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THE ENEMY OF YOUR DREAMS


THE ENEMY OF YOUR DREAMS

 

Genesis 37:20

Come now, let’s kill him, throw him into one of the cisterns, and then say that a wild animal ate him. Then we’ll see how his dreams turns out! (NET)The enemy of your DReams!

 

Happy new year. You are welcome into the year.

I am sure many entered this year with vitality and vigour and a promise to do things differently and better. One slogan I have for the year 2018 is that “2018 is a year to be INTENTIONAL”.

Coming from the previous year, many came along with dreams which they hope to turn into vision and they are super excited about running with it this year. Many find their courage in the fact that God showed them personally. And I am excited about that with you. But you might want to wait to hear this, “YOUR SUCCESS WILL NOT COME RIDING ON THRONES”(we will discuss later)

There is a constant struggle by devil and human beings to sabotage your dreams. Several DISTRACTIONS ARE THROWN YOUR WAY; many times you seem to be walking on thorns. Then you stop to ask yourself where you went wrong, what you haven’t done right, if God still cares or even if God is on this journey with you.

But don’t worry; all things are working for your good. Every enemy that has lined your way will only work out God’s plan for your life. Discouragement is part of the distraction but POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND VIBES are needed on this journey to success. Joseph didn’t like what his brothers did to him but he didn’t allow bitterness and bad attitude to dictate his actions. Instead he focused on God and put forth good attitude and the LORD blest him.

In 2018, you must be INTENTIONAL on focusing on your GOALS, VISION or DREAM and not on the enemies of your future who want to see how your dreams turn out. Make sure to come out stronger and better.

 

I wish you a successful year. Stay on top of your game and God will WORK OUT ALL THINGS FOR YOUR GOOD. GOD also is INTENTIONAL.

 

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

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.

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.

Academic Excellence is Overrated!


​Academic excellence is overrated, please correct me if I’m wrong. Being top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life. You could graduate as the best student in Finance but it doesn’t mean you will make more money than everybody else. The best graduating Law student does not necessarily become the best lawyer. The fact is life requires more than the ability to understand a concept, memorise it and reproduce it in an exam. School rewards people for their memory. Life rewards people for their imagination.

School rewards caution, life rewards daring. School hails those who live by the rules. Life exalts those who break the rules and set new ones. So do I mean people shouldn’t study hard in school? Oh, no, you should. But don’t sacrifice every other thing on the altar of First Class.

Don’t limit yourself to the classroom. Do something practical. Take a leadership position. Start a business and fail. That’s a better Entrepreneurship 101.Join or start a club. Contest an election and lose. It will teach you something Political Science 101 will not teach you. Attend a seminar. Read books outside the scope of your course. Go on missions and win a soul for eternal rewards… Do something you believe in! Think less of becoming an excellent student but think more of becoming an excellent person. Make the world your classroom…your certificate gives you prestige, but what pays the bill is your sabificate, the world doesn’t reward potentials but performance!!!             #EmeritusDesk

THE LIE (Series 12)


Segun was bubbling this morning. He had grown stronger and healthier in the last three months after the horrible attack even though his attackers had left a scar across his face precisely on his forehead but fortunately it made him look more macho and handsome. Tade, Segun’s mum watched her soon as he ate his breakfast.

It looks like this Bisola girl has a lot to do with your recovery, you up and excited about going out. If I had my way you would still be staying in for a while. The POP just came of your arm.

“Mum! I am fine. I have not gone anywhere except the hospital”.

 And I want to go out to see what is happening and really I want to see Bisola and really Rose, he said inside himself. I want to see how she looks now after dumping me in such a cruel manner and even that, I can’t help my growing attraction for her. Bisola has been a great friend in this time and I want to greet her.

“I want you to be careful. We don’t know the angers locking around you even though your father says he has taken care of it”, Tade said.

“Yes Ma!” Segun got up from the dining table and headed for the door.

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“Are you going somewhere this morning?” Helen asked Bisola after watching her daughter’s demeanour. She was excited and did all her choirs heartily but most notably, she looked very beautiful this morning. Her braids were packed up in a ponytail; she took time to apply her makeup and wore a sweet scent.

Bisola smiled. “Let’s just say I woke up on the right side of the bed this morning and felt like looking good.”

Helen looked at her daughter and did not feel comfortable with her answer but decided not to push. Some puzzle was missing, while Bisola grew happier everyday Rose was withdrawn and quiet and she was locking everyone else out and hidden the key somewhere possibly with her father’s ghost. Since Samson died, all she wanted to do was fill that vacuum in Rose’s life but she had never really succeeded and just then Segun came along. Segun! It struck a cord in her. Could all this withdrawal of one and excitement of the other have anything to do with Segun? But she couldn’t fathom why until there was a knock on the door.

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Johnson sat on his chair wondering how to get out of this mess he found himself.

 Everybody is greedy, and tell me where greediness ever gets anyone to. I gave these boys what I had in mind for them but now they are saying they want it shared 55/45. If I give in to their demand what would have been the point of the deal? Moreover they killed my friend when all I asked them to do was get the documents needed to access the deal. They gave the lame excuse that he was stubborn and in the process saw one of their faces. How was that his fault? Now they are threatening to implicate me in the death of Alade. Treacherous is what they are. If they would agree to 70/30, then I could manage.

A text message entered his phone. “Your wife is on her way out and this time be grateful if lives to tell you the story” was the message on his phone.

Immediately, everywhere was so cold and he started shivering, he dialled his wife’s number but she wasn’t answering her phone.

He sent a message back to them, “I would meet you demand, proceed to my office immediately”.

“No! Meet us at our usual joint”. They responded.

 

Tade pick up her phone to see that her husband had called her several times. She had kept her phone inside her purse and put it in the inner space in her handbag and zipped it up before she entered the shopping mall to get groceries. Today that Segun was out, she decided to go out and buy all what was needed herself rather than send the new maid they got only recently.

Why did her husband call her several times, what could he have wanted? He hasn’t called her while he was at work for years unless there was something he urgently needed and that only happens once in a red moon. But she couldn’t remember when last she saw up to ten missed calls from him.

She wanted to call him back but decided against it in order not to secure his wrath and have him make today a bad day for her.

She entered her car and drove off.