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  • Tuesday, 5 May 2015

    Myth Busted! You don’t use Ten Per cent of your Brain

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    Yes! I’m stating clearly again. The idea that we use only 10 percent of our brain has no scientific evidence. 

    The road to my discovery started on the 16th of March 2015. I had just finished watching the 2014 science fiction movie “Lucy”. 

    10 percent brain myth, untapped brain potential

    It was a storyline based on the fact that the average human use only 10 percent of the brain capacity. The Main Character, Scarlett Johansson was able unlock her brain capacity from 10% to 100%. She could do amazing things like travel through time.

    I remember Morgan Freeman who acted as a neuroscientist saying “It’s estimated most human beings only use 10% of the brains capacity. Imagine if we could access 100 percent. Interesting things begin to happen.”

    I had an epic experience watching the movie since I’m a great fan of science fiction (As per physics education undergraduate).

    I have always had interest in exercising my brain. I love numbers, I love chess, and I love IQ games. They really help shape my thinking skills.

    So I rushed to Google after the movie and typed “How to harness 20% of my brain capacity”. Scrolling through the search result, I saw Wikipedia’s headline on number three -“Ten Percent of the brain myth”.

    I read through and found out the greatest shocker of my life. I did more research and found some other sites and I confirmed it over and over again.

    I couldn’t believe that I’ve embraced a lie so strongly for a long time. Well, do not panic much. Just read on.

    By the way, I wonder how many more lies we’ve been told. You really need to question a lot of things you think you know.

    What Is the Origin of the 10 Percent brain Myth?

    Well, from what I’ve read, no one really knows who and where it all started from. All we have are just speculations. 

    Some traced it to a misinterpreted quote of an American psychologist; William James who said “the average person specifically develops only 10 percent of his latent mental ability.” Some say it was Albert Einstein and some others think it was Pierre Floures in the 1800s.

    As for me, I think it is just rubbish. I don’t really care who started it.


    We Use 100 Percent of Our Brain

    There are no scientific proofs of the 10 percent usage. From modern science, taking a full scan of the brain shows activities coursing through the whole organ, even when we are sleeping.

    What If It Were true We Use 10 percent of our brain?

    Ah! That’s very interesting. Neuroscience tells us that the brain uses 20 percent of our body daily energy. So think about it. How can the brain suck up as much as 20 percent energy just for 10 percent efficiency?

    Here is another illustration I read. Let’s assume we remove 90 percent of our brain. The average brain weighs 1.4kg. If we remove 90 percent, it becomes 0.14kg of brain tissue which is equal to the size of sheep’s brain!

    So if you still believe you use 10 percent , it means you have a sheep’s brain.
    You can do some more research on your own. I’m no neuroscientists (though, I was dreamed of becoming a neurosurgeon). 

    What about Savants?

    In case you don’t know, savant syndrome is a condition in which a person shows spectacular and extraordinary capabilities far beyond the normal. It is a very rare case.

    Some of them are extremely talented artists. Some are remarkable mathematicians. I know of one woman who can tell you the exact time even down to seconds without a clock.

    Read: 25 Amazing Savant Minds

    Most of these people are not 100 percent normal. Some have autism. I noticed that savants are extremely good at just one thing. It’s like they focus all their mental energy on one thing.


    What I think people really mean by “we use 10 percent of our brain”

    I think the context to which people use this is based on their shortcomings. We often associate our shortcomings with untapped potentials.

    Basically, we feel there’s more we are capable of than what we are now. The honest truth is that all these are not associated to the percentage of grey matter we harness.

    Humbly snap out of that old belief! If you are still wondering why some people seems smarter than others, stay tuned on this blog. I will share some soon. 
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    Monday, 27 April 2015

    Stress and those around you

    Post  by Nicholas Filler
    Have you ever been so stressed that you lash out at others? Has stress seemed to take over your life and personality? 

    Ovid once said “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop”. 

    This quote should have been my mantra while attempting to get into graduate school because during this time, it felt like stress was dominating every aspect of my life.

    how stress affect you, how stress affect others

    This past year I have been attempting to further my education and get into a master’s program, but it has been far from easy. 

    I knew from the start that obtaining this type of degree was going to test not only my entire undergraduate experience, but my determination and patience. 

    I understood that applying to various schools is a very nerve wracking experience, yet I was unaware of how my stress was going to affect my personal life and those close to me.

    During this process I noticed that my mood was always in complete fluctuation. Either I was happy in regards to the thoughts of moving forward in life, or on the other end of the spectrum, I was distraught and irritable in regards to not knowing if I had a viable future. 

    My friends and family seemed to be trying to distant themselves from asking about how my progress was going, and eventually nobody dared to bring it up. Essentially I was destroying myself internally in regards to this “goal” I was trying to achieve.

    In fact I wasn’t aware of how stressed and irritable I had become until my right upper body was covered in Shingles.

    This is essentially the chicken pox round two, but is caused by large amounts of stress, or a weak immune system. In regards to Shingles the Mayo Clinic has a great description for the causality “The reason for the encore is unclear. 

    But it may be due to lowered immunity to infections as you grow older. Shingles is more common in older adults and in people who have weak immune systems.

    For me, getting Shingles was when it became clear that I was so stressed that I was essentially destroying my body from within.

    The worst part about this ordeal was the bridges that I was burning with friends and family. My mother was one person in particular that could tell that I was very unhappy, and sadly was susceptible to many of my abrupt outbursts during this time

    I would tend to lash out at her when she was trying to reach out or help in regards to this struggle. My friends almost completely stopped asking about how my progress was going, or if I had heard anything back from the universities. 
    Even my little sister was on the tail end of a verbal lashings. I was completely out of control, and I had no idea how to get better. 

    I thought that if I got into school that it would all go away, and yet I still am unsure that if I would have gotten into graduate school that my stress would have actually subsided.

    A couple months ago I found out that I did not get into any of the schools I had applied to. A part of me was distraught and upset, yet there was another part that felt a huge sigh of relief. 

    I knew that this false dichotomy that I had created for myself was finally gone. 

    There is an interesting section within a research study done by Jack Aiello from Rutgers University that states “Participants who had the ability to anticipate interruptions reported the same degree of stress as those who could not anticipate interruptions.” 

    At that time, this statement couldn't have been more true, considering the fact that I couldn’t anticipate getting accepted or getting denied, but after learning that I had been rejected something changed. 

    I no longer needed to care about where I was going in terms of my education. One thing I have always loved was learning about new things and concepts that I was unfamiliar with. 

    I thought that this was going to end if I wasn’t able to get into graduate school. Thankfully this was not the case.

    While still trying to cope with my stress after learning that I did not get accepted, I started diving into one of my long time passions, technology.

    I quickly learned that knowledge is something that you can pursue on your own at your own leisure. 

    As my stress began to fade and I began to really enjoy a once forgotten passion, I had time to reflect on the last few months. 

    I realized that I needed to reach out to those that I had hurt during this time. Most friends and family understood that I was dealing with a very difficult time in my life, and thankfully I am still very close with most of my previous acquaintances.

    There are those that I pushed too far, and I don't think the friendship I had with these people will ever truly mend. 

    Hopefully in the future the friendships I once had will return to normal, but at the moment all I can do is pray.  

    Hopefully you will look at my situation and realize that no matter how stressed you get that there is always an upside. 

    No matter how horrible the circumstances might be, there is always something positive to be learned.

    Take time out of your day to look at something uplifting, or read about something that makes you happy. 

    There is a great article titled “The Mysterious Cleaner” that is a great example of an inspirational article to read if you are feeling stressed. 

    In the future just remember to take a step back, breathe, and realize that everything will work itself out. You just need to have faith in yourself.

    About the Author:
    Nicholas Filler lives in Idaho, and has an interest in technology, education, and medicine. He studied English with an emphasis in writing at Boise State University. Currently working on game theory and design. He enjoys spending his days outside, skiing during the winter, and learning about engineering concepts. 

    If you have a story you want to share, please visit the writers page for guidelines. You don't have to own a blog to write for me :).
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    Friday, 24 April 2015

    Video: 3 minutes with Uche Pedro of Bella Naija

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    Hello readers! It's time for our Friday Inspiring video. I was going through my Youtube feed and I stumbled over this short interview with Uche pedro, founder and creative director of Bella Naija.

    It was an interview carried out by Diamond bank to celebrate her has "Diamond woman" of the month, 2014.

    Beautiful Uche Pedro

     5 Facts about Uche Pedro

    1. She has a set of twins.
    2. She made it to Forbes list of "30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa in 2014."
    3. Her blog receives over 10 million page views each month.
    4. Uche Pedro has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
    5. In January 2011, Future Awards  honoured Uche Pedro with “Young Person of the Year.”
    See video below.

    Photo Credit: www.hashtagsquare.com

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    What do you think about today's video? It will be great to get a feedback from you. Comment below.

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    Wednesday, 22 April 2015

    Join Bankole Williams, TY Bello, Praize & more for ‘Live Your Dreams Africa’ 2015 Conference

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    Live Your Dream Africa aims at gathering people who are passionate about living their dreams and are ready to take action. 

    The convener of this conference is Bankole Williams; Life Coach and Award Winning Author for the book Engaged to a Job I Hate.

    The speakers featured will not only share their success stories but also their days of “small beginnings.”

    This is to inspire every dreamer out there to believe that the average achiever they admire was once like them.

    The conference will hold on the 16th of May 2015. It will feature Bankole Williams (Host) and Mrs Adenike Ogunlesi (Founder and Chief Responsibility Officer of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble)

    Panelist includes: Uche Nnaji (CEO, OUCH), OC Ukeje (Award winning Nigerian Actor), TY Bello (Singer, Song writer, and photographer),  Basket Mouth (Comedian), Ehime Eigbe (Fonder of Sweet Kiwi frozen yogurt), and Praiz (Singer and Music producer).

    The compere for the day is Akin Adesoji (MC AK47). 

    The interactive sessions will be moderated by Kemi Lala Akindoju.

    Live Your Dreams Africa Conference 2015 will start at 10am at The Incubator, 7/8 Yesuf Abiodun Way/ City of David Church Road - Victoria Island, Lagos.

    Click here to know more about this initiative.

    If you are interested, you should register at www.liveyourdreamsafrica.com.  The first 200 persons to register will get an interesting gift.

    The 2015 edition of the Live Your Dreams Africa conference is proudly supported by Bella Naija, YNaija, Yadamag, and Olorisupergal.
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    Monday, 20 April 2015

    The pressure cooker principle to achieve greatness

     "If we are to be really great people, we must strive in good faith to play a great part in the world. We cannot avoid meeting great issues. All that we can determine for ourselves is whether we shall meet them well or ill." - Theodore Roosevelt
    achieve greatness, pursue greatness

    I read an article recently and the focus of the writer was that God can speak to you through the events that occur daily in your life. 

    This is very true. I have always been an avid observer and it keeps me busy all day, learning from events of life; both natural and artificial.  

    Sometime back, I shared some remarkable life principles we could learn from telescopes. It really sparked up comments on my social media accounts.

    Today, we will be considering the pressure cooker.  An interesting 15th century invention by David Papin made awesome in the 21st century. 

    We would no got into much physics of this cookware but simply focus on the part that concerns this post.

    An Overview of a pressure cooker

    A pressure cooker is a cookware that is used for cooking foods under pressure. It quickens the conventional cooking method and saves energy. 

    It works on a simple principle: Steam and pressure. A sealed pot, with a lot of steam inside, raises up the pressure, which helps food cook faster.
    The increased pressure inside the cooker literally forces heat into the food. 
    You can think of the pressure as an invisible hand pushing the extra-hot steam into the very core of the food inside.

    By careful observation, I picked out some lessons that I believe is worth sharing with you. 

    There are some basic Characteristics of the pressure cooker that we can learn from to achieve the greatness we desire. This will also be a comparative study like the telescope post.

    Greatness Quotes

    "The greatness you can achieve is that which you have conceived or envisioned." - Ologundudu Abraham
    Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. "- William Shakespeare
    "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." - Bob Marley
    "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." - Philippians 4:13 

    "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." -  Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

    Pressure cooking  lessons to achieve greatness.

    1. The pressure of life are meant to make you and not break you.
    people of great substance, great person

    Yes! That's right. You know how raw gold passes through rigorous processing before it becomes a shining yellow object. 
    I have not seen any person that genuinely amount to greatness in life, from the scriptures, throughout history, down to this contemporary age that didn't have tough times.

    You have got to remain tough. As for me, I choose to remain unmoved by life challenges because of my growing understanding of God's word for my life.

    Tough times never last but tough people do. If you give in to the pressure of life, you will be broken but if you give it a good fight, you will be made!

    The potters make beautiful vessels by applying  different  degrees of pressure at different points until the desired image is formed.

    So when next you come against a seemingly difficult situation, say to yourself "I'm going to win a medal out of this because I carry Jesus on my Inside."

         2. Life is making you into a delicacy.

    Cook yourself unto greatness

    Every edible food is a combination of different raw materials cooked together. 

    Everyman has an ocean of greatness within. Untapped potentials and raw talents that needs some cooking.

    Definitely, there is no cooking without heat. What you make out of life really depends on your reactions to all these things. 
    Will you cry like a baby or act in faith?

    You could choose to grumble and complain about life or you say to yourself "Life is making me into a delicacy!" 

    Variety is the spice of life. I tell you the truth, hang in there and don't give up and you will become so tasty that the everyone will want to have a bite.

       3. No pressure - No Action.

    Running the race of greatness

    Newton's first law of motion states that a body at rest or moving with a uniform motion ( i.e no acceleration) will remain until an external force is applied upon it.

    Nothing happens until you move and you can't move until you apply force.

    The pressure applied in the cooker raises the internal energy which leads to an increased temperature. The pressure forces heat into the food.

    Heat  is a form of energy (ability to do work). It's very useful for our daily activities.

    Likewise, the pressure of life acts as a force that keeps us in motion or accelerates our movement as the case may be. 

    As a student, I can say for sure that all the motivation I need to study a specific course that I might have been ignoring suddenly builds up when I know exams would be in a month.

    In those cases, the exams becomes the force, which builds up the energy( capacity to do).

    When next you are faced with a challenge, see it has an opportunity to gather momentum.  Say to yourself "i'm going to make an energy booster out of this." 


    If you still don't understand what I'm trying to tell you, here is a simple version.

    The storms of life are like elevators to your destination. Before you move to a higher level in your pursuit, life will test you to see if you are fit. 

    Never compromise your vision and keep being diligent. :)

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    What do you think about the post? How do you react to obstacle as you pursue your vision?  Let's rub minds together. Use the comment form below.

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    Wednesday, 15 April 2015

    Video: Is Social media making you (anti)social?

    WARNING!! Do Not Resist This Post! :)

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    That's the question of the century. I would rather ask a personalised question than the normal "Is social media making us antisocial?" I would not want to make the mistake of generalising.

    The Ugly side of Social Media

    Have you become a slave to the technology you mastered? Do you have a control over the use of your phone or any other gadget? Can you say "no" when you receive a notification when working?

    Are you addicted to your smartphone? Have you lost track of reality? 

    There are so many more questions to examine oneself. You have so many "friends" on all your social media accounts but yet you are lonely. The moment you have a low battery, and your phone shuts down, your world is placed on hold.

    You put up big smiles, do some editing to exaggerate the moments but deep down you are lost.

    The only time you smile is when you are having a BBM chat but you neglect the issues in your family by holding on to the world in your phone.

    You barely have a good relationship with your parents and siblings while you enjoy being a twitter celeb.

    You reply pings in the middle of your quiet time. You choose Linda Ikeji blog (no offence) over your bible study time. 

    You take quick peep into your twitter timeline during your study time and you end up not studying.

    All you think of is how to take a new picture to post on instagram. Your life is no longer yours and you don't know.

    Well, you can choose to ignore all these things. My writings are really not for everybody :) 

    Sometime last year, I wrote a guest post about smartphone addiction symptoms (Go diagnose yourself).

    The guilt is on majority. I have had my own fair share some of this experience. I was having my daily reflections and I recalled being in a bus with my friends on two different times this month and we were more into our phones than having normal conversation.

    So I'm asking this question again. Is Social media making you antisocial? 

    I found a video that will quite interest you. It's was made by Gary turk, an award winning film maker.

    You can also see the transcript.

    Flipping the coin-  Technology (Social Media) is Awesome!

    Since Chimamanda Adichie taught me about single stories, I would also consider the awesome part of social media.

    First, this blog would never have existed and all my thoughts will just be on paper and probably the only persons that will be reading them would be my family and friends.

    Thanks to the amazing search engines, I can locate any content of my choice on the Internet using some specific keywords on google.

    Businesses are being expanded through these media. Employment issues can be resolved. You can start making money online via various means. Some people don't know that Facebook and twitter can be their money making machines.

    With skype, you are set for a meeting. Everything is just one click away. I feel like I have the whole world in my pocket.

    I redesigned my blog and even made it mobile responsive through series of tutorials online which i got through google.

    There are a lot of positive benefits to the social networking sites and others.

    See this parody video that opposes the one Gary turk did. Talking about striking a balance.

    Social Media 101- Strike a balance

    The greatest harm comes from the best intentions. 
    This will remain one of my favourite quotes. This tools are meant to make us more productive but to some persons, it's the otherwise.

    You and I must learn to strike a balance. Learn to say no when you have to. If you are a blogger or a business owner, have a social media marketing plan.

    If you are just a regular user, you should have a social media schedule plan. Whatever method you want to adopt, make sure you really have control over what you do.

    Do not try to be someone else on the social networks. Be unique. 

    Learn to hang out the old way. Do not neglect the things that are truly important because of your gadgets.

    Three tools to manage your social media account

    There are a lot of tools that makes it easy to manage your social accounts better but I will just mention three.

    1. Hootsuite
    Monitor your most used social networks on one dashboard. You can also schedule posts ahead of time. I can assure you of it's effectiveness. I use it.

         2. Buffer app
    It's just like hootsuite with a more simple layout. I also use it too schedule my post. So when I'm offline, I don't get to worry about my account being inactive.

          3. Everypost

    You can schedule and publish the same content all over your social accounts at the same time. Talk about productivity, you don't need to copy and paste on several pages.

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    What do you think about the post and the videos? How do you manage your social accounts? Are you an addict?  Let's rub minds together. Use the comment form below.

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    Thursday, 9 April 2015

    You need a strong desire to breed persistence


    desire, endurance, longsuffering

    A strong desire does not recognize failure at all. It makes you absolutely convinced that you will get a miracle.

    You must realize that no one ever fails until he accepts failure as a reality. You can build victory out of temporary defeat. 
    How many of us have been discouraged from getting our business plan?  Some of you have been persuaded to abandon your academic pursuits.

    There are musical artistes who have been turned down by recording companies because they claim their voices were not good enough. There are authors who have been disappointed because publishers said their manuscripts were not good enough.

     If you are such a person, I say to you now, do not retire. But reload and refire.

    Also, I know that a strong desire will refuse to give up. I was once advised by a concerned relative to give up the idea of continuing at the polytechnic because our financial situation then was not favourable. But I had such strong desire for higher education, I could not see myself anywhere else but in school.

    I put in my application, got admission and went to school. Thank God I did not give up. I had a strong desire.

    Must read: Common Habits That Prevents You From Accomplishing your Dreams

    A lady went to a recording company to have her songs produced. The producer did not even listen to her voice. 

    He took a curious look at her and said, "With such a face and with no personality at all, how can you ever expect to succeed in music? My good child, give up the idea. Buy a sewing machine and become a tailor. You can never be a singer." 

    He underestimated her desire. She refused to give up until she became a star. 

    With a strong desire backed by faith in God nothing can be impossible for you. 

With a strong desire backed by faith in God nothing can be impossible for you. - Sam Adeyemi

    If you have failed in your attempt to live an upright life with God, strong desire eventually gives victory over sin.

    Remember to build strong desire to fulfill God's plan for your life; Inquire of God's plan for your life. Admire the picture of a successful future that God has prepared for you. Require help from God. 

    Acquire what you desire. Do not retire, only refire, that's how to succeed.

    Excerpt of  Strong Desire by Sam Adeyemi, Daystar Christian Center. 

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    Saturday, 4 April 2015

    How to become a confident person | John Maxwell

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    It's weekend  and it's another time for me to share a soul lifting video. I understand that some people learn better by seeing and listening than reading prints.

    Each time I have the opportunity to speak about my growing up. I will never miss the part that has to do with my confidence. I had deep inferiority complex. I thought I was never good enough.

    The good news is that it's all in the past now. Today, I'm sharing with you how I broke out from being a shy and inferior boy to a confident man.

    I'm excited because I used this principles long before I found this video of John C. Maxwell.

    A Quick Review

    John Maxwell highlighted four (4) things that makes a confident person from the biblical view.  He said, "Confidence is  as a result of:

    1. Following your purpose and passion.
    2. Finding your strength zone.
    3. Knowing God's will for your life.
    4. Obeying God's will for your life. "
    When he was illustrating the fourth point, he said "Christians are educated way beyond their level of obedience." It got to me really hard.

    I would leave you now to hear from the horses mouth. I guarantee you 100% humour and 100% value. 

    Quote for the day

    "I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]. - Philippians 4:13 (Amp)
    If I were you, I would say that loud to myself and believe it hard.

    Over to you
    I would like you to share your own experience on becoming confident and your opinion about the video using the comment form below. 

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