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14 Lessons From Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want In Life

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove. Franklin was responsible for establishing the first public library, organizing fire fighters in Philadelphia, was one of the early supporters of mutual insurance and crossed the Atlantic eight times. Self-development was a constant endeavor throughout his incredible life.

Benjamin Franklin was clearly a man who knew how to get things done.

Here are 14 action-inducing lessons from him:

 Less Talk, More Action 

“Well done is better than well said.”
Talk is cheap. Talking about a project won’t get it completed. We all know people who constantly talk about the things they are going to do but rarely ever take that first step. Eventually people begin to question their credibility. Taking action and seeing the task through to completion is the only way to get the job done.

 Don’t Procrastinate 

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”
This is probably one of the first quotes I remember hearing as a teenager. With an impressive list of achievements to his credit, Benjamin Franklin was not a man hung up on procrastination. He was a man with clear measurable goals who worked hard to turn his vision into reality. What are you putting off till tomorrow that could make a difference in your life today?

 Be Prepared

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

You need a plan to accomplish your goals. Charging in without giving any thought to the end result and how to achieve it, is a sure way to fall flat on your face. Think like a boy scout. Have a realistic plan of attack and a systematic approach for getting where you need to be.

 Don’t Fight Change 

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
Whilst many of us don’t like change, others thrive on it. Either way change is inevitable. The stronger we fight against it, the more time and energy it consumes. Give up the fight. Focus on proactively making positive changes, instead of having change merely thrust upon you. Wherever possible, try to view change as a positive instead of a negative.

 Get Moving 

“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”

There’s a reason we use the expression, movers and shakers. Movers are the ones who take action, the people who get things done, while the immovable are sitting around scratching their heads wondering how others could be so successful. Which group do you want to belong to?

 Avoid Busy work 

“Never confuse motion with action.”
We are always running around doing things. We rush from one meeting or event to the next, sometimes without achieving a great deal. At the end of the day, how much of our busy work are we proud of? How much of that running around improves anyone’s life (including ours) for the better? Make your motion mean something.

Give Yourself Permission to Make Mistakes 

“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
If we fear making mistakes, we become scared to try new things. Fear leaves us nestled in our comfort zone. Staying in your comfort zone rarely leads to greatness. Taking risks and giving yourself permission to make mistakes, will ultimately lead you to whatever your version of success may be.

 Act Quickly on Opportunities 

“To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”
Opportunities are everywhere. The trick is being quick enough and smart enough to seize them when they arise. Instead of jumping to the conclusion that something won’t work or can’t be done, allow yourself the freedom to ask what if?

 Continue to Grow 

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
We all have vices of some description. The key is to keep them under control or preferably eradicate them entirely. Be kind to those around you, whether they are neighbors, family, co-workers or friends. Never accept that you have finished growing as a person.

 Keep Going 

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
Have you ever looked at a successful entrepreneur or business person and thought how lucky they are? Most of the time, luck has nothing to do with it. Hard work and sacrifice on the other hand have everything to do with it. Successful people deal with failure. They tackle their demons head on. They pick themselves up and keep going.

 Know Yourself 

“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.”
Understanding ourselves is not easy. Sometimes we just don’t want to see ourselves for who we really are. It’s much easier to hold onto a romanticized version of ourselves or to simply view ourselves through other people’s eyes. Start by being brutally honest with yourself. Follow through with understanding, compassion and acceptance.

 Don’t Self-Sabotage 

“Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?”
We spend so much time worrying about other people hurting us, yet fail to comprehend the damage we inflict on ourselves. If you are using negative self-talk, lying to yourself or indulging in addictive behavior you are self-sabotaging. Life can dish up enough challenges without us adding to the mix. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself like you would a best friend.

 Don’t Give Up 

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

Achieving our goals can be downright exhausting. There will be days when you want to give up. There will be times when your energy levels flatline and you wonder why you bother getting out of bed. Yet you push forward, day after day because you believe in yourself and you have the determination and strength to back up that belief.

 Wise Up 

“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”
Benjamin was definitely onto something with this one. Who hasn’t had the thought – I wish I could know then, what I know now? Unfortunately there is no time machine; there is no going back. The key is to wise up as early as you can to start forging a life of purpose, achievement and happiness.

Source: Business Insider

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365 GRAINS WITHOUT GAINS

By Adeleke Adeite

A typical Deutsche Bahn railway station clock

Every tick of the clock adds to your age in life.

Does it add or subtract from your value in life?

Each seconds comes with supplies and surprises,

Do you snob them or make them your super spices.

 

Each minute is either a miracle or a mild manacle,

What you do with it brings you rest or ridicule.

Each hour brings hope and help for a new height,

How you use it determines your next… flight.

 

Days are designed to bring dull or daring desire.

Fly high, fall flat or flaunt flowers you are free to fire.

Each week is a world of woe, worth, want and wealth,

What you wield, bring you love or hate, life or death.

 

Each month is a costly commodity, more like money,

It becomes part of your history when you spend it.

Each year comes in a package of yearnings or yield,

365 grains without gains makes a fruitless field.

 

Tick, another time has gone now…

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti,. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached on princepart@yahoo.com

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The Man With No Arms And No Legs But Living Without Limits!!

Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around someone, no hands to experience touch, or to hold another hand with. Or what about being born without legs? Having no ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand on two feet. Now put both of those scenarios together: no arms and no legs. What would you do? How would that effect your everyday life?

Meet Nick Vujicic… Born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without any medical explanation or warning, Nicholas Vujicic (pronounced Voy-a-chich) came into the world with neither arms nor legs. He was born with Tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Having had an uneventful pregnancy and no family history to expect this condition, imagine the shock his parents felt when they saw their first-born, brand new baby boy, only to find he was what the world would consider imperfect and abnormal.

A limbless son was not what nurse Dushka Vujicic, and her husband Pastor Borris Vujicic had been expecting. How would their son live a normal happy life? What could he ever do or become when living with what the world would see as such a massive disability? Little did they know that this beautiful limbless baby would one day be someone who would inspire and motivate people from all walks of life, touching lives all over the world.

Throughout his childhood, Nick dealt not only with the typical challenges of school and adolescence such as bullying and self-esteem issues; he also struggled with depression and loneliness as he questioned why he was different to all the other kids surrounding him; why he was the one born without arms and legs. He wondered what was the purpose behind his life, or if he even had a purpose. After a lot of frustration and feeling like the odd one out in school, at seven years of age Nick tried out some specially designed electronic arms and hands, in hopes that he would be more like the other kids. During the short trial period of the electronic arms, Nick realized that even with them, he was still unlike his peers at school, and they turned out to be much too heavy for Nick to operate, effecting his general mobility quite significantly.

As Nick grew up he learned to deal with his disability and started to be able to do more and more things on his own. He adapted to his situation and found ways to accomplish tasks that most people could only do by using their limbs, such as cleaning teeth, brushing hair, typing on a computer, swimming, playing sports, and much more. As time went by Nick began to embrace his situation and achieve greater things. In grade seven Nick was elected captain of his school and worked with the student council on various fund-raising events for local charities and disability campaigns.

According to Nick, the victory over his struggles throughout his journey, as well as his passion for life can be credited to his faith, his family, his friends and the many people he’s encountered during his life who have encouraged him along the way.

After school Nick went on with further study and obtained a double bachelor degree majoring in accounting and financial planning. By the age of 19, Nick had started to fulfill his dream of encouraging others by sharing his story through motivational speaking. He found the purpose of his existence, and the purpose in his circumstance.

Nick wholeheartedly believes that there is a purpose in each of the struggles we encounter in our lives and that our attitude towards those struggles that can be the single most effective factor in overcoming them.

In 2005, Nick was nominated for the “Young Australian of the Year” Award, which is a large honor in Australia. The award honors a young person for their excellence and service to their local community and the nation, as well as their own personal accomplishments. Nominations for this award are only given to truly inspirational people.

Nick and his new wife on the beach in Hawaii

At 29 years old, this limbless young man has accomplished more than most people even twice his age. Nick recently made the massive move from Brisbane, Australia to California, USA, where he is the president of an international non-profit organization, and also has his own motivational speaking company; Attitude Is Altitude. Since his first motivational speaking engagement back when he was 19, Nick has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions of people, speaking to a range of different groups such as students, teachers, youth, business men and women, entrepreneurs, and church congregations of all sizes. He has also told his story and been interviewed on various televised programs worldwide. However, Nick’s speaking engagements have gone beyond purely motivational speaking, he has had the opportunity to speak with several leaders, including the vice president of Kenya.

Nick shares with his audiences the importance of vision and dreaming big. Using his own experiences in worldwide outreach as examples, he challenges others to examine their perspective and look beyond their circumstances. He shares his view of ceasing to see obstacles as problems, but instead begin to see them as opportunities to grow and reach out to others. He stresses the importance of how attitude can be the most powerful tool we have at our disposal and illustrates how the choices we make can have a profound effect on our lives and the lives of those around us. Nick shows through his own life that the major keys in fulfilling our biggest dreams are persistence and choosing to embrace failure as a learning experience, rather than allowing the guilt and fear of failure to paralyze us.

How does Nick Vujicic feel about his disability now? He accepts it, embraces it and oftentimes pokes fun at his own circumstance as he shows off his many tricks. He meets challenges with his special blend of humor, perseverance and faith always encouraging those around him to examine their perspective as they develop and define their vision. Using those new definitions he challenges each person he meets to make changes in their lives so that they can begin the path to fulfilling their biggest dreams.

Nick Vujicic’s life demonstrates that all things are possible.

Without purpose, life ceases to have meaning. And when we lose meaning, we lose hope. Nick Vujicic has found his purpose in life. He encourages people all around the world to never give up. Not only does he run a successful business as an inspirational speaker, he is the president and founder of a non-profit called, “Life Without Limbs”.

Culled from Nick Vujicic: Attitude is Altitude

When times are bad, it’s not uncommon for most of us to beat ourselves up, right? A lot of people either blame this and that or start to feel sorry for themselves…

Now, most of us always think that we have the biggest problems in the world… Let’s just say you were born without limbs… can you imagine how tough life would be like?

Do you still have any excuses not to make a difference with your life?

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WHEN SONGS CANNOT SAIL

By Adeleke Adeite

When songs cannot sail,

I think he was in 10th place when this was taken.

When flowers fall and fail,

When poetry turns pale,

When tales turn to a tail,

When art’s aura cannot avail,

When the winds start to wail,

When the stars turn stale,

When the rainbows rail,

When the moon turns to mail…

When nature becomes a nail:

There is a hall in our hearts.

When all stops; it starts.

It impacts and… imparts,

It’s an alarm that alerts us

When deceit looms like darts.

It helps us to cruise and cope

When reality looks like a rope,

It drives us like a dope

To the skies of a new scope;

It hails from our heart: HOPE.

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti,. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached on princepart@yahoo.com

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Top 6 Tips to Better Your Brain Performance

By Greg Frost

It may be true that as you get older, your memory also
deteriorates. But this does not mean that if you are younger,
your brain is not capable of memory deterioration. Aging is
just one cause of memory loss, but there are other factors.

Thus, if you want to prevent this, you may want to read these tips to better your brain performance.

1) More Relaxation Period, Better Thinking

If you want to protect your recent memories, you should stay away from stress. Stress can trigger the release of cortisol, a neuro drug which can interfere with the brain’s performance, especially with handling recent memories.

Furthermore, with chronic stress, the part of the brain which handles recent memories may even shrink. If you want to prevent this from happening, you should learn to relax a little and release the tension from your body.

You should never let stress overwhelm you.

2) Refrain From Cigarette Smoking

Cigarettes affect the flow of blood in your veins. Because of this, there may be a chance of reduced blood flow to your brain; and reduced blood flow means reduced oxygen. With lesser oxygen to consume, the brain may not function well as expected, hence the memory may be prejudiced.

3) Stay Away from Brain Toxins

As you may know, illegal drugs may cause harm to your brain’s functioning. However, you should also know that prescription drugs, if misused, may also have the same toxic effect to your brain.

Thus, you should always follow the prescription given to you be your doctor, and never self-medicate.

This may affect your brain’s normal performance. Prolonged use of drugs may cause memory loss.

4) Eat Healthy

Your brain functions according to the nutrients that it receives from the food that you eat. Thus, if you are deprived of certain nutrients, then it may have an adverse effect on the functioning of your brain. You most certainly would not want this to happen.

Thus, as prevention, you should eat a healthy and balanced diet so that you will absorb all the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Also, you should stay away from junk foods.

5) Exercise Your Brain

Find ways to use and improve your thinking skills. Some mentalists propose techniques which are designed to improve mental skills. We all have the potential to possess a good functioning memory, thus it should be something that we can all improve.

All we have to do is to find ways and try techniques that can effectively help us develop our potentials.

Most people believe that by engaging themselves into educational activities, they are improving their mental faculties. This is true, and you can try this even at home. Simple activities like crossword puzzles can exercise your brain. This may help your brain functioning to get better, if not, to prevent it from deteriorating easily.

6) Shield Your Brain

There is no point of improving the brain if you cannot protect it physically. You should always protect your head from injuries because trauma may affect the functioning of your brain.

Even simple injuries should be avoided, because repeated minor injuries, if accumulated, may cause damage to your brain. Thus, you should try simple prevention, like putting helmets when bicycling, in order for you to avoid situations that may damage your brain functioning.

If you want to be able to think better, your brain’s health is the key. Thus, you should keep it as healthy as possible and avoid all those factors which may expose you to mental deterioration.

#Greg Frost is an American bestselling author and self-improvement coach who has helped thousands of people worldwide achieve their dreams. He believes that it is “Choice, not chance, that determines destiny.”

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TAKE YOUR CUE FROM CHELSEA, PLEASE!

By ‘Femi Asu

Chelsea's crest, 2005–present

What a night for Chelsea!

Last night, Chelsea took down the mighty Barcelona. It was indeed a night of glory for them; it was a night in which fans and foes of the club celebrated their (Chelsea) heroics; a night in which the underdogs defeated the defending champions.

It will be remembered as one of the greatest nights in European history – a memorable night of European soccer. Chelsea’s incredible win remains a talking point all over the world. Everywhere I have been today, I heard Nigerians still chanting “Up Chelsea!” and talking about it.

The eagerly awaited match was spilt over with drama and incident and intrigues. Chelsea entered with all of the momentum and gusto they could muster, but Barcelona pushed to assert their dominance. The action came fast and furious as Barcelona exploded for a 2 – 0 lead, and the match quickly looked all but over.

In fact, not a few people would have felt disappointed and given up on Chelsea for falling behind early. Painfully, they lost their captain, John Terrry, to a red card part way through the first half. There seemed to be no hope for them at that point. The odds were stacked against them.

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world. – Jane Addams

Not for the Chelsea squad, they were resilient and remained resolute on the pitch. They knew it was not over until the final whistle is blown. They did not allow the challenge of having to play with one man down – since Terrry was sent off – to impact negatively on their performance. Instead, they redoubled their efforts and defy the odds. They played without fear.

At last, their determination, courage and commitment paid off. Moments before the end of the first half, they scored a wonderful goal. That must have given them more hope and momentum to carry into the locker room, and then the second half.

But the second half was no less challenging for them as Barcelona controlled the tempo, with impressive tiki-taka, as it is called in Spanish, but they did not do anything with it. Barcelona came on strong at the end, but somehow, someway the Blues did not break.

They emerged victorious in spite of Barca’s much-vaunted attacking fire. They were able to weather the Barca storm and emerged victorious as Fernando Torres found the net in the 90th minute to tie the match at two – putting them into the Champions League final. And the brave Blues enjoyed that night of glory.

Now, the Blues, the so-called underdogs, are advancing to their second ever Champions League final.

 Hope is the heart of life. Courage is the blood it pumps out. When hope sags and cannot longer pump out courage, life ends.

                                                        – Anonymous

Hey friend, stop judging your end by your beginning or by how challenging what you are going through now is. Even if you had a poor showing at the beginning, don’t despair. Even if the odds are stacked against you and it appears the whole world is against you (as it appeared the referee was a Barca fan last night), don’t give up.

Chelsea had a poor showing at the beginning of the match, but their end was a glorious one. They were determined despite the hurdles they faced. They saw hope in the horizon. They refocused and reinforced their strategy and commitment. They rose up to the challenges.

Chelsea players remind me of what Adeleke Adeite said in his poem published yesterday, “Champions or Chickens?” (check it out in our recent posts) : “Champions get charged by challenges/Chickens get chained by it.” To be sure, they proved their championship.

Are you going through a tough time and it seems you are down and out? Take your cue from those Chelsea players. It’s not over until you win that contest, until you achieve that goal…Don’t be discouraged; dare to strive more towards your goal. Defy the odds…and do the impossible – soaring high.

Ultimately, the world will celebrate you, chanting “Up ………!” (Use the comment box below to fill the gap with your name if you believe the world will celebrate you).

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CHAMPIONS or CHICKENS?

 

Chickens

Chickens (Photo credit: Allie's.Dad)

By Adeleke Adeite                                                             

The last time I checked,

Champions and chickens have just one head.

Chickens have wings but cannot fly.

They are born with crowns,

But they do not rule.

Champions have no wings,

But they are high flyers;

They are not born with crowns,

But they stand out and reign.

What makes you a success

Is not your strength,

What makes you a failure

Is not your feeble features.

Chickens are pampered and by people

Only to end up in the pot of soup.

Champions are passionate

And persistent about their purpose

Till they get to the palace.

Chickens pick and peck particles around;

They never plough but they plunder.

Champions press on even when their purse lacks pulse,

They pursue to prevail.

What makes champions

Is the decision to be deaf

To the drumbeat of disadvantages.

What makes chickens

Is their decision to be driven

By the dictates of discouragement.

No matter how much a chicken is cheered,

It can never become a champion

Until there is a change of heart.

Success in not an art;

It’s an attitude of leaving the midst of multitude

For the altar of altitude.

Champions get charged by challenges;

Chickens get chained by it.

Change is not a choice,

It’s a chance.

A chance to be a charming champion or a cheered chicken

Is what we get when we wake up everyday.

Grab it! Take charge; you are a champion!

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti,. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached on princepart@yahoo.com

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10 Things You Need To Do While You’re Unemployed

unemployment

By ‘Femi Asu

Today, we received the comment below from nicolajames on one of our recent posts titled The Young Man Who ‘Occupied the Streets of Birmingham’ to Get a Job”:

“Good for him and I’m so pleased that he got a job this way. I’ve read about other people using similar strategies and they’ve actually been criticised; accused of looking “desperate”.

But the truth is, there are plenty of graduates who are desperate. It really doesn’t help matters when you’ve got the media telling you at every opportunity how hopeless the graduate jobs market is, when you’ve got people haranguing you about when you’re going to find a job, as though you’re actually choosing to be unemployed. Small wonder that graduates are feeling desperate.

But anyway, I don’t think this comes across as desperate at all. It comes across as someone who recognises that traditional techniques aren’t working, or someone who’s willing to try other, less tried and tested techniques. I don’t know about anyone else but that’s a quality I’d look for if I were employing people.”

Moments before the comment hit our blog, I had stumbled on “10 Things You Need To Do While You’re Unemployed”, a piece by Jacquelyn Smith. It  revolves around a new survey just released by CareerBuilder.com, the largest online employment website in the United States. The nationwide survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive, on behalf of CareerBuilder, among 3,023 hiring managers and human resource professionals between November 9 and December 5, 2011.

Now, below are what Jacquelyn says you need to do while you’re unemployed. Enjoy!

Employers and CareerBuilder experts recommended a variety of activities you should engage in to build, expand, and strengthen your skills during period of unemployment, in order to increase your marketability.

Take a temporary or contract assignment.

Seventy-nine percent would recommend doing this. Why? “The key is to get people to see your work and to see what you’re capable of doing,” says Andy  Teach, the author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time. “If you do a great job, even if it’s for a temporary job, whoever hired you is more likely to recommend you for a permanent position.”

Take a class.

Sixty-one percent of the hiring managers surveyed recommended taking a class during a period of unemployment. “You never stop learning in your career, so the more technical competence you have, the better,” Teach says. “When you take a class in your field, you are also showing that you are serious about your work and that you take initiative.” Another advantage to taking a class: It’s a great networking opportunity.

Volunteer.

Sixty percent of the hiring managers said volunteer work makes you more marketable. “When you volunteer for something, you are telling potential employers something about you as a person,” Teach says. It shows that you are passionate about something and care about helping others—and it demonstrates that money isn’t the most important thing to you, he adds. “When companies are hiring, they are looking not only for people who can get the job done but also for people with character and integrity.”

Start your own business.

Twenty-eight percent suggested doing this—but starting a business can be pricy and time-consuming. If you have the means to do it, it’s a great résumé booster and a wonderful marketing tool.

“The beauty of having your own business is that you can work part-time or full-time depending on whether or not you are able to land a job working for someone else,” Teach says. “You are also going to learn skills that are transferable if you do end up working for someone else again.”

Start a professional blog                         

Eleven percent of the surveyed employers said a professional blog can be a good way to market yourself to employers. Why? You get people to see you as an expert in your field.  “You are also conveying your passion, gaining knowledge, and separating yourself from others,” Teach says. “Potential employers will see you as having taken the initiative during your job search to blog about something you truly care about: your career.”

Follow stories on hot industries and job functions.

CareerBuilder experts say information technology, engineering, health care, sales, and customer service are among the top areas for hiring nationwide, according to CareerBuilder’s job listings. Follow the news and job openings in these fields.

Use the time to come up with ideas.

Whether it’s an idea for a marketing campaign, new revenue stream, cost savings, etc., the candidates who show up at an interview with ideas demonstrate that they are passionate, knowledgeable, and excited about the opportunity. These job seekers always stand out from the crowd, CareerBuilder experts say.

Make connections.

A résumé handed to the hiring manager directly from someone within the company is more likely to get noticed, CareerBuilder experts say. Build and expand your network of contacts through social media and professional organizations. Let friends, family and professional contacts know that you’re looking for a job, and ask for their help in finding connections to the organizations you’re interested in.

Follow up.

According to CareerBuilder, two-thirds of workers reported that they don’t follow up with the employer after submitting their résumé for consideration. It’s important to take that extra step to let the employer know you’re interested, and make sure you always send a thank you after an interview. Handwritten notes will set you apart from the pool of candidates, but e-mails are acceptable, too.

Use key words.

As long as you’re actively pursuing a job, you’ll likely be spending a significant amount of time editing and sending out your résumé. Remember to use key words. Why? CareerBuilder experts said most employers use electronic scanning devices to screen and rank candidates. You’ll want to tailor your résumé for each position you apply for, and include specific words from the job posting. Do this and your résumé will come up higher in employer searches.

“These types of activities tell the employer that the job seeker is serious about their career development and made the most of their time off,” Haefner says. “The key for the job seeker is to make the connection between how their volunteer work, blog, class, or temporary position prepares them for the next job. If they can successfully do that, their employment gaps won’t be an issue.”

Source: FORBES

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TOUGH TEARS DON’T LAST

By Adeleke Adeite

Many are called to compete

But few are chosen as champions

They have one head just like chicken

But they opt for better options.

They were not born in the sky

But they chose to fly

Because they know where they belong

And never fail to try.                           

Each time you fall,

If you have a fine future,

Get back on your feet,

But if you have no purpose to pursue,

Just remain in your pit.

The man at the top today has been through… terrible times,

That sister who is smiling now has screamed sometimes…

Tough tears don’t last forever

For those who trade tears for treasures.

Tough times bring troubles and

Trials and trophies and triumph.

No flower become fragrant

Except it faces two fierce forces: rainfall and sunshine.

So no soul can succeed without… sorry stories.

If you still have a heart,

You have hope,

So reach for the heights!

If you still have the breath of life,

You can break forth so bright.

Those mighty men were formerly

In the same mess you are today,

You can make it to the hall of honour,

Decide today without delay.

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti,. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached atprincepart@yahoo.com

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STORM the STADIUM of STARDOM!

dodgers stadium

By Adeleke Adeite

There is a little bridge between the stadium of stardom and the throne of thraldom.

It is called the channel of choices.

Becoming a champion is a choice to change your challenges to cheers,

To be chained is a choice to change your chances to a charade.

 

Talent is a title or better still a price tag,

Trials are the true test of talent and trophy is the trademark of tireless talent.

Winners and warriors are worlds apart,

A warrior is an expert, a winner is the man who ends well.

 

The same battle that makes some beauties go bitter

Is what makes some brains shine brighter.

The examination that  makes success, the same makes failure,

The difference is their attempt and approach to answering questions.

 

That multinational conglomerate was established by a college drop out

Who did not allow his desire to be different to drop out of him.

Those who changed the course of history are those who dared what others dreaded,

They risked what others ran away from.

 

Did you see that tall tree?

It was a tiny strand some years back,

It was beaten by storm, sunshine and rain but decided to bend and bounce back

When others bent and broke down.

 

That bird flying in the sky was not born there,

It knew it was destined to fly,

Obama was not born in The White House neither was Goodluck in Aso Villa,

They dreamt and dared to get there.

 

The factory of failure is where disappointment and disadvantages are being approved as avenue to be depressed.

The stadium of stardom is where struggles and strivings are source of strength when storms try to stop the players.

Those who sit on the platter of pity can only perform to fools like them,

Those who soar to the pinnacle of purpose will perform to amaze all.

 

#Adeleke Adeite is a graduate of Economics Education from the University of Ado Ekiti,. He is a poet, motivational writer and songwriter. He has over four International Poetry Awards to his credit and has won lots of member contest on PoetrySoup International. He is passionate about building positive mindsets in youth . He fervently believes he is a product of God’s grace. He can be reached at princepart@yahoo.com

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