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Friday Book Review with Chuks | Overcoming Crisis by Myles Munroe.

Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and grow their growth.

Myles Munroe

I’ve been so busy that I’ve not posted on my blog for days. I really want to post and then backdate it, but I’ve told myself that I will not.


So that you can see my process too. It’s tough. It’s not easy.

However, progress is the name not perfection. This is not an excuse for my slacking, but I hope you learn too.

Here are ten things you can do in crisis that I got from the book: Overcoming Crisis by Myles Munroe.


What you see as crisis, God sees as opportunity an opportunity for growth.

Myles Munroe

1. Initiate Solution

Don’t wait for things to change. Become proactive and change things, even in this covid-19 crisis.

2. Place Demand on your Potential

My personal experience: I just did my first Instagram live training few hours ago. and guess what? In used Instagram live for the first time, last night.

See the picture:

3. Test the creativity of your team

As an employee, this can mean your colleagues or master mind group. Try something with them. Run a test on an idea.

4. Believe in your ability to solve problems

For me, this should come first. If you don’t believe you can solve problems, you’ll do nothing. Covid-19 has paralysed so many in their minds. But don’t allow it.

5. Look at what you have not what you don’t have

I hope someone hears this!

What do you have? Your smartphone? A house? A laptop? WiFi? Data?

6. Study what you have

When you do this, you’ll see the value in what you have. We undermine what we have because we’ve not studied it.

7. Look for the potential of your resources

This will happen as you do number 6. Trust me, it will.

8. See beyond the norm

Don’t limit yourself.

Think about doing what you’ve not done before just like what I did with Instagram live. Use the Nike style: Just Do It!

9. Understand the true nature of your resources

From the book, Myles said that some of our resources are physical while the others are intangible. Get to know the difference and utilise them.

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10. Act on faith

Now don’t sit their and just read and open another tab. Take a decision now and do something. Start that book.

This is the most important part.


And now is the right time to.

Don’t waste covid-19. Please don’t.

And remember to stay safe.

Friday Book Review with Chuks | Start With Why by Simon Sinek

In reading this review, exchange company or organization for your name or “a person”.

And at certain times, just take in the lesson fully.

Every single company and organization on the planet knows WHAT they do. Some companies and people know HOW they do WHAT they do. Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do.

People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.

Knowing WHY is essential for lasting success and the ability to avoid being lumped in with others.

(This is why building your personal brand as an employee is important to me. You don’t get lumped up. You’re a distinct person already. Why reduce to being common? 😮 Let’s continue…)

Knowing your WHY is not the only way to be successful, but it is the only way to maintain a lasting success and have a greater blend of innovation and flexibility.

(I experience this virtually everyday as an employee. Ideas don’t get shut down. I only get tired. My WHY keeps the inspiration always.)

When a WHY goes fuzzy, it becomes much more difficult to maintain the growth, loyalty, and inspiration that helped drive the original success.

(This happens over time. Thus, the need for seasonal retreats.)

“‘Instead of asking, ‘WHAT should we do to compete?’ you need to ask yourself, ‘WHY did we start doing WHAT we’re doing in the first place, and WHAT can we do to bring our cause to life considering all the technologies and market opportunities available today?‘”

(As an employee, this will be difficult if you’re working in an organization that is not connected to your WHY.)

We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the ability to inspire us.

Great leaders are those who trust their gut. They are those who understand the art before the science. They win hearts before minds. They are the ones who start with WHY.

If a company does not have a clear sense of WHY then it is impossible for the outside world to perceive anything more than WHAT the company does.

(Hmmm… My goodness!)

When the WHY is absent, imbalance is produced and manipulations thrive. And when manipulations thrive, uncertainty increases for buyers, instability increases for sellers and stress increases for all.

(Again, take a look at persons who know their WHY… Their moves and attitude is different. No manipulation.)

Only when the WHY is clear and when people believe what you believe can a true loyal relationship develop.

(Yeah! When I converse with highschool students, there’s a connect I get instantly. Why? They feel my WHY even before we converse.)

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The goal of business should not be to do business with anyone who simply wants what you have. It should be to focus on the people who believe what you believe.

(Seth Godin calls it Tribe.)

When we are selective about doing business only with those who believe in our WHY, trust emerges.

(Why? You truly care for the person. Sometimes you can’t help it. One day, one of my students said this to me: “Mr. Chialuka, why are you so obsessed about teenagers?”… That alone blew me up. She’s experienced something different.)

Trust begins to emerge when we have a sense that another person or organization is driven by things other than their own self-gain.”

(Just like the other statement.)

If the people inside a company are told to come to work and just do their job, that’s all they will do. If they are constantly reminded WHY the company was founded and told to always look for ways to bring that cause to life while performing their job, however, then they will do more than their job.

(A deep lesson for company owners and you too if you want to own businesses.)

When people come to work with a higher sense of purpose, they find it easier to weather hard times or even to find opportunity in those hard times.

(On my post, three days ago, I said something like that. Those who will thrive in this times are those with a compelling vision.)

Clarity of purpose, cause or belief is important, but it is equally important that people hear you.

(Yes! I’ve been waiting for this. If you have a WHY, people need to know about it. Allow it to show. There is the natural energy that releases it to people that come around you but beyond that, we need to add to that aura and that can include our social media presence. Who knows about your WHY? You see this blog, I’m using it to express my WHY.)

For a WHY to have the power to move people it must not only be clear, it must be amplified to reach enough people to tip the scale.

(Still like the last. That is why building a personal brand is important.)

Why personal branding is more important than ever for the C-suite.

A clear sense of WHY sets expectations. When we don’t know an organization’s WHY, we don’t know what to expect, so we expect the minimum—price, quality, service, features—the commodity stuff. But when we do have a sense for the WHY, we expect more.

(This is vital for entrepreneurs. Don’t look back! Remember, today’s employees are hybrids. I call them entreployees. They possess the entrepreneur’s nature.)

A symbol cannot have any deep meaning until we know WHY it exists in terms bigger than simply to identify the company.

For a logo to become a symbol, people must be inspired to use that logo to say something about who they are.


If WHAT you do doesn’t prove what you believe, then no one will know what your WHY is and you’ll be forced to compete on price, service, quality, features and benefits; the stuff of commodities.

(Crystal truth. Clearly stated. The reason you are competing is because you don’t know your WHY.)

It is not just WHAT or HOW you do things that matters; what matters more is that WHAT and HOW you do things is consistent with your WHY.

(Another resonance!)

“‘If a company tries too many times to “seize market opportunities” inconsistent with their WHY over time, their WHY will go fuzzy and their ability to inspire and command loyalty will deteriorate.'”

(What do people around you know you with today? Is it the same three years ago? Will it be the same five years from now?)

Achievement comes when you pursue and attain WHAT you want. Success comes when you are clear in pursuit of WHY you want it.

(This is game over!)

For passion to survive, it needs structure. A WHY without the HOWs, passion without structure, has a very high probability of failure.

(So, your job should be one of the structures… You get it?)


Finding WHY is a process of discovery, not invention.

(Yeah. I say it this way, “Your WHY is never clear. It only gets clearer”.)

There is a difference between running with all your heart with your eyes closed and running with all your heart with your eyes wide open.

(I don’t know what to say here 😀. Help me in the comment area…)

When you compete against everyone else, no one wants to help you. But when you compete against yourself, everyone wants to help you.

(Game over 2.0!… Lol…)

What if we showed up to work every day simply to be better than ourselves? What if the goal was to do better work this week than we did the week before? To make this month better than last month? For no other reason than because we want to leave the organization in a better state than we found it?

(Read it again: “What if I showed up…?”)

Finally, do you have a WHY for the job you do?

I can hear someone say, “Should I leave my job because I don’t have a WHY?”

Well, we’ll look at that tomorrow.

What should I do when my job does not connect with my WHY?

FRIDAY BOOK REVIEW WITH CHUKS | Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew Grove.

The ability to recognize that the winds have shifted and to take appropriate action before you wreck your boat is crucial to the future of an enterprise.

Andrew Grove

While Grove addresses this to businesses, can I tell you that your career is your business? And you the CEO?

Covid-19 is teaching everyone a serious lesson. But few are taking notes.


That’s humans for you. We don’t listen hard. We don’t read between lines. So history keeps repeating itself.

According to a post on, nearly 200 million people could end up out of work during this covid-19 pandemic.

And if you’ve not lost yours, how can you stay guarded so you can control your career journey?

That’s what Grove has given us – not answers but questions to trigger our minds.

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1). What do you think the nature of your industry is going to be in two or three years?

Go online and type the future of work… (type your field). Open the first five pages and read for yourself.

2). Is this an industry you want to be part of?

This is a self check and it’s good we’re at home. Think about your future and career. Do you still want to be part of this field? Are you sure? You want to switch?

3). Is your employer in a good position to succeed in this industry?

“How can you motivate yourself,” he asked, “to continue to follow a leader when he appears to be going around in circles?”

I’ve thought about this and sure I know my decision relation to this. Don’t be sentimental here. Think. It’s your career remember and your life.

4). What skills do you need to progress in your career in this new landscape?

“On the other hand, when there’s a fundamental change in the industry and you don’t change your skills,” Grove said, “you will lose at both winning companies and losing companies. That is a situation that can be classified as career inflection point.”

Very key.

The first question will give you a clue to this. As you check the future of work in that field, you’ll see the skills needed.

5). Do you have a role model of the person who has the career today that you want to achieve?

Also important.

No sentiments here again. I repeat, no sentiments. Who can you follow in your supposed career? Who can show you the way in your chosen field of pursuit?

My final take is one of his quotes from the book:

The sad news is that, nobody owes you a career. Your career is literally your business. You own it as a sole proprietor. You have one employee: yourself. You are in competition with millions of similar businesses: millions of other employees all over the world. You need to accept ownership of your career, your skills and the timing of your moves. It is your responsibility to protect this personal business of yours from harm and to position it to benefit from the changes in the environment. Nobody else can do that for you.

Andrew Grove

Can you turn it to goodnews?

FRIDAY BOOK REVIEW WITH CHUKS | Advancing Your Career: How to Protect Your Job in a Recession (HBR).

  • Learn to act like a survivor.
  • Your boss needs encouragement. Show concern.
  • Be a corporate citizen.

(I have three gifts for you at the end of this post. But read through so that you can enjoy it.)

I know you have a lot in your mind – from CNN to BBC to Al-jazeera news. Admittedly, if permitted, you have something to say to CNN, BBC, Al-jazeera and the world about your experience so far.

Part of the experience might be panic over potential job loss. Lots of employees are being laid off as organizations can’t carry their burden in this crisis.

So, you might want to ask, “How do I protect my job? What can I do to avoid being a victim of job loss?”That’s exactly what Janet Banks and Diane Coutu have given in this chapter of the book: Advancing Your Career. The chapter starts with this:

IN A TROUBLED ECONOMY, job eliminations and hiring freezes seem almost routine, but when your own company’s woes start to make headlines, it all hits home. Intellectually, you understand that downsizing isn’t personal; it’s a law of commerce, but your heart sinks at the prospect of losing your position.

At this point, it’s gone beyond commerce. The virus is proving stronger, and that’s why commerce is bowing while the loss of jobs are increasing.

Here are the steps you can take to stand against job loss:

ACT LIKE A SURVIVOR”How do you act like a survivor?

  • “Demonstrate confidence and cheerfulness” 😀

Whether at home or still working, don’t allow fear to grip you. It’s a mind game first before it shows up.

Does it mean you ignore the heat? No. Do you allow it overload you? No either.

  • “Keep your eyes on the future”

It’s hard to do this now with all newsrooms telling you the negatives non-stop but as the authors gave an illustration, thus, “Studies of concentration camp victims show that people made it through by imagining a future for themselves.”In another line, they said, “We’ve seen that luck plays an important role, survival is most often the result of staring reality in the face and making concrete plans to shape the future.”

The authors also gave a profound thought on how to think about your customers relation to the future:

“In your job, there’s no better way to look forward than to stay focused on customers for without them no one will have a job in the future. Anticipating the needs of your customers both external and internal, should be your top priority. Prove your value to the firm by showing your relevance to the work at hand, which may have shifted since the economy softened. Your job is less likely to be eliminated if customers find that your contribution is indispensable.”

  • “Wear multiple hats”

Take a look at Anne’s story to illustrate this:

Take the case of Anne, a manager at a large New England insurance company. During a reorganization, Anne found herself vying for a position with a colleague who had far less industry experience than she did.

When she learned that she and her department would be folded under this colleague’s department, Anne realized that she had one choice if she wanted to keep her job – use her significant influence to support her new manager. So she publicly threw herself behind the colleague.

In turn, he gave her the loyalty she felt she deserved. Anne’s attitude demonstrated commitment to the company – something that was noticed by the management. A year later, Anne got new responsibilities that led to a prestigious board appointment.

What roles would you want to take to see that your organization makes progress?


  • “Empathize”

“Your ability to empathize can demonstrate a maturity that is invaluable to the company, ” they said.

It can be as little as trying to know how the organization is doing… You can send a mail or a text to encourage your boss in this turbulence season.

This alone can be the eraser that cleans your name from the potential “job loss” list.

  • “Unite and inspire your colleagues”

The Isaac story.

At an international financial services company that had endured a 20% staff reduction, morale had plummeted. Isaac, a learning and development VP, assembled a team of volunteers who created a live radio show that engaged even cynical employees. It included a soap opera that kept staff laughing and waiting for the next episode.

And it gave executives a platform to share key information, such as the company’s performance and structural changes. Morale improved, and Isaac eventually became head of management and leadership development.

What action can you take to unite your colleagues together?Maybe a Whatsapp group can do something or if it exist already, try something uplifting on the group with caution though.

You might be saving yourself from job loss.“BECOME A CORPORATE CITIZEN”Let’s see how Linda exhibited this…

Linda, a VP in operations, who worked in a large company that needed to cut costs. Management came up with the idea of shared service centers to avoid duplication of effort in staff functions in areas such as compensation, management training, and strategic planning.

The decision was universally unpopular. Service center jobs had one of the catcher of working in small business units, where customized solutions could be developed. Headquarters objected to losing the elite status they’d enjoyed as corporate experts. When service center jobs were hosted, many high-profile people refused to put their names forward, misjudging their own importance and hoping management would relent. But Linda saw the opportunity and applied for a service center job.

The new position gave her immense visibility and was an immediate promotion. Meanwhile, many of the resisters found themselves standing without a chair when the music stopped… Six years later she reported directly to the president of the company.

If you’re convinced and believe in the vision of the company, then go all the way to make it stand and not fall.

On the tail, the authors advised that if you can’t do again, then decide to neatly exit.

I’ll end with the words of Jim Collins from his well-researched book, HOW THE MIGHTY FALL:

We are not imprisoned by our circumstances, our setbacks, our history, our mistakes, or even staggering defeats along the way. We are freed by our choices.

Just for fun…

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You won’t fall like this…

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You’ll win after this crisis…

Remember to wash your hands and your mind. Stay safe!

Friday Book Review with Chuks | Why Authors Fail by Derek Doepker.

I’ve been struggling personally with writing a book and I felt it might be your personal challenge too.

Writing a book has lots of advantages. Key amongst this is placing you as a thought leader in your field. And if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll discover the direction we’ve been going:

Helping those who love their career create a niche for themselves in that career.

And if this is your goal, because it’s mine too, then I think you’ll need to write books as one way to share your insight and establish your presence.

So, what has Derek Doepker got to say about why authors fail?

Struggling Authors Don’t See the Big Picture From the Start. Why are you writing? What topic do you want to write on? Have you done your research?

Struggling Authors Get Themselves Habitually Distracted. One of my valley zones! I’ve discovered that if you don’t block time to write, it’ll be difficult to accomplish a blog post let alone a book.

Struggling Authors Believe Passion is all it Takes. Writing is bigger than passion. Derek prescribed these: identify the skills you need to develop, practise those skills until you become proficient, identify which skills you can delegate to others and find, hire & manage others with skills that can complete the task.


Struggling Authors Worry About Perfection. I’m getting off this gradually. In fact, if you’ve been following, you’d have seen some errors here too. That’s not to say I don’t try to correct them. Yet, I know that perfection comes from action not waiting.

Struggling Authors Lack Accountability. Everyone is busy. No one wants to complement. Yet, we’ve forgotten that one will chase a thousand but two ten thousand.

Struggling Authors Don’t Know Their Audience. I’m breaking away from this too. And that’s why I’d advice you get to create online platforms to begin to connect with those you want to write for. Try to have physical contact with them too. It helps. You can check this Why Publishers Want Authors With Platforms.

Struggling Authors Don’t Follow Proven Formulas. Another hitch! But be careful. Following a formula does not mean you can’t alter it. It means having a good plan to start with while you can adjust as you proceed.

Struggling Authors Worry Too Much About People Pleasing. There should be a balance between knowing your audience and trying to please everyone. You need to know that every book will be criticized.

Struggling Authors Don’t Deliver Ongoing Value. Hmmm… This is important too. If you want to be a good author, it’s not a one off thing. No. It is not… Start using your Whatsapp to offer value. What about your Facebook page? IG account? Twitter?

Struggling Authors Don’t Innovate. What are you going to do to make your book different? What element will you add to make it more exciting? That can include a quiz in each chapter or a game or a teaser or something… Imitation + Creation = Innovation.

Struggling Authors Don’t Utilize Their Greatest Resources. I was blown off when I saw this… Gush!!! Your greatest resources are fellow writers like you. See what the author said about this one:

Struggling Authors see other authors and authorities as competitors. Successful authors see them as companions.

I’ll stop here. The book contains at least 17 points. To get the real deal off it, you can get a hard copy here or send me a message to get the soft copy.

For me, the one that remains hot is this: authors fail because they refuse to start writing daily.

Friday Book Review with Chuks | Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

Going through Steven Pressfield’s book is making me think deeper. He resounds the principle of work again and again and also… emmm…

I think you just need to go through the content yourself so I don’t spoil your taste.

(How’s the new year? That’s a view from the back of the office, towards a farmland… There have been serious weather fluctuation. Suddenly, we woke up and it’s the harmattan breeze again 😔… I’m in Enugu, Nigeria. What about you?)

So, how do I Turn Pro?

The Points!
  • When we are afraid to pursue our true calling, we pursue a shadow calling instead.
  • The shadow way of living is the way an amateur lives.
  • The more time we spend living this shadow life, the farther we go from the real thing and it gets more difficult to get back to it. (I feel this happens to most young folks. We hide under school, work and degrees. We deceive ourselves whereas we know what we are capable of doing. Yet, for fear and perhaps, to make some persons happy – which might not be bad – we opt for a lower life).
  • Habit is what differentiates the amateur from the professional.
  • Turning PRO starts with a single decision but must be sustained with consistent action.

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Turning Pro is not for everyone. It’s free but requires sacrifice.

When you Turn Pro, your life becomes easier not without challenges (you enjoy the bullets because you know you’re meant for the war).

There’s an unconscious voice that we hear that tells us what our Pro is. Yet, most people ignore it.

The fear of the amateur is the fear of success… the fear of living up to what is meant for him or her.

The amateurs get their identity from others. They are scared of standing out, as being unique.

The Quotes…

“Practise before you need it so that when you do you will have it.”

“Turning Pro is free but it is not easy. You don’t have to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind.”

“Sometimes when we are terrified of embracing our true calling, we’ll pursue a shadow calling instead. That shadow career is a metaphor for our real career.”

“The amateur life is our youth. It’s our hero’s journey. No one is born a Pro. You’ve got to fall before you hit bottom, and sometimes that fall can be a hell of a ride.”

“Resistance hates two qualities above all others: concentration and depth. Why? Because when we work with focus and we work deep, we succeed.”

The amateur prizes shallowness and shuns depth…

“Professionals don’t wait for inspiration, they acts in anticipation of it.” (I pimped this one).

“The Pro will share the wisdom with other professionals – or with amateurs who are committed to becoming professionals.”

“Our intention as artists is to get better to go deeper, to work closer and closer to the bone.”


I need to be Michael Jackson now or William McDowell who both sang songs describing how I feel now:

Speechless and I’m at a loss for words respectively.

Going through the book is just an experience. But let’s see…

Are you a Pro? (And this has nothing to so with whether you’re working with Access Bank or Glo or you have your startup).

Remember he said, it’s not for everyone. Someone will read this and just open a new tab. No problem! But if you’re a Pro, you’ll know.

To close this, think about these few questions:

  • What is making you scared of living that life that’s so visible in your mind?
  • Are you scared of even listening to that voice? (I know that it speaks to everyone. Yes, it does.)
  • Who will live that life if you don’t?

Friday Book Review with Chuks | The 9 Dimensions of Success by David Nielson.

Can you imagine today is 3rd of January, 02:24am and I’m publishing this work now. Is the year running so fast again?

I can hear the fireworks blasting and smelling in my New Year’s night imagination. But you know what, business goes on. Life goes on.

Well, let’s see in this video, what insights David E. Nielson has in his book: The 9 Dimensions of Conscious Success.

I so much love this video because it’s short and the questions for each point is mentioned there. So, as you listen, it’ll be good to have a pen to note them.

For our quotes, we’ll not have it this week. Just have a time to brood on the questions David Nielson raised in the video.

Again, welcome to 2020 and my first post for the year. Why not dive into that project of yours and do something about it now?

It’s not about showing up in the office. Rather you should be able to answer the question, “What did I produce today?” after each day.

Our next book review will be on the 17th of January, 2020. Keep your eyes and heart attuned and don’t let the traffic 🚃🚕 of Lagos (or the busyness of your city) make you loose your peace!

Do have a sweet and successful 2020 building your niche in your career!

FRIDAY BOOK REVIEW WITH CHUKS | MANAGE YOUR DAY TO DAY: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei

Going through this book gives a broader perspective of the time management framework.

I’m in Enugu (Coal City, Nigeria) but I also understand that the vibe in Lagos is on a higher level. Several times, I ask myself,“Do you want to be a local player or a global player? “

This alone gets me thinking and more importantly for 2020, I’m having a whole new structure for my time. Why? I want to be a global player and this book has helped shown me how.

Can we ride and see it?


  • Do your most productive work early in the day and reactive works later in the day.
  • Learn to organize your workspace to inspire work. Like set a particular music or set the tables in a manner that tells your mind it’s time to work.
  • Learn to block out time daily when no one will disturb you no matter what. (I’m personally learning this… So, from 8am till 11am, it’s hard to catch me free.)
  • Schedule time for creative thinking. This can be different from work. It can be early in the morning before dashing out for work.
  • Don’t allow perfectionism eat you up. This has nothing to do not going for the best. However, use all you’ve got to deliver the best you can while knowing when to submit a work and move on to the next.

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  • Much of what we are taught about multitasking is scam. Studies have shown that the tasks that we can multitask effectively are those that are highly automatic like walking and talking… dancing and singing… While in the activities that require our conscious mind, what we do is task switching. And task switching is highly unproductive. The alternative? Finish a task and move or break a task into bits of finishes so you can take breaks at those times.
  • Learn to build renewal into your work day. As you do your work, find time to rest. (This disturbs me the most. The average African employee and employer sees rest as waste of time. We are the least present at vacations. We don’t rest yet the economic systems speak of who is ahead.)
  • One of the authors, Lori Deschene says this about the social media thing:

  • Keep your long term vision or goals in front of you so that it helps when you prioritize your day.
  • Place huge value on your imaginations than on technology.
  • What if you do things everyday at certain times just to play, for fun?


“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” Earl S. Buck

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

“It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” Lena Horne

(I melted when I saw this quote directly above. If you did physics in school, you’ll grab it faster.)

“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.” Jose Ortega

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.” Warren Buffet

“You can do anything but not everything.” David Allen

(Wow! My head is telling that the reason for this is that our time and energy is limited.)

“Look at the word responsibility – RESPONSE-ABILITY – the ability to choose your response.” Stephen Covey

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” William S. Burroughs

“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” John Cleese

(While I agree with the last line of this quote, I disagree with the first line. What do you think?)

“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.” Chuck Close

“The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.” Eugene Delacroix

(Hmmm… I think this doesn’t mean don’t strive for excellence.)

“Creation is in part merely the business of foregoing the great and small distractions.” E. B. White

The Questions?!

The primary question this book poses for me is this: Do I have control over my time? Have I scheduled my most important tasks for the day on the most important times of the day?

Check the 12 points I mentioned above and gauge it with your life.

2020 is coming soon…! The website of the editor of this book

Friday Book Review with Chuks | The 15 Laws of Growth by John Maxwell.

One of the best books I’ve read about personal growth is this. In fact, it’s like a ritual for me to read it before each year starts.

I’ll share few of the laws and insights from the book and if you need it, you can oder for it here.

  • The Law of Intentionality – Growth doesn’t just happen. Waking up and sleeping daily might require no much work but personal growth is different.
  • The Law of Awareness – You must know yourself to grow yourself. In essence, if your colleague in the office goes for a training on content creation yours might be for public speaking, ending what you know you need.
  • The Law of the Mirror – You must see value in yourself to add value to yourself. Don’t you think this might be the reason you’ve not bought those books… you don’t think you deserve it?!
  • The Law of Reflection – Learning to pause allows growth to catch up with you. Just think about it.
  • The Law of Environment – Growth thrives in conducive surroundings. Your company can inspire growth in you or dissuade you from growing.

  • The Law of the Rubber Band – Growth stops when you loose the tension between where you are and where you could be. Hmmm… Are you too comfortable in First Bank that you don’t want to grow again?
  • The Law of Tradeoffs – You have to give up to grow up. Anywhere you want to grow, you must be ready to sacrifice something or else…!
  • The Law of Modelling – It’s hard to improve when you have no one but yourself to follow. Even self made billionaires receive inspiration from others – dead or alive.
  • The Law of the Ladder – Character Growth determines the height of your personal growth.
  • The Law of Contribution – Growing yourself enables you to grow others.

Lots of quotes to look at but then we can just look at these:

“A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.” Bruce Springsteen

“No one can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.” James Russell Lowell

“Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempt to display qualities which he does not possess.” Samuel Johnson

“You cannot win if you do not begin. The people who get ahead in the world are the ones who look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them they make them.” John Maxwell

“Most of the accomplishments I’ve achieved in life I began to attempt before I was really ready.” John Maxwell

“If you put a small value on yourself rest assured the world will not raise the price.” John Maxwell

“There are things in life that you have to work for and there are things you have to wait for.” Anonymous

“The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he working.” Ernest Newman

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment you first find yourself in.” Mark Caine

“God’s gift to us: potential. Our gift to God: developing it.” Unknown

And now the part I love the most… Better is a wise question than an array of unsolicited answers.

  • Do you think you’ll wake up one day in 2020 and notice that you’re a footballer without training?
  • Are there TEDx videos you need to listen to as get more insight into public speaking?
  • What apps are you downloading for 2020 because you know you need them to grow?
  • Do you think the place you live now is inspiring you to dream bigger? What if you begin to spend time at Kilimanjaro restaurant once in a week?
  • Who is the best in your field in Lagos or Enugu or in any state in Nigeria?
  • Can you book an appointment to meet with the person in 2020?
  • Are there personal projects you’ll undertake in 2020 to stretch you beyond your comfort zone? (Open that manuscript again and complete the book…)

  • Are there books you need to read in 2020? (Am actually going through that now and into 2020.)
  • Are you worth a training of N40,000? If yes, what if you go for a Project Management training in 2020?
  • What certification does your organization requires for you to be promoted?
  • Who would you want to help grow in 2020? (Remember, wing yourself will help you grow other.)
  • What did you fear the most in 2019? How can you break that in 2020?

The truth is this: life does not get better with time and that includes 2020. It only gets better by choice.


Having a goal as a target.
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In clear words, Brian Tracy is saying this to me, you and any one who cares to listen about goal setting from his classical book:

  • Take charge of your life. Really, no one cares about you or will ever, more than you.
  • Clarify your values. What do you esteem so highly?
  • Define your purpose or mission. What’s your life’s vision even as an MTN staff or you’re working in Access Bank or in that dry cleaning firm?
  • Clarify your belief. What do you believe in? What are your convictions?
  • Write down what you want to achieve. Yes. Write down your goals. At this point it should be for 2020.


Spending time with fellow employees people
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  • Associate with the right people. I’m sure you’ve heard you’re the average of 5 persons you spend your time with.
  • Manage your time. Hmmm… If you have the best goals and refuse to align your time with it, you’ll most likely see no result.
  • Make a plan of action. Nothing happens until something is done.
  • Review and visualize your goals daily. This is the power of visualization. What if you keep your goals on your wardrobe door, where you can see it like I do?
  • Do something everyday. Take a step daily about your goals.
  • Remain flexible at all time. Yes! This means be ready to learn along the way.
  • Persist until you succeed. Goals need patience. Yes, they do.


Using your potentials with your goals.
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“The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.” Brian Tracy

“You will become as large as your controlling desire; or as great as your dominant aspiration.” James Allen

“The biggest single obstacle to setting goals is “self-limiting beliefs.” Brian Tracy

“We greatly overestimate what we can accomplish in one year. But we greatly underestimate what we can accomplish in five years.” Peter Drucker

“The primary difference between high achievers and low achievers is “action-orientation”. Men and women who accomplish tremendous things in life are intensely action oriented.” Brian Tracy

“Be sure that, as you scramble up the ladder of success, it is leaning against the right building.” Stephen Covey

“Realize what you really want. It stops you from chasing butterflies and puts you to work digging gold.” William Moulton Marsden

“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” Napoleon Hill

Pursuing a goal
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“The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.” Richard M. DeVos

“No one is better than you and no one is smarter than you. People are just smarter or better in different areas at different times.” Brian Tracy

“Your main job in life is to create the mental equivalent within yourself of what you want to realize and enjoy in your outer world.” Emmet Fox

“Your problem is to bridge the gap between where you are now and the goals you intend to reach.” Earl Nightingale

“If you believe you can do a thing or you believe you cannot, in either case, you are probably right.” Henry Ford

“In our economic system, your income will be determined by three factors: first, what you do; second, how well you do it; and third, the difficulty of replacing you.” Brian Tracy

(I have 14 quotes already… Well, I’ll leave it still…)


Pursuing Life goals
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  • If you knew you have six months to live, how would you spend your last six months on earth? Who would you spend the time with? Where would you go? What would you strive to complete? What would you do more of, or less of?
  • Imagine that you have all the inborn abilities to achieve any goal you want, what would you set?
  • What kind of mindset has held you back in 2019? What new information or revelation do you need to change it?
  • What price will you pay to achieve the goals that are most important to you 2020?
  • What would you do if you won a million naira cash, tax free, tomorrow? (Are you doing anything about that same thing now?).
  • Do a complete skills analysis on yourself and your work. Where are you good and where do you need to improve?
  • With what you know today, what would you not get into again if you could rewind time?
  • What one skill, if you developed and did it in an excellent fashion, would have the greatest positive impact on your career?
  • Who do you need to create relationship with in 2020 to improve my life?
  • Where do you need to go to more in 2020 to improve yourself?
  • Where do you need to stop going to in 2020?
  • Do you have  goals for 2020 ready? (If yes, what if you look at it everyday before you go out and before sleeping? If no, what if you write it now?).

Trust me, 2020 will be exciting if you create deliberate goals. And another year will come after 2020. So, don’t allow external pressure control you.

Shield yourself with your goals.

If you need the book, you can get it here.