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Joshua Ikegwuonu 2
My birthday Gift to you
NONSENSE TABLE WITH CONTENT
Introduction to the nonsense that blesses ………………......
Joshua Ikegwuonu 3
My birthday Gift to you
BEFORE YOU CONTINUE, LISTEN
Today starts another journey in my life and that jo...
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My birthday Gift to you
INTRODUCTION TO THE NONSENSE
THAT BLESSES
Being human makes us to always look
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  1. 1. Joshua Ikegwuonu 2 My birthday Gift to you NONSENSE TABLE WITH CONTENT Introduction to the nonsense that blesses ………………... 4 What a non-sense ………………………………………….. 6 There is no non-sense without a sense ……………………. 9 Time and sense in the nonsense ………………………….. 13 Opportunity breaks out sense from nonsense …………... 16 Consistence and persistence breaks the resistance holding your shine. ………………………………………. 19 The sense is announced. ………………………………….. 22 The blessing of the nonsense ….......................................... 24
  2. 2. Joshua Ikegwuonu 3 My birthday Gift to you BEFORE YOU CONTINUE, LISTEN Today starts another journey in my life and that journey you are joining suit as you read my thoughts. There are too many nonsense in this booklet that you may not like the way I placed them. There are also too many sense that are hidden somewhere in those nonsense that you are about to read. It will be good if you decide which one them you want to be seeing as you read this booklet. I am not an expert, but I have decided also to be used as tool in the hands of the Perfect God because I know that He will make me perfect as He uses me. So I urge you to open your heart to get the blessings that are hidden this nonsense that will change your life forever. Remember, there are no new words that you have not heard before. It is only that you may have not been taking actions about them or that you have not perceived them the way I presented them here. However, Thanks for your patience. Then, let’s go dig out the sense from this Nonsense that will bless us richly.
  3. 3. Joshua Ikegwuonu 4 My birthday Gift to you INTRODUCTION TO THE NONSENSE THAT BLESSES Being human makes us to always look out for sense in some exclusive and excellent places. Unexpectedly, things that make sense are mostly found among things that are not reasonable or fashionable. It is stunning that most great stories today are derived from series of unexplainable and unimaginable things that people looked down on. Because these things appear so insignificant, people in search of greatness look in other direction than think on them. Most great men and women we presently have in our generation had it rough at some point. Interestingly, people of renown in many generations past had unpleasant beginning too. They had very terrifying take off such that when their stories are narrated you will understand that they didn’t have any silver spoon in their mouth at first. Yet, they succeeded beyond their onlookers’ analysed capacity. In so many cases that such people tell their stories, you hear them say that no one wanted to give them attention or opportunity. This is because no one knew them or had interest in them. Some of them started with few items they hawked. For the ones living today they are multi- millionaires and multi-billionaires. The achievements of those who are no more still ring bells when read or told. I have also heard of people who started particular projects but the world never believed they could pull through them. Like driving against the tide they continued with the project unperturbed and they became
  4. 4. Joshua Ikegwuonu 5 My birthday Gift to you millionaires with the same projects. Having made the huge success in such virgin area, people joined to be parts of the same things they mocked. God in His infinite wisdom knew that littering the gold on the surface of the earth will make everyone have it. So long as it is cheaply gotten, the worth is lost. Make no mistake about it, anything that comes with no effort is treated with levity. Perhaps for this reason God hid gold and other precious stones from easy reach to let people constraint themselves to have it. At such, much value is placed on them when gotten. In like manner, had God bared the mysteries He endowed you with no one will value them when they finally mature. Hence, He hid them deep in your mind so that you will strain yourself searching it out. Since what you carry is buried in you, people will despise for not meeting their expectation in their times because they don’t understand. Obviously, the moment you discover the treasure in you and sell it, everyone becomes your friend. They all will want to join the same business or project, course of study or work for which they hated you. There are few questions that will spur you to fixing your psych if taken seriously and in a good rhetorical sense. These questions will set you to begin. I ask: What is that thing you’re doing now? Is it right? Are you positive about it? Have you checked the business in it? Is it obtainable if you put in your strength? Can you endure all that people will say against you and keep working? If your answers to all these questions are in the affirmative then, continue in that nonsense you are doing now. If you do sooner than later, you will find the sense that will bless you the rest of your life. Just don’t give up.
  5. 5. Joshua Ikegwuonu 6 My birthday Gift to you WHAT A NON-SENSE? Have you ever suggested an idea to your friend, family, colleague, organisation etc. and they screamed ‘what a nonsense’ at you? Someone who yells ‘what an arrant nonsense’ does so gazing at your stupidity yet it is in your hand to choose to be stupid or strong. What a non-sense? That statement alone is very annoying. Most of all, it is very discouraging. It renders every effort anyone has made useless. That statement has crippled many great ideas and innovations. It has burned many desires that would have been great. It has dried up brains of many genius of our time. The tone attached to the statement alone renders a pregnancy to smoke. It gives no life to any dream that it hits and it is not good for babies who are in the early stage of their lives pursuing their destinies. The things people call nonsense can be full of great sense. With no gainsaying, ideas, statements, or beliefs that people think are ridiculous or not true are termed nonsense. Anything that calls people’s disbelief pitches you your actions against their expectation are referred to as nonsense. Anyone who forbids the phrase nonsense must avoid performing below people’s expectations. That expectation may work contrary to your destiny. That is why conviction must not be dropped at any time. Sometimes I view the phrase ‘what a nonsense’ to be demanding explanations from me. As a challenge, ‘what a nonsense’ can be thrown at the one addressed to give detailed explanations to his nonsense. It is
  6. 6. Joshua Ikegwuonu 7 My birthday Gift to you in your hands to decide on what to do with stone thrown at you. As a teens coach, public speaker, and leadership coach I have learnt to build with any kind of stone hulled at me. So, it is in your hand to either build a wall to shove off people from you. It is also left for you to build a bridge with those stones to reach the people whether good or bad. A lot of people cannot sell and defend their ideas. Therefore, they conclude that this statement clearly concludes that their ideas are useless, not true and worthless. But that is not all there can be of the phrase. If the statement frustrates you then, you have not really convinced yourself on your ideas. Conviction on your ideas helps you to see the sense in it such that you develop answers to such statements. Can we see ‘what a non-sense’ as a challenging opinion? Yes!!! It is just like saying that “I don’t understand” or “it makes no sense to me yet.” In that case, it is left for me to prove my mettle. My question will be do you understand everything said to you the first time? I guess your answer is NO! If so then, it is the same thing with the statement ‘what a non-sense.’ When people don’t understand how things are done or how you came to know certain things, such statement may arise. Some times when what they are looking for over the years is in your hands, they out of confusion yell at you, ‘what a non-sense.’ That is to say that it can be a product of envy. You are meant to give a convincing response to that opinion that stands contrary to your person and essence. Never allow it to kill your dreams. It is just an opinion and you can respond to it if you choose. On the utmost, responding with results will silence all negligence. I believe that King Saul had a similar opinion of David as recorded in the Bible. Saul will not see any sense in David fighting the experienced Goliath with a mere sling hence, he volunteered his armour to David. David complained to Saul that the armour was heavy on him. That understanding made him to request to remove it and fight Goliath with just the sling he has trained himself with. Right in my head now I can hear King Saul shouting what a non-sense! He didn’t understand how David would fight Goliath with just a sling with no protective covering.
  7. 7. Joshua Ikegwuonu 8 My birthday Gift to you Remember that Goliath was a well- trained soldier who fought from his youth. He was known for so many wars he had won and many cities he has conquered over the years. The soldiers of Israel were even afraid of this champion of war. His size was so intimidating and his stories and history were heart wrecking. Humanly, everything about him was courage deflecting. Yet, David said he was going to fight the man with just a sling. What a non- sense? Goliath got up waiting to see a soldier like him come out to combat him. Instead, a boy with no weapon came up, not even fully equipped with the Israelites’ military regalia. Rather, David showed up at the battle line with only a sling in his hand. That was a very big embarrassment on the person of Goliath. He never anticipated a boy. It was to him more than a dream. I believe at this moment he said to Israel and David, ‘what a non-sense.’ He could not comprehend it at all. Even King Saul could not believe himself allowing a boy with only a sling to go stand for Israel. It does not make any sense to anyone not even you reading this now, if not for faith. You can still imagine the stupidity David was trying to exhibit with a rope in the name of catapult. I guess you are thinking now. Was the king in his real sense to have allowed David to stand for the great nation Israel? Yet, David went out and the rest of the story became a history. It didn’t make sense, yet someone took the step. So, when next someone disapproves your idea or suggestion by remarking, ‘what a non-sense.’ Don’t feel bad, don’t feel you have nothing. Don’t go down or lay down what you are doing. Just see it as an opinion that you can prove wrong. See it as a challenge that demands proofs from you and which you must give. Else, it becomes a label on that your God given idea.
  8. 8. Joshua Ikegwuonu 9 My birthday Gift to you THERE IS NO NON-SENSE WITHOUT A SENSE I guess by now you are trying to resolve at what this guy is talking about? I trust you have been wondering in your mind what exactly he is trying to make out of all of these things. By now you are not seeing any sense in this non-sense that I am saying. When Bill Gates set out to pursue his dreams and passion in computing, people did not understand why he has to leave school to pursue things only he could see at the moment. Even his professors could not find enough reasons for which he should leave school in pursuit of what they themselves are not sure of at that moment. What he (Bill Gates) was talking about didn’t make sense to them, he was the only one who understood all he was doing. He knew that the school was limiting him. He knew that the classroom was not helping the burning desire in him. It didn’t make much sense to him either but he believed in the little that made small sense and he stepped out to work. Bill Gates’ parents needed some explanation on what he was doing and why he was doing it passionately. At the beginning of the whole process, they needed to understand a bit of what he was doing. Incidentally, they couldn’t until Bill sat them down to talk to them a little on what he was seeing. That vision was pushing him to do what he was doing. It was at this point that a little sense was made to them and they believed him to some point. It didn’t make sense at the beginning but along the line every eye started seeing the sense in what he was doing.
  9. 9. Joshua Ikegwuonu 10 My birthday Gift to you Moses didn’t understand the burning bush because it didn’t make sense to him. The disciples of Jesus Christ didn’t understand how three loaves of bread and two fishes could feed five thousand men with the numbers of women and children withheld. It didn’t make any sense to anyone even till now, but later on the disciples saw sense in the whole thing Jesus did. Obviously, in every rumour there is an atom of truth. In every night there is a day waiting to out shine the night. In every rubbish or nonsense also, there is a sense somewhere. The sense somewhat the sense everyone seeks. In like manner, most of the time, the wise things are not found in beauty. They are mostly found in things that don’t really have value. Wealth is not only found in things that are fascinating, gorgeous, classic, romantic, clean and melodious. They are not only found in great places only as thought. However, they are mostly found where people never anticipated they would see or find it. There is sense in that nonsense you are doing now. You may not have seen it or understand it yet, but it is there waiting for the day you will be aware and find it. This brief story will buttress my point on how sense can come out of nonsense. Something happened one day in the compound I used to stay. There was a mad man who was hanging around the street for a while. And there was a young man who happened to be his cousin. This cousin of the mad man has been striving to survive with his vulcanizing work. Over the years the mad man has been trying to talk to his cousin but he had never paid attention to him. One fateful day, the vulcanizer went for his normal work. Unfortunately for him that day, while he was trying to start his machine to pump a customer’s tire he was fixing, the engine caught fire. Everything about the machine burned down. Sadly, that was the only means of income he had. With the small money on him, he tried to work on the machine but was advised that the best thing to do would be to buy another machine. This was because the fire rendered the machine useless. He got home very angry and he kept shouting at himself.
  10. 10. Joshua Ikegwuonu 11 My birthday Gift to you Listening to him from afar, one would think he was talking to someone not until his mad cousin knocked at his door. The vulcanizer came out and found his mad cousin standing at the door. For the first time in a long while he gave his mad cousin a seat to sit. He served the remaining food left in his house in different plates and they ate simultaneously. That moment he went on and on telling his mad cousin how he has tried to work out his ass from poverty. Rather than get better things got worst on daily bases. He was asking too many questions and saying too many things never recalling that he was talking to a mad man. When he was done talking, his mad cousin stood up and went to the place the machine was packed and tried starting it. The vulcanizer was laughing at his mad cousin to scorn. To him, the laughter was due to the stupidity of his mad cousin. Notwithstanding, on the long run his life changed for the good. The life of the vulcanizer didn’t change for nothing. However, certain things happened that triggered the sudden change in his status. Three incidents that took place that day completely turned his world around. Firstly, his mad cousin touched something that ignited the machine and it kick started. Of a truth he never stopped wondering over all that happened. Secondly, a man drove in and enquired if he is a vulcanizer and his reply was a simple yes. However, he had helped the stranger in the past keeping the wallet he left at his shop. This stranger came back with a huge sum of money to say thank you to the reliable fellow who handed his wallet back to him with no tamper. And thirdly, his mad cousin handed him a number written on a piece of paper. Being certain it was a coupon number, he played the pool and won over three (3) million naira. Despite all of these mysteries, the vulcanizer saw no sense in everything from start to finish. However, his mad cousin brought transformation into everything he was passing through. Neither the progress made in the wise counsels nor the good gestures changes the fact that the vulcanizer’s cousin was insane. The challenging questions are how come he was able to start the burnt engine? Was it a mere
  11. 11. Joshua Ikegwuonu 12 My birthday Gift to you coincidence that the stranger came on the same day to say thank you to the vulcanizer? How come his mad cousin gave him the coupon number that paid him three million naira the same day? These happenstances do not make any sense from natural standpoint. Yet, they made more than meaning at the end of this journey of mysterious life transformation. It is pertinent to state that nobody is totally useless after all. They may not be useful at a given moment but there are cases that will make plane the fact that they can be very useful to the utmost. Obviously, we can’t totally rule out anyone for some glaring issues that surround them. Not even for the ugly histories that make their personalities. This is because, somehow, sometime and in some place, it will become a reality that they can save an ugly day or situation. That child you see and have labelled ‘not intelligent’ has some profitable aspects of him/her unknown to you. Rightly so because, you have ran into a conclusion on his/her person based on your share sentimental evaluation. A person’s skill may seem to profit him/her nothing at the moment. If such person does not lose heart, a time will come when it will overtly profit him/her beyond their expected height. The limiting factor is that they have not found their abilities and what they are good at. Certainly, there is certainly no nonsense that does not have some sense in it. All that one needs do is locate the sense in his/her nonsense and the rest will become history.
  12. 12. Joshua Ikegwuonu 13 My birthday Gift to you TIME AND SENSE IN THE NONSENSE Time is the only thing that can keep you away from making the sense that will amaze your generation. The truth is that for a complete sense to be derived from the nonsense you are seeing, you need time. Unfortunately, only very few people are patience enough to allow time to prove their mettle. Any aspect of your life that is given a deserving and commensurate time will speak positively. Realities are celebrated with time, not immediately. Time has a way of showing us what really matters in our lives. Also, it lets us know that we really matter. Time does reveal mysterious thing that are hidden in the nonsense that we bother ourselves with. More so, time like a husband unveils the reality we crave to be married to. A lot of things are uncovered with time. Most life puzzles are not always uncovered immediately. Life visions are clothed that is, covered with time. That is to say that with time, vision becomes reality. The place of time in making meaning out of life cannot be overemphasized. This is to state that time is used to measure and equate the validity of a thing. When a fellow gives him/herself to fighting with what every other person refers to as nonsense, he/she will also have to wait on time to prove the sense he/she sees. This odd fellow would have been driven by realities unknown to non-other but him/her. This is the reason for
  13. 13. Joshua Ikegwuonu 14 My birthday Gift to you the serious look and search for it. On the hand, lots of people don’t have that patience to wait. Such people are always in a hurry. They want everything real quick. Patient people are seen most times as being wasteful. When people have waited for proof and it is not coming they start talking and asking questions. Invariably, when people talk or ask about your delay and no tenable answer comes forth, they greet it with the dream killing phrase which is ‘what a nonsense.’ The phrase, what a nonsense tend to make such people drift from their life goal. They delve into things that can come quickly with the hope that something great comes almost immediately. With all sincerity, rush in life leads to no real deal but sham. Maturity and patience are tested with time. When we wait, we make sense out of nonsense. God Himself also works with time. This is why the Scripture says “there is time for everything and season for everything under the sun.” For the fact that there is time for everything should reassure you that:  That skill you are learning now needs time.  That business you are doing now needs time.  That ministry you are into now sure needs time.  That school you are attending now needs your time if you must break even. Whatever you are doing now and everything you will ever do in life has a time to begin and time to mature. That time enables you to grow, mature and prepares you for manifestation. Like I will always say in my trainings, ‘you are tested with time and if proven worthy, you are trusted.’ No one gives you anything worthwhile if they don’t trust you enough. Trust is however built over time when you become consistent. A wise man once said that God cannot give you by miracle what you are supposed to obtain by principles and maturity. Maturity takes time. Imagine that as a parent, you gave birth to one son just like Abraham. On his 6th birthday he requests you to buy him a car and teach him how to drive. Will you out of love grant his request or will you encourage
  14. 14. Joshua Ikegwuonu 15 My birthday Gift to you him to wait till he is mature? Knowing he is just six (6), will you give the car to prove your love for him? The principle of waiting for the time of maturity applies to everything we do and intend to do. God does not answer some of our prayers because we are not yet mature to have what we are asking for. He (God) waits on our maturity to grant all of those things we are asking of Him. It might not make sense to us now but when we patiently wait, at the due time, we will see the sense in waiting. The nonsense will make an overwhelming sense. Time and sense work together to bring beauty from that thing you are doing that seems not to work.
  15. 15. Joshua Ikegwuonu 16 My birthday Gift to you OPPORTUNITY BREAKS OUT SENSE FROM NONSENSE To see opportunity, you have to first understand the principle of time. Opportunity is a moment but not like every other moment. It is a special moment or time when a particular situation makes it possible for one to do or achieve something. Opportunity is the moment or time when your eyes are opened to see things that you have been seeking for a long time. It is only those who are mature and ready in mind that see this moment and utilize it. The truth is that most times, this opportunity places itself in one problem or challenge. Most people miss them because they are avoiding the problems. Notwithstanding, opportunity favours those who are ready to take risks for it. I once read somewhere that two Chinese were sent to India to explore the place. On their arrival they saw men, women and children going around barefooted. One saw it as a challenge with no solution, on the contrary, the other one saw it as an opportunity of business. He produced slippers and other foot wares for the Indians. Obviously, he made much money doing so. Opportunity is that moment you need to express yourself. When opportunity comes people will see the money in that idea you were presenting to them. It is based on this I affirm that in everything we are doing; we just need that right moment. Opportunity helps us to showcase, exhibit, reap and flow with that right thing we have been doing for a long time. The issue of opportunity has taught me to keep three things in mind always. The three are, be prepared always for opportunities, position yourself for opportunity and seek for
  16. 16. Joshua Ikegwuonu 17 My birthday Gift to you opportunity. These three things have blessed me in most cases guiding me to extract sense from nonsense. Let’s discuss the items briefly. 1. Be Prepared Always for Opportunities I heard and read that preparation meets opportunity to bring about success. Are you really interested in breaking out some sense from nonsense then, get ready, be prepared. If you are willing, be ever prepared for any opportunity. Make sure you have the very training needed for that opportunity you seek. Do well to have every certificate needed for that job or that promotion before it comes. Ensure you have every skill needed to attain that height you aspire for. The opportunity may show up when you least expect but let it be that whenever it shows up you are ready for it. It will feel bad that your CEO walks up to you and asks you to submit a certain exam certificate that will secure your promotion and you have not sat for it. More so, how pleasant it sounds that one of the criteria of taking an accountant in Bond Bank is being a member of ICAN and you are the only one with the certificate of membership. Such preparation ahead is what it means to be ready for an opportunity. 2. Position Yourself for Opportunity Knowing where to be, when to be there and why you should be there is truly what it means to understand time accurately. It is not enough to be prepared without strategy. If you are prepared and you don’t position yourself for an opportunity, you can’t see it to grab it. Knowing how to
  17. 17. Joshua Ikegwuonu 18 My birthday Gift to you repair computer and you are not always found where computers are sold and repaired, people will give you their computer to repair because no one knows you do that. When all you can do as a life coach on your social media is snapping and posting pictures, no one will consult you. Positioning has to do with having the sense of being at the right place and when your ability is needed there. It goes further to do with knowing why it is needed or should be needed. If you have a good project and you don’t apply for grants and pitching events, how would people know you have the project? If you have good grades in the areas that your employers need and you don’t apply for jobs, how would you be known? So, get out of your comfort zone and start positioning yourself now. 3. Seek for Opportunity Opportunities locate you when you set out to look for them. I love what the Bible says in regards exploration. The Bible says, “Search and you shall find.” In other words, it is only those who search or seek that would find. To break sense out of nonsense when opportunity comes, you need to constantly seek for opportunity in everything you do. Seek it everywhere and every time. By so doing, opportunities present themselves to you. When harnessed, things that don’t make sense to people will become fascinating. When you maximize opportunities to showcase what you have, everything that doesn’t make meaning to the people around you will start shinning forth.
  18. 18. Joshua Ikegwuonu 19 My birthday Gift to you CONSISTENCE AND PERSISTENCE BREAKS THE RESISTANCE HOLDING YOUR SHINE No resistance can withstand a stern persistence. It is consistency that makes waves ware out rocks. No one who surrenders before the finishing line leaps in glory. Such must hold on and not faint till the end. Snails and millipedes are creatures with very slow speed yet, they do not arrive late to their destinations. The strength that hides within their soft nature keeping them through is consistency. Obviously, one may not have the pace of a cheetah or the flight of a jet but fulfilment is guaranteed if resilience is applied. Recall that no one who wins quits and no one who quits wins. It doesn’t make sense to me that a poor widow who was denied justice by a rich judge would not stop at the first or second denial. She would not take no for an answer from the judge. She went on disturbing the judge until he couldn’t but help the poor widow to have some rest. I don’t understand why Naaman had to continuously fall into River Jordan not just once but severally (seven times). I am yet to understand why Abraham Lincoln had to keep running for American presidency not mind that he fails until he finally won it. I wonder why Thomas Edison had to allow himself to keep failing until he invented the electric bulb. These people mentioned above consistently persisted. They were made up and must get a yes for their request and quest. They didn’t allow storms to toss them into accepting a no. Such no would only throw their backs down to the floor. They rather chose to persist in their pursuits.
  19. 19. Joshua Ikegwuonu 20 My birthday Gift to you Most times to break the chains of nonsense, one attempt only isn’t enough. Making an attempt only once will never take you any far in what you are seeking to possess. Moreover, making a glaring difference comes by a sure breaking of the chain of gibberish. You must have to stay on course to ensure consistency. Distractions must be disarmed and unwavering focus must be maintained. Based on the above, there are essential things you need keep doing: 1. Keep doing it until you get results Your effort has to be steady, non-stop, no pulling back, forward, forward only. You have to let the vision of what you intend to achieve overwhelm your thoughts. That image on your mind will propels you to continuously push to achieve your vision. If you have not gotten to the point where you don’t see anything else except your vision, you have not started chasing after making sense. 2. When it is not working real fast, keep on keeping on I love the saying “slow and steady wins the race.” Most times, I get surprised at how I push myself too hard to achieve some things almost immediately. Don’t get it twisted, sometimes or so many times things don’t work out real fast as we planned. For that reason we tend to slack because of what people would say. Our fear can also be because of the amount we have put into what we were working on. Sometimes your quest will take more from you than you planned. But if it has to make sense, you will have to continuously press on and on. Refuse to give in or up until you get the result you are waiting for. Always remember that it will not come immediately but it will surely come. You need to also keep on keeping on. 3. Don’t stop because you have gotten the required result at the moment, sometimes it stops the flow A lot of people are poor today not because they are not smart or not working. They are poor because they stopped doing what got them better. Perhaps, they felt they have arrived, thereby orchestrating their failure. They fell like a giant from an Iroko tree. You don’t stop doing what made you successful by thinking you have arrived. Rather you
  20. 20. Joshua Ikegwuonu 21 My birthday Gift to you must continue to do those things that brought you to the limelight. In wrestling you don’t go relaxing when you win the universal belt. In fact, you need to step up your game because a lot of people want the belt too from you. In relay race you don’t slow down when you see yourself in the front of all your competitors rather, you increase your pace. It applies to anything you are doing in life. If you were reading eight (8) hours to pass your exams while in College, don’t stop it. Rather than soft pedalling, keep it up. Keep on adding more values to yourself. I love the way Albert Einstein puts it, “Once you stop learning, you start dying.” In other words, you need to keep on whatever brought you success. When you stop doing it, you start going down that is, you start dying. All the great men and women who have written their names on the wall of history were persistently consistent in whatever they were doing. You should do so too. You can only breakout sense from nonsense when you consistently persist on what you want just like the poor widow.
  21. 21. Joshua Ikegwuonu 22 My birthday Gift to you THE SENSE IS ANNOUNCED Hard work pays. Smart work pays more. Consistent smart work pays more always. You don’t need to assume that people are not seeing your exploits. Why do you feel that people are not appreciating your effort? Hey! Relax!! Your effort which seems not to be making sense is about to be announced. Have you been working on it for long time? Relax, the next announcement is your success. Nothing can stop you so long as you are consistent and are not relenting. Assuredly, you must be announced. There is always a day of announcement if you don’t stop doing what is right. If you don’t give up, you will be announced also! When your efforts are announced, you are also announced. When you are announced all the things that don't make sense to people, all the rubbish, all the stupid acts will turn out gold. At this stage people will line up at your door waiting for you to attend to them. Remember that the door is opened to those who search and knock at the door. Incidentally, when the price is fully paid, nothing holds back the announcement of the winner and his prize. Be Expectant No matter how you consistently persist on your work if you are not expectant, you can’t win anything. In our world today, thoughts matter a lot. For sure, as a man thinks, so is he. In other words, one’s thought
  22. 22. Joshua Ikegwuonu 23 My birthday Gift to you pattern speaks volume of an individual. When you work hard and smart you become expectant. It is after doing the right things to succeed that you are announced real quick and better. You get what you expect having worked for it. The fact that you are working is the reason you should expect to be announced. Don’t expect any payment when you don’t have anything you have done. Payment comes when a problem is solved. I charge you to solve a problem and get your pay. Those who look out for pay when they haven’t done anything are thieves and with time they get caught up in their crime. Few questions to ponder on as I summarize are below. Reflect deeply on them.  Do you think you deserve to be announced?  Have you done what should be announced or what should get you announced?  Is it your time to be announced?  Are you where you should be announced?  Are you with the people that would announce you and the sense in you?
  23. 23. Joshua Ikegwuonu 24 My birthday Gift to you THE BLESSING OF THE NONSENSE God is not looking for a perfect tool to use but he is looking for tool to make perfect. No one has ever understood how things work in this world because they still throw challenges to human minds. Genius through those challenges figure out the way to control things. Things that are interesting and beautiful are always found in things that do profit or make sense. I have read the documentary of how the lab of Thomas Edison burned down some times and his reactions towards it. I concluded that we can always make something out of nothing if we have a positive attitude towards everything. I also read a story on attitude. It was extracted from the book of Thomas Edison’s son. It is about what a right attitude will do in a life. His son wrote the story in his book “The Electric Thomas Edison,” (by the way, the man was responsible for over 1,000 inventions before his death) about Edison at the age of 67. Then Edison suddenly experienced a fire outbreak in his laboratory. Everything went up with a whoosh. His son wrote this story in this book. He said, “…when I couldn’t find my father, I became concerned if he was safe and secure with all his assets going up in flames leaving smoke all around. Would his spirit be broken, after all he was 67 years old? Sixty-seven is no age to begin anew het felt. Then I saw him in the plant running toward me. Running fast, “Where is mom?” he shouted. “Go get her and tell her to bring her friends they’ll never see a fire like this one again.” Rather than, “oh God what did I do to deserve this? For
  24. 24. Joshua Ikegwuonu 25 My birthday Gift to you sixty-seven years I have served you and this is what I get in return…” No, he says, “Hey Son, get your mother. This is unbelievable. Look at that!!!” By 5:30am the next morning when the fire was barely under control, he called the employees together and said, “We are rebuilding.” One man was told to lease several machine shops, another was told to obtain a wrecking crane from the railroad. Then almost as an afterthought he said, “Oh, by the way does anybody know where we can get some money?” His son continued, later my father said, “You can always make capital out of disaster. We’ve just cleared out some old rubbish. We can now build bigger and better one on these ruins.” The documentary has it that Thomas Edison rebuilt the lab and made more money and more inventions that were better than what he had all those years. This got me thinking the more. Does it mean that he has not been thinking all these while in his inventions or what? I deduced this from his last statement which is, “you can always make capital out of disaster. We’ve just cleared out some old rubbish.” Who does that? Nevertheless, there is no theory that can explain that nonsense yet, some serious sense with blessings came out of it at the end of the flames. The Perception of People The way we view people or accept them affects the way we react to their suggestions or ideas to us. Their ideas may be wonderful but because they don’t look like their idea, we tend to turn them down. Don’t be in a haste to throw away people’s suggestions or ideas simply because the ones they are coming from do not seem unreasonable to you. Their ideas may be the blessing you are looking for and they have come in disguise. People who dish out the real deal don’t look like it most times. Sometimes they look worst or lower than their ideas. That is why no one would want to associate with them from their outward look. The
  25. 25. Joshua Ikegwuonu 26 My birthday Gift to you fact remains that they are just blessings in disguise. What do we do when confronted with this challenge? We should welcome everyone and every idea. Doing so, they will always share their great ideas with you. In addition, bend down to scrutinize the ideas to see what you can make out of them. As you do so, you will reap a great deal of blessing that is disguised. The Patience that Blesses Reading my Bible one early morning as I always do, I bumped into another blessing in nonsense from the Bible. That is the story of Hannah the mother of Samuel. What I don’t understand is that she has to wait for a long time before she conceived her own first child. I believe she was always praying and fasting over her situation every year yet, nothing happened as she anticipated. The most amazing part of it all was that she was the first wife. So, if there is anyone who is supposed to have a child she should be the one but her case was on the reverse. Peninnah was married because of Hannah’s barrenness. In spite of the mockery of Peninnah, Hannah was patient with her such that she could only complain to two persons (God and her Husband, Elkannah). I trust most women of these days; they won’t take it from her. But Hannah was patience and God heard her prayer and gave her sons. My point here is that after she had delivered her own son Samuel, no one ever mentioned Peninnah or her sons again. And Samuel became a blessing that came out of the long awaited pregnancy. I heard and read of a couple who were without children for twenty- three years of their marriage. They kept on praying and waiting on God. A lot of people made jest of them. Their family members were disturbing the man to take another wife. The pressure was so much that even his wife joined his family to ask her husband to take another wife. But the man refused, his reason was that they have gone for several tests that confirmed that they are both very sound.
  26. 26. Joshua Ikegwuonu 27 My birthday Gift to you They continued waiting until the first week of the last month in that twenty third year of marriage. The woman took in and in the twenty- fourth year gave birth to eight kids. That was blessing that no one could explain. It doesn’t make sense to anyone at all that they had to wait that long before they could have their eight children at once. That is, their patience produced blessing after a long challenge of barrenness that was a multiple blessing in disguise. The problem is not the length of time it took for the success to manifest. What matters is what we do with it. I know you would say that it doesn’t make sense to you but you must understand that if you can endure the challenges and stay focused in patience then, you will see that blessing that makes sense. The Obedience that Blesses This is a journey many of us find difficult to accept most of the time. We find it difficult to obey ourselves in some cases. I have heard many people tell me that something inside of them spoke to them not to do something but they didn’t understand. They should learn how to receive intuitive signals and follow them. By so doing, things turn out wonderfully well than they expected. I had an experience on this obedience that blesses. I had a wonderful speaking engagement in Abuja sometime in April 2017 and after the engagement I decided to reserve a seat for myself online. My plan was that first thing in the morning I would zoom off to Owerri. While going, I so enjoyed the front passenger’s seat close to the driver, because I viewed everything and appreciated the sight of everything as I travelled. The following day, as I went to the company bus terminal with my ticket, I was so glad to have the seat I paid for. I gladly dropped my bag on the seat then headed to get myself breakfast before the bus gets fully loaded. On my return, I found someone else on my seat with my bag on the floor.
  27. 27. Joshua Ikegwuonu 28 My birthday Gift to you I approached the man who has taken my position to tell him that I was the one sitting in that position. That the bag he removed belongs to me but before I could open my mouth to say anything reasonable, he grabbed the whole words and squeezed them all like oranges. I could not find one word to speak anymore. At this point the people in the bus started telling him that I took that seat before him. Even the company staff came talking to him but he was not giving a listening ear to anyone. While everyone was talking, it was as though someone spoke to me and told me to leave the man and enter the next bus. What a nonsense? I paid and came early for this bus was my response in my mind. But something pushed me to say to them all not to worry that I will join the next bus and they should let the man be. No one understood why I did so. As I entered the second bus I was thinking to myself that I was the most stupid man that ever existed. Someone approached me and handed me the exact amount I paid for the transport fair with a statement that looked like “that Oga in that car say make I give you your transport money back.” It did not sound right to me but I walked down to him to say thanks to him but he said he appreciate the way I didn’t say anything to the man but moved to the next bus. After some minutes our bus was loaded and we zoomed off. Right inside the bus, I was asking myself, what if I didn’t obey that voice when I heard it. I would not have received that money. On approaching Owerri at 5:25pm the same day, immediately after Coca-cola junction, we observed that one of the company buses had a fatal accident. When we drove more closely, we observed that it was that first bus that I was supposed to travel with. All the passengers died except two little kids and their nanny. I couldn’t stand the face of the blood all over the places. At that point, I bowed my face thinking to myself again, what if I did not obey that voice I heard earlier that day.
  28. 28. Joshua Ikegwuonu 29 My birthday Gift to you It did not make sense to me on why I should obey or leave the seat I reserved and paid for to be taken by another man. I didn’t see the future and if I had seen the future I may or may not have accepted the revelation. Obedience in spite of the pain brings a lot of blessing to us. It may make no sense at first but it comes with great blessings. Obey that inner voice, that boss of yours, your parents; after all, it is obedience that carries so many promises and blessings. The Humility that Blesses Many people mistake humility for humiliation. What is the blessing in humility? Why must I stay humble? This is the aspect that carries a lot of blessings but in disguise. Some people also miss out here because they feel their pride is being tampered with and they react real quickly. Humility helps you to understand others and help them out even in their most annoying state. Humility is the key to winning people’s hearts and pockets. You can learn from everything, everyone and everywhere if only you can stay humble. It helps you take corrections even from children, juniors or students. You may not understand the reason you should but let it be on your mind that it blesses to be humble. Even the Bible teaches that he who exalts himself will be humiliated but he humbles himself has himself exalted among his peers. When you humble yourself you see clearly. You learn better, you meet great minds/people. You also win in any of your endeavours and you will keep shinning. The Self Discovery that Blesses This is the process of finding the original intent of your existence on earth. It gives you reason to live the life you have so that you can make sense on earth. Self-discovery is a process of nonsense that yields sense at the end of the whole process. Why must you know yourself before you can have a better life? That’s the question I do get most whenever I handle a coaching session on
  29. 29. Joshua Ikegwuonu 30 My birthday Gift to you self-discovery. The truth still remains that everything you become on earth depends on your ability to master yourself better. If you don’t know where you going, everywhere becomes your destination. If you don’t know what you are made for, you take the shape of everything. You are not made for everything but for something. Certainly, not knowing yourself well can result to unfulfilled existence. Because, when you have no clear idea about your inner values, core beliefs and goals, you are likely to allow your emotions and decisions to be externally dictated. Instead of making an independent decision, you adopt the values, core beliefs and opinions of your friends, colleagues or parents, as your own. You are unique and that uniqueness is what sells you beyond what people can imagine. Trying to discover yourself may not make sense at the beginning. However, when you discover yourself, you begin to see things better and you grab every opportunity linked with your destiny. This is rightly so because, you can recognize them better. There is a great blessing hidden in the non-attractive process of self- discovery. Go on to discover yourself. Endure the process and see things change with great speed as you master yourself through humility. By taking that step;  You recognize your weaknesses and strengths.  You find purpose.  You have clarity for your core values.  You find inspiration from things around you.  You value the time you spend alone. The Self-Development that Blesses Self-development is realized in those activities that we indulge in consciously. They are the day to day activities that improve our self- awareness and identity. As we carry them out every day, we get better
  30. 30. Joshua Ikegwuonu 31 My birthday Gift to you than we were afore time. Activities on self-development help us develop our talents and potentials. It is by them we build human capital and facilitate employability. And it is through them we enhance our quality of lives and contribute to the realization of our dreams and aspirations. Self-development is not what you do once and stop. They are rather some conscious continuous activities you involve yourself in. They involve reading all the time, listening to audios and seeing videos that teach you to get better. Self-development activities also involve getting a mentor. By that I mean someone who is ahead of you in the area you want to walk down to in life. It doesn’t make sense that you will keep reading all the time even when you are done with your studies. Let me remind you of the earlier quoted statement of Albert Einstein. The statement is that when we stop learning, we start dying. Invariably, it means that our living is dependent on steady learning which a dividend of study is. Someone may ask – why must I get someone else to help me on my life journey? I can walk my ass off this plain. I know what to do and would find out how to do so with time. The truth remains that mentors save you time in whatever you are trying to do because they have been in that journey you are about taking. Come to think of it, you are engrossed with the thoughts of the journey of self-development because of the great deal of self-awareness you have got. You have understood yourself and have become sure of what you want. You do not totter on how you want it, which is why you ventured into developing yourself. Undoubtedly, your growth becomes important to you when you are sure of what you want out of life. Else, life will not make sense to you. Is it important to be better than every other person in your area of specialization? Should I strive to excel more than other people for the sake of self-development? Must I be
  31. 31. Joshua Ikegwuonu 32 My birthday Gift to you better? Must I learn something new? What will it profit me to read with no reservation? I do like to say that laziness to bend down to study leads most times to asking such unwarranted questions. My answer to these questions will be more questions. My questions are;  How do you feel when or how would you feel if you look much younger than your age?  How do you feel when or how would you feel if people appreciate or praise you for your intelligence?  How do you feel when or how would you feel if people meet you for more knowledge?  What joy do you have when your competence in your job is greeted with complements? The four above questions are not for those who have attained only but also for those who will attain such levels consequently. If you know that particular feeling you always have and you understand it very well, you would see that the answers to the questions have links to self- development. Without mincing words, self-development is a perpetual activity we must involve ourselves in to find fulfilment. The Vision that Blesses Helen Keller said something striking about vision. Keller says “It is a terrible thing to see, and have no vision” and “the most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.” She draws a great line between looking and seeing. She also draws a great line between sight and vision. While looking is directing your eye to a certain place, seeing is becoming aware of the existence of something in that same place you are looking. Having a sight is possessing two eyes and using it to see things but vision is seeing beyond the bounds of your optical eyes. At that you tap into the realm of imagination and envisage things to come even when
  32. 32. Joshua Ikegwuonu 33 My birthday Gift to you they do not exist. I feel so amazed when I hear people tell me to go sit down with my vision because they don’t understand it. Visions most of the time sound unimaginable but in them hide the blessings that we have so longed for. Most visions sound heavy and beyond reach in the ears of those who do not understand their importance. There are serious puzzles about vision. How can you believe in the image you had in your head that does not exist anywhere? How is it possible that the images in your head can be achieved or brought into reality? People will throw these and many more questions at you when you have a vision of a million they can’t see with you. Though the vision is practicable to you and you are digging hard to grab it yet, you are the only bearer. People devoid of vision around you will taunt you. The truth remains that visions tend to make their bearers look mad. This is because like I said earlier, it is only the bearer of a vision that sees it at all time and understands it too. God can’t show you sense but nonsense. That way, people will value you when they see the sense you have mined over the years from the nonsense handed over to you. God is God because he keeps mysteries and people of renown are celebrated because the exposed a mystery. Keep this abreast deliberately!
  33. 33. Joshua Ikegwuonu 34 My birthday Gift to you Dearly Beloved, If you have drove down to this point of this booklet, I celebrate you greatly. I am glad that you read this Nonsense and I trust that you have found one sense out this nonsense that I presented to you. You are a gold hidden in the mud and I know that one day you will find the sense in your life then be announced to your generation. REQUEST This booklet is half cooked, soon the complete part will be out in the market for sale. I will be glad if you drop all the ideas, suggestions and contributions to make this booklet worthwhile to our generation and point out my grammatical errors to the following contact details below. I will truly appreciate your critics on the book, it will help me get better to serve better. E-mail: joshkegnigltd@gmail.com Phone no.: 08035264583 Facebook ID: Joshua Ikegwuonu Instagram: @iamjoshkeg Twitter: @joshkegmomay I will be glad to read your testimonies on all social media platforms. MY PRAYER AND DESIRE I pray that my life become a WRITTEN BOOK for my generation to read and get better in whatever they find their hands doing. Above all, everyone who has come to meet me never remain the same way I met them but become better even more. Amen
  34. 34. Joshua Ikegwuonu 35 My birthday Gift to you Other Books I have written 1. Wake the lion within you 2. The Leader and his Pot of Gold 3. I am a teenager 4. The 21st century Teenager 5. Giant out of ant hill 6. The Preparation Expect them all soon in the market, I trust they will interest you to read. Yours sincerely beloved Joshua Ikegwuonu #Redefinition

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