6 SIMPLE STEPS TO REDEFINE 2015 AND KICK IT INTO HIGH GEAR

Just yesterday, it was the first day of 2015. The New Year we had been waiting for had arrived; we celebrated. Drank wine and ate chicken.
Speedily the first quarter of 2015 is gone. It’s April. And it’s time to take yourself more seriously. Has the year been dulling you? Here is 6 simple steps to redefine 2015 and kick it back into high gear for better productivity.

1. Write out clear (actionable) goals. If there is something or anything that
you have ever wanted to achieve or accomplish in your life, 2015 is the year to do it.
My main goals for 2015 are rather simpler. I have the draft of my second book almost done. I let it sit idle for months. Why? I have no idea. Maybe other priorities. Maybe just laziness. But now I have to really finish it. I have let my tummy add some weight that I know I really should shed. I should hit the gym. Six packs coming soon. I know I have been saying that, but I mean it this time. I should watch my eating habit and cut down on TV time. Instead network more. Read more. Write more. Inspire more people.
You cannot absolutely accomplish anything if you do not know exactly what you want. 
This is the time to specify and start doing.

2. Change is coming; protect yourself
And I don’t mean the APC kind of change. I mean the PDP kind of change where they had to lose after being accustomed to winning for 16 years straight. Make no mistakes about it, 2015 has some surprises for you. And one of such will be that bad stuff will happen that you did not expect, from quarters you least expect.
When bad or unexpected things happen to some people, most do not know how to respond or react, so they hide and or give up. That should not be you this year. Be prepared for change. Change does not mean the end. It simply means setback (maybe), opportunity for more and greater success; it could mean anything.
So in all you plans or goals for 2015, try to have plans A, B, C, and D if possible.

3. Persistence gives birth to success.
It is not about the changes or challenges that come your way but about your staying power. Persistence.
Learn to get stronger with each and every day and the opportunities or unplanned changes or obstacles thrown your way.

4. Network more.
Who you know is truth. Success is a network game. Who you know and or mingle with matters. Surround yourself with people that you can learn from, people who motivate you. People who are smarter than you. You search them out. People that you can learn from.
Most of the times you don’t have to know or meet these people personally. A great book does magic. Read more.

5. Stay focused.
Eyes on the prize. Stay determined and focused on your
goal and do not allow nay sayers distract you. Once you are distracted you lose momentum. Then you fail.

6. Direct deposit to your savings account.
Everyone should have a savings account. Rains fall; sometimes cat and dog. But you don’t want to be caught without an umbrella.
Some people deposit money into their savings account…then they immediately drain it. Auto-spenders. I am guilty.
One of my goals this 2015 is to concentrate on building my savings accounts. And that also includes putting my spending habit on check. It is not wise to earn N100 and spend everything immediately. Put some aside. And let it build up.

I compiled these 6 points because I believe that they should help you stay motivated, as you practice them, then generate more energy and run faster. The year has not even gone half and some people have already achieved over 55 percent of their goals for the year. 2015 is yours for the taking.

Stanley G. Jack

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SIX LIFE AND SUCCESS LESSONS FROM THE PRESIDENT-ELECT, GENERAL MOHAMMUDU BUHARI

A BIG congratulation is in order for ‘The peoples’ General’ Mohammudu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate who in the past twelve months fought a good and cheering democratic fight and was on Tuesday March 31st returned by INEC as the president-elect, of Nigeria; he shall assume office on may 29th 2015.

Congratulations also to every Nigerian who made commitments to make that electoral victory happen. By demonstrating that ‘power’ belongs to the people through the ballot you are the true heroes of Nigeria’s democracy.

GMB’s victory at the polls after previously three unsuccessful attempts holds a great lesson for us all.

Here are six important lessons that you can draw from the General’s dream of becoming Nigeria’s democratic president, and his eventual election.

1. PERSISTENCE GIVES BIRTH TO SUCCESS
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence,” says a young Nigerian, Jide Ogunsanwo (@ogunsanwojide). Life doesn’t get any easier. You have to learn to get stronger with each and every challenge or obstacle thrown your way. So never give up on a beautiful dream that inspires you because of prior failures.

And do not forget that it is never too late to achieve your dream because you can begin now. GMB failed three times and only succeeded at the fourth trial to become Nigeria’s elected president. You are closer to your success and you don’t even know it. Don’t give up.

You deserve what you settle for and earn what you choose to fight for. The choice and tenacity is yours, only. No one can stop you until you decide to give up.

Go out there today and do something about your dream. Take it one step at a time. Learn from each of your failed attempts. Keep pressing forward. You won’t know how close you are to victory or success until you obtain it.

At your lowest moments when you feeling exhausted and ready to throw-in the towel, just tell yourself ‘One more time.”

2. DO THE JOB YOU WERE HIRED OR PAID TO DO. DO NOT EQUIVOCATE
President Goodluck E. Jonathan was elected to provide a new direction and leadership for Nigeria and he accidentally or intentionally failed to do so. That is why I have always maintained that GMB did not win. GEJ lost. Nigerians won. Don’t get that twisted.

The 2015 presidential election was not for GMB to win, it was for GEJ to lose. And he lost. Nigerians massively voted for GEJ in 2011, and they expected him to provide leadership which Nigerians hoped would be translated to stopping Boko Haram militants. Fighting corruption. And effective handling of the economy.

Instead, GEJ waited until only six weeks to the elections to demonstrate any serious offensive against  Boko Haram. He surrounded himself with elements who were perceived more by Nigerians as representing corruption. In the minds of Nigerians, their dear country was heading for the pit of hell and they were ready to go to civil war using the ‘Permanent Voter’s Card’ as weapon of mass dismissal to rescue Nigeria. Jonathan and most PDP candidates were all summarily dismissed at the polls across Nigeria.

People are getting wiser every day. They will surely decipher your double-coated words or body language. Don’t think you can or should deceive anyone.

GEJ relied on the votes that came from areas he won in 2011; but times changed and he didn’t take notice. One rule of continuous success is that you should never rely on yesterday’s achievements for today’s glory. If you do you will live in the past and become outdated and summarily dismissed, with ignominy and with immediate effect. Then someone else will take your place.

Democracy in Nigeria has matured and Nigerians believe that if GEJ cannot provide effective leadership then he should make way for someone who can.
One of the signs of great leadership is the ability to read the peoples’ mood; then adjust accordingly, where and when need be. Jonathan went dancing in Kano when 59 boys were murdered in Buni Yadi; a grave mistake. A great leader would never do that.

Someone said that “The difference between excellence and mediocrity is commitment. President Jonathan was not committed to effective leadership and that played to General Buhari’s advantage at the polls.

Stay committed to effective leadership in your life and work because that commitment is the energy you would need to defeat the next obstacle coming your way.

If you have a job, remember that you have been hired to accomplish a specific task, to solve a specific problem for your employer. You must know and do your job or get fired. Do not equivocate. Remember this when you send in that next job application.

3. WHO YOU KNOW IS TRUTH
Make the right friends. Do not hire mediocres to work for you then expect an excellent result.

Success is a network game. It matters who you associate with. Don’t mingle with anyone who will be a liability to your dream. Don’t hire a mediocre to do a great job.

In politics as in life, who you know is truth and Jesus Christ said that the truth (your connections) shall make you free; that is to say that no man is an island, who you know or associate with will go a long way in helping you become who or what you want to be.

Never hire a lousy brat to speak for you and expect to be taken seriously. From Reno Omokiri to Femi Fani Kayode to Doyin Okupe, all GEJ’s associates were liabilities to his ambition.

According to the one who goes by the moniker ‘Onye Nkuzi’ (@cchukudebelu), “Jonathan never projected an image of a man on top of his game. His team was pathetic, he didn’t have leadership instincts.”

4. YOUR CUSTOMERS CAN KILL YOU
Treat them nicely. Give them what they want. Don’t make up excuses or blame anyone for your incompetence.

If you desire to serve a particular people or market with your goods or services, understand who you are dealing with and serve appropriately. People won’t buy mediocre products when they know that they deserve and can get better. Your competitors are waiting like hawks to take advantage of your mistakes.

5. NEVER UNDER-ESTIMATE YOUR COMPETITION
Under-estimating General Mohammudu Buhari was President Goodluck Jonathan’s biggest undoing. He did not stop there, President Jonathan also underestimated Nigerians and their passion for change. Don’t be like that.

6. STAY FOCUSED
Once you are distracted you lose balance and momentum. Then you fail. Maintain focus. Eyes on the prize. This was General Mohammudu Buhari’s biggest silent weapon: eyes on the prize. He remained steadfast in the face of opposition and public ridicule. That is the definition of character. Stay focused on your goal. And don’t let the nay sayers distract you.

Stanley G. Jack

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IT’S MY BIRTHDAY: MY PERSONAL MANIFESTO

Whoah! What just happened?

I woke up this morning to the sound of a little bird singing to me a happy birthday song. And it was beautiful. Wow! It’s my birthday. My family told me that I was born 18 February 1983 at around 6:45 PM in my village. Yes. That means I am 32 years young, muackrackers.

I remember just like yesterday when I was only but 11 years young and started an oil and gas company (lol, oil and gas company. Yeah, right) selling kerosene in coke and beer bottles to poor people in my village who couldn’t afford much. I remember when one morning 11 years ago, when I woke up and realized I was the brokest guy in Nigeria with only 100 naira to my name, then I cried a little and next thing I knew I began a home delivery laundry service from my home because I didn’t know what else to do (grew and ran that business successfully for about 16 months). When you don’t have money the next most valuable thing you have is creativity. Always leverage on that. I remember when my dream was to be a lawyer and how I got bored  and ditched the whole idea of law after obtaining a Diploma. I remember how I fucked up my Political and Administrative Studies course in the University of Port Harcourt and had to drop out at 300 level.
I remember as a teenager how I would stay up all night dreaming how I was going to change the world. Oh, and I still do.

As you begin to grow up into adult life, life happens and sometimes things don’t execute as you envisioned them or when you envisioned them. You go broke. Sometimes you wonder whether you are still on the right path or whether you should consider a detour. But deep down in the coolest place of your heart, you know that giving up is not a option. Because you are not looking at where you are today but where you are going. And no matter how the road to your destination seems far and rugged you know you are getting closer with every little step.

Many years ago I made a decision that I don’t just want to be another guy who was born and lived in Nigeria. I wanted to make an impact in peoples lives with every little thing that I can offer. Especially young people because I believe that I understand them. So I wrote and published my first book WHO TOOK MY JOB? and currently working on the sequel titled GOOD TO GO: HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN 30 DAYS IMMEDIATELY AFTER POP, which should be released in a few months.

I believe that if there is anything that you ever dream of accomplishing you must begin today. The weather will never be right. The resources will never be enough. The product will never be perfect. So you do your thing, and iterate.

In the past 6 months I have been speaking to Corps members in Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Rivers and other places and I believe that GOOD TO GO will give a lot of them direction and focus.

I remember many things today. But it is not what I remember today that counts. What I want to count is what I want to remember today in 5 years when I will be 37. So I want to share with you a peep into my personal manifesto. As important as manifestos are to the successes of a political l party, so I believe it is to your personal success. Therefore I highly recommend that you learn to do your own personal manifesto.

Here are little of mine.

1. MARRIAGE. In the past year my mum, sisters and aunts keep asking me “When are you getting married?” Every passing month the question intensifies. So now that I have turned 32 I have begun collecting CVs of ladies since 2 weeks ago. I am now open to be filled. Pls., apply. This is not a joke. Lol.

2. WORK OUT MORE. I have no idea where this pot belle that is growing emanated from. Sexy muackracker like me should have no pot belle. I have begun exercising. Six packs coming soon!

3. READ MORE. The more information that you have the more options and or choices you obtain. If I take away your ability to choose you become powerless and subjected to my whims and caprices. Choice is power. Expose your mind. Read more.

4. FOLLOW MY INSTINCTS. This is an aptitude that most people neglect to their own loss. God put it there in us for us to use. Sometimes you cannot explain something but you just know that it is the right thing to do.

5. HAVE FUN. I want to do things that make me laugh more. And also make others laugh. Laughter can make you rich and help you live younger and healthier. The lack of it can kill you in your sleep.

6. EAT WELL. Some how I have no appreciation for so called ‘fine foods’ but I like to eat well. Some people slump and die at 65 because they failed to eat well when they were younger.

7. IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS WHAT OTHERS THINK OF ME. Imagine the other day someone said I was…Life is too short to be bordered about whether people think you are not funny, too short, too tall, too broke, too dark skinned, etc. However, it is also my business what people think of me. Imagine I was out there dancing azonto at the bus station. What would people think of me! C’mon…lol.

8. Repeat after me, DON’T BREAK ANYBODY’S HEART. Just the other day this girl said to me with tears in her eyes ” You are mean. Do you even have conscience? You break my heart, Stanley. I trusted you!” I couldn’t utter a word. What did I do? I ate her peanuts without her permission. Don’t do it fam.

9. DON’T BE A WORRY WART. Worrying has never helped solve any problems. Instead they compound problems. So the first step toward a solution is to stop worrying. Then you can think well.

10. REST WELL. The only time most people rest well is when they are dead. You will now see ‘REST IN PEACE’ written over their grave. That’s nonsense. What has a dead man got to do with rest? You need rest as a living being. When you are feeling down just rest, until you begin feeling high again and then do your best.

11. MOVE. Always move. Don’t be stagnant. Stagnation is death. Keep making progress no matter how little.

12…

Hold on I hear someone calling my name…

“Sweetheart, pls. come to the table…”

Oh, it’s Nne. “Please give me a few minutes. Let me finish this manifesto.”

12…

OMG, she is still calling…she wont let me finish this thing.

Umu alobams, e be like say we go finish this thing next time. Let me go before another person accuses me of being insensitive.

Thank you for all your wishes. God bless you all.

“Babes, please get the wine I need a drink first…are we going swimming today?”

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY: MY PERSONAL MANIFESTO

Whoah! What just happened?

I woke up this morning to the sound of a little bird singing to me a happy birthday song. And it was beautiful. Wow! It’s my birthday. My family told me that I was born 18 February 1983 at around 6:45 PM in my village. Yes. That means I am 32 years young, muackrackers.

I remember just like yesterday when I was only but 11 years young and started an oil and gas company (lol, oil and gas company. Yeah, right) selling kerosene in coke and beer bottles to poor people in my village who couldn’t afford much. I remember when one morning 11 years ago, when I woke up and realized I was the brokest guy in Nigeria with only 100 naira to my name, then I cried a little and next thing I knew I began a home delivery laundry service from my home because I didn’t know what else to do (grew and ran that business successfully for about 16 months). When you don’t have money the next most valuable thing you have is creativity. Always leverage on that. I remember when my dream was to be a lawyer and how I got bored  and ditched the whole idea of law after obtaining a Diploma. I remember how I fucked up my Political and Administrative Studies course in the University of Port Harcourt and had to drop out at 300 level.
I remember as a teenager how I would stay up all night dreaming how I was going to change the world. Oh, and I still do.

As you begin to grow up into adult life, life happens and sometimes things don’t execute as you envisioned them or when you envisioned them. You go broke. Sometimes you wonder whether you are still on the right path or whether you should consider a detour. But deep down in the coolest place of your heart, you know that giving up is not a option. Because you are not looking at where you are today but where you are going. And no matter how the road to your destination seems far and rugged you know you are getting closer with every little step.

Many years ago I made a decision that I don’t just want to be another guy who was born and lived in Nigeria. I wanted to make an impact in peoples lives with every little thing that I can offer. Especially young people because I believe that I understand them. So I wrote and published my first book WHO TOOK MY JOB? and currently working on the sequel titled GOOD TO GO: HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN 30 DAYS IMMEDIATELY AFTER POP, which should be released in a few months.

I believe that if there is anything that you ever dream of accomplishing you must begin today. The weather will never be right. The resources will never be enough. The product will never be perfect. So you do your thing, and iterate.

In the past 6 months I have been speaking to Corps members in Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Rivers and other places and I believe that GOOD TO GO will give a lot of them direction and focus.

I remember many things today. But it is not what I remember today that counts. What I want to count is what I want to remember today in 5 years when I will be 37. So I want to share with you a peep into my personal manifesto. As important as manifestos are to the successes of a political l party, so I believe it is to your personal success. Therefore I highly recommend that you learn to do your own personal manifesto.

Here are little of mine.

1. MARRIAGE. In the past year my mum, sisters and aunts keep asking me “When are you getting married?” Every passing month the question intensifies. So now that I have turned 32 I have begun collecting CVs of ladies since 2 weeks ago. I am now open to be filled. Pls., apply. This is not a joke. Lol.

2. WORK OUT MORE. I have no idea where this pot belle that is growing emanated from. Sexy muackracker like me should have no pot belle. I have begun exercising. Six packs coming soon!

3. READ MORE. The more information that you have the more options and or choices you obtain. If I take away your ability to choose you become powerless and subjected to my whims and caprices. Choice is power. Expose your mind. Read more.

4. FOLLOW MY INSTINCTS. This is an aptitude that most people neglect to their own loss. God put it there in us for us to use. Sometimes you cannot explain something but you just know that it is the right thing to do.

5. HAVE FUN. I want to do things that make me laugh more. And also make others laugh. Laughter can make you rich and help you live younger and healthier. The lack of it can kill you in your sleep.

6. EAT WELL. Some how I have no appreciation for so called ‘fine foods’ but I like to eat well. Some people slump and die at 65 because they failed to eat well when they were younger.

7. IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS WHAT OTHERS THINK OF ME. Imagine the other day someone said I was…Life is too short to be bordered about whether people think you are not funny, too short, too tall, too broke, too dark skinned, etc. However, it is also my business what people think of me. Imagine I was out there dancing azonto at the bus station. What would people think of me! C’mon…lol.

8. Repeat after me, DON’T BREAK ANYBODY’S HEART. Just the other day this girl said to me with tears in her eyes ” You are mean. Do you even have conscience? You break my heart, Stanley. I trusted you!” I couldn’t utter a word. What did I do? I ate her peanuts without her permission. Don’t do it fam.

9. DON’T BE A WORRY WART. Worrying has never helped solve any problems. Instead they compound problems. So the first step toward a solution is to stop worrying. Then you can think well.

10. REST WELL. The only time most people rest well is when they are dead. You will now see ‘REST IN PEACE’ written over their grave. That’s nonsense. What has a dead man got to do with rest? You need rest as a living being. When you are feeling down just rest, until you begin feeling high again and then do your best.

11. MOVE. Always move. Don’t be stagnant. Stagnation is death. Keep making progress no matter how little.

12…

Hold on I hear someone calling my name…

“Sweetheart, pls. come to the table…”

Oh, it’s Nne. “Please give me a few minutes. Let me finish this manifesto.”

12…

OMG, she is still calling…she wont let me finish this thing.

Umu alobams, e be like say we go finish this thing next time. Let me go before another person accuses me of being insensitive.

Thank you for all your wishes. God bless you all.

“Babes, please get the wine I need a drink first…are we going swimming today?”

2015: The Biggest Show-down In Nigeria’s Political History (or not?)

Between July 1967 and January 1970 Nigeria was at war; our country men were killing each other with guns and grenades. Men died in the thousands at the frontlines (including my uncle, Blessing Frank Jack) fighting a course that most of them did not even understand and women and children starved to death at home and in the bushes in Biafra. It was a terribly bloody and devastating civil war (one of the worst wars ever fought in world history), which should never have happened in the first place – the war could have been avoided.

If the Biafran civil war could have been avoided, why then did it happen? Simple: because of the ego (massaged by sycophants) of two men; one at the Federal level and the other at the Regional level – Gowon and Ojukwu.

It is 2014, 34 years after, two men (again) have risen, their ego driving them – in like manner, one at the Federal (President – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan ) and the other at the State level (Governor – Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi).

One year before the war, aids and supporters were making all manner of inflammatory statements and employing all manner of desperate propagandas (it is happening again, 34 years after).
The same calibre of propaganda machinery employed by both sides, one year before the Biafran war, is being employed by the APC/PDP today, one year before the general elections. Both sides are showing signs of high desperation in attempt to cultivate public sentiments.
For both sides it is fight to finish, as defeat is perceived as total irrelevance or demise.

My mother, Margaret, jokingly tells us of the war that Ojukwu said “To keep Nigeria one there must be attack,” and Gowon responded “Attack must be done,” and then there began the war.

GEJ’s men have declared “PDP will rule Nigeria for decades” – 50 years? And RCA says “Only a fool will vote for GEJ.” Now the ‘armoury’ is being stocked for the BIGGEST show-down in Nigeria’s political history.

For political (and personal) gains, the rule of law has been despised, state institutions such as the Police and other Law Enforcement agencies have been ‘hijacked,’ judicial processes are been abused, bomb scare, Boko Haram, accusations and counter-accusations, have being injected into the political-propaganda machinery; we had the worst civil war in world history, now, we are going to have the world’s biggest/fiercest political battle. We no dey carry last – ever!

In all of these things, one thing is certain – Nigeria will never be the same again after 2015 (for better or worse). And history will hold these two men (The President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the Governor of Rivers, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi) to account whichever way the pendulum swings. May there not be the re-enactment of the 2007/2008 Kenyan political situation on our lands. We don’t want the repeat of the political violence that followed the 2011 general election. Amen! Or, do we?

*This article originally appeared on http://www.omojuwa.com

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Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@WhoTookMyJob) and his next book “GOOD TO GO: How To Succeed In Life & Work After NYSC”, out in June 2014.

I Just Wanna Be Successful, Rich, And Happy – That’s All

Why can’t things be a little more easier? Why can’t I just have a job? Why can’t I just have that admission into the university? All my friends are getting married. Why can’t I just find that significant other who would love and care about me like I would? Why can’t my spouse understand that I love my job? Why is my boss a sadist? Why can’t I…why why why?!

That’s the tone of despair and frustration. And that’s absolutely the story of many folks out there.

We started out with great dreams. We had goals, built up hope and even others had expectations of us. Yet, life decides to play a hard-ball game on us; or so it seems. We have tried every thing and we still haven’t arrived at our dream destination in life. And it seems others just get it all easy. They try little and everything descends on their laps – just like that. We are even smarter than them. It’s frustrating!

Most have graduated many years ago and still today without work. Our relationships aint just working. Money is an issue, we seem to be perpetually broke – and in debt. Why is everything so difficult? Nothing we try ever works out. Why is life playing so impossible?!

I don’t know. I wish I can just give you the answer.

I have been working hard. I have put in decades and still here – at the bottom.

I need to move up. You too.

I need to be happy. Even you.

I just wanna be rich. You too, right?

I don’t know what it is you want out of life. Success, happiness, power, love, I have no idea. But I believe you have been working hard at it, and nothing seems to be working…It feels like giving up – seems the easiest thing to do anyway.
But then I figure, giving up is for losers. No body wins by giving up. No body got rich and happy by giving up. No body finds love by giving up on relationships. And so I keep pushing. Maybe if I don’t give up and keep working hard things would just turn out great. But then, hard work don’t necessarily put you ahead in life. O’boy, I need a break…so I put in more work.

What time is it already? It is quarter-to-achieve-yo-dream! Yeah, right.

I need a drink – sex on the beach, please. Hold on…

Woww, that sip felt cool.

There’s a gorgeous chic a feet away from me with a glass of margarita in her right hand as she clutches her gucci purse under her left arm. Why is she smiling at me with her sexy owl eyeballs? That’s a message…I think. That’s a sign.

I got a big day tomorrow. A huge deal to close that should make me a heaven lot of money. Yeah, I can’t give up. Neither should you. Stay on the hustle and may heaven smile on you.
Do have a great week and make sure you go out there and WIN – your dream.


Stanley G. Jack is the author of “Who Took My Job?”(@whotookmyjob) – coming soon!

Follow him on Twitter:@wealthyJACK