My Child’s [device].

Cool Features of the Screen Time:

Downtime – Nap
App Limits – Set daily limit for Apps
Communication Limits – Control who your children can communicate with
Always Allowed – Always use an App such as Navigation App
Content & Privacy Restrictions

More Info on Screen Time:

3. Freedom App

The Freedom App is a computer program designed to keep a computer user away from the Internet for up to eight hours at a time.

Use Freedom to block time-wasting apps and websites so you can be more focused, productive, and engaged with the world around you.

Simply select the apps and websites you want to block, and start a Freedom session. If you try to open a blocked app or website during the session, Freedom prevents it from opening.

Download the Freedom App

If you become a Premium Subscriber you get the following perks: https://freedom.to/perks

4. Rescue Time

RescueTime is a productivity app that keeps track of the time you spend in different applications and websites. It helps knowledge workers understand their time and manage the constant distractions of the modern workplace so that they can do their most important work.

One of my favourite feature of the Rescue Time App is Focus Time – which also shows a very nice quote on time management, procrastination etc. Very cool Tool.

FocusTime is an intelligent distraction blocker that helps you take back control of your focus when you need it by automatically blocking distracting websites and muting other interruptions.

Download Rescue Time

5. Quitter

Quitter is a Mac app that automatically hides or quits apps after periods of inactivity, inspired by my Automatic Social Discipline method. It’s great for minimizing distraction from social apps like Twitter and Slack, news readers, or even your email app.

Quitter is free, with no strings attached: Download now

6. Re-Order your Priorities

It can be very tempting to not be using social media Apps as much as you want to use it but when you come to think of it:

What are you really doing this for?
Would this apps matter in the next 10 years? Remember MySpace, Hi5. 2go, Blackberry Messenger
What are you really missing out on? Fear of Missing Out? Are you really missing out?

Re-ordering your priorities and knowing why you are here, makes a load of difference and finally, remembering you are going to DIE sooner than later helps with re-ordering our priorities. We all come to this realizations differently, especially our mortality (Some of us it takes losing a special friend, a cousin, a parent, a sibling while some of us it takes experiencing a life threatening illness).

When we re-order our priorities and get a different perspective to life and the purpose of our existence here, we begin to have a wider worldview, expanding our vision & Standards. The way we use our time begins to change and we would have less time to caring about Likes, Retweets and social validation amplified by this social media apps.

This apps are very great for a whole load of reasons such as :

Communication But of the 1,000+ friends you have on Facebook or numerous followers on Twitter. How many of your virtual friends can you recognize in person?

Connection But are we really connected to our virtual friends as we want to? Can you call them when the chips are down?

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning. – John Henry Newman

The time i recover from using less social media and all other low-priority activities have been invested on other activities which I find more fulfilling such as :

  1. Reading 100 Books a year/Listening to Audiobooks/Podcasts
  2. Run Marathons (Have participated in 10+ Marathons in 5 different cities since 2013 – Accra, Lagos, Nairobi,Toronto, Ottawa)
  3. Run my Blog(s).
  4. Exercise More at the Gym/Running
  5. Be more Mindful and Present.

All the Best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

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Life

Momento Mori : Be mindful of Dying

“If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life – and only then will I be free to become myself.” – Martin Heidegger

Momento Mori is the symbolic/artistic reminder of the inevitability of Death. The thing is that we are all going to DIE at one point in our life. No matter how long you and I live, whether as long as Methuselah (969) or as short as Jesus Christ (33) or Tupac (25), Steve Jobs(56), the most important thing is the legacy we live behind.

In his very wonderful book Unf*ck Yourself, Gary Bishop shared this thought on dying:

Imagine that you’re on your death bed. You hear the beep… beep… beep of the monitor nearby. Your health is critical, and you’ve only got a few hours to live. You can feel your heartbeat and energy slide.

As you lie there, you start to look back on your life. You never made the change you wanted. You stayed stuck in that same job, that same relationship, that same overweight body until now, the day you die. You read books, but you never applied them.

You planned diets, but you never followed them. You told yourself what you were going to do, psyched yourself up a thousand times, but you never did it. You started dozens if not hundreds of life changing escapades and then wilted.

As you lie there in your hospital bed, loved ones cycling in and out over the course of the day, what do you feel? Regret? Remorse? Sorrow? What would you give if you could go back to this moment—the one in which you’re reading this book—and do things differently? If only….

Here’s the thing: future you is not going to regret a lack of achievement or the absence of any one thing in your life. The only thing you will regret is not trying. Not striving. Not pushing through when the going got tough. Not all mountaineers make the summit, sometimes they turn back, re-tool, keep coming at it.

 They’re just never satisfied with standing at the bottom, hanging out with all the other non-climbers and explaining their lack of ascent. No, they packed up their tent and moved forward, and they will pass from this world knowing they gave every ounce of their effort. That they played full out. They loved the climb.

You won’t regret not making a million dollars, you’ll regret never starting that business or quitting that lousy job.

You won’t regret not marrying a supermodel, you’ll regret staying in that dead-end relationship when you knew you could do better.

You won’t regret not looking like a bodybuilder, you’ll regret stopping at the drive thru every night on your way home and living a lie. And this will happen to you.

You will die. You will go through all of that on your own, in the quiet solitude of our own dwindling consciousness. Unless you take the action that’s needed to change, to build the life you want, the life you can be proud of.

Momento Mori: Be mindful of Death – You are going to be gone Sooner or Later. Keep striving, Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

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Life

Learn to number your Days.

I recently lost my Mum on the 31st of March 2019, it was one of the toughest days of my life. My mum was sick for a while but never thought she was going to be gone so soon. She battled cancer for 9+ Months and it was a roller coaster year but she did not survive it.

The following days, weeks and months have been extremely tough -the overwhelm, the despair, the withdrawals, the tears, the silence from so-called friends and family members, the longing to have just one more conversation with her, the memories.

We all grief differently and life can be cruel with its twist and turns, losing her also brought one more thing into my Life: Learning to number my days, having a sense of urgency and finally understanding the real meaning of Life is Short.

” You are either coming from a Storm, Living a Storm or you entering a Storm”

As long as our life seem to be, it is also extremely short. I finally understood that assertion about the brevity of life with the passing of my dear mum. I was recently watching a Warren Buffet video on youtube in which the interviewer requested to interview Warren and he replied him saying: He had less than 4,000 days (10+ year plus to live) that got to me and I finally got it.

We all have the same amount of time, how we spend it while we are still here is what really counts when all is said and done.

” Fear not that your life would come to an end, Fear that is shall never have a beginning”

My Mum died at 54+ years, she was going to be 55 on May 23rd 2019. Calculating 54 years times 365 equals 19710, technically she was here for just 20,000 days. The life expectancy in USA is 79 that means the average American would be around for 28,835 Days approximately 29,000 Days while the life expectancy in Nigeria is 55 years which means the average Nigerian would be around for 20,000+ Days. When you begin to look at your days in terms of days,weeks and months, we might get a new perspective about time and how we spend it.

55 years :

365 x 55 = 20,075 Days
52 x 55 = 2860 Weeks
24 x 20,075 = 481, 800 Hours
60 x 481,800 hrs = 2,890,8000 Minutes
60 x 2,890,8000 Mins = 173,448, 000 Seconds

We all don’t know when we are going to leave this earth, the more reason to discover your purpose, find your mission, follow your bliss and leave a trail for others to follow. How we spend our time, who and what we spend it on determines the depth and breadth of our existence.

“Dream like you would live forever, Live like you would DIE today – James Dean

In Lieu of this Paradigm shift have committed to spend my time with only things that are aligned with my vision and I do commit to not spend any second with anything that is not taking me towards my purpose.

In all you do learn to “Number your Days” Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.