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The past, the present and the future

With Dr Wilbert R. Mutoko

31 July 2017

 

Many people have been taught that in order to become ultra successful, they should focus on the future and forget their past.

However, for you to be ultra successful in life, career, ministry, spirituality, health, relationships, finances, business, school, family, etc., you need to learn from your past, manage your present and work on your future. There needs to be a balance.

If you ignore your past, you will possibly repeat past mistakes or you fail to maximize on past lessons. Similarly, if you ignore your present, you may never set a good foundation for your future. Remember that tomorrow’s yesterday is today. What you do today determines your success tomorrow. In any case, if you ignore your today, how do you survive your present circumstances?

Therefore, I suggest that you forget past pains, but learn as much as possible from the past. Then take advantage of your present and be realistic; thus avoiding just hoping that the future will be great without wise planning and action.

All the best my dear. See you at the top!

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Job versus work

3rd August 2016
With Wilbert R. Mutoko
 
Stop looking for a job and look for work. A job is what you do merely to earn a living. But your work is what you were born to do. A job is your career, while your work is your calling. Your work can be what we normally call a job, or it can be a business, or a NGO or politics. Many people are frustrated because they are in a job and not work. They persevere in their job because they want to put food on the table. That’s okay for a while. But if you want perpetual joy, aim to move towards your calling.
 
Is it wrong to have a job? NO. While you are in a job, slowly take steps to your work – your calling. Your work will bring you fulfillment as compared to a mere job.
 
What if I can not find work? Start by volunteering in an organization that is linked to your calling. Better still start a small business. Sell something legal, no matter how little the profit is. Just do not sit at home and complain that there are no jobs.
All the best.
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fame and wealth vs character

Sometimes when we hear of sex scandals, money scandals and other scandals among celebrities; we begin to assume that positions and money cause character flaws.

However, the facts are that, when you are not famous and not wealthy; your character defects are hidden from the public. Then when you become famous and rich, your character flaws bring up their heads.

Conclusion – you must develop your character, whether you are famous and rich or not. Preferably, before you are up there, make sure to solidify your character so that when you go up, your task is to maintain the character. The good character will then help you to sustain your fame and wealth.

By Wilbert R. Mutoko

Copyright © July 7 2016

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LET US ACT NOW

“THE ACTIVIST IS NOT THE MAN WHO SAYS THE RIVER IS DIRTY. THE ACTIVIST IS
THE MAN WHO CLEANS UP THE RIVER” – ROSS PEROT

Are we not ashamed of continuously complaining and murmuring, yet things are not changing? Does it help you or any other person?

Let us stop complaining about the bad circumstances. Rather let us arise and do our part in providing solutions

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STOP BAD MOUTHING OTHERS

You have heard this before, the recipe to become successful includes reading a book per week, having a mentor and networking. Let me write a bit about successful networking.

As they say ‘Your network determines your net-worth.’ It is the people you know that link you up to your helpers. Unfortunately, networking is a rarely taught subject even in most business schools. Consequently, I have watched over and over again people making terrible mistakes when building their networks.

One networking mistake that I have realized is the tendency of bad mouthing others. Nobody likes someone that always brings bad news about their manager, friends, spouse or children. It is crucial for you to learn to avoid talking bad about where you are coming from. Stop bad mouthing your former spouse, former employer, former supplier or former clients.

For instance, I have seen many people fail job interviews because they negatively answered the question, ‘Why did you leave your last employer?’ They respond, “The boss was a wicked person …” Who wants to hear that? While it may be true that your former boss was bad, you should not go around ‘preaching’ it. It reflects badly on your character.

When you speak negative about someone else to me, that is enough evidence that after talking to me; you are most likely going to bad mouth me. Thus, when hiring managers hear you speak negative about your past, they immediately classify you as a traitor. Hiring managers assume that if they hire you, soon you will be bad mouthing them. So, they would rather leave you alone without hiring you. That is something you definitely do not want.

So, the next time you are asked why you left your former job, avoid bitter and unacceptable words. Say something positive which demonstrates maturity in the sense that you have managed to move on with life.

Written by Wilbert R. Mutoko (Best-selling author of 15 Secrets for Personal Financial Success and Author of What you have is enough)

Copyright © 2 June 2016

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Stop depressing yourself

Sometimes we depress ourselves by wishing we were like so and so. But fact is – there is no successful person without a story. All of them have a story to tell on what they have done and how they have become successful. Thus, there is no prize winner without paying the price. So, you want to be highly successful? If you are not interested in their story, then you are not interested in their glory. Go for the story. Implement the principles from the story; then you see your own glory emerging.

See you at the top my friend!

Wishing you a successful life!

Written by Wilbert R. Mutoko (Best-selling author of 15 Secrets for Personal Financial Success and Author of What you have is enough)

Copyright © 1 June 2016

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ADVICE TO AUTHORS

Plagiarism is dangerous. Plagiarism according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary (Online) (2016) refers to “the act of using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person: the act of plagiarizing something.”
Furthermore, according to Wikipedia (2016), plagiarism refers to “the ‘wrongful appropriation’ and ‘stealing and publication’ of another author’s ‘language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions’ and the representation of them as one’s own original work.”
 
Yes you can use other people’s ideas, but it is noble and ethical for you to reference. 
You look more authentic when you can tell us who said what, then you tell us your own understanding.
Otherwise, if you take people’s ideas and work without citing or referencing, it has many bad effects: 1. You lose credibility. People do not trust you again because they do not know when you write or speak your own or when you use other people’s ideas 2. you commit a criminal offense called plagiarism, which means you have stolen other people’s property (intellectual).
 
Plagiarism can result in you being sued in court.
 
When you read books by great people such as Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, John Maxwell and Bill Gates, you still see them citing other writers. But why is it that in Africa authors pride in taking other people’s materials without citing?
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