- It certainly seems that some people are born lucky, and that’s that. But even if you don’t consider yourself one of the lucky few, there are some characteristics lucky people share that you can adopt.
- Lucky people don’t just accept where they are. They constantly forge new connections, and think outside of the box.
- Lucky people trust their own insights, and let them guide where they go next.
By definition, “luck” isn’t a quality that you can develop and cultivate. Either you’re lucky or you’re not; end of story.
However, those blessed with consistent good fortune do frequently share characteristics that can elevate them to even more auspicious positions. The jury’s still out on whether these habits form because of their inherent good luck or whether the good luck comes as a result of these behaviors and choices … but either way, it couldn’t hurt to fold these actions into your regular routine.
1. They take active initiatives to achieve their goals
In a recent article, Power of Positivity shared the following piece of advice for the luck-deprived: “In order to create your own luck, go out and find it! Take extra classes if they will help you better your skills. Go out and talk to people. Become active in the charting of your own future, and luck will find you.” Their key point centers around the idea that — contrary to popular belief — lucky people don’t wait around for good things to happen. Instead, they find their own opportunities and figure out ways to use their skills and talents to bring them closer to their goals.
2. They hone their communication skills
Lucky people understand that connecting with others can often provide access to job leads, event invitations, and training possibilities that can lead to a more positive professional and personal life. Therefore, they spend time and energy developing their communication skills and putting themselves in situations where they can meet interesting and engaging people.
3. They seek out opportunities and make necessary connections
As we mentioned previously, proactivity is a major indicator of a person’s luck quotient. So it stands to reason that a lucky person will attend networking events and industry mixers and will pay close attention to the other attendees, gathering business cards wherever possible and forging relationships that could ultimately prove beneficial to both parties.
4. They maintain a positive mindset
If you’re going through a tough time on the career front, it’s easy to succumb to negative thoughts and to fall into a defeatist funk. However, lucky people prioritize positivity above all else. Of course, this could be partially because their “luck” prevents them from experiencing many major disappointments … but if luck is a self-fulfilling prophecy, then keeping your outlook optimistic can only improve your odds of finding success.
5. They use creative methods to solve problems
Take a moment to think about the luckiest people you know. How do they approach the problem-solving process? Do they follow standard courses of action, or do they tend to think outside the box? For many lucky folks, the latter proves true. For that reason, you may want to try some unorthodox methods of your very own; breaking out of a rut can reveal a plethora of new possibilities.
6. They keep themselves flexible and open-minded
Overly-rigid thought patterns, schedules, and structures can impede natural energy flows (and can therefore compromise your luck potential). But if you remain open-minded to new ideas and new means of achieving your goals, you’ll be well-positioned for exciting opportunities.
7. They trust their own insight
Lucky people have a remarkable knack for believing in their own instincts (which makes sense, since they’re naturally fortunate!). Psychology Today suggests that everyone (even those who don’t consider themselves lucky) should pay more attention to their own implicit knowledge, explaining that “we all have insight to varying degrees, yet some are better than others at being open to hearing those inner voices. Making use of this knowledge depends on your ability to access this information and trust in yourself.”
Ecobank wins Bank of the Year, Best Bank in prestigious London awards ceremonies
Ecobank wins “Bank of the Year” and “Best Bank” at The Banker and EMEA Finance Awards in London.
Ecobank Cameroon, Gambia and Rwanda won Bank of the Year at The Banker Awards on 28thNovember. This recognition came just before Ecobank Cabo Verde, Gambia, Liberia and Zimbabwe won Best Bank at the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards on 5th December. The Banker is the most prestigious global financial publication and EMEA Finance is widely read by the international banking community.
Ade Ayeyemi, Group CEO of Ecobank said: “We are pleased to be recognised as ‘Bank of the Year’ and ‘Best Bank’ in two distinguished award ceremonies in London. This confirms the strength of our brand in multiple countries across Africa, our unique pan-African platform and innovative banking products and solutions. Indeed, our One Bank strategy is providing the desired banking excellence for our consumer, commercial and corporate customers across the 33 countries in which we operate on the continent.”
The judging panels were impressed by Ecobank’s sound management, business model and strategic initiatives as well as its pioneering technology. They highlighted the bank’s recent innovations, including digitalised trade finance products, Ecobank Online & Omni Lite, digital payment solution, Ecobank Pay, and cross-border remittance solution, Rapidtransfer. These products are transforming the banking sector and empowering African businesses by providing accessibility and affordability.
Dangote Honours 160 Staff at Long Service Award Ceremony
Dangote Industries Limited recently presented 160 employees with long service award in recognition of their commitment, loyalty, exceptional service and invaluable contribution to the growth of Africa’s most admired brand over a period of 10 to 30 years and above. Post-humous awards were also given to ex-employees who lost their lives during their time of service at the organization.
At the Dangote Long Service Award, hosted by the Group Managing Director, Dangote Industries Limited Mr. Olakunle Alake, celebrated members of staff were each given a certificate of recognition, an award plaque, financial reward and ovation from other members of staff, family members and friends of the awardees.
During the ceremony, 29 staff were awarded with 10 – 14 years’ of service awards; 85 employees with 15 – 19 years’ of service; 29 employees with 20 – 24 years’ of service; 13 employees with 25 – 29 years’ of service and 4 employees were also honored with 30 years’ of service awards.
Remarkably, 12 staff who had passed on while in active duty to DIL, were eulogized and post-humous awards were given to their families for their dedicated service ranging from 10 to 39 years.
The Group Executive Director, Logistics and Distribution, Dangote Industries Limited, Alhaji Abdu Dantata, emerged the highest living awardee for his 36 years of service, while the Group Managing Director, Mr. Olakunle Alake, who gave the welcome remarks, was given an outstanding ovation for his 29 years of loyalty in service to the organization.
In his keynote address, the Group President/CE of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, commended all the awardees for their loyalty, commitment and dedicated service over the years; all of which had contributed to elevate the company from a trading concern founded in 1981 to one of the largest manufacturing conglomerates in Africa today, with a household name in Nigeria and a global brand to boot. He noted that employees, especially the awardees, were crucial part of the global success story which Dangote Industries has become today.
According to him, “I want to say a very big thank you to all of us here tonight. Indeed, loyalty is royalty and the successful growth of our company is a direct result of your excellent service. Your loyalty upholds our core principles and our continuous growth is based on a culture of resilience and loyalty.
“Today, we celebrate your individual and collective successes and our breakthrough was due to your investment of many years of loyal service. I encourage you to remain dedicated and committed. We deeply appreciate you and your efforts. Thank you very much”, Dangote added.
Africa’s wealthiest and foremost philanthropist, who personally presented the awards to all the awardees that have served DIL for 25 years and more and to the families of all the post-humous awardees, was likewise presented with a surprise gift of a framed picture of himself with the names of all the 160 awardees embedded by the organizing committee led by the Group Managing Director, Mr. Olakunle Alake.
Their overall gratitude at the award, gift and honor was aptly captured by a staff in the security department, Mr. Samanja Umaru, who was rewarded for his 20 years of service to the company. Samanja, who effusively narrated how Dangote has transformed his life and family, pledged his undying loyalty to the organization which has given him so much.
According to Samanja, “Dangote is a blessed man and Dangote (DIL) is a good company. I began working with Dangote way back in 1981 at the warehouse where we were paid N10 daily. God bless Alhaji Dangote. He carries everybody along, whether Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo, anyone. Alhaji Dangote changed my life. He is a blessed man”
FG Links Rise In Food Inflation To Border Closure
The recent border closure drill has been attributed to the rise in headline inflation which is currently at 11.61 per cent as of October 2019.
Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, who is the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, briefed Journalists on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, adding that recent figures from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) were noticed since September.
The Minister informed that the increase in food inflation witnessed in September and October is linked to the increase in prices of food, propelled by the border closure.
“Headline inflation declined for several months before we noticed an uptake in the last two months and now headline inflation is at 11.61 percent as at the end of October.
“The slight increase between September and October is due to increases in food inflation ascribed to increase in prices of cereals, rice, and fish.
“Part of the reason is the border closure; the closure is very short and temporary and the increase is just by 2 basis points,” she explained.
Mrs. Ahmed pointed out that discussions with neighbouring countries on the border closure have advanced and the Federal Government is expecting every party to respect the protocols they are all committed to.
She stressed that the government is making sure that the economy does not suffer once the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) comes into effect.
“The border closure is temporary; we have really advanced on the discussion between ourselves and our neighbours and we expect that the outcomes of those discussions and agreement are that each party will respect the protocols that we all committed to and then the borders will be open again.
“What we are doing is important for our economy as we signed on to the AfCFTA, we have to make sure that we put in place, checks to make sure that our economy is not overrun as a result of the coming into effect of the AfCFTA and that’s why we have this border closure to return to the discipline of respecting the protocols that we are all committed to.”
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