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8 Things People Will Tell You When You Are Trying To Live Your Passion



Some of us did let other people’s opinion fashion how our lives will be. Which shouldn’t be so! I have seen someone who gave up what he was pursuing because of what friends said to him.

What Is Your Passion?

Your passion is that thing that keeps you awake late in the midnight. It is that thing you do for free and still remain happy. It is that thing that if you don’t do, you may fall sick or feel sad.

Your passion may not necessarily be what you study in school. But imagine if you study the course you are passionate about. Your passion could be caring, it could be reading, it could be teaching, cooking, writing, and so on.

You should know that, your passion is nothing, until you are known for it. And the only way for you to be known, is to show yourself. What is not shown is not known.

You would agree with me that it wasn’t only Mark Zuckerberg that had the passion of connecting people together using the internet. Some might have it before him, but they couldn’t go far probably because of what they heard from people around them. And there was someone who didn’t give a damn about what others may say about his passion.

Maybe you just discovered what you are passionate about, and want to crawl out of your cocoon of comfort to let people hear or read about/from you, take note of these things you are likely to hear from people.

1). What Are You Doing?

Don’t be surprise to hear this. It is not that they don’t know what you are doing, as a matter of fact, they knew you love writing but they will still ask, what are you doing? When you hear that you may want to ask yourself too. And may gradually be letting go of your passion.

2). Why Are You Wasting Your Time?

People will surely ask this especially when your passion requires you go and do stuffs. To some, it may seem as a waste of time. For example, if you love reading a lot, don’t be surprise to hear people say that.

3). No One Likes That

Yes, you will hear this especially if you are into selling something. When you are trying to venture out, people will tell you, no one likes that, many people don’t do that, don’t waste your time doing it.

4). Don’t Waste Your Money

When you are trying to update your skills as regarding your passion, some will tell you it’s a waste of money. For example, Let’s say you love blogging and you want to upgrade by signing up for an online HTML tutorial, people may tell you, since you know a little about it, why wasting your money? You may be forced to sit so long in your comfort zone. And the more comfortable your are in your comfort zone, the more obsolete you become.

5). You Don’t Need It

Suppose you are a Nurse and want to venture into turning your passion to profit, some will tell you, you don’t need that. Why would you want to do business?

6). It Is Not Profitable

You are going to hear this countless of time from people who are only looking for money, from people who only do things for people because of money. Before it can bring money, you must be able to do it for free. If you can’t do it for free, no one may hear about you and you won’t be happy doing it.

7). Your Mates Are Doing This And That

This is usually from parents and elder ones. You may be forced to give up your passion if you are not really passionate about it. The moment you hear, “You want to be a Photographer when your mates are Doctors, Lawyers?“. They probably don’t know happiness is not in the title you bear, but in what you do passionately joyfully.

Let’s look at some artistes. Some are Medical doctors and Lawyers, but don’t practice. You know why? They only study it probably to fulfil their parents’ wish, not what they love to do. I am not discouraging not to go to school, there are schools for any passion you may have.

8). No One Employs Them

The moment you want to study a course you so much love, because of the rate of unemployment in that area, people may tell you, no one employs graduate from that course. Why not study another course that are hot cakes? If you are not passionate about the hot cake course and you go ahead to study it, it’s as good as wasting your time in school and you will keep asking yourself, why am I in this course till you graduate [that is if you don’t drop the course].

You may be living your passion for the fun of it or you may turn it to profit. As long as you are going to continue living your passion, as long as you are going to make a landmark with your passion, as long as your are going to make some impacts with your passion, let your desire to live your passion burns. Let no one tell you it is not possible.

Whether it is possible or not, you should decide, not me, not your friends or anyone.

What have you heard from people that discouraged you from doing what you love? Share it in the comment below and endeavor to share this post.

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I am Obembe, Sunday Dapo (SirPhren). I am the owner of this EMPIRE. I am professionally a Registered Nurse and Passionately a Blogger. I love motivating people, reading and sharing whatever I know. We need to be constantly motivated to be able to push through whatever we want to do. I am also into Blog Designing. "Look within, the secret is inside you." To get through to me, am an email/ WhatsApp away. Am happy to have you around! Let's rock it together!

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What Makes The GREAT Great?



Yeah, what makes the great great? You have seen their glories and you should read their stories. What makes the great great is a book written by Dennis P. Kimbro, Ph.D. I didn’t know about the book till I got to a bookshop In Lagos. Then I went in search of the 50th law of power by Robert Greene and 50cent. I couldn’t lay my hands on it and I asked the book seller to give me any nice book and he did give me What Makes The Great Great. I was glad he did.

“If you want to be great and successful, you must walk hand-in-hand with great and successful people.” Nido Qubein

The book tells of the stories of great men and women, how they were able able to stand out among the crowd and made names for themselves. The author introduces inspiring people who have achieved greatness in their own unique ways, then highlights the qualities each of us must develop before we reach our full potential.

Regardless of your definition of success, the book provides approach of turning your dream to reality. Greatness is guaranteed when you discover life’s true calling, live more courageously, access knowledge and creativity of your mind and embrace integrity in everything you do.

We all have seeds of greatness in us, what makes the great great provides the tools to discover and nourish those seeds.

Dennis P. Kimbro asked some great men and women the question, What makes the great great? See some of their responses below:

When Bill Pinkney [the first African-American to sail solo around the world and the forty-first man to do so] was asked what makes the great great, his response was; “Don’t wait! Now is the time to fulfil your destiny. We must act with courage; look forward with hope; and view life through a lens that defines what can be done rather than what cannot be done. If you are willing to work and never, never quit, you can make your dream come true.” What does this message mean to you?

Percy Sutton said, “If you have but one wish let it be for an idea.”

Robert E. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television said, “Life is a grindstone, But whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends upon what you are made of. And Rev Jesse Jackson added, “You may not be responsible for being knocked down, but you are certainly responsible for getting back up.”

What makes the great great

Henry Park of Park Sausage said, “In one hand I have a dream and in the other I have an obstacle. Tell me, which one grabs your attention?”

When Reverend Ike was asked what makes the great great, he said, “Do what I have done. “Open up a can! The world belongs to those who say I can.”

Mae Jemison, America’s first black female astronaut, when was asked what makes the great great said, “Greatness can be captured in a lifestyle. Life is God’s gift to you, style is what you make of it.”

Quincy Jones said, “Greatness occurs when your children loves you, when your critics respects you, and when you have peace of mind.”

Cornel West, an author and a professor said, “If you want to be great, you must serve willingly and love greatly.”

Oseola McCarty said, “Do as much as you can for as many as you can.”

And according to my observation, the greats are the people who understands what it means to simplify. They are the people who face one thing, face one passion and give in their best and do not believe in being jack of all trades. They are the people with determination and unshaken focus to do what they put before them. They are the people who have desires that burn. They are the people who say I will do this and never give up until they do. – SirPhren

Do you want to be great in that field you have chosen? Now you have just read about the opinions of some of the great men and women who have lived before us. Some of what they said is still valid and it will be nice to practice them.

There is only one thing that can stop you from being great. Do you want to know? Only you can stop you.

Robert Browning said, “When a man’s fight begins within himself, he is worth something.” And Bhagavad-Gita concluded, “A man’s own self is his friend, a man’s own self is his foe.”

If you really want to get your life together, this is one of the books you should probably read.

Which of these answers to what makes the Great great your favorite? Do you also know of other qualities of the Greats? Do share with me in the comment below.

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8 Ways To Keep Yourself Charged Up



To keep oneself charged up, motivated, is the same as being tough, when the going gets tougher. Sometimes, we will feel like giving up. Sometimes, we get tired. We can’t just give up like that. Huh?! We’ve gotta keep moving. When the going gets tough, you should get going.

How can one keeps himself charged up when things are becoming more difficult and discouraging? You can believe with me that sometimes we just want to lie on the couch and do nothing.

Just like the story of a miner. He was digging a place in search of a diamond. He started strong and determined. But, just about 3 inches to reach the diamond, he gave up. He lost faith in himself.

Below are 8 ways to keep yourself charged up. I do use them. And, they really did work.

1. Surround yourself with positive people

Positive, successful, lively colleagues, clients and friends are the kind of people you should have in your circle. Their attitudes and energy will rub off on you. Those you surround yourself with, you become.

2. Give yourself a break

Not just a break, it is several breaks. Having a little time to cool off increases productivity. Make it a habit to relax in between tasks. You can work for 45 minutes and relax for 5 minutes. Or you can choose to extend whichever way it suits you. As a student I recommend pomodoro

3. Set goals and be clear about what you expect of yourself.

You will be more productive when you already have your goals written down. Expect the best.

4. Compliment yourself

Whenever you do things, no matter how little, make it a habit to shower praise on yourself. Cheer yourself up. If you are not an athlete or an artiste, you are going to have to do it for yourself.

5. Believe in yourself.

If people don’t believe in you, you have to do it for yourself. Believe in your abilities. Believe you can do it.

6. Check your performance.

Does it match with your goals? Are you still on point? Are you better than yesterday? Those are ways to check your performance.

7. Notice immediately when you don’t live up to your expectations, but don’t belittle yourself or dwell on it. All you need to do is, improve.

8. To get in a good mood fast, smile.

As famous Wally says, “Find the humor in every day. If you are getting ready for bed and you haven’t laughed yet, just start laughing.” Because as Norman Cousins pointed out to us, “I have never seen anyone in a good state of belly laughter who was also panicky.”

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Positivity: Faith’s Next Of Kin




In a small town, very long ago, was a famine due to lack of rainfall. There was no planting and harvesting for a whole year. One day the village chief summon the spiritual leaders of the land for a meeting to on how to put an end to this drought, the village spiritual leaders suggested that the villagers should assemble together for a very powerful prayer at the village square at exactly 12 mid day.

The village chief summon the town crier to quickly disseminate this information as quickly as possible. At the set date, everybody gathered together at the schedule time, but a small boy was noticed. This small boy was wearing just an ordinary pant but there was something extraordinary about him, he was carrying an umbrella! Yes! That’s Faith, yes! That is positivity!

It rained even before they started their prayers, who knows maybe it was because of the small boy level of faith that quickly accelerate the release of the rain.

Positivity is staying positive even when you find a really good reason to be negative. It is an outlook on life that involves seeing and focusing on the good aspects of a situation, no matter what the circumstances.

Positivity is the next of kin to faith. Your level of faith is determined by how positive you are.

You need to stay positive! You need positivity as drive to arrive at success.

Negativity is a time waster, a puncture tyre that will keep you dragging or even put an end to your journey on your way to success.

If you want to achieve anything good in this world, learn to be positive. Be positive about you, be positive about life and you will see yourself living a victorious life.

Remember positivity is a choice as so negativity, so choose wisely!

How do you usually stay positive?

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