Motivation Archives

You need to motivate your team

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Motivation is the key ingredient for success in any organisation. You can have all the technical skills in the world, but if you cannot motivate your team, it will be difficult to  achieve success. Motivation has long been recognised as being vital to the fulfilment of human potential. It has never been so important, however, as in our current era of drastic social and technological change and the stress that necessarily results.

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Positive Self-Image As Success Tonic

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

I would like to start by asking you this question: What image do you cut of yourself? It is positive or negative? I am asking you because of the way some people see themselves. When I was a child, my father used to tell me to go to a barber’s (shop) close to his office for my haircut. On this fateful day, my younger brother and I got to the shop but the barber was not around. We only met an old man who was his friend. Suddenly, the barber’s friend started lamenting his poor financial condition, cursing himself for having despicable destiny, saying he knew he could not make it in life again. As if that was not enough, he said he would challenge God the day they would meet, for having made him a “financially” poor man. I was shocked when he mentioned God. That is why the scene has remained indelible in my mind ever since then. Read the rest of this entry

Divorcing Mediocrity for Excellence

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Your commitment to excellence will inevitably determine the quality of your life, irrespective of your chosen career. Therefore, accommodate excellence in your life and expel mediocrity, which is all about living below your true potential. Take mediocrity lid off your ability to excel by developing qualities that an average person lacks.

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Failing Forwards Towards Your Goal

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

It was a Saturday morning about 25 years ago. I had been so exhausted the previous day that I could not wake up on time. In fact, I was still fast asleep to the extent that I was dreaming. In my dream, a rich man who had just sent me on an errand told me to wait, and he went inside. Guess what! He came out with a bunch of keys. After sorting out the bunch, he handed to me the keys to a Peugeot 505 Evolution car that was the reigning champion then.

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How Clear Is Your Vision?

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Your exposure or experience determines the level of your knowledge. According to the Nigerian Yoruba tribe folklore, there was a man who was tired of life because he was financially poor and had just one or two clothes. He therefore headed for the bush to hang himself. On getting there, he was about hanging himself when he looked down from the top of the tree and saw a naked man walking along, thanking God that he was better than a deaf-and-dumb man around that could not verbally communicate his feelings.

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Embracing Possibility Thinking For Success

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Most people in the second language environment habitually pretend that English Language is “sequentially” their “mother tongue”. That is, the first language in their acquired languages. They pretend that they do not understand or speak their local languages as much as they understand or speak English.

 

There is no need for unnecessary argument with them. Do you know how to really ascertain if such people are mere pretenders or not? You can catch them red-handed in their sub-conscious by frightening them in the dark, for instance. If they shout in English, it means English is their first language of acquisition and is therefore “sequentially” their “mother tongue”. So they are not pretenders. But if they exclaim, for instance, in “fermented” Yoruba such as “Yeeeee — mokuoooooo —“, instead of “Help, I am dead”, it simply means they are just pretenders.

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Discarding Your Thermometer for Thermostat

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

In my motivational talk at the seminar we organised on Friday, October 1, 2010 in Lagos, Nigeria to celebrate Nigeria’s independence anniversary, a golden jubilee for that matter, I asked the audience this question: “How would you describe yourself – a thermostat or thermometer?” I asked this question because, in addition to celebrating national independence, we also needed (and need) to be celebrating personal independence. And one’s choice between a thermometer and thermostat will determine to a great extent, achievement of his or her personal independence. A period of dead silence followed my question in the hall. Then the hall came alive again in minutes as argument over proper metaphoric interpretation of the two electronic items ensued among the audience members. Some said the better choice was thermometer while others argued in favour of thermostat. Read the rest of this entry

Climbing Your Personality Ladder to Success

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Success is about discovering your best talents, skills and abilities and using them appropriately to better your life and the lives of others. I went to see a friend of mine recently.

 

Beside his house, I saw a short young man jumping into the air to pluck some mangoes from a very tall mango tree, instead of using a long plank of wood available there. It was funny to me and I told my friend that the young man had (and has) the personality of a comedian. And my friend confirmed it, wondering how I quickly knew. Read the rest of this entry

Changing Your Name to ‘Hero’

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

It is believed in the traditional Yoruba society of Nigeria, my tribe, that names are a very important aspect of people’s identity. Beyond the issue of identity, the Yoruba also believe that names have something to do with how people will eventually behave, and even determine their (people’s) fortune or ability to succeed in life. That is, to the Yoruba tribe, there is a spiritual or telepathic connection between names and progress. Apart from being given names in infancy, the way we behave or our approach to life also determines the (nick)names people call us. For instance, nobody has ever named his or her child “armed robber”, “rapist”, “kidnapper” or “prostitute” in infancy, yet people’s vices end up giving them the tag of adhesive bad names that may even overshadow their real names. As regards bravery, a male that is extremely fearless or outstanding is regarded as a hero, while a female that has the same quality is a heroine. (The females should not be offended that “heroine” is not reflected in the headline. It is not because I am a male chauvinist; rather it is done to achieve economy of words or compactness.) Read the rest of this entry

Achieving Enduring Financial Success

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

To succeed in any endeavour, you need to have a clear sense of direction. People with a clear purpose naturally make progress on the roughest road, while those without direction achieve nothing even on the smoothest road. One aspect of success extremely cherished by almost everybody is financial success. Everybody likes to make money, even though knowing how to make money alone does not guarantee financial freedom. You also need to learn the fundamentals of managing it. Making or earning money is a lot easier than managing money itself. Some people swim in the ocean of financial success while others get drowned in the sea of financial insufficiency simply because of financial knowledge or lack of it. When you understand success principles and how to deploy them effectively, you will definitely achieve success, including financial independence.
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