Is this the best career advice ever?

So you are out of high school and you cannot wait to join campus and pursue a course that will land you in your dream career. Or probably you are out of campus and are busy paper chasing as you try to get that dream job. You probably want to make the best out of your career if the opportunity presents itself. You want to really avoid instances of making unnecessary career switches as you have seen some of the people who are older than you doing. All you desire is becoming an expert by sticking to one specific career. You probably prefer being a master rather than a Jack of all trades. So you go in search of some of the best career advice available. First, you identify those individuals who are most successful in your area of study. You even go further and find out some of the pieces of advice they offer concerning what it takes to have a successful career. You just can’t help it but admire their successful career. It also becomes your goal to emulate their achievements as you look towards becoming successful as they have.

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Jack of all trades but master of none..

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From the emphasis on hard work to being nice to everyone to keeping it real to never giving up when the going gets tough to embracing failure, you find out that all these career advice from these successful men and women are related in one way or another. Inside you, there is still this burning desire that keeps you on your toes on your mission towards finding out what is the best and most effective career advice that one can get. So the next challenge becomes identifying the unique career advice that will help give you that desired edge. You go out of your way to compiling a list of the available best pieces of career advice ever given. One of the best advice ever given is that you need to find a mentor. Take this interesting case, Warren Buffet hails Benjamin Graham as his mentor and Bill Gates, the richest man on the planet who esteemed the early guidance he received from Dr. Ed Roberts, says that Warren Buffet is his mentor. Interesting, isn’t it? What is more captivating is that Buffet and Gates have consistently featured in the list of the richest people on the planet in the recent years.

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 03: Warren Buffett (L) and Bill Gates attend the Forbes’ 2015 Philanthropy Summit Awards Dinner on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

So why is finding a mentor so important? A mentor is someone who is older than you that you admire and trust his/her pieces of advice. A mentor is usually experienced in your area of interest having encountered a lot of experiences that have taught him/her great lessons about success and failure. So the moment you encounter failure, your mentor will be of great help by aiding you in getting back to your feet. Remember, a mentor is someone whose hindsight can become your foresight. A mentor acts as a reference, also as a guide. Just the same way as the father leads his son in the journey of life so does a career mentor guide a worker in his/her career path.

Another piece of advice that will help you enjoy your career is that you need to be aware of your personality. We are all wired differently. No two humans are the same. Identifying your personality will help you be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. In addition, you easily become aware of what you are passionate about. You are also able to bring out your unique sets of interests, skills, goals, experiences and even a new way of viewing the world. This is the reason why reputable global firms such as the ‘Big Four’ administer aptitude tests and personality tests so that they can be able to help you know your personality type. The reason why these firms remain successful and reputable is the fact that they hire people with personalities that match those required in their workplace.

It is interesting to note that being aware of your personality type early in life holds the key to your success. Look at the professional sportsmen, they identify their passion for sport early in life and probably enroll in an academy. They develop their talents early in life and before long they are already plying their trade in the first team. The same can be said of people who are successful in their careers. Those who have successful careers are probably those who identified the path they wanted to pursue and set out to discover if it matches with their strengths and abilities. They then went on to fulfill what is required of it. It is never too late to begin finding your passion. The reason why we have a lot of men and women who are secretly unhappy with their careers is because they just pursued it on the basis of other reasons like the huge paycheck, the ‘big name’ and fancy job titles associated with it or even the desire to be seen that they are putting the grades they attained into good use.

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Personality types.

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For a recent college graduate, it will be important that you choose to pursue something you love over money. This is according to Brian Tracy’s advice to college graduates. In other words, this means that one needs to be aware of his/her strengths and passion. It is better to do something you love for the rest of your life rather than ending up in a career that you hate. Being aware of your personality and strengths will enable you to take up roles that fully utilize these strengths and at the end of the day, you will be satisfied with your career. If you are still finding it hard to identify your core strengths, there are a good number of online sites that offer free personality tests with the results being delivered to you immediately you are through with the test. In attempting these tests, you will become aware of your strengths and find ways of utilizing them. For your weaknesses, you will find ways of converting them to new strengths. Isn’t that what we all desire?

The bottom line, therefore, is being aware of your strengths and weaknesses then finding a qualified mentor. Personality awareness will help you stay focused on your career roles and will also be important in helping you enjoy what you do. On the other hand, mentors offer great assistance especially when we are faced with a situation which we do not fully understand. They are like a tour guide leading us through a path we are unsure of. So the next time you are confused as to what is the best career advice you can ever get, remember that you will first need to be aware of your strengths and most importantly what you are passionate about before even embarking on a journey towards a successful career.

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Why Forget?

I happened to be looking for certain life truths we all ought to live by. At times, we find ourselves stuck in a rut and more often than not we tend to develop stress and lament about how miserable our life is. To avoid such circumstances, we need to remember some basic life truths.

As I was going through the Marc & Angel Hack Life website, I came across a post titled       10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon. It is worth noting that in this journey called life, we shall meet different people and in our interactions we shall see, feel, taste, speak and hear new things.

According to the  author of the post, we often hear these truths in more than a hundred different ways before it finally gets through us. The ten truths that we need to fully grasp in order to wade smoothly through life are as below:

1.  The average human life is relatively short.

We know deep down that life is short, and that death will happen to all of us eventually, and yet we are infinitely surprised when it happens to someone we know.  It’s like walking up a flight of stairs with a distracted mind, and misjudging the final step.  You expected there to be one more stair than there is, and so you find yourself off balance for a moment, before your mind shifts back to the present moment and how the world really is.

LIVE your life TODAY!  Don’t ignore death, but don’t be afraid of it either.  Be afraid of a life you never lived because you were too afraid to take action.  Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside you while you’re still alive.  Be bold.  Be courageous.  Be scared to death, and then take the next step anyway.

2.  You will only ever live the life you create for yourself.

Your life is yours alone.  Others can try to persuade you, but they can’t decide for you.  They can walk with you, but not in your shoes.  So make sure the path you decide to walk aligns with your own intuition and desires, and don’t be scared to switch paths or pave a new one when it makes sense.

Remember, it’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t.  Be productive and patient.  And realize that patience is not about waiting, but the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard for what you believe in.  This is your life, and it is made up entirely of your choices.  May your actions speak louder than your words.  May your life preach louder than your lips.  May your success be your noise in the end.

And if life only teaches you one thing, let it be that taking a passionate leap is always worth it.  Even if you have no idea where you’re going to land, be brave enough to step up to the edge of the unknown, and listen to your heart.

3.  Being busy does NOT mean being productive.

I at one time bumped into an article on Busyness. The writer at one point joked that BUSY means :Being Under Satan’s Yoke because most of the times one says (s)he is busy, there is no tangible output or evidence of productivity being realized.

Busyness isn’t a virtue, nor is it something to respect.  Though we all have seasons of crazy schedules, very few of us have a legitimate need to be busy ALL the time.  We simply don’t know how to live within our means, prioritize properly, and say no when we should.

Being busy rarely equates to productivity these days.  Just take a quick look around.  Busy people outnumber productive people by a wide margin.  Busy people are rushing all over the place, and running late half of the time.  They’re heading to work, conferences, meetings, social engagements, etc.  They barely have enough free time for family get-togethers and they rarely get enough sleep.  Yet, emails are shooting out of their smartphones like machine gun bullets, and their day planners are jammed to the brim with obligations.  Their busy schedule gives them an elevated sense of importance.  But it’s all an illusion.  They’re like hamsters running on a wheel.

Though being busy can make us feel more alive than anything else for a moment, the sensation is not sustainable long term.  We will inevitably, whether tomorrow or on our deathbed, come to wish that we spent less time in the buzz of busyness and more time actually living a purposeful life.

4.  Some kind of failure always occurs before success.

Most mistakes are unavoidable.  Learn to forgive yourself.  It’s not a problem to make them.  It’s only a problem if you never learn from them.

If you’re too afraid of failure, you can’t possibly do what needs to be done to be successful.  The solution to this problem is making friends with failure.  You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner?  The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.  Behind every great piece of art is a thousand failed attempts to make it, but these attempts are simply never shown to us.

Bottom line:  Just because it’s not happening now, doesn’t mean it never will.  Sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right.

5.  Thinking and doing are two very different things.

 

Success never comes to look for you while you wait around thinking about it.

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.  Knowledge is basically useless without action.  Good things don’t come to those who wait; they come to those who work on meaningful goals.  Ask yourself what’s really important and then have the courage to build your life around your answer.

And remember, if you wait until you feel 100% ready to begin, you’ll likely be waiting the rest of your life.

6.  You don’t have to wait for an apology to forgive.

Life gets much easier when you learn to accept all the apologies you never got.  The key is to be thankful for every experience – positive or negative.  It’s taking a step back and saying, “Thank you very much for the lesson.”  It’s realizing that grudges from the past are a perfect waste of today’s happiness, and that holding one is like letting unwanted company live rent free in your head.

Forgiveness is a promise – one you want to keep. Remember that, when you forgive someone you are making a promise not to hold the unchangeable past against your present self.  It has nothing to do with freeing a criminal of his or her crime, and everything to do with freeing yourself of the burden of being an eternal victim.

7.  Some people are simply the wrong match for you.

Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are,‘ the old adage goes.

You will only ever be as great as the people you surround yourself with, so be brave enough to let go of those who keep bringing you down.  You shouldn’t force connections with people who constantly make you feel less than amazing.

If someone makes you feel uncomfortable and insecure every time you’re with them, for whatever reason, they’re probably not close friend material.  If they make you feel like you can’t be yourself, or if they make you “less than” in any way, don’t pursue a connection with them.  If you feel emotionally drained after hanging out with them or get a small hit of anxiety when you are reminded of them, listen to your intuition.  There are so many “right people” for you, who energize you and inspire you to be your best self.  It makes no sense to force it with people who are the wrong match for you.

8.  It’s not other people’s job to love you; it’s yours.

It’s important to be nice to others, but it’s even more important to be nice to yourself.  You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.  So make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you.  Know your worth, even if they don’t.

Today, let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as incomplete as you think you are.  Yes, let someone love you despite all of this, and let that someone be YOU.

9.  What you own is not who YOU are.

Stuff really is just stuff, and it has absolutely no bearing on who you are as a person.  Most of us can make do with much less than we think we need.  That’s a valuable reminder, especially in a hugely consumer-driven culture that focuses more on material things than meaningful connections and experiences.

You have to create your own culture. Find the strength to fill your time with meaningful experiences.  The space and time you are occupying at this very moment is LIFE.  What is real is YOU and your friends and your family, your loves, your highs, your hopes, your plans, your fears, etc. Do not worry much about life, it is never that serious.

10.  Everything changes, every second.

Nothing is permanent…

Embrace change and realize it happens for a reason.  It won’t always be obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it.

What you have today may become what you had by tomorrow.  You never know.  Things change, often spontaneously.  People and circumstances come and go.  Life doesn’t stop for anybody.  It moves rapidly and rushes from calm to chaos in a matter of seconds, and happens like this to people every day.  It’s likely happening to someone nearby right now.

However good or bad a situation is now, it will change.  That’s the one thing you can count on.  So when life is good, enjoy it.  Don’t go looking for something better every second.  Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have while they have it.

My Parting Shot:

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Never forget the life truths.

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Be You…..

Currently, planet earth has an approximate population of 6 billion human beings. God created each one of us differently. We have black, brown, hazel, chocolate, white, orange, yellow coloured people. I’m not separating on the basis of colour, but Im trying to show just how different we are, with a basic clear example.

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Inside each one of us, we have different outlooks towards life, different tastes of foods and drinks, different hobbies, different principles, I mean, the list is endless, but the point is, we are so different. This is why we have menus at restaurants, for you to choose what you want, many music genres because we have different tastes, I could go on and on but you do get my point, right? I mean, even identical twins and triplets are so different- character wise, identity, even one could have a slightly different complexion than the other.

 

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Identical Twins.              Image Credits: testmedna

Many people try to please other people they perceive as more important to others so that they get some sort of social credit and status. Sad, isn’t it? Lemmie use the jigsaw as an example. A jigsaw has different parts of the puzzle. Every piece is unique from the other in terms of shape, colour, design, etc. If two pieces were identical, then it would be useless. The picture or message that was meant to be conveyed on completion would not come through. This means that as different as the pieces maybe, they all serve a purpose. What I’m trying to say is that being you is key for one’s self-development. It also brings one so much joy and peace when they do what they love and be who God intended them to be. Do not let people and the world make you into something you are not. If you do, you’ll end up a sad bitter person, not understanding what went wrong, where did it all go wrong.

 

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A jigsaw puzzle.

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Being you comes with a task of being able to speak for oneself and stand for what you believe in. Not what the cool kid of the class thinks or what your best friend thinks or what your parents think. And when you stand for what you believe, people will respect and appreciate that and will stop using you or disregarding your presence. People also tend to judge people who try to be like others negatively. Try to be you and do you. Remember, the world needs you to be you than to be like the coolest dudes in your class. So go ahead and be you. The world will be a better place, Trust me.

 

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Authored by JJ

 

Face your Fears: Part 3

According to Joseph Murphy, the author of The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, a newborn baby has only two basic fears, the fear of falling and the fear of sudden loud noises. This means that we are all born with two basic fears and these fears are perfectly normal. All the other forms of fear are abnormal. They were caused by particular experiences or were passed along to you by parents, relatives, teachers, and others who influenced your early years. I guess my fear for the Isuzu lorry, the Caterpillar and The Brothers of Destruction was caused by the ‘horrifying’ influence they had on my childhood.

Fear is an individual’s greatest enemy. It is behind failure, sickness, and bad human relation. Millions of people are afraid of the past, the future, old age, insanity, and death. But behold! Remember, fear is of only two types – normal and abnormal.

One of the greatest ways of facing your fears is putting into practice the Law of Substitution. The next time you find yourself beset with an abnormal fear, you should make it a point to move mentally in the opposite. Simply put, if you fall sick – desire health, if you are afraid of failure – give attention to success. Remaining in the deep end of fear will only make you suffer stagnation not forgetting the accompanying mental and physical deterioration. We are always reminded that if we want to overcome the fear of failure then our dreams and desire for success should surpass the fear of failure.

Look at your fears. Subject them to the light of reason. Moreover, learn to laugh at your fears. As they say, laughter is the best medicine. I must say that laughing at the design of the Isuzu lorry made me overcome my fear of it. You will agree with me that the design of this lorry is kind of funny. What made me overcome my fear of the lorry with finality was that one evening as my brother and I were walking home from school, we were given a free ride.

The driver’s name was Boy, a dealer in sand and ballast. I remember when I alighted upon reaching my destination he said,

Enda ambia mama ni Boy amekupea lift leo.”

I did as I was told and since then, well, I must say I intend to acquire the old model Isuzu lorry and probably join the construction business.

So the next time you spot a rugged old model Isuzu lorry loaded with heavy building and construction materials, with its engine chiming accompanied by ungovernable coughs similar to those of a patient suffering from a cold, as it ‘struggles’ to drive by, acknowledge it! It is simply one of the best inventions ever in the automobile world.

Face your Fears: Part 2

The second attempt involved using an 18-wheeled long truck. Wow! Let me just say that by this moment, my fear for cars was real! How now? The moment the truck pulled up at the accident scene, I could not help it but my heart just kept on pounding hard against my then feeble sternum.

”Woi mama yoooooo!!!!! Mama saidia!!!”

I do not know how it happened but all I remember is that I let out these loud screams. The scream was primal. It had a raw intensity to it that told of urgency, of desperate need for protection. The mama being referred to here was nowhere close and I then became scared the more as an adult would be in the forest at night.

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The old model Isuzu lorry that I feared.

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Each moment I came near an old model Isuzu lorry, I could not stop my heart from pounding hard. At other times, I felt like letting out the usual mama yoo saidia screams. The worst case scenario was when that lorry was loaded with bags of charcoal. Oh my! You never want to know how horrified I grew. You do not even want to know the terrifying imaginations that clouded my mind. I could not help but imagine myself being trapped beneath its wreckage in the aftermath of a catastrophic accident. My fear for this lorry model reached the crazy levels, crazy here meaning that I even feared a lorry well stationed in a packing lot!  This fear was made worse when the night drew close. Some nights were scarier. From walking in the dark with the imaginations of The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane)  in my head to sleeping at night and dreaming that the old model Isuzu lorry was on my case!

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But as they say, it takes time to overcome some things. As I grew older and as I saw more of these old model Isuzu lorries, I came to appreciate it as one of the greatest inventions ever in the world of automobiles. The reason I am saying this and I know you will agree with me is that, in your day to day life you never miss spotting them driving by unless you live in a top class estate.

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The DURABLE old model Isuzu lorry that is used for ferrying construction materials by those in the business.

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In my case, I spot them carrying loads of sand, ballast and construction blocks. Some are old as KMJ and some are ‘new’ as KAB (note this plate registration is kind of old in Kenya). They are preffered for their durability by those individuals in the construction business. I guess appreciating them as one of the most impressive inventions did good to help me overcome the fear. Moreover, through a vigorous process of unlearning what caused my fear for these automobiles helped me face my fears. Well, as it is known FEAR in its positive meaning stands for Face Everything And Rise, I guess my time to RISE had come.

To be continued…………….

Face your Fears: Part 1

Is there a fear of cars? Or to put it in another way, is it possible for one to fear a car the same way (s)he can fear a spider, or a dog or a snake? Well, this is my case. Back in my childhood days, an accident occurred near our home. It was around half past 9 in the evening. The usual supper meal of ugali na sukuma wiki was over. The News bulletin for the day was over and we were waiting for Nightman before The bo and the beau (The Bold and the Beautiful) followed at 10 p.m. These were the days when adults would keep on using phrases like, ”Watoto wa Nairobi wameshalala, kwenda lala haraka!!!” (The Nairobi kids are already asleep, go to bed fast!!!) to ensure that they had a nice time watching The Bold and the Beautiful. It seems that Ezekiel Mutua’s rules had been in force a long time ago as the hot romantic show aired after 10 p.m.

 

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Cover photo for The Nightman, a show that aired on KBC back in the days.

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Back to the accident story. All we heard was a loud bang. Screams and shouts could then be heard. A certain neighbour whom we nicknamed Sister came over to our place and amidst her hasty breaths, she muttered, ”Lorry ya makaa imeanguka!!” The night had been dark and out of fear of darkness, all I could do was peep at the accident scene from the balcony. This fear of darkness was largely due to my fear of wrestling stars namely The Undertaker and Kane! All that kept playing in my head each moment I found myself in the dark was that The Undertaker grabbed me by my neck and dumped me in his ubiquitous casket before proceeding to bury me alive! Or worse still, I could not help but imagine Kane grabbing me before executing the Tombstone Piledriver then proceeding to burn me alive!! Woi!!! What a childhood gripped by fear I had!

 

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Kane executing the Tombstone Piledriver

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That night I slept well despite the imagined thoughts of the different kinds and bouts of phobia I used to experience. Oh! How I wish I knew in advance that the worst was yet to come. The morning came and the first thing that came to my mind was to rush to the scene. I did not mind the breakfast. Little did I know that I was going to subject myself to a new kind of phobia.

 

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The Undertaker and his casket.

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People had milled around the accident scene. The scene was all messy. It felt like an oil spill on dry land due to the crushed bags of charcoal which now had scattered all over the road and surrounding bushes. According to eye-witness accounts, the old model Isuzu lorry had been overloaded with bags of charcoal and upon negotiating the corner, it overturned. The way the Isuzu lorry had been distorted seemed to tell the story of it being in a fight with nature. It was like the lorry had been trying to defy the laws of physics only to be put down and reminded that one cannot defeat nature. One has to abide by the laws of nature! In an instance, I could sense sharp pangs of fear rising within me. My heart began pounding hard and I could not explain what was going on inside me. Disturbing thoughts of the driver and his turn-boy being trapped beneath the wreckage began hitting my mind and in no time I could feel myself being under the strong grips of fear and I could not explain why.

 

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The old model Isuzu lorry had been overloaded with bags of charcoal

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Efforts were being made to clear the scene and the first attempt was to use the Town Council’s Caterpillar. The whines of the Caterpillar’s engine as it ‘struggled’ to pull the lorry out of the roadside ditch were enough proof that there was no work being done. According to science, and more specifically Physics, work is said to be done when force is used to move an object over a certain distance need I say more? In this case, the Caterpillar was ‘jumping’ on the spot. And then at one moment,  the rope cut lose and the Caterpillar jerked forward as its engine growled like a bear taunting an enemy. I just found myself running back to the house in fear. It was as if I was going to die in the next minute! Tears welled up my eyes and I could not explain why I was suddenly developing a fear for Caterpillars!

 

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An earthmover Caterpillar

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To be continued……………………

I’m the world’s greatest…

I am a mountain
I am a tall tree
Oh, I am a swift wind
Sweepin’ the country
I am a river
Down in the valley
Oh, I am a vision
And I can see clearly

If anybody asks you who I am
Just stand up tall, look ’em in the face and say

[Chorus]
I’m that star up in the sky
I’m that mountain peak up high
Hey, I made it
I’m the worlds greatest
And I’m that little bit of hope
When my back’s against the ropes
I can feel it mmm
I’m the world’s greatest

Source: http://www.azlyrics.com

Watch the song here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgcovIu3k9o

This is the opening verse to R.Kelly’s song I’m the world’s greatest released in February 2002 in honour of Muhammad Ali, who made significant contributions to the world of boxing. Condolences continue to pour following the demise of the man termed as Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC.

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Ali standing over Liston after knocking him to the floor during their first match in 1965.

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At a very young age of 22, he was able to floor Sonny Liston who was by then a dominating force to reckon with to lift the world heavyweight championship. You cannot mention Ali’s name and fail to talk about The Fight of the Century held at the Garden, New York in 1971 pitting him against Joe Frazier and The Rumble in the Jungle, a match which was conducted in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974.

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Ali and Zaire President Joseph Mobutu during the build-up to The Rumble in the Jungle match in 1974.

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The Fight of the Century was of much significance as it was conducted shortly after Ali’s return from exile and a comeback to boxing. The period between 1967-70 was marked with Ali staying away from the sport due to his firm stand against Vietnam War. He even refused to join the American army and as a consequence was stripped his passport and denied a boxing licence. He did not despair and out of this challenge he carved himself out as an advocate for the African American pride and racial justice.

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With Dr. Martin Luther King in March 1967.

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The reason why The Fight of the Century was also given much significance is because the two contenders, Ali and Frazier, were both undefeated. The match exhibited mixed reactions and instances of ‘Rope-a-Dope’ strategy were in play. Ali was eventually defeated in this match and that marked his first professional defeat. He however defeated Frazier during their second meeting in 1974.

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Ali squaring it out with Frazier during The Fight of the Century.

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The Rumble in the Jungle match on the other hand pitted Ali against George Foreman who was by then considered one of the hardest punchers in the history of heavyweight boxing. In Zaire, crowds chanted ‘Ali bomaye!!’ which when translated to English means ‘Ali, kill him!!’. Ali was able to win this match and regain his title by knockout. He adopted the rope-a-dope strategy which involved letting the opponent strike at will while he verbally taunted him. It will be remembered that before the match, Ali exhibited a lot of confidence and was quoted saying: I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.‘ It is with such confidence that he was able to deliver the title home once again.

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Ali tramps around the ring after flooring George Foreman in round eight of The Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire in 1974

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The Rumble in the Jungle reminds me of a motivational speaker by the name Pepe Minambo, who is a Congolese by birth, when he visited our high school while I was in form 4 to give us a motivational talk. He used Ali as an example to encourage us that we should believe in ourselves and also have great confidence. It is in confidence that success thrives. A potrayal of Ali’s confidence may be summarized by one of his famous quotes where he said, ‘If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize.‘ He believed in himself and this made him successful in his boxing career. Such belief in himself at the early stages of his life may be seen where he was quoted saying, I am the greatest, I’m the greatest that ever lived. I don’t have a mark on my face‘, after flooring Liston in 1964. Believing that he was the greatest that ever lived translated into the world recognizing him as The Greatest.

Another great match in which Ali featured was against Ken Norton whom he used to taunt by referring to him as Ken Nothing in March 1973. During this match, Norton broke Ali’s jaw and eventually won the match by split decision. Their second meeting came later that year in September where Ali won by split decision. They would again meet in September 1976 where Ali won by unanimous decison.

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Ali delivering a right hand away against Ken Norton during their 3rd meeting at the Yankee Stadium in 1976.

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Some of the quotable quotes by Ali which we as humans can draw motivation and inspiration are as follows:

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it. (motivation to achieve).

I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round. (on gaining inspiration to win).

A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted thirty years of his life. (on making progress in life).

I am so fast that last night I turned off the light switch and was in bed before the room was dark. (confidence).

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. (on holding on to your vision and enjoying the tough journey to success).

Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even. (on finding motivation during the low moments of our lives).

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. (possibility in everything).

Don’t count the days; make the days count. (on effective and efficient utilization of the days of our lives).

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. (on having a great desire, dreaming big, a clear vision and the will to achieve greatness).

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. (on risk taking).

It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. (on having faith in oneself).

Though he is gone, he will forever remain to be a legend not only in the world of sports but also in the world over. His confidence and belief in oneself should serve to motivate and inspire us to have faith in ourselves. The life and times of Muhammad Ali as a champion in the world of boxing reminds us that it is in having faith and confidence in everything and anything that we do that we shall be able to achieve success and greatness.

Rest In Peace The Greatest…

How to be single

Is there really a way to be single? Yes, there are two ways actually, the right way and the wrong way. We spend so much time looking for the right person and many times our hearts end up breaking into many small pieces at the end of a relationship. What we haven’t realized is that we need to learn how to be independent and discover ourselves before we let ourselves be with someone else.

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Being single does not mean you are lonely but it just means you have more time to live your dreams the best way you know without anyone confining you in a certain line of thought. It also means you have time to spend with your friends and enjoy your hobbies more. The thing about dating is that whether you like it or not, you will always want to make your partner happy, and sometimes that means compromising some things you love. If you are okay with that, then go you! And find things you enjoy together.

 

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But singlehood brings about some sense of freedom and a sense of knowing yourself better. If you use that freedom accordingly then loneliness will not even hit you. You will realize how much you can accomplish by yourself and whilst at that, you will meet someone, they may not be like you, but you will appreciate the differences between the two of you because you now understand that you are at your best when you do you. And while at that, we get time and a chance to develop a deeper connection with God. You also get to figure that He is the only one who can love you unconditionally with all your flaws. With this in mind, you develop a sense of self-confidence and you start to fathom the fact that you do not have to please anyone. You also get to enjoy the benefits of a loving Father, my favorite is some kind of Peace that surpasses all human understanding accompanied by immense joy within, such that everything in your life falls into place. Also, you get some grace to go through the hardest times of your life without having to rely on a boyfriend or girlfriend. So if you ask me, being single is not a bad thing. It is not about making your ex jealous rather it is about bettering yourself. It is about learning how to live alone. It is also about getting to know and choose your friends.

 

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So if you are out there feeling like the world has come to an end just because you got dumped, or you dumped someone but it feels like you were dumped or you are fine but you do not know how to live without someone, life has just started for you. Sit and think what you want to be and start living like the person you want to be. Be confident and put your game face on. You ain’t the first to be single and you probably won’t be the last.

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Authored by #JJ