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Have you ever asked yourself, “what do I really want in life?” "how do I get what I want in life?"

So many persons are on a journey of self-discovery, yet only a few get to their destination. With every passing day, humans pursue irrelevant things and fail to realize what they really want in life. Until you know what you really want in life, life will not give you what you deserve.

 Don’t ever doubt yourself. You are more than enough.  Life is too short for you to paralyze yourself with doubts.

I used to doubt my capabilities, I used to write down myself by myself with myself, and I was so unhappy and frustrated with life. I tried to bury myself with self-made excuses. I'd tell myself that there was no way I'd ever be the kind of writer I've always dreamt to be. I began reading novels and short stories to better my writing,one book after another, I kept reading, but I had little results to show for it.


The pain became unbearable, particularly when my friends would make fun of how much I read but how less I write.

But I didn’t give up. I kept on searching for answers, reading books, and attending book readings/discussions. One baby step at a time, I started to apply the knowledge I had gained.


If you've doubted yourself or still doubting yourself, maybe this 5 steps will help you unravel you potentials:


1. Make a conscious effort to pursue personal growth.

The decision to change and grow is a powerful tool that can help you move forward. Make a decision that you will start to pursue growth. Start reading books and blogs about stretching yourself, or attend seminars with other like-minded people.

Materials and mentors are everywhere. There are many blogs, books, and podcasts on personal development.


2. Set a goal to work toward. Make a bucket list.

It’s easy to feel aimless when you don’t have a concrete goal you’re working toward. Narrow in on what you’d like to accomplish in the near future. Maybe it’s to get fit, start your own business, buy more shares or clear your debts. The point is to get specific about exactly what you’d like to do and when.

Ask yourself, “If I knew I couldn’t fail, what would I want to achieve?” Don’t drag out this process by trying to find the perfect answer. There is no perfect answer, and the only way you can find the answer is through trial and error.

When you delay action, you make it harder to identify the things you’d enjoy doing. The only way to learn is to jump into something that sounds right and make adjustments as you go.


3. Take baby steps.

Action fights doubts. By taking small steps, you’re building evidence to show your mind that you are more and can do more than you think.

Now that you have something to aim for, brainstorm for ways to get yourself to where you want to be. A good plan is to look to people who have already done what you’d like to do.

Seek them out and learn from them. You can find out whether they have a blog, coaching programs, or books that you can read. Having a mentor will help you accelerate your growth progress. They can help point out what you need to do and avoid to follow in their footsteps.


4. Keep a success list. It will help you stay on track.

We all need reminders that we are good enough. You are more than capable enough to achieve whatever you want to achieve, but you might forget that when you hit an obstacle. A success list can help to remind you why you shouldn’t let go of your confidence.

A success list is the collection of all your accomplishments. Get a book or create a personal blog. Record all accomplishments regardless it is big or small. Here are some examples of what you can record in your success list.


Don’t worry about whether your accomplishments are big or small. If it is an accomplishment, just record it down in your success list.

When you start to doubt yourself, go get your success list. Look at all of the positive things you’ve done. Remind yourself that you are capable and you have the evidence to prove it.

Large accomplishments are really just a collection of small accomplishments. Your confidence will also grow when you are aware that you are accomplishing something.


5. Set your own bench mark.

Don’t ever think that your accomplishments are too small to be proud of. It may seem that way if you start comparing yourself to other people. Even if you complete a marathon, there will be others out there who completed the flash race. It’s an endless cycle when you compare yourself to others all the time.

Set your own benchmark. Be proud of yourself if you’re making progress. Some people progress faster than others will. That’s okay. Life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.

Focus on what you can do to improve yourself instead of comparing yourself to other people. Keep growing, setting goals, and moving forward, one step at a time, and you will continually impress yourself.


It doesn’t matter how slowly we go. What matters is that we keep going.

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Aly Walansky- There are lots of causes that could explain why everyone seems to be reaching for a glass of English sparkling wine these days.

-It could be thanks to the warming climate creating riper grapes (and better wine)

or

-Perhaps it's the growing fascination with the British royal family.

or

-Maybe it's an increased appreciation of sparkling wine from regions other than France, whichever reason you may pick, the wines of England are having a moment right now.


In fact, according to Vivino's 2019 wine trends research, English bubbles are just growing in popularity. English Sparkling wine is seeing a 32% increase in reviews in 2018, says Vivino.

That makes Valentine's Day this year a great time to pop the cork, British style, with these amazing sparkling wines from England.


Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve


Hattingley Valley is a family-owned vineyard in Hampshire, England which specializes in making premium English sparkling wines using the traditional method.  Their Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve ($50)  is a classic toasty glass of bubbles that is pale gold in color with the flavors of vibrant baked apple, creamy nougat and brioche.


Chapel Down Three Graces Brut 2011


Chapel Down is probably the most known English winery, and for good reason. Chapel Down has been served at Buckingham Palace, most notably at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding.  Three Graces Brut 2011 ($60)  has complex aromas of ripe red apple, buttered brioche and toasted hazelnuts that will leave a (royally, we think) rich and elegant long finish.


Exton Park Brut Reserve NV

Exton Park Vineyard is an award-winning English sparkling wine producer located on the slopes of Hampshire’s South Downs National Park. Exton Park Brut Reserve NV ($36) is elegant, made from a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% of Chardonnay wines that while delicious with that surf and turf you have planned for dinner will also be delicious with that chocolate dessert. This one has an intense backbone and very long finish with some white pepper notes.


Wiston Estate Blanc de Blancs 2010


The beautiful family-run Wiston Estate is located in South Downs in West Sussex. (Yes, it makes us think of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, too!)  Wiston Estate Blanc de Blancs 2010 ($40)  is 100% Chardonnay and pressed in a traditional Coquard basket press – just like is used in the Champagne region - and the bubbles taste like layers of honey, truffle, and white peach, making it an elegant and complex wine with a long finish.


Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

Nyetimber is known to be a bit of a pioneer in the English sparkling wine world because they were the first producer of English sparkling wine to exclusively grow the three celebrated grape varieties, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. This Classic Cuvee ($60 is the essence of pure Chardonnay, with florals and citrus and a bit of vanilla note at the end and a complex finish.


Bolney Estate Blanc de Blancs 2013

Bolney Wine Estate is one of the oldest established English vineyards.  Bolney Estate Blanc de Blancs 2013 ($50) is a vintage dry sparkling wine that is full-bodied with crisp citrus notes and a smooth texture and subtle notes of fruit that would make this wine perfect to pair with oysters or a cheese plate at the beginning of your Valentine's evening.


Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2014


Ridgeview is also based in Sussex, at the base of the chalky South Downs in the county of East Sussex.  They have a royal tie-in as well: Their sparkling wine is regularly served by Her Majesty the Queen and is the official reception sparkling wine at No. 10 government receptions! Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2014 ($53) is light golden in color with citrus aromas and hints of melon and honey.

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On February 4, 1959, Lawrence Julius Taylor, one of the best defensive players in NFL history, is born in Williamsburg, Virginia. Taylor went on to play his entire 13-season professional career with the New York Giants and is credited with redefining the position of outside linebacker and terrorizing a generation of NFL quarterbacks.


Taylor didn’t start playing organized football until his junior year of high school when a coach recruited him for his size. Taylor attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was an All-America player known for his intense, hard-hitting style. The New York Giants selected the 6’3” Taylor as the second overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft on April 12 and that season he went on to be named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. He helped the team make it to their first playoff appearance since 1963 and quickly established himself as a star in New York, dazzling football fans with his speed, strength, and fearlessness.


In 1986, Taylor recorded 20.5 sacks and was named the NFL’s MVP, the first defensive player to receive the honor since Alan Page of the Minnesota Vikings in 1971. He also led the Giants to a Super Bowl victory, the team’s first championship since 1956. The Giants would claim another Super Bowl championship in 1990. Before retiring after the 1993 season, “L.T.,” as he was known, was named to the All-Pro team 10 times and recorded 132.5 sacks (which doesn’t include his 9.5 sacks in 1981, as the NFL didn’t make sacks an official stat until 1982) 1,088 tackles, 11 fumble recoveries and nine interceptions.


Off the football field, Taylor led a fast-lane lifestyle and struggled with substance-abuse issues. In 1987, he tested positive for cocaine use and the following year, after failing a second drug test, received a 30-day suspension from football. In his 2003 autobiography, “L.T.: Over the Edge,” he admitted to cheating on NFL drug tests by using urine from other players. After retiring from football, the legendary linebacker’s hard-partying ways continued. He did stints in rehab and was arrested several times on drug charges before getting sober.


After hanging up his football helmet, Taylor worked as a TV sports commentator and actor, appearing in such films as Any Given Sunday and The Waterboy. In 1999, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot.


Source: https://www.history.com/author/history

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How often do you go back in history?

Not very often I suppose. We probably just scrape off the surface, eat what the headline offers us and wait in a spiral line for the next headline.

Before the presidential election lets go back few steps to 17 December 1942 in the life of Muhammadu Buhari.


Muhammadu Buhari was born to a  Fulani family on the 17th of  December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and his mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother after his father passed on when he was only four years old.


SECOND JUNTA: 1983-1999

Four years into its Second Republic, Nigeria was hit with yet another coup. This time, the coup outed civilian President Shehu Shagari and ushered in Major General Muhammadu Buhari - the now President of Nigeria. Eerily similar to his current administration, General Buhari prioritized the fight against Nigeria's old friend - corruption - and he took over when the country was at the cusp of an economic downturn.

His 1983-1985 regime was notably suppressive in its response to criticism. This was thanks to the Protection Against False Accusations Decree, otherwise known as Decree No. 4, which led to the imprisonment of journalists. As a result, Buhari was labeled as a human rights violator — a common label among most Nigerian military Heads of State. He

surprisingly gained a somewhat international reputation, following the arrest and imprisonment of Fela Kuti before his much publicized 1984 American tour. Fela’s song Beast of No Nation is largely about him.


Buhari's war against corruption

Buhari mounted an offensive against entrenched interests. In 20 months as Head of State, about 500 politicians, officials, and businessmen were jailed for corruption during his stewardship.

Detainees were released after releasing sums to the government and agreeing to meet certain conditions.

Buhari was Popular for: War against Indiscipline; The Umaru Dikko Affair.

The Umaru Dikko Affair was another defining moment in Buhari's military government.

Umaru Dikko, a former Minister of Transportation under the previous civilian administration of President Shagari who fled the country shortly after the coup, was accused of embezzling $1 billion in oil profits. With the help of an alleged former Mossad agent, the NSO traced him to London, where operatives from Nigeria and Israel drugged and kidnapped him. They placed him in a plastic bag, which was subsequently hidden inside a crate labelled as "Diplomatic Baggage". The purpose of this secret operation was to ship Dikko off to Nigeria on an empty Nigerian Airways Boeing 707, to stand trial for embezzlement. The plot was foiled by British airport officers.

Buhari's administration enacted three decrees to investigate corruption and control foreign exchange. The Banking (Freezing of Accounts) Decree of 1984, allotted to the Federal Military Government the power to freeze bank accounts of persons suspected to have committed fraud. The Recovery of Public Property (Special Military Tribunals) Decree permitted the government to investigate the assets of public officials linked with corruption and constitute a military tribunal to try such persons. The Exchange Control (Anti-Sabotage) Decree stated penalties for violators of foreign exchange laws.



Political Pursuit

Buhari unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015.


Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a "converted democrat"

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A new National Minimum Wage bill has been passed by the House of Representatives. Next, the bill will be sent to the Senate for its confirmation prior to final endorsement by the President. It is anticipated that the amendment bill will be endorsed by the Senate without much opposition.

The Nigerian Minimum Wage Act governs the minimum wages in the country. As such, there is only one minimum wage act and it covers both the public sector as well as the private sector. Besides, it covers workers at the federal, state and local government levels. Primarily speaking, the minimum wage is determined at the national level between the government, labor and the employers of the public sector and private sector. Furthermore, it is noticeable that the minimum wages are calculated on monthly basis conceding that the average working period is of 8 hours daily and 5 days on a weekly basis. Implicitly, the national minimum wage is a function of the cost of living, inflation and other relevant statistical data from the National Bureau of Statistics, etc. Any adjustment to the minimum wage is done on a periodic basis (3 years, on an average) where the labor, government, and employers make a recommendation to the federal government (Presidency). Finally, in cases where the tenets of the Act are not followed, an individual may register a complaint to the labor inspectorate.

As per the tenets of the amendment bill, the Minimum Wage Amendment Act 2011 is slated to increase the minimum wage from N18000 to N27000. Furthermore, it may be noted that N30000 would be acceptable as the minimum wage for federal employees while N27000 would be acceptable as minimum wages for the state and private sector workers. It is anticipated that the Bill amendment would result in countering inflationary tendencies and meet the demands of the cost of living.

 


Stuti Saxena  is a contributor on Blueprintafric,


Stuti is a follower of Open Government Data (OGD) as a research theme. She is a research scholar at the Central University of Haryana in the Political Science Department. Hitherto, where she has been associated with the National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad, Indian Institutes of Management, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Indore, and ICFAI, Hyderabad in diverse roles. Stuti holds an MPhil degree in Public Administration from Lucknow University.

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By Senator Babafemi Ojudu


Fourth town hall in Lagos in a row. Back to back Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday addressed the Christian community at The Grill in Ikeja, Igbo residents in Lagos in another function hall in The Grill, a group of disaffected politicians in Lagos at The Regency Hall in Alausa and youths and professionals in Lekki.


Hundreds of them were there and he some questions, many of which will try a fainthearted person. He then moved to address representatives of Igbos in Lagos and he took time to address their concern.


By the time he reeled out a list of Buhari appointees of Igbo origin and the projects ongoing in the East, the issues of marginalization and “non juicy” appointments fizzled out like smoke.


From there it was to Lekki where young men and women drilled him on issues of economy, unemployment, and corruption.


For the disaffected politicians, he generally pleaded with them to be patient while they remain committed to their party and its objectives.


With candor he took every question and patiently explained what appears as a grey area in government policy, giving statistics here, examples there and throwing wits and humor in between.


It is surprising the little the people know, or do we say, are willing to know. For example, how can anyone say that Ministries such as Trade and Investment, Education, Technology, Labour are not important or “juicy” enough for the Igbos?


Or that the CBN governor and other Igbos from Delta State are no Igbos and therefore whichever position they are holding is not countable for Igbos.


He also addressed the issue of who gets the Presidency in 2023. He told the audience it is the votes that will determine. Let the South West, the South East as well as the South-South go and mobilize the vote and whoever brings the highest number of votes on the table pick the trophy.


Overall it was a good day and very useful interaction between the leader and the led, one that has not been experienced on this scale before.


To cap it all Osinbajo walked into Ikeja City Mall where he had engagement with the Tejuosho’s who run a bookshop.


He made a stop at a couple of shops. It was an afternoon of a thousand cameras. The young shoppers on seeing him could not resist the temptation to whip out their phones and took selfies with him.


He did it with the patience of a shepherd and his herds. Before we left the scene scores of the photographs taken were getting back to us and a particular one with an actor in it had under three hours attracted close to 20,000 likes.


This, in short, is a life in the day of this passionate junior partner in the task of building a great Nigeria.

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Before you turn around to that face pissing you off today and dump a whole dictionary of cruel words on the poor face; take a deep breath, look them in the eye and ask "Are you having a bad day?"
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“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” –
 

Zig Ziglar

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It's TUESDAY! And since its CHOOSEDAY: Choose to Smile Choose to be Happy Choose to Love Choose to Bless Choose to be a Blessing Choose t be Humble Choose o be Patient Choose to be Kind... and above all Choose God to guide your Life. HAPPY TUESDAY!
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“Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today!“


Steve Maraboli

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