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Can I keep a bad friend with an intention to change them?

This was one of the questions that a student asked after I talked about the positive and negative impact of peer pressure.

It has been a journey filled with series of learning experience.

9th School Empowerment/Book Donation project executed. 2 schools done in one day. © 90 copies of UNCLOG THE CLOG donated
© 110 more books to be distributed
© Support the project on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog 
Thanks to Salvation and Esther for being a great company.

Our slogan remains:
#workingtogether #influencinglives
#amarashub #unclogtheclog #myadventure
Can I keep a bad friend with an intention to change them? This was one of the questions that a student asked after I talked about the positive and negative impact of peer pressure. It has been a journey filled with series of learning experience. 9th School Empowerment/Book Donation project executed. 2 schools done in one day. © 90 copies of UNCLOG THE CLOG donated © 110 more books to be distributed © Support the project on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog Thanks to Salvation and Esther for being a great company. Our slogan remains: #workingtogether  #influencinglives  #amarashub  #unclogtheclog  #myadventure 
8th School empowerment/Book donation executed.

But I'm getting more worried. Apart from the smart students that I've seen, the number of students complaining that they cannot read is worrisome.

How did they finish primary school?
Is the educational system that bad?

These students are the ones coming up to me and it shows that they really desire to change. But this was not part of what I envisaged in this project.

Creating an extramural lesson for this category of students is becoming necessary but not in my immediate budget. © 80 copies of UNCLOG THE CLOG donated
© 120 more books to be distributed
© Sponsors still needed to donate on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog 
Thanks to my team members Esther and Salvation.

Our slogan remains:
#workingtogether
#influencinglives
#amarashub
8th School empowerment/Book donation executed. But I'm getting more worried. Apart from the smart students that I've seen, the number of students complaining that they cannot read is worrisome. How did they finish primary school? Is the educational system that bad? These students are the ones coming up to me and it shows that they really desire to change. But this was not part of what I envisaged in this project. Creating an extramural lesson for this category of students is becoming necessary but not in my immediate budget. © 80 copies of UNCLOG THE CLOG donated © 120 more books to be distributed © Sponsors still needed to donate on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog Thanks to my team members Esther and Salvation. Our slogan remains: #workingtogether  #influencinglives  #amarashub 
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Some of us have delayed in pursuing our dreams because of procrastination. It actually kills and disempowers our quest to pursue our dreams. 
We have so many unwritten books, unheard songs and unseen inventions because some persons didn't take a step towards their dreams at the time that they were supposed to take those steps.

My words of inspiration to you today is for the hold of procrastination to be broken off your life. Do something interesting and execute your dreams on a day to day basis. 
Let this be your guiding motto:
''I will not procrastinate. The things that I need to do, I will do them now.'' Have a lovely weekend.
*Audio Duration: 1min * Some of us have delayed in pursuing our dreams because of procrastination. It actually kills and disempowers our quest to pursue our dreams. We have so many unwritten books, unheard songs and unseen inventions because some persons didn't take a step towards their dreams at the time that they were supposed to take those steps. My words of inspiration to you today is for the hold of procrastination to be broken off your life. Do something interesting and execute your dreams on a day to day basis. Let this be your guiding motto: ''I will not procrastinate. The things that I need to do, I will do them now.'' Have a lovely weekend.
Another student in JSS1 met me after the student empowerment talk and said she wants to know how to read and pass. 
On further inquiries to know how badly she performed, I asked how she passed in her primary school. She told me that she was taking the last position in class.

In her eyes, I saw a desire to change, which made her to walk up to me. I knew she needed extra lessons to learn how to read and write. While I tried to tell her to inform her parents to enrol her for one, she responded:

My Dad had an accident and broke his two legs so all the financial responsibility is on my mum and she can't afford it. 
I gave instruction for her to inform her family to find an extramural lesson and get back to me.

7th School executed for the student empowerment/book donation project. © 70 copies of UNCLOG THE CLOG donated
© 8 schools already booked
© 130 more books to be distributed
© Sponsors still needed to donate on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog

Thanks to my team members Esther and Salvation.

Our slogan remains:
#workingtogether
#influencinglives
#amarashub
Another student in JSS1 met me after the student empowerment talk and said she wants to know how to read and pass. On further inquiries to know how badly she performed, I asked how she passed in her primary school. She told me that she was taking the last position in class. In her eyes, I saw a desire to change, which made her to walk up to me. I knew she needed extra lessons to learn how to read and write. While I tried to tell her to inform her parents to enrol her for one, she responded: My Dad had an accident and broke his two legs so all the financial responsibility is on my mum and she can't afford it. I gave instruction for her to inform her family to find an extramural lesson and get back to me. 7th School executed for the student empowerment/book donation project. © 70 copies of UNCLOG THE CLOG donated © 8 schools already booked © 130 more books to be distributed © Sponsors still needed to donate on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog Thanks to my team members Esther and Salvation. Our slogan remains: #workingtogether  #influencinglives  #amarashub 
Two schools executed today for the student empowerment/book donation project. 
Seeing the young chaps listen and reveal their fears afterwards makes me know that I may never understand the lasting impact that this project will have in their lives.

A girl in SS3 called me on phone and said that she is scared of not being able to further her education because of the financial state of her family. It bothered me 'cos she is in the school press club and was the person who interviewed me after the empowerment talk was over.

I know that someday and very soon, I'll begin to enrol students with unique stories into my scholarship program.

20 copies of UNCLOG THE CLOG was distributed to the two schools. © 6 schools executed
© 7 schools already booked
© Sponsors still needed to donate on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog 
Thanks to my team member @Salvation

Our slogan remains:
#workingtogether
#influencinglives
#amarashub
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Two schools executed today for the student empowerment/book donation project. Seeing the young chaps listen and reveal their fears afterwards makes me know that I may never understand the lasting impact that this project will have in their lives. A girl in SS3 called me on phone and said that she is scared of not being able to further her education because of the financial state of her family. It bothered me 'cos she is in the school press club and was the person who interviewed me after the empowerment talk was over. I know that someday and very soon, I'll begin to enrol students with unique stories into my scholarship program. 20 copies of UNCLOG THE CLOG was distributed to the two schools. © 6 schools executed © 7 schools already booked © Sponsors still needed to donate on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog Thanks to my team member @Salvation Our slogan remains: #workingtogether  #influencinglives  #amarashub  . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Proprietor: "How old are you?"
Me: I am thirty........ Proprietor: "If you hadn't attached your personal profile to this letter for student empowerment/book donation project in my school, I wouldn't have accepted. Your stature doesn't match your profile. You look young."
Me: I'm aware of my stature. That's why I attached my profile to it.

This definitely is not one of the lessons that I desired to learn in this project but pending when I learn to look matured, I have to laugh about it.

Guess what!
8 schools have already been booked for the student empowerment/book donation project. It's demanding, cost-intensive and filled with lots of expectation.

One of the government schools offered that I speak to over 1,000 junior students on assembly ground. Sincerely, I declined. My voice can't match up that audience without any microphone and speakers. 
I opted for just a class of over 300 students. It's obvious that I have to purchase a megaphone for such a huge crowd. Thanks in advance to anyone who would gladly give me a megaphone.

Our target is 20 schools with 200 hardcopies  of UNCLOG THE CLOG distributed
© 4 schools already executed
© 8 schools booked
© Sponsors can donate on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog 
Thanks for believing in what we do. 
Our slogan remains:
#workingtogether
#influencinglives
#amarashub
Proprietor: "How old are you?" Me: I am thirty........ Proprietor: "If you hadn't attached your personal profile to this letter for student empowerment/book donation project in my school, I wouldn't have accepted. Your stature doesn't match your profile. You look young." Me: I'm aware of my stature. That's why I attached my profile to it. This definitely is not one of the lessons that I desired to learn in this project but pending when I learn to look matured, I have to laugh about it. Guess what! 8 schools have already been booked for the student empowerment/book donation project. It's demanding, cost-intensive and filled with lots of expectation. One of the government schools offered that I speak to over 1,000 junior students on assembly ground. Sincerely, I declined. My voice can't match up that audience without any microphone and speakers. I opted for just a class of over 300 students. It's obvious that I have to purchase a megaphone for such a huge crowd. Thanks in advance to anyone who would gladly give me a megaphone. Our target is 20 schools with 200 hardcopies of UNCLOG THE CLOG distributed © 4 schools already executed © 8 schools booked © Sponsors can donate on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog Thanks for believing in what we do. Our slogan remains: #workingtogether  #influencinglives  #amarashub 
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You can be able to measure your life and the progress you make on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis with the kind of routine you have.

Failure is predictable.
Success is predictable.
Both are a function of our daily routine and a reflection of your future.

How do you spend your day?
What are the things you do?

We are in an era of social media.
What are the kind of things that you love to read or focus on social media?

Apart from our daily routine at work, at the office or meeting up the expectation of our boss, in your personal life, what is that thing you do on a daily basis?

If you keep doing that "thing" consistently on a daily basis, will it help you achieve success in the future?

Think on these words! !!
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*Click to listen* You can be able to measure your life and the progress you make on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis with the kind of routine you have. Failure is predictable. Success is predictable. Both are a function of our daily routine and a reflection of your future. How do you spend your day? What are the things you do? We are in an era of social media. What are the kind of things that you love to read or focus on social media? Apart from our daily routine at work, at the office or meeting up the expectation of our boss, in your personal life, what is that thing you do on a daily basis? If you keep doing that "thing" consistently on a daily basis, will it help you achieve success in the future? Think on these words! !! . . . . . . . . . . . .
As I started my visit to some schools that will be enrolled for the 2nd phase of the student empowerment/book donation project, I observed that the expectation from the schools differ.

The proprietress of one of the schools told me:
"While we make arrangements for you to come and talk to our students, my son who is in the higher institution needs this empowerment talk. He is not enthusiastic about his studies and........." She felt that if someone else speaks to him, there will be a positive change. It's been a learning process.

We are putting all plans in place for the 2nd phase of the school empowerment and donation of hardcopies of UNCLOG THE CLOG to the school libraries. © 4 schools already executed
© 16 more to go
© 160 copies of UNCLOG THE CLOG to be distributed
© Sponsors can donate on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog

Thanks for believing in what we do.
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Our slogan remains:
#workingtogether #influencinglives
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#amarashub #unclogtheclog #myadventure #capacitybuilding #author #speaker #brand #personalbrand #influencer #cnn #who #un #gender #youth #students #humandevelopment #strategist #millionairemindset #cnnafrica #growyourgram #mondaymotivation #youthempowerment
As I started my visit to some schools that will be enrolled for the 2nd phase of the student empowerment/book donation project, I observed that the expectation from the schools differ. The proprietress of one of the schools told me: "While we make arrangements for you to come and talk to our students, my son who is in the higher institution needs this empowerment talk. He is not enthusiastic about his studies and........." She felt that if someone else speaks to him, there will be a positive change. It's been a learning process. We are putting all plans in place for the 2nd phase of the school empowerment and donation of hardcopies of UNCLOG THE CLOG to the school libraries. © 4 schools already executed © 16 more to go © 160 copies of UNCLOG THE CLOG to be distributed © Sponsors can donate on >> https://paystack.com/pay/donate-unclog Thanks for believing in what we do. . Our slogan remains: #workingtogether  #influencinglives  . . . . . . . . . #amarashub  #unclogtheclog  #myadventure  #capacitybuilding  #author  #speaker  #brand  #personalbrand  #influencer  #cnn  #who  #un  #gender  #youth  #students  #humandevelopment  #strategist  #millionairemindset  #cnnafrica  #growyourgram  #mondaymotivation  #youthempowerment 
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FIND YOURSELF - TOMORROW
Most of us tend to procrastinate that we are going to do this or that tomorrow. 
But,
Tomorrow is a promise. 
Tomorrow is what you want.
Tomorrow is what you are yet to get or enter into.

All we can do is to maximize what we can do today. Some of us have not been able to achieve what we desire because we keep shifting till tomorrow what we are supposed to do today.

To achieve your dreams and see your desire for the future come to pass, all efforts have to be geared towards giving your best to what life presents to you on a daily basis.

Have a great week.
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#GraceJohnUgwuanya #author #unclogtheclog #myadventure #strategic #africanwriter  #capacitybuilding #thoughtleader #toastmasters #disruption #creativewriting  #leadership #leverage #facilitator #mentoring #mindfulness #keynote #keynotespeaker #tedx #learn  #individuality #executive #brand #growyourgram #influencer #branding #brandyou #personalbranding
*Click to listen* FIND YOURSELF - TOMORROW Most of us tend to procrastinate that we are going to do this or that tomorrow. But, Tomorrow is a promise. Tomorrow is what you want. Tomorrow is what you are yet to get or enter into. All we can do is to maximize what we can do today. Some of us have not been able to achieve what we desire because we keep shifting till tomorrow what we are supposed to do today. To achieve your dreams and see your desire for the future come to pass, all efforts have to be geared towards giving your best to what life presents to you on a daily basis. Have a great week. . . . . . . . . . #GraceJohnUgwuanya  #author  #unclogtheclog  #myadventure  #strategic  #africanwriter  #capacitybuilding  #thoughtleader  #toastmasters  #disruption  #creativewriting  #leadership  #leverage  #facilitator  #mentoring  #mindfulness  #keynote  #keynotespeaker  #tedx  #learn  #individuality  #executive  #brand  #growyourgram  #influencer  #branding  #brandyou  #personalbranding 
Grace suffers long, and is kind; 
Grace envieth not; 
Grace  vaunts not herself, 
Grace is not puffed up, 
Grace does not behave herself unseemly, Grace does not seek her own, 
Grace is not easily provoked, 
Grace thinks no evil; 
Grace rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 
Grace bears all things, 
Grace believes all things, 
Grace hopes all things, 
Grace....... 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Putting my name has revealed that I can't vouch for myself to do all these. I'm still a work in progress.

Can you put your name and read the words above. Is it true for you? .
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#love #grace #GraceJohnUgwuanya #scripture #africa #thoughts #brand #yourself #influencer #branding #brandyou #visionboard  #personalbrand #brandinfluencer #socialmedia #influence #influencemarketing #marketingdigital #unclogtheclog #myadventure #learning #amarashub #progress #growth #author #blogger #strategy  #sunday #growyourgram
Grace suffers long, and is kind; Grace envieth not; Grace vaunts not herself, Grace is not puffed up, Grace does not behave herself unseemly, Grace does not seek her own, Grace is not easily provoked, Grace thinks no evil; Grace rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Grace bears all things, Grace believes all things, Grace hopes all things, Grace....... 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Putting my name has revealed that I can't vouch for myself to do all these. I'm still a work in progress. Can you put your name and read the words above. Is it true for you? . . . . . #love  #grace  #GraceJohnUgwuanya  #scripture  #africa  #thoughts  #brand  #yourself  #influencer  #branding  #brandyou  #visionboard  #personalbrand  #brandinfluencer  #socialmedia  #influence  #influencemarketing  #marketingdigital  #unclogtheclog  #myadventure  #learning  #amarashub  #progress  #growth  #author  #blogger  #strategy  #sunday  #growyourgram