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Faith Abiodun
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Faith Abiodun - Educator, Innovator, Entrepreneur, International Affairs Analyst, Project Manager. President, Global Impact Network
Faith Abiodun - Educator, Innovator, Entrepreneur, International Affairs Analyst, Project Manager. President, Global Impact Network

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I know that something needs to shift in the way that citizens approach their governments. I was raised on a system of fear which ensured that I expected little from governments and cared even less about them. I however realized that no matter how hard I tried, I could not ignore governments and public officials – their actions and inactions influence education policy, healthcare, elections, and all manner of social services. I realized that we would all be better off seeking to understand how governments and multilateral organizations work, and perhaps seek means of engaging with them better.
https://faithabiodun.com/2017/03/22/why-i-established-the-ala-model-african-union/

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You cannot change what you do not understand. Invest your time in learning, gleaning knowledge and cultivating wisdom from every source - people, books, experiences and all sorts of media. Be keen, be observant, be philosophical, postulate theories and then evolve them through your life's work. Challenge conventions, make bold assertions, write, speak, do.
Live a life as full as your dreams, and be thankful always.
If you will change the world, you have an obligation to learn as much as you can about it, and that takes effort. Along your journey, you will be humbled, exhausted, frustrated, excited and humbled again. Life demands that. Life provides that.
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You were not created to occupy space.
You were not created for ordinary living.
You were not created out of God's boredom.
You were not created as an experiment.
There is a uniqueness attached to you, and all your querky eccentricities or brilliant attributes are all part of your exceptional design. Now put all that to use for the benefit of the world.
We've been waiting for you. Welcome!
Now prove yourself!
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Today, I celebrate everyone who has ever pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to be better than I have ever been. Progress is often uncomfortable, and it is often cloaked in tears and despair, but the end product is altogether lovely. Thank you for the hard times and the beautiful smiles. Thank you.

If you've come this far without owing anyone anything, how far have you really come?
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I started two enterprises - one for-profit and one non-profit - as a student. I also did quite a few other things. Those experiences have formed the bedrock of who I am today and what I continue to do. And I was really good at school too. Life doesn't have to be a trade-off as I found out.
This article provides some very basic and important pieces of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, whether still in school or working jobs. Get in there!

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I am not a great artist; actually, I failed woefully at fine art in primary school and Technical Drawing in secondary school. I was always amazed and impressed by my classmates who had all the sophisticated equipment for construction drawing when I couldn't even manage to draw a straight line with a ruler. Simply put, I wasn't wired to be an artist.
But there are several more things that I am incredibly good at; better than most people I have ever met. I have my strengths, and I have chosen to leverage those strengths for success.
You may want to do the same, and stop complaining about the few things you're not really good at. Your life is ticking!
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I remember listening to a speaker a few years ago who described three kinds of people you should have in your life:
CONFIDANTS - people who are for you and with you
CONSTITUENTS - people who are for what you are for
COMRADES - people who are against what you are against
It is very easy to classify all these people as friends, but it is super empowering to be able to segment your 'friends' appropriately as you plan your path in life.
Do not confuse your comrades with your confidants.
Have an empowering week!
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I am a dreamer by nature and by choice. I routinely catch myself thinking up solutions to challenges around me, and I'm constantly designing programs and projects to solve complex social problems. There are days when I bemoan the scarcity of time to do even more than I already do, and there are many more days when I think: "If only I wasn't already employed, I could have a lot more time to do...xyz".
It is in those moments that I realize that I am almost becoming a slave to my dreams. Yes, there is so much that I want to do, and so much change that I want to create in the world, but I am already doing the most I can with the resources available to me. I am privileged to be where I am and I don't take that lightly. I don't want to agitate so much about the future that I miss out on this amazing gift aptly called "the present".
I am thankful for the opportunities available to me, and I will continue to work very hard, but I will not become a slave to my own dreams. At the right time and with the right conditions, they will become reality.
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I'm starting off this week with some powerful words by the ever inspirational Barack Obama: "Progress does not happen in a straight line. None of the giant strides in our history happened over night". Now, this is common sense, but it does not always give comfort to those who need solutions right now. Your mind is the most powerful weapon on earth - you can build up motivation for success or pull down decades of progress simply by the conditioning of your mind.
Get your focus straight; you are doing much better than you think you are. A living dog is better than a dead lion. You're doing just fine. Now put some urgency in your mission for this week and be great at whatever you do. Get up and go!
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We tend to believe our habits are a product of our motivation, talent, and effort. Certainly, these qualities matter. But the surprising thing is, especially over a long time period, your personal characteristics tend to get overpowered by your environment.
If you want to maximize your odds of success, then you need to operate in an environment that accelerates your results rather than hinders them.
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