2016 ~ Welcome to Obinna Onyenali's Blog Welcome to Obinna Onyenali's Blog: 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

Wow! Homeless man who returned $4,000 diamond engagement ring to woman who lost it has had his life turned around

touching story of a homeless man who returned a lost diamond ring and got rewarded
Stories such as this can really make one shed tears. Billy Ray Harris was homeless, jobless and begging for change when a woman accidentally dropped her diamond ring into his cup. 

He returned it to her and as a thank you, she and her husband raised over $190,000 for him. He now has a home, a part-time job, and is reunited with his long-lost family.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Meditation: The Abundant Life

''The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.'' - John 10:10

This is the first in our series on Sunday meditation, which I believe will impact positively on our spiritual essence, so relax as we unveil the Word.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Have you discovered your fastball?

Have you discovered your fastball: motivational article
In a world where there is stiff competition in almost all sectors, there is need for you to stand out because in standing out lies your advantage over teeming number of folks who are comfortable with mediocrity.

Monday, June 27, 2016

In this game called life, you are either a player or a spectator

How to make things happen in life: spectator vs a player

It's not hard to discover spectators; they are there at the stands, cheering, jeering, whining and complaining almost about everything. While the players are on the field sweating it out, trying to determine the outcome of the game.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The contrasting tales of two job hunters

Job hunting: tackling youth unemployment in Nigeria
Photo-courtesy: Vanguard
A report once had it that a young man (names withheld) tried to end his life by jumping off a speeding Toyota Hiace bus in Uyo, expecting to be crushed to death by oncoming vehicles after several attempts to secure a job proved abortive.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

25 life lessons I learnt by age 25

In this article, Derrick Fung, the Chief Executive Officer, Tunez, shared his experience about inspirational lessons that has enabled him to chart a successful course in his career even at the age of 25. Hear him speak and pick some salient points that will help you in your journey.

Monday, June 6, 2016

You don’t need a title to make impact

How to make impact in life, at work or business - motivational quote
We live in a society that places so much importance on titles. I remember those days that anyone who made a few millions would run to his village to obtain one chieftaincy title or the other. At a time, in some places, it became a battle of the 'highest bidders' for the titles. Why? Everybody wants to be called chief and seen as someone very important.

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Wisdom in Diversification

Need to have different porfolios and streams of income during economic depression
In these uncertain economic times, we need to talk about this. A school of thought believes one should put all his eggs in one basket and watch over it, while another school is of the opinion that you should put your eggs in different baskets to guard against the unexpected. Different strokes for different folks, you may say. But the question still remains: “Is there wisdom in diversification of one's means of income?”

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

5 Tangible Reasons Why You Must Never Give Up On Yourself

Quote and lessons on perseverance
It is natural to give up when things are not going as we planned. However, some people never knew how close they were to success before giving up. If they knew they were on the brink of something big, they would have persisted no matter what. I have listed here five tangible reasons why you must never quit before your success arrives. Come with me as we look at them one after the other…

Friday, May 27, 2016

Top 25 Andrew Carnegie's Quotes Every Business Person Should Study

Andrew Carnegie's motivational quotes
I first learnt about Andrew Carnegie's business acumen and exploits via Napoleon Hill's book, "Think and Grow Rich", during my undergraduate days. Born to a poor handloom weaver in Scotland, who later migrated to United States, Carnegie's journey began in a one-room weaver’s cottage in Dunfermline. He rose from poverty to become a foremost American industrialist and at one point the richest man in the world.

Here are some great Andrew Carnergie's quotes to draw inspiration from...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Portrait of the week - "Young CEO"

realistic pencil drawing of young ceo

Here comes portrait of the week. I tagged this commissioned artwork, "Young CEO". My joy in producing this realistic pencil drawing was the satisfaction the owner derived from seeing the work. Hope you'll enjoy viewing it too. See the stages below.

Subject: "Young CEO"
Medium: graphite pencil on paper
Size: 16 x 20 inches

Monday, May 23, 2016

Olatoyan's inspirational story featured on CNN

CNN report on world's best dressed squeegee man, showing dignity in labour
I cherish the never-say-die attitude youths in the country exhibit, especially during this time that the challenge of unemployment is biting so hard. It is quite uplifting to read stories of young men and woman who defy the odds to overcome the menace of joblessness, instead of taking to the life of crimes. One of such persons is Abdulahi Olatoyan, a university dropout, whose story recently went viral on the social media after it was featured on CNN. He adopted creativity and unwavering determination to defeat the common enemy facing many a Nigerian youth today.

Find the details of Olatoyan's inspirational story as it appeared on CNN African Voices after the cut...

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Quote of the day

motivational quote of the day
Don't be dismayed at your little size now. The oak tree was once a tiny seed. It is foolishness to despise days of small beginnings because in them lie the seed of your future greatness. #HappyWeekend

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dear Job Seeker...

How to overcome unemployment
I know you’ll tell me you are unemployed because there are no jobs or you have nothing much to offer. But I'm here to prove you wrong; you do have a whole lot to offer. If you eyes are opened to see the immense capabilities that lie untapped within you, you’ll literally jump out of your bed and run across the streets shouting “Eureka” “Eureka” just as Archimedes did.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Discover 16 Simple Motivation Tips To Get More Done (Infographic)

Successful people cultivate successful habit (#motivational quote)
Procrastination is the thief of time and life as well because life consists of time. How you spend your time determines the outcome of your life. Many derail by majoring in minor things, while taking for granted things they should focus on.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Throw Depression Overboard! (Realistic Pencil Drawing)

inspirational and realistic pencil drawing
I'm pleased to showcase this realistic pencil drawing I did. Some of us find inspiration in arts and I believe this one will serve that purpose. I wish you could laugh at impossibilities like that. :) Many choose to be depressed when faced with difficulties, not knowing that nothing stifles productivity like depression.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Brief Talk on Discovering Your Purpose

Motivational article on how to discover your purpose
Your fulfillment in life lies in discovering your purpose. Purpose is the reason for your being, why you were created. A lot of people merely trudge through life without caring to find out why God created them. No amount of money you acquire can make you happy, if you lack a sense of purpose.

Monday, May 9, 2016

5 Steps to Manifesting Your Inherent Personal Greatness

Success must begin in the mind; you can’t think like a peasant and emerge a king. Nothing conditions a man to the life of squalor like having a poverty mentality. All the motivational words, quotes and tidbits cannot help the man who refuses to lift himself above negative thinking. The verdict is simple, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. To manifest your personal greatness, condition your mind to believe that you can.

Friday, May 6, 2016

How the story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree can inspire you during hard times

inspirational story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree
We live in an age where people want instant gratification. But make no mistake about it, nothing good comes easy. Many have become victims of schemers’ deceit in their quest to get something of value for doing nothing. If it appears too good to be true, you need to look at it again before jumping into the bandwagon.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Motivational Digest For This Week

Motivational quotes about life and desire to succeed

This is a roundup of all the motivational quotes making rounds across my social media handles this week. I'm pleased to know via the feedback I received that the quotes really inspired members of my target audience to become better people. It's amazing how fast people's lives change with the right words and motivation. Ponder over these quotes, I believe you will find them useful too.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to create the future you desire

Where you start from is not as important as the attitude you start with. You are made for the big stage, but don’t get it twisted, you need to start small and work yourself up the ladder. The bane of today's youths is the lure of overnight success. However, real success requires a process, just as every great building begins with a foundation before reaching the superstructure.

Realistic pencil drawing of an African child

Realistic pencil drawing of an African child

This is portrait of the week. It's been a while I showcased my drawings here, so today I'm happy to unveil this one. I called her 'Little Queen', a commissioned work I did depicting the innocence of an African child. Happy viewing. 

Subject: Little Queen 
Medium: graphite pencil on paper 
Size: 16x20 inches 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Do you have what it takes to stand out? (Monday Motivation)

Motivational quote and article on the need to stand out from the crowd
Being exceptional is the hallmark of all successful people. There is no point trying to blend in to popular norms when you've been created to stand out. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

You never know what you can achieve until you start

success tips on starting small- business, entrepreneurship, life in Nigeria, and youths

Many are afraid to start small for fear of the unknown. They would rather keep putting off till tomorrow what should be done today. Ironically, that tomorrow never comes. You never know what great feats you can attain unless you start.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

How to deal with difficult situations

How to handle difficult situations - motivational article
Without doubt, life is rife with challenges. It will be foolhardy to deny the fact that challenges are real. However, why do some people overcome their predicaments while others are left struggling with theirs?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

John D. Rockefeller's Top 30 Iconic Quotes

John D. Rockefeller's quotes on success in business
The story of John D. Rockefeller is one that continues to inspire many across the globe. Rockefeller was a billionaire business mogul known for his discipline and visionary approach to business; little wonder he built Standard Oil to become the largest company in the world during his time. Today I bring you John D. Rockefeller's iconic wise sayings to stir the giant in you:

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Why The World Thinks You Are Better Off Unemployed And What You Should Do About It

dealing with unemployment rate in Nigeria
You have finally graduated. It is on to the Career Path. Bearing in mind that you have 50/50 chance to succeed or fail, with all the faith you can muster, you sell your skills to the world.

But years later, the world still does not respond to your services. You try all you can to make sure your skills are on the radar but it doesn't care about your talents.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Move ahead with renewed vigour (Monday Motivation)

You have all it takes to attain and exceed your set goals this week. Just don't give or take any excuse why you mustn't better the previous week's performance. 

The Lord has given us 365 days to make the most of this year, so each day should be a plus, not a minus. Undertake your tasks with a renewed vigour this week and with the assurance that the Power that made the universe is backing you. 

This is the first of my #MondayMotivation series, look forward to more exciting editions. 

Have a great week ahead! 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Stimulus for your thought

Stephen Covey's motivational quote

Arriving at your intended destination in life entails taking one quality decision at a time. What happens to you in the course of this journey is not as important as how you choose to react to them. So stay upbeat and have an unwavering faith in God because the best days of your life are still ahead of you.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Watch as brave 8-year-old girl save her baby brother from kidnapping

Stories such as this are usually told in the movies, but this one happened in real life. It took the efforts of a brave 8-year-old girl and her sibling to save their baby brother who was snatched from a playground by a menacing kidnapper. The incident which was captured on a surveillance camera, showed the kidnapper running down the street with the toddler, while his brave little siblings engaged him a hot pursuit.

Also read

Monday, April 4, 2016

Cultivating your mind the right way

Napoleon Hill's quote - more gold had been mined from the mind of man than earth itself
The battles of life are primarily won and lost in the mind. Your mind is your greatest asset because it holds limitless possibilities when properly channeled. “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life” is an admonition that shouldn’t be lightly esteemed. What the mind of man can conceive, it can produce. The tallest buildings we see today were first built in the mind before they were actually brought to life. The same goes for all the groundbreaking inventions made by man over the years.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Mike Murdock's Top 35 Life-transforming Quotes

Inspirational, motivational and life-transforming quotes by Mike Murdock

As a minister and best selling author, Dr. Mike Murdock has continued to transform lives across the globe through his teachings and books. The following are life-transforming quotes worth living by:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

I started my business with N120, successful Nigerian entrepreneur reveals

Inspirational startup story; entrepreneur
Entrepreneurial development is a very huge asset in our quest to eradicate unemployment in the country. A lot of personalities we know today resolved to start their own businesses and over the years have risen to prominence through patience, diligence and focus. In this incisive interview, the Chisco Group boss, Chief Dr Chidi Anyaegbu, shares experience on his meteoric rise as an entrepreneur in Nigeria. Read this with rapt attention, you will be inspired!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Fortune smiles on man as he moves from being homeless to bagging "Employee of the year" award

Inspirational story of a former homeless man who became employer of the year
It's not what happens to us, but how we react to it that matters. There is no need feeling dejected about your condition when you can do something about it. The man who is the focus of this inspirational story was once homeless, but was determined to overcome the negative situation and has today made a headline. Here are details of his story as captured by Fox 13 News

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How to set up a blog to promote your business

How to set up a blog as a business
I’m inspired to impart knowledge today and to guide you on how to set up a blog to share your passion or promote your goods and services. This is in response to requests by some followers of my Facebook page, who have been asking me for direction on how to start a blog. Hope you get inspired by this to start your own blog.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wishing you and your loved ones happy Easter celebration

Easter celebration: remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ
The death and resurrection of Christ marked a watershed in the history of mankind. Jesus paid the ultimate price for the salvation of man on the cross of Calvary and on the third day rose from the dead.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Miraculous! 5 Month Old Baby Found Alive After Being Buried in Rubble For 22 hours

Miracle: 5-month-old baby rescued alive from a rubble of an earthquake in Nepal
Nepal was recently dealt a heavy blow when a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck a section of the country leaving in its ruins death of thousands and devastation of properties worth millions. 

However, in the midst of this gloomy situation, a miracle occurred as a 5-month-old baby who was buried under the rubble of one of the collapsed buildings for about 22 hours was rescued alive. Watch the interesting video after the cut...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Challenge yourself to greatness (Be phenomenal)

This is one of the best motivational videos I've watched in a while. The approximate 7 minutes clip captioned, "Be phenomenal", has garnered over 18 million views on YouTube alone. 

Now it's up to us to challenge ourselves to greatness, it's up to us to be phenomenal and give our best to the task of maximising our God-given potentials, irrespective of fields and callings. I hope this video will awaken the giant in you to reach out for the greatness you are meant for. Happy viewing... Stay inspired!

You may also like: The Powerful Story of the Bamboo Tree

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Safeguard Your Dreams From "Scavengers"

Keep your dream from scavengers (inspirational story)
Never let discouraging words get into you. If the truth be told, there are dream killers out there who are proficient at telling you how impossible that vision of yours is. You've got to wade through barrage of discouraging moments without losing enthusiasm about the prospect of realising your dreams. The featured story below captures the true essence of safeguarding your dreams against all odds...

Monday, March 14, 2016

Les Brown's Top 30 Quotable Quotes

Les Brown's top 30 quotable quotes that will inspire you.
Les Brown without any doubt is among the top 10 motivational speakers in the world and has over the years continued to inspire millions with his inspirational talks. I bring you this morning his top 30 quotable quotes that can inspire you to aspire for excellence and greatness in life.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

3 Solid Reasons Why You Need A Mentor

Highlighting the importance of mentorship in business, career, sports, education, etc...
Raw talent is not equal to success. It has to be refined for the end-product to emerge. No matter the possibilities your innate abilities hold, they still need to be tinkered if they must leave the realm of ‘promising’ to fulfillment.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

PrimeTeks Blog: blog of the week

This is a sponsored post. 

PrimeTeks Blog is a Technology blog as you notice Tek in the name. We do know that technology has many aspects, so that's what PrimeTeks Blog is all about, it gives reviews about the upcoming phones and tabs, also confirmed Tweaks for all network in Nigeria and many more. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Abraham Lincoln's top 25 quotes worth pondering over

Abraham Lincoln's top 25 quotes that will inspire you to attain great results.

Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin on the Sinking Spring Farm in Hardin County, Kentucky and in spite of his small beginning and travails rose to become the 16th President of the United States of America. Notable among his numerous achievements were the abolishing of slavery and leading the country through a bloody civil war. Here are some of his best quotes that can inspire any young man to rise above his obvious predicaments and make a positive impact in the world:

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thought-provoking story of a farmer and his donkey

It's not what happens to you that matters, it's how you respond to what happens to you that makes a difference - Zig Ziglar

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened ...and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Quit? For what?

Persistence is one of the major keys that drives one to success in any field of endeavour. Top motivational speakers, entrepreneurs, etc, have one thing in common: grit.
The word “persist” simply means to continue working towards attaining your objectives, in spite of all odds. As you can see, the word connotes stepping out of one’s comfort zone to make things happen. That dream of yours will not become a reality without a ‘fight’. As a matter of fact, many factors out there are out to nip your visions in the bud, if you allow them, of course.

Friday, February 26, 2016

How I turned a deadly plant into a booming business ~ Achenyo Idachaba

Opportunities abound around us which can be converted into 'valuables' if we can observe and think enough. So today I bring you Achenyo Idachaba,  a green entrepreneur, as she tells us her story on how she turned deadly plants collated from some riverine communities in Nigeria into a thriving business.

Norman Vincent Peale’s Top 35 Quotes you can leverage for success

Norman Vincent Peale and the Power of Positive Thinking
I call him the "possiblitarian", Norman Vincent Peale is one of the men whose books influenced my life at an early age, notable among them is the book, The Power of Positive Thinking. The following are top 35 quotes by the renowned minister and author:

1. “When you get up in the morning, you have two choices – either to be happy or to be unhappy. Just choose to be happy.”

2. "Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory."

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Things are not what they seem: the parable of a Chinese farmer

Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer whose horse ran away. All the neighbours came around to commiserate with him that evening, “So sorry that your horse has run away, that’s too bad.” and he said, “Maybe or maybe not.”

The next day the horse came back, bringing seven wild horses with it. Everyone came around in the evening and said,

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Watch moments after a car bursts into flame, with everything burnt except a Bible

This could best be described as a miracle. Witnesses said the driver's vehicle skidded off the road and hit a pole, and moments later the vehicle bursted into flames, fortunately the driver was rescued by good Samaritans. However, the major talking point about this accident was how could a Bible placed at the front seat remain un-scorched after everything in the vehicle had burnt down?

5 Daily Habits That Will Enhance Your Productivity

5 daily inspirational habits that will enhance your productivity
Each of us has 24-hours daily to make our mark. The habits we formulate are always visible in the results we attain each passing day. In this piece, we will be looking at "5 Daily Habits That Will Enhance Your Productivity". The list is by no means exhaustive.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Powerful Story of the Bamboo Tree

Les Brown speaking on the importance of perseverance,persistence and steadfastness in achieving success using the story of the Bamboo tree.
These 3 minutes and few megabytes can revolutionalise your thinking and your life as you listen to Les Brown talk about the growth process of the bamboo tree as it relates to nurturing and realising your cherished dreams. Your success rate will be sped up as you know what to do per time.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Top 10 Inspirational Quotes by Myles Munroe

Myles Munroe's top 10 quotes bordering on success, purpose, leadership and living a fulfilled life.

Dr. Myles Munroe indeed inspired millions across the globe with his teachings and exposition. The world was better because he was here and his legacy will continue to speak for him. The following are some of his best quotes:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Olajumoke, bread seller turned model set to inspire

Drawing inspiration from Olajumoke's story
Watch out for this one as the bread seller turned model will be speaking alongside the Ondo Governor, Mr. Olusegun Mimiko and others at an  event meant to inspire young minds in the country.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016