DREAM VS VISION


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It is very common for you and many others like you to talk about dreams, in fact, many pray for you that your dreams shall come through. While this sounds like a good prayer, I would not say it is beneficial for you.
Joel 2: 28 says “And afterwards, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. (NIV)
So what is Dream?
A dream is a wish or desire for something better or desired future.
What is Vision?
Vision is a set goal with a well-documented course of action set to it. It is the ability to look farther than your eyes can see.
It is not wrong to dream after all if wishes were horses, even the beggar would ride on them. But dreams are for the old men. The opportunity they have to look back and thank God for great decisions taken or regret opportunities lost. Dreams are for the old men to recount what they would have been today if they had Vision as youths.

It is very paramount to have VISION as a youth. It becomes a matter of necessity to carve out a path for your life. A well spelt out vision gives you a direction and how to go about that which you are pursuing. Setting a VISION enables your ability to resist distraction and side attraction. Every man with a PURPOSE has a vision.
What do you do with your Vision?
• Write it down and make it plain. Don’t keep your vision in your head; write it down so that it serves as a constant reminder.
• Write out ways you plan to achieve your vision
• Research and read about it. Read about people who have gone ahead in the field of your endeavour.
• Pray about it constantly
• It is not for everybody to know because there are always people ready to destroy and discourage.
• Connect with like-minded people and people in the field you are pursuing so that you learn from their stories and you can avoid their pitfalls and walk with their lessons learnt.
• Run with your vision and don’t look back.
• NEVER TELL YOURSELF IT IS IMPOSSIBLE

You should know that you can make visions of your dreams. As a young man with plenty time in his hands, never allow your dreams stay as dreams, turn them into visions and run with them.
Do you dream of being the next Dangote? Turn it into a vision
Do you plan on being the president of the country? Turn it into a vision and run with it
Do you dream of being like Michael Jackson or Lecrae? Turn it into a vision and run with it.

KNOW THAT WHATEVER YOU SET YOUR HEART TO DO YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH IT. GOD AND THE DEVIL KNOWS THAT; ONLY YOU IS LEFT TO REALISE THAT

REFERENCE LETTERS


A reference letter which also can be called recommendation letter is a form of a letter in which the writer seeks to assess the skills, qualities, and character of the person who is recommended. A reference letter provides information on the person being referenced to convince the person seeking the reference to taking the individual referred. We can say that a reference letter speaks to a person’s academic qualification and performance, innate abilities, skills, expertise and general qualities.

 

WHY AND WHEN DO YOU NEED A REFERENCE LETTER?

Reference letters are usually required for jobs, admission to the higher institution of learning, scholarships and even in opening bank accounts. Reference letters are needed from a former employer, professor or teacher to confirm a person’s credibility, competence, integrity and the confirmation of the track record stated by you. Since reference letters are essential to your health of your testimony, then you have to be careful who you ask for a reference letter because many times, the reference letters are confidential and you don’t need anybody sabotaging you. You also need people who are knowledgeable about your areas of strength and expertise.

 

There are different types of reference letters, they are discussed below

 

CHARACTER REFERENCE LETTER

A character reference letter which is also called a Personal reference letter is a document usually provided by someone who can attest to your character and personality. This type is reference letter is written by someone other than your previous employer, family member or friend. This reference letter is more of an attestation to a person’s both in the workplace and outside the workplace. For example, the new employer would want to know if you are an angry or quarrelsome person who is capable of causing disruptions at work due to your random outburst or unmanaged emotional state. A professional association or institute may also need comfort from one or two of their members about the character of a prospective member. Here is a sample;

 

To whom it may concern,

Personal Reference: Johnson Shawntan

I have known Johnson Shawntan for seven (7) years as a professional colleague. I found him to be a person of unquestionable integrity.

Johnson has made several achievements, but he has maintained his humble way of doing things. He can quickly adapt himself to new systems and environment.

His interpersonal and communication skills are second to none among his friends.

I will not hesitate to recommend Johnson to you for admission into our great institute.

If you require any other additional information, please feel free to contact me on +1xxxxx48 or email to xxxxx@btcs.com.

 

Thank you.

 

Yours faithfully

Adule O. G.

 

STUDENT REFERENCE LETTER

Students usually need recommendation letters from their teachers, principles or professors to apply for admission, scholarship or research grant. Sometimes a student may not know who to ask or what to do, and so you would have to learn to draft letters requesting for reference from your teacher or professor.

Meanwhile, here is a student reference letter sample from a teacher:

To whom it may concern,

I am writing this reference letter for Jane Doe, who fortunately was my student whom I work with during her senior years at our prestigious college. I have watched Jane Doe grow and have had the opportunity to see her passions and doggedness as her Literature teacher.

Jane Doe is very diligent and hardworking, in fact, she is what I will call a natural intelligence and a team player in doing task both in and out of the classroom with an outstanding talent in cheerleading

Jane Doe is a patient and compassionate student and is the ideal candidate for your scholarship program

You can always contact me on my email, sunshine@outloo.com or my mobile phone, 01-234-5678.

 

sincerely,

Martha Dumas

Loretha College

Boston

 

JOB APPLICATION REFERENCE LETTER

New employers often ask new or prospective employees for a letter of reference for employment from their previous employer, school professor or professional colleague, employees, in turn, ask their employers for a letter of reference for employment. Note that this type of reference letter is written in business or formal style and must be edited. See a sample below:

 

Your Contact Information

Your Name

Your Address

Your City, State, Zip Code

Your Phone Number

Your Email Address

 

Date

Contact information of the company you are writing to

Name

Title

Company

Address

City, code, zip code

 

Dear sir/Ma

LETTER OF REFERENCE FOR EMPLOYMENT – OPEYEMI ABBATUTA

Opeyemi Abbatuta has worked with me for seven years as the project manager of our enterprise.

I found her to be a self-motivated person with integrity. Opeyemi has among others excellent written and oral communication skills, analytical and problem-solving skills; Team/people management skills; she has a practical and sound understanding of project management process. She is a certified project manager.

I will not hesitate to recommend Opeyemi to you for employment in your company.

If you require any other additional information, please feel free to contact me on +1xxxxx56 or email to aromeabikiaje@yahoo.com.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully

Frank K. G.

 

LEASE REFERENCE LETTER

This type of reference letter is writing and signed by a previous landlord and given to his tenant who is moving elsewhere. This letter can easily be asked by a tenant who had a good relationship with his landlord during his time of lease. Below is a sample of a Lease reference letter.

 

Name of Referee

Address of Referee

Date

To whom it may concern,

Re: Name of Tenant and property address

This reference letter is to confirm that the person named above is my tenant and has maintained the stated status quo since 2011.

He pays his rents and other accrued bills promptly. All through his stay, he was faithful, loyal and dependable. He maintained the apartment in excellent condition and leaving it so. He is friendly. He lived in peace with neighbors and kept his environment always tidy.

I have no reservation in recommending the person named above to you.

Do not hesitate to contact me for further inquiries and confirmation on my mobile phone.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Name of Referee

ENIGMA


ENIGMA

My eyes hold frozen tears

My heart bleeds from injuries inflicted on it

My lips are sore

My sole is covered with blisters

 

My skin peels away

Aged from the heat of the savannah

Thirst grips my throat

Rips it off like an enemy

 

I am crying out

But my words have become solid

So sublime is my voice

Nobody hears it

 

Fading into the night

I am but a silhouette

Christened with a form

Living without an identity

 

Perused through and through

But unable to find my definition

Dubbed a miniature by guilty culprits

I could only move stealthily not to awaken the lie

 

Oh! That tears would wash the pain in my soul

Bringing me out of my incognito

If only my smiles is no alias

Then I could start my journey to self-discovery

CLIMBING THE LADDER (success tips)


 

Don’t Stop There

I watched my eight months old son who is learning to walk as took steps and pulling me along as his support and he the guide, I was amused. As he led me enthusiastically and I sheepishly followed, he came to a point where he halted. On that spot was a sachet of milo which caught his attention and then he sat down leaving me to continue the journey if I so wish. At that moment, this thought I am about to share with you dawned on me.

 

Why Stop There?

How many times have you been distracted by talks, criticism, large cheque, huge pay, good recommendation and you either think you have arrived or you cannot go further?

 

How many times have you let go because you have tried over and again and have failed?

 

How many times have you settled there because you received an award in the office?

 

How many times have you settled there because you have gotten married and can boast of a child?

 

How have you come to settle because you have been able to land a job and you are content already?

 

You only settle in a place you think is the best. You only give up when you think it can’t get better. You only accept crumbs when you think its a favour being done to you.

 

So here is the truth, never stop growing until death snatches you away with its cold hands. Never stop learning until your grey hair falls to the ground. Never accept defeat until it brings out the best in you. Never think you have arrived because that idea only wastes you and destroy your potential. There is more you can achieve if you search within.

Steps to Take to Maintain Balance as You Climb the Ladder

  • Be conscious of every step you take
  • Take note of the number of quality books you read in a year
  • Look at your CV regularly to check what new qualification and skills you have added
  • Take assessment of yourself and let your friends, colleges do same for your so you can find out how well you are doing in your relationship with men and how you are growing
  • Make sure God remains at the helm of affairs in your life
  • Keep a tab on your friends and the qualities they contribute to your life

SUCCESS TIPS FOR GRADUATES


Every year, tonnes of students graduate from colleges, universities, colleges of education and other higher schools of learning. All of these graduates are released into the labour market, all looking for a good paying job. It certainly becomes paramount to find qualities that stand you out. One can’t just bank on the first class honours or second class upper because these days, many have such qualification. So how do you compete with others and win? This leads us to bring success tips that stand you out from the crowd.
1. Decide Your Fate
Map out a plan of action of what you want to do with your life and your certificate. Don’t be the person that just goes with the wind. Ask yourself what kind of work you enjoy doing, what do you enjoy doing without being paid, what are the things you have done successfully in the past and have added to your success story?

2. Seek Information
Before you go for an interview, research about the company and the industry in which company operates as much as you can. This information will help you ask questions and help you control the interview.
You seek information on the company and its culture, the duties of the position you are applying for and the major competitors in the industries. This enables you to tell your interviewers how you will be of benefit to them. Don’t be more bothered about passing the test.

3. Seek Ideas and Counsel
Ask questions from the right sources and the right people. When confused about the next step to take, ask a knowledgeable person in the field. Many graduates make the wrong choices because they don’t have the right information. Many times, our Nigerian graduates rush for their Masters degree without having any work experience, and this is not suitable for the Nigerian markets. Most employers would prefer professional certifications with your first degree or relevant work experience which can be gotten from volunteer work.

4. Never Stop Learning
Education never stops. Be open to learning new things. Read new books in your field and where you hope to be. Never be content with just getting a job, seek more fulfilling and achievable goals. For example, you are interested in investment then read books on great investors like Warren Buffet. You want to excel at your job, then read books written by Brian Tracy.

5. Use Your Social Media for Networking
Social media has become a vital tool for everyday life. You can take advantage of it to sell your skills and abilities and get relevant. Social media like LinkedIn are available for job searches and other networking advantages to help you land the right opportunity. It works because many have gotten jobs through social media. Follow people and trends that matter on Twitter and Instagram because some companies advertise vacancies on their social media handle.

6. Stay positive
You will achieve whatever it is you set your heart to do, and everything is possible to him who believes. Stay positive in every circumstance. Even in an interview, keep a positive outlook, when doing a job be positive and you can always conquer.

The listed points are just but a few which is necessary. For further consultation, reach out To SALTLAND CONSULTING through email: aromeabikiaje@yahoo.com

 

Our Nigerian Heritage


There has been so much talk of late about bringing back our heritage as a nation and as a group of people. Cultural reforms are being agitated for by many of our governors, youth forums, and social agitation group. These have led to re-establishing our pagan worship of deities and consulting shrines which only end up demanding a blood sacrifice whether human or animal; it has brought back some of our annual festivals like oro and the likes which draw on a curfew for indigenes.
It is interesting to know that we want to go back to our roots which without divine intervention will go into extension because even those in the villages and suburbs are losing it quickly, it will be wise to ask ourselves what is our heritage. Because when I hear about bringing back our culture, all I see and understand is bringing back our ancestral worship.
What is our heritage?
Family
Gone are the days where every community was a family; where everyone looked out for another. When every child was trained by everybody and every married man or woman was every child’s father and mother. It is popularly said that in Africa, the whole community raises a child but that is no more. Children can even come out of their house to play for fear of kidnapping for child trafficking or money ritual.

Honesty
My parents told me of times when sellers could leave their goods outside and go out. When a buyer comes by, he picks his products and drops money. That only looks like a mirage now. Doors today are under iron books with security doors. Even the economy of our nation is in jeopardy today because corruption has eaten into the depth of our system. Everyone only thinks of himself, of how to eat his share of the national cake and leave nothing for posterity.

Modesty
Where are the days when women got married before getting pregnant? Where are the days where a man is punished for putting a lady for which he hasn’t paid her dues in the family way? It was an honor to keep the marriage bed undefiled. The married woman is modest and faithful. The single girl is chaste. The young men are gainfully employed, and the government is working hard at maintaining the bond of unity.

Attire
If we are going on cultural reforms and have not our cultural attire a formal dress that can be worn to meetings and offices then what culture are we promoting? The western or the homeland culture. When my V.C came one time while I was in the university and mandated that Ankara cannot be worn again, I was left aghast. It couldn’t get worse when some churches made mandated all their workers to wear “corporate”. Who defines the word corporate in our land? The westerner who is stuck with his style? If we are talking about our heritage, then we should bring back our cultural wears. Even governors talking about going back to the roots are caught in this web.

Our heritage is not idol worship. We are more than that. We used to be a skillful and talented nation leading the frontiers of Africa. Nigeria was united even in her diversity for that only added to her color but what is it today? Innovations are killed by wanton politicians. Children caged and limited by their fathers. Parents are handing no value to their children. Elders are eaten all today and not leaving anything in store for posterity.

WHAT RECESSION TAUGHT US CONTD


We talked a great deal on RECESSION AND WHAT IT TAUGHT US some days back and we promised to continue. So we are back and you are welcome to join us on this ride,

THE RIGHT ATTITUDE
Keith Harrell wrote about the importance of attitude in his book “ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING” (A must read available in LOVINA BOOKS PALACE. Call 08050785807,09029584665). Keeping the right attitude at every time makes you accomplish the impossible, ask the right questions and get the correct answers to them. The bible says, “Seest a man diligent in his work, he shall stand before kings and not before vain men.” If you have a gift or talent and haven’t gotten a white-collar job, with the right attitude, you will find out that idleness is far from you. Do you know that you can find something to do in here and get paid for it? Yes, I said get paid for it. This information I delivered to you on a platter of gold was what I searched for for weeks. Get busy searching for the right answers.

Who you follow on social media matters a lot and its a determinant of your access to a pool of REAL information. Example of people to follow on twitter and facebook are Tung Tran, Steve Rendell, Dom Wells and much more who doll out success tips.

RIGHT PEOPLE, RIGHT INFORMATION.
Show me your friend, and I will tell you who you are, is not just a popular but a true saying. The bible says that Iron sharpens Iron. If you want to stop been mediocre then check the people you keep around you and what impact they have on you. Being around success driven people gives you access to tremendous and critical information. Sitting with lazy bones only makes you blame God and government for your poor condition.
The Lepers in the bible said to themselves, “Why sit we here till we die?” and that was the beginning of the abundance God had decided to release to his people. Your handicap is not your undoing but your key to greatness. Wake up, get up and stop giving excuses. Rather start providing solutions.

So when Peak milk said it’s in you, it was sure of what it was saying. Find the greatness hidden inside of you.
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RECESSION AND WHAT IT TAUGHT US


THE PEAK! IT’S IN YOU 
The recession was one of the most sung words in the mouth of the old and young generation of our great nation, Nigeria. There is no telling of its effects on the lives of Nigerians. Working conditions got worse, pay got cut, budgets increased, demand reduced, quality reduced, and there seemed to be nothing good. We had to start wearing coats less than our size. Many other nations like Russia, Japan, USA, Canada, Germany had gone this way ahead of us and while some came out some are still struggling with it.
We could blame all our woes on anybody, but the truth is that while we were in the rainy days, we didn’t prepare for the dry season. The strength of every nation is the youth, the future of every organization or group of people are the young ones, and from my view, the younger ones suffered the heat more. If the younger generation is not empowered then self-destruct is inevitable So why this time ate into some people’s skin is because:
They were not prepared
They didn’t know how to use the resources in their hands
They didn’t ask the right question or didn’t ask at all
They didn’t have the right attitude
They didn’t surround themselves with the right people and correct information
PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY
While some people were losing their jobs, some were gaining better employment. While other people’s pay was being halved, others were being bided for by big companies. It’s about what you have in you.
Get those professional certifications when you are supposed to get it and stop procrastinating. Don’t relax in that comfort zone. Proverbs 6:6 says the sluggard should learn from the ants, consider its ways and be wise. It’s wisdom to be prepared for any eventuality when they finally come
Spending and gifting all your money without multiplying it through savings and investment in called money error. Stay with us, and we will enlighten you of some investment and job opportunities.
USE THE RESOURCES IN YOUR HANDS
The world is a global village, and we are in the age of smartphones. Unfortunately, many don’t utilize the full potential of their gadgets. Even the social media platforms are underused for beneficial purposes. YouTube is available for educational and instructional videos, google, yahoo, Bing is search engines to answer crucial questions. Several groups of people and firm hold Business and consulting classes WhatsApp, twitter, yet many find themselves outside this valuable loop.
ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION
Instead of complaining and nagging and blame shifting; ask questions like, what next? Where do I go from here? What do I do? Matthew 7 says, “ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find.” Ask those who have gone ahead and who have wisdom. The social media and search engines also play a role in this.
SOME INVESTMENT TIPS:
1. Money market (mutual funds) you can start with as little as five thousand naira
2. Farm online on sites like http://www.farmcropsonline.com, http://www.farmcrowdy.com
3. Invest in people’s business ideas
For further information and instruction on investment, contact SALT LAND CONSULTING on +234-8127989899
To be continued.

Virginity vs Marriage? 


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​This virginity thing. It seems a big issue for you. And it’s generating awkward contradictions in you. It’s the hidden reason you’re struggling with your emotions. You’re conflicted inside because you know you have no standing.
Okay, here’s the thing: In life, you must learn to use appropriate yardstick to judge and determine issues. You don’t use a ruler for example to measure the purity of water. That’s an inappropriate instrument though a measurement. Neither do you use a stethoscope to measure the pressure of a tyre. It’s a wrong pressure gauge. In the same manner, you can’t use dutifulness in church as parameter to determine the suitability of a conjugal prospect. It can serve as corroborative factor or even corroborant, but it cannot be the primary basis of consideration. A good church worker is not necessarily going to be a good wife, though the word “good” is common. Two separate issues. I mean, that she can sing down the heavens doesn’t mean she will make you a good wife. Vocal dexterity is not qualification for coupling. Choir is not a marriage context. If you base your marriage decision on her ability to sing, you’re clearly using a wrong means of measurement. A singing voice for example cannot help you determine if she’s clean or a relative of Unhygienix of Asterix fame. That’s how people arrive at wrong marital decisions. They use wrong parameters. And such a mistake can prove very costly to a man in particular.
Now let’s come to your issue. You want to marry a virgin. But there’s an inherent contradiction in your quest. You can’t test her virginity unless you sleep with her, in which case she’ll no longer be and you won’t marry a virgin. The truth is, all you have is her word. It’s what she says she is that she is at this stage of your relationship. You can’t even verify her word without compromising your faith. Now, here’s the irony of your quest for a virgin wife: You’re not a virgin yourself. At some point before you embraced your faith you engaged in sexual congresses. In other words, you have a past. In the same vein, she also has a past. But you’re willing to embrace your past but not hers.

As per your wife you want to be the man who “hit it first”, but tell me, the women you hit first who’ll marry them? In essence you can’t take what you dished out. The idea of someone being there before you consternates you. You can’t handle it, ironically. The reason she’s not giving you the confirmation you want on her virgin status is probably because she’s not. She likes you, wants you, but you’ve put impediment on progress: demanded for something she can’t amend retroactively. And so she can’t lie about her past, and she can’t tell you the truth either. Stalemate. You somehow think that her non-virginal status is indicative of a colourful and flavourful past. Perhaps. Same applies to you I guess. But you’ve not told me who she really is, just her sexual history. You didn’t indicate if she’s a loving and kindhearted woman. Whether or not she’s caring. You’ve not told me whether she’s trustworthy, whether she’s someone you can entrust your life to. And it’s not as if you’re accusing her of promiscuity. So the broken hymen just indicates she’s had sex in the past.
What I’m trying to say is, virginity is really not a test of whether someone will make you a good wife. You’re using a ruler to measure tyre pressure. Now if virginity is a psychological barrier for you, I’d say don’t go into marriage with her. You’ll keep judging her in the present because you can’t deal with her past. I’ll advice you keep your imagination in check. Stop imagining someone in the past on top of her. It’s unhelpful. But you have to reconcile yourself to the possibility you may not marry a virgin. Being real! Learn to be real in life. Your generation is very experimental with sex, and sexual imagery is so pervasive. Your music videos are highly suggestive. Think Anaconda. You’re being conditioned to accept raw sexuality. That conditioning generates results. Makes kids want to experiment with sex. 
Be careful that your quest for virginity doesn’t make you miss a very wonderful and loving woman. Perhaps the first thing you ought to consider is what you want in a wife, what should you want in a wife. If this woman meets your criteria of a good wife to you I’d say go for her. You don’t want to regret not marrying her. If you marry an alternate, note that the virginity qualification will end on your wedding night. Then the marriage begins. You don’t want a wife who qualifies for only the wedding night do you? What happens in the days and years ahead? The faith you avow is very much anchored on Paul’s immortal words: If any man (or woman) be in Christ, he or she is a new creature. Old things have passed away. All things have become new. It’s either you’re going to accept God’s word concerning this lady or not. The decision is yours.
If you don’t however, that will be most unfortunate. I’m sure you’ve read about Pharisees. They were fond of using differing standards- one for themselves, another for others. Jesus had a running battle with those guys. You’re not a Pharisee are you? You can’t judge this lady by one set of standards and use another for yourself. It’s phariseic #emeritusdesk

Written by: Olanrewaju Lawal

To see a generation where dreams are not shallow and shadowed by a lie but live to uphold true virtues.

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