I am Tosan A. the lady behind the notes. I love reading, exploring and learning new things. I am excited about being able express my learning through Tosansreviews.com
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That’s Spiff’s best line when all the boys in The Johnsons (a very factual and amusing Nigerian comedy series) come up with one of their authentic plans that is bound to go awry anyway. It means they thought above the average person, they thought differently or they were just too smart. How does one get to really think deeper (or better)? Well, since everything can be learned or improved upon, we are sure to get answers to that from our book today. Continue reading “Boys thinking deep 🖖”→
– Does he exist? Or better still is he chauffeured?
Yes and No. He is for real and he truly does drive himself since he loves driving. So back to the question of his horn usage, 10 times in a year is almost impossible! For those outside Lagos, let me quickly give a brief description of driving in Lagos. Lagos is the 17th busiest city and 3rd worst city to drive in the world with over a million vehicles driving daily on the roads, (African Association of Public Transport, 2010, LAMATA, 2014), notice I said vehicles not just cars. We have tricycles, bikes, transport buses, pick-up vans and articulated vehicles all vying for space on Lagos roads. Not forgetting the bad roads in some areas; if you are not in Lagos, you can only but imagine the congestion.
Everyone is in a hurry, everyone feels super road-smart, everyone feels they own the road and have all the road rights. The roads are never quiet with horns blazing from defensive driving, offensive overtaking, pedestrians crossing the road right under a pedestrian bridge or using the horn as defense from mean truck drivers (this was me as a learner). So how does one drive around and keep the horn usage to less than 10 in a year not in a day??? (Now that’s a serious question).
Luckily for you, I know where you can find this intriguing person and learn more about his personality which by the way has made him a success.
The truest test of a driver is to be able to drive without waking up sleeping passengers – no horns, no sudden braking, no road rage, no thumping into potholes.
All too often negotiators end up like the proverbial children who quarreled over an orange. After they finally agreed to divide the orange in half, the first child took one half, ate the fruit and threw away the peel, while the other threw away the fruit and used the peel from the second half in baking a cake.
Someone asked me today about my dreams which I had hoped to achieve by now. I smiled. more out of sadness. How can you get that your grandeur dream to reality without either shelving it or getting overwhelmed? Read Vision Map.
BOOK REVIEW: VISION MAP: JOEL MALM: MOODY PUBLISHERS: 2009: 99 PAGES
This is a Christian book which explains how huge God-given dreams, can be actualized. Joel, the author had a God-sized dream which He was able to achieve; He tells us how he was able to do it in his book.
A God-given dream is one which God placed in your heart; one which you cannot possibly achieve by yourself BUT with others and divine intervention.
So you want to retire young? what plans have you put in place to achieve this? how much do you need to live comfortably at retirement? At what age do you want to retire? It’s the hard questions that we keep putting off that make us remain where we are. Maybe the Parable of Dollars can help – Tosan A.
BOOK REVIEW: THE PARABLE OF DOLLARS – PROVEN STRATEGIES FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUCCESS BY SAM ADEYEMI /PNEUMA PUBLISHING/2001/ 179 PAGES
The Parable of Dollars is a direct reference to the popular parable of the talents in the bible as told by Jesus Christ, only this time, the author Sam Adeyemi uses money – a universal language to illustrate in contrast to talents or God-given gifts as it is popularly related to. The use of dollars was to represent the universality of money which is the now the case study in this text.
The book has eight chapters and hard hitting questions at the end of each chapter that forces you to stop and think about the changes you need to make to change or improve your financial position. It speaks to mainly to Christians and strives to squash age-old beliefs relating to prosperity and finances. He writes like a trainer/lecturer making sure that the reader participates and gets the message.
The book challenges Christians to stop associating Christianity with poverty but to endeavor to be true ambassadors for Christ by ensuring that everything about their lives reflects the redemption and resurrection of Christ in not just spiritual things but also physical things.
THE 21 INDISPENSABLE QUALITIES OF A LEADER/ JOHN C. MAXWELL/ THOMAS NELSON INC/ 1999/ 157 PAGES
As the name implies, the book is about 21 very important qualities leaders should possess or strive to possess. Each quality is explained under 4 different sections. A story explaining the quality as a moral to attain, a brief discussion on the quality isolated from the story, a short section adapting this quality to the reader as a leader in need of the character and lastly a small take away to work on to either develop or improve the quality being discussed.
New year, New goals. If reading or improved reading is one of yours, then this is for you. A timeless piece. **I strongly believe this will help, hence the repost**
I have never being a fan of “how-to” books; Like seriously, who writes a book to help you ‘read more’ in almost 200 pages. That’s like pushing your luck. Well Martin Udogie got really lucky with this one, not only was I able to get the cookie out of the book but I did it in hours not days or weeks–Tosan A.
For those who don’t know, Candy Crush is a game. Check the apps store on your device for more info.
I am personally open to learning from just about anything… from movies, to random things, to nature , from conversations, anything and of course games: candy crush.
I am one of the late joiners to the world of candy crush but nonetheless i have welcomed and accepted this game as my break-in- transmission tool. Starting from level 1 to level 309 ( I know you are already at level 1500 but did you learnt what I learnt?)
Here are 3 lessons about life I picked from playing Candy crush. Continue reading “Life lessons from Candy Crush!”→
I came across this book when I was on maternity leave with my first child, wondering if the workplace would still need me when I get back or if it was worth it to leave my bundle of joy for the hustle of work. It’s been 4 years since then and I am still growing strong in the workplace which may not have happened if I hadn’t read this book. It is for women who want to make impact and men who want to support that vision– Tosan A.
LEAN IN/SHERYL SANDBERG & NELL SCOVELL/ ALFRED A. KNOPF PUBLISHER/ 2013/ 228 PAGES