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Toning Your Talent

Toning Your Talent is a book written by Makhotso Ketsi.

This personal development book focuses on; Practical guidelines in turning passion into fortune to overcome unemployment.

This book introduces basic guidelines for teenagers, young entrepreneurs and prospective professionals to overcome unemployment. Applying the principles in this book induces innovation and entrepreneurship mindset.

It is an easy tested tool for finding one’s purpose in life and pursuing it – it is based on true experience. A simple recipe in turning passion into a fortune that is also relevant in introducing personal and professional development.

It further specifically persuades the future generations to catch and hold on to the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship lest it dies in their hands.

According to the author – Makhotso Ketsi; “My intention with this book is to produce young pioneers and bulldozers who will take over their communities with their talent or passion while creating jobs.
Teenagers are at the stage of self-discovery and most of them are in primary and high schools with so much energy that if well directed and coached they can do wonders.”

In this book, Makhotso Ketsi also shared her own story of self-discovery – her walk with innovation and entrepreneurship in Lesotho.
Makhotso Ketsi has sought to demonstrate how important it is to take bold steps towards achieving your dream; how those small thoughts, ideas, and efforts have contributed to what is now such a beautiful story – the manufacturing and commercialization of products locally.
Makhotso Ketsi personal story also seeks to show that you don’t have to move mountains to bring about change. No matter how small your idea, or how crazy your thought might seem, pursue it.

Makhotso Ketsi also added; “You should, therefore, start preparing your mindset so that when the relay baton (lesokoana) lands in your hands, you will be ready to take over and not let the motive die in your hands.”

All young people in the world must get this clear: without being innovative and entrepreneurial, the law of natural selection will overpower you and unemployment will be inevitable.
The only way to escape this is by starting to tone your talent now and cultivate the right mindset.

You can order yours from Amazon or bookstores in your country.

 

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Conversations with Myself – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela disappeared at age 44, into prison. For the next quarter of a century, he became a mystery man, the missing leader. And when he finally emerged victorious in 1990, there was a pent-up demand to hear from him.

Nelson Mandela is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, having worked tirelessly – and faced prison to help bring about his dream of ending apartheid. He has bestowed his entire extant personal papers, which offer an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.

Conversations with Myself draws on Mandela’s personal archive of never-before-seen materials to offer unique access to the private world of an incomparable world leader. Journals kept on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle of the early 1960s; diaries and draft letters written in Robben Island and other South African prisons during his twenty-seven years of incarceration; notebooks from the post-apartheid transition; private recorded conversations; speeches and correspondence written during his presidency – a historic collection of documents archived at the Nelson Mandela Foundation is brought together into a sweeping narrative of great immediacy and stunning power.

Although many books have been written about the life of Mandela, Conversations with Myself offers a more intimate look at the iconic former South African president.

This book gives unique access into the private thoughts of this world leader throughout his remarkable life; creating a read that is not only compelling and fascinating but utterly inspiring for anybody longing to achieve their dreams and make a difference.

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9 declarations to reclaim your personal power

In the book, ‘Motivation Manifesto’, Brendon Burchard lists 9 declarations we can make use of in reclaiming our personal power.

The book centers on how we can have personal freedom so that our lives can be motivated and meaningful as well as free from fear and oppression.

There are three attributes of the human nature discussed in the book. These attributes include: personal freedom, fear and motivation. The author encourages us to break free from the chains of fear and oppression as this is the only way we can enjoy genuineness and joy. Freedom will also help us live a free life such that we can pursue all our dreams and live the life we have always dreamed of.

Freedom can be achieved by knowing and practicing the 9 declarations of power namely:

1) We Shall Meet Life with Full Presence and Power

To experience the kind of life that we desire, we need to focus fully on the present. This means that we have to let go of the past, forget about the future and focus more on reality. To do this, we would need to be aware and conscious of ourselves, be proactive in shaping our lives, protect our mind from unwanted information, work hard to achieve our dreams, become interested in caring for those around us as well as leading and uniting everyone around us.

2) We Shall Reclaim Our Agenda

This declaration encourages us to face our agenda and goals squarely. We are encouraged to overcome all forms of distractions and rather seek clarity, direction, and progress in everything we do. One way to do this is by writing down our goals-what we truly want from our lives. Once we write them down, we are to pursue our goals with real force, will and consistency. We should not give into the expectations of others around us. We should focus on what we want and work hard at achieving it.

3) We Shall Defeat Our Demons

Our greatest enemy lives within us. We can describe this enemy as a demon with three terrible heads namely: doubt, delay and division. We can deal with this demon by avoiding negative words and languages, taking action instead of delaying and loving others rather than having a negative perception of them.

4) We Shall Advance with Abandon

In the fight for our dreams, we will come across struggles and progress. Irrespective of what we are faced with, we should do our best to fight for our dreams every time. We do not need any one’s permission to do this. There is in fact never a perfect time. The right time is now.

5) We Shall Practice Joy and Gratitude

To truly master our lives, we need to be joyous and grateful in the face of hardship, pain and injustice. This will require us to be happy doing small things and always be expectant of good things. We need to make this our daily habit. We can do this by always asking ourselves, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how much joy and gratitude am I bringing to this moment?”

6) We Shall Not Break Integrity

Integrity is key in our journey to success. According to Brendon Burchard, there are six practices of integrity which we should all endeavor to follow. They include:

  • Think before we act;
  • Never commit to anything we lack passion in;
  • Keep our word;
  • Always treat others with respect;
  • Tell the truth; and
  • Always favour action.

7) We Shall Amplify Love

The book, ‘Motivation Manifesto’ encourages us to give and live in love. Living in love has a way of producing positive energy in us. Love is however not just an intention but rather action.

8) We Shall Inspire Greatness

We can only achieve greatness in life if we choose to live above the standards the world has set for us. There are 9 virtues of greatness namely:

 

  • Honesty
  • Responsibility
  • Intelligence
  • Excellence
  • Courage
  • Respect for others
  • Vigilance
  • Service
  • Unity

9) We shall Slow Time

We need to take on practices that help us get more involved with the moment rather than not being aware of what is happening in our environment. To ensure that we slow time, we need to take deep and long breaths as well as ensure that our five senses absorb the moment fully and are in tune with our immediate environment.

 

 

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Wisdom For Africans

Wisdom for Africans

Michael Nichol kamara from Sierra Leone, is a writer, Child right fighter, Founder and president of talented writer’s in Sierra Leone.

His book titled; Wisdom for Africans (the voice of an African), is an anthology written by Michael Nichol Kamara.
This African product contains twenty-eight (28) poems and thirty (30) proverbs all in the African setting.

Wisdom for Africans

This book also highlights different African related problems and technically proffer solutions to the problems mentioned.

Wisdom for Africans clearly projects the real image of Africa in the area of culture, tradition, rights of girls, politics in Africa and many more.

The aim of this book is to project the real image of Africa to the globe and explore the writing talent young writers in Sierra Leone.

This book is available for sale for twenty-five thousand Leones (25,000le).

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Who Moved Your Cheese?

 

‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ is a 90-page book with 4 characters. It tells the story of four characters two of which are mice named Sniff and Scurry while the other two are humans. The humans are the same size as the mice and they are called Hem and Haw. All four of them live in a maze. They all have to look for cheese every day in order to survive.

The mice work with a strategy of creating a pathway to lead them to one cheese daily. The humans, on the other hand, feel that they are more enlightened and as such work with no strategy.

In their constant search for cheese, they all find a lot of cheese in a particular place. They believe this cheese will last them for the last time and so they stay too long at that point.

The humans, in fact, become relaxed and proud showing off their cheese while the mice are more vigilant as they check their cheese to see if it is reducing. Just as they predicted, the cheese finally runs out. The humans, on the other hand, are more relaxed to even notice this. They keep looking for cheese within their comfort zone, they are too scared to leave the maze.

Hem and Haw, the two humans in the story keep hoping that the cheese will appear again. They believe they have worked too hard for the cheese. All they do is complain without taking action.

After waiting for a long time, they realise that nothing has changed. The cheese they have been waiting for refuses to arrive. This makes them scream angrily, “WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?”

The mice who have since anticipated that the cheese will finish eventually look for new ways to find cheese. They soon find a place filled with cheese of different variants.

As time goes on, Hem, one of the human eventually decides to leave his comfort zone by trying new areas within and outside the maze. He persistently tries to find cheese and eventually finds what he has been looking for. He, of course, reunites with the mice who have long discovered this new place that has a tremendous amount of cheese.

The story is indeed a very interesting one and is a must read for everyone.

Unfortunately, most of us are like the humans in the story, we think the world owes us, the government owes us, our parents owe us, the list is indeed endless. The truth is no body owes you anything. Whatever you are and whatever you will is up to you,

The following are some lessons presented in the book and the same is true about life:

  • Change is Inevitable-the cheese keeps moving.
  • Anticipate Change– Expect that the cheese can move anytime
  • Monitor Change– Always evaluate the cheese to know when it is reducing
  • Get used to change quickly– You can only enjoy new cheese when you quickly let go of the old
  • Change: As the cheese moves, ensure you change your strategy even if it involves moving with the cheese.
  • Enjoy change: Enjoy the adventure of discovering new thing (new cheese)

 

 

 

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7 habits of highly effective people

It is not enough to want to succeed. You need to know the principles for success and put them into practice.

Steven Covey, the author of the book ‘7 habits of highly effective people’, explains in details certain habits that will make you effective in life.

Success in life, however, begins in your mind. Our perception of the world and life in general is a product of our mind set. To change your life, you need to begin by changing your mind set.

The first 3 habits (1, 2, 3) of highly effective people focuses on self-mastery and a movement from dependence to independence.

The next 3 habits (4, 5, 6) focus on teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills. These habits also focus on moving from independence to interdependence.

The 7th habit focuses on consistent growth and improvement.

Let’s take a deeper look at the seven habits that will make you effective in life and help you achieve the success you have always dreamed of.

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Your life is in your hands. Everything that happens in your life is a result of your choices.

While reactive people wait for things to happen, proactive people make things happen. Proactive people understand that they are responsible for their success and so they work consciously to ensure that they achieve success.

When it comes to success in life, you are either reactive or proactive.  Being proactive is, however, a sure way to ensure effectiveness.

 Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

For everything you do, always begin with the end in mind. This gives you focus and ensures that you take the necessary steps towards achieving your goals.

Habit 3: Put first things first

Be disciplined. Put first things first. Actions in your day to day life must align with your goals. Don’t just wake up without a plan. Have the will power to do something even when you don’t feel like it. This is a sure way to ensure effectiveness and success in life.

Habit 4: Think win-win

Create effective interdependent. In this kind of relationship, both parties in a relationship are winners, nobody loses. This prevents us from trying to manipulate others in a bid to make progress with our own plans. Don’t achieve your goals without putting others into consideration.

Habit 5: Seek first to understand then be understood

In our interactions with others, we need to practice emphatic listening by understanding them in a bid to offer solutions that meet their needs.

You have to build the skills of empathic listening on a base of character that inspires openness and trust.” -Stephen Covey

Seeking to understand requires consideration; seeking to be understood takes courage.” -Stephen Covey

 Habit 6: Synergise

All the aforementioned habits prepare us for the habit of synergising. This habit helps us understand and celebrate another person’s differences. This in turn allows for openness and creativity.

Habit 7: Sharpen the saw

This habit is focused on renewal. We need to take out time to renew ourselves physically, spiritually, socially, mentally and emotionally. Renewal helps us practice each habit as well as achieve effectiveness.

All these habits need to be practiced consistently overtime to ensure effectiveness in life.

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