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How to achieve success in life

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In my opinion, no individual is born as an island unto himself or herself. People are born unto an environment where they grow up from childhood to adulthood and old age until death. That environment could be a family, the entire community, a tribe, ethnic group, a school or a workplace.

How Can an Individual Attain Success in Life 

In this world we have choices as far as success in life is concerned. What is important is for the individual to make the right choice or choices that will lead the person to the attainment of success; be it riches, fame or leadership among others.

How Can One Make the Right Choice (s)

In my view, a person can make the right choice or choices by following these action points:

  1. Follow the path of what God teaches us, be you a Muslim or Christian. That is, believe in the existence of God, his creation, the word of God and put one’s trust in him.
  2. Consider his or her upbringing in the home and society and understand the values, norms and the do’s and don’ts in the society in which we live.
  3. It is essential for the individual to have respect for the elderly in the family, community, society and people in authority at the workplace in a normal setting. Where the community is deviant the person is not obliged to do this.
  4. The individual must also have the ability to learn and acquire knowledge and skills that will lead him or her to be able to plan his or her future. This means that there is a need to acquire a trade, profession or livelihood.
  5. The person must be effective and efficient and put much efforts’ in whatever he or she intends to do in life. People who succeed tend to apply self-control, self-discipline alongside creative experimentation or pursuit of a focus goal in life.

What Constitute Success

Success may mean different things to different people in life. For example, success may be riches to some people. For others success is about quality leadership, intelligence, fame and self-esteem. Generally, success in my opinion is about self-fulfilling life where the individual has to distinguish himself or herself in a given environment.

Let me cite one Dr. Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs at this point. Dr. Maslow was a psychologist who discovered five basic levels of human needs which are; through the most basic biological needs, people progress to higher level psychological needs. In this context, Dr. Maslow explains that humans begin with physiological needs first, move on to safety and security needs. The next level is the desire for social needs calling for affection, friendship and belonging.

After this, the person will have ego needs which represent a higher order namely; prestige, success and self-respect. A person according to this model is at the peak of the triangle with self-actualization or self-fulfillment.  Through changing circumstances one could move along this scale up and down as circumstances or fate may dictate.

To a very great extent, normal human beings can aspire and attain the very highest which depends on the person’s self-control, hard work, prayers and constructive focus and feedback.

Mentorship

Mentorship is important because the individual will require knowledge and skills to be able succeed in life. This means the individual must learn both formal and informal education. This however, cannot be achieved without academic education at all levels.

One would also have to learn under other people like a teacher, doctor, community leader or a businessman. These individuals will advise and mentor the person on what he or she has been experiencing in life. Being successful does not mean one will not encounter challenges or difficulties in life. Success is not smooth but success comes to those who put in adequate efforts in whatever they intend to do, persevere and persist in life; for Isaac Newton said “if I can see far, it means’ I have stood on the solders of giants”.

Conclusion

Achieving success in life requires a lot of sacrifices. For one to be successful in life he or she must reflect on the environment in which he or she has been brought up, adequate knowledge academically at all levels and make the right choice or choices with assistance from experts and mentor(s).

The individual should know that you cannot do it all in life without the help of God. As a result, be you Muslim or Christian you must follow the path of what God teaches us, believe in his existence, creation and put one’s trust in him.

It is essential to be an upright person, obedient, truthful, disciplined and show respect to all manner of persons in the family, community, society in which he or she lives.

The individual should remember that success is not smooth and that success comes to those who pray to God, work hard, persevere and make efforts in whatever they intend to do in life.

In conclusion, it is my hope that the readers of this article will derive some inspirations from the script to aid them to success in life in future.

By Abu Kuntulo

About the author

Currently, Abu D. Kuntulo is self-employed. He is the proprietor and Director of Kuntulo’s Ambulance Services. He is an Industrial Relations Practitioner, Labour Expert and Labour Consultant. He has been with the Health Services Workers’ Union of the Trades Union Congress, Ghana for the past twenty-four (24) years and retired on 30th June, 2016.

His professional qualifications include a Diploma in Planning, Management and  Curriculum Development, Diploma in Political Economy, Diploma in Workers Education in Industrial Relations, Certificate in National and International Labour Standards and Certificate in Strategic Management.

He is an expert in workers education and capacity building and has expertise in planning, management and curriculum development. He is a veteran of the TUC, Ghana and a Council of Elder of the Health Services Workers’ Union of the TUC, Ghana.

Baby ordered out of Japan assembly

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Yuka Ogata’s baby boy was considered a visitor and hence not permitted to attend

A local Japanese politician has been criticised by lawmakers for trying to bring her baby to a council session.

Yuka Ogata said she wanted to show how difficult it is for women to juggle careers and raise children.

Kumamoto municipal assembly officials said she had violated assembly rules as visitors and observers are forbidden from the floor.

After a lengthy discussion, Ms Ogata left the child with a friend and the session started 40 minutes late.

The council says it will discuss her case and ways to support lawmakers with young children.

Speaker Yoshitomo Sawada told reporters: “We would like to work on a system where assembly members can participate in meetings with their children,” Mainichi newspaper reports.

Wednesday’s incident was the first time Ms Ogata had attended a municipal assembly plenary session since giving birth to her son seven months ago.

She told reporters that she had asked the secretariat repeatedly to either allow her son to be with her during the assemblies or to provide a day-care facility.

“I wanted the assembly to be a place where women who are raising children can also do a great job,” she told Mainichi.

She said she received no positive response, but decided to simply bring her child anyway.

Meanwhile, the council secretariat told Asahi Shimbun newspaper that Ms Ogata had only expressed her “anxiety about being separated from the child for a long time” but had not actually requested to bring her child to the plenary session.

While there is no explicit rule against bringing infants, assembly rules forbid visitors or observers from being present on the floor when a meeting is in session.

Japan is a country with very traditional gender roles and many women choose to abandon their careers once they get married and have children.

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has for years been trying to make it easier for mothers to continue working after giving birth but despite these efforts, the country’s gender gap remains wide.

Japan is ranked 114 out of 144 in the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap report.

Source: BBC

Benefits of coffee outweigh risks, says study

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The effects of caffeine can vary from person to person

Moderate coffee drinking is safe, and three to four cups a day may have some health benefits, according to a large review of studies, in the BMJ.

It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in coffee drinkers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke – but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause.

Too much coffee during pregnancy could be harmful, the review confirmed.

Experts said people should not start drinking coffee for health reasons.

The University of Southampton researchers collected data on the impact of coffee on all aspects of the human body, taking into account more than 200 studies – most of which were observational.

Compared with non-coffee drinkers, those who drank about three cups of coffee a day appeared to reduce their risk of getting heart problems or dying from them.

The strongest benefits of coffee consumption were seen in reduced risks of liver disease, including cancer.

But Prof Paul Roderick, co-author of the study, from the faculty of medicine at University of Southampton, said the review could not say if coffee intake had made the difference.

“Factors such as age, whether people smoked or not and how much exercise they took could all have had an effect,” he said.

Everything in moderation, including coffee

The findings back up other recent reviews and studies of coffee drinking so, overall, his message on coffee was reassuring.

“There is a balance of risks in life, and the benefits of moderate consumption of coffee seem to outweigh the risks,” he said.

The NHS recommends pregnant women have no more than 200mg of caffeine a day – two mugs of instant coffee – because too much can increase the risk of miscarriage.

This review suggests women at risk of fractures should also cut back on coffee.

For other adults, moderate caffeine intake equates to 400mg or less per day – or three to four cups of coffee – but that isn’t the only drink (or food) to bear in mind.

How much caffeine in my drink?

  • one mug of filter coffee: 140mg
  • one mug of instant coffee: 100mg
  • one mug of tea: 75mg
  • one can of cola: 40mg
  • one 250ml can of energy drink: up to 80mg
  • bar of plain chocolate: less than 25mg
  • bar of milk chocolate: less than 10mg

The researchers say coffee drinkers should stick to “healthy coffees” – which avoid extra sugar, milk or cream, or a fatty snack on the side.

And they are calling for rigorous clinical trials on coffee intake to find out more about the potential benefits to health.

At present, the researchers said pinning down exactly how coffee might have a positive impact on health was “difficult” but it could be down to the effects of anti-oxidants and anti-fibrotics, which prevent or slow damage to cells in the body.

Commenting on the BMJ review, Eliseo Guallar, from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said there was still uncertainty about the effects of higher levels of coffee intake.

But he added: “Moderate coffee consumption seems remarkably safe, and it can be incorporated as part of a healthy diet by most of the adult population.”

Tom Sanders, professor emeritus of nutrition and dietetics at King’s College London, said coffee drinkers may be healthier people to start with – and that could skew the findings.

“Coffee is known to cause headaches in some people and it also increases the urge to go to the toilet – some people chose not to drink coffee for these reasons.

“Patients with abnormal heart rhythms are often advised to drink de-caffeinated coffee. Caffeine also acutely increases blood pressure, albeit transiently. ”

Source: BBC

Young people ‘experimenting more in bed’

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Young people are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices, including anal sex, with opposite sex partners, research reveals.

Experts looked at responses to a national sex survey that has been carried out every 10 years since 1990 in the UK.

More than one in 10 millennial teenagers said they had tried anal sex by the age of 18.

By the age of 22 to 24, three in every 10 said they had tried it.

Vaginal and oral sex are still the most common types of sexual activity between young men and women, however.

The age that young people start having sex – vaginal, anal or oral – has not changed much in recent decades.

In the most recent survey, it was 16.

While the study in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows what types of sex people are having, it doesn’t shed light on why preferences are changing.

Experts can only speculate, but say society has become more accepting and less judgemental about sexual experimentation.

Breaking down taboos

Kaye Wellings, senior author and professor of sexual and reproductive health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “The changes in practices we see here are consistent with the widening of other aspects of young people’s sexual experience, and are perhaps not surprising given the rapidly changing social context and the ever-increasing number of influences on sexual behaviour.”

Prof Cynthia Graham is a professor in sexual and reproductive health at the University of Southampton.

She said the internet and media might have played a role in breaking down sexual taboos.

“The internet means people can easily find and see things that they would not have been able to in the past.

“Anal sex is still pretty stigmatised, but attitudes appear to be changing. We know society has become more accepting of things like same sex behaviour overall. But there’s very little research out there about anal sex and motivation.”

She said more studies were needed to inform sex education and equip young people with the information they need for their sexual health.

Source: BBC

Wait! Check your weights!!

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Our society may be rid of every ill except one — hypocrisy. Our incoherent weights have almost become that part of society’s fabric we can’t let go. What we crucify others for in public, we lustfully enjoy in our closets.

The irony of today’s society is that what we are living a whole cycle of hypocrisy. We scream during the day, “Close down the brothels!” yet keep that same brothel running at night. We condemn prostitution yet make sex a “term and condition” to our job vacancies.

We shout, “Our politicians are corrupt!!!” yet go queuing at their doorsteps for our daily bread when we know they are not human bakeries. We whine when they don’t give fat offerings in church. How else can they satisfy our selfish needs if they don’t top up their salaries by stealing!? We can’t create monsters and scream when they act as one. It’s all a hypocrisy thing!

We yell, “These politicians think only about their families!” yet shame our politician kin who honestly serves his nation without falling for our selfish baits. We ridicule them when they leave office poor. Hypocrisy fuels corruption and decadence!

Ponder. You think there’s everything wrong with a commissioner’s pronouncement that some Ghanaians are more Ghanaian than others. However, you seem to see nothing wrong with your perception that your tribe is better than everyone else’s.

You hate racism with every fiber of your being. When you’re discriminated against because of your skin color, you feel treated like a non-existent being. However, you serve an equal measure of treatment to your fellow neighbor because they don’t belong to your tribe. You regard another as less human because they belong to a different gender.

Discrimination of any sort is wrong. If you don’t deserve it, no one deserves it either!

You assume it’s pretty petty and unfair to be denied an opportunity because you don’t have a party card but you’re gloriously denying another’s right to marry because they don’t have your tribal card. You hoot at petty partisanship at one time… yet embrace petty tribalism at another time. That’s double standards right here!

Wait! If partisanship is not good for one, tribalism is not good for another. Check your weights!

You wish another dead because they declared themselves homosexuals. You hate them to bits… literally! However, you love yourself for fornicating. You brag for having multiple affairs even after marriage. You are a don when it comes to having extramarital affairs… and want the world to accept you for who you are… because you assume your sins are less grave.

What did you use to weigh sins!? Gallons or buckets!? Imbalanced weights! We don’t assume some sins are graver than ours just because we are not doing them. Sin, in God’s eyes, is not in grades. Hell has no compartments. It has neither chamber nor hall. Wrong is immeasurably wrong!

So… when we tend to assume that we are any better than others because our sins are of less gravity, that’s double standards right there!

You can’t see any beyond your partisan politics. When your party is in power, everything is alright— everything is for the good of the people. When your party loses power, every single thing done by the government is wrong— even the same things you previously endorsed as right.

Right here is an imbalanced standard— triple standards— perhaps. Right here is an inconsistent soul whose objectivity is relative; a being whose objectivity is subjective.

Your thinking capacity doesn’t go beyond your religious figures. When your pastor does it, it’s very right but when another “man of God” does it, you go looking for when he was supposedly called by God. When others criticize your religious figure, you confidently retort, “Touch not my anointed!” but when it’s due for you to lash out at another, you do so with the speed of light… as though they were anointed with dilute coconut oil instead.

What is good for the goose is definitely good for the gander. What is bad for the gander should obviously not be too good for the goose either. You see… when you apply inconsistent yardsticks to different people, what you’ve inside of you is inconsistent. Check your weights!

Right should be applauded no matter who does it…and wrong condemned regardless of the perpetrator. If you need to recalibrate your weights to measure right or wrong for different people or instance, you need to check your weights. What is good for your favorites is as well good for every other person.

Society will drown when we use imbalanced judgments for the same situations. Hypocrisy is when we recalibrate our standards every time we have to weigh different people on the same life scale. We ought to be consistent in our measurement.

Our yardsticks should favor no one— not even us. Check your weights!

By Kobina Ansah

The writer is a playwright and Chief Scribe of Scribe Communications (www.scribecommltd.com).

Your parents’ lifestyles can determine your health – even as an adult

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The research on 21,000 people from 13 countries shows our parents’ lifestyles determine our own health.

We don’t choose our parents, their jobs or their health. And we don’t have a say in whether or not they smoke, nor in what they ate when we were children. However, our recent study found that these things strongly determine our own lifestyles and health, even into adulthood.

For our study – involving 21,000 participants aged 50 and above from 13 European countries – we compared the participants’ current smoking, obesity and lack of exercise with their parents’ job, longevity, smoking status and alcohol problems during the participants’ childhoods.

We showed that parents’ characteristics when participants were ten years old explained between 31 percent and 78 percent of their adult health, with a European average at 50 percent.

The countries where health was largely determined by parents’ characteristics were Czech Republic (78 percent), Germany (72 percent), Spain (70 percent), France (66 percent) and Austria (64 percent).

However, parental factors mattered less in Belgium (31 percent), the Netherlands (34 percent) and Switzerland (41 percent).

The importance of parents’ characteristics for their children’s health is explained by two mechanisms.

First, poor living conditions in childhood lead to poverty in adulthood – which affects health.

Second, health is transmitted from parents to children.

Beyond the obvious common genetic inheritance across generations, parents’ health also has an impact on their children’s health by imparting habits and lifestyles.

Our research found that if a parent smoked when their child was young, the child was much more likely to smoke as an adult, in all countries except Sweden.

A person’s obesity in later life was more frequent when their parents were smokers and had a problem with alcohol when the child was ten in Germany, Greece and Austria.

In Denmark, obesity was only associated with parents having a problem with alcohol; in France it was associated with parents being smokers.

We also investigated the odds that a person would smoke – using national survey data from France – based on their parents’ smoking and social background.

We found that if a person’s father smoked when they were 12, they were almost twice as likely to smoke than people whose father did not smoke at all, controlling for education level and parents’ job.

If mothers smoked, it increased the risk of their daughters smoking – but not their sons.

The risk that a person would smoke was also higher among those whose father was a manual worker, and who had experienced periods of poverty during their childhood.

The countries where health was largely determined by parents’ characteristics were Czech Republic (78 percent), Germany (72 percent), Spain (70 percent), France (66 percent) and Austria (64 percent).

However, parental factors mattered less in Belgium (31 percent), the Netherlands (34 percent) and Switzerland (41 percent).

The importance of parents’ characteristics for their children’s health is explained by two mechanisms.

First, poor living conditions in childhood lead to poverty in adulthood – which affects health.

Second, health is transmitted from parents to children.

Beyond the obvious common genetic inheritance across generations, parents’ health also has an impact on their children’s health by imparting habits and lifestyles.

Our research found that if a parent smoked when their child was young, the child was much more likely to smoke as an adult, in all countries except Sweden.

A person’s obesity in later life was more frequent when their parents were smokers and had a problem with alcohol when the child was ten in Germany, Greece and Austria.

In Denmark, obesity was only associated with parents having a problem with alcohol; in France it was associated with parents being smokers.

We also investigated the odds that a person would smoke – using national survey data from France – based on their parents’ smoking and social background.

We found that if a person’s father smoked when they were 12, they were almost twice as likely to smoke than people whose father did not smoke at all, controlling for education level and parents’ job.

If mothers smoked, it increased the risk of their daughters smoking – but not their sons.

The risk that a person would smoke was also higher among those whose father was a manual worker, and who had experienced periods of poverty during their childhood.

Source MailOnline

Sean Sykes Jnr, 24, was being interviewed when his flatulence became problematic for detectives

Suspect’s farts end police interview

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Sean Sykes Jnr, 24, was being interviewed when his flatulence became problematic for detectives

Sean Sykes Jnr, 24, was being interviewed when his flatulence became problematic for detectives photo: JACKSON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER

A man’s police interrogation in Kansas City, Missouri was ended prematurely after he began answering questions by farting, according to local reports.

Sean Sykes Jnr is facing federal gun and drug charges after being pulled over twice by police in Kansas City.

He was initially released in September, but taken back into custody this month.

Explosive new details have now emerged of Mr Sykes’s original interview in September that was brought to an abrupt end.

According to the Kansas City Star newspaper, a detective’s report said Mr Sykes “leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart” when asked for his address by police while being interviewed in September.

“Mr Sykes continued to be flatulent and I ended the interview,” the detective wrote after recovering.

No charges were filed at the time after Mr Sykes denied knowledge of the items, but the 24-year-old was pulled over again this month. He was charged with stolen firearm offences and possession with intent to sell cocaine.

The detective’s report emerged during a court appearance on Monday.

Source: BBC

Obuobia’s ‘Pause For 3 Minutes’ nominated for award

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Obuobia Darko-Opoku

Obuobia Darko-Opoku’s newly launched motivational series – Pause for Three Minutes – has been nominated for an award.

Pause for Three Minutes, the unique inspiring bi-weekly show on Social Media, made it in the L.E.A.D Series Merit Awards category alongside Becca and others for the month of October. The L.E.A.D Series Merit Awards recognizes and acknowledges individuals or companies whose individual activity in various areas of expertise have inspired the society positively within the month under review.

A winner will be announced on November 24 after an ongoing voting process on the website of the L.E.A.D Series organisers .

The much talked about Pause for Three Minutes show is already making waves in just a month after its launch.

“The recognition alone is a motivation, and shows that whatever you find yourself doing, do it with your heart and it will find a way of rewarding itself. I’ll urge my followers to go on the site to vote because a win is a win for them,” Obuobia said.

“I’m highly motivated to keep doing what I’m doing to help humanity because the feedback has been massive and overwhelming. Season One was great and we keep receiving calls and messages from our viewers and fans to kick off already with Season 2. I promise you that the next season will be a bang,” the Philanthropist assured.

Pause for Three Minutes has gained huge traction on You Tube and Facebook due to its compelling topics, and the producers have hinted on showing it on one of the Free to Air television stations soon. It comes out Mondays and Thursdays.

Watch Season One’s episodes here: Click

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

Having sex could slow down aging but… – Study finds

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Having sex at least once per week can help people age better but this was a small and short study, so more research is needed.

It’s no secret that sex comes with many benefits, but a new study suggests that having sex frequently can also keep you from aging. Well, sort of.

The study, conducted by the University of California in San Francisco, monitored the sexual habits of 129 mothers in relationships over one week. Researchers found that those who had sex at least once during that week had significantly longer telomeres, nucleoprotein caps at the end of DNA strands that protect chromosomes from deteriorating, than those who didn’t.

Telomeres naturally break down due to aging, poor diet, and high alcohol use, according to the study. But being physically active, eating well, and, apparently, having sex, can help mend and lengthen them. Other studies suggest that these telomeres can help you live longer and keep up physical and mental health as you age.

Something interesting about the study however, is that relationship satisfaction, daily support or conflict, or perceived stress had nothing to do with telmoreres length. Neither did the participants sex drive or enjoyment of sex.

Obviously more research here is needed as it was such a small study done over a short period of time. But other studies have pegged once a week to be an ideal number of times to have sex with your partner as well, so it’s not a bad goal to strive for.

But it’s also important to remember that you should be having sex as much as you and your partner want to be. There are a lot of things that may prolong your life that will make you a lot happier than having routine and unfulfilling sex.

Source thisisinsider.com

Burundi orders unmarried couples to wed by end of 2017

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File: A typical African marriage

Unmarried couples in the East African country of Burundi have until the end of the year to legalise their relationships through church or state registrations.

In May, President Pierre Nkurunziza signed a new law which the government says will help protect women and create a more moral society, but some disagree.

The government insists a legal document recognising a marriage helps protect women and their children, especially when it comes to issues such as inheritance.

However, others say the new marriage law infringes on people’s religious beliefs, customs and practices.

Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from the capital, Bujumbura.