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REAL LIFE LESSONS TO LEARN FROM SUPER EAGLES OF NIGERIA AT AFCON 2013

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The Confederation of African Football’s African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) 2013 has come and gone, with the super eagles of Nigeria crowned the king of African football. In 19 years, this is the first time the eagles will win the cup as the last time they achieved such feat was in the 1994 when the present head coach of the super eagles, Stephen Keshi was the captain on the national side.

I am very sure we are still basking in their euphoria of the win and in celebration mood as football loving Nigerians. The date 10th February, 2013 will remain in the hearts and minds of so many Nigerian because we have craved long for this and it has finally been delivered to us 19 years after.

Nonetheless, achieving such feat didn’t come on a platter of gold, it didn’t come so easy. As a matter of fact, it came with its own fair of criticism, hardwork, determination, focus, dream and aspirations. As I reflect on the path of the super eagles to greatness once more, I discover that their story is actually one to be considered as it has real life lessons for each and every one of us no matter our endeavor  Before I enumerate the lessons, let’s take a little insight into Stephen Keshi and the super eagles of Nigeria’s story.

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The first week of November 2011 for the football followers will come to mind as the week when the announcement of STEPHEN KESHI as the coach of the super eagles filtered into every part of the country and since then, has been in charge of the super eagles. He qualified the super eagles for the just concluded nations cup held in south Africa with the team and players he met on ground. Then the heavy task of building a team that will be competitive enough at the nations cup started. It obviously took him months to get a crop of young players together for the nations cup.

The journey to the nations cup began on the 9th of January when the Head coach of the super eagles released the list of the 23 players that will be participating in the nations cup. To the amazement and surprise of many Nigerians, he had excluded the so-called big boys of Nigerian football. The already established players who ply their trade in different parts of the world and whom Nigerians were actually seeing as the best Nigeria can produce had not been taken. He had further included the names of 6 fairly known players or better still home-based players (those that ply their football career in Nigeria) and 17 players who will be going to the cup of nations for the first time in their career. This decision by the coaching crew was not easily accepted by Nigerians as we all felt he should have included our big-boys who have gone to the cup of nations before, who have played at different levels, who have experience and who we feel can represent us properly not bunch of inexperienced, young, unknown, home-based players. This didn’t deter the coaching crew who have already made their decision and obviously nothing could be done about it.

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On the 19th of January, 2013, the AFCON kicked off and many never gave the super eagles a chance including me (though I loudly support the eagles but inside of my I knew I was just saying all I have been saying because it was my country). The tales of many woes started when the team drew its first and second matches respectively. The criticism started, the analysis rolled out, tongues wagging from different angles, insults and abusive words were used on the super eagles for their seemingly poor performance. As the story goes, the eagles managed to qualify from the group stage and were to meet a very big favourite for the competitions trophy, Cote d’ivoire, but the eagles overcame the obstacle and went further into the competition. Next it was their West African neighbour Mali that confronted them in the semi-final, yet the super eagles won and qualified for the final against Burkina Faso which they successfully won and were crowned the champions of African Football for the third time in history and their first in nineteen years.

Taking a look at the insight of the Super Eagles story to success, they are lessons for us to learn and apply in our various field of lives. I will be picking them one after the other starting from the head coach to the team and finally the fans/Nigerians reactions.

THE CROWD MAY ALWAYS NOT BE RIGHT:  with his list for the AFCON 2013 without the big-boys, STEPHEN KESHI was heavily criticized but he was undeterred and believed in his dreams, aspirations and strength. In life, we make certain unpopular decisions because we feel those are the right decisions to make and because they are not what people expect they will say all sorts of things, but be determined to believe In yourself, dreams, aspirations, strength and do not feel weighed down to change. As long as you are convinced that those are the right decision, stick to them. THE CROWD MAY NOT ALWAYS BE THE BEST TO FOLLOW.

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ALL THAT GLITTER ARE NOT GOLD: Keshi excluded the big boys from the team that he took to AFCON 2013 because he saw through them that they had nothing to offer compared to raw talents he had. For the fact that somethings have been and people are used to them, it doesn’t make them the best that can be gotten. The way they , certainly not be the way they are so the power of perception and insight should always come to the fore.

DON’T STOP BELIEVING: after the very first two matches, the team was already written off by many Nigerians except a few. Most people never thought they will qualify to the next round but they did. People will give up on you especially when they never gave you a chance from the beginning but it is yours to keep the flame of hope alive by believing in yourself and trusting that you made the right decision. IF IT IS TO BE, IT IS UP TO YOU

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PEOPLE ASSOCIATE WITH YOU ONLY AFTER YOUR SUCCESS: the success of the Nigeria Super Eagles shows this in every aspect. At the last minute, when success was looming around Keshi and his infamous team, every body, including those who never believed in him even till the final day started making positive comments about him and the team. Different slogans and graphics were flying from every corner. immediately the final whistle was blown and it dawned on millions of African all across the world that Nigeria will have the bragging right for the next two years, Keshi became a demi-god everywhere. his praise was sang all over the place and nice words were said about him. this only goes to show that nobody values what you do, nobody will give you a chance, nobody will associate with you until you become a success.

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Who says u cant achieve against all odds? Keshi did it.
Who says u cant rise again after failing d first time? Super Eagles did it.

Why limiting yourself because of sooth sayings  assumptions, excuses, being underrated, challenges etc? Go all out and break a BONE.

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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES

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 We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

Aristotle

If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.

St. Clement of Alexandra

Dream big and dare to fail.

Norman Vaughan

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.

Thornton Wilder

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.

Johann Gottfried Von Herder

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.

Samuel Smiles

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.

Voltaire

Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.

Henry Ward Beecher

You cannot plough a field by

turning it over in your mind.

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The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

William B. Sprague

Fortune favors the brave.

Publius Terence

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Posted by on February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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THANK YOU, WORDPRESS

This is a little different from what I have always written. I only so indebted that I really have to write this and if I don’t I  won’t be satisfied.

I had noticed that I had a flair for writing right from a tender age but couldn’t get a plat form to do. I thought that I will go to the university to study a course like mass communication and major in the print media so that I can always write but my dream came to an end when I gained admission into the university to study physics/electronics. For five years, I see my dream run away from me without me being able to chase it. I live everyday wishing that I could showcase what I have and master my art of writing.

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Then I came across wordpress.com and things never remained the same since that day. I have been able to get my confidence back. I am able to write my articles and my thoughts now. I am to show the world what I have inside and I can now develop my writing skills. I am grateful to wordpress.com for bringing close to thousands of writers that I can read, learn and develop myself.

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I just want to use this article to say thank you for giving this opportunity.

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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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RIGHT TO HEALTH

imagesMany a times, we hear that accidents victims are refused treatment because there is no initial deposit of funds for their treatment and most often than not these victims end up dead. It only makes me wonder what is wrong with the medical profession. I ask myself many questions like: are these medical practitioners not humans with feeling? Are they also being thought to be wicked in the medical school (because that is how I see it)? Is money more important than saving the lives of people that they actually went to school for? Did they actually go to medical school because they want to save lives or because of the money? So many questions come into my mind when I hear or read about such ugly incidents.

On the other hand, I don’t want to be too judgmental towards these medical practitioners as we have seen a lot of them render treatment to victims or patients without initial deposit of money and at the end of the treatment don’t get their money paid. Of course, no body will want to venture into a business to make a loss, so also, these medical practitioners spend a lot of funds on the treatment of one patient or accident victim and it will only be so heart-breaking and spirit-damping not to the necessary money after the treatment. Evaluating these two situations only made make wonder who really should pay more attention to medical care, should it be the government or the private sector.

I will be baring my own candid opinion on the subject on who I feel should be more involved in medical care. To start with, I will say that the government should have more part to play in the provision of medical care.

Firstly, the government’s responsible involvement will obviously reduce the cost of treatment that we get as the private hospitals. It has become a very common practice for this private hospitals to exaggerate the level of illness of a patients and the treatment in order to give out a very huge bill because that is the reason why there were set up; maximizing more profits than the treatment given to a patient. The government will help reduce the cost of treatment since their main aim of setting up such hospitals is not solely for profit-making but for rendering proper medical services to the people who need them.

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Another major reason is the facilities available in these hospitals. If we were to draw a comparison between the facilities in government and private hospitals, we’ll see that there are no basis for comparison. Most private hospitals around don’t have enough facilities in terms on both human resources and materials compare to the government hospitals and this is due largely to the fact that the government have much more money to invest in this hospitals.

The availability of specialists is another reason why the government should provide medical care. In very many private hospitals, we have a very few number of doctors who oversee the general affair of hospitals and have nurses who provides assistance, while of courses, the government hospitals also have nurses, but they have an overwhelming number of specialists who see to different department of the hospitals. In a typical government hospital, there are departments such as dentistry, cardiology, intensive care unit

(ICU), accidents & emergency (A&E),ear, nose and throat(ENT), gynaecology, maternity, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, pharmacy to mention just a few because the list goes on. These departments all have heads that are specialized in that particular field. A private hospital will hardly be able to boast of these departments with a high number of specialists.

Finally, the availability of these healthcare services to the rural area is largely dependent on the government. I have discovered that the very best of these private hospitals will only establish in urban areas where they can maximize profits. With the involvement of the government in the health care, those in the rural areas will have access to quality health care at a very low and affordable cost.

I wont complete this article without saying that the government will really have to pay attention to  this sector if they must provide quality healthcare to the people they govern because it has been noticed that the government hospitals have been left unfunded, this is due to the lackadaisical attitude of the government. I am using this medium to call on the government to be more responsible with respect to funding the health sector.

What’s your view on the health sector in your area, do you feel that the government should be responsible for providing health care or it should be left to the private sector?

NB: I wrote this article with respect to my environment, what is attainable where I am might be quite different from yours so you might have a different opinion. Feel free to share your opinion.

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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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MY READING AND WRITING SPACE

As a blogger, writing is the major thing i do, while reading helps me to broaden my scopes and ideas. Reading also helps to create a mental picture of what i want our next article to look like; therefore it is highly important for a blogger to always read.

tumblr_md4y22bshM1qbrk03o1_500If I have to design my ideal reading and writing space, what will it have? I am going go let you into my world as a new blogger and what I wish desire and dream that my ideal writing and reading room will grow into.

The very first things in an ideal writing and reading room will be the furniture-table and chair. A very comfortable, spacious and well-designed table and chair will be of paramount interest because as a blogger, a lot of writing needs to be done. I obviously won’t be on a standing position and expecting to churn out wonderfully written articles.

After my furniture, my writing materials will be next. By writing materials, I mean my pen, pencil, notepad and writing paper. these are highly necessary because some articles take more than just a sitting to write, so as the ideas and points come, I will have to just write them down in my note pad before developing them into full articles worth publishing.

A book shelf and a mini-library will also not be a bad idea for my dream reading and writing space. This will enable me to keep a catalogue of books and refer to them in the event that I might need references for my articles.

Then, a computer system, most preferably a laptop connected to the internet will make the space a very complete space. As a blogger, reading blogs of other bloggers should be a routine thing. It will help you create a community of friends where ideas can be shared and exchanged. It will also enable me have insight into articles I want to write and I can do online reference for the article. With the aid of the internet, I will be able to publish my fully written article for my readers to read.

That’s just my dream reading and writing space, what is your ideal reading and writing space?

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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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DO IT YOURSELF

Hello peeps, it’s good to be back here again to pick up from where I stopped that last time. What do I have today…*thinking*…okay, I am writing on a subject that I feel will affect most of us  because it is a thing that we overlook most times but which can be very helpful and beneficial in many ways.

Have you seen this abbreviation anywhere before now, D.I.Y. not many of us will readily remember what it means except for the headline of this article, it actually stands for DO IT YOURSELF which I will be referring to as DIY in this article.

DIY is actually as the name implies is refers to any activity that you do yourself without calling on the attention of a skilled personnel or a professional. Most cases, DIY occurs when we need to build, modify or repair something. Let me share my experience before I continue with the article

ImageTwo days back, I was in the kitchen cooking and my mom was also there too at about 8:00 PM, when suddenly the bulb went off and there was total darkness in the kitchen. It was so dark that we could barely see ourselves until I brought out my phone, thank God that it had torchlight. As was the custom in my house, replacing a burnt bulb was always never an issue, so I got a new bulb, got the domestic ladder and 1, 2, 3 up I went to the top of the ladder fix the bulb, and as I was about doing that, the lamp holder just pulled off the wire that it was attached to. On seeing this, the next word that came out of my mum’s mouth was the name of our electrician. Obviously, my mum was implying that we will need to call on the electrician to come and fix it. The electrician is one young man who does every electrical work in our house, from installation to maintenance to repairs, so it was not out-of-place that she mentioned his name.

But I was immediately infuriated for so many reasons, ranging from the fact that I could do but I wouldn’t be given a chance to the fact that if they decide to call the electrician, he will bring a bill for just fixing a lamp holder back to its place and replacing the bulb. That moment I resolved that I was going to imbibe the spirit of DIY, which I successfully did and the kitchen is lightened up again.

There are so many benefits when you DIY. You will be able to save the money you are supposed to give professionals for doing what you actually can do. As much as you may feel that this amounts are so small, but the truth is this little amounts of money when saved will obviously make a huge amount in no time.

Another benefit of DIY is the fact that you get to become knowledgeable in areas you never would have thought you could. There’s a popular sayings. ‘’no knowledge is a waste’’, that is the result when you DIY, you never can tell when that knowledge u gathered from doing it yourself will be needed and appreciated.

ImageFurthermore, when you DIY, it gives you confidence that no matter what time of the day or month or year that anything needs repair, you’ll certainly have no fear of not getting professionals, since you can do it yourself. Though, while it is true that it’s not all faults that we can fix ourselves but the little ones that don’t need some much skill can be done without the help of any skilled personnel.

Finally, DIY cuts across many aspects of life, it isn’t limited to a particular sphere, so everybody can Learn to DIY today as it goes a long way in helping you solve some minor issues on time every time.

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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO

For quite some days now, I have really been discouraged about writing articles for this blog and it really weighed me down because I always get that feeling when I start out on something, in the middle of the task, I just lose interest and stop everything. It had always giving me concern and have even gotten me in troubles but I have never really bothered much about finding a solution not until now that it’s beginning to affect my dream of becoming a full-time blogger and probably a writer.

I have read a lot of books and articles on what the problem really could be and was able to come out with a reasonable solution that got me back on my feet so here I am coming up with a summary article that helped me and could help any other person who might have similar challenges as I did to come out of it and continue what they have started.

do what you loveFirstly, in combating the challenge of losing interest in blogging, I had to think about the reason I started blogging, how long it took me to muster up the courage to start and how much I really do love blogging. Getting to know the reason you started a task with ultimately help you to continue whatever it is you are doing.

Then, i took a look at where i started from and what i have accomplished. “The journey of a thousand years starts with just a single step”, The most important part of the whole challenge is that you have started the task and continuing it should not be as difficult as starting.

Nobody-notices_Sign_01-560x560Furthermore, I was also spurred on by thinking on how I have fared in just the few days that I have started blogging, the reactions I have gotten so far. If you have the feeling that you are doing smoothly though might not be as good as you want it, it should spur you on to continue, after all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You don’t expect to your destination just as soon as you start the journey.

Getting into a cycle will also be of immense benefit. What I mean by this is that you should get acquainted with people that do the same or almost the same kind of task as you. I have been able to hook up with other bloggers and seeing their blogs have really inspired me positively to continue writing.

rewardsYou should also make goals and reward yourself when you get to the desired goal set. As a blogger, I made a goal of writing at least an article a day and I have been doing that. Though I failed to write a single article in two days but I didn’t feel too bad because it’s part of the process. It made me only more determined to want to achieve my goal and never stopping until the desired goal is achieved.

Learn new things about what you are doing. As a blogger, I have learnt so many new things that even when I am not writing, I feel I am missing out on a lot of thing and this has got me back into what I am doing. Learning a new thing in what you do will go a long way to helping you in getting your groove on.

Doing what you do continuously will reap rich rewards if you do not tire out. You can learn from my experience and I am sure it will go a long way in pulling you out of the muddy waters of losing interest in what you.

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Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

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2012 has come and gone, 2013 is finally here. From all of us at kelsmooth.wordpress.com, we say a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to our numerous readers.

We promise to make 2013 a very wonderful one for you all.

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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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KEEPING A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION!!

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Three days to end of 2012 and four days to see the start of 2013, about this time so many people are rounding up a lot of things and preparing to start a whole lot of others because of the new year including the practice of making NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS. Are you planning to make one? Then this is for you.

A New Year’s resolution is commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. A key element to a New Year’s Resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. People committing themselves to a New Year’s resolution generally plan to do so for the whole following year. This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous

The number of people that don’t keep a resolution they make is as much as the number of people that make a resolution from the beginning because of various reasons. A 2007 study by RICHARD WISEMAN Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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