Monday Motivational Moment 4….lessons from making a first page appearance.

​For sometime now, I have been a big fan of nairaland. Infact ,I have gotten to like nairaland as a website to the point of depending on it when I am bored with life sometimes. My usage of the website have been like any other nairalander. At first, I was just a visitor, later a member and now a writer .

I started writing articles some months ago and I have been improving my game since then. After writing 25 articles on nairaland, I graced the much beloved first page. It was like a dream come true for me as a writer. It was like a milestone for me. I felt like the way  Gerald must have felt wearing a Liverpool shirt for the first time. 


As a learner from the school of life, I have learnt five lessons from making first page appearance on my dream website –  nairaland. Below are the lessons : 

1. Looking for success ? Look inwards not the other way round.

I have always asked myself, How will I get to be noticed to be given a first page appearance on nairaland ? I was seriously hoping to be seen and heard. Infact, the day I wrote the article titled ” 4 ways to create a good reading habit “, I was just thinking about that. So what brought about that “10000 views” topics ? I simply looked inside and did what I do best which is writing educational articles. As a person , if I were to look elsewhere for what I should be writing about, I would I have thought about entertainment or news but my innermost will not allow me. So I decided to heed to my inner calling and the result have just been splendid ever since. Why not try that too ?

2. It is only men of one thing that succeed.

 True talk, it is only men of a singular purpose that succeeds. Mohammed Alli once said that he feared not a man that has a thousand kicks but rather a man who have practised one kick for a thousand times. There is this tendency of us as individuals to try and go in all directions looking for success. But to really achieve success, one have to first conquer one line perfectly before diversifying. Of all my 25 post, most have always been in the educational forum, practising, getter better and improving myself and finally my day came. You might just try and differentiate too.

3. Never give up ! Keep trying so that you don’t stop one mile from Gold.

There were many times in my writing career when I felt like I was never going to make a first page appearance but giving up is just not an option for me. The thing is that we don’t know what the future holds. We never can tell when our breakthrough will come. You can only be rewarded if you don’t give up. Never do.

4. Although God blessings is not location based, location matters a lot in business. 

I understood this truth first hand last week. I have written some articles which I thought were cool pieces but they never made first page. As a result of this, they did not get the anticipated welcoming I thought they deserved. Infact the article that later graced the first page initially had a little above 1000 views before it made first page. When it made first page, it now had more than 12000 views. See the effect of location. My brother, location matters in life.

5. Once there is not always there.

Yeah, that is true. Baba, you made your first million does not mean you will always be a millionaire. You need to keep working hard. I made my first “first page” and I am striving to keep on making it on a regular basis. How do I achieve this ? By working hard to improve myself…..

I hope you read in between the lines and saw valuable lessons too for yourself. I hope this makes first page too. I will be glad if my two hopes actualizes.
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Saturdays Sum

The truth about bodmas and 3 other names for it.

Today on Saturday sum, we are not going to be giving out questions as it has being our tradition. We are alternatively going to be settling issues straight about a mathematical principle known as BODMAS.

Nigerian teachers ehn, all the while i have been taught in school that the “O” in BODMAS stands for “Of”. Same with you ? Permit me to tell you that you have been misinformed, the “O” in BODMAS actually stands for “ORDERS”.

 ” orders ” here include any operation that has a power or a square root. 

For example the other to solve this equation below is:

7 + (6 × 5²+ 3)

7 + (6 × 25 + 3)

Start inside Brackets, and then use “Orders” First

7 + (150 + 3) Then Multiply

7 + (153) Then Add

7 + 153 Brackets completed, last operation is add

160 DONE !

Interestingly BODMAS is understood in different ways in different countries. For example,

1.”Exponents” is used in Canada, and so you might prefer “BEDMAS”. 

2.There is also “Indices” which makes it “BIDMAS”. 

3. In the US they say “Parentheses” instead of Brackets, so it is “PEMDAS”.

Friday Facts

Do you know that the average saliva you have got in your mouth has a boiling point three times that of water?


What then is the boilling point of saliva ? Drop your answers as comments. Thanks…..

Wednesday Wisdom Words ( WWW4 )

THE ENZYMATIC REACTIONS OF PRAYERS.

“Ask me, I have seen prayers worked, I know it does. But I also know that character helps a great deal ”

                                        Mrs Adegoke

Those were the words I heard last week Friday and ever since I have been pondering over them. I have been doing a certain kind of analogy on them but there is actually no “thinking over” necessary here, they are just plain truth. Why do I say so?

It is not uncommon to see students who will always pray that they want good grades, they want to pass their exams, they want to get a scholarship and on and on but they don’t actually work for these things. Will things just happen ? No because prayer is not a magic wand as used by Merlin in the land of magic and the time of myth neither is it a mere wishful act that conjure up realities. Prayer is better compared to as an enzyme. Really? Let check on a Chemistry class on “enzymes”.

What are enzymes ? Enzymes are  organic chemical substances that speed up chemical reactions.

How does this relate with prayers for God’s sake ? Prayers are the enzymes while our works which include our characters are the chemical reactions. Enzymes don’t work on nothing, they can only work on a substrate. In the event that there is no substrate to work on, enzymes are a big waste. In the same way, if our works and our good characters were to be lacking, how do we expect prayers to work ? On empty vessels ? On thin air ? Certainly not. So before you pray next time for blessings, ask yourself, am I giving God something to bless ?
Your works are the sum total of what you do as a person, your attitudes, your values, moral codes, characters e.t.c. Work on them ! Sharpen your skills ! And Pray to God and see if he will not answer.
To your Success……

Tuesdays Tabloids 4

On Tuesday tabloid for this week, I am deciding to repost a link to read our Monday Motivational Moment for this week. This is so because it came a bit late yesterday. Sorry for that.

Click here to read. Inside this article, you will see the importance of a good reading habit and how you can create one.

You can’t afford to miss…

Don’t forget to let us know how this has helped you.

Your opinion and feedback matter a lot.

Monday Motivational Moment MMM4…..cultivating the reading habit.

​Cultivating the reading habit.

As a goal oriented person, I took the time out  at the beginning of this year to ask myself these questions : Where do I want to be at the end of this year ? and How do I want to achieve this things ? So i did a kind of thinking or better put meditation on these questions and found out the exact answers to them.

Yes I had goals for myself and at least a viable plan to meet those goals. Yes I want to have been this , I want to have achieved this, I want to have done those and blah blah blah. But what are my plans to achieving these my goals? 

I read somewhere that what we are is a matter of our habits. Simple as that statement is, it imprinted in me like seriously. So I asked myself, what habits do I need to cultivate if I am to become the kind of person I want to be at the end of 2017 ? Through researches both on and offline, I got some habits I wanted to inculcate in myself to become the kind of person that I am.

One of such habits is the reading habit. What is this reading habit ? How can one cultivate the reading habit ? What are the benefit of a cool reading habit ?  These are the questions to be answered in this weeks Monday Motivational Moment MMM4.

So what exactly is the reading habit I am talking about ?

This is an habit one keeps such that one reads one thing or the other in a regular pattern. A person with a good reading habit makes sure he or she reads something every waking moment. This may be a piece of literature, an academic book, a religious one, a piece of newspaper, magazine , blog post etc. It can even be research materials like dictionaries.

How can one cultivate good reading habits ?

1. Set a goal over a period of time.

Have it as a goal to finish a particular piece over a reasonable period of time. This keeps you focused on keeping your good habit. I personally has it as a goal to read at least a book in every month. Another of such is reading the bible in the year. Want to make an habit of reading ? Set a goal for yourself.

 2. Create time for reading just as you do for eating. Have you ever seen a man who is as busy as not setting a time for eating in a 24 hour period of time ? This is so because food provides the body with nourishment. How much more we need to on nourish our minds and hearts through reading. This time might be late in the night or early in the morning. Choose a time that suits you. Period.

3. Avoid procrastination. Kill it now, never postpone. The time is that very moment. Don’t Fall into the habit of “latering” reading.

4. Avoid distractions. Off your phones. Don’t read in front of a television. Off your stereo. Anything worth doing is worth doing well.
When you have done all these, you will created for yourself a good reading habit and the benefits are endless. Readers are leaders. They are well informed. They can draw on experiences of others through the lines of the pages they read and can therefore make wise decisions in their everyday life.
To good habits.

Sunday Synonyms 4

How can learning different ways of expressing yourself help you ? It helps you by giving you a certain sense of control over what you say and how you say it. It also makes you a better speaker who is not predictable.

Here are a list of words and their synonyms. It helps to know some of them by heart and try using them when need be. 
Run – Jog, Dash, Gallop, Sprint, Tear 

Shout – Scream, Bellow, Call out, Yell

Listen – Be all ears, Eavesdrop, Give attention 

Good luck – Best of luck 

In other words – Simply put

Good morning – Hi how are you? 

Especially – In particular. 
Do have a pleasant beginning of a great week ahead. 

Saturday Sums 3 

This is quite a late post. I guess it is better late than never anyway and that is the main reason i am choosing to make sure that you get this this night.

So how has the weekend being? I trust It has been fine. It has been great over here oooo. Don’t worry, you will be reading the gist sometime later. 

Now on our Saturday Sum for this week. It is kind of tough but I want our thinkers to help us out. Here it is :

Let’s see who get that . ….

Have a great Sunday ahead….