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Hi guys! It’s another week … Hope you had an amazing week last week!!!!  Here are the quickies from last week. For today’s tid-bit, click here. The recap posts of weekly quickies will end next week 😦 Have another awesome week!

14th April 2013

Wash your face every morning in a bath of praise.

Praise

15th April 2013

The value of a thing is shown in the time invested in it.

Value-Quote

16th April 2013

No matter how long the night is, there is always morning after.

Light after Dark

17th April 2013

There is a difference between between influence and authority.

Influence and Authority

18th April 2013

Follow principles, get success!

Principle to Success

19th April 2013

Age is just a number, maturity is a choice.

grades-dont-measure-intelligence-and-age-doesnt-define-maturity

 

20th April 2013

Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait, but worse to regret.

Determination

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Scared. Of?


I’ve been here before don’t get me wrong and I’ve come out of it. But recently, at least for the past few weeks I’ve been scared. Scared of what? I don’t know. All I know is I’m ‘scared’ …
Maybe of responsibility … I have been busy a lot lately. Been in and out of many things. Been trying to juggle so many aspects of my life so maybe I’m scared of responsibility.
Maybe of being a disappointment, failing people who expect much from me. I feel like I need to be near perfect at least to be an example to certain young ones looking up to me. Not living up to my full potential. I’m trying to read and understand but its hard and I try to remember but its even harder. The easiest thing to do right now is to pay attention in class though that’s hard as well. Still I don’t know what I’m scared of.
Maybe of failing … Not being where I used to be or where I want to be. Failing academically, socially, spiritually, morally even financially – not so sure about mentally or is being scared already doing that?
Maybe of success – Scaling through even when I know what little my efforts did. The way God favors me though … I’m scared that I’ll succeed and no longer give Him glory. I’m scared that I’ll succeed and just expect it, no longer appreciate it. I’m scared that I’ll succeed and it would blow my head up, I’d no longer acknowledge Him. But I want success …
Maybe of sickness. The past two weeks I’ve been falling in and out of one thing or the other. The other day, a friend screamed that I was burning and I felt nothing. I’m scared of hospital bills especially if its no big deal, I’d probably even get worse in that environment anyway. I’m scared of missing attendances, missing classes, missing tests. I’m scared of the drugs – I don’t want to live off drugs. I’m scared of being vulnerable …
Maybe of BEING A BURDEN; I feel like I might be a burden, to myself, my family, my friends, even to God sometimes. I know I can’t do nothing on my own strength but I feel like I don’t even try hard enough. My family loves me (I mean who wouldn’t ;)) but I feel I ask for too much sometimes and they’d go out of their way to make me comfortable. To myself – I dunno how – I just feel I am. See with thoughts like that in my little mind obviously I stress myself. In short, I’m a burden to me. When I ask for stuff sometimes from my friends, by the reactions of some of ’em I regret even asking in the first place or I feel I always ask a few for too much when I don’t give enough or I bug ’em too much but they are just too nice to send me away …
Which brings me to ‘Maybe of REJECTION’. I’d rather stay in my lane than have you kick me out of yours 🙂

I’m scared of a lot of things. I’m scared of me – of being me sometimes. It can be overwhelming – Sometimes I feel its too much. I don’t know why but I just am. This is not born of depression (don’t worry), just the ramblings of a scared ……. year old but I still leave myself to God after all at the end of the day I can do NOTHING.
I’m human too and I need prayers as well. 🙂

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Examination Excellence – DuringEXAM


It’s a little overdue I think but then everything happens for a reason ;). This is part two of Examination Excellence. In case you missed Pre Exam (part 1), just click here!

We know so far the basics concerning what to do before exams. Tips for during exams are kind of hard to outline but I’ve highlighted a few for you guys. Thanks for your responses on part 1 and I hope this helps as well. Enjoy!

1) Sleep well

Yes, Sleep! There’s no point in you getting sick during the exam or dozing in the hall so as much as you may need to sacrifice some hours of sleep, you should sleep a little! It not only relaxes your body but your mind as well.

2) Double check EVERYTHING

Be sure to make sure you have everything you need for the exam the previous day – especially for morning papers. I still advise that you cross check just before you leave for the exam. You may have taken something and forgotten to return it or put something close by so as not to forget but lo and behold … So be extra careful!

3) Revise your notes with enough time to spare

This is particularly tricky. I mean you can’t control time but if you study well before exams, you just need to revise so plan your time to revise that particular course the previous day or the morning before for papers much later in the day. Giving yourself adequate time reduces the pressure placed on you thereby reducing tension and making it easier to assimilate knowledge.

4) Get there on time

My definition of on time in this case is at least 5 minutes before the official time. Give enough time to accommodate delays and ‘unforeseen circumstances’. Once you’re late, it affects your mental game and the time you spend trying to find balance again is time wasted. Just avoid all that and get to your venue on time.

5) Discard your panic button

There is nothing you can do again once its time for the paper whether you’re done reading or not.
There is nothing you can achieve if you freak out about the size of material you have left to cover.

Just don’t panic – It makes things even worse! Try and stay calm at all times. Do your best to cover what you have to. If you can’t, it may be somewhat unfortunate; if you can, how great for you but ultimately panic can cause failure in itself.

Those are five basic rules. Before I forget, pray before you start and after you’re done. I have a few more but you can add to your list by building on these. Personally, (even though I do it sometimes, I’m trying to stop) I don’t like going over the questions to see which ones I got wrong because it’s sort of depressing when you dwell on it. Some tests however, I like to review so I can have knowledge of it for the main exams.
Like I said, it depends on you. Create your own list but these are 5 basic tips.

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Take the initiative


How Much is Too Much?

When driving, people may ask ‘How close is too close?’ before it becomes an accident.
When drinking, they may ask ‘How far is too far?’ before they become nuisances to their surroundings.

In life one question we keep asking ourselves is ‘How much is too much?’. True, everything in moderation is the principle but one thing you can never have enough of is KNOWLEDGE! You can never get to the point of ‘too much’ knowledge or acquire too much of a skill. Take my four friends for example – This is what is:

Kola – A student who’s been working for someone in events management for the past 3 years. He works overtime and extra hours without pay but he loves decorating.
Onyinye – Another student in secondary school who loves teaching but at the moment is idle at home stuck on televison and spending her parents money.
Sherifat – A skilled writer who’s also a student. She writes in her spare time but really makes no money out of it?
Oscar – An 18 year old computer whiz – anything computers he’s your guy! He’s so into them that he chose to study a computer related course in school but again he’s broke and stuck at home this summer.

Now we have these same four people with what could be:
Kola: An interior decorator who does contract jobs and is also a student at XYZ University.
(Improved on his interior decorator skills and became an entrepreneur at 21)
Onyinye: One of the youngest public speakers in Nigeria and also one of the most influential who is in her second year in senior secondary school.
(She developed her teaching skills and went on to learn about public speaking)
Sherifat: A well sought after script writer and popular magazine columnist who sponsors herself through school and is about to release her first book.
(Researched different writing styles and went ahead to develop on them – The key was diversity)
Oscar: The foremost web designer and software programmer around. You have to book him well in advance because everybody wants him.
(Went above and beyond computers. The world is a global village and he decided to develop himself where his strengths lie)

These are the same four people with a difference – their skill level! The moment you understand that you have something to offer you become productive. The definition of success is doing what you like and making money out of it. It’s q simple formula:
(Knowledge + Increased capacity + Good character) – Inhibition = Success
We all want to be successful … Not so? That’s the first stage DESIRE. CAPACITY and OPPORTUNITY are the other two. There are many opportunities in the world today to improve on set skills so grab them and if the desire is there, the capacity will follow.
Finally I put it to all of us that we should make our priority learning what we’re passionate about not being passionate about what you’re learning. The latter is good as well but it’s easier to give your best when you’re doing something you love!