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Purposed, Not Scripted. | What You Didn’t Know About Living Purpose

 

There are a lot of unsaid things when it comes to the question of purpose. Most people misconstrue the true meaning of purpose and are getting confused on the mission of purpose on earth. It begs the insightful question, what really is purpose and how can purpose be achieved?

Every other thing you read about purpose is just the tip or maybe half a tip and something else. Little wonder you are still stuck on the true meaning of purpose. Paul Shola Oguntade slayed this with his heavenly knowledge.

HERE IS WHAT NO ONE EVER TOLD YOU BEFORE.

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god versus beast? | How Do You Make It?

                                                      A.                   
I know of a god; he is you and he is me. He is made of every essence possible but he has this Achilles hill…HE IS ALSO A BEAST!
THREE FACTS!    
One; Everyone I know, I mean EVERY HUMAN that my eyes and ears have had knowledge of- whether good, bad, ugly. They all need to survive.
Two; Much more, they all need to find expression and be the god they are.

Three; There is a struggle, a fight, a war…It reminds me of a story about some Jewish builders who were carrying out the construction of temple walls in the heat of an uproar. They held swords in one hand, mortar and trowel in the other. In EVERYWHERE and in EVERYONE here on earth is the beast and the god at war. For some, the god has more victory over the beast, for many the beast is at feast. It was Paulus Romanus code named 724 who exclaimed; “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death?”
                                                            B.
I know of a god, he is you and he is me. He is made of every essence possible but he has this Achilles hill… HE HAS A BEAST!
Somewhere around 1210 BC, Dreadlock son of Judges, code named 1619 said these prayers before he committed suicide; “O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee only this once…”EVERY lion I have met has at least a spike in his paws, and they are in four categories.
Some have adapted to it.  Some have their movement slowed down. Some others are not moving. The forth keep moving while they remove the spike one by one.
                                                          C.
At some point, one could blame nature or creation for the imperfection and unfairness of life. Today it’s in your favour, tomorrow it is against you. We wake up one day to consciousness to discover the class of family we were born into, the personality type we carry, the habits we suddenly discover but know not where they came from, and so many other things. But come to think of it, that’s the way it is here on earth. Disequilibrium and chaos theory! The good question should be how winners made it despite the unfairness and imbalance of nature. Sincerely that’s my question to you. Excuses don’t cut it. Life has been unfair since whenever, embrace that fact and deliberately beat your portion out of life. Be aware of the beasts and seek creative ways to tame it.


Paul Shola Oguntade

Creative Director, AVAN House.    

www.menthatbe.com

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If You Don’t Know Where You Are Going, You Will End Up Somewhere Else. | The Definiteness Of Purpose

Tayo looked up to the fig tree that stood opposite his father’s house and expressed disapproval. He knew what would happen once his father got back from his trip. The tree had disappointed him again. For over three years, this tree had refused to bear any fruits despite it being properly catered for.

Father had asked him for the umpteenth time if it had started to grow fruits but got a negative response much to his disappointment. He had wanted to entertain his visitors that day.

One sunday evening, Tayo welcomed his father home but before he could take his bags into his room, his father barked in anger,
” Tayo! get people to cut that useless tree down!”

In life, when one refuse to bear fruits, one would be cut down because no relevance can be identified. What you make of yourself today tells of who you would be in the future. A lot of people fail to realise their bearing in life. Three of such people are:
People who do not have any bearing and are manifesting uselessness.
Those who have lost their true bearing and bring poor fruits to the table.
Thirdly, those who are yet to or find it hard to discover their bearing.

IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING, YOU WILL END UP SOMEWHERE ELSE!
The fig tree ended somewhere else; in the bush, cut and burnt.

Identify your identity. That burning need that births a purpose. What problem aches your heart and what solutions can you provide to that? WHO ARE YOU and WHERE EXACTLY are you going?  Every great potential has a direction that yields positive results.

CREATE WORTH OR VALUE.
Despite the pruning and cares of life, the fig tree refused to grow while others were blooming and flourishing. Better to cut it down. The same applies to anyone that doesn’t maximise his life potentials but sits on the shores of laziness, frivolities and what have you, waiting for the next rainbow to appear.

Napoleon Hill said, ‘There is one quality that one must possess to win and that is the DEFINITENESS OF  PURPOSE, the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to achieve it. The fig tree had no purpose so it became useless.

Find that purpose and let the world see your fruits!

 

 

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DON’T BEG FOR IT.

The streets are littered, dusk settles in and once again you saved yourself the disgrace of being seen. You had saved your finest piece of clothing for your evening ritual : a rough bleached out white shirt, a cropped up trouser with pocket holes and worn out sandals to match, didn’t you pick them up at the green house where the gate man dried them up as rags?

At exactly 4pm, your begging spree began, you would push through bodies of bent old men, small boys with open wounds, open pans and jingling pocket coins. Eyes sore and mouths festered with cries of “help me” the stories were the same, you are an orphan and have seven brothers to feed and the response you get is the same. A coin or two, on lucky days a note or two. And they only gave in to your pleas because you would follow about and not let them be. Disgust and disinterest clearly written on their foreheads.

It was not easy joining, everyone were on their own and only linked by the weekend money drop off, to maintain the abandoned bridge that housed your lot. When you started, they surrounded you, rage in their eyes, how could you start something and not inform them? The fat boy you  dreaded for his flabby arms was ready to beat you up, ( how could this one be a beggar? you doubt, he is a thief but you are one too, only you steal from your soul) your lanky frame fretted a picture of a skull body in your mind and you complied when they collected your saved begging.

Now that you are a member, it was difficult keeping up to your other status; the person you left behind to swim unnecessary waters. But you are also a member of the joint, a displace of personality.

You are heading to the joint now, you entered the bar spot, the one where the guys you envied always patronized. It wasn’t like these guys had much, last you heard, they weren’t so fly, just some random trying to make a living name persons, but your sense couldn’t tell you how to make yours. Yahoo, office assistants, rich boy-father’s business, struggling entrepreneurs and shit was the list.

Because deep down, you have debased your self and you are a thief denying your soul and stealing from it.

If you find yourself in the wrong crowd, please vanish.

You don’t have to beg people for your manifestation to come or try to fit in a circle.

The right people needed for your manifestation will come. And they would be there for you and you would be there for them. You won’t need to beg these set of people, because they see the potential in you.

You won’t need to beg these people because they found the answers in you,

They see that great something in you that cannot be ignored.

You don’t need to beg these people because they have been rightly positioned for you.

You don’t need to try and fit in with these people because you have already been accepted.

You don’t need to adjust your life for these people to suit their own needs because you are a path they already chose to follow.

Because you have done your homework,

You have been working hard

Targeting your focal point and aiming for the goal spot.
Because you have rightly positioned yourself.

You don’t need to struggle to fit into a cycle, let your circle announce itself.

Your right audience will come and when they do, they would lift you up and in turn, you would do the same . For their manifestation and uplift lies in knowing and helping you. And you also knowing and helping them.

Control your attitude to things of life and you would go a long way.

How much you beg is how less you and your goals are.

Control it, don’t beg for it.

Let them see and feel it.

You don’t need people’s approval to step boundaries or overcome.

Perhaps, it is not the problem itself but the way we see the problem that is the problem.

Have a focal point that leads somewhere.

Don’t beg people. You are not living for them.

 

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10 Key Pointers To Achieving Your Dreams | “Dream”

Let’s talk about Dreams.  I know we have heard it all before so I took time to round up some key signal reminders to goal achievement and dream fulfillment.

1.  To DREAM is to have a vision which  is what inspires us to achieve greatness. On that pedestal towards greatness lies the ability to dream.

2.  DREAMS are conceived long before they manifest.

3.  DREAMS are birthed from PURPOSE; whatever develops your dream comes from discovered purpose.

4.  The period between the birth of a dream and it’s actualization involves a process; one filled with hustles and hassles.

5.  The beginning of a dream generates more zeal than wisdom, be careful and take your time.

6.  Elephant vision will take time to develop and manifest, keep striving at it.

7.  Keep in touch with God; your Creator and director in these matters.

8.  Every great dream is not for you alone; reach out to generations and make the world a better place.

9.  Humility is key at every starting point of a dream; possess it. Make the dream announce itself.

10.  Every great dream when realised is sweeter than you could ever imagine. Enjoy it.

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In achieving your dream goals and reaching to your potentials, according to the  greatness you seek for, there MUST be a DREAM; a reckoning force tied with purpose. Purpose to achieve and be relevant.

Dream it. Everything begins in the heart and mind. Dare to dream, think big.

Believe it. Think beyond limitations and believe it can happen.

See it. Great achievers see their dreams coming through. A visualization that gives a positive hope of actualising a dream. Picture yourself achieving these great feats of dreams.

Tell it. Any dream locked up within you exists only in you alone. By telling it, you become accountable and it makes your dreams more believable.

Plan and plan it. Every day and every other time, make calculated steps towards achieving your dreams and work towards it. Hurdles would surely come but should never make it die.

Enjoy it. It’s your dream and its fulfillment should gladden your heart  and the heart of others.

Action Points.
A. Have a dream(s).
B. Do a thorough research on how to achieve your dreams, possible steps to take and people to meet.
C. Make workable goals, either weekly or monthly to achieving such dream goals and be committed to it.

How can we succeed if we never try? 27-simple-habits-to-give-up-if-you-want-to-succeed_20160113033326_1452656006791_block_20
DREAM, BUT DON’T SLEEP.

 

Take A Cue | Take A Cue by Paul Macauley

TAKING A CUE FROM BARBERSHOP 3; THE NEXT CUT

So I saw this movie and I kind of got inspired to write a piece about some lessons I learnt from it.
Enjoy.

 Appreciate people

People will not always be around forever in our lives and we always tend to subconsciously forget that. A text message, a call or a thank-you note from you to them
wouldn’t be too much. Don’t say “but they know that I care” (how will they know when they
are not God) show them. Not only does it make them feel appreciated and loved, it brings out the best in them.

Stop whining about your issues, Do Something about it!

(Every little step towards your goal
is a goal achieved in bits) We like to complain a lot about things happening around us, probably the situation of things in our neighborhood, church, friends, family and other things, yet we refuse to do something about them.

Smile, you haven’t got all the problems in the world

Frowning your face at all times and feeling grumpy will do you no good, it will only keep you from enjoying the moments today.
Take a chill pill and spice up your life with humour.

 If you don’t take care of your partner, someone else will

This is for the married folks and people in a serious relationship. (Remember common, Eve and Nicki Minaj in the movie). Humans are naturally inclined to gravitate towards where they are being appreciated, rather
than remain where they are being tolerated. If you have someone you need to show some love to and you are yet to tow that line, it’s just a matter of time before they turn on you.
The Karachikas and Yoruba demons are out there and they are damn good at what they do.
(You wouldn’t want Edible Catering to be chatting with your spouse at 2a.m)

There’s always a “One-Stop” in our life, we sure need them

In case you are wondering who One Stop is, let me give you a down low. One-Stop is that friend of ours, that guy in our office, church or school that doesn’t care about friendship when it comes to business. One stop can sell water to a well, and One Stop can package. Funny enough, even One-Stop has a Mumu button. We need One-Stops in our lives sometimes; they help us to see life in another perspective without attaching sentiments.

If you don’t want to hear about it, don’t talk about it

Ever heard of “some secrets go to the
grave” (a friend said that). Be careful about the kind of people you share your weaknesses with during your moments of despair. Always tell your problems to God, He won’t judge you, he won’t tell another, he won’t remind you when you refuse to buy him/her that birthday gift and he would fix it for you. Partner with God, friends fail.

 Be sensitive to other people’s needs

People make wrong decisions just because they want to
be accepted by others. Sometimes a little care from someone is all they need to stop them from making such costly mistakes. That person could be you. (The world would be a better place if we showed more care and love) Be the change you want to see in others.

Have a great day.

Paul Macauley.

Paul Macauley is a fashion addict, humorist and an avid reader. Connect with him on Facebook as Paul Macauley

The Interview

He shifted in his seat, stood up and went towards the window, a sign of an impending uneasiness. He bowed his head and stared hard at the floor, hands in pockets, then he looked outside and felt a bit relieved as he inhaled deeply.

“Give me time to think” he let out.

Stacy was deeply worried yet unperturbed. He wants to think about it, now that’s annoying. She thought as she crossed her legs, the left on the right, then changed again.

She spread her hands neatly on her skirt to smooth it but more importantly, to clean the sweat forming on them.

Stacy let out a sigh, adjusted in her seat, tucked the hair that fell out to her face neatly to the back of her ears.

“If you still have to think, then you have no idea about exactly what you want to do”. Her voice deepened. She would have to outline the necessary things he ought to have known but may have indirectly buried within. Again.

“What’s up with you?” She asked, starting over.

He was startled by that question, he knew she never spoke that way unless she wanted to really dig in.

Nothing much, preparing for the future.” He replied.

Stacy tried hard to remain calm. “How? The future is here.

Really? How?” he asked and Stacy felt irritated.

Two years ago, you were still preparing for the future, how far have you gone with that? The time is now! And don’t talk to me about limitations; there are none except the ones you accept for yourself, any limitation should be crushed”.

Okay, but I have challenges and I know God will help me through it”

Was he even listening at all? She thought. Why won’t people leave God alone to do his work and they do their own?

Yes, God will help you if only you help yourself” she replied.

It’s high time you stopped groping on the challenges, focus!” Stacy pointed a finger at her head for emphasis, he stood there and blinked twice, as if he found it hard to comprehend her words.

“Focus on the solution or alternative solutions to those challenges. THINK!” Her voice was rising and she hated it.

Okay Stacy”. He said.

“Okay then what?” Unconvinced, she raised an eyebrow and shook her head. She wanted what was best for him,  but he was weak and she could sense it. How old is he going to make it again, 40? A fool at 40? Stacy winced at the thought.

He let out a strained laugh and said “what do you want me to say?”

You tell me” she stood up and headed to the fridge,  brought out some juice in a jug, poured a glass and offered it to him, he rejected it with a wave of his hand. This was progress however little, he shouldn’t even think about drinking anything right now. She thought as she let herself to the glass of juice, gulped it and sat back on her chair quietly.

“Now, tell me” she repeated.

“I will do everything possible within my power and with God’s help to come through”.

That was not what she wanted to hear. “when?

Starting right now” he said.

This time, he was sitting on the chair, his two hands were resting on the chair making him leap forward while he spoke.

“How?” she asked getting impatient.

Doing the right thing I am supposed to do…”

What are those things?” Stacy queried.

He started to talk about working his relationship with God, (who doesn’t want to work his relationship with God?) Working towards his purpose and visions in life ( what’s his purpose and vision?) taking his prayer study and life seriously, getting what is needed…

You are not saying anything as far as I am concerned. You are saying you don’t want to make things up and I am telling you that’s because you have no idea who you are or what you want to be exactly. You keep mentioning God, even God is waiting for your manifestation because he already deposited greatness in you and he wants you to act towards it or you are done for! So quit waiting and whining ‘cos God ain’t gonna come down for you”.

She talked so much in a hurry and Ted thought she was going to explode, she stopped abruptly and pointed a finger at him. Ted was almost frightened, his whole body shook in deep concentration and thought.

The problem is that you are clueless about what purpose you are really meant to achieve and you ignore the little ideas creeping on the corners of your mind”.

She had to relate with him this way so her words could sink into his brain, he is waiting on God so I’ll tell him what God expect of him since he has no idea.

“You see those ideas? God gave you. USE THEM!” Stacy almost screamed.

He nodded like a child, his face blank. Stacy watched him, head bent, obviously thinking hard, she could spot the veins that spread across his hands as he clenched his fist. She was tired. Tired of people like him not finding their feet, it hurts to know he is lost and clueless about exactly what he should be. But she knew she had to help no matter what else she would be damned. She won’t be able to live knowing that someone somewhere is dying away in his abilities.

“The future is here Ted, and it’s time to act, now!” she whispered tiredly.

 

#The Future is here.

#if you are sleeping, time to wake up.