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YOUNG HIGH FLYERS & ACHIEVERS – THE PRIDE OF NIGERIA & THE BLACK RACE — THE MAKING OF GENIUSES

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POSITIVE THINKING: There is no magic wand TO SUCCESS. You could be greater than great personalities whose names have entered the positive pages of history if you are determined. A Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’’ Use positive thinking. Visualization techniques can help you achieve greatness. Studies have shown that visualization can effective in improving athletic and academic performance. Many athletes (such as Muhammad Ali and Tiger Woods) have used visualization to help them win boxing matches, races, even golf tournaments. There are two basic types of visualization, outcome visualization and process visualization, and you should use them together for best results’’ Process visualization involves imagining all the steps you need to take in order to achieve your goal. Think about each action you will take leading up to accomplishing your goal of greatness.’’ (Trudi Griffin) Foremost nationalist, Obafemi Awolowo said: ‘’ “While many men in power and public office are busy carousing in the midst of women of easy virtue and men of low morals, I, like a few others like me, am busy at my desk thinking about the problems of Nigeria and proffering solutions to them. ‘’Only the deep can call to the deep.” This means that whoever wishes to attain his/her goals in life must be prepared to work very hard and conscientiously. On his part, Nigeria’s first ceremonial president, Nnamdi Azikiwe stated that: ‘’There is plenty of space at the top because very few people care to travel beyond the average route.”And so, most of us seem satisfied to remain within the confines of mediocrity REACHING THE FINISHING LINE: It is important to know that nothing comes easy. A newspaper article captioned: MAY YOUR ROAD BE ROUGH, written in 1964 by a great Nigerian, Tai Solarin is apposite here. Solarin reads in part: ‘’I am not cursing you; I am wishing you what I wish myself every year. I therefore repeat, may you have a hard time this year, may there be plenty of troubles for you this year! If you are not so sure what you should say back, why not just say, ‘Same to you’? I ask for no more. ‘’Our successes are conditioned by the amount of risk we are ready to take. ”Earlier on today I visited a local farmer about three miles from where I live. He could not…

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