Wednesday, 30 April 2008

"Self Appraisal"(Management 02)

A little boy went into a drug store,reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone.He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and proceeded to punch in phone numbers.

The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation:
Boy: "Lady,Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?
Woman: (at the other end of the phone line): "I already have someone to cut my lawn."
Boy: "Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now."
Woman: I'm very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.
Boy: (with more perseverance) : "Lady, I'll even sweep
your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will
have the prettiest lawn in all of Palm beach , Florida."
Woman: No, thank you.

With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The store-owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy.
Store Owner: "Son... I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job."

Boy: "No thanks,
Store Owner: But you were really pleading for one.
Boy: No Sir, I was just checking my performance at the
job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!"

This is what we call "Self Appraisal"

Why Struggle?

Long time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that if he could ride on his horse and cover as much land area as he likes,then the Emperor would give him the area of land he has covered.Sure enough,the horseman quickly jumped onto his horse and rode as fast as possible to cover as much land area as he could.He kept on riding and riding, whipping the horse to go as fast as possible.When he was hungry or tired,he did not stop because he wanted to cover as much area as possible.

It Came to a point when he had covered a substantial area and he was exhausted and was dying.Then he asked himself,"Why did I push myself so hard to cover so much land area? Now I am dying and I only need a very small area to bury myself."The above story is similar with the journey of our Life.We push very hard everyday to make more money,to gain power and recognition.We neglect our health, time with our family and to appreciate the surrounding beauty and the hobbies we love.

One day when we look back, we will realize that we don't really need that much, but then we cannot turn back time for what we have missed.Life is not about making money,acquiring power or recognition.Life is definitely not about work!Work is only necessary to keep us living so as to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life.Life is a balance of Work and Play, Family and Personal time.

You have to decide how you want to balance your Life.Define your priorities, realize what you are able to compromise but always let some of your decisions be based on your instincts.Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of Life,the whole aim of human existence.So,take it easy,do what you want to do and appreciate nature.Life is fragile,Life is short.Do not take Life for granted. Live a balanced lifestyle and enjoy Life!

Watch your thoughts;they become words.

Watch your words;they become actions.

Watch your actions;they become habits.

Watch your habits;they become character

Watch your character;it becomes your destiny

So enjoy every day as yours???.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

This is no laughing matter!!

1. Losing all your friends
One evening, a man comes home, finds his wife with his friend in bed. He shot his friend and killed him.His wife says "If you behave like this, you will lose ALL your friends."

2. Brother wanted.
A small boy wrote to Santa Claus,"send me a brother"....Santa wrote back, "SEND ME YOUR MOTHER"....

3. Meaning of WIFE.
Husband asks, "Do you know the meaning of WIFE? It means 'Without Information Fighting Everytime'!"Wife replies, "No, it means 'With Idiot For Ever'!!!"

4. Importance of a period
Teacher: "Do you know the importance of a period?"
Kid: "Yeah, once my sister said she has missed one, my mom fainted, dad got a heart attack & our driver ran away."

5. Confident vs. confidential
A young boy asks his Dad, "What is the difference between confident and confidential?"
Dad says, "You are my son, I'm confident about that. Your friend over there, is also my son, that's confidential!"

6. Anger management?
Husband: "When I get mad at you, you never fight back. How do you control your anger?"
Wife: "I clean the toilet."
Husband: "How does that help?"
Wife: "I use your toothbrush."


Tuesday, 22 April 2008

True Miracle.

A Muslim man in Egypt killed his wife and then buried her with their infant baby and 8-year old daughter. The girls were buried alive! He then reported to the police that an uncle killed the kids. 15 days later, another family member died. When they went to bury him, they found the 2 little girls under the sand - ALIVE !The country is outraged over the incident, and the man will be executed.

The older girl was asked how she had survived. "A man wearing shiny white clothes, with bleeding wounds in his hands, came every day to feed us. He woke up my mom so she could nurse my sister," she said.She was interviewed on Egyptian national TV, by a veiled Muslim woman news anchor. She said on public TV, "This was none other than Jesus,because nobody else does things like this!"

Muslims believe Isa (Jesus) would do this, but the wounds mean He really was crucified, and it's clear also that He is alive! But, it's also clear that the child could not make up a story like this, and there is no way these children could have survived without a true miracle. Muslim leaders are going to have a hard time to figure out what to do with
this, and the popularity of the Passion movie doesn't help! With Egypt at the centre of the media and education in the Middle East , you can be sure this story will spread. Christ is still turning the world upside down!

Please let this story be shared.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Auto and Tyre Industry reports.

Incar, intra and Rietzcot for sometime have witnessed no activity on the stock exchange due to losses declared after their financial year,as a matter of fact only Reitzcot had 2 deals as at yesterday. Incar and intra were not traded. Those companies are worth about 6- 13 million(Not too sure), so decision to buy would be based on sentiments/guts and not because of their figures,they have no earnings, don't make profit,they don't release financial reports,so no figures to calculate,we can as well say they are running bankrupt.

RTBriscoe has an edge over Dunlop, cos of infrastructural issues eminent in the Nigerian economy.

Michelin had to pack their bag because of power, they had been declaring losses so had to leave, also dunlop has been declaring losses for the past 2 years, so earning per share has dropped.

In all RTbriscoe is the broker's buy, recommended for this week.

Monday, 14 April 2008


We all know or knew someone like this!!One day, when I was a freshman in high school,I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school.His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books.I thought to myself,'Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday?He must really be a nerd.'I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon),so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him.They ran at him,knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt.His glasses went flying,and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him.He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes.My heart went out to him. So,I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses,and I saw a tear in his eye.As I handed him his glasses, I said, 'Those guys are jerks.They really should get lives.He looked at me and said,'Hey thanks!'

There was a big smile on his face.It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived.As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before.He said he had gone to private school before now.I would have never hung out with a private school kid before.We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books.He turned out to be a pretty cool kid.I asked him if he wanted to play a
little football with my friends He said yes.We hung out all weekend and the more

I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him,and my friends thought the same of him.Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again.I stopped him and said, 'Boy,you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!'He just laughed and handed me half the books.Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends...When we were seniors,we began to think about college.Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke.I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a
problem.He was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class.I teased him all the time about being a nerd.He had to prepare a speech for graduation.I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and speak Graduation day, I saw Kyle.He looked great.He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school.He filled out and actually looked good in glasses.He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him.Boy,sometimes I was jealous!Today was one of those days.I could see that he was nervous about his speech.So,I smacked him on the back and said,'Hey,big guy,you'll be great!'He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled.'Thanks,' he said.As he started his speech,he cleared his throat,and began 'Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years.Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach...but mostly your friends...I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them.I am going to tell you a story.'I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met.

He had planned to kill himself over the weekend.He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home.He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.'Thankfully, I was saved.My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.'I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome,popular boy told us all about his weakest moment.I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile.Not until that moment did I realize it's depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions.With one small gesture you can change a person's life.For better or for worse.God puts us all in each others lives to impact one another in some way.Look for Good in others.This is a serious thought line for me as i reflect on me and my friends.How many times have i missed the opportunity to be a blessing to a dear friend.How many times do i have the opportunity to lend a helping hand and i folded my arm.I can remember a clear example of when robbers went to my friend house and they took away all their clothes,what they had left was just what they had on their back,i could say man here take a trouser and a shirt.My excuse was that we don't wear the same size of clothes.

Also again i went to my friend school and i met him hungry and close to exams.Meanwhile my grand dad just gave me some money for my schooling again i have an excuse that i will have to show the money to my dad before i touch it.Till today my foolishness is still hunting me.Though i have had several opportunities to make corrections which i did,but every time i remember,i always feel terribly bad.

You now have two choices,you can:

1)Pick up your phone and call all your friends you have not contacted for a while.

2) Pretend as if it didn't touch your heart.

As for me,I took choice number 1.'Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.'There is no beginning or end.. Yesterday is history.Tomorrow is a mystery.Today is a gift.