BY AGBOLADE OMOWOLE
ONE of the greatest emotions in this world is that of love. When a person is in love, he/she will begin to side-rule some of his/her personal principles to accommodate the other person’s behaviour and attitude.
It is even believed that nothing is wrong when love is right. One of the greatest sources of happiness is seeing and being around those you love.
Today, as you think of actualising your plans of taking your prince charming or Cinderella out for a lunch or dinner with your gift romantically wrapped with ribbons alongside your scintillating rose flower, it is important that you understand that you were created to discover, develop and deploy your true love.
Remember your first love. For some girls, their first love lingers on their mind and they polish that memory when they retire to their bed at night and fantasize. It is believed that first love never dies.
Trigger your childhood memories. Once in a while when someone books a coaching session with me to get direction on how to find their bearing in life, I ask them if they can remember what they were good at childhood.
The truth is that you can develop your ‘childhood talent’ into a skill and make money by doing what you love.
Don’t be too much in haste. There are times that a guy is too desperate to get a girl. For this reason, he may be choking the girl by not giving her a breathing space, and that will have a negative effect. In real life, you have to learn how to follow due process. Every product will need to pass through a process; otherwise, the output will be bad. Don’t be worried because you don’t know what you live for. You can employ the services of a professional life coach to help you discover, develop and deploy your talents.
What belongs to you is yours. When you find out that a girl is giving you unnecessary problems, it could be an indication that you are with the wrong person. That is why it is better to make your friend become your life partner than to make your soulmate become your friend.
Don’t over-labour yourself. Once you realize that you are over-labouring yourself that could be an indication that you are in the wrong place. Your job is meant to bring you joy. If what your present job brings does not make you fulfilled, then, perhaps, you are doing someone else’s job.
Find your place. Every animal has a natural habitat. A fish cannot fly. When a fish is in the pond, it does not struggle for survival. It survives naturally. But once the fish is outside the pond, it will start struggling for survival. So if you don’t want to struggle for the rest of your life, carve your own niche.
Love grows. It is believed that communication, togetherness, and understanding are the backbone of every relationship. When there is chemistry between two people, staying together will make the love grow.
Spend time to develop your talent. Your talent is like raw gold, and it has no usefulness until it has been processed. Your talent will not make you successful until you develop it into a skill.
Make sacrifices. One proof of love is the degree of sacrifices you can make for the person you love. When you discover your talent, then you need to make sacrifices to develop that talent. Don’t kid yourself. In the words of the defunct Plantation Boiz “The road is rough and tough but you have to be strong, hold on to your dreams in what you do.”
Success is a habit. I realized that the easiest way I can advance my career is by developing my skill habitually. That is I’m always attending seminars, going for training, buying self-help books and listening to tapes. You too can advance you career. You have all it takes to make yourself a success. Take charge!
The A – Z of water packaging business
(Biz tool Kits)
BY BRIDGET OLOTU
Whatever business you intend starting must come from within you. It must stir you up from the inside. However, you can also get some insights into what kind of business to go into by reading up on sample businesses like the series we are running now. In fact, as one professional put it, “Many individuals are not really sure of what business to start – but they know they’re in love with the concept of entrepreneurship. If you aren’t positive which business to start, don’t apologise: As long as you pour the same enthusiasm into a venture once you pick your star, you can be as successful as the individual who always knew which field to enter.”
Snapshot of Business: Water packaging business provides packaged water products to quench the daily thirst of people. This business is an evergreen type because it will continue to be relevant as long as there is human civilisation. Even as you read this piece, you might be sipping a packaged water product.
• Start-up cost as low as N10 million or more depending on the size of investment
• Potential first year earnings: N30 million
• Breakeven time from initial investment: very rapid (can be between one to two years)
• Future growth potential: very high
• Dynamic, fast-growing industry
• Possible for small business or cooperative-based organisations
• Not much staffing required especially at the beginning
Background to business
The Earth has 1,386,000,000 km3 of water total but only 2.5 percent of that is fresh water (i.e. 35,029,000 km3 or 9,254,661,800 gallons of fresh water).
Why is fluid important?
Water is essential for the growth and maintenance of our bodies and is an important component in the diet. The British Dietetic Association guidelines state that an average adult should consume 2.5 litres of water of which 1.8 litres (or 5 x 330 ml cans; 7 x 250 ml glasses) must be in fluid form, the remainder being obtained from foods. For children to maintain their correct water level of 60 to 70 per cent body weight, they need to consume up to 2 litres of fluid every day. This intake needs to be increased during periods of hot weather or during and after periods of physical activity in order to avoid dehydration.
What are the effects of dehydration?
Dehydration is caused by consuming too little fluid and can cause symptoms such as headaches, tiredness and loss of concentration. Adults eliminate around 2.5 litres of water per day, through urine, perspiration and respiration. In children, this varies greatly according to the outside temperature, age and activity level of the child, as well as other factors. Children do not instinctively drink enough to replenish the fluids lost during prolonged activity or play periods and evidence has shown that they consequently become dehydrated. Research has shown that children are more likely to drink sufficient liquid to replace lost fluids and maintain hydration during activity when presented with flavoured beverages.
What are our main sources of fluid in the diet?
The body gets its water from three sources:
• Water itself or in beverages;
• Water in solid foods, which contains wide ranging amounts from 5 per cent in biscuits, 60per cent in steak to 90 per cent in the juiciest fruits;
• Water produced in the body as a by-product of chemical changes that convert food into cell material (about 10 per cent).
Water is the major ingredient of all drinks and a wide range of drinks is available to fulfil this role. Carbonated and still drinks are 86 per cent water, dilutable drinks are 65 per cent water undiluted and 86 per cent when diluted, fruit juices are 90 per cent water and bottled and sachet waters are 100 per cent water.
Packaged water products?. Water is classified as bottled water or sachet water (pure water) if it meets all applicable standards, is sealed in a sanitary container/package and is sold for human consumption. Bottled/sachet water cannot contain sweeteners or chemical additives (other than flavours, extracts or essences) and must be calorie-free and sugar-free. Flavours, extracts and essences, derived from spice or fruit, can be added to bottled water, but these additions must comprise less than one percent by weight of the final product. Beverages containing more than the one-percent-by-weight flavour limit are classified as soft drinks, not packaged water. In addition, packaged water may be sodium-free or contain “very low” amounts of sodium. Some packaged waters contain natural or added carbonation.
Olotu is the CEO/Lead Consultant, DEAIM Innovative Resources Ltd., firstname.lastname@example.org