Issue #204 *December 2018

International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #204 *December 2018
Asheville, NC USA



Guest Editorial
Full Steam Ahead
Adeosun Oluwatosin Isaac (Nigeria)



Rejection to me is the Watchtower of champions. Great men are those men who took rejection as a pill to re-strategize and re-focus their energy on making their dreams work.
Without rejection there wouldn’t be Apple Products today. Without rejection there won’t be electricity today. Thanks to Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs for failing forward.
Thanks to them for turning rejection to production of globally acceptable products.
Posterity shall continue to remember their great contributions.

If you don’t put the big rock in first, you’ll never get them in at all. In the course of pursuing our dreams and aspirations we must not forget to pay attention to very important things. We must at every point appreciate our family and relationship with our loved ones. Neglecting this very important aspect of life may result to bigger damage.

Vision and purpose of a thing must be clearly defined. Where there is no vision, people perish. When the purpose of a thing is not known abuse is inevitable. I started 2018 by highlighting things I needed to get done financially, career, personal development, spiritual, family, travel, community service etc. The road map was clearly marked on my diary. I was determined to Win. This road map has really helped in directing me in the right path this year. I have been channeling my resources, time and strength on the things that matter most to me. I closely monitor my progress and ensure I did not leave anything to chance. Through IIGL Level Three, I was able to clearly pen down my short and long term goals. My ten year vision is clearly and boldly written on paper.

The power of a picture works when you focus on what you want to create, not what you want to get rid of. I have learned to use the power of picture in a very positive manner. On the wall of my library you will clearly see my Treasure Map stating who I am. I don’t struggle with my future any longer because as I wake up every morning my treasure map reminds me of where I am going and who I am. Someone came to me for counseling some few weeks ago, our discussion was carried out in my library. During my self-introduction I told him to look up and see what is hanged on the wall, anything you see there is Who I Am. Seeing this clear picture everyday has really helped me in channeling my strength and resources towards where my strength lies. I see myself materializing all the positive images hanged on my wall as I carry out my daily activities.

Values provide broad guidelines on how you should proceed as you pursue your purpose and picture of the future. I read so much about knowing and living your value through this book, “The Full Steam Ahead.” My conclusion is that it is very important for any man to understand his value. What am I standing for? What do I stand to represent?
What is my driving force? Providing clear answers to above mentioned questions will help in directing your energy in the right path. Also it will help in focusing on things that matter.

If your vision is only about yourself and getting what you want, you are narrowly focused. Our vision should be big enough to accommodate people around us, our environment, our organization, and the society at large. When I was writing my short and long term goals, I wrote my goals and vision very clearly that it includes my next ten year vision for my family, my company, my community, my health and fitness etc.
It was clearly stated so that it showcase what I want to do to make my world a better place. Few questions kept going through my mind like:
How will people benefit from what I carry as a gift and talents?
How will I beautify my world with my material possession because after my departure here on earth nobody will remember me for the number of cars I drove, they will only remember me for how many lives I was able to transform. I answer these questions by saying I will contribute my quota while I am here. I will never allow mediocrity to stagnate my inner beauties. I will work so hard to make peace possible in my world.

In Chapter 2, the author shares; “I will stand upon my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.” Visioning gives direction. I will forever be grateful for being so specific about what I want in 2018 and with full passion I followed up to see those visions coming to pass. For visioning to be very effective one must learn how to keep picturing into things yet to come. I am eagerly waiting for another 365 days in 2019, because I have a lot to demand from the upcoming year.

What Others Are Saying

Vivian Muciri (Kenya)
I choose to see Beauty from Ashes. I joined IIGL at the point of uncertainty in my life, where the prospect of my future was slim to none and at a verge of becoming a statistic and letting go of my dreams. During those days we were homeless. My family and I were spread out with relatives and friends. My parents had just gone through a divorce and we had to make readjustment in our life and that included letting go of the idea of going through college, or having a life. I remember starting up IIGL I had to hand write my assessment and later type them; forcing me to prefer working night shift as a cyber assistant so that I can have time to type my assessment and submit.

Throughout this journey I learned to view life with a positive angle and one thing IIGL did for me was make me learn that through the ashes there is always beauty. IIGL has been the basis and drive for fueling my purpose. IIGL has been an integral part of who I am. It’s out of the experience I had with IIGL that I was able to transform my life for the better. Its through the program of IIGL I have been able to pursue my life purpose. IIGL gave me essential tools and lessons in life that equipped me to be the best version of who God designed me to be. The program opened doors of opportunity for me and helped me to look deep within me for the resources needed to influence my circumstance. I started this program with fear of how the future will turn out to be. But upon the completion of the program I have held position in organizations that I thought I would never hold, traveled the world and worked on issues of national and regional matters. IIGL showed me possibilities and reminded me that everything I will ever need is deposited within me to be able to achieve everything I am called to be. This is because of the mentors I interacted with (Judith/ Helen), the support I got from Micheal and Deb, and the personal advice and friendship I experienced from Felix, Ethelbert Obinna Umeh, Kat, Lynne and the entire board fraternity. Most of all from Erick Kabeka Omari who introduced me to IIGL. Today marks the beginning of a long personal journey of becoming the change I want to see in this world.

(Vivian is the IIGL Board Recording Secretary and the 27th Graduate).

What our Students are Reading

Kwame Nkrumah By: David Birmingham $16.95

The first African statesman to achieve world recognition was Kwame Nkrumah (1909-1972), who became president of the new Republic of Ghana in 1960. He campaigned ceaselessly for African solidarity and for the liberation of southern Africa from white settler rule. His greatest achievement was to win the right of black peoples in Africa to have a vote and to determine their own destiny. He turned a dream of liberation into a political reality. He was the leader of Ghana who urged Africa to shed the colonial yoke and who inspired black people everywhere to seek their freedom. This revised edition of Birmingham’s fine and accessible biography chronicles the public accomplishments of this extraordinary leader, who faced some of the century’s most challenging political struggles over colonial transition. African nationalism, and Pan-Africanism. It also relates some of the personal trials of a complex individual. As a student in America in the late 1930s, Nkrumah, shy, disorganized, but ambitious and persistent, earned four degrees in ten years. For political training he then went to England. Nkrumah found writing difficult throughout his lifetime, but once back in his African homeland, with its oral heritage, Nkrumah blossomed as a charming conversationalist, a speechmaker, and eventually a visionary and inspiring leader. Nkrumah’s crusades were controversial, however, and in the 1960s he gradually lost his heroic stature both among his own people and among his fellow leaders. He lived his last years in exile. This remarkable life story, which touches on many of the issues facing modern Africa, will open a window of understanding for the general leader as well as for graduate and undergraduate classes. In this new edition, Birmingham also examines Nkrumah’s exile and provides insight into the image of Nkrumah that has emerged in the light of research recently published.

Students/Graduates In Action

IIGL Graduate and Board Member Moves to London!
Congratulations to IIGL Graduate and Board Member Eze Lynda (Nee Osayi); from Nigeria. Lynda recently moved with her family to London. She has passed her United Kingdom nursing requirements and immediately began working as a nurse! Lynda also intends to take some courses soon! Best Wishes to Lynda and her family!

Valuable Resources for Personal & Planetary Transformation

Mountain Light Sanctuary Resources

Michael shared, when I founded IIGL in 2002, the whole purpose was for personal empowerment and the evolution of consciousness. I think it is safe to assume that since becoming a student of IIGL your belief system has evolved as you have learned the principles of success and personal transformation. As you continue to learn, grow and evolve you may find the following youtube videos of particular interest. Be prepared to be challenged, but keep an open mind. “Are we living in a virtual reality and all that we are experiencing is simply a simulation designed to give us a trial run in preparation for a greater reality?: This is the premise of scientist, Gregg Braden in his new series on Gaia TV, which he backs up with some impelling recent scientific studies in quantum physics. It is also in accord with many ancient spiritual traditions that describe our “reality” as no more than Illusion. Whether or not you accept the idea that the Earth is simply a wisdom school for experience in soul growth, each of us deal with real day-to-day challenges, many of which are related to relationships, money, our bodies and our identity.

I have just created a new section on my Mountain Light Sanctuary website entitled “Resources.” It is a listing of more than 60 YouTube videos varying in length from a couple of minutes to several hours for some of the audio books. Some deal with the big picture such as the nature of reality, our ancient origins, life after death and our place in the universe. Others deal with very mundane daily challenges including relationships, money & health. And many of them deal with learning how to live consciously and by design rather than unconsciously by default. They are listed in alphabetical order by the authors name. Be prepared to have some of your most fundamental assumptions challenged. Don’t accept or reject anything – just consider. And most of all, experiment with what you learn. The ultimate value is whether or not it works for you. What better way to spend your “down time” such as commuting, jogging, exercising, etc. than increasing your understanding of the nature of reality or simply how to deal more effectively with you day-to-day challenges?


2018 Holiday Book Drive
During this holiday season, give the gift of life-changing education to young adults in developing countries. A donation of only $22 will send 1 book to an IIGL leader-in-training. As a reminder, The International Institute For Global Leadership (IIGL) is a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit offering a tuition-free leadership education program to young adults in Africa, Asia and other areas of the world. Please view our website, to learn about our student’s transformative experiences and projects. IIGL is seeking 22 new donations prior to 2019! Contributions are welcome throughout December. Go to DONATE NOW on the IIGL home page to make your donation. Or feel free to send Deb Rosen a check endorsed to IIGL. Thank you and enjoy your holiday season!

Here’s an Unique Gift Idea!
The IIGL Board of Directors is happy to announce that our 1st IIGL book, “Creating Your Path Through Leadership” is now available both on Kindle and in Paperback on! Check it out! A portion of each purchase is deposited to IIGL as a Royalty payment. Here’s the link:…

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Meet Our New Students

We had 1 new student this month

Dourwe Bernard (Rwanda)

I am a Cameroonian born on February 18, 1986, in Douala, Cameroon. Cameroon Is a country located in Central Africa. I’m the sixth son of my parents Dana Omer and Maidole Brigitte. They are still alive. Now I am a Priest working in Rwanda as a missionary and studying Journalism at Institute Catholic de Kabgayi (ICK) in Level 2. I attended my infant and my primary school at Genie’s Military’s School for eight years in the 90s. I ended my secondary school on 2005. After that, I went at the University of Douala. There I studied Bilingual Letters (French and English). I joined the Congregation of Rogationnists to realize my dream to be a priest on 2006. To achieve my will to serve God and my neighbor, I attended philosophy for three years and theology for fourth years. At the end of these studies, I have been ordered priest. After my ordination on 17 September 2016, I received an affectation to select and to be responsible for youths starting the formation t o be priests. After one year at Edea, I received another mission to go to Rwanda to form youths who are studying philosophy to become priest. Some days afterward arrived in Rwanda on 23 September 2017, I started to study Journalism at ICK because I am very interested about communication and he wants to challenge some difficulties of Church concerning lake of good communication.

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Visionary Leadership

Student Progress

We had 4 students from 3 countries complete a total of 5 books in November. These students were from Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda.

Adeosun Oluwatosin Isaac (Nigeria)
* Full Steam Ahead
Olakunle Michael Oladoyin (Nigeria)
* Success through a Positive Mental Attitude
Dourwe Bernard (Rwanda)
* As a Man Thinketh
* Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Marilyn Apio (Uganda)
* Keys to Success

New Enrollments
8 enrolled in November
41 enrolled in 2018

Book Assessments
5 in November
125 in 2018

Books Shipped
10 in November
76 in 2018

Cost of Books
$214.75 in November
$1,779.03 in 2018

You Make It Possible
We extend a special thanks to the following individuals and/or organizations who contributed to IIGL last month. Your ongoing support makes this work possible.

Deb Silver (Israel)
Lynne Murguia (USA/AZ)
John Hornecker (USA/NC)
Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)
Kathleen Oweegon (USA/NM)
Judith Royer (USA/SC)
David Banner (USA/WI)
Evelyn Garfinkel (USA/WI)
Deb Rosen (USA/WI)
Patrice Zorn (USA/WI)

Make A Difference
Dream Team 22
Please join Dream Team 22 as our goal is to have 220 people contributing $22 per month. We understand that money is energy and that to sustain and build IIGL we need a lot of people pouring their energy into this endeavor on a regular basis. We also know that not everyone can afford to commit $22 a month – especially our students, who live in countries with economies in which this amount can be equal to a weeks’ salary. So we are offering two options for those who wish to become a part of the Dream Team. One can commit to a $22 a month contribution or to spending 22 seconds each day holding the vision of IIGL becoming financially sustainable by the end of 2018.

Will you join the Dream Team and help us create an energetic foundation to support the transformational work of IIGL? You can really make a difference in the world by making a modest contribution of time or money. To make the $22 a month commitment or a one time donation, click the link below. To become a member of the Dream Team 22 by committing 22 second a day to help us hold the vision, contact Deb for details:

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