Growing in an environment that has a negative inclination has a tendency to influence your life.

If you allow it!

This is evident in my life and in the life of those who you celebrate as a success. Some of us came up from a bad environment but because of our families love, care and apt discipline, our ability to learn everything was formally and informally at home, church and school.

Some weren’t opportune to have same up bringing and training, yet, they emerged out of what seem to be the worst and still become successfully successful.

Depends on what your definition of success is. Mine is progress in entirety. No matter how slow, progress is success.


If you haven’t read my previous post where we established the fact that YOU ARE NOT A PRODUCT OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT. Do so.

Let’s Begin!


To whatever you willingly submit to, you will respect and cherish. If you are compelled to do so forcefully, you will eventually rebel someday. When you willingly submit to be educated by your environmental factors such as societal values and norms in every matters concerning you, then you will grow in such direction. Submission is one key note you shouldn’t joke with. It has the capability of taking you far of not.

Who are you submitting to?


Association is seen as the major reason behind the development of every human being. This is evident in the story of the eagle who lived with fowls and wondering what those creatures like it are doing up there. You know the end.

The Bible admonishes that Bad company corrupts good manners and vice versa. This is very possible if you decide to stay in that toxic association.

Who are you associating with?


The Book that gives insight and deep revelations of wisdom admonishes that we should guard our heart for out of it comes the issues of Life. That a man becomes unclean as a result of what comes out of him.

But, how is that possible you may ask.

Well, the answer is clear. What you see and what you listen to.

How come you suddenly want to be great and valuable? That’s because you’ve seen great heights and listened to great men speak. How come you want to become an influential personality? Think about it!

What are you looking at, what & who are you listening to and what are you thinking about?


When the purpose of an invention is not championed, the intention is abused. This is evident in how we make use of people to get what we want. Which is bad. You don’t use people, you collaborate and associate with people to get what will change your world.

You have a purpose. You came for a reason. The reason is seen in full evidence of what you engage on that gives you joy, that drives you, that plays an evident role in your satisfaction which in turn gives your generation a leverage, a shoulder, to stand on.

What is your Purpose?


Personal development is cruised on this ship. You are never what you disbelief or don’t believe in. You believe in whom you submit to. You believe in whom you associate with. You believe what you see, listen and would think. You become purposeful when you believe in something.

Belief system helps pattern your life. Your lifestyle and everything that has to do with your act of living is patterned to your belief system. Guard it!

What is your belief system all about?


The act and skill of focusing is a school on it’s own. It demands consistency, perseverance, honesty and carefulness. It’s a responsibility that you can’t escape if you are keen on achieving great heights.

Your inability to focus on what you desire and need will not favour you. Imagine playing a game of dart without focusing on the red target or shooting an arrow without focusing on the red target. Your answer is as good as mine.

How effective is your act and skill of Focusing?

Make out time to invest in your self. Strive to develop yourself. God’s Grace is sufficient!

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You are NOT a product of your environment!

Hey there, before you start reading, place your hand on your chest and say this: I am not a product of my environment! (X3).

Let’s continue.

While growing up, I had friends who are seemingly notorious at that stage of life. They were, then, fearlessly unstoppable; goes anywhere, tries anything. They were on top of their world then, though, they still are but in a brand new way.

We all grew up in a system where there is every form of societal breakdown and every form of temptation to join the gang.

It wasn’t an easy one to think straight without going through one of the ‘headlined’ thoughts that are rampants; from smoking, ganging, hanging out and the least you can think of.

Thanks to our parents who fought tirelessly in the place of prayer and in the place of discipline. It really pruned us to being a better version of ourselves. This made us the sought after specie of human beings then.

Our dress sense and comportment did inspired a lot of kids then. To think of you are always looked upon each time you move across the street is something then.

Life happened. We all went separate ways. We began to live our lives the way it suits us and to the best of how we understood it. To the best of how we were taught.

Some continued in that pattern of life which their surrounding explained to them as the real deal to living a life while some, as a result of exposure, allowed their minds to be transformed to the a context of living a positive life.

Why am I telling you this?

The main reason why I am telling you this is one thing. Just one thing!

You are not a product of your environment!

Say this to your self on and on.

If you can make a record of it and keep listening to it for a day or two, you will see the magic.

Decide not to be limited by what is going on in your environment. Make that decision now! To break loose and soar with wisdom.

The growth of a seed is seemingly affected by the environment but it will never change to another seedling because of how bad it is. Rather, it fights its way to sun light and blossom to become what it is really made of.

Don’t give in to the excuse of being shaped by your environment. Yes, there is every tendency that you will eventually tip off but there is every sure way to shoot out of that area and blossom to the direction of the light.

Yes, the light!

The word of God is a Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Take the life of JESUS, our saviour as a case study. He came from Nazareth, the worst of all worst then. Even, one of JESUS’ disciples argued if anything ‘Good’ can come out of Nazereth.

Don’t believe the lies flying around that you are a product of your environment. No doubt, you may be influenced by what’s going on there but you will not be changed except you submit.

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What you must do to enjoy the Lockdown

Just in case you might be taken away by the boredom – ness of Lockdown, here is what you must do during this time.

I bet you will never find this anywhere.


Let the first things come first and let the last be the last. Organise your self and it will be much easier for you.

Reading & Studying

Readers are leaders. This is a time for you to get the knowledge of what you intend getting through books, articles, journals and so on.

Acquisition of skill

What do you want to learn? Now is the time to do so. YouTube can help you with bunch of videos. Google can help you with different searches related to the skill you want to acquire.

Discovery and Refining of your Talent

If you don’t get this part, you’ve missed them all. Talent is you; what you are made of. Talent is what you are capable of doing without having to get all the scripts. You just do it effortlessly. Discover it and refine it.

The gift of a man makes a way for him. What do you have in your hands?

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