You truly come alive when you finally discover your real self.
It is when you seriously discover who you are that your life really comes into any significance.
You become free when you actually do what you ought to do, and when you are doing what you really want to do.
It is when you know your real worth that you can better understand where to ply your trade or best apply your talent.
Failure to attain self-actualization is the root-cause of most failed lives, and failures abound here and there.
Though gifted and talented, most men and women are wholly engaged in a lifetime of servitude to other people just because of the shrouded “security” that goes with paid-labor, and the challenges to attain self-actualization in one’s own term and pace.
Many masters are servants today because of the rigors and challenges of self-development and personal empowerment.
Be slave to no man! Rather be a self-made man.
Drain yourself and rein in all your natural tendencies and in-built abilities to gain freedom and not perpetually depend on others. Strive for successful achievement in life of life dream and be free from the oppression and repression of another man.
Turn and twist your mindset to gain fulfillment and optimal creativity in life.
It matters little where I was born,
Or if my parents were rich or poor;
Whether they shrank at the cold world’s scorn
Or walked in the pride of wealth secure:
But whether I live an honest man,
And hold my integrity firm in my clutch,
I tell you, my brother, plain as I can, it matters much:
You need Personal Development to transform from little beginnings into a man of worth. Free yourself from the undeserved support of others and become a creative man of credible means.
Self development will guide you to win any conceivable hindrance in life, to run and triumph in your lifetime race, to defeat the foe and be agile despite the odds, to swim and sail through whatever depth or width of water, to fly and glide like the eagle till you get to your port of peace and abode of treasure.
Personal growth and self-development guides and train man, any man for that matter, to sing beautiful tunes despite the sorrow and sadness of a long night, till the good morning of joy and happiness blossoms.
Studies in Personal Development and self-improvement approaches are life lessons and self-help methods scientifically prepared to help you realize your purpose in life.
A dangerous feature among most of us was to feel contented once there is a place to lay the head, a bread and butter on the table, and some sorts of job, or any type of job at all, to lace the wallets and trudge along. Human beings, created in the image of God, deserves much more that these.
“Self-actualization is the intrinsic growth of what is already in the organism, or more accurately, of what the organism is.” (Abraham Maslow). A man without self-esteem is devoid of self-confidence and has no clear purpose in life.
No matter your level of academic knowledge and career attainment, failure to pursue life with focused aspiration, and inability to meet deep-rooted desires and intrinsic aspirations will always leave a deep void in your heart. Such dissatisfaction cuts like a knife and the sorrow may go on for a life time.
You need to come out of all inhibitions into realistic tendencies, seeking growth and development to achieve your heart-felt goals in life. You need to get out of all limitations and hindrances for peak performances.
“A man’s true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not that which he thinks and says and does.” (Marcus Aurelius)
Man’s Inhumanity to Other Men – Those who Keep Slaves
The heart of man is desperately wicked beyond reason when not touched by godliness. The mind of human beings could be very deceitful when he is ruled by the flesh and selfishness. The big man oppresses the small man. The great man represses the small guy. Poor folks become slaves and servants of the rich and mighty. Some ethnic groups became preferred and should receive all benefits, while other ethnic groups are “untouchable” and should die for the rich to thrive!
One of the greatest sorrows of man is man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man. One typical heinous sin and crime of humanity is his cruelty towards fellow human beings. This art of sinfulness and criminality could only come from a heart that is devoid of the cardinal virtues of wisdom, justice, courage and temperance.
The grace of God led Purist Christians out of the oppressions and tyranny of King James I of England into a new lease of life in the New World. As the Pilgrims or Founding Fathers found peace and freedom in America, they forgot about the grace of God for all of God’s children. They inflicted savagery, slavery and every form of oppression and repression on Africans, Indians and all non-white people in the Americas.
To set the captives free, and deliver the oppressed, God created the year of Jubilee. Every 50th year of the Jewish calendar is the Jubilee, the year of restoring liberty to the enslaved, title to the rightful owner, remittance of old debts, and allowing the land to replenish its nutrients.
Though freedom was a cardinal feature of the foundation of the United States of America, African Americans, colored people and people of color remained enslaved by blue blood white folks for more than 400 years. The Pilgrims or white Founding Fathers of the United States closed their eyes to the very harsh and inhuman treatment of enslaved Africans on white man’s cotton plantations and gins, in their homes as well as in their industries.
“This is the most tragic picture of man’s inhumanity to man. I’ve been to Mississippi and Alabama and I can tell you that the hatred and hostility in Chicago are really deeper than in Alabama and Mississippi.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1966)
“For most of this country’s history, we in the African-American community have been at the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes plays – on the job, in the schools, in our health care system, and in our criminal justice system.” (Barack Obama, 2008).
The dream to be willing to be judged not by the color of one’s skin or by the caste his tribe, but rather by the content of his character, is the epitome of great enlightenment. It is this serious awakening that shot the African American from the slave house into the White House. Black or white, all men understand that we must overcome our inhibitions to gain freedom. We all need to attain lofty goals and aspirations in life rather than be slaves to other men.
Man’s inhumanity to himself
“Man’s inhumanity to man is equaled only by man’s inhumanity to himself.” (Edmund Bergler).
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings”. Each human is endowed with natural abilities and mental capabilities to fight the battle of life and win, to attain, to accomplish, and gain, as he wade purposefully through every step and stages of his existence.
“Everyone has a talent.
What is rare is the courage to nurture it.” (Erica Jong).
When, how, and which way he applies his talents are the million dollar questions!
Though we all understand that that all men are created equal, sadly a very large proportion of men also hold the opinion that some men are more equal, more fortunate, better opportune, and better endowed than themselves. People who reason this way are still slaves to themselves and unto other men.
Freedom is the inalienable right of every human being according to the power and abilities given us him by God. However, we must strive to claim it, to cultivate it, to develop it, and strain ourselves to prove it. This paradox keeps many men as slaves to other men and unto themselves because they wouldn’t try.
It is a man’s strong sense of his freedom that makes him believe in his free will to choose and to act in faith, despite any obstruction or hindrances on his path of progress.
“What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization…It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.”
Get into the trenches!
Worry and anxiety does not answer any need of man. You must rise above the weather to work and surmount the tough challenges of life. You must work hard to gain freedom from oppression and all forms of slavish tendencies.“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” (Ecc 11:4).
Success is something that you will need to define for yourself if you are ever to achieve it. Once you know what success means – for you, personally – then you have a good start to move ahead in earnest.
“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you, and you know not how or why. All great discoveries are made in this way.” (Albert Einstein).
“A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” (Chinese proverb)
“Find out what God would have you do, and do that little well. For what is great and what is small, ‘Tis only He can tell.”
In God we trust! You just have to believe in something stable, reliable, dependable, and trustworthy for inner confidence and general security. There is no god but God. “But when thou hast God for thy portion, thou hast more than all else put together. In Him every want is met, whether in life or in death.” (Spurgeon)
While you cannot tell with certainty how the future will play out, you are privileged to know God and hope in Him who holds and controls the future. Placing you future in His hands gives you a better edge than those who cast their lots in the hands of some armless deities.
Life holds a specific purpose for you! There is always something you can do better than most people. Through self-improvement and personal development efforts you would find this purpose. Pursue it with passion for creativity and successful achievement.
- The Laws of Life
Rules and regulations exist in careers, trades and professions for the good of all practitioners. Keep and respect those rules and guides. “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is whole the duty of man.”
Character is the total of the traits of a man, the embodiment of his depth and strength as a human being. Your character rings out loud and clear over and above every other quality or aspect of your personality. Develop noble and respectable character, and you would be trusted in every essential aspects of life.
- The Final Reward
There is a reward at the end of every noble endeavor in life. You must come out shining after all the struggles and pleasures of life. Successful achievement is the resultant outcome of any worthy purpose and determined pursuit of victory.
Your own final reward in Heaven or hell is determined by the kind of life you live here on Earth. Do not let any man or Satan take away your crown of glory. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Therefore, be slave to no man!
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