June 2015


Success with humility

Accumulate success with humility

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word success? Nice, flashy cars that will cause people to turn their heads when you drive past? Having your own business? Perhaps owning a number of mansions and properties? Or maybe you’re more focused on enjoying the simple things in life – like having time for yourself, becoming your own boss and being able to take some time off to travel and explore the world without having to fill in a holiday form to request. Regardless of what your mental perception of success may be, there is a key ingredient required to attain greater success, and that key ingredient is humility. Yes, you read that right, humility.

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You may be racking your brain and probably asking yourself ‘what has humility got to do with success?’ It has got a lot to do with it and I will give you 3 reasons why it is important to remain humble as you go through the journey towards success.

 

1. Humility keeps you focused

A humble character is a vital component for achieving success in all areas of life. It is an unspoken inner strength that doesn’t require the need for praise. It should not be mistaken for shyness, introversion or quietness.

So let’s say you’ve worked hard to  finally achieve your goals. You’ve got the latest cars, mansions and properties and you’ve established your dream business which is now worth so much money. However one thing can make you lose it all, and that thing is pride. Being humble even after all your accomplishments will help you stay focused on things that money can’t buy and matters most in life – kind words. Just because you have achieved everything you wanted in life doesn’t mean you have the right to disregard, belittle and look down on people, because no matter how high you think you are, never forget that there will always be someone higher than you, so humble yourself. Do not forget the selfless smile and the helping hand. On the road to success, humility serves as a constant reminder that success is not only about the things you achieve, but what you give to others from the things that God gave you the strength, ability, grace and wisdom to achieve. It’s about giving others a helping hand.

 

2. Humility makes you educable success

We have all come across them before. The know-it-all businessman, the ‘I-don’t-need-to-learn’ type of manager and the ‘don’t-tell-me-what-to-do’ type of CEO. The kind of people that believe they have it all and therefore have no need to learn. Just imagine how far these people could go if they humbled themselves and strived to acquire more knowledge to further develop and improve on the things they already have. Humility is vital as it serves as a reminder that you don’t know it all. It creates open-mindedness, giving you the ability to learn from people around you. Humility is acknowledging the fact that true success is a never-ending journey, but rather a lifelong one. No matter how high you get in life as you pursue success, open yourself up to be teachable and acquire fresh knowledge. A wise person is the one who may be at the top but knows that there is always something new to be learned from others. If you don’t humble yourself in life, situations will teach you a lesson and cause you to humble yourself. Humility is sign of strength, not weakness.

 

_VictoriaFalls3. Humility keeps you happy and positive

We live in an era of entitlement where everyone is walking around thinking the entire world owes them. However, when you are humble in life you appreciate everything you possess, you begin to understand that in actual fact everything you own is a blessing. Yes, you may have worked very hard for what you have today but what you need to understand that for your ability to breathe, move and work towards your achievement is a blessing. The reality is that in the blink of an eye, you can lose the things you have worked extremely hard for all your life or lose the people closest to you. Therefore, always remain humble.

No matter what level you’re on, never think you’re above anyone and never forget where you came from. Understand the importance of humility and apply it to your pursuit of success. Humility is getting to the top and remembering that you were once at the bottom and reaching out to others to pull them up to a better position. You didn’t get to the top without climbing up step by step. You started from the bottom and slowly but surely made your way up. You’ve been low before. So the next time you think about success, take a moment to also think about humility and how far it can take you. Perhaps that will give you a different perception of the word success. In the words of C.S. Lewis,  “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

 

Word of advice: when you become successful DO NOT forget the people who gave up a lot in life for you and dropped so much just to give you a helping hand and push you up.

At your highest, humble yourself.

At your lowest, humble yourself.

In everything you do, humble yourself.

 

By Mimi (@Miminspired)

 

Remembering the Accra flood and fire victims

Ghana High Commission to hold memorial service for fire and flood victims

The tragic events of last week Wednesday night in Accra, in which heavy floods and an explosion at a goil fuel station resulted in the loss of nearly 200 lives will never be forgotten. We’ve all seen the horrific images and videos of the aftermath and together, the whole of Ghana have, and still mourn all those who lost their lives. Ghanaians have never come together as we have these past few days in recent memory.

 

And it is in solidarity with our brothers and sister back home, that the Ghana High Commission, in collaboration with the Ghana Christian Council in the UK, have invited all Ghanaians in the UK  and sympathizers to a memorial service for all those who unfortunately lost their lives in the fire and floods. The details for the service are as follows:

 

Venue: Methodist Central Hall, Storeys Gate, London, SW1H 9NH
Date: Sunday 14thh June
Time: 2:00pm

Let us all come together to pay our respects and remember those who are no longer with us.

“El Ninõ” in 2015 – Consequences for Ghana

What Could Happen if there is Intense and Prolonged Consequences from “El Ninõ” in 2015?

Last Tuesday, while glancing through the Yahoo News, one title “El Ninõ will be ‘substantial’, warn Australian Scientists” caught my attention.

El Ninõ is a Spanish word which basically means “The Little Boy”, or “Christ Child”. However, El Ninõ is a terminology used by NOAA referring to a large-scale-ocean-atmosphere interaction linked to a periodic warming of sea surface across the central and east-central Equatorial pacific.

This occurrence causes surface temperatures to rise above temperatures we normally experience. And its impact is on a large scale, affecting not only the ocean processes but the global weather and climate. Normally, this occurrence lasts for few months but could be prolonged. Consequence of El Ninõ includes intense heat waves,and little rainfall resulting in drought and famine. This intense heat waves means exposure to possible UV light which could cause skin cancer as well as heat shocks, which can deadly.

The article points out that El Ninõ is expected to intensify and last longer this year. In addition, most weather data indicates and supports that the phenomenon is here to stay and its intensity will be significant, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Moreover, the onset of the phenomenon has been confirmed by Japan Meteorological Agency and has even been forecasted that it will continue into late 2015. Currently, India has reported several death associated with this heat wave (click here). The article also described the current El Ninõ to be as strongly fitting the stereotypes of those in 1972, 1982, and 1994, which caused severe drought, very hot daytime temperatures, and bushfires in many parts of the world. El Ninõ effect on broader regions, like the West Africa as one block has been well established for this year, of which there is a possibility of Ghana experiencing this consequences. A recent Financial Times report on global economy indirectly support this claim. The price of Cocoa, a commodity produced mainly by Ghana and Ivory Coast, has rallied more than 10% to two and half year high because of the prospect of a potential El Ninõ.

El Ninõ occurrence in Ghana in 1982, for instance, caused severe drought, high temperature, electricity power outages, bushfires and consequently, severe food and water shortages, cholera epidemic, overwhelmed hospitals and many economic difficulties that befell families (I’m a personal witness), all in 1983. So, reading about the onset of this El Ninõ with similar characteristics as that in 1982, rekindled my 1983 memory. What will happen if this El Ninõ really creates the same circumstances as it did in 1983 in terms of drought and heat? How prepared is Ghana for its possible consequences?

Another likely consequence may be drought. Here, little or no rain with higher rate of evapotranspiration may cause plants to wither and die. This may lead lower crop production. Cocoa, cassava, maize, and much cash crop production will drop. Food shortage and hunger may then occur. Rivers and lakes may dry up and may cause low fish production and potable water availability. Poor nutrition may also lead to sicknesses. And, if there is an epidemic, the clinics and hospitals will become overwhelmed and will return patients home without receiving any medical treatment. In all  this may cause economic stress on the nation.

What if the intensity and duration of the El Ninõ are higher and longer and there is a prolonged drought? Are we ready? A recent visit to Ghana suggests that the temperature is higher than that experienced last year and the rainfall has not started yet. I am not trying to be an alarmist but the knowledge is very critical for preparedness for the possible event. For the reasons, I would humbly suggest that we should start preparing for possible adverse effect by saving food and water and avoid or limit exposure to direct rays from the sun as much as possible.

More info can be found here:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/25/india-heatwave-deaths-heatstroke-temperatures

 

By Douglas Oti

GUBA FOUNDATION EMBARKS ON CAMPAIGN TO SAVE BABIES

The GUBA Foundation, an African charity organization based in the United Kingdom has launched a campaign to raise funds to purchase incubators for deprived hospitals in Ghana.

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The campaign dubbed “Closing the Gap- Infant Mortality” is aiming at acquiring incubators to distribute to hospitals in Ghana to reduce the number of babies who die within a few days of birth due to inadequate equipment.

Out of a 1000 babies born each year in Ghana, 29 die within the first month of birth and 38 of those that survive the first month do not live to see their first birthday.

 

About 166 infants die each year before the age of one in deprived communities in the Brong Ahafo, Northern and Upper West regions of Ghana.

According to a report by Joy FM, an Accra-based radio station, 19 babies died at the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital in Ghana from January to April of this year because the only incubator in the hospital broke down last year and has not been replaced.

The report said hospital officials are using surrogate wooden incubators fitted with bulbs to preserve the lives of new born babies. A situation which beggars believe in this day and age of technology and more especially in a country like Ghana.

The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of GUBA Foundation, Dentaa, said; “it would be an unprecedented form of inhumanity if citizens of this world do not react to this catastrophe.

No child should die because institutions in society, and its citizens consciously denied them their ultimate right of life. We must do the little we can to help save these children”.

GUBA Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to address problems and issues relating to poverty, disability and health in Ghanaian and African communities in the United Kingdom and Ghana. The Foundation’s vision is to provide awareness, support, and guidance to the families, encourage strong community cohesion and ensure that communities have access to the services that they require.

 Through its mother organization-GUBA (Ghana UK Based Achievement) Awards and its successful non-profit business and innovation awards, the charity has developed a reputation for transforming ideas into reality and embracing new challenges. The foundation has previously supported children and families living with Autism.

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 We are appealing to all communities worldwide to help the foundation achieve its goal of reducing infant mortality by donating incubators or any amount in the three ways outlined below:

  1. Please donate a maximum of £10 by simply texting the word GUBA00 followed by the amount to 70070 e.g. GUBA00 £10
  2. Visit our fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/gubafoundation/
  3. You can also send a cheque, made payable to GUBA Foundation, to 459 Prince Regents Lane, London E16 3HX. Please include a letter with your cheque stating your name and address.

 

Media Contacts:

George Ameyaw

GUBA Awards

Head of PR/ Marketing/ Sponsorship

Email: George@gubaawards.co.uk

Mobile: 00447956945360

 

Reginald Ofori Kyere

Email: reggie@gubafoundation.org

Mobile: (+233) 0546093969

 

Website: www.gubafoundation.org

Twitter: @GUBAFOUNDATION

 

 

Infant Mortality

Infant Mortality is the death of children less than one year of age. Infant Mortality Rate is the probability of a child dying between birth and exactly one year of age, expressed by 1000 live births. Infant Mortality Rate in Africa is 60 deaths per 1000 live births, five times higher than Europe where just 11 infants die out of a 1000 births. Ghana`s Infant Mortality rate stands at 38 deaths per 1000 live births. Overall, Ghana`s Child Mortality Rate(  Children who die before the age of five) is 78 deaths per 1000 live birth, far from its Millennium Development Goal Target of 43 deaths per 1000 live births as at 2015.

 

 About GUBA Foundation

GUBA Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to address problems and issues relating to poverty, disability and health in Ghanaian and African communities in the United Kingdom and Ghana. The Foundation’s vision is to provide awareness, support, and guidance to the families, encourage strong community cohesion and ensure that communities have access to the services that they require.

 

 Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

Introducing Mimi Hassan…

Me Firi Ghana’s latest blogger to provide readers with weekly inspirational words of wisdom

We are pleased to introduce the latest addition to the Me Firi Ghana blogging team..

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Fausat Mimisola Hassan also known as Mimi or Miminspired on social media is 24 years of age. She was born in Liberia to a Ghanaian mother and a Nigerian father and moved to Ghana where she spent most of  her childhood before moving to the Netherlands where she spent the beginning of  her teen years. At the age of 15, her family  moved and settled in the United Kingdom where she completed her secondary education  then moved on into higher education graduating with a Bsc honours Degree in Psychology. Even though she branched out of her field of study to work as a computer analyst for one of UK’s well-known banks; Nationwide bank, She still has the ambition to eventually further her education with aspirations of becoming a qualified counsellor.

Ever since she developed the passion to become a counsellor, it has been her aim to be an inspiration to herself as well as others hence the name “Miminspired”. Due to the challenging process of growing up, she was exposed to many things that gave her eye-opening experiences that led her to appreciate and respect people’s situations and circumstances. She always try’s to live by her own quote “your current situation is not your permanent situation” which she wrote a while back to remind myself as well as others that situations do change and therefore it is always important to maintain a positive attitude.

As a way to inspire people Mimi  will be sharing on a weekly basis an inspiration column entitled ‘W.O.W ( words of wisdom) of the week’.

Mimi says of the column: “I’m looking forward to bringing this on board to inspire readers of the Mefiri Ghana blog and  be part of such a great team.”

 

Me Firi Ghana (Me_FiRi_GHANA)