I’d have to be MAD to expect different results this year when I haven’t introduced anything new or done anything differently from what I did last year. If I work the same way, at the same pace & with the same people, why should I expect change? Continue reading “I.N.S.A.N.I.T.Y.”
In saying my goodbye to 2018, I want acknowledge the lessons it has taught me from the books I’ve read, the reviews I have written & running a blog.
I had planned to drop a review every month in the year but ended up with only 9 reviews (not books read, not all books make it to reviews) – this alone was a lesson on its own Continue reading “2018 lessons from tosansreviews.com – My bookreview blog.”
and those who are stuck in a job they hate, and those who would not touch business even with a pole, and those who are just starting out, and those who have been at it for a little while – the list is endless. This book is for you all – REWORK.
It is no ordinary desire that survives disappointment, discouragement, temporary defeat, criticism and the constant accusation of being a ‘waste of time’. It is a burning desire, an obsession!
It’s funny how things seem tougher when you take a decision about something or decide to make a change. You decide to lose weight by eating healthier meals then you get offers for free meals of small chops, pizzas and ice cream not once or twice and you remember you don’t even have to pay! You decide to help a friend and you find out that helping out can also be really inconvenient. It’s funny how there’s always a hurdle to cross when you make a decision or take a stand.
This book will teach you how to close the gap between ideas and achievements, good intentions and their successful completion. It will guide you on how to keep your enthusiasm while crossing those hurdles that seem positioned just for you.
– 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.
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.
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
A lot of us watched the match and most of us saw Barca do what they know how to do best. Someone saw something else which we can all take a cue from… You should read this whether you agree with the scores, the referee’s position or not – Tosan A.
What I learnt from Barca’ s comeback. There’s a lot to learn from Barca’s historic comeback. Trailing 4-0 from the first leg, they needed to score at least 5 to go through. In the course of the game the opposition got 1 goal to worsen Barca’s situation. The score was now 5-3 on aggregate. Barca […]