Month: January 2019

Your Jethro Motivation to Overcome Language Barrier

Your Jethro Motivation to Overcome Language Barrier

As I was coming out of the library with my son, he said something I could not understand. It took me some seconds to gather my mind and remember that that is his way to pronounce the word “police”.

Actually he heard the sirene alarm of a police car passing by and was trying to communicate with me what he heard.

The only thing that made me remember what he was saying is that I usually watch with him his daily educational program on TV. That is how I heard him repeat the words he hear on the TV and get used to his own ways of pronouncing words.

What if I was not with him watching and listening to those programs and hearing how he repeats the words at his age?

I could have probably told him :” Hey son, I don’t understand a word of what you are saying. Stop saying rubbish things! What type of nonsense are you talking about!”

This type of miscommunication does not happen only with our little ones learning how to speak but also with adult learning another language or even excellent second language speakers with some vocabulary gaps.

The accent, the pronunciation or the lack of sufficient vocabulary in a new area of communication are elements that could raise barrier in social interaction.

One simple way of overcoming these language barriers is by developing a learning habit of acquiring new vocabulary in the target language while interacting with people around the new domain you are getting in touch with.

At the beginning, it could be very challenging mostly if the people around you do not understand why you seem lost when you hear a new word, but it’s important to stay focused on your learning objectives and not pay attention to their bullies or mockeries.

You can apply the 8 steps for distinction in overcoming language barriers because they lead you step by step from identifying your language strengths to the importance of teaming up with others in other to reach your learning goals.

An interesting exercise could be to imagine that the motivational speeches bellow where in another language you need urgently to double your income in the next few months; how serious would you be ready to Read, Reflect and Act on them?

Here you go…

1. “Good businesses need to have a very clear vision and set of goals to achieve, but also find a way of tempering… as the world changes so quickly.”( Anthony Wagerman, Travelex CEO)

2. “Sometimes it takes a second try to find your professional bliss. It took me a while, but I am so much happier since I made the decision to stop settling, stop feeling trapped, and start a career in a field I love.” (Kristen Loyd, software developer)

3. “Technology could be a remarkable tool to help close the unemployment gap. If we build with inclusion in mind, we can create products, processes, and services that benefit everyone.”( Tamar Savir, disability advocate)

4. “There should be no gap between what you say your values are and what you let happen in your corridors.” ( Barri Rafferty, Ketchum partner, CEO and president)

5. “Our names and legacies are mortal, just like us. And so we are free to choose a more meaningful lodestar to guide our lives, rather than chasing the ephemeral possibility that our names will be spoken with gravitas once we’re dead.” (Olivia Goldhill)

6. “Give yourself time to grow and understand the state of the world today.” (Kevin Hart, Comedian, Actor, Business Man)

7. ” For every door closed, I was given a window. For every rejection, I was redirected. For every pitfall, I exceeded my potential.” (Steve Harvey, comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor, and author )

Could you write one of the above motivational speeches in another language?

I would be glad to read you.

Hervé Ngaté, Author, Writer, Founder and CEO of Seed4future Corp.

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Your Jethro Motivation To The Pathway Of Excellence

Your Jethro Motivation To The Pathway Of Excellence

Excellence! A word that could raise thousands dissertations to demonstrate its need in our actual generation.

We find the word since past generations but it seems the 21st century is the one where it’s mostly used. In politic, education, health, family, corporate, Non-for-profit, churches and community development projects, the word excellence is brandished with such an ease that we take it for granted.

But what is excellence?

I was inspired the first time about excellence by Charles Swindoll in his book “Living Beyond Mediocricy, A Commitment to Excellence” and I found that his following declaration summarizes his thoughts on the subject:

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”

― Charles R. Swindoll

I could put it in this way: Excellence is the attitude that seek to accomplish big things by starting with good practices in little things.

Well, the idea of starting with little things and invest the best to make it successful does not satisfies everyone. Simply because it could take weeks, months and years to see the fruits of building good quality habits that will lead to excellence.

In a generation of fast “everything” and instantaneous “everything”, very few have the long term vision of setting excellence not only for themselves but also for future generations.

This is maybe why recent studies demonstrates that only 180 millions out of 7 billions people in the world have goals on which they work for their achievements.

Statistically it means that the whole propaganda about seeking excellence is still for marketing, branding and selling. Very few are really preoccupied by working towards such excellence.

A very simple but practical 3 steps to build excellence is to

-Select that one thing you are good at and decide you will invest your best to make it successful. It could be writing, connecting with people, helping others, cooking, whatever you know you as your strengths.

Identify your strengths on which to invest you best, choose a way to develop that one thing by learning on it. The learning process will help you change your mind on misconceptions on your area of expertise.

Learning will also help you discover other people’s experience on the same strengths with their successes, failures, mistakes and how they overcome them.

The goal is to equip you to be successful on little things.

-Persevere in doing what brings you optimum results until that attitude of excellence in the little things you are doing could be transferred to something bigger. Don’t worry about when the time for transfer will come, it might come by the most unexpected way but you’ll be equipped to handle it.

By deciding for example that you will faithfully Read, Reflect and Act on one or many of the following motivational speeches, you are setting the pathway for excellence as a professional and a business person.

I encourage you to make this year 2019 the starting point or the continuity for a life of excellence.

1. “By recognizing people — especially those who have been conditioned to not expect to be recognized — we add a little extra meaning and dignity to their lives. You really aren’t taking yourself away from an important task. You’re just shifting to an equally important task: showing people they matter — especially to you.” ( Jeff Haden, Author )

2. “Invention isn’t ruled by public opinion. While there is no such thing as a crystal ball, many big bets were executed because someone boldly envisioned a different future — one not yet seen by others — and pursued it.” (Jean Case, Case Foundation CEO)

3. “Ask yourself daily – what is the cost of success for you? And are you willing to pay for it with your mental, physical and emotional well-being.” (Dr. Tanvi Gautam, author and women’s leadership coach)

4. “We must own our individual data and be given the transparent choice to monetize or otherwise leverage it. The problem only becomes complex when organizations put profits before ethics.” ( John Chen, BlackBerry CEO and executive chairman)

5. “As important as it is to set goals and plan ahead, being mindful of past successes as well as opportunities for growth is vital.” ( Sally Susman, Pfizer executive vice president )

6. ” Seing that you say something and watching those things become your reality is what puts you in a position to just keep going.” ( Kevin Hart, Comedian, Actor, Business Man)

7. “Nothing can be more rewarding than to know that you were doing things in excellence without knowing. It open doors for unlimited possibilities.” (Hervé Ngaté, Author, Writer, Founder and CEO of Seed4future Corp.)

What is the one motivational speech you will work on to achieve excellence in you family, career, business or community activities?

I would be glad to hear from you.

Hervé Ngaté, Author, Writer, Founder and CEO of Seed4future Corp.

Your Jethro Motivation To Leverage The Power of TV

Your Jethro Motivation To Leverage The Power of TV


 Almost 2 weeks that the year 2019 started, I was very shocked to discover that american adults spend more than 11 hours per day watching, reading, listening to or simply interacting with media, among which 5 hours are spent a day in front of the TV according to Market Watch who published these results in August 2017.

I was first perturbed at the idea that so much time could be consumed om media without counting the time of sleep which could be counted between 6-8 hours a day. What could someone do with 7-5 hours a day if not working on a job or going to school.

I realize that with so much time in front of the screen, there might be no more time left for social interaction, family conversation, playing with kids or investing on a business.

As devastating as such a news could be, I saw in it but an opportunity for growth. What if I invest the 5 hours in front of the TV (and/or any media) for educational purposes?

It has been demonstrated that if you read an hour a day, after 3 years, you’ll become an expert in your area of expertise. And if you invest 5 hours a week in acquiring new knowledge, you’ll become one of the national expert in your field.

This opens the door for tremendous opportunities to grow oneself by taping into the power of Television or any other media.

Could you imagine spending 5 hours learning a day? You’ll learn 5 times faster in a day than the above one hour a day reader or learner.

This puts you on the super high standard of being an expert or one of the national expert in 7 months!!

I was amazed by the learning potential behind our screens and media: On my phone, learning; On my TV, learning; On the computer, learning, on the tablet, learning, etc…

And the learning activities may include understanding how to build powerful social network. It still gives us enough time to socialize and interact with others since what you learn consistently finally become part of your actions.

One of the way I use to learn everyday through media is to invest time learning about my field on every media platform. And when I switch on the TV, the goal is to learn something new from a documentary, the country or countries. Even watching a movie on real life story could be a very rewarding experience when you are in the learning mode.

Everything seems to become alive around you and life teaches you something new as you develop an attitude of taping into the power of media and specifically of the TV.

Some of my articles where inspired while driving, playing with my kid, having a conversation with my wife, training others, watching a movie, learning on a media platform like LinkedIn or YouTube, and even just walking on the streets and observing what is going on around me.

The weekly motivations for a successful career that I share with you are all part of my learning curriculum. You are very blessed to have them compile in for you so that you could choose which one may help you the best to reach you daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals.

Don’t forget that the learning process invites you to Read, Reflect and Act on the new knowledge. So enjoy the following motivational declarations that could boost your career and your business.

1. “I have found ‘past year reviews’ more informed, valuable, and actionable than half-blindly looking forward with broad resolutions.”( Tim Ferriss, author)

2. “Thoughtful disagreement—the process of having a quality back-and-forth in an open-minded and assertive way so as to see things through each other’s eyes—is powerful, because it helps both parties see things they’ve been blind to.” ( Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates)

3. “When we take on challenges that align with our abilities and interests, we feel more fulfilled and engaged by our work.” (Daniel Goleman)

4.  “When we apologize we have to take ownership of our actions and as such, the ‘if’ word simply has no place.” (Steve Knight, The Art of Comms app’s )

5. “The challenge that we’re facing isn’t the technology, the technology is there, it’s changing standards of practice and ways of working it. It all comes down to culture.” ( Dr. Andrew Plump, Takeda’s chief medical and scientific officer)

6. “I never set out to conquer everything in a day, week or month. Instead, I make a commitment to myself that I will make progress towards my end-goal each day—no matter how small.” ( Dawn Strobel, Go By Truck Inc co-founder and president)

7. ” If you watch TV for 5 hours everyday, after a year you’ll spend 2 and half month in front of the screen. After 10 years you’ll have spent 2 years and 1 month in front of a screen.” (Hervé Ngaté, Author, Writer)

I would be glad to know which one of the above motivational speech challenged you to develop a learning mind by taping into the power of media?

Hervé Ngaté, Author, Writer

Your Jethro Motivation to Set up Priorities

Your Jethro Motivation to Set up Priorities

Less than 48 Hours after the new year, I noticed that what made me happy the past years were goals accomplished on a daily basis.

The determination to produce better outcomes in the family, at working places and in the community, followed by concrete actions with increasing great improvements in the productivity are powerful motivators that could only bring more happiness.

It’s quite shocking to realize that over 7 billions people on earth, an average of only 800 millions start a year with goals they are sure to pursue whatever it takes.

Yet, almost 6 billions and 200 millions people had celebrations about what the new year could bring into their lives, dreaming for the best without proper considerations of what their priorities in the new year will be. And, deciding from the first day of  the year to work on making those priorities become real is one of the signs of seriousness.

I selected these 14 motivations declarations for you as worker in any fields to help you be among those to become happy during this year 2019!

1. “Today, thanks to the internet, social media and the constant access we have to information, change takes hold much quicker, which is fantastic for the advancement of society.” (Jamie Bolding, founder and CEO of Jungle Creations)

2. “How we resolve these issues today will shape the world we live in tomorrow: widespread broadband coverage will enable freelancers and telecommuters to work wherever they want.”( Patrice Caine, Thales chairman and CEO)

3. “Even the best arguments sometimes fall on deaf ears. But we should not generalize hastily to the conclusion that arguments always fail. We can learn through practice by reaching out, asking questions, being patient, and giving arguments in our everyday lives.”( Sinnott-Armstrong, Duke’s Walter)

4. “One thing I learned is that you can’t get tied to an idea. Constantly be open to reevaluating your strategy as you obtain new information.”( Marc Lore, Walmart.com’s )

5. “74% of people in America don’t like the job they are doing.” (Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, politician, and former professional bodybuilder and powerlifter)

6. “The way in which innovation happens now is that you release a basic product and let the market tell you how to make it better.” ( Vivek Wadhwa, Harvard Law School Fellow)

7. “I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged.”(JK Rowling, Author)

8. “If you can’t communicate….. nothing happens. You can have all the brainpower in the world, but you have to be able to transmit it,” (Warren Buffett, business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist)

9. “Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody.” (Martin Luther king Jr, American Baptist minister and Civil rights activist)

10. ” Forget the 80 millions, start with one.” (Maggie Doyne, founder of Blinknow

10. “If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” (Martin Luther king Jr, American Baptist minister and Civil rights activist )

11. “Using your unique talent and expertise in a genuine effort to help others is by far the fastest way to strengthen your relationships—and cultivate valuable new ones.” ( Bruce Kasanoff, Park City Think Tank co-founder )

12.  “When we’re invested, inspired, and most of all, connected to the right people, we can dream bigger, reach higher, and find the confidence and creativity that comes from being surrounded by similar souls.” (Gina Bianchini, Mighty Networks founder and CEO)

13.  “Find role models in the company who you admire or whose career you might want to emulate. The critical thing is to find people who you trust.” (Michele Evans, Lockheed Martin executive vice president)

14. “I choose a word of the year—a word that encapsulates my aspirations for the twelve months ahead.” (Melinda Gates)

Based on the decisions and the actions done since the beginning of this year, where do you see your priorities are?

Once again, Happy New Year 2019 with Faith, Hope and God’s Love to fuel your actions throughout this year.

Hervé Ngaté. Author/Writer