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Brian Tracy in his book, Million Dollar Habits: The Habits you need to succeed gave some insights about the way the optimist and pessimist thinks.

What is it that optimists think about most of the time? In its simplest terms, optimists think about what they want and how to get it, most of the time. They think about where they are going and how to get there. The very idea of thinking about what they want makes them happy and positive. It increases their energy and releases their creativity. It motivates and stimulates them to perform at higher levels.

Pessimists, on the other hand, are the opposite. They think and talk about what they don’t want most of the time. They think about the people they don’t like, the problems that they are having, or have had in the past, and especially, they think about who is to blame for their particular situ-a tion. And the more they think about the things they don’t want and who to blame for their problems, the more negative and angry they become. The more negative they become, the faster they attract into their lives exactly those things that they do not want to happen.

Rotn. TM Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc. Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management. Associate Partner, First-Goldmine Consulting (An Human Resource Management and Development Services Firm)



Do you want an exponential increase in your income 2016?
Your bank, your boss, and portfolio aren’t doing much to boost your bottom line—reason enough to try these additional revenue-raisers.
Wish you had a little more money in your wallet these days? Who doesn’t?
But you don’t have to accept the status quo when it comes to bringing in the dough. Whether you’re still on the job or retired from the grind, the action plans that follow can help boost your income.


The strategies require human or financial capital (and sometime both). But those that involve work don’t demand extra training, and should leave you leisure time to spare.         Bonus: These moneymakers may satisfy your entrepreneurial spirit, get your creative juice flowing, even diversify your career along the way. Talk about a PAYOFF.


Alexis Jeffries and Donna Rosato wrote an article titled “5 ways to pump your income” in Money Magazine (December 2009 issue) where they shared 5 ideas for additional revenue-raisers.

They ideas is as follows:
1) Consult in your field
2) Seek out yield
3) Head a class
4) Be a landlord
5) Monetize your hobby

Consult in your field
The idea: Deploy current (or recent, if you’re retired) job skills into other work. A graphic designer might create brochures; a marketing manager might develop a company’s social-media strategy. Hemmed in by layoffs and hiring freezes, more employers are using contract workers. Bully for you.


Seek out yield
The Idea: Invest in a global dividend fund using Low-Risk option, Medium-Risk option, and High-Risk options.


Head a Class
The Idea: Leverage your expertise into a part-time college teaching gig. You can lead courses for undergraduates at two- and four year schools, or classes for adults via continuing education and extension programs. Afraid of public speaking? You can even teach online.


Be a Landlord
The Idea:Turn unused space in that empty nest of yours into rental income. The most lease-worthy areas are those with private entrance and bathrooms. Such as carriage houses and mother-in-laws apartments, says Dani Babb, author of The Accidental Landlord.
Don’t have that? Depending upon the demand, it may be worth creating such a space. Babb estimates it costing around $ 1500 to add walls and as much as 10 times that to add a bath.


Monetize a hobby
The Idea: generate profit from your leisure-time activity. Love sports? Referee high school game. Make jewelry? Sell it at craft shows.


Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.


The Books I read in Year 2015

I have a yearly tradition by review the books I read every year in order to motivate and inform my friends and subscribers about the required books for their personal and professional lives.

Check out the books I read in Year 2014:

The following are the some of the hard copies books:

  • Screw it, Let’s do it expanded (Lessons in Life and Business)- Richard Branson
  • The New Rules: Networking- Dr. Rob Yeung
  • The New Rules: Office Politics- Dr. Rob Yeung
  • The New Rules: Job Hunting- Dr. Rob Yeung
  • Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success)- Anne Baber Lynne Waymon
  • Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill
  • The Rules of Work: A Definitive Code for Personal Success- Richard Templar
  • HBR’s 10 Must Reads: On Managing People
  • Get Rich Click: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet- Marc Ostrofsky
  • Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus- Tim Hindle


10) Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus- Tim Hindle

Business success is built on the back of good ideas, which may involve anything from the nature of innovation or motivation to the simplification of business processes. And many of the best ideas have come from those who are widely referred to as “management guru”.

This guide provide a lively and accessible tour of the management thinking that has driven business change over the years and will continue to be influential. For managers everywhere, it will be an invaluable and entertaining source of reference.

Part one: Provides a clear overview of more than 100 ideas that have most influenced the management of business over the past century or so. As well as explaining each idea, it gives a brief run-down of the history behind it and lists suggesting for further reading.

Part two: Give the low-down on more than 50 of the world’s most influential management thinkers past and present. The majority are American-including what can be called the “Famous Five”: Peter Drucker, Douglas McGregor, Michael Porter, Alfred Sloan and Frederick Winslow Taylor- but more than 20 come from countries such as Britain, Japan, India, France, and the Netherlands.


9) Get Rich Click: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet- Marc Ostrofsky

If you think you’ve missed the window of opportunity in the digital world, successful internet entrepreneur Marc Ostrofsky says otherwise. Using real-life examples from people of all ages and walks of life who have made their fortunes online, this engaging guide gives you step-by-step instructions for achieving financial success.

You’ll learn hundreds of ways to make money online with site Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, as well as ways to profit from domain names and digitally based products. Now is the time to change your ideas about making money, accumulating wealth, and taking control of your financial future.

Let Marc Ostrofsky show you the way in Get Rich Click!


8)  HBR’s 10 Must Reads: On Managing People

On Managing People is fraught with challenge—even if you’re a seasoned managers. Here’s how to handle them.

If you read nothing else on managing people, read these 10 articles. We’re combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you maximize your employees’ performance.

This book will inspire you to:

  • Tailor your management style to fit your people
  • Motivate with more responsibility, not more money
  • Support first-time managers
  • Build trust by soliciting input
  • Teach smart people how to learn from failure
  • Build high-performing teams
  • Manage your boss


7) The Rules of Work: A Definitive Code for Personal Success – Richard Templar

You’re good at your job. That’s a given.

But being good at what you do is not enough if you want to be successful. You need something else. You need The Rules of Work.

Because while everyone else is concentrating solely on what they do, you are following the 10 golden Rules of Work that makes sure you’re not just thinking about what you do, but also:

  • How you do it
  • How other perceive you doing it
  • And what else you do besides.

And that’s what gets you respected, valued, admired – and promoted.

Other can be good. You’ll be better.


6) Think and Grow Rich- Napoleon Hill


This book contains money-making secrets that can change your life.

THINK AND GROW RICH, based on the author’s famed LAWS OF SUCCESS, represents the distilled wisdom of distinguished men of great wealth and achievement.

Andrew Carnegie’s magic formula for success was the direct inspiration of this book. Carnegie demonstrated its soundness when his coaching brought fortunes to those young men to whom he had disclosed his secret.

This book will teach you that secret—and the secrets of other great men like him. It will show you not only WHAT TO DO but HOW TO DO IT.

If you learn and apply the simple basic techniques revealed here, you will have master the secret of true and lasting success.



5) Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success) – Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon

Meeting—and keeping—a network of powerful contacts is most effective way to further your career or grow your business. So how can you ensure that you are connecting with and impressing the right people?

A practical, step-by-step guide for creating, cultivating, and capitalizing on networking opportunities and relationships, this book shows you how to leverage professional membership, get the most out of networking events, make a memorable entrance, make conversations flow, and how to follow up.

In this completely revised edition, the author offer new case studies, examples, checklists, and questionnaires, as well as expanded advice on building social capital at work and in job hunting. Complete with a unique self- assessment test that lets you chart your progress as you master the strategies that will help you build beneficial business relationships, this edition of Make Your Contacts Count shows you how to set yourself apart from everyone else in the room and :

  • Create a networking plan
  • Cultivate current contacts
  • Make the most of memberships
  • Share anecdotes that convey character and competence
  • Avoid the top ten networking turn-offs
  • And transform your career with a networking makeover.

With Make Your Contacts Count, the tools to supercharge your career and boost your bottom line lie right in your hands.


4)   The New Rules: Job Hunting- Dr. Rob Yeung

A great new job is waiting for you. Written by an expert who has interviewed thousands of candidates on behalf of dozens of employers, this book is placed with practical insider advice on how to track down and land your perfect job.

Read this book to stand out from the crowd and give yourself the job-hunting edge.

  • Write a must-read CV
  • Get invited to more interviews
  • Handle tough interview questions
  • Amaze interviewer
  • Negotiate the perfect package
  • Want to get a great new job?
  • Want to learn the secrets of getting hired?
  • Want to have employers fighting over you


3) The New Rules: Office Politics- Dr. Rob Yeung

The modern workplace is full of backstabbing colleagues, incompetent teammates, and toxic bosses. But office politics can be positive as well as negative. Learn how to defend yourself and get ahead at work- without compromising your values or resorting to understand tactics.

  • Achieve personal and organizational goals
  • Influence decision-makers
  • Understand political agenda
  • Enhance your reputation
  • Deal with difficult people
  • Tired of being overlooked?
  • Want to enhance your political savvy?
  • Want to gain support and achieve goals?


2) The New Rules: Networking- Dr. Rob Yeung

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. Whether you work for someone else or run your own business, networking will allow you to promote yourself and succeed. Even if you don’t know anyone important, this book teaches you how to build a network of people who will fall over themselves to help you reach your goals.

  • Win friends and allies
  • Meet new people with confidence
  • Build valuable relationships
  • Get people to help you
  • Build your profile
  • Want to get promoted or grow your business?
  • Want to meet new people with confidence?
  • Want to build relationship to get ahead?


1) Screw it, Let’s do it expanded (Lessons in Life and Business)- Richard Branson

 Throughout my life I have achieved many remarkable things. In Screw it, Let’s Do it, I will share with you my ideas and the secrets of my success, but not simply because I hope they’ll help you achieve your individual goals.

Today we are increasing aware of the effects of our actions on the environment, and I strongly believe that we each have a responsibility, as individuals and organizations, to do no harm. I will explain why we need to take stock of how we may be damaging the environment, and why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in a more holistic approach to business.

In Screw it, Let’s Do it, I’ll be looking to the future. A lot has changed since I founded Virgin in 1968, and I’ll explain how I intend to take my business and my ideas to the next level and the new and exciting areas – such as launching Virgin Fuels –into which Virgin is currently moving.

But I have also brought together all the important lessons, good advice and inspirational adages that have helped me along the road to success.

Ironically, I have never been one to do things by the books, but I have been inspired and influenced by many remarkable people. I hope that you too might find a little inspiration between the pages.



Welcome back, I hope you have been inspired and motivated by the excerpts above from the books I read in 2015.

I wish you to hear from you through comments and views


Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc. Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management





Today, I only have questions.

We’re striving for happiness and contentment, but when will we be there? I think we often see a time in the future when things will be better — we’ll have a better relationship, job, house, health situation, financial situation, and more. But when will that day come?

What’s stopping us from being content right now?

What’s stopping us from being present right now?

Many of us can point to external conditions that get in the way of being present (some problem on our minds), or that get in the way of being happy and content. But actually, the things that are stopping us are all inside us. We can’t let go of problems and be present. We are frustrated with ourselves, with others, with our situation, with the way the world is, and we can’t let go of wishing they were different.

The obstacles are inside us.

And so, can’t we let them go?

And can’t the time for happiness be right this moment?

The word “Change” mean different interpretation to different people. Change can either be positive or negative.

Change is not a new phenomenon. It has been part of our lives and our organization for a long time. Change is natural and this is buttressed by the elementary saying “The only constant thing in life is change”.

What is Change itself?

There is no universal acceptable definition for the concept called Change.

According to Oxford Dictionary of Current English define, Change.n 1 (a) making or becoming different, (b) alteration or modification.

We now live in a world of change- at the individual, social, corporate, national, regional, and global level.

We are truly in seasons of change!

It will take an informed global minded, spiritually sensitive, skilled, educated, purpose-inspired people to effectively make a difference in our generation and set a standard for the generations to come.

The 21st Century can be referred as the century of change, which occurs rapidly in the area of Globalization, Information, Communication, Mobilization, Cultural Diversification, Mergers and Networking, Longevity of Life, Technology, Social and Political Transition, and Rapid Transformation.

Across the globe, Leaders are sensing an urgency to integrate their nations into these changes. Old Leadership styles lost their effectiveness and must yield to the new equation of 21st century Leadership.

Dr Myles Munroe, In the Principles and Benefits of Change: Fulfilling your Purpose in Unsettled times writes extensively on the phenemenon called “Change”.

Change is one of the most important factors in life, whether that changes is imposed on us or we’ve created the change ourselves and are eagerly anticipating its possibilities.

Yet, most people don’t manage effectively and positively, some believe that change just “happen” and they don’t think seriously about the effects change is having on them.

Many also neglect to initiate positive changes that would make a significant difference in their lives and the lives of others. And the majority of us end up, in some ways, the victims of unwanted change.

There are four types of change and they are…

To be continue


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Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

There’s a conflict that often happens when we try to be disciplined about something: I want that cinnamon roll right now, but I know I’ll regret it later.

Which interest should win out: your future self, who doesn’t want you to get fat and unhealthy … or your present self, who doesn’t care so much about that and just wants to taste something delicious?

There’s no right answer. The present self usually wins, because he controls the action and so his interests are more important. But the future self actually has a stronger case: he’s actually a bunch of future selves (you in 10 minutes from now, an hour from now, a day from now, three days from now, a year later, and so on). So shouldn’t a thousand future selves outweigh the current self’s interest?

Well, we usually just say, “Screw it, I don’t care what future me wants … I’m going for the cinnamon roll.”

Today, I’d like to share a simple method for avoiding the junk food. And finding discipline across the board: exercise, meditate, eat healthily, write your book, find focus instead of distraction.

We do this by merging the two interests. Imagine you were going to lunch with your friend, and you had to decide where to eat. You each have different preferences.

Choosing one over the other — going to Japanese food (your friend’s preference) instead vegan Mexican (yours) — isn’t fair. So maybe you pick a third choice that you both like (a place that serves sushi burritos, perhaps). Or maybe you choose this time, and your friend chooses the next time. Either way, both are happy.

So how do we merge the interests of future and present selves? I call it Savor Discipline.

It’s three short steps:

First, consider future you. Take a few seconds to consider what future you would want. In the case of the cinnamon roll, your future self would prefer that you not eat the roll. It will contribute to his weight problem and make his health worse (in conjunction with other similar eating choices), but not give him any benefit. You know this because your present self can look back on similar choices in the past — and you can see that you wish you hadn’t eaten all that junk. Future self will have similar feelings about what you do right now.

Second, consider present you. The interests of your present self might seem obvious — you want to eat the pastry! But actually, present self has other interests. For example: present self would like to be healthy and fit, and perhaps present self would also like to learn, be mindful, grateful, successful, and more. The taste of the cinnamon roll is just one interest of many.

Now merge your interests. If future and present you were two friends, with different interests … how could they make it work? One idea is to take turns — present self eats the pastry this time, future self gets the carrot next time. After all, why should just one of you get the choice all the time? It would be no fun if you only ate vegetables, but it would not be healthy if you only ate the pastries. Another way to merge the interests is to find something that both would be happy with. Not a compromise as much as a third option that both would like. I call that option Savor Discipline.

What’s Savor Discipline? It’s basically not choosing the pastry (only present self would like that), and it’s not sacrificing and being unhappy (future self might be cool with that but present self wouldn’t) … it’s finding something to savor in the present moment.

An example: skip the junk food and savor some berries, slowly and mindfully. Or take a walk and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful sunlight. Or read a book and enjoy the quiet time alone. Or learn something, dance to music, do something good for someone else, create something cool. And for each of these activities, savor the activity as if it were the most amazing thing in the world.

Because it can be. If you eat a berry with the fresh eyes of a two-year-old, you stop taking it for granted and start seeing how much of a miracle it is. You can savor its deliciousness, just as much as you could enjoy the junk food.

You can savor many things in the present moment, and your present self can enjoy the living daylights out of it. Your future self will be thrilled.

Culled from:

Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.

Many of us are familiar with the idea of loving our spouses, children, or parents unconditionally — and we might even try to practice that unconditional love, though imperfectly.

But do we try to love ourselves unconditionally?

Consider whether you do any of these (I sure do):

Criticize your body.
Feel like you need to improve at things.
Feel guilty about things you do.
Feel undisciplined, lazy, unhappy with yourself.
Not feel good enough.
Fear that you’re going to fail, because you’re not good enough.
See yourself as not that good looking.
Feel bad about messing up.
For many of us, there’s an underlying feeling of not being good enough, wanting to be better, wanting to be in better shape or better at things. This isn’t something we think about much, but it’s there, in the background.

What if we applied unconditional acceptance of who we are? What if we took a good look at ourselves, our body, our thoughts, our feelings, our actions, and said, “You are perfectly OK. You are perfectly good”?

Would that be a whole different experience for you? Could you accept every single thing about yourself, just as you are, without feeling that it needs to be changed?

I know what many people will immediately say: “But what’s wrong with wanting to improve, with seeing things that need to be improved? Doesn’t feeling bad about ourselves motivate us to change?”

Yes, it can be a motivator. But feeling bad about yourself can also be an obstacle: people who feel that they are fat, for example, are more likely to eat poorly and not exercise, because they see themselves as fat. They are likely to feel bad about themselves and to comfort themselves with food, alcohol, cigarettes, TV, Internet addictions.

What if instead, you loved yourself, fat body and all? What if you loved yourself, laziness and all? What if you loved yourself, all that is ugly and incompetent and mean, along with the beauty and brilliance and kindness?

This person who loves herself (or himself) … she’s more likely to take actions that are loving. Doing some mindful yoga, or taking a walk with a friend after work, eating delicious healthy food like beans and veggies and nuts and berries and mangos and avocados, meditating, drinking some green tea … these are loving actions.

Acceptance isn’t stagnation — you will change no matter what. You can’t avoid changing. The question is whether that change comes from a place of acceptance and love, or a place of self-dislike and dissatisfaction. I vote for unconditional love

*N.B: This is post is culled from my Mentor’s (Leo Babauta) blog,

Akeem Gbadamosi, M.Sc Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.