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Success Strategies 2 – Negotiate

My little one is a professional at saying exactly what he wants and he often insists on getting it. He'll specify the cup you should use and how full it should be when you prepare him a chocolate drink. He'll say the outfit he wants to put on for his birthday and will even negotiate his schedule - Mummy, please can I play one game first, then write one to fifty, then go outside and ride my bicycle before I come back and finish my homework? I grant his requests as often as they are reasonable and have no negative consequence. Right now as I write, he's asking to keep playing with his...

Success Strategies

I watched a leader give an account of his organization's achievements over the past year. He said everything without referring to a document. He had the figures for the key performance indicators logged in his memory and I thought that was impressive. He went further to explain the origin of the ideas that became the vision and goals his entire team ran with until every single one was accomplished and at the end of the event, he happened to share with a small group I was part of a new vision which should be realized sometime next year. Amazing! So I deciphered the pattern - this leader spends time in prayer/meditation, receives divine direction/instruction/ideas,...

Husband Material 3 – Watch!

Don't ignore the signs More often than not, the signs are there to help you tell what kind of person you're dealing with. In fact, if you pay attention, you can predict how they'll likely respond to certain events in the future. I believe this discovery of a person's tendencies, likes, dislikes, habits, values and general behavior is more effective when they have their guard down. You need the person to be himself or herself as much as possible. Conscious of this fact, I paid attention to Kingsley. I watched him while we were out with our group of friends and while we were at Church. He was still in focus while we were...

Husband material 2 – Intelligence 

Intelligence Another item on my list was intelligence because I wanted to be completely understood by my spouse. For this reason, one of my goals was to ensure, before saying 'Yes' to a prospect, that we weren't too far apart on the intelligence scale. For me, tall, dark and handsome wasn't enough so I was on the lookout for brain matter. I believed there had to be more than just good looks to make a relationship work. Avoid Shame in the Future I had heard about a few embarrassing accounts that happened because of huge IQ gaps between couples and I didn't want to experience such. If we were out with friends or colleagues, I...

Husband material – 1

Birthday One beautiful evening, I sat by my window and discussed with all the people who came to see me. It was my birthday and as expected, I had several guests. I typically hosted my female friends inside my hostel but guys were not allowed because of the religious beliefs in that part of the country. As a result, a young lady sitting at the corner of the room and talking to someone on the other side of the window wasn’t a strange sight at all. It was part of the process in testing if your prospect was 'husband material'. Three People I hoped a few people would come by. In fact, I hoped three...

Low Budget Excellence

A mentor of mine speaks of low budget excellence from time to time. In summary, this is about striving to get the highest value at the lowest cost possible. It's not so easy to achieve though. You have to go the extra mile to discover people or businesses  who are not well known, but can offer you the quality of service you desire at a lower price, or you develop cutting edge negotiation skills to be able to reach very good deals with the well known brands. Do you really have to spend all that money to get what you want? Is there no other way to achieve your goal than the current option you're...

Transitions

On the X Factor UK, a young man got four yeses after singing beautifully. He ran out to meet his mum and picked her up in a joyful embrace. The transitions in life are just so amazing. I remember holding Nathan in my arms shortly after his birth and all the times I carried him as he grew. Then he began to use me as a yardstick to track his progress. He would say, ‘Mummy, now I’m at your chest, very soon I’ll be at your neck, then I’ll be at the top of your head’. My usual response is ‘yes please, grow tall, that’s the plan… one of the reasons I married...