Giftedminds Writers https://giftedminds.com.ng Reliable Content Writing in Nigeria Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://giftedminds.com.ng/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-1541313167832-32x32.jpg Giftedminds Writers https://giftedminds.com.ng 32 32 19 things happy people never do https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/things-happy-people-will-never-do/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/things-happy-people-will-never-do/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:00:44 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=5227 There is no shortage of self-help books out there ready to tell you what you...

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There is no shortage of self-help books out there ready to tell you what you need to do to be happy. But while this can be helpful, sometimes it’s just as valuable to consider the opposite:

What are the things that happy people avoid doing? Thinking about happiness from this perspective can be equally enlightening, providing you with a spectrum of behaviors that can have a negative effect on your life and your emotional wellbeing.

We consulted the experts to learn how to be happy—by focusing on the 19 things that happy people never

  1. Compare their lives to the lives of those around them

One of the biggest differences between happy people and the rest of the world is that happy people don’t make a habit of comparing themselves to others. While it can be valuable to learn from the example of those around you, happy people don’t let their satisfaction with any aspect of their life—their job, their body, or even their partner—depend on what other people have.

“Happy people know that comparison is the thief of joy,” says Hugo Huyer, a mental health coach who runs the Tracking Happiness website. “Whatever you do, wherever you are, there is always someone that seems to have things better than you. If you focus on this, you’ll always find a reason to be unhappy. Happy people are aware of this and focus on the things they have instead of focusing on the things that others have.”

2. Spend all their time on social media

One of the ways we are most likely to compare ourselves to others is through social media, where we can easily log on, see the vacations or exciting life changes, and let it affect how we feel.

“Social media can have a positive influence on our lives, but more often than not, it indirectly causes unhappiness, insecurity, and jealousy,” says Huyer. “Since social media is almost never an accurate portrayal of someone’s life, you have to wonder how happy you get from endlessly scrolling through that Instagram feed. While happy people are active on social media, they do make smart decisions on how much time they spend there.”

  1. Bully others

Successful people are not necessarily happy, and a sure sign that someone is lacking true joy in their life is that they get pleasure out of making others miserable or bullying subordinates, colleagues, or anyone else in their life.

“Truly happy people never engage in bullying of others,” says clinical psychologist Carla Marie Manly, author of Joy From Fear. “A truly happy individual does not have the desire to accrue power and profit at the expense of others. As such, a truly happy person is free of the toxic feelings that live inside the constant critic or bully.”

  1. Avoid their emotions

Being a happy person does not mean you are happy all the time, walking around with a smile plastered to your face and whistling to yourself. A generally happy person knows that feeling down now and then is fine, as long as they acknowledge it and don’t try to suppress or avoid it.

“Truly happy people tend to feel all of their emotions—anger, sadness, etc.—and then release them to move forward,” says Manly. “This supports positivity in that the negative emotions don’t stay stuck in the mind and body, feeding negative feelings such as depression, anger, and resentment.”

  1. Focus on what they don’t have

Nobody—not even billionaires or Olympic athletes—has everything they want. No matter where a person is in their career or life, there is always something else they wouldn’t mind attaining. But while happy people pursue these goals, they keep their attention on what they already have, rather than focus on what they don’t have.

“This ‘gratitude attitude’ tends to create a very upbeat, positive way of looking at the world,” says Manly. “Rather than going through one’s days looking at what others have or what you ‘still want to get,’ being in a place of gratitude and appreciation tends to support true happiness.”

  1. Blame others

Happy people view their life as, for the most part, their own responsibility. If they aren’t happy with an outcome, they take it upon themselves to try and change it, rather than throw their hands up and give up, putting the blame on someone else.

“People who are happy take full responsibility for their experiences in life,” says Kapil Gupta, a relationship and men’s interpersonal coach. “They know that pointing fingers to other people or circumstances won’t change the experience they are having, even though it might provide temporary relief.”

  1. Or try to convince others to change

  2. Just as happy people take responsibility for their own actions and where they are in life, they do not expect others to change to suit their liking.

“Happy people know that they cannot control other people’s behaviors,” says Gupta. “They also realize that everyone needs to have their own life experiences, and that people change when they are ready.”

A happy person is more likely to accept the other person’s behavior and figure out how to work around it—or, if they really have issues with their behavior, may try to avoid them altogether.

  1. Or live their life to please others

Happy people don’t get their sense of self-worth from what others think about them. Taking an action, whether that’s pursuing a career goal or making a major life decision, just to get a response from someone else is a recipe for disappointment.

“Happy people have a good sense of intrinsic value and self-worth,” says Gupta. “They respect other people’s opinion … but they don’t derive their value and worthiness on the basis of what people think of them.”

9. Forget how to live in the moment

Happy people live in the present moment, finding things to enjoy in the now, rather than obsessing over things that happened in the past, or fixating on their hopes and fears for the future.

“Happy people definitely learn from the past, but they don’t dwell on it all the time,” says Gupta. “Similarly, they understand that fear of what might happen in the future is like living in a fantasy. So, they tend to not overly worry about that, too, and focus on enjoying the life that is happening right now.”

10. Or try to control the future

It’s one thing to plan for the future and take steps to ensure as positive an outcome as possible. It’s another thing to think constantly about potential negatives down the line, and obsess about how you might have to handle them.

“[Unhappy people] are highly anxious about how life will turn out for them,” says author and psychotherapist Karen R. Koenig, LCSW. “They neither try to control life nor simply wait around for things to happen to them. Along with not fearing failure or mistakes, this lack of need to control outcomes allows them to take appropriate risks.”

11. Make assumptions

When they have to make a decision at work or deal with a challenging friend, an unhappy person is likely to make an assumption about what they should do, rather than confirm the information is true.

“The danger in doing that is we have to make an assumption that may or may not be accurate,” says former U.S. Marine Eric Rittmeyer, author of The Emotional Marine. “A lot of times these assumptions are made based on prior experiences in our lives that likely occurred in a totally different context, and had no relevance to the current situation. This opens up the potential for incorrectly assuming something that’s totally false, and possibly leading to unnecessary emotional pain.”

12. Feel sorry for themselves

Similar to blaming others for one’s misfortunes, another habit that happy people avoid is wallowing in their disappointment. While acknowledging one’s emotions and accepting you feel upset is healthy, letting these feelings consume one’s thoughts and actions for long periods of time can prevent one from making healthy changes.

“Mentally tough people never indulge in the ‘pity party’ and they understand the adverse impact these thoughts have on their overall happiness,” says Rittmeyer. “When something bad happens they quickly work through the pain and get back to their normal selves.”

13. Hold grudges

Happy people can get upset or frustrated with others—but they don’t let it become a consuming focus of their time and attention. If someone wrongs them, they ensure it does not happen again. But they do not dwell on having been wronged, or let it become an ongoing source of frustration to them. In other words, they don’t hold grudges.

“Holding on to negative feelings about someone provides no benefit to your well-being,” says Rittmeyer. “By not allowing the release of these negative feelings, you’re just creating additional stress on your body by constantly thinking about, and re-living the events that initially caused the issue.”

14. Dwell on failures

Happy people learn from their mistakes and move on, putting their attention on creating something positive. They avoid dwelling on what didn’t work well, mentally returning to the same errors repeatedly.

“[Happy people] are success—rather than failure—oriented,” says Koenig. “Sometimes not focusing on the negatives of their lives is automatic, and other times it comes from consciously practicing a habit of positive thinking.”

15. Surround themselves with unpleasant people

Happy people know that those they surround themselves with can have a major impact on their own well-being. Success and happiness—and their opposites—tend to be contagious, which is why happy people avoid having negative people in their orbits.

“If they’re around these types, they have a strong enough sense of self to not take them seriously, and don’t internalize what is said to them personally,” says Koenig. “Alternately, they don’t allow others to intentionally, chronically be abusive to them.”

16. Neglect to address things that bother them

While happy people generally don’t let the behavior of others get under their skin, when something does upset them, they will express it instead of stewing in silence. That’s true when it comes to coworkers, friends, and romantic partners.

As family and relationship psychotherapist Fran Walfish, author of The Self-Aware Parent, emphasizes, we will naturally be annoyed with other people now and then. The important thing is to be honest about our frustrations, which can mean the difference between a happy person and one who quietly holds in their misery. Ideally, she says, “there aren’t any lingering issues that haven’t been resolved.”

17. Keep score with their friends and partner

Another habit that happy people avoid is “keeping score” with the people in their lives. That means not maintaining a mental list of the things they’ve done for others, like traveling farther than their friends to meet up, or doing more chores than their partner.

In a great relationship, whether romantic or platonic, “there are no 50-50 splits of responsibility,” says Walfish. Happy people accept the reality that “in the best relationships, it would be difficult to judge who serves one another more.”

18. Let work take over their life

Happy people understand the importance of work-life balance. When the workday is over, they don’t let it bleed into their evenings—not to mention weekends and vacation. “Life is busy for all of us,” Walfish says, but happy people never forget to make time outside of work for themselves and for their loved ones.

19. Resist change

While happy people know what not to do, they didn’t become the well-adjusted, consistently content people they are by rigidly committing to doing things one way only. Happy people are generally flexible, comfortable with change, and willing to roll with the punches when they must.

“Humans have a natural resistance to change, due to fear of the unknown and a desire to control their situations,” says Jacob Olesen, author at Easy Ways to Do Everything. “But happy people don’t fight change, whether that be the end of a relationship, a new job, or the physical changes that come with getting older. They don’t try to hold onto what is no longer theirs.”

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15 Easy tips on Business Marketing https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/15-easy-tips-on-business-marketing/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/15-easy-tips-on-business-marketing/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 16:48:53 +0000 https://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=7469 Business ideas are easy to come by. Similarly, they wither away so easily. There are...

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Business ideas are easy to come by. Similarly, they wither away so easily. There are healthy tips to help keep your entrepreneurship fire burning. This is not a breaking news, they are things you might have heard but didn’t notice.

Let’s take a look at some daily activities you can choose from …

  • Research 10 new clients in your niche.
  • Write your self-promotion email.
  • Reach out to a new potential client.
  • Follow up with a potential client you’ve already started a relationship with.
  • Propose something new to a client you’re already working with.
  • Write an article demonstrating your area of expertise.
  • Research places to publish the article.
  • Plan your tweets or Facebook updates for the week.
  • Gather a few images for some Instagram posts.
  • Research and join a community on LinkedIn of people who could be potential clients.
  • Post a few comments to various threads in a relevant LinkedIn group.
  • Revise a page of your freelance website.
  • Plan out your next blog post for your website.
  • Send out a request to a recent client for a testimonial.
  • Send out a request for a referral note.

There are so many things you can do to build your business. The above points are relatively easy and can change the phase of your business forever.

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COVID 19: Update on vaccine production in Nigeria https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/covid-19-update-on-vaccine-production-in-nigeria/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/covid-19-update-on-vaccine-production-in-nigeria/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 20:56:06 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=9972 Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, met with pharmaceutical companies regarding a COVID-19 vaccine. At...

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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, met with pharmaceutical companies regarding a COVID-19 vaccine.

At the virtual meeting with representatives of Pfizer & Biotech, Osinbajo stated that what was critical in the vaccine development is the health & safety of Nigerian citizens.

Pfizer & Biotech are promoters of COVID-19 vaccine pushing for how Nigeria will be prioritized in Africa once a good vaccine is ready.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 announced the extension of the ease of lockdown by another four weeks.

The taskforce made the disclosure during its daily briefing in Abuja, on Thursday.

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COVID 19: Some states set to resume school in Nigeria https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/covid-19-some-states-set-to-resume-school-in-nigeria/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/covid-19-some-states-set-to-resume-school-in-nigeria/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 23:55:16 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=9968 Nigeria with a total number of 44, 129 COVID 19 confirmed cases and 20, 663...

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Nigeria with a total number of 44, 129 COVID 19 confirmed cases and 20, 663 recoveries, there has been a constant rescheduling of school resumption. Despite this increase in confirmed cases in Nigeria, some schools are set to resume classes.

Secondary schools in Delta State has resumed academic activities on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. This is coming after four months of compulsory holiday.

Dr Ochuko Ushure, the zonal Coordinator of the Institute of Continuing Education in a press statement reveals plans on school resumption.

“We have buckets, water, soap, and hand sanitizers at various locations on the school premises for the students to wash their hands.

Dr Ochuko Ushure

“We also ensure that they maintain social distancing, before resumption, we ensure that the classrooms are clean with soap and water.

Dr Ochuko Ushure

“We also ensure that the students wear their face mask always directly from the school gate”.

Dr Ochuko Ushure

In Ondo state, the Chairman, Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee on Coronavirus, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, has issued warning to school ahead of resumption.

According to Fatusi, any school found flouting the COVID-19 precautionary measures during the period of temporary re-opening will be closed down.

“No school official, staff, student or any other person without a facemask should be allowed into the school compound, while masks must be worn properly and throughout all school activities.”

Prof. Adesegun Fatusi

In a statement released on Tuesday by Commissioner for Education in the state, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku stated that schools will resume in August.

“Accordingly, all affected teachers and candidates in both public and private schools are hereby directed to return to school with effect from Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

Prof Kaniye Ebeku

“All responsible officers should please ensure the observance of extant COVID-19 Protocols in their schools,”

Prof Kaniye Ebeku

The Commissioner for Basic Education in Anambra state, Professor Kate Omenugha said boarders are to return on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, while classes will resume for boarders and day students on Wednesday, August 5.

“All schools should have only one point of entrance into the school for proper monitoring and health checks while all students’ temperature must be checked with infrared thermometer on a daily basis before they are allowed entry into the school.”

Prof Kate Omenugha

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How to write three books before the end of the year https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/how-to-write-three-books/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/how-to-write-three-books/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:17:17 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=2500 When his peers were probably still settling into their chosen careers, Manu S Pillai published...

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When his peers were probably still settling into their chosen careers, Manu S Pillai published his first book.

The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore, a detailed history of the last female ruler of the southern Indian Travancore dynasty, was published by HarperCollins in 2015—when Pillai was just 25. In 2017, it won him the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar, a prestigious literary award for young writers in India.

In 2018, Pillai wrote his next book, Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji, which spans the 400-year-old history of the Deccan kingdoms in western India. Only a year later, the author is now out with his third book, The Courtesan, the Mahatma and the Italian Brahmin: Tales from Indian History.

How to write three books before the end of the year

In the collection of essays, history is narrativised and characters from modern India come together to paint the picture of a country in the making. Pillai begins from royal courts and temples, and glides to the advent of the railways and football in India.

With the three books, he takes his readers across centuries. Pillai, though, is not even three decades old. Once the chief of staff for parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor, Pillai seems to have unknowingly emulated his prolific former employer. But none of this has been possible without old school academic rigour. Pillai is an alumnus of Fergusson College, Pune, and is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at King’s College, London.

Quartz spoke to Pillai about the discipline it took him to write three intensely-researched historical books, especially at a time when attention spans are only getting shorter.

Edited excerpts from QZ


Not all researchers become writers. What led you to take your research to people?

I was always interested in stories—listening to them and telling them. And history is full of stories. So although I bring academic rigour to my research, I am equally keen on communicating history’s tales to as large an audience as possible. For this narrative, non-fiction is my medium.


What gave you the conviction to write for an audience whose attention span is constantly shrinking? Are you conscious of this while writing?

It is shrinking in some ways, but I am not pessimistic. There is still a massive appetite for reading and good books will always receive an audience. On our part, the task is to communicate ideas and solid research in an engaging fashion. If one makes the effort, there is every reason to hope that readers will respond.


How do you make history less daunting for a largely a historical generation?

I tend to weave history and historical detail through the personal stories of historical figures. Human beings have an infinite interest in other people—I merely flesh out historical characters and explain their time through their lives and eyes. More than dates and battles, this enables people to “connect” with the past and to “see” what happened and how from human quirks to large social trends and themes.


Given your age, was it hard to convince publishers when your first book came out? Does it become easier by the time you publish your second and third book?

It does become easier with time, but I was lucky to find a good publisher for my first book. When I had to send my manuscript to the publisher, I remember sending that email at around 3 am, so that when the editor woke up, my email would be the first thing she sees. I also thought that instead of bombarding editors with my entire manuscript, I will only send the first six pages.

The story for the first book was compelling and I had put in over five years of archival research, so it clicked. My publisher read these six pages and asked me to send more. From there on, it became easier. But getting a foot in the door is the real challenge.


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How do you gather the confidence and the courage to write not one but three books, on aspects of history that are so heavily contested, at such a young age?

I work very hard—there is no other way. I spend day after day for months during a research cycle in archives and libraries, engage with the latest academic developments in the field, focus on the quality of writing, and don’t take readers for granted. That helps.


What does a young author’s life look like today?

A research cycle means months and months and months of isolation—10-12 hours a day in the archives or library, where one barely speaks for days. I need silence, but otherwise, I can work out of anywhere. I don’t get attached to spaces or material things at all so there is no favourite desk or any of that.

I often pace up and down the room talking to myself inside my head. If anyone could see, they would a grown man in his nightclothes walking up and down a room for ages, seemingly doing nothing.

Once the book is published, it is an entirely different scenario. People are interested not just in the book but also the author. This means attending literature festivals and make public appearances. And this is not everyone’s cup of tea either—the best of writers could struggle with public speaking. The book tours also tend to get extremely hectic, constantly travelling across cities with packed schedules. During a particular event in Bengaluru, I was at an event for 12 hours and lost my voice the next day. I’m not trying to make it sound like a diva problem. What it basically means is that you have to go out there and hustle. Like any other job, this requires an equal amount of hard work post-publishing too.


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Do you have any sage wisdom for young writers?

My one policy in life is to never give other people advice. Having said that, I do believe that I have benefited from getting on board with a literary agent for my more recent works. While authors still largely pitch directly to publishers in India—as opposed to the West where publishers accept manuscripts only through literary agents—this trend is picking up.

Literary agents are helpful when it comes to legal expertise and drafting contracts. As an author, it puts you at ease to know that you will not be short-changed, and this allows you to focus purely on writing.

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Sorry if it’s hard to catch my vibe, mmm
I need a lover to trust, tell me you’re on my side
Are you down for the ride?
It’s not easy for someone to catch my eye
But I’ve been waitin’ for you for my whole damn life
For my whole lifetime
Don’t be afraid to tell me if you ain’t with it (you ain’t with it)
I see you’re focused, yeah you’re so independent (independent)
It’s hard for me to open up, I’ll admit it (I’ll admit it)
You’ve got some shit to say and I’m here to listen

So baby, tell me where your love lies
Waste the day and spend the night
Underneath the sunrise
Show me where your love lies

I’ve been so into your mystery
Is it because of our history?
Are you into me?
When it feels so good, but it’s bad for you
Can’t say I don’t want it ’cause I know I do
Come on over, I need your company
Cravin’ that synergy

If you’re down, don’t hide it
Feelin’ me, you don’t gotta deny it
Baby you gon’ make me overnight it
Tell me, are you down?
If you’re down, don’t hide it (yeah)
Feelin’ me, you don’t gotta deny it (yeah)
Baby you gon’ make me overnight it
Tell me, are you down? (Tell me)

Songwriters: Jamil George Chamas / Khalid Robinson / Normani Kordei Hamilton / Ryan Vojtesak / Tayla Parx

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Looking for books to read? Look here https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/looking-for-books-to-read/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/looking-for-books-to-read/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:03:44 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=2740 Are you’re looking for a literary love story, corporate books, or a look for comic...

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Are you’re looking for a literary love story, corporate books, or a look for comic book to enjoy your leisure time?

Below are some 2019 books that suits perfectly fine.

Enjoy works of authors as Angie Cruz, Samantha Power and Stephen King.


The Times’s chief TV critic traces the long, tangled history of mass entertainment and politics, positioning President Trump as an antihero. Would he have been elected without “The Apprentice?” Poniewozik doesn’t say, but he does argue that Trump’s reality-TV experience helped prepare him for his political career.

This collection, from the author of the “Outline” trilogy, touches on family life, gender and literature.

When readers meet Ana, she’s a teenager who has just agreed to marry a man twice her age to help her family immigrate to the United States from the Dominican Republic. She’s terribly unhappy in New York and soon dreams of ways to escape. When her husband has to return to the Dominican Republic, she begins to imagine a new life for herself.

All the themes of a quintessential Patchett novel are present in her latest, a layered multigenerational story about a family and their grand old house in the Philadelphia suburbs.

This deeply reported dive into the Supreme Court justice’s background from two Times reporters includes new interviews with two women who accused him of misconduct: Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

Power, best known as one of President Obama’s ambassadors to the United Nations, traces the evolution of her views from her years as a journalist and activist to a more pragmatic policymaker. Along the way, she weaves in moral arguments and diplomatic history.

This book tackles many of the taboos surrounding women, political activity and extremism in the Middle East. Moaveni, an investigative reporter who has worked in the region for decades, focuses on 13 women who were inspired to join the terrorist group — and the political and religious dissatisfactions that set them on that path.

Brilliant children are kidnapped and sent to a terrifying center, where they are subjected to mysterious medical examinations and abuse. They live in fear of the Back Half, a section of the Institute from which no children have ever come back. The greatest evil in this novel is banal inhumanity — which is what gives the book its horror.

David Livingstone, the 19th-century Scottish missionary who set out to find the source of the Nile, casts a long shadow over East Africa, and Gappah explores his legacy in her new novel. Narrated by Halima, Livingstone’s cook and slave, and Jacob, a pious freed slave, as Livingstone’s corpse is taken to the coast of Africa, the story offers a fresh look at the enduring history of colonialism.

The National Security Agency whistle-blower outlines the system of mass surveillance the agency used to monitor citizens, and details the “crisis of conscience” that led him to disavow the system he helped create.

Woodson, the award-winning author known for her young adult books “Brown Girl Dreaming” and “Another Brooklyn,” has written a novel for adults. An unplanned pregnancy brings together two families, and as they gather to celebrate the child, the story shifts back in time to explore the hopes and dreams of each generation.

Love, “Doctor Zhivago” and the Cold War: This debut novel puts women at the center of the United States’ attempt to encourage dissent in the Soviet Union, when members of the C.I.A.’s secretarial pool were assigned to help distribute copies of Boris Pasternak’s epic novel in enemy territory.

In October 2017, the Times journalists Kantor and Twohey reported on the sexual harassment and abuse allegations against the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, toppling Weinstein from his position of authority and helping to ignite the #MeToo movement. In their book, the authors — who won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting — go beyond rehashing their investigative process: They shed new light on Weinstein’s abuse and call attention to the people and structures that enabled him.

Moser doesn’t shy away from the complexity and contradictions of his subject, investigating virtually all of her intellectual positions, arguments and influences. Sontag’s relationship with her sexuality also occupies a central role in this exhaustive biography.

For this new installment — which picks up 15 years after readers last saw Offred — Atwood said she drew on today’s world as she imagined what happened in Gilead.

How did the American dream become out of reach for so many people, and is big business responsible? Lemann, a New Yorker staff writer and former dean of Columbia Journalism School, explores economic inequality and corporate America’s role in perpetuating it.

Coates’s first novel, set in mid-1800s Virginia, follows an enslaved man whose life is changed forever after he nearly drowns. Soon after, he’s swept up in the underground abolition movement, but he stays committed to freeing the family he left behind.

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12 proverbs about attitude and their meaning https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/12-proverbs-about-attitude-and-their-meaning/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/12-proverbs-about-attitude-and-their-meaning/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:25:28 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=9942 Proverbs are popular wise saying that when translated bears wisdom. Proverbs can be a simple...

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Proverbs are popular wise saying that when translated bears wisdom. Proverbs can be a simple or complex collection of traditional words. They are often metaphorical and use formulaic language.

12 proverbs about attitude and their meaning

Advice is least heeded when most needed.

When a problem is serious, people often do not follow the advice given.

An empty purse frightens away friends.

When one’s financial situation deteriorates, friends tend to disappear.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

It is easier to prevent something from happening than to repair the damage or cure the disease later.

Only a fool tests the depth of water with both feet.

It is not wise to jump into a situation before thinking about it.

A leopard cannot change its spots.

It is not possible for bad or unpleasant person to become good or pleasant.

Wherever a man goes to dwell, his character goes with him.

Your character follows you wherever you go.

All cats are grey in the dark.

People are undistinguished until they have made a name.

A bad workman blames his tools.

Blaming the tools for bad workmanship is an excuse for lack of skill.

A stumble may prevent a fall.

Correcting a small mistake may help you avoid a bigger one.

Better flatter a fool than fight him.

It is better to avoid dispute with stupid people.

A broken friendship may be soldered but will never be sound.

Friendships can be rebuilt after a dispute but will never be strong as before.

A monkey in silk is a monkey no less.

No matter how someone dresses, it’s the same person underneath.

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13 quotes that will change your attitude towards life https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/13-quotes-that-will-change-your-attitude-towards-life/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/13-quotes-that-will-change-your-attitude-towards-life/#respond Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:27:32 +0000 https://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=9938 These are carefully selected quotes that will change your attitude towards life forever. Majority of...

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These are carefully selected quotes that will change your attitude towards life forever.

Majority of these quotes are from unknown authors and speakers. Nevertheless, these words will change your life.

Your attitude determines your confidence. People with a negative attitude often think, ‘I cannot’. But a positive attitude enhances your self-confidence to succeed.


A negative attitude cause you to doubt your ability to achieve, while belief in your potential makes you willing to take the necessary action for success.


To try to do something great and fail could be one of the greatest things you’ve done in your life.


A positive attitude let’s you see challenges as an opportunity rather than a threat.


Of all the persons living on planet Earth, there is only one person who has the power to cast the deciding vote to kill your dreams. That person is YOU. You cast that death sentence vote to your dream when you decide to quit hoping, stop trying, and give up.


No matter how much you learn from the past, it will never tell you all you need to know for the present.


Major barriers to successful planning are fear of change, ignorance, uncertainty about the future, and lack of imagination.


People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.


For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something.


Schooling is not equal to learning; otherwise, every First Class graduates should excel in life.


Give no room to envy and bitterness. Envy is the inability to cope with your neigbours’ progress.


Joy is the active lubricant that the mind needs if it should function without measures. Anger and frowns make a creative mind die young.


By making sound decisions, admitting mistakes, and putting what’s best for your followers ahead of your personal agenda you will earn respect in your society.

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What can I tell the world that it does not know? https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/what-can-i-tell-the-world-that-it-does-not-know/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/what-can-i-tell-the-world-that-it-does-not-know/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2020 22:16:18 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=9923 I woke this morning asking myself if there are any new things to tell the...

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I woke this morning asking myself if there are any new things to tell the world that it doesn’t already know?

In science, we have been told several stories about the earth and the rest of the eight planets. They also have a theory for the creation of man; for gravity; electricity; force and effort among many others.

In history, we have been told the genesis of the human race, about kingdoms, wars etc. History has also shed light on the existence of living and non-living things; about mountains, music, culture and tradition, politics etc.

In religion, we have been exposed to the idea of God, salvation, sin and redemption. Religion told us that all have sinned. Religion made us understand there are wrongs and rights. It is in religion we find out that there is Heaven (paradise) and Hell (fire).

In technology, we have been exposed to the signs and wonders of wired and wireless devices; something often referred to as ‘white magic’. Technology gave us cars, phones, internet, and several other electronically connected contents and cases.

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So, I ask myself, what more does the world need to know about. Just then, I got the answer and a smile brightened my face. The world needs to know about Victor Eshameh – the writer and poet.

Victor Eshameh is a creative content writer in Nigeria. He is a researcher, historian and poet. Besides writing, he likes to travel, listen to music, act and public speaking.

Victor is a gentle and calm being who spends more time thinking about the next topic to address in human life. He enjoys reading books and sharing his thoughts on blogs and other social channels.

He is often perceived as an anti-social due to his calm appearance. However, when he is not busy meditating or writing, he is socializing with friends, family and associates.

Victor has three books to his credit; On Tenterhooks, Midnight Flurry and Melancholy. He equally has two unpublished research papers on ‘Indigenous Textile Industry in Nigeria‘ and ‘Black Lives‘.

He is the creative mind behind ‘Giftedminds Writers Firm‘, ‘Giftedminds Online Magazine‘, ‘Giftedminds Voluntary Enlightenment Program‘, Voices Journal and ‘Hire a Writer‘.

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