Giving Objectivity to Motivation

One day as I travelled in the company of some colleagues, I moved to buy a book(a motivational one), and my then supervisor gave a wry smile and quickly offered a reason for that, saying ” a lot of the things written, especially in the very popular ‘motivationals’ are common place knowledge, hence, if you take your time to document the things you do, they may be some form of motivation for the people around “. when he concluded, I genuinely smiled back and purchased the book anyway.

Truly, in reality, we must live our lives such that, we need not tell people who we are, but they can instantly see it, feel it, read it, emulate it, genuinely appreciate it, embrace it and work to be it (even better) if it is in consonance with who they perceive themselves to innately be.

All this story aside, my mind was piqued when I saw this picture, especially by the bold inscriptions ( Headline in journalism/media parlance) but the explanation that followed appeared one-sided to me.

True again! We are as good as the people we surround ourselves with but we must be playing a role in that committee of friends.

Are we just being sponges to soak in everybody’s goodness or we are like flowers that share their sweet essence and fragrance?

I am becoming increasingly aware that people are taking instructions or guidance from a selfish point of view, hence, once such motivation point is offered, they take it as a pat on the back to continue to pursue the interest of self.

Increasingly aware I am becoming still, that when we seek to pursue what interests self first, quickly do we abandon principles and the plight of our neighbour (except we find an opportunity to disguise as a good Samaritan)- So long and short, we only chase after the sugar like ants or become the “anywhere belle face kind of people”.

Yes, I want to surround myself with greatness, with positives but I am not going to look away from the “sincere lazies, sincere negatives, sincere struggling etc”.

P.S: The reason I used sincere to qualify, is to cater for those who are yet to find anyone to take them out of their limiting situation, especially when they are genuinely seeking.

I truly think we must strike a balance in motivation.

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Networking

A little over the last decade, there has been a growing consciousness on the need for networking- a term, which was previously largely associated with computer programming. This awakening, was due to the benefits that can be traced to being in the right circles (as no man is an island).

As the idea of networking was being embraced, there was the need for the wealthy to organise networking events, while those who want to access its benefits need to pay heavily to enjoy the gathering (not like this situation does still exist, but there are other methods now).

Atthese networking events, participants get a chance to meet individuals in related fields, exchange complimentary cards, share ideas, get insights, establish business opportunities, acquire prospects and future customers, etc. (this list is endless). The down side once the event is over could be anything from:

  1. misplaced complimentary card
  2. No sustained impression/personalities/skills/expertise
  3. A need to remind your new friend of who you are next time you get in touch
  4. And so on.

I want to believe that, it is the many successful networking outings that gave rise to strategies like crowd-sourcing; as well as the ideas for social networking – so you see, there is no limit to the benefits of networking; only that, its the good may not be tapped if it is done wrongly or not done at all.

We would leave you today, to think about yourself as your own networking agent, do let us know how well you have been representing yourself, because in the next couple of weeks, we would be bringing you tips on how to brand yourself to enable you tap into the goodness of the kinds of networking that is obtained in our world today.

KCL is poised to growing a confident group (individuals and young businesses alike), especially with the reality that our socio-economic condition is forcing most to be entrepreneurs, we must be able to carve a niche for ourselves, as well as defend that niche when we find ourselves in a room with similar service providers.

This may be the wake up call you have been waiting for. Take Advantage!