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DAY 46: Conclusion

It’s up to you to decide what you want to get out of life and what you want to give. Listen to what Ray has to say: ‘As I said at the outset, my goal is to pass along the principles that worked well for me; what you do with them is up to you.’ […]

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DAY 42: Handling the Problem

Once you’ve successfully diagnosed the problems standing in the way of your achieving your goals, you need to design paths for solving them. Designs need to be based on deep and accurate understandings (which is why diagnosis is so important); for me, it’s an almost visceral process of staring at problems and using the pain […]

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DAY 39: ACCOUNTABILITY

Holding people accountable means understanding them and their circumstances well enough to assess whether they can and should do some things differently, getting in sync with them about that, and, if they can’t adequately do what is required, removing them from their jobs. It is not micromanaging them, nor is it expecting them to be […]

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Abiku… The Love that Left by Yeni Manuel

Two years ago with love aflame… I’d spent the last hour smiling sheepishly over every irrelevant thing as I walked the path that leads home through the woods and meadows after seeing her. The evening sun is falling so fast in the far west, and I struggled to keep pace before night fell. But you […]

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DAY 35: Taking the Organization to great height

It has been about work principles for building meaningful work and relationship within the organization. Today we continue with principles that help achieve this. The Principles 1.       Don’t hire people just to fit the first job they will do; hire people you want to share your life with.2.       When considering compensation, provide both stability and […]

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DAY 33: Get the People Right

While we talked about an organization’s culture in the last section, its people are even more important because they can change the culture for better or for worse. A culture and its people are symbiotic—the culture attracts certain kinds of people and the people in turn either reinforce or evolve the culture based on their values and what they’re like.

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DAY 32: Recognize How to Get Beyond Disagreements

No organization seem to be immune to disagreements and disputes both internal and external but how it is handled and resolved makes the greatest difference. Your principles, procedures and policies put in place for handling disagreement should be one that solves the problem and everyone understands and trust.

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DAY 28: CULTIVATE MEANINGFUL WORK AND RELATIONSHIPS

Every manager and leader of organizations and people should really give these work principles a shot. The discussion is still around work and how to ensure that while working people are having a great life is what Ray discusses today. How can meaningful work and relationship be created?

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DAY 26: LET’S BEGIN:

The organization is very important but how the organization is run and administered is highly important. Today, Ray explains the need to ensure the right culture and relationships within an organization. Despite the technical strength of an organization if the culture and relationships are porous, chances are little success can be attained.

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DAY 20: RAY DALIO ON PRINCIPLES

It’s day 20 already and it seems like we started this book yesterday. Anyway, let’s keep on. Please, understand that you just have to grab a copy of the book and read it. The richness is beyond measure that this column can’t hold.

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DAY 17: Using the 5-Step Process to Get What You Want Out of Life

Seeking success in life and wondering how to make it happen? Then today’s reading is right for you. Principles (The 5-Step Process) 1.       Have clear goals.First you have to pick what you are going after—your goals. Your choice of goals will determine your direction. Then you need to understand the following sub principles.a.       Prioritize: While […]

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DAY 14: LIFE PRINCIPLES

Done with the first part of the book, we begin with the second part tagged ‘Life Principles’. Ray Dalio leads us into principles that he developed and that help shaped his decisions. While he states that the principles if applied will surely lead the applicant to better life results and outcomes, he warns that it is important that individuals align their principles with their goals and values. Reflect upon the principles he suggests and then make do with those that work for you and discard the ones that don’t.

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DAY 12: RETURNING THE BOON

Highlights Reflections Ray explains the path to becoming a hero and what hero’s do. For Campbell, a “hero” isn’t a perfect person who always gets things right. Far from it. A hero is someone who “found or achieved or [did] something beyond the normal range of achievement,” and who “has given his life to something […]

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DAY 11: Bringing others to lead

Ray continues with the mission of handing over the leadership of Bridgewater. But before he does that, he must ensure the right people are spotted and advanced to lead. He undertakes a study of world-known shapers and uses his finding to help Bridgewater succeed. As he puts it, the ultimate goal of all was to […]

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DAY 9: Make or Break Moment

Do you find yourself not knowing how to make plans for or take decisions about the future? Then watch how Ray Dalio and Bridgewater became the ones standing when other giants fell to the financial and economic crisis of 2008. When you become a star and others now look to you for direction, how do you respond? Join me as we find out.

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DAY 8: 46 DAYS WITH THE BOOK-PRINCIPLES

This book has been awesome. The way Ray records down reality and transfers such into the reader is amazing. We continue… Highlights found that we were still having a hard time connecting the dots between the outcomes that we were seeing and what we knew about the people producing them.There is nothing to prompt learning […]

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DAY 7: 46 DAYS WITH THE BOOK-PRINCIPLES

Today we complete chapter 4 of the book and begin reading chapter 5. In the end part of chapter 4 we learn of how Ray Dalio received what he went on to call the ‘Ray Feedback Memo’ and how he handled the situation. This experience he notes led Bridgewater to start putting down their principles. Chapter 5 is titled ‘The Ultimate Boon’ and you will read of the growth of Ray’s organization and of his reputation as a person. How he handles this new status and the need to keep the organization running effectively while having his priorities and value system intact is what you will love to find out. Remember also that with a now large organization Ray will need to find a way around the memo he had received from Dan, Bob, and Giselle and keeping people up to their task.

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COVID-19: STAYING SAFE IS LOVING YOUR FAMILY.

I saw in the news that a woman who is about 98 years old had recovered and was discharged from the COVID-19 isolation centre in Lagos. What a lovely news. Yes, we are all praying that we achieve herd immunity since getting a vaccine for the Wuhan Virus has not yet been possible. However, it […]

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Sometimes by Yeni Manuel

Sometimes I feel they’ve all goneI inwardly cringe and hoping I’ve lost it allAnd the world is far aheadI’m benumbed and sad at my paceSometimes I feel fear Sometimes I’m tornbetween voice in my head and whispers from my heartI’m pushed far beyond pain to feel I’ve failedAnd I’m irrelevantSometimes I wail Sometimes I feel […]

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DAY 5: MY ROAD OF TRIALS: 1983–1994

Life comes with its own challenges and now man is immune to it. However, it may be difficult for us to see through the others bliss and pause to think for a moment what they had to go through to get to where they are. Also, the majority of the successful class don’t talk about the scary part of their journey, but today we are privileged to hear from Ray Dalio on the trials he faced. Sit tight and read to learn.

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DAY 3: CROSSING THE THRESHOLD: 1967–1979

Welcome to day 3 of our reading. Chapter two contains a narration from Ray Dalio on how he began his exploit. The very beginning of his career choices and the decisions he made about starting Bridgewater and what he decided was more important on his journey. From this chapter, we can find lessons that tell us that our decisions, mindsets, and outlook are of great importance. The choices we make or don’t make have a relationship effect on us. Don’t read through the chapter as a story line, go into it with the mind of finding experiences that magnifies your ability.

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IS MY MONEY MY MONEY AND HIS MONEY OUR MONEY IN MARRIAGE?

#TheCounsellor First, let’s always remember that marriage is team-play so everyone is supposed to be pulling every resource together to make the marriage work. Most importantly, we shouldn’t forget that a couple in a marriage have more say over what happens in their marriage than any other person. In answering the question “IS MY MONEY MY MONEY […]

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Oak in the Acorn by Yeni Manuel

Did you notice two “children” who were always roaming the frontage of Civil Engineering departmental office, FUTA in early 2010, on Fridays. You probably didn’t notice because the children weren’t that consequential as at then. Their Saturdays to Thursdays were for intense study and Fridays were for fasting and “claiming of the land” Joel and […]

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Fight! by Yeni Manuel

What I do every day? I fight From when the alarm  blare at 5amTo when the dark theme kicks in to send the subtle signal of the end of a day. All I do is fight! Not that I win all the time, but I fight. Win some, lose some. And I live to fight another […]

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TWO STORIES… My Affair with Failure by Yeni Manuel

Story 1 There was nothing unusual about the Tuesday afternoon of 2nd August 2011 other than that I was going to check my first undergraduate result in the HOD’s office. I’d just written CSC 102 exam and was beaming with a smile as I made my way through the stairs to check what’s up. As […]

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Day 44: Do What You Set Out To Do

The organization, like the individual, has to push through to results in order to succeed. In all organizations, it’s always the case that some of the people judged to be ineffective will argue that those judgments are wrong. When that happens, a data- and rulesbased system with clearly laid-out criteria allows less room for such […]

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Day 41: Understanding a Department

Understanding of a Department.A drill-down is a process that allows you to gain an understanding of the root causes of the biggest problems in a department or area so you can design a plan to make the area excellent. Drill-downs are not diagnoses, but a form of broad and deep probing. Principles Let me take […]

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Day 37: The Evolution of People

Knowing what people are like is the best indicator of how well they are likely to handle their responsibilities in the future. Think of people’s performance as being made up of two things: learning and ability. Skills are readily testable, so they should be easy to determine. Abilities, especially right-brained abilities, are more difficult to […]

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