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He was fondly known as J.B.O.K. at the national railroad company where he spent most of his working life and career. His friends and colleagues also called him by that appellation.
How did he get it?
Simple!
Joseph was his baptismal name.
Babajimi was his traditional Yoruba name.
He was born into the noble Ojelabi family.
An American, Mr. Kellynton, took him overseas to be well-trained for the tasking railroad career. As it was the norm in those days to adopt the name of your mentor, he adopted Kellynton as his last name, and the JBOK nickname stuck throughout his adult life.

Community Service
He retired into his native town to support the developmental effort of the Royal King and chieftains of his community. Those efforts were intensely successful with landmarks and enduring projects such as community schools, church parishes, playgrounds, road networks, public meeting places, and other basic infrastructures.
With friends and connections in high places, JBOK processed and procured for his village the official recognition and gazette of royal title by the Regional Government. It was never an issue of bribery or hand-twisting but rather a matter of knowing your rights, and getting your dues. The community jubilated and rejoices at the sign of progress and legislative recognition attained.

Reward of Success
With brazen success in this regard, JBOK was nominated by the three ruling families in the village to be their first official chief and village representative. He declined, in preference to the eldest candidate from another family, as a sign of respect and communal love.
Barely fourteen months into his reign, the man died! His son was unanimously chosen to complete the tenure of that lineage.

Disloyalty
JBOK did not live to become the next chief of his village. His children and lineage were roundly denied that privilege despite many attempts with impeccable credentials for the office. Local politics and nepotism had come into play, and robbed them off their legitimate right. Paul, one of his prominent children, returned from Canada, with pomp, fame and pageantry, upon hearing that the last chief had just joined his ancestors. He gave the title a serious shot. He spent and was overspent in generosity and sincere philanthropy. Yet he lost in his bid.

Pathway to a glorious life
Life is full of bold and brazen contrasts of goodness and evil, righteousness and wickedness, debauchery and divinity. Paul lacked the goodness, the greatness and the godliness of prophet Moses to confront the Pharaoh of his era. Invited to a Christian crusade where the parable of the prodigal son was re-enacted.
At the crusade, Paul heard the story of an ungrateful son who deliberately calculated to cut himself from the commonwealth of his kind and generous father, and get lost in the world. He departed into a neverland of utopia with as many riches as he could take with him. While the money and riches lasted, he seemed to be successful, with friends who helped him squander the wealth and riches. After a while, the oil dried up, and money was finished. His fair-weather friends left in droves. The prodigal eventually ended up in a pigpen where he remembered how great the love of his father unto him was. He made the bold move to “arise and go home to my father”.
Paul realized the futility of seeking power that would not satisfy.
He put off the struggle, the effort, and the wasted resources to rule and reign. He seriously sought made a serious search for God, taking the narrow way of self-surrender.
To his surprise, Paul found God at the cross-roads of life, with outstretched arms to welcome him back home. That day, he obtained the assurance of salvation, and the great hope of eternal life.

Secrets of Enduring Success
• Convinced of his own weaknesses, and casting off all claim to personal aggrandizement and sufficiency, Paul yielded himself unto God’s divine control.
• He took the bold step of getting his Bible off the shelf, and began to study the gospels on the life of Christ.
• He learns to speak his mind to God in clear and concise sincere prayers, declaring the yearnings of his heart to Him.
• Grace from God met with the grace that is working upon the heart of Paul, leading to the desired transformation, fulfilled life and genuine success.
This is the way to meet a greater heritage and truly successful life than royalty or worldly struggle would fetch for you!

Mr. Andrew Young emerged from a mainly white constituency to become the first black United States Congressman from Georgia. He later became the U.S. Representative to the United Nations.

General Colin Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State, followed by Ms. Condoleezza Rice.

Barack Obama handsomely won the American elections to become the first African-American President of the United States of America. He was sworn-in today for the second-term as the 44th President of the most powerful nation in the world.

There are many more people in dignified callings and respectable careers, African-Americans, Latinos, Arabs, and Asian-Americans, even under-classed white people, who would have otherwise been pushed under for racism, but for the deft, perseverance, dedication and struggle of the nonviolent movement championed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These are testimonies to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Though African-Americans were denied rights and liberties, Dr. King had “a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.” In celebrating him, we read about him, reflect on his works, his methods, rejoice in his accomplishments, and resolve to carry forward, in the spirit of non-violence, the unfinished tasks of a non-racial egalitarian society where one is judged “not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character”.

The Supreme Court in March 1857 gave a landmark judgment where Justice R. B. Taney declared that African Americans were not citizens of the U.S. and should not derive any right from the constitution of The United States. It became clear that African-Americans needed more than the response of Abraham Lincoln that “the authors of the Declaration of Independence never intended ‘to say all were equal in color, size, intellect, moral developments, or social capacity’, but they ‘did consider all men created equal—equal in certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’.” (Abraham Lincoln, 1858, Jaffa, pp. 299-300).

The history of African-Americans in the United States has some similarities to that of the children of Israel in Egypt. The goodness of Joseph and the famine in the land of Canaan led to the movement of the House of Jacob to Egypt. But when the king that knew Joseph was no more, the circumstance of the Israelites in Egypt turned into nightmares. Moses led the liberation squad.
A great population of Africans were captured and transported to the New World as a workforce for the agricultural fields, and later, the industries. Many died on the voyages; others became casualties to the climate of their new world, while some others fell to the harsh working conditions and severe taskmasters. The survivors were subjected to slavish struggle from one generation to another.

When slavery was abolished, African-Americans were declared free to live as they wish, where they want, and with whomever they choose. But most of the slave-owners, particularly in the southern territory of the United States, reneged on this arrangement. The post-war era witnessed the wanton application of segregation laws which subjugated formerly freed black slaves into the firm control of the whites. Every aspect of the life of the black man was segregated all across the southern states. These codes, called Jim Crow Laws, forced the black people into the rural regions where they were subjected to forced labor on the farmlands.

Congress legislated to correct these anomalies through constitutional amendments.
The Thirteenth Amendment to the constitution in 1865 confirmed the Emancipation Proclamation setting free the slaves.
The Fourteenth Amendment constitutionally granted citizenship rights to the African-Americans in 1868.
The Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 confers on all male adult citizens the rights to vote without denial as a result of one’s race, color, or past record of servitude.

However, one hundred years after the Proclamation of Emancipation, almost all African-American population were not free, were not proven citizens, and could therefore not vote or be voted for.
It was into this kind of parlous situation that Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. Living and growing up as a child in Atlanta, little King was able to understand racism and segregation firsthand when he found out that the children he used to play with as a child were no longer his friends when he started school. He found out that his parents could not just go anywhere they wished to go, and that he could not just attend the schools of his choice because of some certain laws of segregation and discrimination.

Martin attended Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, from where he proceeded to Morehouse College. Martin graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. King later obtained a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, Pennsylvania in 1951. King got married in 1953, was ordained, and became the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama in 1954. Along with the work of the Ministry, King worked on his Doctoral Degree in Philosophy, which was concluded in 1955. Dr. King took serious interests in Mohandas Gandhi’s methods of nonviolent protest.

Two occurrences happened in 1955 that were to have significant impact on the Dr. King: the black struggle in America, and the image of the black man all over the world.
Claudette Colvin refused to comply with the Jim Crow segregation laws in March 1955 by an utter defiance to give up her bus seat for a white man. She was arrested and tried. Dr. King was the African-American representative on the investigating committee. Colvin went scot free.
On December 1, 1955, Ms. Rosa Parks refused to give up her place in the front row of the section reserved for colored people to a white man. She was arrested and jailed. The Montgomery Improvements Association, led by Dr. King, intervened, boycotting the local bus network for 381 days until Ms Parks was released, and the bus network was desegregated.

From this point onwards Dr. King resolved to give the civil rights movement his entire life, support and dedication.
The Montgomery bus boycott had not only been very successful, but also proved to be a good and fruitful testing ground for Dr. King’s strong conviction in non-violent protest method, and its ability to bring about fruitful results, despite many arrests and intimidation that he and his family suffered. Other civil rights activists who were hitherto bent on forceful means borrowed Dr. King’s non-violent approach, and were able to get good results.

Dr. King went ahead to lead, coordinate and participate in various non-violent civil rights activities that aided in bringing the African-Americans to their land of freedom. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the SCLC, was established in 1957 as an umbrella body for Christian leaders to utilize the voice of the churches for successful conduct and execution of non-violent protests. NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, had been in existence for similar objectives, but the SCLC was an effective vessel in this regard, using the church and the legal approach to get results. Dr. King led the group until his death in 1968.
Despite his tight schedules, Dr. King wrote a great deal. He missed death by the whiskers in 1958 when he was stabbed while signing autographs on copies of his book, Stride towards Freedom.

He further enunciated his Mohandas Gandhi’s style of non-violent protest in another book published in 1959 titled The Measure of Man. That year, Dr. King visited India to learn first-hand the principles of nonviolent persuasion, satyagraha, from Mohandas Gandhi. Later, Dr. King, after being saddled with more responsibilities in the Human Rights movement, stepped down as the Pastor of the Montgomery Baptist Church in Alabama to co-pastor the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta with his father.

Many protests and demonstrations were organized under the leadership of Dr. King. Most often his life was endangered through outright attacks and visible as well indirect threats from racial white opponents. He was arrested and put in jail several times. He was castigated as an anti-social communist, a traitor of the state, and a friend of the enemies of the state. Dr. King neither bothered nor waivered; he rather went about his plans and aspirations for the unfairly treated black people, and the common good of all people no matter their color, creed or lineage.

Dr. King was able to persuade some whites and the American leadership to address the burning subject of inequality that was pervading the American society. Through his leadership, many African-Americans were inspired and led to support his activities. This brought about a new dimension in the lives of the black Americans themselves as well as a new wave of positive reassessment of the black communities by their white folks. Segregation policies were confronted; racialist tendencies were attacked and opposed more than ever. The ultra-racial white supremacy group, the Ku Klux Klan, was greatly intimidated by the style, tactics and wisdom with which Dr. King prosecuted his non-violent campaigns.

The effort of the SCLC in Albany, Georgia in 1961 to demonstrate against segregated facilities failed woefully to accomplish the designed objectives. Nevertheless, Dr. King’s team was able to garner prime national awareness for the plight of African-Americans.

In the spring of 1963, the SCLC protested in Birmingham, Alabama. School children and teenagers were engaged. The police, in the attempt to frustrate the march, pelted them with water hoses and ferocious hounding dogs. These ugly scenes were circulated across the world, giving rise to condemnations of the segregation laws, as well as the retributions of the agents engaged to enforce it. Dr. King and his team won. The authorities were forced to rethink on the real benefits of Jim Crow laws.

Out of spite and anger, the authorities in Birmingham arrested and jailed Dr. King, but he took full advantage of the undeserved punishment. He wrote the famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in which he successfully defended and justified the protests. The letter was given wide media coverage, and enhanced Dr. King’s good standing as a moral leader.

Right on the hills of the Birmingham protests in Alabama, Dr. King worked in collaboration with other black leaders to organize the 1963 peaceful march between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. It was in this protest march that Dr. King delivered his famous “I have a Dream” speech. In the epic speech, the entire world was addressed on the impatience of African Americans to continue wallowing in poverty and left devoid of basic rights of citizenship and freedom. The march was a great achievement and moment of glory for the civil rights movement and the black community. Its direct effect was the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in the same year.

Dr. King coordinated the march in 1965 on Selma, Alabama, which proceeded to Montgomery with the purpose of drawing national attention to the lack of voting rights by black youths and adults of voting age. The civil disobedience effort was a tough battle with white segregationists and civil authorities. Dr. King narrowly escaped being lynched and brutalized, while many of his colleagues were terribly beaten and maltreated. The day was called Bloody Sunday.
A direct benefit of the Selma march was the signing into law by President Lyndon Johnson in August 1965 of the Voting Rights Act, opening the floodgates for black people of age to vote and be voted for.

Dr. King kept up the tempo to fight injustice in the land in every aspect of the American life till he was assassinated April 4, 1968. He never applied violence, nor did he bear a gun. He was opposed to warfare, a gentleman of peace, law and order. He fought for the causes of the African Americans, but supported, as well the noble causes of other Americans, white, colored, and various immigrants.

While lifting up the status of the African-American to the point of holding the highest office in America, he had made the United States of America a better place than he met it. Yes, celebration is in the air, as we rejoice this January 15th, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, because all over us, and all around us, are the testimonies and legacies of his achievements, despite the frailties of being human like us.

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A tear and a smile
Life is mostly a mixed bag of a tear and a smile.
Without counting on outside supports, go all out and contend for your rightful space and place in all conflicts of life. Take up your gauntlets when apparent adversity comes, making the best of it, while keeping stern focus of better outcomes and prosperity.

Never give in to Regrets
Have you ever been pained by a certain action you took which could have been handled differently?
Do you ever wonder how well the matter would have turn out had you given your decision a second thought?
Yet, you should not give in to regret.
The refusal to give up on the resolution to turn anguish of suffering into stepping-stones of prosperity is the mark of the true man. To keep up a steady and unshakeable mindset in the face of the shocks of adversity forms the highest honor of man.

True life Affliction and Adversity
At seven, I took a penny from mum to school. After-all it belonged to my mother. It became one of my greatest afflictions turned into profit.
Class lesson was in full session. Suddenly, Danielle started to cry. A little gently sob suddenly developed into a loud cry amidst the teaching. The teacher quickly moved to her side, calmed her down, and asked her, “Danielle, what is wrong with you? Is it you mummy at home, or is someone sick or missing?”
Danielle cried a little more, and finally calmed down.
“It’s my penny. Someone took my penny from me.”
How did it happen? The angry teacher demanded, unwilling to allow any distraction disrupt her teaching.
“It was in my pocket, and was still there before the change of lesson and the short recess.”
“I went to sharpen my pencil at Frank’s, sitting beside him on his seat, then came back here. I did not get out for the long break ‘cause of my home-made snacks. I just put my hand in the pocket as you came in to teach, and the penny was gone. I searched everywhere but could not find it.” She started crying again.
Everyone knew the money was stolen by Frank. He actually spent it to buy candies during the lunch break. He was spotted at the candy shop, where he bought so many candies for one penny, and shared with some pupils, including two girls in our classroom.
“Yes, I bought candies, but I did not steal Danielle’s money. No, not me.”
“Where did you get your money? You never come here with a dime for a long time.”
“Frank, will you tell me who gave you the penny?” the class teacher retorted.
“I did not take her money”, Frank retorted over and over again. The little boy was always in trouble, being accused of one little crime or another.
Suddenly, the teacher came up with an idea. “I will search all pupils in the class. If I could not find the money I will take you all to the Headmistress.” It must have been a trick, to make Frank agree to a confession. Everyone dreaded visiting the headmistress.
Still, Frank did not budge. The pupils were searched, and my penny was discovered. The class teacher refused my explanation, but claimed the penny was Danielle’s since we usually did not come with money. The class was left in confusion and disbelief. The teacher took my penny and gave it to Danielle. The class went into frenzy and confusion.
Disagreeing students trooped out of class shouting “No, never. Mike is not the thief, Frank stole the money.”
The noise and confusion attracted pupils in the senior classes. Other teachers intervened, but the matter was not resolved.

Saul’s Visit to The Woman of Endor
At the close of school, a group of primary six pupils took us to the herbalist nearby to find out the truth. Deep within, I did not want to go to a herbalist, but conscious that the truth will be known, and as the central figure in the eye of the storm, I could not decline.
The occult man instructed that everyone would hold a flat oily object with a spindle on his palm, one after the other. That the object will turn in the hand of the person that stole the money. To most people’s chagrin and disbelief, the object only turns when it got to me. The shame, the disbelief, the utter disappointment was overwhelming. Even as a little kid, the effect of that terrible moment failed to rub off my mind, even into adulthood.

I could not remember how I was able to get home that day with the shame and disappointment that enveloped me. Mum and dad were not only angry that I was caught stealing, but that I should visit a sorcerer was too much for them to bear. I was scolded and heavily punished, even as an innocent child. I always remember the trauma of that dark period in my life.

Winning Ways
I came out of this difficulty with serious distrust for the herbalist and all fetish powers. The Parish Jesuit priests helped me through confessions, catechisms, and novenas. I grew out of it a truly trusting Christian, and a praying child. It got stuck to this day.
I discovered the failures in idolatry, and the limitless grace of God through Christ. It has become my winning way through life.

1. Because “attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude”, develop positive habits that takes you from the valley of adversity to the mountain top of prosperity.

2. Confront adversity with the firm purpose and resolve to overcome the unpleasant situation for positive prosperous outcome.

3. Set up your game plan. Never be a drifter, but transform into a man with the plan for success.

4. Work strenuously to get to the pinnacle, as you will surely do, if you keep up focus.

Almost every truly successful man and woman in life have one challenge or another to contend with before they meet success. You hardly come about truly successful people without any difficulty or harrowing experience before their discovery. But, surprisingly many small guys looking for success often seek after the cheat-sheet, the short-cut, and the easy route without stress. What a strange world.

Think of the great stress and discomfort Demosthenes went through to emerge the greatest Orator in ancient Athens and Greece. Poor orphan at tender age, he had his own part of disabilities in stammering, stuttering and unfaithful guardians who cheated him out of his handsome inheritance. But Demosthenes resolved to do the unthinkable, rode fiercely against the tide in contrast to the wisdom of the ordinary men and women.

To overcome this predicament and realize his goal to become an orator, Demosthenes trained himself to talk well putting pebbles in his mouth while he rehearsed difficult recitations. He would narrate difficult verses while running against the wind. And, to lend strength to his voice, Demosthenes preferred to speak over the roaring waves by the seashore, practice his oratory deliveries before a mirror, while studying in solitude in an underground room.
Great things do not come the easy way.

Ambition is like magnet, it sticks through and through to the man of dedication. Demosthenes was so committed and dedicated to his goal and ambition that he worked religiously and relentlessly for its attainment. He eventually became the greatest orator of ancient Greece and Athens.

For everything under the sun, there is a price to pay.

In your steps to success and real achievements in life, you must realize and believe that nothing is impossible to the one that believes. It is always possible to him that believes it is possible.

You must develop the unflinching will to make it where many had failed, and make a way where there seemed to be none.

You must toil terribly, throwing your entire ability, brain power and all God-given intellect into the enterprise to win the price and clinch the goal.

When told that the Alps Mountains stood in the way of his armies’ progress march, General Napoleon Bonaparte affirmatively replied that there rather would be no Alps Mountains than his army be denied the required access to move ahead and crush their enemies. He created a way where there seemed to be none.

With a pay-back plan in hand, there is always the delivery of results because the heart and mind are in full focus of the delivery of the desired goal.

Transform your impediments from hindrances into success stepping-stones!

Sir Winston Churchill was born of blue blood aristocratic family in England. Nevertheless, young Winston had speech impediments, yet chose his career in oratory, public speaking and open service to royalty and commoners. He set at it till he succeeded. Winston Churchill not only overcame his speech impediments, but also became a highly successful politician, parliamentarian, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. “My impediment is no hindrance”. With his impediments taken care of, Sir Winston Churchill went forth in life to do great things for himself and for his country.

What are your impediments in life, resolve to transform them from hindrances into success stepping-stones.

Traditionally, a new year is often attached to new beginnings, new orientation and new resolutions. Time is in reality a constant factor in the affairs of man. Like money in the bank, this vast resource is available for your judicious use as we wade through the New Year. While you strive to get organized and control yourself and time, time management is a misnomer, very elusive to handle or control. The challenge is to manage yourself and develop habits that keep you in checks and balances through time and space.

Commit Thy Way unto God

Weariness, self-distrust, lack of faith in God, lack of trust in God’s promises and assurances usually lead to failures in the attempt to attain resolutions and dreams. But The Lord “giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isa 40: 29 – 31).

God has assurances for you this year. Gideon succeeded in routing the great enemies of Israel, the Midianites, with only three hundred men. When the kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, escaped and fled, Gideon, in his desire to completely wipe out these enemies, continued in their hot pursuit.

He approached friendly Succoth to obtain refreshments for his wearied men, but was denied because Succoth doubted his ability to annihilate the Midianites. He forged ahead undeterred. Again he stopped by at neighboring Penuel to feed his fainting men. Penuel thought that Gideon’s expedition was presumptive and doomed to fail, so they refused to support his campaign. His band was mocked and laughed to scorn. Divine assistance and guidance came. Gideon’s faith and confidence in The Lord saw him through to completely wipe out more than fifteen thousand Midianites and their great kings. He returned with songs of victory to Penuel and Succoth. Though Gideon’s exploit seemed irrational and his tactics and exploit seemed indefensible, however, there existed a very vital factor in the affairs of men that we often overlook –  absolute faith in God’s leading and guidance; and bold confidence and in His promises and assurances. Learn to embrace those assurances this New Year. 

Challenges, disappointments and dotting failures of 2012 should not rob you of the faith for greater out-turns and gallant successes in 2013 if you could muster enough faith in God and the possibilities in personal endowments to attain great heights in the New Year. Gideon cultivated a certain level of faith in God, unalloyed trust in His promises, and uncompromising belief in His abilities in order to eventually reap success in the battle front with the Midianites. New Year resolutions demand that you develop basic individual character and attitudes to become a man or woman of integrity, vision, faith, and determination. This way, no mountain or challenge in 2013 shall be insurmountable for you, and great shall be your accomplishments this year, and many years to come.

Faith

 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  (Heb 11: 1 – 3).

We demonstrate faith through our strong belief that our expected desire already exist physically as if in concrete terms though not yet manifested.  To rise from prison to become the Prime Minister of Egypt like Joseph, remember it took Joseph through slavery, servitude, unjustified imprisonment to get an appointment with Pharaoh, and become installed as a ruler in Egypt. No crown without a cross!

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” (Heb 11: 24 – 26). 

Faith is an active demonstration of personal principles and belief in what is yet to manifest as if they already exist. John Caldwell Calhoun, in his early years at Yale College, believed that he would soon graduate in a certain year, and begin a successful career as a notable Congressman and frontline politician. He actually accomplished that to the chagrin of unbelievers and on-lookers. He eventually became a Vice-President of the United States.

To excel and be successful in the New Year you need to keep positive, affirmative and faithful thoughts and speeches, because as a man thinketh so is he. You become literally changed to the thoughts and affirmations of your mind as well as the declarations of your mouth. Faith is a deep-down belief that, regardless of the present circumstances, you are going to make it, and achieve what you have set out to accomplish.

Commitment & Integrity

It is not impossible nowadays to demonstrate similar faith in God as in the Biblical eras. George Washington emerged a hero of the American Revolution with one of the greatest legacies in American history. Riddled with formidable challenges during The War, and a military force that was hungry and haggard, demoralized and almost consumed by the icy winter on the River Delaware, George Washington and his rag-tag military band prayed and demonstrated strong faith in God and their personal endowments to cross the Delaware River, demonstrating integrity, vision, faith, fortitude and unflinching determination to wrest victory from the jaws of defeat. Washington’s troops annihilated better-armed and well-trained Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey, in a logistically challenging and dangerous operation. His army also defeated the British reinforcements under Lord Cornwallis, as well as their rear guard at Princeton. General George Washington had won the battle in his prayers of faith, his plans and determination before crossing the Delaware River.

Cross your Red Sea in 2013 as Prophet Moses did in Egypt; rout your Midianites and disappoint your detractors as Gideon did; and cross the Delaware as did by George Washington. Have faith in God, believe His words and be confident in your God-given talents and endowments with unflinching commitment and integrity. Whatever and whoever you are, painter or Professor, orator, writer or musician, engineer, technician or technocrat, salesman, marketer or preacher, whatever it may be, you always need to work in partnership with God and His Plan to obtain the secrets that unlock your success through trials and tribulations in 2013 and beyond. Be committed and dedicated to the goals and aspirations well-thought out and adapted as your purpose and dream in life, your  raison d’être for life and living.

Open-mindedness

Open-mindedness is the habit and ability to be unprejudiced to other people’s ideas and opinions; it also implies the habit of giving recognition to the rights of others. It was the habit of open-mindedness that made Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream with a useful advice that fetched him the breakthrough in his tough and thorny life.

It was open-mindedness that made a Thomas Edison saved a lonely baby from the tracks of a moving train; made him bury self into the opportunity of telegraph operator which transformed his life from a newspaper vendor into one of the greatest inventors in history. Tolerance and open-mindedness is the habit of great men, and the hallmark of successful people. We all need to be ready and willing to accept our peculiar endowments with open mind and enthusiasm, work with it in positive outlook to get the best for self and mankind. The Divine influence will definitely guide and lead you as Daniel was guided, as Joseph was led, and as Jacob was assisted to attain your lofty goals and dreams in 2013 and beyond.

Persistence

An unwavering ‘ faith in your innate power to accomplish whatever noble task you undertake breeds the confidence to persistently pursue such gallant goal. The determination and persistence to find and make concrete the desires and aspirations of the heart would definitely lead to success and creativity in areas where the world often denounce as impossibilities. Whatever we long for, yearn for, struggle for, and hold persistently in the mind will eventually turn out to become materialized just in exact proportion to the intensity and persistence of the thought. The man whose mind is set firmly toward achievement is in himself success.

The persistent man or woman refuses to give up on his dream no matter the challenge or obstacle. When the going gets rough, the tough gets going. Tough guys are discovered in times of adversity, obstacles and recurring challenges. Persistence and resolute determination keeps you from getting discouraged come rain or sunshine. Think out your goal in concrete and plausible terms, be persistent and dedicated unto it, and you’ll soon see the concrete realization as days go by.

Flexibility

Persistence is an important quality against futility, because, without some flexibility in your approach, you could end up trying to move an immovable object for the rest of your life. While Henry Ford developed a good all-American automobile, it took him a lot of flexibility and adjustments to forge out an economical Ford Model T that won the heart of all Americans and the whole wide world.

To get greater benefits in the future, you need to change what you are doing in the present in order to adapt them to future applications. Persistently and doggedly, Thomas Edison improved on the discovery of the incandescent light. It took flexibility to keep the discovery aglow after many failures. The willingness to constantly change what we are now doing for greater future gains and benefits translated Apple Inc. from a leading computer company into the leading corporate body on the globe, knowing what consumers wanted and did not need, and placed herself to catch on upon that niche. 

Gratitude

Attitude affects so many things in life. Gratitude and thanksgiving is the hallmark of the founding fathers of America. The Pilgrims, in the Fall of 1621, shared along with their neighbors, the Native Americans, bountiful harvest of corn and beans, fish, chicken, and games in joy and happiness with each other. This consolidated the founding of the most powerful nation on Earth.

 “And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.” (Gen 45: 4 – 5).  

Despite the harsh and wicked treatment from his brothers, the dehumanizing circumstances that he went through from Portiphar and his wife leading to imprisonment, Joseph sounded grateful to God. Joseph down-played the negative aspects of his predicament in life, while emphasizing the positive outcomes of those events.

Gratitude is fundamental to maintaining an optimistic outlook on life, even in the face of difficulties. To be thankful to God and appreciative of mankind attracts blessings and goodness; it cast away depression and stress, with resounding progress and growth in personal and social adjustments. Learn to be thankful and grateful this New Year and always.

 Passion

“We seriously undervalue the passion…a person brings to an enterprise. You can rent a brain, but you can’t rent a heart.” (McCormick). Despite the many claims and acclamations of the gurus and self-help coaches, there seems to be no mental trick or hypnotic devise to make you successful without the special collaboration of hard work, common sense, intuition, personal skills, creativity, discipline, organization, resolute determination, and passion.

Passion for one’s calling in life demands the discovery of vision, flexibility, knowledge, communication, and hard work. These are essential leadership tools and abilities that are contagious and infectious on people around the man of success. The development of these essential qualities leads to valuable habits, and guarantees a successful out-turn as you journey through the New Year. Endeavor to develop them and make them your habits.

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