MISLEADING CRITICS

Many people are hastily abandoning their identity, faith, principles and ideologies not because they are bad, but because they are criticized.

Criticism is not always reliable means to tag ideas, people and institutions as bad.

Our critics are not always the reliable yardstick for authentic living. Critics also have their limitations.

Critics are not always right and the criticized are not always wrong.

Critics are not always better than the those criticized.

Learn from your critics but never ever allow them to impose on you their irrelevant wishes to distort your true identity and goal in life.

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WHEN YOUR BEST IS NOT ENOUGH…

When your best is not enough to make you succeed, people will hardly acknowledge your efforts.

When your best is not enough to meet the expectations of others, people will hardly value your good intentions.

When your best is not enough to please others, people will hardly appreciate your good works.

Sometimes, our mediocrity could grant us success, at other times, our best is not enough to keep us going.

A hard reality to accept; you cannot always win even with your best efforts.

Your best efforts will not always be valued, acknowledged and appreciated.

Strive to give out your best even if it is not enough.

HEART-MIND DECISIONS

The back of the wood is easily set ablaze than the wood itself.
But when lighted, the fire in the wood lasts longer than that of the back.

Decisions motivated by only externals and emotions are quick to be initiated but do not normally last.

Rational decisions are mostly difficult to start, but they are mostly guided and sustained.

Let your actions be sparked by how you feel and sustained by how you think.

DO NOT BE PREDICTABLE

People can easily know the outcome of our efforts when we consistently think and act the same way.

Our opponents can get the antidote to our strategy when we consistently stick to only one strategy.

Consistent use of one idea, skill and strategy mostly enhances effectiveness but it does not always guarantee success.

A dynamic and creative competitor cannot be easily predicted.

Do not be predictable, be creative to make relevant amends and improvement to suit your opponents and changing times.

WRONG IS WRONG

The old man cannot become a youth even if he is accepted as a youth and behaves as youth.

When the wrong thing is done repeatedly, it looks like right but it does not make it right.

Popular approval does not in anyway right a wrong, it rather reduces the guilt attached that wrongdoing.

Not all that are popularly accepted are morally sound.

Do what is morally approved, not merely what is popularly approved.

LOSE TO GAIN

Unless the tree sheds its old leaves, it will never have new ones.

Sometimes, it is better to let go what is precious to you in order to gain is priceless.

Do not be over complacent with who you are now, it could be your greatest hindrance to greatness.

Be careful of what you have at hand, it can easily block better things from reaching you.

Be mindful of what you cling to, it can prevent you from moving on.

Some comforting things can be crippling and destructive, learn to lose to gain.

PROVISIONAL VIEWS

You are an actor, there are several viewers, analysts, commentators and critics to whatever you do.

As soon as we are born, we become actors on the stage of life, people look at us and assess our actions.

People will assess you based on their peculiar knowledge, experience and orientation. Their views about you are mostly dependent on how they see you, not merely who you are.

Do not let the opinions of others discourage you. Be of yourself and do what is right.

THE CONTEST OF LIFE

Life is like a beauty contest, we do not necessarily have to win the full heart
all the judges before we can be adjudged the best.

In life we might not get the total support from others and the environment but that should not block us from succeeding.

You do not have to wait for all hurdles to get eliminated before you make efforts to reach your goal, learn to overcome them.

You do not have to do away with your detractors before you can succeed, strive to outwit them.

You do not have to silence your critics before you can remain focus, learn to prove them wrong.

Work for your growth and success in condition you find yourself.

FIND OUT FIRST

We might not know the sweetness or the sourness of a fruit unless we taste it.

You might not know the depth of a river unless you step into it.

There are some realities of life that you can know and understand only when they happen to you.

You may not understand why people behave in certain way but they can best tell what they are going through.

Find out before you begin to judge and condemn others.

THE DRUMS OF LIFE

Drums are to accompany the words and the rhythm of the music but they are not to overshadow them.

People in your life are to add value to your worth, they are not to destroy your identity and worth.

Those who assist you are to cushion your efforts, they are not to usurp your responsibilities.

People may influence, support and direct you but not all supports are useful to your goal, and not all directions lead you to your intended destination.

Critically evaluate the views of others and lessons from circumstances of life before you adopt them relevantly to your life.