Success and Causes of failure

Think and become who you set out to be

⁃ Success comes to those people who allow themselves to become success conscious. Simultaneously failure comes to the people who allow themselves to become failure conscious. Napoleon Hill said

“think rich and grow rich”.

⁃ Practical dreamers never quit

⁃ Faith removes limitations

⁃ Poverty and riches are the product of thoughts.

⁃ Knowledge is potential power. It is effective when put to use through definite use and practical plans. It has no value unless something is gained through its application. Academic Degrees and qualifications alike merely represent miscellaneous learning. Kanye West said

“they tell you read this, read that and after you graduate you are still stupid”.

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Is ego really a bad thing?

Following my blog about Egotism & Pride coupled with further profound discussions and reflections. I found asking myself this question- Is ego a bad thing? Like pride there is good pride and bad pride. Bad pride is unteachable and undermines greatness hence the fall of Lucie (Lucifer). That said ego ain’t bad when kept under check and not overblown. It helps humanity to survive in an increasingly competitive world were folk with no ego are perceived as people with no personality, insipid or worse. Unbridled ego can cause immense damage not only to yourself but also to people around you.

As part of creation, I would like to argue that man was endowed with natural ego however it has the evil twin, Mr Selfish. Mr Selfish Will always be with us and the antidote is humility and meekness. It has always been the narrative of selfhood and a mechanism which helps us navigate our way in the world to survive and stay ahead of others.

We would not be phere if we didn’t have a sense of self or selfhood. It is what makes us who we are in relation to others and how we see ourselves as human beings.

We are spiritual beings in our essence. According to my faith before we was born in this life we was lounging in the ‘Pre-mortal life’ and without blemish. If we connect to this inner Presence of spirit, then and only then we detach from egotistic survival thinking and thoughts that make us superior or less significant than others. It is what it is even animals that have ego -the predators prey on on the weakest links with less ego. Similarly, though humans don’t literally eat other humans, they eat them financially in the glorified name of capitalism.

Egotism and Pride is a perfect form of imperfections

Egotism and Pride ain’t good for nobody, Ryan Holiday postulated that ego is the enemy in ego is the enemy

Ego leads a man to live in a world of his own imagination, since he believes he is always right, he becomes a menace to people who work under his direction

With ego you crave for validation, you will only see what’s going well not what isn’t.

With ego you endlessly pursue more.

Ego clouds the mind and deludes you.

Ego is the envy and corrosive, it undermines greatness and deludes people to think they are perfect. However ego is the devil and a perfect form of imperfections.

More often than not we harbour egotism and pride. C. S. Lewis warns that pride is ‘an anti God state’. According to religion Egotism and Pride can only be nullified by surrendering to the Lord or a higher being. Ok if you don’t believe at least learn from other people. As the great Martial Artist once said I treat everyone I meet like my master so that I can learn from them.

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A trip to USOpen2018: Expected to run an errand without my legs

The labyrinth of New York

My worst experience ever dealing with hotels was in China Town, New York. Since I had stayed at the same hotel in 2017 I thought the journey planning would be a doddle. From experience it’s stress free and doesn’t cost much to travel if planned well. Having said that, to avoid the unforeseen transport issues that I had encountered earlier in May going to Cyprus, I made sure that I go to Manchester Airport early in the morning though my flight was departing in the afternoon, at 14:00. At the airport I checked-in betimes, as soon as the check in commenced.

Earlier that morning I had failed to locate my phone charger. Never mind I will buy one at the Airport, I thought. As I was being checked in, “make sure you empty all the contents from the side pocket of your chair… Also take your wallet and remember to take it with you into the plane”, said the lady on the counter. After the check-in the lady put my wallet in the side pocket of my hand luggage.

In the lounge I decided to go to Dixon’s, a renowned U.K. electrical shop. In there I took out my wallet from my bag, which was on my lap. The shop didn’t have an American or universal adapters but they allowed me to charge my phone and to keep an eye on it. When I left the shop the time was 12:40 which means I had roughly about 20minutes to charge it before thinking about boarding. I then went back to the lounge and soon after I was bursting for the loo. I couldn’t see no signs for disabled toilets on the ground floor, I asked someone and I was told to go upstairs. Aware that I was pushing it, I decided to take my phone from Dixon’s. In the shop, I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t see my phone where I had left it, let alone all the sales personnel were busy helping customers. Finally, “do you want your phone?” Someone asked me to my great relief.

He then went into the office at the back of the shop and brought it to me. Thereafter I went to find the lift to go upstairs. After the loo and in the lift I alarmingly heard my name being announced. “Mr Mteliso can you please make your way to flight number…” I assumed that the ground staff couldn’t find me where I was supposed to be. Trying to up my speed but to my frustration I was annoyingly in a lift seemingly slow moving. In the moment I forgot that I had left my crutches behind in the lounge. In the tunnel to board the plane is when I recalled and I asked one of the Aeroplane crew to go get them where I had left them. Instead of being one of the first passengers to board as a disabled person, I was the last one.

After 30 minutes the flight arrived in London at Heathrow airport. One of the grounds staff came to me and suggested that they were going to load my chair in the connecting flight. So I was pushed to yet another check-in where the ground staff who was pushing me had an altercation with the girl at the check-in desk. The check-in was subject to stringent checks similar to American Airports. As the ground staff was pushing me towards the check-in desk, she whispered in my ear, “if she asks you to take off your shoes, tell her you can’t… As a disabled person they can’t force you to do anything”. “Sir can you take off your shoes” the lady at the check-in desk looking like Janelle Monáe cried out. I thought they looked alike, maybe it was the similar hair style effect. “Unfortunately I cant” I retorted, boy oh boy, she was apoplectic. She said to me with a voice festered with anger “if you can’t take them off then you can’t go through”. Back in my mind I wanted to compliment her looks but after the unfriendly remark I didn’t. I therefore asked to speak to the manager and when the manager came, I was given a green light to go through without any further checks. Whence I was taken to board my flight. After around an 8 hours flight we landed at JFK Airport.

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What matters is how you finish the race not how you start it: rip Robert Gabriel Mugabe

Mugabe’s last days as the president of Zimbabwe before he was ousted by the military.

RIP to (the so called) God father of Zimbabwe Robert Gabriel Mugabe. He was so smart as an academic that’s why he was regarded as the world’s most educated leader, boasting 7 degrees including two Masters. However before he assumed the office he was merely a teacher. His premiership started in earnest and he vowed to be a president for all. As a charismatic leader his speeches were coherent and moving. When I grow up I want to be like this guy, I thought after listening to one of his speeches as a kid. Back then the concept of sustainability was beyond my scope but I listened to his words promising environmental, economic as well as social changes to usher Zim into the new Millenium. Ushering free education as well as free health for all, driving the economy in the right direction as a bread basket of Africa and that. Other African nations used to envy Zim. Tourism was thriving. “I know Rhodesia or Zimbabwe man, I used to come there all the way from Angola to do my clothes shopping”, a guy I met in Portugal wants said. As an adult I began to understand that he wanted a better country for the future generations. As the South American chief Seattle said

“we borrow the earth from future generations”.

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Crisis can either make you or break you

Where there is crisis I see opportunity. Crisis can either make us or break us. React to it wisely, you a winner my friend, if you don’t it will beat you down to your knees. In the Chinese alphabet the character for crisis also means opportunity. To overcome crisis you have to become more resolutely stubborn.

Christopher Columbus said

– Refuse to give in to temporal defeat you must keep on trying and trying again. By prevailing over all obstacles and destructions one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination-.

Mamoudou Gassama

What a hero, he deserves film roles in Hollywood or better, imagine if he got the fame and fortune of Toby Maguire who popularised the Spider-Man fantasy. He risked his life for he could have died as a result many disliked his act of heroism. Last time I checked the YouTube video showing the incident, the ratio of thumbs up to thumbs down was 71k👍🏿: 3.3k👎🏿. However for many it was an act of unprecedented heroism and the president of France realised that and made him an honorary French citizen coupled with a french medal of courage and in June 2018 he received the BET Humanitarian Award. Also he was offered to join the fire service.

Before this Gassama was an immigrant who crossed the Mediterranean and acquired legal papers to stay in Italy after taking a treacherous journey from Mali to Europe via Bekina Faso, Niger and Libya were he was reportedly incarcerated and beaten like a piñata. Despite getting papers in Italy, he wanted to be reunited with his brother living in France.

As a young lad prolly single and nothing to loose, he decided to take the riskiest move to climb four stories to save someone’s life. Little did he know that the crisis at hand would present him with opportunities.

Where there is chaos there is opportunity #DonaldTrump #SatoshiNakamoto #Zimbabwe

For instance, who benefited most from the financial rescission of 2008?

Globally it could be argued that Donald Trump and Satoshi Nakamoto. I presume that all of you know who Donald Trump is- the most powerful man in the world right. Before coming to political salience in 2014, Trump was widely known as a B-Star TV celebrity, a Real Estate mogul and a billionaire. Throughout his campaign he came across as a demagogue garnering the support of those who least felt the slow economic recovery benefits from the 2008 financial crash. He criticised the Federal Reserve, blasted trade deals like with China and NAFTA, and called into question the unemployment rate. Despite the animosity from a considerable number of influential figures in the USA and the world at large, he is at the helm of the most powerful nation in the world.

The other notable name which benefited hugely from the 2008 financial recession is Satoshi Nakamoto. This could be a male Japanese individual or the name of an entity. However what is known for certain is the name is the alias used by the creator of Bitcoin. Google the name and find out yourself.

Nakamoto rivalled the foundation of money by creating cryptocurrency in early 2009. Is it fortuitous or not that, the creation of the Bitcoin just happened to perfectly correspond with the collapse of people’s confidence in the financial system. Or Nakamoto is an opportunist who used a well calculated strategy to wait for the right moment to unveil his/ their idea.

Recently I went back to the matrix and I was greeted by tired looking buildings as well as poverty from every conner. However amid the misery and despair they be some thriving businesses, individuals and thugs benefiting from subtle as well as blatant corruption.

I know that the key to weathering the economic chaos is to find the opportunity within it. But do not benefit from the misery and suffering of the less advantaged, it’s unscrupulous.