Don’t Kill Your Boss, He’s Not Worth the Stress…

Nov 20, 2012 by

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“You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you – not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel.” – (1 Peter 2:18; NIV)

Hey fam! I hope you kicked off your day with a positive attitude! I know that’s hard to do most of the time; especially since we’re constantly surrounded with problems that just won’t go away! Problems with varying intensity - from something as serious as gas prices that keep fluctuating, to very negligible things such as your very obnoxious, discouraging, and self-obsessed boss whose perception of you determines whether or not you’ll be promoted, and hence, how much you earn and the quality of your life! :-)

Let’s talk about bosses for a bit. For most people, the word “Boss” is synonymous with “Hitler,” or worst still, “the devil himself”! And that’s completely understandable. Bosses could be suckers sometimes. However, given the fact that the average working adult spends majority of his time at work, I believe the smarter way to get around the shenanigans of bosses is to do exactly what the bible passage above says. Let’s break the passage down into practical steps very quickly;

1. Accept the authority of your master with all respect – realize that within the confines of the office, your boss is the king. He possesses the sovereign authority to do as he pleases. He might be answerable to a higher authority, but that authority is not you, my friend! :-) So, don’t try to change his attitude, just accept it like you’ve grown to accept the times and seasons. Winter comes, then summer, and then fall…DUH! Your boss is a self-obsessed and controlling jerk…DUH! :-)

2. Do what they tell you – you know how we, as humans, tend to complete tasks with enthusiasm if we’re asked to do them nicely? Well, this might not apply to your boss. The remaining part of the sentence reads, “…not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel.” In other words, demand it from yourself to give your best work and complete each task you’re assigned to the best of your ability. Don’t let the quality of your work be directly proportional to the attitude of your boss…realize that each task you complete to the best of your ability makes you even better at your job! And I know that in due time, you’ll be freed from the shackles of your boss…I mean, either he gets promoted, transferred out, or fired; or you’ll get promoted, transferred out, or quit your job to do something more productive with yourself – hopefully not fired! :-) So, why not grow as much as you can while you’re still there, yes?

In conclusion, just remember we’re to take control of our lives and our destinies. But while you do that, aim to handle what is within your sphere of control. The rest of it, don’t get depressed about them, pray to God. Let Him give you a hand. This is what the next verse reads, “For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment.” You get it? Now, go take action!

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The Eagle in You: Fly high…

Nov 4, 2011 by

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“Whoever believes the sky is his limit has limited imagination.” – anonymous

Hey fam! Waking up this morning, I thought to myself, “Dang! I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve been neglecting my seeds in words fam!” Well, this is me trying to make it up to you! :-D

Over the next few days/weeks, we’ll be talking about different characteristics of eagles, and the vital lessons we could learn from them! So, please tag along…let’s reason together for a bit!

** Oh! and by the way, my full name, Ugochukwu, means God’s eagle! Just thought I should get that out there :-p **

I want to start with the flight capabilities of eagles. I did some research and found out that in their top flight, bald eagles can fly as high as 30,000ft. That’s about the cruising altitude of jet powered airliners! This is one of the characteristics that separates eagles from other birds and flying creatures: they fly high!! So, in top flight, it’s almost impossible for an eagle to run into another bird. And if an eagle does run into another bird, it’ll have to be another eagle…not a duck!! :-D

How in the world is this your business, you ask? Well, here’s my perspective: we’re supposed to be aiming high, working towards excellence, and demanding for the best from life. I mean, we all can, so why not? Why do we have to settle for anything less than the best when we have access to the best? I love the saying: aim for the moon, that way, if you miss you’ll land amongst the stars!

A lot of people are OK with the idea of living in mediocrity. They advice you to tone down your goals a bit, because it’d be embarrassing if you did your best but failed to achieve them. See, these are the ducks! … But I’m certain you aren’t one of them. Because if you were, you wouldn’t be here right now, reading this! You took your time to read this, and you’ve read this far! See? It shows you want more from life! You aren’t a duck! You’re an eagle! So, set high goals for yourself and, push yourself a little at a time until you achieve them. Never settle for anything less than the best you can achieve at any given time.

You see, your definition of high goals might not be the same as mine. You might be shooting to double your monthly income, and I’m shooting to acquire the skills it takes to become the best in my field. Hey! It doesn’t matter how small your “high goals” are relative to the other guy’s. What matters is that you achieve the best you possible can at any given time!

So, remember to:

1. Free your mind! – Don’t let your past failures or  fears hold you back

2. Aim for the best! – Always stretch to achieve the best you possibly can

And please please please for crying out loud, quit hanging around pigeons, ducks, canaries, and their likes! That’s stooping waay too low! Rather, fly with the eagles! See ya up there! B-)

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Put the Pieces Together…

Aug 23, 2011 by

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“Outstanding success comes when you identify your strengths and make friends with those whose strengths are your weaknesses.”

Imagine an artist making a collage. He puts the picture together piece by piece. The pieces are not necessarily from the same source (pieces of scrap books and pictures), but he arranges the collection in such a way that the end product comes out to be so pretty.

For us to achieve great success, we must think of our lives in the same way an artist thinks of a collage. The only difference is: the pieces in this case would be people. The fact that no one can achieve great success alone cannot be overemphasized. We cannot do everything ourselves. We need people…the right people.

We need to identify those people who can do the things we can’t do. We need to identify the people whose strengths are our weaknesses! This applies to every area of our lives. To excel academically, we need to make friends with people who are better than we are at the courses we’re struggling with. In creating a business, too. You might have have the idea, but neither the managerial skills, the technical skills nor the IT skills. So, what do you do? You find people that have those skills – they might be friends. And together you’ll make that idea come to life! It’s how the differences individuals bring come together to increase the strength of the group that makes diversity rock! Collage is the name of the game! :-)

Really, it doesn’t take much to put the pieces together. Start with one piece. Identify someone who has a skill that is crucial to your success and work a little closer to him. Let him help you in that area. And who knows…? Maybe after a little while, you might become incredibly good as well! :-D

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Excellence: 3 great advices from the best.

Aug 8, 2011 by

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Lately, Jack Welch – former chairman and CEO of GE – has been a dominant source of inspiration to me. I’ve really learned a lot from him in the past couple of days. I believe you’ll find the things he talked about in this video very helpful. Have fun!

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How To Maximize Your Life…

Jul 29, 2011 by

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This is one from Dr. Myles Munroe – my greatest role model of all times.  I would like to tell you all about him, but I’d spend pages. Just google him! :-D I’ve watched this a couple of times and it’s consistently jolted me into the “Greatness zone” each time..It’s caused a huge paradigm shift in me. I’m sure you’ll find it beneficial, too…Trust me!!

 

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7 mins That’ll Change Your Life…

Jul 27, 2011 by

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If you’d spend the next 7 minutes watching this video, I guarantee you that you’d leave this page wiser than you were when you stopped by! It’s by one of my favorite speakers, Jim Rhon. He mentored the great Tony Robbins, literally taught him the business…So watch and learn!

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