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Don’t try to “fix” …

Don’t try to “fix” anyone. Instead, look for someone who isn’t broken.

20 Things I Should Have Known at 20

 

1. The world is trying to keep you stupid. From bank fees to interest rates to miracle diets, people who are not educated are easier to get money from and easier to lead. Educate yourself as much as possible for wealth, independence, and happiness.

2. Do not have faith in institutions to educate you. By the time they build the curriculum, it’s likely that the system is outdated– sometimes utterly broken. You both learn and get respect from people worth getting it from by leading and doing, not by following.

3. Read as much as you can. Learn to speed read with high retention. Emerson Spartz taught me this while I was at a Summit Series event. If he reads 2-3 books a week, you can read one.

4. Connect with everyone, all the time. Be genuine about it. Learn to find something you like in each person, and then speak to that thing.

5. Don’t waste time being shy. Shyness is the belief that your emotions should be the arbitrators of your decision making process when the opposite is actually true.

6. If you feel weird about something during a relationship, that’s usually what you end up breaking up over.

7. Have as much contact as possible with older people. Personally, I met people at Podcamps. My friend Greg, at the age of 13, met his first future employer sitting next to him on a plane. The reason this is so valuable is because people your age don’t usually have the decision-making ability to help you very much. Also they know almost everything you will learn later, so ask them.

8. Find people that are cooler than you and hang out with them too. This and the corollary are both important: “don’t attempt to be average inside your group. Continuously attempt to be cooler than them (by doing cooler things, being more laid back, accepting, ambitious, etc.).”

9. You will become more conservative over time. This is just a fact. Those you surround yourself with create a kind of “bubble” that pushes you to support the status quo. For this reason, you need to do your craziest stuff NOW. Later on, you’ll become too afraid. Trust me.

10. Reduce all expenses as much as possible. I mean it. This creates a safety net that will allow you to do the crazier shit I mentioned above.

11. Instead of getting status through objects (which provide only temporary boosts), do it through experiences. In other words, a trip to Paris is a better choice than a new wardrobe. Studies show this also boosts happiness.

12. While you are living on the cheap, solve the money problem. Use the internet, because it’s like a cool little machine that helps you do your bidding. If you are currently living paycheck to paycheck, extend that to three weeks instead of two. Then, as you get better, you can think a month ahead, then three months, then six, and finally a year ahead. (The goal is to get to a point where you are thinking 5 years ahead.)

13. Learn to program.

14. Get a six-pack (or get thin, whatever your goal is) while you are young. Your hormones are in a better place to help you do this at a younger age. Don’t waste this opportunity, trust me.

15. Learn to cook. This will make everything much easier and it turns food from a chore + expensive habit into a pleasant + frugal one. I’m a big Jamie Oliver fan, but whatever you like is fine.

16. Sleep well. This and cooking will help with the six pack. If you think “I can sleep when I’m dead” or “I have too much to do to sleep,” I have news for you: you are INEFFICIENT, and sleep deprivation isn’t helping.

17. Get a reminder app for everything. Do not trust your own brain for your memory. Do not trust it for what you “feel like” you should be doing. Trust only the reminder app. I use RE.minder and Action Method.

18. Choose something huge to do, as well as allowing the waves of opportunity to help you along. If you don’t set goals, some stuff may happen, but if you do choose, lots more will.

19. Get known for one thing. Spend like 5 years doing it instead of flopping around all over the place. If you want to shift afterwards, go ahead. Like I said, choose something.

20. Don’t try to “fix” anyone. Instead, look for someone who isn’t broken.

 

(This post was inspired by an email question from Daniel. Photo by Tambako the Jaguar.) * Filed by Julien at 1:22 pm under tips

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20 Things I Should Have Known at 20

20 Things I Should Have Known at 20

 

1. The world is trying to keep you stupid. From bank fees to interest rates to miracle diets, people who are not educated are easier to get money from and easier to lead. Educate yourself as much as possible for wealth, independence, and happiness.

2. Do not have faith in institutions to educate you. By the time they build the curriculum, it’s likely that the system is outdated– sometimes utterly broken. You both learn and get respect from people worth getting it from by leading and doing, not by following.

3. Read as much as you can. Learn to speed read with high retention. Emerson Spartz taught me this while I was at a Summit Series event. If he reads 2-3 books a week, you can read one.

4. Connect with everyone, all the time. Be genuine about it. Learn to find something you like in each person, and then speak to that thing.

5. Don’t waste time being shy. Shyness is the belief that your emotions should be the arbitrators of your decision making process when the opposite is actually true.

6. If you feel weird about something during a relationship, that’s usually what you end up breaking up over.

7. Have as much contact as possible with older people. Personally, I met people at Podcamps. My friend Greg, at the age of 13, met his first future employer sitting next to him on a plane. The reason this is so valuable is because people your age don’t usually have the decision-making ability to help you very much. Also they know almost everything you will learn later, so ask them.

8. Find people that are cooler than you and hang out with them too. This and the corollary are both important: “don’t attempt to be average inside your group. Continuously attempt to be cooler than them (by doing cooler things, being more laid back, accepting, ambitious, etc.).”

9. You will become more conservative over time. This is just a fact. Those you surround yourself with create a kind of “bubble” that pushes you to support the status quo. For this reason, you need to do your craziest stuff NOW. Later on, you’ll become too afraid. Trust me.

10. Reduce all expenses as much as possible. I mean it. This creates a safety net that will allow you to do the crazier shit I mentioned above.

11. Instead of getting status through objects (which provide only temporary boosts), do it through experiences. In other words, a trip to Paris is a better choice than a new wardrobe. Studies show this also boosts happiness.

12. While you are living on the cheap, solve the money problem. Use the internet, because it’s like a cool little machine that helps you do your bidding. If you are currently living paycheck to paycheck, extend that to three weeks instead of two. Then, as you get better, you can think a month ahead, then three months, then six, and finally a year ahead. (The goal is to get to a point where you are thinking 5 years ahead.)

13. Learn to program.

14. Get a six-pack (or get thin, whatever your goal is) while you are young. Your hormones are in a better place to help you do this at a younger age. Don’t waste this opportunity, trust me.

15. Learn to cook. This will make everything much easier and it turns food from a chore + expensive habit into a pleasant + frugal one. I’m a big Jamie Oliver fan, but whatever you like is fine.

16. Sleep well. This and cooking will help with the six pack. If you think “I can sleep when I’m dead” or “I have too much to do to sleep,” I have news for you: you are INEFFICIENT, and sleep deprivation isn’t helping.

17. Get a reminder app for everything. Do not trust your own brain for your memory. Do not trust it for what you “feel like” you should be doing. Trust only the reminder app. I use RE.minder and Action Method.

18. Choose something huge to do, as well as allowing the waves of opportunity to help you along. If you don’t set goals, some stuff may happen, but if you do choose, lots more will.

19. Get known for one thing. Spend like 5 years doing it instead of flopping around all over the place. If you want to shift afterwards, go ahead. Like I said, choose something.

20. Don’t try to “fix” anyone. Instead, look for someone who isn’t broken.

 

(This post was inspired by an email question from Daniel. Photo by Tambako the Jaguar.) * Filed by Julien at 1:22 pm under tips

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#OccupyNigeria: The Making Of A Cyber Fury – By Jude Egbas

#OccupyNigeria: The Making Of A Cyber Fury – By Jude Egbas

Articles | | February 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm

“ Do you know any Japhet Omojuwa?”, a younger friend called Okunade Goodman enquired of me on a social net working site as we discussed the impact of Nigeria’s newest Movement, days after thousands of youths had taken to the streets to protest the Government’s hike in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

“No, why?”, I had responded, a bit starry eyed and fecklessly, while almost berating myself for having not looked up the name ‘Japheth Omojuwa’, on the google search engine.

“Omojuwa and Chinedu Ekeke are the main guys I know who drove the #OccupyNigeria Movement. They both have blogs which kept us all informed. You can follow them on twitter @omojuwa, @ekekee, @elrufai, @toluogunlesi, @occupynaija,@yadomah….”, suggested Goodman.

Thus began my twitter adventure. Yes, I had maintained a Tweet handle prior to my discussion with Mr Goodman, but my whole world was about to turn full circle as I began ‘following’ all of the Twitter personalities my friend had suggested above. And as days snow-balled into weeks, I would ‘follow’ more of Nigeria’s cyber activists and other likeminded persons, allowing myself the luxury of peering through a new lens for my country in the comfort of my PC or Smart phone. Over night, I had unashamedly transformed into a Twitter addict of the first degree.

Two years before, In an article which was published on saharareporters.com and other Nigerian online news media titled; “Nigeria’s new power elite are here”, I had responded to Reverend Matthew Kukah’s piece of a similar title by suggesting that the New Power Elite which he had waxed so lyrical about in a piece published in the Guardian Newspapers, was actually closer than we thought. But not even I had expected that new power elite to begin baring its fangs so early in the day. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s (GEJ’s) ill advised fuel subsidy removal scheme, proved to be some blessing in disguise.

As I joined the mass protests on foot from Yaba to the Ojota Park in Lagos on the first day of the strikes, chanting anti-government slogans along the way, I allowed myself a smile and some measure of pride. Nigeria was actually coming of age right before my very eyes. Young people long erroneously perceived as gullible, blithe and insouciant were demanding for changes in the way the country’s affairs have been run and calling for an end to that fabled Nigerian monster—corruption, in the most legitimate of ways .

 

The numerous placards were suggestive of a new force that had been simmering with rage underneath while a heartless political elite ruled the roost insalubriously. By the third day of the protests, it was clear GEJ and his cabinet would have little choice but accede to the demands of the people. The Gani Fawenhinmi Freedom Park had by this time assumed a carnival atmosphere thanks in large part to modern electronic devices and the new media. Younger people were mobilizing friends and families with facts and figures of Government malfeasance and profligacy using Blackberry Devices, the Iphone, Ipads and mobile phones. Facebook statuses and Twitter updates had anger and venom splurged on their pages, each a reminder of the writing on the wall which successive Governments had disparagingly ignored to wit: It was only a matter of time before the bubble of docility in Nigerian homes busted with one more shove to the walls.

#OccupyNigeria has emerged from the rubbles of a fuel subsidy protest and Cyber fury, and indications appear to be that it has indeed taken a life of its own and come to stay. The likes of @ekekee and @omojuwa now have thousands of young people ‘following’ them. @elrufai and @delemomodu now and again chip in with quotes and cries of a new Nigeria. @Pobahiagbon panders towards the grandiloquent as has become his pastime, but still stirs the soul with anecdotes and sound bites deriding the incompetence of the Government of the day.

As I write this piece, the framework for the birth of a twenty million strong Nigerian army or more to install a credible leadership by the time the 2015 elections come around, is being hatched and perfected on Twitter. And to dismiss this mobilization network of angry Nigerians as a bunch of ‘castle-in-the-air’ daydreamers would be fool-hardy.

The fuel subsidy protests provided the tinder box on which a well spring of age long fury had been forever ignited. Apparently, #OccupyNigeria, with a symbolic logo reminiscent of the popular black power movement symbol of 1960 America, has moved from the realms of cyber dreamland and is taking roots in the hearts of millions of Nigerians from Ogoja to Lokoja and from Lagos to Kafanchan.

As I gyrated to the tunes of several artistes who came to perform in Ojota on Day three of a slew of hugely successful mass protests country-wide, it dawned on me that the 2015 polls, with the deluge of modern communication tools in the hands of these young men and women, and further sinewed with a swarm of information at their finger tips, would be even harder to rig.
From Twitter handles and Facebook updates, that new Nigeria we had long envisioned dreamily may yet be taking roots before our very eyes in the most unorthodox of ways. The ‘cabal’ would do well to be warned.

Please join me on Twitter @egbas.

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EDO’s BUDGET OF PROGRESS by Nasir Ahmad @elrufai

Analytical diagnosis… i hope we’d keep and take to the lessons.

A New Nigeria

From a hopeless budget in the Bauchi of the North-East, a sensible one in Lagos of the South-West and an opaque budget in Benue of the North-Central, our focus this week is on the South-South state of Edo with a view to assessing how self-reliant, fiscally prudent and accountable the state is. It is one of the states where a Fiscal Responsibility Bill has been presented to the state House of Assembly but has not yet been passed into law. While the state benefits from the 13% derivation fund as a marginal oil producing state, this fiscal advantage does not translate to any significant edge in financial transfers and key indices when compared to other states in the Niger Delta region.

The Mid-Western Region was created in 1963 from Benin and Delta provinces of the old Western Region, and its capital was Benin City. It was renamed a province in…

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