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I enjoy playing the game of monopoly, when I was growing up, I was told that monopoly was a game that encouraged gambling. I was rather intrigued by the game but I held back cos of the G-word and I didn’t want to do what was wrong…

A few times, I put my hands at the game and I found that it was not what they all said it was and yes it was fun for me as well, I mean after all I could role play that I had cash to do whatsoever I wanted, but I found out that the game could be a long drawn affair as well, or maybe because I didn’t know the game that well then, it felt boring after some time.

Then came the time that I gained recognition for what I stood to learn from playing the game. Yes, playing the game. What I have learned from the principles (not new principles) are things that I apply to my life, and I have seen gains so much and also have my dreams come to reality…

EVERYBODY STARTS AT THE SAME LEVEL – everyone begins the game from a start point, with the same amount of resources, and opportunities ahead of them. No one has the excuse of saying, “It wasn’t a level playing field”. So also in life, you’re at the right place to begin, and all you need is already available inside of you.

EVERYBODY HAS A SHOT AT MAKING CHOICES AND DECISIONS – when you move your piece, wherever you land on, you have the option of buying the space or passing on the option. When you buy, the rule is if you have the complete set of blocks (denoted by colors), you can begin construction and the highest you can build is a hotel (4/5 apartments as the case may be). It’s up to you to go that far or just own one out of the complete set and say, “this is enough for me” but you will never win, even if that’s just what you want. The enemy of better is best; do not settle for less than what you can have.

EVERYBODY HAS THE CAPACITY TO IMPROVE THEIR LOT THROUGH THEIR DECISIONS – what you use your resources to acquire determines if in the long run, you’d be the last man standing. So also with life, I am a summation of all the choices that I’ve made since I could make a decision. The quality of life that I live now is a result of decisions I’ve made in the past, good and bad; my future is dependent on the right or wrong decisions I’m making today.

THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF INVESTMENTS THAT YIELD DIFFERENT RESULTS – Owning the properties that are colored dark blue represents a more valuable decision than those of any other colors. But owning other properties in other areas still represents income that may keep you in the game, though not necessarily winning you the game (except if you own all the other “lesser” areas). Therefore, it’s up to you to get your priorities right. Strive to own what would yield the better results.

IT’S ALL ABOUT REAL ESTATE, BUT NOT RESTRICTED TO REAL ESTATE: some say that monopoly is all about real estate, but I’d say it’s a game that tests the quality of your choices. Shelling all your resources on properties that do not carry weight (no high-yield rental) would keep you at the mercy of those owning better cash-yielding properties. Winning, which is the goal of the game, therefore shows if your strategy is good or not.

NEVER PLAY WITHOUT A STRATEGY – this cannot be over-emphasized. Know what you want to do and then stick to the game-plan, make necessary adjustments along the way, but always have a plan.

EVERY DAY TRADING IS TAKING PLACE; YOUR DEVELOPMENT DETERMINES WHAT PREMIUM YOU CAN GET – at a point in the game, you’d have something that an opponent needs for which you don’t have to trade cash to get. You can swap those items. Life throws up such opportunities at us as well; it’s not always all about cash. It could be a service or something you can offer to get what you desire.

YOU DO NOT WIN THE GAME AT A GO – every player has the potential to win the game just by showing up, but only that player that made the best choices overall, gets to be the last man standing.

IN THE END, IT’S THE MAN WHO MAKES THE BEST DECISIONS THAT WINS – therefore strive to be that last man standing.

The error therein is to think that these rules/principles apply only to the game, but the bigger picture is this, LIFE.

I am playing to win, are you?

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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


EXPECTATION = Mirror For Your Heart?

“I’ll never live in Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Kano or Abuja, the standard of living is too expensive, though the quality of life is alright and ample opportunities to succeed abound, I just cannot bring myself to live in these cities”. This was my rant in my heart as far back as only 4 years ago. My thoughts continued, “I would feel like a small fish in an ocean”.

But at the root of it all, was fear of the unknown. Yes, that’s my admission, fear of the unknown. I was afraid that I would fail, I was afraid that I was too introverted to succeed in the cauldron called Lagos or any of the “big” cities… and yes, you read it right, my thoughts suggested at that time, “I’d be like a small fish in a huge ocean”.

I struggled to accept that any of these I could  go to, and become a better man, to grab challenges by the scruff of the neck and literally make success out of them; to fail in some yes, but not wallow in self-pity and accept the event as finality… I failed to realize that many others had indeed gone to live in many a larger city and become successful.

I had made up my mind sub-consciously, that as long as it wasn’t a small town where everybody knew everyone, and getting to the next street didn’t have to take hours of commute, and I was a ready-made “hero” to boot, I wasn’t gonna amount to anything….hmm small-town-syndrome i hear you say?

Fast-forward three years later, I got married in the city of Lagos to an adorable woman of great virtue, who had lived all her life in the “large” city, and four years later, I live in, you guessed right, the “large” city. What changed, I hear you ask? Perception and Perspective…

Perception: I realized that my thinking was flawed to start with… As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” or to put it more in lay man’s terms, the way I perceived myself would be the outcome I would experience.

Perspective: I experienced a shift in perspective in that I realized that as much as I feared failure, what was stopping me from choosing success instead?

What made me think I was a “small fish in an ocean”?

It was the way I saw myself… in my mind, I had nothing to offer that made any reasonable sense to me so how would it make any sense to anyone and also, what was I gonna offer that someone else wasn’t offering? You see, what you believe at any point in time is always true until you challenge the “truth” and it may turn out that your truth had been false all along.

I CHOSE to move away from the “I-am-not-cut-out-to-live-there” or “I-am-not-cut-out-to-have-it-going-great” mindset, to the “I-deserve-to-have-it-all” one.

Thinking back on it, it wasn’t as though these cities where skewed or as bad as my mind painted the picture, I had only approached the thought with so much negativity, fear and pessimism.

A key thing that I learned and willingly changed was that, my perception of me was to a great extent influential in way i made my decisions, and consequently, the actions that followed. So, before I ramble on, what’s your expectation? What’s the price to be paid? What are the choices to be made?

Will you make it count? Expects


Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

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