17 Bad Habits You Need To Kill To Be More Successful In 2018

Finally take control of your destiny by deleting the negative habits that have been dragging you down.

Many of you will resolve to start a new positive habit in 2018. Adding good habits can be fun, but unfortunately (most of the time), they don't work. Approximately 38 percent of Nigerians will make resolutions, and only 8 percent will succeed.

Instead of adding a new diet or workout regime, let's remove the negative habits that have been holding you back.

1. Kill your habit of checking social media during the workday
Social media platforms are masters of making you stay there. Getting lost in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc can be fun, but it's counterproductive during the day–especially while you're trying to build that presentation for your investors.

Now that we're on the subject, turn off the notifications on your phone, too. You can check your Snaps on your break.

2. Kill your habit of thinking it's all about you
Your frowning boss isn't conspiring to fire you, as much as the cashier isn't giggling about your tie. They're thinking about themselves, and their own problems. Not you. I promise.

It's not about you. So cut it out. Run on that assumption when dealing with every human interaction in your life, and you'll be much happier.

3. Kill your habit of multitasking
Science tells us that only 2 percent of us can really multitask. So don't try. Try this instead: When attempting to get something off your to-do list, shut down every browser and app on your screen except for the ones you need.

Otherwise, you'll get notifications for LinkedIn requests, Facebook Live posts, and tweets. A never-ending stream of distraction. So shut down everything except the program you need, and finally get things done.

4. Kill your habit of comparing yourself with everyone
You will never win this game. There will always be someone smarter, better looking, richer, and (seemingly) happier. Always. Focus on yourself, your mindset, your health, the state of your being, and you'll win.

5. Kill your habit of complaining
It's just not worth it. Be aware of the words that come out of your mouth. They affect you and the people around you.

Speak of good things, and more good things happen. Speak of negative things, and more negative things happen. Simple.

6. Kill your habit of wasting time with negative people
If they don't love and support you, get rid of them. You don't have to shout, kick, and scream. Just stop being available to them. They won't notice. They're too self-centered to care.

7. Kill your habit of taking or organizing long and unnecessary meetings
Less meeting means more doing. We're all adults. Take the meeting, do what you need to do, and go and do it. You can still be social, and have fun, and succeed in making meetings more efficient.

Try this in your next meeting. Set an agenda. As you run through the agenda, go around the room and have everyone share:

What they're working on.
What they've completed.
What they need in order to complete what they're still working on.
It works, I promise. You'll shave half an hour off your meeting time.

8. Kill your habit of saying yes
You may think you don't have enough time. You do. You just spend your time doing the wrong things.

Stop saying yes to everything. Embrace no. Love no. No is your word for 2017. Love it, live it, and use it.

9. Kill your habit of self-loathing thoughts and beliefs
Enough is enough. You are good at what you do. You have it in you. If you can't silence that voice in your head, begin a regimen of meditation. If you need some quick wins to feel good about yourself, write three things you want to change this year. Right now. Go ahead; I'll wait.

Congratulations. You took the first step. Feel that little endorphin release in your brain? That's what you're looking for. Keep doing that, and you'll break that habit and create a new one. A habit where you actually get things done. Go–do things.

10. Kill your habit of sitting
Get off your backside. Run, exercise, move. But stop sitting. Oh, and get a standing desk while you're at it.

11. Kill your habit of underachieving
You're better than this. You have more in you, and you're not getting any younger. Start that business. Resign from that horrible job. Do it now. The only thing stopping you is you. Not your family, not your bank account.

12. Kill your habit of bragging about your resolutions before they happen
Your brain thinks you've accomplished them when you announce them to the world. Stop that. This TED Talk helps to explain the phenomenon.

13. Kill your habit of creating excuses
While you're at it, kill the habit of creating reasons. They're just excuses with lipstick on.

14. Kill your habit of reality TV, celebrity gossip, etc
You're an adult; this shouldn't be a part of your entertainment. It's junk food for your brain. Feels great at first, but there is always a negative mental consequence.

15. Kill your habit of obsessing over doomsday scenarios
It's good to have some healthy skepticism, but pessimists don't change the world, motivate people, or come up with innovative ideas. They only bring the people around them down.

16. Kill your habit of obsessing over things outside of your control
Focus your time, energy, and resources on improving yourself. You can control everything you put in your body, think about, and do. Master yourself and become ruler of your universe.

17. Kill your habit of making sure everything is perfect
It ain't happening. Ever. This is just a complicated form of procrastination. Which is a deeper manifestation of your fear. Get out of your own way, and let it rip.

:REF Inc, Naijaloaded, TW™



How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

I had consistently wondered how and why storms and hurricanes were given names, and in most cases, human names. 

My curiosity had driven me to ponder about so many possibilities. 

Most recurrent of my thought was; perhaps the name of the first metereologist to discover or alert about the impending storm was often adopted. But I was wrong after all. 

I never gave up my quest until I found convincing and satisfying answers. Answers I chose to share with you here. 

"Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline". 

In the beginning, storms were named arbitrarily. An Atlantic storm that ripped off the mast of a boat named Antje became known as Antje's hurricane. Then the mid-1900's saw the start of the practice of using feminine names for storms.

In the pursuit of a more organized and efficient naming system, meteorologists later decided to identify storms using names from a list arranged alpabetically. Thus, a storm with a name which begins with A, like Anne, would be the first storm to occur in the year. Before the end of the 1900's, forecasters started using male names for those forming in the Southern Hemisphere.

Until the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order in which they occurred during that year. Over time, it was learned that the use of short, easily remembered names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker and reduces confusion when two or more tropical storms occur at the same time. In the past, confusion and false rumors resulted when storm advisories broadcast from radio stations were mistaken for warnings concerning an entirely different storm located hundreds of miles away.

In 1953, the United States began using female names for storms and, by 1978, both male and female names were used to identify Northern Pacific storms. This was then adopted in 1979 for storms in the Atlantic basin.

For Atlantic hurricanes, there is a list of male and female names which are used on a six-year rotation. The only time that there is a change is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate. 

In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in a season, any additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet.

Note Also;

Nations in the western North Pacific began using a new system for naming tropical cyclones in 2000. Each of the fourteen nations affected by typhoons submitted a list of names totalling 141. The names include animals, flowers, astrological signs, a few personal names are used in pre-set order. In 2010, the first hurricane in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and the North Atlantic region will be called Alex, and in Eastern North Pacific, it will be Agatha.

Watch "ESCAP/WMO: TC Hazard Video "Typhoon warnings"" on YouTube


Can I Also Have A Storm or Hurricane Named After Me?

Sorry, No. (We'll never have an 'Hurricane Tunji' ) 

We do not control the naming of tropical storms. Instead, a list of names has been established by the international committee of the United Nations World Metereological Organization.

For Atlantic hurricanes, there's actually one list for each of six years. In other words, a list is repeated on the seventh year. The original name lists featured only women's names. In 1979, men's names were introduced and they alternate with the women's names. Six lists are used in rotation. Thus, the 2015 list will be used again in 2021.

WMO maintains rotating lists of names which are appropriate for each Tropical Cyclone basin. If a cyclone is particularly deadly or costly, then its name is retired and replaced by another one. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting by the WMO Tropical Cyclone Committees (called primarily to discuss many other issues) the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it. Infamous storm names such as Haiyan (Philippines, 2013), Sandy (USA, 2012), Katrina (USA, 2005), Mitch (Honduras, 1998) and Tracy (Darwin, 1974) are examples for this.


World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 2017.

National Hurricane Center (NHC)

National Weather Service (NWS)

The Wordsmith Blog (TWB) 



Many a time I try to bring some folks up to speed with recent trends, not losing sight of where we were coming from. This really can be a arduous task in most cases as a majority would rather  remain in the/their pasts. 
Call them obstinate and my only dissatisfaction will be your failure to add the prefix "unnecessarily" or "myopically". 
Sadly, too many sons & daughters  of my generation are failing to live their lives, in that they have preferred to live life by the views their ancestors held and passed down, over careful observation of life as it stands now. 
It was not my intention to confuse you on writing this piece, and it still isn't now. But living the new life by old rules cum views can really complicate a lot of things. 
Am not of the opinion that nothing of old was good or still relevant, am only and advocate of the use of life's 'Delete' & 'Add' button. 
I really would have  love to write extensively, highlighting some pieces of culture, tradition, views and opinions needing a review, but It'll amount to exposing a material paid for by an organization whose event am to speak at in the coming weeks. 
Nonetheless, I'll  leave you with this little from the gender point of view to stir up your thoughts. 
'One too many of these FEMINISTS you try to emulate, ended their activism in complete submission to a man as WIVES. 
A large chunk of your role model MALE CHAUVINISTS now operate in consonance with the counsel of a woman, and hence doing well as HUSBANDS too.


Nota Bien: Live's all ADDs & DELETEs." -TW™

#UpdateYourViews LIFE MOVED!!!


(NUC) 2017 Nigerian University Rankings.

How well is your alma mata doing?

Find current rankings bellow the cut.

Here Is the full list of ranking:

Rank /  University / Location

111  Samuel Adegboyega University  Ogwa

110  Wesley University of Science and Technology  Ondo City

109  Rhema University  Aba

108  Crescent University, Abeokuta  Abeokuta

107  Tansian University  Umunya …

106  Kebbi State University of Science and Technology  Aliero

105  Bauchi State University  Gadau …

104  Kwararafa University Wukari  Wukari

103  Gombe State University  Gombe

102  Western Delta University  Oghara

101  Novena University  Ogume

100  Al-Qalam University, Katsina  Katsina

99  Wellspring University  Benin City

98  Salem University  Lokoja

97  Renaissance University  Enugu

96  Yobe State University  Damaturu

95  Obong University  Obong Ntak

94  Taraba State University  Jalingo

93  Godfrey Okoye University  Ugwuomu-Nike

92  Oduduwa University  Ile Ife

91  University of Mkar  Mkar

90  Federal University, Wukari  Wukari

89  Federal University, Kashere  Kashere

88  Adeleke University  Ede

87  Fountain University  Oshogbo

86  Sokoto State University  Sokoto

85  Federal University, Lafia  Lafia

84  Kano University of Science and Technology  Wudil

83  Caleb University  Imota

82  Achievers University, Owo  Owo

81  Elizade University  Ilara-Mokin

80  Igbinedion University Okada  Okada …

79  Bells University of Technology  Ota

78  Ondo State University of Science and Technology  Okitipupa

77  Caritas University  Enugu

76  Cross River University of Technology  Calabar …

75  Crawford University  Faith City …

74  Madonna University  Okija …

73  Joseph Ayo Babalola University  Ikeji-Arakeji

72  Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University  Uli

71  Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University  Lapai

70  Baze University  Abuja

69  Bingham University  Auta Balifi

68  Lead City University  Ibadan

67  Ajayi Crowther University  Oyo Town

66  Federal University, Dutse  Dutse

65  Paul University  Awka

64  Benson Idahosa University  Benin City

63  Akwa Ibom State University  Uyo

62  Federal University, Lokoja  Lokoja

61  Kaduna State University  Kaduna

60  Federal University of Petroleum Resources  Effurun

59  Olabisi Onabanjo University  Ago Iwoye …

58  Imo State University  Owerri

57  Federal University, Otuoke  Otuoke

56  Modibbo Adama University of Technology  Yola

55  Ambrose Alli University  Ekpoma

54  Abia State University  Uturu

53  Niger Delta University  Wilberforce Island Yenagoa

52  Delta State University, Abraka  Abraka

51  Al-Hikmah University  Ilorin …

50  Bowen University  Iwo

49  Nile University of Nigeria  Abuja

48  Umaru Musa Yar'Adua University  Katsina

47  University of Maiduguri  Maiduguri

46  Federal University, Ndufu-Alike  Ndufu-Alike

45  Ebonyi State University  Abakaliki

44  Federal University, Dutsin-Ma  Dutsin-Ma

43  Tai Solarin University of Education  Ijebu-Ode …

42  Kogi State University  Anyigba

41  University of Calabar  Calabar

40  Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti  Ado-Ekiti

39  African University of Science and Technology  Abuja

38  Nasarawa State University  Keffi

37  University of Agriculture, Makurdi  Makurdi

36  Osun State University  Oshogbo …

35  Veritas University  Abuja

34  Kwara State University  Malete

33  Redeemer's University  Mowe

32  Benue State University  Makurdi

31  Adekunle Ajasin University  Akungba Akoko

30  Rivers State University of Science and Technology  Port Harcourt

29  Enugu State University of Science and Technology  Enugu

28  Michael Okpara University of Agriculture  Umuahia

27  Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University  Bauchi

26  University of Uyo  Uyo

25  Nnamdi Azikiwe University  Awka …

24  Landmark University  Omu-Aran

23  University of Jos  Jos

22  Afe Babalola University  Ado-Ekiti

21  Ladoke Akintola University of Technology  Ogbomoso …

20  American University of Nigeria  Yola

19  Bayero University Kano  Kano

18  Babcock University  Ilishan-Remo …

17  Federal University of Technology, Akure  Akure

16  Lagos State University  Ojo

15  Usmanu Danfodio University  Sokoto

14  Federal University, Oye-Ekiti  Oye …

13  University of Agriculture, Abeokuta  Abeokuta …

12  Federal University of Technology, Owerri  Owerri

11  Federal University of Technology, Minna  Minna

10  University of Port Harcourt  Port Harcourt

9  University of Abuja  Abuja

8  University of Benin  Ugbowo

7  University of Nigeria  Nsukka

6  Covenant University  Ota

5  University of Ilorin  Ilorin

4  Ahmadu Bello University  Zaria

3  Obafemi Awolowo University  Ile-Ife

2  University of Lagos  Lagos

1  University of Ibadan  Ibadan

Unranked Pan African University  Lagos

Unranked Adamawa State University  Mubi

Unranked Plateau State University



…(A Piece On Mobile Telecommunication Services And Its Irregularities In Nigeria)”.

The entry of mobile telecommunication services into the country as announced by the President Olusegun Obasanjo led administration on August 2001 was a grand one. Winning a rousing welcome from the people. Alas! It was the end of bias, the rich and the poor can now play on a level plain ground (Only telecommunication-wise, though).
Keeping in touch with family and friends was now a phone call away. The advent of the mobile telecommunication services became a blessing to long distant relationships, business people, amongst many others. It brought communication comfort unequaled, relative peace of mind and mended broken bridges of relationships which have suffered lack of communication earlier.
These comfort and gains did not come without a price, in fact, it came with a huge one. The cost of a mobile phone at the time was huge, ranging from #20,000-#50,000 on the average depending on what the user’s taste and purse could afford. Buying the phones was not the end of the task, there was the place of getting a Sim card to chip into it, which proved to be more herculean than getting the mobile phone itself.

Sim cards sold for as high as #30,000 at that time. Some got phones and never had a sim card in it, but then it was still ‘Swag’, it was a thing of pride and prestige to carry even a mobile phone carcass. But then, the sale of lines were not meeting up to the expectation of the service providers, it was obvious only a tiny section of the populace could afford them. Loss was dangling in the air, profit was gradually becoming alienated, there was a need for drastic measures to check this poor turn of events. Soon before long, the prices of sim cards began to drop, becoming more and more affordable by the day. The Nigerian people had just won a major battle, thanks to their financial incapacity induced boycott of the mobile lines which sent warning signals to the mobile telecom vendors.

Making calls for those who could afford to own a sim card was another issue, tariffs were then as high as #40 per minute, and if your call was however shorter than a minute, you still get billed for a minute. Statistics had it as at then that an average of 60-70% of the Nigerian population was earning/living below $1 per day. There just was no way we could bear with spending that huge on a minute call.
Typical of Nigerians, there must be a way out, an escape route, remedy or something of its sort, our genes were sequenced to maneuver through tough times and pull through. Soon that escape route was found, and there came the birth of “Flashing”.
“‘Flashing’ by definition in this context, is the process of initiating a call and ending it right before it is picked up on the other end of the line.”
Before long, flashing became a mode of communication in itself, before the service providers knew it, recharge cards were getting less marketable, as a flash or two was all that was needed to communicate a message between two agreed people. In response to the drop in sales of recharge cards, vouchers and the dynamic cum rebellious creativity of the Nigerian users, service providers were forced to introduce the “Per Second Billing”, a product that allows a consumer pay for call charges by the second. Thereby making short calls possible and somewhat affordable.
The contest went on and on between the end user of mobile telecom services, their providers and competitors, bringing about the introduction of different tariff plans, product and services, both to knock out competitors and create flexibility for users.

Time passed, and Nigerians began to inculcate mobile telephony into every facet of their lives viz, family, business, education, economy and job creation, livelihood etc. As the volume of subscribers increased, the quality of service began to deteriorate, consumers were no longer getting value for their money. This anomaly was characterized by inability to connect on calls, poor data services for subscribers of data services, frequent and skyrocketing volume of drop calls, and in extreme cases, a total cut off of network services for minutes, hours or days.
When all these became obviously unbearable, Nigerians raised their voices, everyone in their own little way. A unified cry was channeled to the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Servicom etc. Before long, the cry of the people found its way to the legislative chambers, the National assembly through the Senate soon summoned the NCC, and set up a probe panel to investigate the cause of the poor service delivery. The then Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications, Gil Emeka Nnaji told the Network providers to improve on their service delivery or face being forced out of the country. A toothless dog barking, so it eventually appeared as it often is the case with many of our struggles, we make so much noise and still accomplish little or nothing. Rumours were heard of the Network providers being sanctioned and fines imposed on them, still the reason for the struggle was not justified eventually, as the cry of the masses remains the same till present. Issues of unreasonably high call rates, unexplainable deductions of call credit, unauthorized or imposed subscription for products, unreasonable promos, inadequate participation to total neglect of social responsibility duties, poor network connectivity amongst many others still live with us till date. Network failure and seizures ranging from minutes to hours and sometimes days is still a common feature on our various networks.
Though I believe the contest is far from over and the battle far from won, I am afraid its beginning to seem as though the Nigerian users have now settled for and come to accept this mediocre services. Do I blame us? No I do not, this has come as a fall out of how those we saw as saviors, sabotaged our struggle, making a mess of it till it yielded little or no positive results. If the Nigerian Senate could not help win a battle against poor network service and delivery by Mobile Telecommunication Network Providers, who will???.
To assume the above paragraph as issues to be revisited and raised again by authorities concerned, and the below as a subjoinder requiring urgent attention will help chart a good course.
It is no longer news that despite recent efforts by a few telecommunication companies to prevent unsolicited calls, e.g “MTN Do Not Disturb”, consumers still get calls and/or sms' on their lines that are neither from families, friends, business partners, and the likes, but from machines. Most disturbing of this is that they come in at anytime of the day.
Sampling opinions from end users, I discovered how disgruntled a handful of us are about this new trend.
“Its so disturbing, I get an average of 2 calls on my line daily, and I’ve got 3 of them, I mean the networks” -Anonymous
“The calls I can cope with, but the frequent sms is so unbearable, at times I feel like crushing the SIM card…I mean its so annoying” -Anonymous
“They don’t allow my phone a minute rest, I hardly want to pick my calls these days (Interpreting a consumer’s comment,as he spoke in Yoruba language)”- Anonymous
I would not want to lengthen my writing any further by stating numerous responses retrieved. I must be fair to note that a tiny percentage of those I sampled actually enjoy this situation, but for the most unbelievable reasons. For instance, these subscribers said and I quote;
“Sometimes I just enjoy the call, it comes in when am bored and I enjoy it”
“I love to hear my phone ring, I love to read text messages, I just love my phone active”.
At first on hearing their views I felt irritated by it, but I took solace in the english quote; “Different strokes for different folks”.
TELEMARKETING is what this whole thing is called, and as defined by The Dictionary of English,
“Its is the business of selling products or services by making UNSOLICITED TELEPHONE CALLS to potential customers.”
Behold the new trend!
Now, I like many others do not have an hatred for telemarketing in itself, safe its uncontrolled application, use and present abuse by these network providers. It is often said that; “If the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable”.
Permit me to say here too that; “If a thing is carelessly managed, abuse is inevitable”.
Telemarketing in my country is poorly managed and now overly abused, and this must not be allowed to continue as it presently is.
To say the least, why should the peace of a subscriber be disturbed in the name of telemarketing? Why should their sleep be disturbed by night with numerous SMSs, sadly ones that probably don’t concern them, and then in the day, calls are still placed to their lines incessantly. The health of the consumer must be put into consideration here, for the healthier the consumer, the more business they can transact with these vendors. His time and concentration at day too should be well protected and preserved. I mean, where in the world is there time for a busy Nigerian to talk to/listen to a machine talk?
This uncomfortable development has brought a lot of inconvenience to subscribers, bombardments with SMSs have resulted to petty traders and less educated business people(who make a large chunk of subscribers) yet unskilled in phone manipulations and handling, to lose clear opportunities they ought to have exploited as SMSs would fail to drop in their phones which are often already filled and blocked by service/network messages.
A saddening reality is that people now tend to ignore their phone rings wrongly/rightly assuming they are one of those frustrating telemarketing calls, and this development is no where near good for our socioeconomic development. At first these calls came in with short codes, then we knew what kind of call exactly we were about picking, and stood a better chance at ignoring them. We could differentiate the customer care numbers from other service numbers. Time came and they metamorphosed, now its gone full blown to using all full 11-digit numbers to ‘terrorize’ subscribers. Is this a case of the cat changing its tactics to get its prey?.
I am craving through this piece, the indulgence of all Mobile Telecommunication Network Providers, to apply intelligence and ensure the upholding of true customer service values as they go about telemarketing. Nigerians will love to see an end come to these rude intrusions and interruptions in the name of telemarketing.
Machines we know are handled by men and can be put off when need be. It is disturbing to think that we have subscribed to networks that repay our loyalty with disturbance and discomfort. We should not in any case be made to regret our subscription to these networks. Something urgent must be done to correct this malaise.

In a bid to lure unsuspecting customers to their network, mobile telecommunication companies introduce various data bundles that seem to offer the consumer more data for less money, which in the end is not what is obtainable.
Intelligent consumers like me have experimented and confirmed that these enticing data packages get exhausted far quicker than the regular cum original data bundles. This practice I think is unhealthy. Yes they say “Terms & Conditions Apply” but my issue with these providers is that they never get to spell out these T&Cs, which in my opinion is indicative of a foul play.
Data quality across board can and should be improved upon. Its no thing to be proud about that data network coverage is still lacking in some parts of our major towns and cities. With the introduction of 4G, 4GLTE, etc, i looked forward to faster data speeds to make business and daily social life easier, but theres little to be smile about really. There's so much more to be desired.

The state of Illinois, United States Of America tops the list of nations in telemarketing complaints, a list containing a handful of countries and sovereign states who have come together to register their displeasure. (Even though they do not get telemarketing calls in their sleep, nor pestering SMSs in such volumes as we do). Their agitation went up to the government, which in turn took steps to curb the excesses of the network providers. Amongst numerous programmes (asides sanctions and fines imposed where consumers rights were infringed upon) pioneered by the central government in the USA to curb this menace, was the introduction of “THE DO NOT CALL LIST” (More than 51 million phone numbers were added in its first year alone). Subscribers lashed in on, without delay this lifeline offered by the government, registering their numbers in the list to get their deserved peace.
Coming home, it would be a welcome development to see such checks as this, introduced into the Nigerian system, the time has come for us to be delivered. I urge the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the ministries and bureaus concerned to look into this recommendation and fashion out an escape route for the Nigerian subscriber.
I challenge also the NCC and all other telecommunication watchdogs to step up their game in ensuring that the consumers of mobile telecommunication products and services get the best value for their money, and place sanctions where necessary in case of defiance, and see to it that sanity is restored into the system before it is too late.

By Akogun Olalekan.
Twitter: @Olalekanakogun